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 January 2011

Due to inclimate weather, the January meeting was cancelled and all business carried over to the February meeting.

WELCOME TO 2011!

Happy New Year Everyone! 2011 will be a great year for us at the chamber! We have a lot of great speakers, events and activiteis lined up for all you.

We rely so heavily on member participation and contribution of time to make the chamber a big success year after year. We hope that 2011 is no different for our organization. We encourage all of you to sign up for different comittees as well as give us any feedback or insight as to how we can improve or expand programs, activities, and/or events for the chamber.

We are here to SERVE our members and hope that you all use the chamber to help grow your own businesses and network throughout the Tri-Boro Area.

Join us for a special Guest Speaker this month

We invite all of you to join us for a great presentation this month by Gordon Stone, the cofounder of Home Energy Matters. The presentation will revolve around increasing your home and or businesses energy efficiency when it comes to heating and air conditioning. Come learn more about how you can lower your energy use and keep more money in your wallet.

Thank you for attending our Annual Holiday Party

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Holiday Party. We had a great turnout and appreciate all of you making the effort to contribute your time and insight into the Tri-Boro Area Chamber. We encourage all of you to keep spreading the word about the chamber in 2011 to continue our great success!

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
November 10, 2010

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank     
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Brewster Chiropractic    
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Dave Warfield                           Trustee                         Retired
Deb Arena                                                                    State Farm
David Austin                                                                 Guest
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Lucille Brule                                                                  Coldwell Banker
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Frank Davis                                                                  Finishing Touch/Christmas Décor
Warren Frerichs                                                             Realty Executives
Frida                                                                             Puppies Behind Bars
Fred Garcia                                                                   Fred’s Town Garage
Ken Ginefra                                                                   GCS Consultants
Norm Harnois                                                                Intercounty Mortgage
Michael Hotz                                                                 Health Center at Bloomingdale
Cheryl Joosten                                                              Griswold Special Care
Bob Kaslander                                                              Excelsior Lumber
Susan Kolaritsch                                                           Griswold Special Care
Paul McGorry                                                                Phys Ed Fitness
Ed Morba                                                                     Family Home Funding
Janis Nelson                                                                 Growing Kids/Renewal
Claire Panicci                                                                Growing Kids/Renewal
Jamie Payne                                                                 Valley National Bank
Jack Pezzuti                                                                  Cartridge World
Bruce Raiken                                                                 Mass Mutual
Sandra Rostek                                                              Intercounty Mortgage
Carl Rotans                                                                   Puppies Behind Bars
Roberta Rovas                                                              Lakeland Bank
Lindsey Sass                                                                The Healing Center
K C Smith                                                                     Suburban Trends
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker
Gordon Stone                                                               Home Energy Matters
Todd Ullrich                                                                  Valley National Bank
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Janet Windeknecht                                                        JW Image Building
Al Zor                                                                           Al’s Contractors Inc

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:45 with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and two trustees were present.  Two U.S. veterans in the group, Warren Frerichs and Dave Warfield, were recognized.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Two applications for Chamber membership were presented to the membership for approval. The first applicant was Paul McGorry of Phys Ed Fitness.  Lucille Brule made the motion to accept Mr. McGorry’s application. The motion was seconded by Dave Warfield.
The second application was that of Warren Frerichs of Realty Executives.  Karen Austin made the motion to accept Mr. Frerichs’ application.  The motion was seconded by Ed Morba.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE OCTOBER 13, 2010 MEETING

A motion to approve the minutes was made by Vivian Vinci seconded by Janice Nelson.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.

Checking Account balance           $2,027.45
Money Market -                                 $3011.40

A motion was made by Jack Pezzuti to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Helyne Czajkowski.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A.  Bills to be paid:
            1.  Postage for Nov. & Dec. $88.00 (Already Paid)
            2.  Printing of Chamber Mailing Envelopes   $ 85.00
            3.  Chamber Website Maintenance for 2010 $750.00

A motion was made to approve payment of the bills was made by Dave Warfield and seconded by Karen Austin.

B. Communications

1.  An update was received from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.
2.  Attendees were reminded of Kinnelon Mayor Glenn Sisco’s upcoming retirement dinner.

C. Committee Reports

OLD BUSINESS

            1.  Chamber members were reminded to take advantage of the Member to Member Discount Program.
            2.  Attendees were directed to visit the Chamber Website found at www.triborochamber.org.

NEW BUSINESS

The 200 Club raffle was held.  Congratulations to the winners who were: New Jersey Networking Group/Ed Morba $500, Lucille Brule $250, Jim Murasko $125, Jim Boyle $125.

2011 Officer elections were held.  All four 2010 officers were relected for the 2011 term year.  Officers are as follows:  President – Jerry Vinci, Vice President – Jim Murasko, Secretary – Karen Austin, Treasurer – Denise Brewster.  Lina Pagliarulo returns for another term as Trustee.  Lucille Brule was newly elected for a Trustee position.

The Chamber’s annual Christmas party luncheon will be held at Lina’s at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 8th.

CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT

Due to time constraints, the Chamber Spotlight belonging to Gordon Stone of Energy Matters was not held.  Gordon will, instead, be the guest speaker for our January 12, 2011 meeting.  Gordon selected the business card of Janice Nelson, Growing Kids/Renewal who will be in the spotlight for the meeting of the same date.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Dave Warfield. It was seconded by Lucille Brule.

GUEST SPEAKER

In honor of Veterans’ Day, Carl Rotans of Puppies Behind Bars was the Guest Speaker.  Puppies Behind Bars is a nonprofit organization that trains prison inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.  “Dog Tags” is the program that provides service dogs to disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Visit their website: www.puppiesbehindbars.com for more information.

Also in attendance was Frida, a Puppies Behind Bars service dog.

A video outlining the work of Puppies Behind Bars was shown to the group.  It can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/FetchDogOnline#p/u/6/cTqE63pN8_c

 February 2011

WELCOME TO 2011!

Happy New Year Everyone! 2011 will be a great year for us at the chamber! We have a lot of great speakers, events and activiteis lined up for all you.

We rely so heavily on member participation and contribution of time to make the chamber a big success year after year. We hope that 2011 is no different for our organization. We encourage all of you to sign up for different comittees as well as give us any feedback or insight as to how we can improve or expand programs, activities, and/or events for the chamber.

We are here to SERVE our members and hope that you all use the chamber to help grow your own businesses and network throughout the Tri-Boro Area.

Join us for a special Guest Speaker this month

We invite all of you to join us for a great presentation this month by Gordon Stone, the cofounder of Home Energy Matters. The presentation will revolve around increasing your home and or businesses energy efficiency when it comes to heating and air conditioning. Come learn more about how you can lower your energy use and keep more money in your wallet.

Thank you for attending our Annual Holiday Party

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Holiday Party. We had a great turnout and appreciate all of you making the effort to contribute your time and insight into the Tri-Boro Area Chamber. We encourage all of you to keep spreading the word about the chamber in 2011 to continue our great success!

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
November 10, 2010

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank     
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Brewster Chiropractic    
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Dave Warfield                           Trustee                         Retired
Deb Arena                                                                    State Farm
David Austin                                                                 Guest
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Lucille Brule                                                                  Coldwell Banker
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Frank Davis                                                                  Finishing Touch/Christmas Décor
Warren Frerichs                                                             Realty Executives
Frida                                                                             Puppies Behind Bars
Fred Garcia                                                                   Fred’s Town Garage
Ken Ginefra                                                                   GCS Consultants
Norm Harnois                                                                Intercounty Mortgage
Michael Hotz                                                                 Health Center at Bloomingdale
Cheryl Joosten                                                              Griswold Special Care
Bob Kaslander                                                              Excelsior Lumber
Susan Kolaritsch                                                           Griswold Special Care
Paul McGorry                                                                Phys Ed Fitness
Ed Morba                                                                     Family Home Funding
Janis Nelson                                                                 Growing Kids/Renewal
Claire Panicci                                                                Growing Kids/Renewal
Jamie Payne                                                                 Valley National Bank
Jack Pezzuti                                                                  Cartridge World
Bruce Raiken                                                                 Mass Mutual
Sandra Rostek                                                              Intercounty Mortgage
Carl Rotans                                                                   Puppies Behind Bars
Roberta Rovas                                                              Lakeland Bank
Lindsey Sass                                                                The Healing Center
K C Smith                                                                     Suburban Trends
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker
Gordon Stone                                                               Home Energy Matters
Todd Ullrich                                                                  Valley National Bank
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Janet Windeknecht                                                        JW Image Building
Al Zor                                                                           Al’s Contractors Inc

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:45 with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and two trustees were present.  Two U.S. veterans in the group, Warren Frerichs and Dave Warfield, were recognized.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Two applications for Chamber membership were presented to the membership for approval. The first applicant was Paul McGorry of Phys Ed Fitness.  Lucille Brule made the motion to accept Mr. McGorry’s application. The motion was seconded by Dave Warfield.
The second application was that of Warren Frerichs of Realty Executives.  Karen Austin made the motion to accept Mr. Frerichs’ application.  The motion was seconded by Ed Morba.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE OCTOBER 13, 2010 MEETING

A motion to approve the minutes was made by Vivian Vinci seconded by Janice Nelson.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.

Checking Account balance           $2,027.45
Money Market -                                 $3011.40

A motion was made by Jack Pezzuti to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Helyne Czajkowski.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A.  Bills to be paid:
            1.  Postage for Nov. & Dec. $88.00 (Already Paid)
            2.  Printing of Chamber Mailing Envelopes   $ 85.00
            3.  Chamber Website Maintenance for 2010 $750.00

A motion was made to approve payment of the bills was made by Dave Warfield and seconded by Karen Austin.

B. Communications

1.  An update was received from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.
2.  Attendees were reminded of Kinnelon Mayor Glenn Sisco’s upcoming retirement dinner.

C. Committee Reports

OLD BUSINESS

            1.  Chamber members were reminded to take advantage of the Member to Member Discount Program.
            2.  Attendees were directed to visit the Chamber Website found at www.triborochamber.org.

NEW BUSINESS

The 200 Club raffle was held.  Congratulations to the winners who were: New Jersey Networking Group/Ed Morba $500, Lucille Brule $250, Jim Murasko $125, Jim Boyle $125.

2011 Officer elections were held.  All four 2010 officers were relected for the 2011 term year.  Officers are as follows:  President – Jerry Vinci, Vice President – Jim Murasko, Secretary – Karen Austin, Treasurer – Denise Brewster.  Lina Pagliarulo returns for another term as Trustee.  Lucille Brule was newly elected for a Trustee position.

The Chamber’s annual Christmas party luncheon will be held at Lina’s at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 8th.

CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT

Due to time constraints, the Chamber Spotlight belonging to Gordon Stone of Energy Matters was not held.  Gordon will, instead, be the guest speaker for our January 12, 2011 meeting.  Gordon selected the business card of Janice Nelson, Growing Kids/Renewal who will be in the spotlight for the meeting of the same date.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Dave Warfield. It was seconded by Lucille Brule.

GUEST SPEAKER

In honor of Veterans’ Day, Carl Rotans of Puppies Behind Bars was the Guest Speaker.  Puppies Behind Bars is a nonprofit organization that trains prison inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.  “Dog Tags” is the program that provides service dogs to disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Visit their website: www.puppiesbehindbars.com for more information.

Also in attendance was Frida, a Puppies Behind Bars service dog.

A video outlining the work of Puppies Behind Bars was shown to the group.  It can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/FetchDogOnline#p/u/6/cTqE63pN8_c

 March 2011

Join us Wednesday March 9 at Lina's Restuarant for our Monthly Meeting!

We welcome guest speakers Dan TEsta and Michael Hoehn from ADP this month and will be speaking about resources for small businesses.

We encourage everyone to attend our monthly meetings whenever possible in order to make the chamber as productive and useful to all its members as possible. We appreciate everyone who continually attends our monthly meetings.

Welcome New Chamber Member

We would formally like to welcome our newest Tri-Boro Area Chamber member to our organization:

- SANDI'S CONSIGNMENT SHOP - BLOOMINGDALE, NJ - view website

Meet The Mayors

Next month, April 13th our guest speaker will be Kinnelon Mayor Robert Collins. This is part of our "Meet the Mayors" program. We invite everyone to come out and "Meet the Mayors!"

Thank you for attending our February Meeting!

Gordon Stone - Home Energy MattersThanks to everyone who attended the February meeting. We had a great turnout and a very productive meeting. We would like to thank our monthly speaker Gordon Stone from Home Energy Matters for his great discussion on home energy issues. He gave the chamber useful information about the much more efficient home furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, etc that can save on energy costs. He also gave good insight to government rebates and tax breaks for anyone installing these highly efficient systems in their home. We also enjoyed our Chamber Member Spotlight from Janis and Krissy Nelson of Growing/Kids Renewal who spoke about their business which sells slightly used childrens', women's, and baby's clothing and accessories.

We also confirmed comittee chairpersons for 2011:

1. Membership – Chairman- Karen Austin
2. Good and Welfare - Chairmen Jerry and Vivian Vinci
3. Scholarship – Chairman- Bill Stanton
4. Nomination & Election –Chairmen- K.C. Smith & Brandon Ciercielli
5. Fundraising – Chairman- Jim Murasko
6. Program & Publicity – Chairmen – Karen Austin & Lina Pagliarulo

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
February 9, 2011

In Attendance
Jerry Vinci President Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Vivian Vinci Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Denise Brewster Treasurer Brewster Chiropractic
Jim Murasko Vice President Allstate Insurance
Lina Pagliarulo Trustee Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton Trustee Columbia Bank
Dave Warfield Retired
Sandra Rostek Senior Solutions Workshop
Janis Nelson Growing Kids/Renewal
Krissy Nelson Growing Kids/Renewal
Linda Lee Sokerka Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Lucille Brule’ Trustee Coldwell Banker
Gordon Stone Home Energy Matters
Bruce Raiken Lee Nolan / Mass Mutual
Donna Schwarz Sandi’s Consignment Shop
Helyne Czajkowski Health Center at Bloomingdale
Bernice Oberndorf Health Center at Bloomingdale
Normand Harnois Intercounty Mortgage Network
Bob Collins Mayor, Kinnelon
Beth Sebrowski Borough Clerk, Kinnelon
Brandon Ciercielli Suburban Trends
Jocelyn McWilliams Home Energy Matters
Ed Morba Family Home Funding

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by
Jerry Vinci at 12:15 with a salute to the flag. Three officers and three trustees were
present.

A motion to accept the minutes from the November 10, 2010 meeting was made by
Lucille Brule and seconded by Dave Warfield.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
JW Image Building’s application was withdrawn. The application fee was refunded.

TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.
Checking Account - $2,239.95
Money Market - $3,012.18
A motion was made by Helyne Czajkowsi to accept the Treasurer’s report and
seconded by Brandon Ciercielli.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. Bills to be approved (already paid with credit card)
1. Postage for January & February (Paid by Debit Card) $100.00
2. Chamber Website Hosting for 2011 $157.50
A motion to pay the bills was made by Lucille Brule and seconded by Lina Pagliarulo.
B. Communications
1. The Borough of Bloomingdale notified the chamber that Jane McCarthy was
named the official liaison to the Tri-Boro Chamber of Commerce.
2. Letter from Erica Lakawicz our 2010 Butler High School scholarship recipient.
Erica gave us an update on her life at college.

OLD BUSINESS
1. Reminder of the member to member discounts
2. Chamber website: www.triborochamber.org

NEW BUSINESS
A. COMMITTEES FOR 2011
1. Membership – Chairman- Karen Austin
2. Good and Welfare - Chairmen Jerry and Vivian Vinci
3. Scholarship – Chairman- Bill Stanton
4. Nomination & Election –Chairmen- K.C. Smith & Brandon Ciercielli
5. Fundraising – Chairman- Jim Murasko
6. Program & Publicity – Chairmen – Karen Austin & Lina Pagliarulo
7. Website Development
Jerry asked chamber members to consider assisting on some of these committees.

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Janis and Krissy Nelson of Growing Kids/Renewal talked about their business located at 72 Hamburg Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ. Janis & Krissy sell gently used children’s clothing, baby items, women’s clothing and accessories.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:15 PM was made by Bill Stanton and seconded by
Janis Nelson.
GUEST SPEAKERGORDON
STONE – HOME ENERGY MATTERS
Gordon Stone discussed home energy issues. He talked about ways energy can escape even through the smallest openings from pipes and electrical wiring. He gave positive reviews to today’s new furnaces, boilers and air conditioning systems which are more energy efficient. Replacing outdated models would make a big
difference in heating and cooling costs.

Gordon also discussed the New Jersey Clean Energy program. The program offers rebates up to $4,000 and interest free loans of up to $10,000 for homeowners who make their homes more energy efficient. Home Energy Matters will perform an energy audit, point out energy deficiencies and ways to correct them.

 April 2011

Join us April 13th for our Monthly Meeting

Our meeting will be held April 13th at Lina's Restaurant. We have a special guest speaker this month. Robin Lavarato, Substance Abuse Coordinator at Butler High School. Robin will be discussing the Butler Municipal Alliance Committee which is partnering with business owners, religious leaders, law enforcement and the media to stop substance abuse.

We are looking forward to a good turnout this month and encourage all our members to attend.

Welcome New Chamber Members

We would formally like to welcome our newest Tri-Boro Area Chamber member to our organization:

- GISLER-MAHLER - BLOOMINGDALE, NJ - view website
- JOHN FOGG EXCAVATING - BUTLER, NJ
- MICHAELS POOLS & SPAS - BLOOMINGDALE, NJ - view website
- EVERGREEN LANDSCAPING - KINNELON, NJ - view website

Thank you for attending our March Meeting!

Dan Testa and Michael Hoen of ADP Small Business ServicesThank you to Dan Testa and Michael Hoen from ADP Small Business Services for their great presentation on ADP'S Services. They primarily handle businesses from 1 to 49 employees. Their services include, payroll and tax filing along with HR resources for your business. HR resources include Instant Pre-Screens, Comprehensive Employee Handbooks, State and Federal Compliance Database, and Compliance Updates. We enjoyed the information provided and welcome another interesting presentation in the near future.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
March 9, 2011
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci President Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Vivian Vinci Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Denise Brewster Treasurer Brewster Chiropractic
Lina Pagliarulo Trustee Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton Trustee Columbia Bank
Gordon Stone Home Energy Matters
Bruce Raiken Lee Nolan / Mass Mutual
Donna Schwarz Sandi’s Consignment Shop
KC Smith Suburban Trends
Brandon Ciercielli Suburban Trends
Roberta Rovas Lakeland Bank
John Fogg John Fogg Excavating & Michael’s Pools & Spas
Chris Howell Evergeen Landscaping
Warren Frerichs Realty Executives

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by
Jerry Vinci at 12:20 with a salute to the flag. Two officers and two trustees were present.
A motion to accept the minutes from the February 9, 2011 meeting was made by Bill
Stanton and seconded by Lina Pagliarulo

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Evergreen Landscaping – Kinnelon, NJ
Michaels Pools & Spas – Bloomingdale, NJ
John Fogg Excavating – Butler, NJ

Motion to accept new members made by Vivian Vinci seconded by K.C. Smith

TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.
Checking Account - $2,246.95
Money Market - $3,012.41
Motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Lina Pagliarulo and seconded by
Brandon Ciercielli.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. Bills to be approved (already paid with credit card)
1. Tri-Boro Little League – Sponsor Sign $150.00
2. Post Office Box for one year $ 72.00
A motion to pay the bills was made by Warren Frerichs and seconded by KC Smith
B. Communications
1. Our scholarship application is posted on the Kinnelon High School website.

OLD BUSINESS
1. Reminder of the member to member discounts
2. Chamber website: www.triborochamber.org
COMMITTEE REPORTS – There were no reports.

NEW BUSINESS
Warren Frerichs talked about the “Amazing Race” fundraiser being held by Push to
Walk, on August 6. Anyone interested in this fundraiser can find information in
Warren’s” Colts Town” free newsletter publication or on the website
www.HomeTownNewsletters.com.

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Brandon Ciercielli – Suburban Trends talked about the wide number of
publications that are part of North Jersey Media Group. News from all their
publications can be read on NJ.com.
Ads placed in any publication will have web exposure. Companies placing ads can
designate demographics they prefer for maximum exposure. They will also give the
advertiser a tally of the number of people who clicked on their internet ad.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:55 was made by Bill Stanton and seconded by
Gordon Stone.

GUEST SPEAKERS- ADP DAN TESTA & MICHAEL HOEN
Dan & Michael discussed ADP’s services for small businesses from 1-49 employees.
They include online payroll submission & tax filing services
ADP can provide small businesses with online Human Resources support including:
Unlimited background checks
Employee handbook creation
State and Federal Compliance Database

 May 2011

Join us May 11th for our Monthly Meeting & Meet The Mayors

Robert Collins

This month begins our "Meet The Mayors" program! We invite everyone to come to our May meeting and participate in what is sure to be a great meeting. This month we welcome newly elected Kinnelon Mayor, Robert W. Collins as our speaker. Mayor Collins will be discussing issues concerning Kinnelon.

Robin LavoratoThank you for attending our April Meeting!

We would like to formally thank our guest speaker Robin Lovorato, Butler High School Student Assistance Counselor who represented the Butler Municipal Alliance Committee.

The Butler Municipal Alliance Committee was formed to help develop and implement strategies to prevent substance abuse. Programs begin in pre-school and continue through high school. Making healthy choices, problem solving, positive communication, decision making and other life skills are all part of the program.

The NJ Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse receives the funding for the program from the Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund. It uses monies received from drug charge penalties and monies confiscated in drug arrests. This was a very informative and educational presentation.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
April 13, 2011

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank     
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                         Coldwell Banker
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Frank Davis                                                                  Finishing Touch/Christmas Décor
Warren Frerichs                                                             Realty Executives
Robin Lovorato                                                             BHS/BMAC
Jane Mc Carthy                                                             Borough of Bloomingdale
Bernice Oberndorf, RN                                                  Health Center at Bloomingdale
Jack Pezzuti                                                                  Cartridge World
Bruce Raiken                                                                 Mass Mutual
Roberta Rovas                                                              Lakeland Bank
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church/Kinnelon
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:20 with a salute to the flag.  Three officers and three trustees were present.  A moment of silence was observed in memory of local business owners who had passed away during the prior month.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 9, 2011 MEETING

A motion to approve the minutes was made by Warren Frerichs and seconded by Jack Pezzuti.

TREASURER’S REPORT

In the absence of Denise Brewster, the Treasurer’s Report was read by Jerry Vinci.

Checking Account -            $4,841.95
Money Market -         $3,012.67

A motion was made by Vivian Vinci to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Lucille Brule.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A.  Bills

           1.  Postage in the amount of $28.00 was paid earlier via debit card.
           2.  Biennial Registration fee to Legalized Games of Chance is due in the amount $100.

A motion was made by Bill Stanton to pay the bills.  It was seconded by Lina Pagliarulo.

B. Communications

1.  April 28, 2011 is the date of the annual Rotary Golf Outing.  This year it will be at Wild Turkey and honor Former Kinnelon Mayor, Glenn Sisco.  A motion was made by Jim Murasko for the Chamber to sponsor the event.  It was seconded by Warren Frerichs.
2.  Bill Stanton made the group aware of a Rotary special fund raiser to benefit Howard Ball.  Donations are being collected to purchase a wheelchair lift and vehicle lift for Howard.  If interested, donations are to be made to the Butler Triboro Rotary Club, P.O. Box 113, Butler  NJ  07405.  Please note on the check, “Keep the Ball Rolling”.

C. Committee Reports

 Scholarship Committee – Bill Stanton, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, reminded attendees of the upcoming scholarship deadline on April 15th.

OLD BUSINESS

Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org.

NEW BUSINESS

Jim Murasko informed the group of the Frank Halat Memorial Reward Fund established through the Bloomingdale Police Department.

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

The 5 minute spotlight was held Warren Frerichs of Realty Executives who spoke to attendees about the advantages of dealing with his company when buying or selling real estate. Realty Executives provides virtual tours of listed properties.  Warren indicated the importance of personal service and spoke of the benefits of having telephone access to the property listing agent.  He selected the business card of Jack Pezzutti of Cartridge World who will be spotlighted at the May 11th meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:50 PM was made by Lucille Brule and seconded by Brandon Ciercielli.

GUEST SPEAKER

The guest speaker was Robin Lavorato, Butler High School Student Assistance Counselor, who represented the Butler Municipal Alliance Committee. 

The Butler Municipal Alliance Committee was formed to help develop and implement strategies to prevent substance abuse. For further information on meetings and membership, contact Ms. Lovarato at 973-492-2000 X246 or email her at rlavorato@butlerboe.org.

 June 2011

Join us June 8th for our Monthly Meeting

We invite all of you to our final meeting before Summer Break. Please join us Wednesday June 8th at Lina's Restaurant. We will be awarding our four scholarships for 2011 to the recipients, our special guests for this meeting. We hope to see everyone in attendence for the final meeting before the fall.

Thank you for attending our May Meeting!

Mayor Robert W. CollinsWe would like to thank Kinnelon Mayor Robert W. Collins for his participation in our May 11th meeting and for kicking off our "Meet The Mayors" program.

Mayor Collins discussed the financial issues facing small towns in our area and some of the ways the borough aims to save tax payer money, including consolidating services with other neighboring towns.

In addition, he discussed the re-stabilization of property values in Kinnelon.

Mayor Collins also announced that Kinnelon will be receiving a piece of steel from the World Trade Center towers. Local police who were part of the search effort at ground zero will accompany the artifact from a hangar at J.F.K. Airport to the borough. The piece of steel will be on display in the Borough Hall lobby to commemorate the historic tragic/heroic event. A special ceremony will be held on September 11, 2011.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
May 11, 2011

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic        
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                         Coldwell Banker
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Bob Collins                                                                   Mayor – Borough of Kinnelon
Donna Schwarz                                                             Sandi’s Consignment
Beth Sebrowski                                                             Borough of Kinnelon
KC Smith                                                                      Suburban Trends
Gordon Stone                                                               Home Energy Matters
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:25 with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and three trustees were present.  

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE APRIL 13, 2011 MEETING

A revision was made to the April 13th minutes reflecting Bruce Raiken as the Spotlight Speaker scheduled for today’s meeting. A motion to approve the minutes, as revised, was made by Bill Stanton and seconded by Lucille Brule.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.

Checking Account -            $5,252.45
Money Market -         $3,012.91

A motion was made by Vivian Vinci to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Bill Stanton.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 Committee Reports

 Scholarship Committee – Bill Stanton, Scholarship Committee Chairperson added three new members to his committee to assist in the scholarship recipient selection process.  They are Lisa Bendel, Vivian Vinci and Karen Austin.  

Applicants were required to submit essays explaining how each helps benefit the community and outlining reasons they should considered for the scholarship.

Four essays have been submitted from students residing in the Borough of Kinnelon, three from Butler, two from Bloomingdale, and four from Riverdale.

OLD BUSINESS

A.  Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org

B.  Bill Stanton provided an update as to the status of the Rotary special fund raiser to benefit Howard Ball.  The lift has been purchased and delivered to Howard’s home.  The concrete pad has been set in place.  Phase II, which is the installation of a car lift, is already in motion.

NEW BUSINESS

  1.  Discussion was held regarding closing the Chamber money market account housed at Lakeland Bank due to the declining rate climate. The account would be transferred to the, non-interest bearing, Chamber operating account.  A motion was made by Brandon Ciercielli to close the account. It was seconded by Lisa Bendel.
  2. Jim Murasko reminded attendees of a fundraiser to benefit Butler Municipal Alliance.  All interested should contact Robin Lovarato at 973-492-2000 x 246.
  3. President, Jerry Vinci, asked all Chamber Communications be directed to the Chamber email address which is triborochamber@aol.com.

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

ADJOURNMENT

Gordon Stone made a motion at 12:46 PM to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Bill Stanton.

GUEST SPEAKER

As part of our continuing “Meet the Mayor” series, the guest speaker was Mayor Bob Collins of the Borough of Kinnelon

 July 2011
 
 August 2011
 
 September 2011

Melissa Companick President and CEO of The Better Business BureauWelcome Back Chamber Members!

We hope you all had a wonderful Summer Break! This fall we are ready to get down to business!

We invite all of you to join us for our first meeting September 14th at Lina's Restaurant. Our guest speaker will be Melissa Companick the President and CEO of The Better Business Bureau of New Jersey. She will be providing us with an interesting presentation on Business Identity Theft.

Congratulations to our 2011 Scholarship Recipients!

2011 Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients
Left to Right:   William Stanton, Scholarship Committee Chairman, Craig Lampmann (Butler), Devon Horton (Kinnelon), Colleen Dougherty (Riverdale), Hayley Conklin (Bloomingdale), Gerald Vinci Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce President.

We would like to formally congratulate
our 2011 Tri-Boro Area Chamber Scholarship Award Winners! We wish you all the best of luck in the future!

The following individuals were recognized as the Tri-Boro Commerce 2011 Scholarship award winners:

Hayley Conklin was the winner from Bloomingdale.  She will graduate from Butler High School and plans to attend Stonehill College as a Political Science Major.

Craig Lampmann was the winner from Butler. He attends Butler High School and is going to The University of Maryland to study Civil Engineering.

Devon Horton was the recipient from Kinnelon. She goes to Kinnelon High School and is heading for Cornell to study Nutrition and Health Sciences.

Colleen Dougherty, from Riverdale attends Pompton Lakes High School and will go to Quinnipiac to study Bio-medical Sciences.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
June 8, 2011

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank     
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Brewster Chiropractic    
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                         Coldwell Banker
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          North Jersey Media Group
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Lauren Liebert                                                               N2 Publishing, Mt/Fayson Lakes Magazines      
Bernice Oberndorf, RN                                                  Health Center at Bloomingdale
Bruce Raiken                                                                 Mass Mutual
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Dave Warfield                                                               Retired

Hayley Conklin                                                              Scholarship Recipient – Bloomingdale
Coleen Dougherty                                                         Scholarship Recipient – Riverdale
Devon Horton                                                               Scholarship Recipient – Kinnelon
Craig Lampmann                                                           Scholarship Recipient – Butler
Christine Dougherty                                                      Guest
Lauren Duffy                                                                Guest
Joyce Horton                                                                Guest
Meredith Horton                                                           Guest
Elaine Lampmann                                                          Guest

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:15 with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and three trustees were present.  Chamber members were introduced as were the 2011 Scholarship Award recipients.

APPLICATIONS

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE MAY 11, 2011 MEETING

A motion to approve the minutes was made by Lucille Brule and seconded by Brandon Ciercielli.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.
Checking Account Balance (After Scholarship Checks):        $4,235.62

A motion was made by Vivian Vinci to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Lucille Brule.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A.  Bills

B. Communications

1.  Passaic County Community College is offering free computer classes for local businesses.  Classes are sponsored by NJ Business and Ind. Assoc. Please see Jerry Vinci for information.
2.  The Mahwah Chamber of Commerce is focusing on changing the law in order for small business owners to obtain group health insurance through local Chambers of Commerce.  Jerry Vinci will email general membership as soon as details develop.
.
C. Committee Reports

OLD BUSINESS

  1.  Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org.
  2. Attendees were encouraged to take advantage of Member to Member Discount Program. Information is available on our website. 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. The following individuals were recognized as the Tri-Boro Commerce 2011 Scholarship award winners:
    1. Hayley Conklin was the winner from Bloomingdale.  She will graduate from Butler High School and plans to attend Stonehill College as a Political Science Major.
    2. Craig Lampmann was the winner from Butler. He attends Butler High School and is going to The University of Maryland to study Civil Engineering.
    3. Devon Horton was the recipient from Kinnelon. She goes to Kinnelon High School and is heading for Cornell to study Nutrition and Health Sciences.
    4. Colleen Dougherty, from Riverdale attends Pompton Lakes High School and will go to Quinnipiac to study Bio-medical Sciences.
  1. Today’s Scholarship luncheon was served buffet style. Membership agreed this worked well and would like to maintain this feature as part of the regular meetings.
  2. Dave Warfield was welcomed back after recovering from illness.
  3. Our annual raffle will now be drawn in December during our Holiday Party at Lina’s.

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

The 5 minute spotlight was held Bruce Raiken of Lee-Nolan Mass Mutual. Bruce made a presentation entitled “Building Your Financial Home”.  He referred to himself as a “general contractor” who develops and puts a financial plan in place. He pointed out the various components of a “Financial Home” which included products offered through his company.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Bruce at BRaiken@FinancialGuide.com.

He selected Lucille Brule to be the spotlighted speaker at our September meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:15 PM was made by Dave Warfield and seconded by Bill Stanton.

 October 2011

Assemblyman Alex DeCroce will join us for April 9th meetingWe would like to annouce a very special guest speaker for our October 12 meeting.

Assemblyman Alex DeCroce who represents District 26 which encompasses parts of Morris and Passaic County will be presenting for the chamber.

Welcome New Chamber Members

We formally welcome three new chamber members this month:

- Glowhouse, LLC - Butlter, NJ - view website
- Practice Synergy, LLC - Butler, NJ - view website
- Lionheart Group - Kinnelon, NJ - view website

Melissa Companick President and CEO of The Better Business BureauSpecial thanks to September's Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker was Melissa Companick President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. Melissa discussed the function of the BBB as an ethical center for buyers and sellers. The BBB has been in existence for 100 years. They have created standards in advertising and business practices.

The BBB can help to resolve problems between consumers and businesses.
Melissa informed the members about business identity theft, which is ten times more common than individual identity theft. Small businesses are more vulnerable to theft because in many cases they do not have the resources to protect vital information.

If you are a victim of business identity theft respond quickly. Contact police or FBI, your bank and credit card companies. Let your customers know if you have been affected by identity theft since the thieves may have access to their private information. Let them know what steps you are taking to address the situation.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
September 14, 2011

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                   Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                                                                  Valley National Bank
Denise Brewster                      Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic        
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                          Coldwell Banker
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Lisa Bendel                                                                    Lia Sophia Jewelry
Brandon Ciercielli                                                           Suburban Trends
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
KC Smith                                                                       Suburban Trends
Vivian Vinci                                                                    Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Augusta Morena                                                            Smartstop Self Storage
Dave Warfield                                                                Retired
Theresa Wilson                                                              Practice Synergy, LLC
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm Insurance
Diana Boyd                                                                    Garage Sale Treasures LLC, Butler
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church in Kinnelon
Melissa Companick                                                         Better Business Bureau
Sharon Speer                                                                 Health Center at Bloomingdale
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Anne Schanche                                                              Lionheart
William Townley                                                             Servpro of North Morris County
Elisa Di Christina                                                            Glowhouse Kids
Lauren Libert                                                                 N2 Publishing

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:10 with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and three trustees were present. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Glowhouse Kids, LLC, Practice Synergy, LLC, Lionheart Group
Motion to accept new members was made by Dave Warfield and seconded by Lina Pagliarulo.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE JUNE 8, 2011 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Helyne Czaijkowski and seconded by Lucille Brule.

TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.

Checking Account -            $4,453.62 ( AFTER SCHOLARSHIPS)

A motion was made by Vivian Vinci to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Lina Pagliarulo.

BILLS
POSTAGE - $29.00
RAFFLE TICKET PRINTING - $60.00
TRI-COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - $250.00
SELECTIVE INSURANCE COMPANY - $385.00
JAMES LA SALA ESQ. (ANNUAL REPORT FEE)

A motion was made by Lucille Brule to pay the bills and seconded by Lisa Bendel.

COMMUNICATIONS
Karen Austin informed Jerry Vinci that she would no longer be able to continue as Chamber Secretary. Jerry and the entire chamber thanked her for her excellent work as secretary and for bringing in many new members.

Jerry Vinci read thank you notes from several of our scholarship recipients.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Jim Murasko talked about the raffle used to fund the scholarships each year. Winners will be picked at the December holiday luncheon.

A nominating committee headed by Brandon Ciercielli was formed. Anyone interested
In becoming an officer please contact Brandon. New officers will be elected at the November meeting.

OLD BUSINESS
Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org

He also encouraged members to check the Tri-County Chamber site www.tricounty.org  for networking opportunities and various events. As a member of the Tri-County chamber all our members can participate in their events.

NEW BUSINESS
Karen Austin announced the motorcycle run on Saturday, September 17 starting at Kosco Harley Davidson, Kinnelon, to benefit Puppies Behind Bars.

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Lucille Brule of Coldwell Banker Real Estate presented an overview of the real estate market. She talked about her experience as a rental specialist and property manager. She commented that “service is the most important part of the business”.

ADJOURNMENT
Vivian Vinci made a motion at 1:00 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Lucille Brule.

GUEST SPEAKER
Our guest speaker was Melissa Companick President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. Melissa discussed the function of the BBB as an ethical center for buyers and sellers. The BBB has been in existence for 100 years. They have created standards in advertising and business practices. The BBB can help to resolve problems between consumers and businesses.

Melissa informed the members about business identity theft, which is ten times more common than individual identity theft. Small businesses are more vulnerable to theft because in many cases they do not have the resources to protect vital information.

If you are a victim of business identity theft respond quickly. Contact police or FBI, your bank and credit card companies. Let your customers know if you have been affected by identity theft since the thieves may have access to their private information. Let them know what steps you are taking to address the situation

 November 2011

Join us for our monthly meeting November 9th!

Our November guest speaker will be Etta Nappi the veteran liaison for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. She will discuss health issues faced by our veterans. This will be a very informative presentation and we hope to see all of you there.

Welcome New Chamber Members

We formally welcome two new chamber members this month:

- Reformed Church in Kinnelon - Kinnelon, NJ - view website
- Garage Sale Treasures, LLC - Butler, NJ - view website

Alex Decroce - New Jersey AssemblymanSpecial thanks to October's Guest Speaker

We would like to formally thank NJ Assemblyman Alex DeCroce for addressing the chamber during our October meeting.

Assemblyman DeCroce discussed the political landscape in New Jersey and some of the effects of redistricting.He also talked about the government pro-growth policy which has kept a number of businesses here,and created an incentive for over 20 businesses to relocate to New Jersey.

Assemblyman DeCroce was questioned about the pending legislation that would allow businesses with 1-50 employees to purchase group health insurance through their Chamber of Commerce. He believesthe legislation may possibly be acted upon in the next legislative session after the new year, and thatthere seems to be support for it in both parties.

Alex DeCroce
New Jersey Assemblyman
26th Legislative District

760 Route 10 West, Suite 101
Whippany, NJ 07981
973-884-6190

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
October 12, 2011

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                      Treasurer                      Bloomingdale Chiropractic        
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                        Coldwell Banker
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                        Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                        Columbia Bank
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Donna Schwarz                                                            Treasure Hunt
Vivian Vinci                                                                    Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Augusta Morena                                                           Smartstop Self Storage
Dave Warfield                                                               Retired
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm Insurance
Diana Boyd                                                                   Garage Sale Treasures LLC, Butler
Beverly Sullivant                                                           Reformed Church in Kinnelon
Greisy Suazo                                                                Health Center at Bloomingdale
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Bernice Oberndorf                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale  
Anne Schanche                                                             Lionheart
Elisa Di Christina                                                           Glowhouse Kids
Lauren Libert                                                                 N2 Publishing
Art Brown                                                                      Lionheart
Gordon Stone                                                               Home Energy Matters
Jim LaSala                                                                    Attorney
Bob Collins                                                                   Mayor-Kinnelon
Beth Sebrowski                                                             Kinnelon Borough Clerk
Bruce Raiken                                                                 Lee Nolan/Mass Mutual
Alex DeCroce                                                                NJ Assemblyman
Mario Fornini                                                                 NJ Assembly
John Stickley                                                                Evergreen
Julie Shiel                                                                     Party Connections
Colleen Parsons                                                            Suburban Trends
George Brewster                                                           Bloomingdale chiropractic

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:20 with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and three trustees were present.  

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Pastor Beverly Sullivant – The Reformed church in Kinnelon, Diana Boyd – Garage Sale Treasures. A motion to accept new members was made by Vivian Vinci and seconded by Bill Stanton.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Lucille Brule’ and seconded by Helyne Czajkowski

TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.

Checking Account -            $3,883.12

A motion was made by Dave Warfield to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Bill Stanton.

BILLS
POSTAGE - $29.00

A motion was made by Brandon Ciercielli to pay the bills and seconded by Bernice Oberndorf

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Jim Murasko asked members to take raffle books for the December raffle.
Brandon Ciercielli is contacting members regarding the November election of officers.

OLD BUSINESS
Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org

He also encouraged members to check the Tri-County Chamber site www.tricounty.org  for networking opportunities and various events. As a member of the Tri-County chamber all our members can participate in their events.

NEW BUSINESS
Glow House Grand Opening is scheduled for November 12th.
                                                                                                                        

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Anne Schanche of Lionheart Assurance Solutions talked about identity theft and ways to avoid being a victim. She mentioned the services to small businesses as well as legal services.

ADJOURNMENT
Brandon Ciercielli  made a motion at 1:00 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Lina Pagliarulo.

GUEST SPEAKER
Our guest speaker was  New Jersey Assemblyman Alex DeCroce. Alex discussed the political landscape in New Jersey and some of the effects of re-districting.
He also talked about the ability of the state to keep a number of businesses here through tax incentives.

 

 December 2011

Join us for Annual Holiday Luncheon December 14th!

Its the time of year again when we celebrate the holidays! We would like to invite all our chamber members out to Lina's Restaurant December 14th at 12:00 PM.

Co-workers, family, or a friend or two are all invited as well. The cost is $15.00 per person and includes a special holiday buffet.

Please RSVP by contacting Vivian Vinci at 973-838-5678 or emailing triborochamber@aol.com. Please do let us know how many are attending.
No advanced payment is necessary.

Welcome New Chamber Members

We formally welcome a new chamber member this month:

- SmartStop Self Storage - Riverdale, NJ - view website

Celebrate Glowhouse Kids Grand Opening December 9th!

Glow House KidsGlowhouse Kids of Butler, NJ will be hosting their Grand Opening - Open House, Friday December 9th from 10am to 10pm.

They will be giving away hourly prizes of $50.00 off Party Bookings. Glowhouse Kids includes great activities for kids such as:

  • Blacklight Birthday Parties
  • Creative Play Drop-Off's & Open Play
  • Enrichment Classes

Glowhouse Kids is located at 1510 Rt. 23N, Butler NJ next to the Burger King.
Call 973-850-6366 or visit www.glowhousekids.com for more information.

Etta Nappi
Etta Nappi & Wesley Rogers
Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
70 South Orange Ave.
Livingston, NJ 07039
973-994-4738

Thank you to our November Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker was Etta Nappi, Veteran Liaison for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care. Etta spoke about Vitas’ involvement in the veteran community and the services they offer, which include Hospice care and helping veterans apply for government benefits.

She discussed health issues among veterans such as post-traumatic stress syndrome and how it affects the family as well as the veteran. Veterans suffering from the effects of Agent Orange who were exposed during the Vietnam War.

Etta reminded everyone of the importance of showing appreciation to our veterans for the sacrifices they have made for America.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
NOVEMBER 9, 2011
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic        
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                         Coldwell Banker
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Augusta Morena                                                            Smartstop Self Storage
Dave Warfield                                                               Retired
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church in Kinnelon
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Bernice Oberndorf                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Michael Hotz                                                                 Health Center at Bloomingdale  
Anne Schanche                                                             Lionheart
Elisa Di Christina                                                           Glowhouse Kids
Jim LaSala                                                                    Attorney
Bruce Raiken                                                                 Lee Nolan/Mass Mutual
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Roberta Rovas                                                              Lakeland Bank
Ken Ginefra                                                                   GCS Consultants
Theresa Wilson                                                              Practice Synergy, LLC
Etta Nappi                                                                    Vitas
Wesley Rogers                                                              Vitas

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:20 with a salute to the flag.  Three officers and three trustees were present.  

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Smart Stop Self Storage – Riverdale.  A motion to accept new member was made by Vivian Vinci and seconded by Helyne Czajkowski.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE OCTOBER 12, 2011 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Lucille Brule’ and seconded by
Brandon Ciercielli.

TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.
Checking Account -            $4,058.12
A motion was made by Dave Warfield to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Helyne Czajkowski.

BILLS
Postage - $29.00
Website maintenance fees for 2011 $750.00
A motion was made by Lucille Brule  to pay the bills and seconded by Bernice Oberndorf

COMMUNICATIONS
Butler Library Focus Group
Butler Board of Ed – Ad Hoc Budget Outreach Committee

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Raffle - Jim Murasko reminded members of the raffle next month and availability of raffle books.

Nominating Committee -Brandon Ciercielli contacted members regarding the opportunity to run for office. He expressed the need to fill the position of secretary. No one expressed an interest in running.

OLD BUSINESS
Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org

He also encouraged members to visit the Tri-County Chamber site www.tricounty.org  for networking opportunities and various events. As a member of the Tri-County chamber all our members can participate in their events.

NEW BUSINESS
Glow House Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Election of officers – The current officers were re-elected. A motion to accept the current officers was made by Brandon Ciercielli and seconded by Dave Warfield.
President -Jerry Vinci, Vice President- Jim Murasko,
Treasurer- Denise Brewster. There were no candidates for Secretary.
Theresa Wilson inquired as to the exact duties of the secretary. Theresa agreed to serve as secretary for the coming year. A motion to elect Theresa Wilson secretary was made by Jim LaSala and seconded by Lucille Brule.

Chamber Member Survey – Jerry Vinci distributed a survey sheet to the members and asked that they fill them out for the next regular meeting in January.
                                                                                                                        
GUEST SPEAKER
Our guest speaker was Etta Nappi, Veteran Liaison for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.
Etta spoke about Vitas’ involvement in the veteran community and the services they offer. She discussed health issues among veterans such as post-traumatic stress syndrome and how it affects the family as well as the veteran. Veterans suffering from the effects of Agent Orange who were exposed during the Vietnam War were also discussed.

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Jim Murasko of Allstate Insurance Company spoke about the recent weather issues which have resulted in numerous calls from clients inquiring as to their coverage for certain damage to their property. He mentioned that some companies will only allow 2 claims in five years or they may not renew the coverage.

ADJOURNMENT
Lisa Bendel made a motion at 1:20 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Theresa Wilson.

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