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 January 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

Welcome to 2012 Tri-Boro Area Chamber Members!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a productive year. We have lot of great guest speakers and activities planned for 2012. We hope that you will join us!

Monthly Meetings kick off January 11, 2012

Our first chamber meeting of 2012 will take place January 11 at Lina's Restaurant. Our first guest speaker of the year will be Wayne Hammaker of the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad. We hope to see you all there.

Congratulations to our Winter Raffle Winners!

1st Prize $500   Diane Pezzuti
2nd prize $250  Christopher Miller
3rd Prize $125   Jodie Bross
4th Prize $125   Jodi Monro


The drawing was held at the Holiday luncheon in December.

Thank you for attending our Annual Holiday Luncheon

Every year the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce holds an Annual Holiday Luncheon to celebrate the coming holidays with fellow friends and members.

Family members and friends of our chamber members are always welcome to attend as chamber member guests. We thank everyone who was in attendance for making this such a special day.

The Tri-Boro Area Chamber would like to thank ALL our members for making 2011 a memorable, productive, and successful year.

We encourage everyone to become actively involved in the chamber and help it to grow into a very useful networking tool for all our members.

Best of luck in 2012!

Glow House Kids opens it doors in Butler, NJ!

Glow House Kids Grand Opening December 9, 2011
In Photo: Pictured on the left are Elisa and Kevin Kinailuck with daughter Kendal and staff members Kimberly Hester & Cat VanAllen. On the right are Mario Cardinale, Butler school superintendent, Chamber president, Jerry Vinci, Chamber treasurer Denise Brewster, Chamber trustee Bill Stanton.

Congratulations to Glowhouse, LLC for opening its doors. We wish them the best of luck in 2012 and we were happy to celebrate the Grand Opening Ceremonies on December 9, 2011. Glow House Kids is located at:

Glow House Kids
1510 Route 23 North
Butler, NJ
973-850-6366
www.glowhousekids.com

 February 2012

Join us February 8th for our monthly meeting

We invite all our chamber members to our Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, February 8th

We have a great guest speaker lined up for our monthly meeting February 8th. Mario Cardinale - Butler Superintendent of Schools will be giving a presentation to the Tri-Boro Chamber. We hope to see you all there.

Wayne Hammaker Tri-Boro First Aid SquadThank you to our January Guest Speaker!

Our guest speaker was Wayne Hammaker of Tri-Boro first Aid Squad.

Tri-Boro first aid has been in existence for 73 years. It is volunteer based.

Wayne spoke of the dedication of the first aid squad members. They currently provide services to area residents and will transport to most hospitals as well as hospitals in New York City. They receive some funding from the state, but depend mainly on their annual donation drives for funding. If interested in helping to support the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad just let us know and we will provide you with more information.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
JANUARY 11, 2012
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic        
Theresa Wilson                          Secretary                      Practice Synergy, LLC
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                         Coldwell Banker
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Dave Warfield                                                               Retired
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church in Kinnelon
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Sharon Spear                                                                Health Center at Bloomingdale
Jim LaSala                                                                    Attorney
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm
Lauren Libert                                                                 N-2 Publishing
Krissy Nelson                                                                Growing Kids
Meghan Silva                                                                Growing Kids
Brent Pope                                                                   Servpro of Northern Sussex/Wayne
Jodie Bross                                                                  Glenwild Garden Center
Karen Dellaripa                                                              Schneider & Associates
Jane McCarthy                                                              Boro of Bloomingdale
Dawn Fitzpatrick                                                            Griswold Special Care
Len Hasson                                                                   Guest Tri-Boro First Aid Squad
Wayne Hammaker                                                         Guest Tri-Boro First Aid Squad
Sally Fan                                                                      Guest – Just That Someone LLC

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
No new applications received

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE NOVEMBER 9, 2011 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Lucille Brule’ and seconded by
Lisa Bendel.

TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.
Checking Account -            $4,190.12
A motion was made by Bill Stanton to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Dave Warfield.

BILLS
Website Hosting fees for 2012 $159.00
Creative Safety Products – Ad for Officer Phil - $199.00
A motion was made by Jim LaSala  to pay the bills and seconded by Lucille Brule’

COMMUNICATIONS
No new communications

COMMITTEE REPORTS

A Board of Trustees Meeting was held on 1/3/12 wherein the various committee chairs were selected.

Jim Murasko asked the members to provide ideas for the Fundraising Committee as the Chamber is trying to plan a very active year.

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.

He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials for networking to meetings to display on the table containing the name badges.

A Membership Survey was sent to all members via email and another copy was provided to all who attended the meeting today.  He encouraged everyone to respond so that the Chamber can fulfill the needs of its members.

NEW BUSINESS
2012 COMMITTEES
 The following committees along with their respective chairs have been formed:

  1. The Membership committee will continue to be chaired by Bill Stanton
  2. The Good & Welfare Committee will be chaired by Vivian and Jerry Vinci
  3. The Scholarship Committee will be co-chaired by Bill Stanton and Lina Pagliarulo
  4. The Nomination Committee will continue to be chaired by Brandon Ciercielli
  5. The Election Committee will continue to be chaired by Brandon Ciercielli
  6. The Arbitration Committee members will be determined by appointment and named on an as needed basis.
  7. The Fundraising Committee will be chaired by Jim Murasko.
  8. The Program & Publicity Committee will be chaired by Vivian Vinci
  9. The Website Development Committee will serve the Chamber in the area of communication and sales.  (to be formed)

Jerry Vinci asked the members to come forward and provide help and ideas for the committee chairs.  Jim Murasko also requested help with fundraising as well as any ideas/functions that would help promote attendance and participation by the members.
                                                                                                                        
GUEST SPEAKER
Our guest speaker was Wayne Hammaker of the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad. This is the Squad’s 73rd year in volunteer service.  They currently provide services to area residents anywhere needed including New York City.  They offer transport services for non-ambulatory residents to and from doctor’s offices. They receive some funding from the state but depend mainly on their annual donation drives for funding. 

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Lisa Bendell of Lia Sophia spoke about her business as a Lia Sophia representative. Her group sells close to a million dollars of jewelry every month. The jewelry is guaranteed for life. The company offers a great opportunity to earn a terrific income while having fun doing so.  

ADJOURNMENT
Vivian Vinci made a motion at 1:30 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Lucille Brule.

 March 2012

Join us March 14th for our monthly meeting

We invite all our chamber members to our Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, March 14th.

We have a great guest speaker lined up for our monthly meeting March 14th. Bob Lee of ASA Marketing will be giving a presentation to the Tri-Boro Chamber on Mobile Marketing-Internet Lead Generation. We hope to see you all there.

Welcome New Chamber Members

We formally welcome a new chamber member this month:

- AAMCO Transmissions - Butler, NJ - view website
- LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR - Sehnaz Zor - Kinnelon, NJ
- SUZETTE'S STAINED GLASS STUDIO & GALLERY - Butler, NJ

Tri-boro Chamber offering trip to the 9/11 Memorial in NYC May 14, 2012

The Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fundraising trip to the September 11 Memorial in New York City and the Hall of Fame of Great Americans in the Bronx on Monday, May 14, 2012.

The trip has been organized by chamber members Phil and Donna Azzolino of Group Tours and Travel. This is an opportunity to see the memorial and the hall of fame as well as socialize and network with fellow travelers. The cost of the trip is $70.00 per person. Make checks payable to Group Tours and Travel LLC by April 2, 2012.

Click Here to see the flyer for all the details.

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce Joins Us as Our Guest Speaker at Our April 11th Meeting

BettyLou DeCroce
District: 26 – Morris, Essex & Passaic Counties
Born: November 17, 1952
Education: Berkeley College, Rutgers University
Legislative Service: General Assembly 2012-present
Commitee(s): Assembly Education, Assembly Women & Children
Email: aswdecroce@njleg.org

With extensive experience in private business and public service, BettyLou DeCroce joined the Assembly on Feb. 16, 2012, filling the vacancy created by the sudden passing of her husband, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.

Assemblywoman DeCroce is committed to fighting for common sense legislation to promote private sector growth, create jobs and reduce the tax burden on job-creating businesses and families.

Before serving in the Legislature, Assemblywoman DeCroce was serving as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs where she authored the Best Practices for municipalities, which has become a model for identifying efficiencies in local government that reduce property taxes.

Previously, she served her community in several capacities including councilwoman in Mine Hill and deputy township manager and Municipal Clerk in Roxbury. She was a long-time Commissioner of the North Jersey Health Insurance Fund where she also served as Chairwoman; the Assemblywoman worked closely with 40 municipalities to reduce costs through shared services.

Assemblywoman DeCroce has hands-on experiencing owning and operating the family business, ERA Gallo & DeCroce, Inc.

Assemblywoman DeCroce has also been active in volunteer community service, most notably helping to pass a Constitutional amendment to protect the rights of crime victims in New Jersey. She has also brought grant money to her community to combat drug and alcohol abuse as former President of the Municipal Alliance and currently serves on the Morris County American Cancer Society Board of Directors.

BettyLou and Alex DeCroce were married for 18 years, residing in Parsippany. Assemblywoman DeCroce has two sons and three grandchildren.

Mario Cardinale - Butler Superintendent of SchoolsThank you to our February Guest Speaker!

Our guest speaker was Mario Cardinale the Butler Superintendent of Schools.

Mr. Cardinale spoke about the recent efforts to increase school security, upgrade technology with the help of federal grants, and increase SAT performance by offering SAT prep courses at the high school.

They are also working to increase academic performance as a whole at each of the schools.

Thank you to Mario for an informative presentation and a good look at what our local school systems are currently doing to improve our education system.  

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci -                             President                       Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                            V. President                   Allstate Insurance
Theresa Wilson                        Secretary                     Practice Synergy, LLC
Lucille Brule                             Trustee                        Coldwell Banker
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Vivian Vinci                                                                  Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Dave Warfield                                                              Retired
Jim LaSala                                                                   Attorney
Lisa Bendel                                                                  Lia Sophia Jewelry
Lauren Libert                                                               N-2 Publishing
Brent Pope                                                                  Servpro of Northern Sussex/Wayne
Jodie Bross                                                                  Glenwild Garden Center
Karen Dellaripa                                                              Schneider & Associates
Warren Ferricks                                                             Realty Executives
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Bernice Oberndorf                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Norm Harnois                                                                Senior Solutions/IMN
Nancy Morrisey                                                             United Way of Northern NJ
Diana Boyd                                                                   GST Unlimited/Garage Sale Treasures
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
Christopher Calfayan                                                     Cal-co Painting
Cara Calfayan                                                               Finders Keepers Consignment Shop
Karen Austin                                                                 Valley National Bank
Linda Lee                                                                      Caldwell Banker
Jack Pezzuti                                                                  Cartridge World Kinnelon
Phil Azzolino                                                                 Group Tours
Mario Cardinale                                                             Guest – Butler Superintendent of Schools

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:30PM with a salute to the flag.  Three officers and two trustees were present.  Denise Brewster, Bill Stanton and Howard Ball were absent.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
No new applications received

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE JANUARY 14, 2012 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Jack Pizzuti and seconded by Lauren Libert.

TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer’s Report was read by Jerry Vinci.
Checking Account -            $3,808.12
A motion was made by Brandon Ciercielli to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Lucille Brule.

BILLS
Postage (already paid) $77.00
Tri Boro Little League Annual Fee for sign - $150.00
A motion was made by Jack Pezzuti  to pay the bills and seconded by Dave Warfield.

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Letter from Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen
  2. Request from Sue Maurer – Butler High School
  3. Letter from Haley Conklin – Scholarship Recipient
  4. Letter from Borough of Bloomingdale
  5. Networking opportunities from Tri-County Chamber – go to our website and click on link to Tri-County Chamber for upcoming networking events
  6. Hearing in Trenton for Group Health Insurance Bill – Bill is back on agenda for 2012 (benefits Chamber members who plan to participate).

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Jerry Vinci reported that Howard Ball is at the Christian Health Center in Wycoff and would like some visitors. He is in room 356.

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.

He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials for networking to meetings to display on the table containing the name badges.

A Membership Survey was sent to all members via email and another copy was provided to all who attended the last meeting.  He encouraged everyone to respond so that the Chamber can fulfill the needs of its members.

NEW BUSINESS
New Chamber business cards contain the QR codes and are available to all members.
                                                                                                                        
GUEST SPEAKER
Our guest speaker was Mario Cardinale, Butler Superintendent of Schools. The school board has recently increased security efforts at the schools, added a new athletic complex with security cameras, and upgraded technology with the help of various federal grants.  They are also looking to increase performance on the SAT’s by offering SAT prep courses at the high school and are working to increase academic performance as a whole at each of the schools.

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Lauren Libert of N2 Publishing spoke about her business as an N2 representative. N2 Publishing is located in Wilmington North Carolina and began social publications in affluent neighborhoods.  Residents in each community write their own articles for their related publication. Businesses can advertise in the publications and they can write articles once annually about their businesses.  Some of the communities that N2 Publications serves are: Mountain Lakes, Fayson Lakes and Pines Lake.

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

 April 2012

Tri-boro Chamber offering trip to the 9/11 Memorial in NYC May 14, 2012

The Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fundraising trip to the September 11 Memorial in New York City and the Hall of Fame of Great Americans in the Bronx on Monday, May 14, 2012.

The trip has been organized by chamber members Phil and Donna Azzolino of Group Tours and Travel. This is an opportunity to see the memorial and the hall of fame as well as socialize and network with fellow travelers. The cost of the trip is $70.00 per person. Make checks payable to Group Tours and Travel LLC by April 2, 2012.

Click Here to see the flyer for all the details.

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce Joins Us as Our Guest Speaker at Our April 11th Meeting

BettyLou DeCroce
District: 26 – Morris, Essex & Passaic Counties
Born: November 17, 1952
Education: Berkeley College, Rutgers University
Legislative Service: General Assembly 2012-present
Commitee(s): Assembly Education, Assembly Women & Children
Email: aswdecroce@njleg.org

With extensive experience in private business and public service, BettyLou DeCroce joined the Assembly on Feb. 16, 2012, filling the vacancy created by the sudden passing of her husband, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.

Assemblywoman DeCroce is committed to fighting for common sense legislation to promote private sector growth, create jobs and reduce the tax burden on job-creating businesses and families.

Before serving in the Legislature, Assemblywoman DeCroce was serving as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs where she authored the Best Practices for municipalities, which has become a model for identifying efficiencies in local government that reduce property taxes.

Previously, she served her community in several capacities including councilwoman in Mine Hill and deputy township manager and Municipal Clerk in Roxbury. She was a long-time Commissioner of the North Jersey Health Insurance Fund where she also served as Chairwoman; the Assemblywoman worked closely with 40 municipalities to reduce costs through shared services.

Assemblywoman DeCroce has hands-on experiencing owning and operating the family business, ERA Gallo & DeCroce, Inc.

Assemblywoman DeCroce has also been active in volunteer community service, most notably helping to pass a Constitutional amendment to protect the rights of crime victims in New Jersey. She has also brought grant money to her community to combat drug and alcohol abuse as former President of the Municipal Alliance and currently serves on the Morris County American Cancer Society Board of Directors.

BettyLou and Alex DeCroce were married for 18 years, residing in Parsippany. Assemblywoman DeCroce has two sons and three grandchildren.

Bob Lee - ASA MarketingThank you to our March Guest Speaker!

Our guest speaker was Bob Lee of ASA Marketing, LLC.

Bob discussed the advantages of using mobile devices for marketing your business. Most people have mobile devices and are more likely to open a message on their phone than open an advertising e-mail on their computer.

It can be used to send out coupons or special discounts.  A large percentage of Smartphone users look for local businesses, products and services. QR codes for Smartphone users are a good way to direct potential customers to your website.

Visit www.asamarketing.com for more info.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
MARCH 14, 2012
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
Vivian Vinci                                                                  Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Dave Warfield                                                              Retired
Jim LaSala                                                                   Attorney
Lisa Bendel                                                                  Lia Sophia Jewelry
Brent Pope                                                                  Servpro of Northern Sussex/Wayne
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Bernice Oberndorf                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Norm Harnois                                                                Senior Solutions/IMN
Nancy Morrisey                                                             Senior Solutions
Sandra Rostek                                                              Senior Solutions
Diana Boyd                                                                   GST Unlimited/Garage Sale Treasures
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
Karen Austin                                                                 Valley National Bank
Phil Azzolino                                                                  Group Tours
Dawn Fritsch                                                                 Griswold Home Care
Augusta Morena                                                            SmartStop Self Storage
Luis Diaz                                                                       SmartStop Self Storage
Bob Lee                                                                       ASA Marketing
Al Zor                                                                          Al’s Contractors
Sehnaz Zor                                                                   Licensed Professional Counselor
Suzette Donnelly                                                           Stained Glass Studio/Gallery
James Certosimo                                                           AAmco Transmissions
Cynthia Templeton                                                        Push to Walk
George Brewster                                                           Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Bruce Raiken                                                                 Lee Nolan/Mass Mutual
Sharon Spear                                                                The Health Center at Bloomingdale
Ed Morba                                                                     Family Home funding
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church in Kinnelon

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:25PM with a salute to the flag.  Three officers and three trustees were present.  Theresa Wilson, Secretary was absent.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
AAMCO TRANSMISSIONS – BUTLER – JAMIE CERTOSIMO
SUZETTE’S STAINED GLASS STUDIO – BUTLER-SUZETTE DONNELLY
SEHNAZ ZOR –LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR - KINNELON

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 8, 2012 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Phil Azzolino and seconded by Beverly Sullivant.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Checking Account -            $6,378.62
A motion was made by Vivian Vinci to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Al Zor

BILLS

  1. Postage (already paid) $32.00
  2. 12 month postal fee for box 100 - $78.00 due 3/31/12
  3. Butler Rotary sponsorship sign - $100

A motion was made by Brandon Ciercielli  to pay the bills and seconded by Lucille Brule

COMMUNICATIONS
No communications

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Bill Stanton, chairman of the Scholarship Committee sent letters to the high schools regarding scholarship applications.

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.

He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials for networking to meetings to display on the table containing the name badges.

NEW BUSINESS
April 11 – Guest Speaker – Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce.
May 14 Trip to 911 Memorial with Group Tours and Travel. – Phil Azzolino explained that the bus will pick up in Lina’s parking lot at 7:00 am. Itinerary includes the 911 Memorial, Times Square & the Hall of Fame of Great Americans in the Bronx. The bus will return at approximately 6:15 pm.
                                                                                                                        
CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Sandra Rostek and Norm Harnois discussd the benefits of reverse mortgages. They can be used by those who are in foreclosures, or those who have difficulty paying their taxes or need money for major repairs due to hurricane or other weather related damage. Homeowner must be 62 years old or older and must have enough equity in the home to qualify.

ADJOURNMENT
Bill Stanton made a motion at 1:10 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Phil Azzolino

GUEST SPEAKER
Bob Lee of ASA Marketing, LLC discussed the advantages of using mobile devices for marketing your business. Most people have mobile devices and are more likely to open a message on their phone than open an advertising e-mail on their computer.

It can be used to send out coupons or special discounts.  A large percentage of SmartPhone users look for local businesses, products and services. QR codes for SmartPhone users are a good way to direct potential customers to your website.

 May 2012

SERVPRO of Wayne Workshop Scheduled for Thursday April, 26 from 10:00 - 12:00 PM.

Chamber Member ServPro of Northern Sussex County/Wayne will be guest speaking for a workshop which discusses: "Understanding Mold and It's Influence on the Real Estate Marketplace"

Brent Pope of ServPro will conduct a dynamic discussion of prevant mold issues challenging the real estate industry. The workshop will be for the Passaic County Board of REALTORS.

Click Here to see the flyer for all the details.

Welcome New Chamber Member

We formally welcome a new chamber member this month:

- My Mommie's Kitchen - Butler, NJ - view website

Join us May 9th for our Monthly Chamber Meeting

The Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce is will hold our monthly meeting on May 9th at 12:00 PM at Lina's Restaurant in Bloomingdale, NJ.

Our featured guest speaker for May will be Gina Ihne, community director of March of Dimes in the Wayne, NJ area. Gina is a dynamic speaker and has a worthwhile presentation in store for all of us. We hope to see all our chamber members in attendance.

We are getting closer and closer to our summer recess. Therefore we encourage all chamber members to let us know if you have any special events going on that are scheduled for the summer months. A great benefit of being a chamber member is using this website to promote all your upcoming special events and promotions, etc. Therefore we encourage all members to let us know whats upcoming so we can help your business flourish!

Tri-boro Chamber offering trip to the 9/11 Memorial in NYC May 14, 2012

The Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fundraising trip to the September 11 Memorial in New York City and the Hall of Fame of Great Americans in the Bronx on Monday, May 14, 2012.

The trip has been organized by chamber members Phil and Donna Azzolino of Group Tours and Travel. This is an opportunity to see the memorial and the hall of fame as well as socialize and network with fellow travelers. The cost of the trip is $70.00 per person.

If you are still interested in attending please do not hesitate to contact Group Tours and Travel.

Click Here to see the flyer for all the details.

Push to Walk Wine Tasting Benefit Scheduled for June 14!

We would like to inform the community of a great upcoming benefit event! June 14th there will be a Wine Tasting in Celebration of Flag Day Event, benefitting the Push to Walk organization of Riverdale, NJ.

The Event will run from 6:30 - 9:30 PM June 14th and will feature wines donated by Gary's Wine & Marketplace Vendors. The event will be sponsored by ShamRock School of Music and include live music performances by guitarist Lou Pallo of the Les Paul Trio and Vince Genella & The Business. All artists have graciously donated their time & talents.

Tickets will cost $100 per person and include: "cocktail hour" style food stations, musical entertainment, and wine tasting. The night also includes a 50/50 raffle event.

All proceeds to benefit Push to Walk in Riverdale, NJ which is a specialized exercise gym for individuals with spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

Click Here to see the flyer for all the details.

BettyLou DeCroceThank you to all who attended our April 11th meeting and a very Special Thank You to Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Our Guest Speaker

Thank you to Assemblywoman DeCroce for attending our April 11th meeting as our Guest Speaker. We had a great turnout and appreciate everyone attending and making this meeting a memorable one.

Assemblywoman DeCroce represents the 26th legislative district. She spoke about moving forward with the legacy of her late Husband Alex's work in helping New Jersey businesses. She also shared her extensive experience in public service to New Jersey.

Congratulations to Suzette's Stained Glass Studio & Gallery

Suzette's Stained Glass Studio & Gallery

On April 7th, 2012 Suzette's Stained Glass Studio & Gallery opened its doors to the public. Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce President Gerald J. Vinci was in attendance. Congratulations to Suzette on her new business venture.

Suzette's Stained Glass Studio & Gallery can be located at:
168 Main street
Butler, NJ 07405
201-452-3070

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
APRIL 11, 2012
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Theresa Wilson                          Secretary                      Practice Synergy LLC
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Jane McCarthy                                                              Borough of Bloomingdale
Augusta Morena                                                            SmartStop Self Storage
Karen Austin                                                                 Valley National Bank
Cyntha Templeton                                                         Push to Walk
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church of Kinnelon
Shawn Yasitha                                                              Ally Insurance
Gus Belo                                                                      Professional Group Plans
Norm Harnois                                                                Senior Solutions/IMN
Nancy Morrisey                                                             Senior Solutions
Akiaha Sheean                                                              Patch
Pete Howard                                                                 Patch
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
George Brewster                                                           Bloomingdale Chiropractic
BettyLou DeCroce                                                         New Jersey Assemblywoman
George Dredden                                                           Chief of Staff

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:25PM with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and two trustees were present.  Lucille Brule and Howard Ball, Trustees, were absent.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
MY MOMMY’S KITCHEN – BUTLER – DIANE CLARKE

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 8, 2012 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Denise Brewster and seconded by Theresa Wilson.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Checking Account -            $7,043.47
A motion was made by Bill Stanton to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Jane McCarthy.

BILLS

  1. Postage (already paid) $50.00
  2. Tri-County Chamber membership dues - $255.00 due 3/31/12

A motion was made by Bill Stanton to pay the bills and seconded by Jane McCarthy

COMMUNICATIONS
Request from Sally Fane for Extreme Baseball Team sponsorship (on an individual basis). Jerry will forward the email to the membership and encourage membership to provide their own sponsorship.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Jerry Vinci reported that Howard Ball would like some visitors. Contact Jerry for more information.

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.

He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials for networking to meetings to display on the table containing the name badges.

May 14th trip to 911 Memorial with Group Tours & Travel – deadline extended to May 9th.

Jerry reminded members that they can post their own events on the Chamber website calendar.

NEW BUSINESS
No new business reported
                                                                                                                        
CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Suzette Donnelly of Suzette’s Stained Glass Studio & Gallery was absent for her spotlight.
Cynthia Templeton of Push to Walk took the spotlight.  They are a non-profit organization located in Riverdale that is dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries.  Their activity based exercise programs are customized and challenging, offering clients endless possibilities for reaching their personal goals and independence.

ADJOURNMENT
Bill Stanton made a motion at 1:15 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Jane McCarthy.

GUEST SPEAKER
New Jersey Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce accompanied by her Chief of Staff, George Dredden.

BettyLou is the Assemblywoman of the 26th Legislative District. She spoke about moving forward with the legacy of NJ and continuance of Alex DeCroce’s work in helping the businesses of NJ.  She also shared her bio and work history with the attendees.

 June 2012

Welcome New Chamber Member

We formally welcome a new chamber member this month:

Sky Insurance Agency, Inc. - Butler, NJ - view website

Join us June 13th for our Monthly Chamber Meeting

Our last monthly meeting prior to Summer Recess will be held on June 13th at 12:00 PM at Lina's Restaurant in Bloomingdale, NJ.

We will be awarding our four Scholoarship Recipients for 2012. Don't miss our last meeting before Summer Recess! Below is our list of 2012 Scholarship Awardees:

  • Butler - Min Chen
  • Bloomingdale - Amberly Gurbisz
  • Kinnelon - Amanda Hagl
  • Riverdale - Kaitlin Kober

We encourage all chamber members to let us know if you have any special events going on that are scheduled for the summer months. A great benefit of being a chamber member is using this website to promote all your upcoming special events and promotions, etc. Let us help grow your business!

Push to Walk Wine Tasting Benefit Scheduled for June 14!

We would like to inform the community of a great upcoming benefit event! June 14th there will be a Wine Tasting in Celebration of Flag Day Event, benefitting the Push to Walk organization of Riverdale, NJ.

The Event will run from 6:30 - 9:30 PM June 14th and will feature wines donated by Gary's Wine & Marketplace Vendors. The event will be sponsored by ShamRock School of Music and include live music performances by guitarist Lou Pallo of the Les Paul Trio and Vince Genella & The Business. All artists have graciously donated their time & talents.

Tickets will cost $100 per person and include: "cocktail hour" style food stations, musical entertainment, and wine tasting. The night also includes a 50/50 raffle event.

All proceeds to benefit Push to Walk in Riverdale, NJ which is a specialized exercise gym for individuals with spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

Click Here to see the flyer for all the details.

Gina Ihne - Community Director of the March of DimesThank you for attending our May 09 Meeting

Very special thank you to Gina Ihne - Community Director of the March of Dimes for speaking at our May 09 meeting.

Gina spoke about the non-profit organization. It was originally founded in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat polio. Now that polio has been eradicated the mission of the organization is to support research and programs that help moms have full term pregnancies and healthy babies.

All of the money raised in New Jersey is used for programs in New Jersey.

Congratulations to My Mommy's Kitchen!

My Mommy's Kitchen - Butler NJ Grand OpeningOn April 28th, 2012 My Mommy's Kitchen officially opened its doors to the public.

Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President James Murasko was in attendance.

Congratulations to Diane Clarke on her new business venture!

My Mommy's Kitchen is located at:
1295 Route 23 South
Butler, NJ 07405
973-291-6686

E-mail: dclarke152@optonline.net
Web: www.mymommyscookiesrock.com

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
MAY 9, 2012

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Theresa Wilson                          Secretary                      Practice Synergy LLC
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                         Coldwell Banker
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
David Warfield                                                              Retired Member
James Certosino                                                           Aamco Transmissions
Suzette Donnelly                                                           Suzette’s Stained Glass & Gallery
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Diana Boyd                                                                   GST Unlimited Inc/Guest
Joe LaFergola                                                               Fish Window Cleaning/Guest
Denez Stark                                                                  March of Dimes
Gina Ihne                                                                      March of Dimes

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:25PM with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and three trustees were present.  Howard Ball, Trustee, was absent (he is in the Boonton Fireman’s Home).

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Sky Insurance – butler, NJ – Shawn Yasika.  A motion to approve was made by Lucille Brule and seconded by Bill Stanton

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE APRIL 11, 2012 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Vivian Vinci and seconded by Jim Murasko.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Checking Account -            $6,826.97
A motion was made by Lucille Brule to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Bill Stanton.

BILLS

  1. Postage (already paid) $32.00
  2. Domain Name reneal for the website – 1 year - $27.00

A motion was made by Brandon Ciercielli to pay the bills and seconded by Bill Stanton

COMMUNICATIONS
Next month’s meeting is a special meeting as we will be giving out scholarships to the high school seniors within the Chamber community.  Please make every effort to attend.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Bill Stanton of the Scholarship Committee reported that he has received 1 application from a Kinnelon student and 1 from Riverdale.  He expects to receive more and asked if anyone wanted to volunteer to help him review them.  Lucille Brule and Theresa Wilson volunteered their help if needed.

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.

He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials for networking to meetings to display on the table containing the name badges.

May 14th trip to 911 Memorial with Group Tours & Travel – deadline extended to May 9th.

Jerry reminded members that they can post their own events on the Chamber website calendar.

NEW BUSINESS
Joe LaFergola of Fish Window Cleaning in Riverdale is a new business looking to join the Chamber.
                                                                                                                        
CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Suzette Donnelly of Suzette’s Stained Glass Studio & Gallery described the types of items that are sold in her store, all of which are made here in the USA.  She also teaches students and carries basic supplies for this craft.

Our June speaker will be Jamie of Aamco Transmissions.

ADJOURNMENT
Lucille Brule made a motion at 12:45 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Dave Warfield.

GUEST SPEAKER
Gina Ihne, Community Director of the March of Dimes spoke about the organization. It was founded in 1938 and was established to help fight birth defects as well as help the afflicted families.  All of the money raised in New Jersey stays in the state. Website: www.marchofdimes.com/newjersey

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 September 2012

Welcome New Chamber Member

We formally welcome a new chamber member this month:

- Fish Window Cleaning - Riverdale, NJ - view website

Join us September 12 for our Monthly Chamber Meeting

September 12 marks our first meeting back in session since the summer break!

We hope all of you enjoyed the summer recess. We are looking forward to a productive fall and making the Tri-Boro Area Chamber more useful and beneficial to all our members.

This month we have a great guest speaker lined up and invite all of you to attend our first meeting back! Caryn Luberto, President of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, will be speaking to us about all the great and upcoming networking opportunities with the Tri-County chamber.

Congratulations to our 2012 Scholarship Winners!

At our June 13 Meeting, the Tri-Boro Chamber presented checks to our 4 scholarship winners.

Tri-Boro Area Chamber Scholarship Winners 2012
Left to Right:   Min Chen (Butler), Amberly Gurbisz (Bloomingdale), Amanda Hagl (Kinnelon), Kaitlin Kober (Riverdale), Gerald Vinci (Chamber President), William Stanton (in back - Scholarship Chairman)

 

Howard BallTri-Boro Chamber Loses a Dear Friend

Our Chamber of Commerce lost a very dear friend and our inspirational leader for many, many years as Howard Ball passed away from a long illness on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Our thoughts and prayers are still with his family. Howard will be missed by all.

For those who wish to read and learn more about Howards life please click on the following link: North Jersey Obituaries

 

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
JUNE 13, 2012
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Theresa Wilson                          Secretary                      Practice Synergy LLC
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
David Warfield                                                              Retired Member
Jamie Certosino                                                            Aamco Transmissions
Brandon Ciercielli                                                          Suburban Trends
Diana Boyd                                                                   GST Unlimited Inc/Guest
Joe LaFergola                                                               Fish Window Cleaning/Guest
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church Kinnelon
George Brewster                                                           Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Shawn Yasika                                                               Sky Insurance
Augusta Morena                                                            Smart Stop Self Storage
Amberly Gurbisz                                                            Bloomingdale Scholarship Recipient
Min Chen                                                                      Butler Scholarship Recipient
Amanda Hagl                                                                Kinnelon Scholarship Recipient
Kaitlin Kober                                                                 Riverdale Scholarship Recipient

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:20PM with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and two trustees were present.  Lucille Brule, Trustee, was absent.

 APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Fish Window Cleaning – Joe LaFergola, Riverdale.  A motion to approve was made by Beverly Sullivant and seconded by Brandon Ciercielli.

 APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE MAY 9, 2012 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Brandon Ciercielli and seconded by Bill Stanton.

 TREASURER’S REPORT
Checking Account -            $2,767.97 (after scholarships)
A motion was made by Bill Stanton to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Dave Warfield.

 BILLS

  1. Postage (already paid) $50.00
  2. Plant for Howard Ball’s wake $100
  3. Permit Fees for December Raffle - $40

A motion was made by Lina Pagliarulo to pay the bills and seconded by Donna Schwarz

 COMMUNICATIONS
1. Invitation to Meet with Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen on June 23 at 9:30AM at Bloomingda,e Town Hall.
2. Letter from Matt Fagan, Suburban Trends, regarding an October 28th fundraiser for Push to Walk (no time mentioned).

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

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.

He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials for networking to meetings to display on the table containing the name badges.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Diana Boyd is still collecting for fundraiser to send 2 volunteers to Kentucky to rebuild homes that some have lost.
  2. There is a used cell phone drive (fundraiser) for Chamber – Lucille Brule is collecting them

Presentation of Scholarships:

  1. Bloomingdale – Amberly Gurbisz – will attend William Paterson University to study nursing
  2. Butler – Min Chen – will attend Vasser College to become an orthopedic physician
  3. Kinnelon – Amanda Hagl – will attend Keane University to become a Physician Assistant
  4. Riverdale – Kaitlin Kober – will attend Montclair State University to study Mathematics

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Jamie Certosino of AAMCO Transmissions in Butler. His business performs all types of auto mechanic work not just transmissions. They offer free towing to customers that use their services for 1 year. $5 of every $100 spent goes to future repairs of customer.

ADJOURNMENT
Brandon Ciercielli made a motion at 12:55 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Dave Warfield

 October 2012

Join us October 10 for our Monthly Chamber Meeting

This month we invite everyone to attend our meeting for a very special double seminar from the US Postal Service.

We know all of you could benefit from some more information about great direct mail and shipping options that are available from the USPS. This month, USPS employee Maritza Torres will be presenting information to the Tri-Boro Area Chamber regarding the EDDM "Every Door Direct Mail" program. EDDM is a great new affordable way to reach potential customers without spending thousands in postage, mailing lists, and unnecessary printing.

Also presenting will be USPS employee Pablo Casiano, Jr. who will discuss some of the great shipping options available to you.

These presentations could be extremely beneficial for all of you and we hope to see everyone in attendance.

Jack O'Lantern Jamboree - Push to Walk Fundraiser at Kinnelon High School - Sunday, October 28 - 4:30 - 6:30 P.M.

Push to Walk JamboreeWe invite everyone to attend OR compete in this great community event!

October 28, from 4:30 - 6:30 PM Push to Walk and the Suburban Trends will be hosting a Jack O'Lantern Jamboree - Pumpkin Extravanganza at Kinnelon High School. This will be a family friendly event including Jack O'Lantern and painted pumpkin contest, live pumpkin carving competition with a silent auction, wheelchair obstacle course, kid's games, and the grand lighting for the Push to Pumpkin Walk.

Click here to download the Event Flyer and Learn More!

For more information you can also contact:
Stephanie Lajam
at 862-200-5848 or slajam@pushtowalknj.org.

November Elections Coming Soon!

We would like to remind all chamber members that this coming November at our monthly meeting we will be electing new officers.

The following positions are open:

President (one year term) - currently held by Gerald Vinci
Vice President
(one year term) - currently held by Jim Murasko
Treasurer
( one year term) - currently held by Denise Brewster
Secretary
(one year term) - currently held by Theresa Wilson

Trustee (two year term) - currently held by Lucille Brule
Trustee
(two year term) - currently held by Lina Pagliarulo
Trustee
(one year term) - vacant as the result of the passing of Howard Ball

If anyone is interested in serving as an officer or trustee please contact Nominating Chairperson, Vivian Vinci at 973-838-5678.

Names will be put in nomination at the October meeting and we will vote at the November meeting.

Thank you to our September Guest Speaker and all who attended the meeting!

Caryn LubertoWe had a great turnout for our first meeting back after summer session! We would like to thank all of you for your attendance. We especially would like to thank our guest speaker, Caryn Luberto, President of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce for a great presentation.

Tri-County Chamber of Commerce serves Passaic, Morris and Essex counties and hosts around 40 events per year. Throughout the year there are Multi-chamber networking events which are scheduled at different locations and at different times of the day, morning, afternoon, and early evenings to accommodate varying work schedules.

They also offer seminars on various topics which are excellent networking opportunities. Tri-County is in direct contact with Governor Christie’s office regularly. The state of New Jersey has also provided a New Jersey Business Action Center where business owners can get answers to most business questions.

All Tri-County events are on the Tri-County Chamber website www.tricounty.org.

All our Tri-Boro Area Chamber Members should keep these great Multi-Chamber Networking events in mind as they can be a huge opportunity for you to expand your business further and create a larger network of potential clients.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Caryn Luberto                                                               Tri-County Chamber of Commerce
Cynthia Templeton                                                         Push to Walk
Karen Austin                                                                 Valley National Bank
Mary Stevens                                                                MRS Bookkeeping Services
Joseph Marrocco                                                                      CFS Certified Financial Services
Matt Fagan                                                                   Suburban Trends
Julie Frierichs                                                                Realty Executives
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Tom Richard                                                                 Energy Beams
Sheri Luberto                                                                Aamco
Helyne Czjkowski                                                          Health Center at Bloomingdale
Bernice Oberndorf                                                         Health Center at Bloomimgdale
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
David Warfield                                                              Retired Member
Jamie Certosino                                                            Aamco Transmissions
Diana Boyd                                                                   GST Unlimited Inc/Guest
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church Kinnelon
Augusta Morena                                                            Smart Stop Self Storage
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 12:20PM with a salute to the flag.  Three officers and one trustee were present.  Theresa Wilson, Secretary, and Lucille Brule, Trustee, were absent.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
There were no new applications.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE JUNE 13, 2012 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Beverly Sullivant and seconded by Karen Austin

TREASURER’S REPORT
Checking Account -            $2,693.35
A motion was made by Dave Warfield to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Karen Austin

BILLS

  1. Filing Fee for NJ Annual Report - $25.00
  2. Selective Insurance - $385.00

A motion was made by Vivian Vinci to pay the bills and seconded by Jim Murasko

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Letter from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen outlining the new taxes that will be incurred as a result of the new Health Care Law.
  2. Letter from Colleen Dougherty, last year’s scholarship recipient commenting on her college experience and academic progress.
  3. Thank you letter from Amberly Gurbisz, this year’s scholarship recipient from Bloomingdale.
  4. Invitation to attend the Business Card Exchange at Columbia Bank on September 19

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

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.

He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials to each meeting for table display.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. 200 Club Raffle tickets will be distributed to members as soon as they are ready.
  2. Push to Walk Fundraiser – Jack O Lantern Jamboree at Kinnelon High School
    • Sunday, October 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
      They will sell pumpkins. There will be a pumpkin carving contest, games, silent auction, and at sundown all the carved pumpkins will be lit. Businesses can set up tables (free of charge) to promote themselves. Anyone who would like to make a donation to the silent auction should contact Stephanie Lajam at 862-200-5848 or slajam@pushtowalknj.org.
  3. Nominating committee is needed for the upcoming election of officers and trustees.                                                                                                                     

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Matt Fagan of the Suburban Trends talked about the newspaper’s beginnings in 1958. It now has
 9 thousand paid subscriptions. It is a community oriented newspaper. He suggested sending photos when advertising a charitable event to create more interest.

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

GUEST SPEAKER – CARYN LUBERTO – TRI-COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Tri-County Chamber of Commerce serves Passaic, Morris and Essex counties.
Tri-County hosts 40 events per year. Multi-chamber networking events are scheduled at different locations and at different times at breakfast time, lunch time and after work hours to accommodate varying work schedules. Seminars on various topics are also networking opportunities. Tri-County is in touch with Gov. Christie’s office regularly. The state has provided a New Jersey Business Action Center where business owners can get answers to business questions. All Tri-County
events are on the Tri-County Chamber website www.tricounty.org

 

 November 2012

Join us November 14 for our Monthly Chamber Meeting

This month we encourage all of you to attend our meeting as we will be electing our new Officers and Trustees!

As the new year is quickly inching closer we hope all of you make time to join us for one of our monthly meetings and help us plan for 2013. We have many goals we would like to acheive and it will take the help of our members to make it happen.

We encourage all of you to make sure to let us know what events, news, or products and services you want to share information about with chamber members. This website is here for your benefit too and is a way for you to let others know about your products and services. If you have a noteworth bit of information or news you would like us to share, just let us know!

November Chamber Elections This Month!

We would like to remind all chamber members, at this monthly meeting we will be electing new officers.

The following positions are open:

President (one year term) - currently held by Gerald Vinci
Vice President
(one year term) - currently held by Jim Murasko
Treasurer
( one year term) - currently held by Denise Brewster
Secretary
(one year term) - currently held by Theresa Wilson

Trustee (two year term) - currently held by Lucille Brule
Trustee
(two year term) - currently held by Lina Pagliarulo
Trustee
(one year term) - vacant as the result of the passing of Howard Ball

Welcome New Chamber Members

We formally welcome two new chamber members this month:

- Echo Daily - Butler, NJ - view website
- MRS Bookkeeping Services, LLC - Butler, NJ - view website

Thank you to our October Guest Speakers

Steve Boutillette, Pablo Casiano, and Maritza TorresWe would like Personally thank our Guest Speakers from the US Postal Service for the great presentation and useful information.

At out October monthly meeting, US Postal Service workers delivered a very useful presentation outlining a new and innovative marketing tool as well as how to minimize shipping costs. Maritza Torres discussed the benefits of "Every Door Direct Mail" service. The program allows you to reach every home in your targeted area and no names or addresses are needed. There is no postage permit charge. Mailing can be done for as little as 14.5 cents per piece. Pablo Casiano, Jr. discussed reducing shipping rates by using "Priority Mail Regional Rate" boxes.

Photo from left to right:
Steve Boutillette, Acting Postmaster-Bloomingdale Post Office
Pablo Casiano, Jr.
Maritza Torres

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
OCT 10, 2012
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Theresa Wilson                          Secretary                      Practice Synergy LLC
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                         Coldwell Banker
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
David Warfield                                                              Retired Member
Diana Boyd                                                                   GST Unlimited Inc/Guest
Joe LaFergola                                                               Fish Window Cleaning/Guest
Beverly Sullivant                                                            Reformed Church Kinnelon
Mary Stevens                                                                MRS Bookkeeping Service
Cynthia Templeton                                                         Push to Walk
Lisa Mihok                                                                    Echo Daily
Karen Austin                                                                 Valley National Bank
David Austin                                                                 Guest
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Bernice Oberndorf                                                         Health Center at Bloomingdale
Frank Davis                                                                  Finishing Touch
Bob Cianci                                                                    Suburban Trends
Jane McCarthy                                                              Boro of Bloomingdale
Diane Clarke                                                                 My Mommy’s Kitchen
Margie Sweet                                                                Bloomingdale Library
Kenneth Ginefra                                                            GCS Consultants
Elisa DiChristina                                                            Glow House Kids
Maritza Torres                                                               USPS
Pablo Casiano Jr.                                                          USPS
Stephen Boutillette                                                        USPS

GENERAL MEETING
The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:25PM with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and two trustees were present.  Bill Stanton, Trustee, was absent.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
MRS Bookkeeping Services, LLC – Mary Stevens and Echo Daily – Lisa Saladina Mihok.  A motion to approve was made by Karen Austin and seconded by Helyne Czajkowski.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Beverly Sullivant and seconded by Vivian Vinci.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Checking Account -            $2.481.35
A motion was made by Karen Austin to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Helyne Czajkowski.

BILLS TO BE PAID

  1. Postage for October mailing = $32.00 (Debit Card)
  2. Printing of raffle tickets = $60.00

A motion was made by Lucille Brule to pay the bills and seconded by Bernice Oberndorf

COMMUNICATIONS
1. Letter from Butler Public Schools to attend Ad Hoc “Citizens Advisory Committee for Facilities” meetings.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. 200 Club Raffle – December 12 at 1:00 PM
  2. Nominating Committee Report:
  1. Officers for 2013:

President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer

  1. Two Trustees for Two Year Terms
  2. One Trust for a one year term – to finish the unexpired term of Howard Ball

Motion to leave nominations open until next meeting made by Vivian Vinci and seconded by Kenneth Ginefra

OLD BUSINESS

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

B.  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.

  1. He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials for networking to meetings to display on the table containing the name badges.
  2. Push to Walk fundraiser- Jack O Lantern Jamboree at Kinnelon High School on October 28th. This is a community event rain or shine.

NEW BUSINESS

None  

CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Acu-Data Business Products, Inc. – Jerry & Vivian Vinci.  Jerry and Vivian have owned Acu-Data since 1978 and offer printing and promotional products to members and the community. Chamber members receive 20% off and there will be no set up fee charged through the end of the year.

ADJOURNMENT
Lucille Brule made a motion at 12:55 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Helyne Czajkowski.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Maritza C. Torres and Pablo Casiano Jr. of the United States Postal Service – “Every Door Direct Mail”. This is a simple cost effective way to advertise your business. There is no permit needed and the cost is just 14.5 cents per piece up to a size of 12 x 15.  Just go to the website to register for the service. And select the area to target for your advertising. Delivery occurs within 48 hours of receipt of your advertising materials.

 December 2012

Join us December 12th for our Annual Holiday Luncheon

Happy Holidays

Join us December 12, 2012 for our very special Holiday Celebration with fellow chamber members, their co-workers, family, and friends.

We encourage all of you to come celebrate the holidays with us and enjoy a wonderful holiday luncheon for only $15.00 per person. The luncheon includes a holiday buffet, coffee, tea, dessert, wine and soda.

This year we also plan to have a voluntary Grab Bag. Gifts are optional and should not exceed the $5.00 to $6.00 range.

If you wish to attend please email triborochamber@aol.com or call Vivian Vinci at (973) 838-5678. Please RSVP prior to the event and let us know how many will be attending.

For more information view the PDF here

Congratulations to our Elected/Re-Elected Chamber Officers!

Here are the Chamber Officers for 2013:

President - Gerald Vinci
Vice President
- Jim Murasko
Treasurer
- Denise Brewster
Secretary
- Karen Austin

Trustee - Lucille Brule
Trustee
- Lina Pagliarulo
Trustee
- Theresa Wilson (filling vacancy for Howard Ball's remaining term)

Thank you to our November Guest Speakers

We would like Personally thank our Active Duty Military Guest Speakers SFC Morehouse and SSGT Dymek for a great presentation and for giving us their time.

Sergeant First Class Morehouse and Staff Sergeant Dymek At our November monthly meeting, in honor of Veterans Day we always do our best to have a guest speaker(s) involved in our armed forces either active duty or retired military. This year we were fortunate enough to have Sergeant First Class Morehouse and Staff Sergeant Dymek (pictured left to right) who spoke about how the military can help us as employers through the PaYS program.

This program provides trained and skilled military personnel to fill open job positions. Employers can receive a tax incentive for hiring an employee through this program.

Thank you so much for your service to our country and thank you for taking the time to teach our chamber members about this great program.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
NOV 14, 2012
In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Theresa Wilson                          Secretary                      Practice Synergy LLC
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Lucille Brule                              Trustee                         Coldwell Banker
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Donna Schwarz                                                             Treasure Hunt
David Warfield                                                              Retired Member
Diana Boyd                                                                   GST Unlimited Inc/Guest
Joe LaFergola                                                               Fish Window Cleaning/Guest
Karen Austin                                                                 Valley National Bank
Elisa DiChristina                                                            Glow House Kids
Shawn Yasika                                                               Sky Insurance
Tom Richard                                                                 Energy
Jamie Certisano                                                            Aamco Transmissions
L Valente                                                                      Aamco Transmissions
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker
Bruce Raiken                                                                 Lee-Nolan/Mass Mutual
SSG Shana Dymeck                                                      Guest Speaker
SFC Robert Morehouse                                                 Guest Speaker

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

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE OCTOBER 10, 2012 MEETING
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Vivian Vinci and seconded by Linda Lee Sokerka.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Checking Account -            $2,553.85
A motion was made by Lucille Brule to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by
Joe LaFergola.

BILLS TO BE PAID

  1. Postage for November mailing = $32.00 (Debit Card)
  2. Website maintenance fees for 2012 - $750

A motion was made by Lucille Brule to pay the bills and seconded by Linda Lee Sokerka.

COMMUNICATIONS
1. Received a thank you from Cynthia Templeton, Push to Walk, for Jack O Lantern Jamboree fundraiser held at Kinnelon HS last month.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. 200 Club Raffle – December 12 at 1:00 PM
  2. Nominating Committee Report: (Officers and Trustees)
  1. Gerald Vince - President
  2. James Murasko – Vice President
  3. Denise Brewster – Treasurer
  4. Karen Austin – Secretary
  5. Lucille Brule’ – Trustee 2 years
  6. Lina Pagliarulo – Trustee 2 years
  7. Theresa Wilson – Trustee 1 year (to fill vacancy for Howard Ball’s remaining term)

Motion to elect made by Vivian Vinci and seconded by Linda Lee Sokerka.

OLD BUSINESS

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

  2. 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.

  3. He also reminded everyone to bring promotional materials for networking to meetings to display on the table containing the name badges.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Spaghetti dinner for local veterans and Hope for the Warriers on 11/18/12 at the VFW Hall – 69 Carey Ave., Butler from 1 – 5:00 PM.
  2. Chamber Holiday Party and Raffle Day – December 12, 2012 – Please RSVP as soon as possible. Friends, family and employees are welcome.
  3. Raffle Tickets – Please have them sold PRIOR TO the holiday party.
  4. There will be a $5 grab bag at the holiday party for those that wish to participate.
  5. Diana Boyd is requesting donations for victims of hurricane Sandy. Any clothes, shoes, household items and of course cash is accepted. Kindly drop off at her place of business, GST Unlimited.
  6. Jaime Certisano mentioned that he wishes to help grow our membership and asks if anyone would like to help him. Jerry Vinci asked him if he would be interested in chairing our membership committee. He agreed.
  7. Saturday Dec 8th - Toys for Tots drop off at the Butler train station between 3 and 3:45 PM.

                                                                                                                        
CHAMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Joe LaFergola - Fish Window Cleaning, Riverdale. Company is a national franchise that services commercial as well as residential customers. They also offer gutter cleaning, power washing and cleaning of chandeliers. A discount is offered to chamber members.

ADJOURNMENT
Denise Brewster made a motion at 1:30 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Shawn Yasika.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Active military members, Sergeant First Class Morehouse and Staff Sergeant Dymek spoke about how the military can help us as employers through the PaYS Program. This program provides trained and skilled military personnel to fill open job positions. Employers can receive a tax incentive for hiring an employee through this program.

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