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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff ChambersFest schedule of events Chamber launches new website Evans joins Chamber board B2B Expo coming in October Run for CASHS scholarships Join the 11/30 Network Downtown Happenings Around town with the Chamber Committee corner PA Chamber update Member Orientation Students tour Heritage Center Early childhood education in Pa. June Lunch & Learn Chamber Night at the Suns Game Civil War Seminars & Tours Members in the news Giving back Member spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Leadership Franklin County update Chamber Foundation update June calendar of events
SAVE THE DATE
SIP & SAVOR THE ROARING ’20s 6-7 p.m. Reception 7-9 p.m. Four-course wine & food pairing 10 p.m. Speakeasy After Party at Chambersburg Country Club
B2B EXPO 2 - 7 p.m. Trade show Green Grove Gardens Featuring a Business-to-Business Expo, seminars on digital marketing and more. Visit www.chambersburg.org/events for more information about these events and more. June events are listed on the back of the newsletter.
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On July 30, 1864, Chambersburg became the only northern town burned by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Chambersburg bounced back quickly and has celebrated the rebirth of the town with an annual festival, ChambersFest, each year since 1986. Thousands of people enjoy this community celebration that salutes the spirit of the townspeople. The ChambersFest community celebration in 2015 will be held July 11-18, featuring many activities the entire family can enjoy at little or no cost, including the 12th Annual Tim and Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race/Walk, Scoop-a-Palooza and Old Market Day. ChambersFest takes a significant amount of time to plan and coordinate, and the Chamber is asking members for support. Sponsors enable us to offer events for the community while boosting the area economy. For more information, view the newsletter insert or contact Amy Fisher at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected]
by Monday, June 8. View the calendar of ChambersFest events and our current corporate sponsors on page 3.
Sip & Savor the Roaring Twenties Wine, jazz and delectable cuisine...what more could you ask for? Inspired by the sounds and flavors of the 1920s, Sip & Savor the Roaring Twenties is the Chamber’s signature fundraiser featuring a fourcourse dinner paired with succulent local wines. The event will be held on Saturday, September 12 at the Chambersburg Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. Sip & Savor guests will enjoy the pairings while learning about the balances of flavors from a local wine expert and the chef. In addition, attendees will experience a spectacular evening filled with live and silent auctions, jazz music, networking and more. Following the main dining event, the Sip & Savor Speakeasy After Party will feature a DJ dance club feel with appetizers and cocktails reminiscent of the 1920s. Mark your calendars to join the Chamber as we celebrate local businesses at this premier event unlike any other in the region! Tickets will be on sale soon.
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If you’re interested in helping make this event a great success while gaining exposure for your business, there are a variety of sponsorships available. To learn more, view the flyer insert in the newsletter or contact Kimberly Clapper at 717-2647101 ext. 212 or [email protected]
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eric Foreman, Susquehanna Bank - Chair Suzanne Miller-Trinh, Zullinger-Davis Law Firm - Past Chair Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair-elect David G. Sciamanna - Chamber President Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Michelle Paulnock, ACNB Bank Foundation President Jim Zimmerman, Valley Quarries Inc. Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Derrick Donnell, PA CareerLink Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Terry Guberman, Comfort Keepers Brian Speer, Wilson College Rod Hocker, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Carlos Perez, Chambersburg Wireless Melanie Furlong, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Kim Crider, Kim Crider/Take Shape for Life Mark Story, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County Chris Patterson, Manitowoc Cranes Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Expert Company
CHAMBER STAFF David G. Sciamanna - President [email protected]
Noel Purdy - Executive Vice President [email protected]
Amy Fisher - Communications Director [email protected]
Doug Harmon - Membership Director [email protected]
Maryliz Toohig - Financial Director [email protected]
Robin Harmon - Executive Director of the Chamber Foundation [email protected]
Angie Schaeffer - Exec. Assistant/Office Manager [email protected]
Lark Plessinger - Marketing Assistant [email protected]
Kimberly Clapper - Special Events Coordinator/Admin. Assistant [email protected]
Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected]
Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected]
Q&A with membership director, Doug Harmon Doug Harmon has done a fantastic job as the Chamber’s Membership Director for the past 10 years helping to enhance the membership experience at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Last month, I sat down with Doug to learn more about him and discuss his insight regarding our member base, membership benefits and what’s on-tap for our members in the near future. Below outlines a few of his thoughts from our conversation: Most of our members know you from Chamber events. Can you tell us a little about yourself, and what you like to do outside of the Chamber? May marked my 10th wedding anniversary with my beautiful wife Shannon. We have two wonderful girls: Madison, 7, and Kendall, 3. I have also been at the Chamber for 10 years. I am a native of Chambersburg with a BS in marketing from Penn State and an MBA in marketing from Mount Saint Mary’s University. I love spending time with my family, am active at First United Methodist Church, and like to golf, bowl and spend time outdoors. What are some ways to get the most out of your Chamber membership? 1. Attend Chamber events. This is YOUR chamber and your participation can only help make the events better, thus providing more profit for your business and all other Chamber businesses. Get involved, engaged and take ownership. 2. Take advantage of your member benefits. The Chamber provides you with many tools to help make your business grow. For more details, email us at [email protected]
3. Read your weekly update! Available to all chamber members, this concise, weekly email delivers all the important news and upcoming events in and around the Chambersburg area. We are happy to add anyone from your organization to our list. 4. Promote your business to your fellow chamber members! At no additional cost, you can submit an article for the newsletter, distribute Chamber Cards to your employees, contribute a blog post, offer a residential utility savings program to your employees, post jobs, post events and post coupons and classifieds. 5. Join a Chamber committee. There are various boards and committees that allow you to work directly with community leaders as well as be a leader yourself. These committees always welcome new members and are a great way to meet other members quickly through indirect networking. What is the make-up of our current Chamber membership? Over the last 10 years, the Chamber has averaged between 900 and 1,000 members, going over the 1,000 member mark in 2008. Members range from one employee up to a few thousand. However, the majority of members, about 80 percent, have less than 10 employees. The three largest business sectors represented in the Chamber’s membership include: Manufacturing/Industry/Construction, Healthcare and Food & Beverage Service. What’s in the pipeline to enhance member engagement and experience? The young professionals group, 11/30 Network, recently kicked-off earlier this year. The 11/30 references the intersection of Routes 30 and 11, which symbolize how the group connects young professionals who live and work across Franklin County. There is an opportunity to meet fellow young professionals and gain access to opportunities to get involved. Eric Foreman Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, Susquehanna Bank Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors
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ChambersFest schedule of events Saturday, July 11 • 12th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race/Walk 7 to 9:30 a.m. - Chambersburg Memorial YMCA Proceeds from this event are donated to the Tim & Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. • ChambersFest Bike Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Pump Track on Hood St. Compete in one or more of three bicycle events: Pump Track Race, Best Trick Jump Contest and Short Track Cross-Country Race. Various categories to include ages 6 to adults. • Scoop-a-Palooza 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Chambersburg Area Senior High School Enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream samples from local ice cream shops! Proceeds raise money for educational programs offered through the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation. • Route 30 Three! Film Screening plus Director/Cast Q&A Two screenings: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. - The Capitol Theatre Watch the newest film in the Route 30 trilogy, followed by a Q&A with writer/director John Putch and the cast. • Second Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. - Chambers Fort Park Second Saturdays are back this summer! The free event features outdoor concerts at Chambers Fort Park from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by an outdoor movie beginning at dusk. Friday, July 17 • Sidewalk Sales 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg Downtown businesses bring their best deals out on the sidewalk (or inside if raining), a ChambersFest tradition. The Sidewalk Sales are coordinated by the Downtown Business Council. • Quilted Treasures 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Falling Spring Presbyterian Church The Chambersburg Quilt Guild presents a quilt show with an abundance of quilts and handmade items on display. Saturday, July 18 • Old Market Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg The street festival features art, craft and food vendors, kids activities, entertainment on two stages, North Square Farmers Market and the final day of Sidewalk Sales at downtown retail stores. The event is organized by the Downtown Business Council. • Quilted Treasures 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Falling Spring Presbyterian Church The Chambersburg Quilt Guild presents a quilt show with an abundance of quilts and handmade items on display. • 1864 Burning of Chambersburg Commemoration 6 to 10:30 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg Enjoy music, Civil War walking tours, book signings and exhibits downtown from 6 - 8:30 p.m., followed by the reenactment of The Ransoming and Burning of Chambersburg from 9 - 10:30 p.m. For the most current event information, visit the Chamber website at www.chambersburg.org/pages/ChambersFest.
In late May, the Chamber launched its new website which features a clean, modern look and a responsive web design. The site navigation was also updated to help make information on our site easier to find. Google Analytics reveals a growing number of users visiting our website on mobile devices. More than one third of users accessed our site through mobile phone or tablet devices in 2014. This is a global trend, and the number of mobile users is increasing. This is why the Chamber worked diligently over the past few months with our website provider, ChamberMaster, to upgrade the website to a responsive web design. This design optimizes your website to respond to the device a user is on with layout changes to fit the screen size. While we had a mobile version of the website before, the content was limited. A responsive web design enables us to provide all of the information available on our website to any user on any device, which will increase the number of mobile users and our overall pageviews. It will also help improve our Search Engine Optimization. Website sponsorships are available to help maximize your business’s online exposure. For more information about website sponsorships, contact Doug Harmon at [email protected]
or 717-264-7101 ext. 202. Explore the new website at www.chambersburg.org!
Evans joins Chamber board Brad Evans, arborist representative for Bartlett Tree Experts, is the newest member of the Chamber’s board of directors. The board appointed him at its April meeting to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Mike Ward. Evans joined Bartlett in 1995 to lead a Tree Pruning crew. He later became a plant health care specialist and then onto his current arborist representative position in 2003. Having practical field experience, a passion for plants, and an understanding of tree health and preservation has allowed him to make a big impact on clients’ properties. Evans volunteers his time with the Franklin County Master Gardeners, Penn State Mont Alto and Pennsylvania College of Technology Forestry and Landscape programs. He has also previously been active with the Chambersburg Rotary Club serving in various capacities.
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B2B Expo coming in October
Join the 11/30 Network
Save the date for Thursday, October 8 when the Greater Chambersburg, Shippensburg Area and Greencastle-Antrim Chambers of Commerce partner to host the second Franklin County Business-to-Business Expo from 2 to 7 p.m. at Green Grove Gardens. The Expo is designed to promote business-to-business relationships. The expo will not only provide businesses the opportunity to sponsor booths to promote their goods and services, but will also feature professional development workshops on digital marketing. Businesses interested in an exhibitor booth can reserve one for $250. Limited exhibit spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Participants from 2014 receive $50 off their booth by registering before June 15. Sponsorships are also available. For more information or to reserve your booth/sponsorship, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
Run to help fund CASHS scholarships The Chamber invites community members along with their family and friends to participate in the 12th Annual Tim and Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race/Walk, which will be held Saturday, July 11. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Chambersburg YMCA, with the women’s race/walk at 8 a.m. and the men’s race/walk at 8:30 a.m.
Tim & Susan Cook
The one-mile race is held to honor the memory of Tim and Susan Cook, who died tragically in a car accident on December 13, 2002. Both were 1971 graduates of Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS). Tim was a mathematics teacher at the high school for 28 years and was the coach of the girls’ cross country and track teams. Susan was an administrative assistant at Shippensburg University.
The 11/30 Network has hosted a variety of events over the past few months to spread awareness for this new young professionals group. Beginning this month, the group is collecting memberships. What is 11/30? The 11/30 in our name represents the intersection of Routes 11 and 30 in the near center of Franklin County. Just as this historic crossroads has connected people from throughout the region, the 11/30 Network was formed to connect young professionals who live and work across Franklin County. The 11/30 Network is a vibrant group of young professionals who desire to be involved in the community through social, civic and professional opportunities. Why Join? You’ll meet fellow young professionals and gain access to new opportunities to get involved in our community including: • Network at social and family-friendly events • Grow and develop your professional skills • Volunteer your time to give back to the community • Play sports in a relaxed and friendly environment • Connect with the community and stay in-the-know about local events and happenings • And so much more! THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS Who Can Join? Anyone who lives and/or works in Franklin County who is 39-yearsold or younger as of July 1, 2015.
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How to Join Membership is $30 and is effective from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. To join, attend the Membership Info Open House on Wednesday, June 3 at the Capitol Theatre from 5 to 7 p.m., or complete the membership form available at www.chambersburg.org/1130network. Stay tuned for more great things to come from the 11/30 Network!
Money raised from this event is contributed to the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, which annually awards scholarships to two seniors from CASHS who have modeled the characteristics exemplified by Tim and Susan Cook. Last year, the race raised $1,200 that the Chamber was able to donate for the scholarship fund. Participants who register for the race/walk by Friday, June 26 will receive a discount. The pre-registration rate is $20 per entry and includes a commemorative T-shirt, or $15 with no T-shirt. For more information or to register, visit www.chambersburg.org/events or call 717-264-7101.
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Second Saturdays kick-off June 13
Color downtown with murals For the third year, the Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) Design Committee is coordinating a mural project that will add color and creativity to the public spaces of downtown Chambersburg. Area artists are invited to create an individual mural that will be displayed at various outdoor locations in the downtown area. Prepared canvases (1/4” primed plywood) will be available free of charge at the Chamber office beginning in early June and will be 2-by4-feet in size. The deadline for submissions is August 1. The installation will be unveiled at a First Friday Event on September 4. The murals will be judged and awards will be announced at AppleFest in October. Community members of all ages are encouraged to participate. Guidelines for work: • Must be the artist’s individual work in design and execution. • Work must be able to withstand outdoor display for about five months; two coats of marine grade primer are highly recommended. • Work must be suitable for all ages. • Committee has the right to determine the suitability of work. • All mediums and themes are welcome.
Second Saturdays are back this year featuring Concerts in the Park from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by the Downtown Summer Movie Series. Both the concerts and movies will be held in Chambers Fort Park, located between North Main Street and the Rail Trail and is at the confluence of the Conococheague and Falling Springs creeks. Second Saturdays this year are on June 13, July 11, August 8 and September 12. Concerts in the Park is a live music event where your favorite local bands perform. During the concert, listeners are encouraged to grab dinner or snacks from downtown restaurants, many of which offer Second Saturday specials. Volvo Construction Equipment is the presenting sponsor. Following the live music is the Downtown Summer Movie Series, which returns for its second year. These free outdoor screenings of family-friendly movies are a great opportunity to get out of the house and spend quality time with the family. Summit Health is the presenting sponsor of the movies. Movies and dates include: • Paddington - Saturday, June 13 at dusk • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Saturday, July 11 at dusk • Planes: Fire and Rescue - Saturday, August 8 at dusk • Cinderella - Saturday, September 12 at dusk THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Submissions will be photographed and posted on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. For entry forms and more details, email the DCI Design Committee at [email protected]
, through the website at www.downtownchambersburgpa.com, or call 717-264-7101 ext. 207. SAVE THE DATE! OKTOBERFEST ON OCTOBER 3 The 2nd annual Oktoberfest brings the traditional German festivities to downtown Chambersburg. On October 3rd, you’ll enjoy a fun-filled day packed with events including the John H. Harmon Memorial 5k Run/Walk, the Duck Derby and, of course, Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest features German food, craft beer from Roy-Pitz Brewing Company, hard cider and German music from noon to 5 p.m. The festival is located at the corner of Hood and West King Streets in New Texas Lunch Family Restaurant’s parking lot. Stay tuned for more information to come!
Bring your blankets and chairs; we’ll see you for the Second Saturday kick-off on June 13! For more information about Second Saturdays, call 717-264-7101 or visit www. downtownchambersburgpa.com. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kimberly Clapper at 717-264-7101 ext. 212 or [email protected]
CrabFeast returns in August Don’t drive all the way to the beach for great crabs! We bring them to you at the 20th Annual CrabFeast by Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and VerStandig Broadcasting. The event will be held rain or shine at the AMVETS Post 224 picnic pavilion, 750 Fifth Ave., from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 22. Doors open at 3 p.m. for small games of chance. Food will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets include barbeque chicken and the fixin’s by Main Street Deli and all-you-caneat Hard Shell Crabs by Woodpoint Grille. There will be a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. CrabFeast tickets are available at the Chamber, 100 Lincoln Way East. Cost is $39 per adults and $13 for children 12 and younger. Price includes beverages. Proceeds are used for downtown revitalization.
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V&F Multi-Service opens downtown Community members joined V&F Multi-Service to celebrate its grand opening at 67 N. Main Street in downtown Chambersburg in late April. V&F Multi-Service offers services in both English and Spanish, such as notary public, income tax preparation, document translation, PA license registrations, title transfers, U.S. Citizen applications and much more. Community members and Over the Rainbow supporters cut the ribbon
New children’s advocacy center opens Congratulations to Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center, 1461 South Main Street, for celebrating their grand opening on April 10. The celebration was held in early April in correlation with Child Abuse Awareness Month. The center was created in order to provide a safe, welcoming place for young victims of sexual violence to share their stories in a non-traumatic environment. For more information, contact Over the Rainbow at 717-504-8491. V&F Multi-Service celebrates its opening by cutting the ribbon
Innovative celebrates ribbon cutting Innovative Kitchen & Flooring Supply, LLC celebrated their ribbon cutting ceremony on April 25. Located at 460 B Wayne Avenue, they serve areas throughout Franklin County providing materials, installations and much more for innovative kitchen and flooring needs. Founded in 2014, Innovative Kitchen & Flooring Supply is the new face in the marketplace, providing the highest quality kitchen and flooring solutions in Pennsylvania.
Entrepreneur Night featured panelists Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs, Penny Shaul of Here’s Looking at You, and Jesse Rotz and Ryan Richards of Roy-Pitz Brewing Company
Entrepreneur Night at CASHS The Chamber co-sponsored the first Entrepreneur Night in coordination with National Small Business Week 2015. The event held at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) provided students and others in attendance the opportunity to hear about the successes and challenges of starting a business from local entrepreneurs. The event was also sponsored by the 11/30 Network, CASHS, Franklin County Area Development Corp. and Shippensburg Small Business Development Center. Innovative Kitchen & Flooring staff and community leaders cut the ribbon
Gold’s Gym opens in the mall Congratulations to Gold’s Gym Chambersburg for opening at its new location in the Chambersburg Mall, 3055 Black Gap Road. Members of the community and staff at Gold’s Gym celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 29. Gold’s Gym is a national fitness chain with the mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities they serve through their fitness philosophy, facilities, programs and products. Be sure to drop in to learn more about their fitness programs and membership!
Gold’s Gym opens at its new location in the Chambersburg Mall
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Meet Heather Ebersole, member of the Golf Committee
Unintended consequences of mandated wage hike include job loss
Committee Corner spotlights a different Chamber volunteer to provide insight on their experiences being part of the Chamber, contributing to the community and building their career.
Citing feedback from employers and studies that have shown the negative unintended consequences of mandated wage increases on the economy, PA Chamber of Business and Industry Director of Government Affairs Alex Halper warned in May that raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania will lead to job loss and stressed that lawmakers ought to consider more effective, targeted policies to lift low-income earners out of poverty.
I was introduced to the Chamber when I started my career in financial services. As I began attending monthly mixers, I quickly learned the value of all the networking and engagement opportunities our Chamber provides. It has greatly helped me expand my business circles, and I have been able to develop stronger relationships throughout the community. In the past year, ACNB Bank has expanded with the opening of two new locations in Chambersburg, and the Chamber has been instrumental to helping us grow. I am very thankful for Doug Harmon and his team, for all of their support. After such a positive introduction to the Chamber, I decided to get involved on a committee level. One of the committees that I’m serving on is the Annual Golf Tournament. This is my second year on this committee, and I continue to enjoy working with the group responsible for helping plan this successful fundraising event. It has been rewarding to work with other active members in the community, and see what can happen when everyone pitches in. Doug has some new twists for the 2015 tournament to make it even more fun for attendees! This year, I look forward to getting further involved with the new 11/30 Network, and will be serving on the steering committee for this exciting new initiative. I encourage anyone and everyone to get involved with the Chamber. It’s rewarding in so many ways, from growing relationships to helping our shared community thrive. Hope to see you at the next event! The Chamber’s 2015 Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, June 11. To learn more about Chamber committees, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
“As we have heard from our broad-based membership– particularly our small business members –a mandated wage increase will have negative unintended consequences,” Halper said at a state Senate Labor and Industry Committee public hearing on efforts to raise the wage. “Following the last minimum wage increase in 2006, many employers reported adverse impacts that included reduced hours for their employees, planned expansions curtailed or shelved altogether, price increases and positions eliminated.” In February 2014, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report that showed a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour – the same level that many lawmakers are pushing - would lead to the loss of more than 500,000 jobs nationwide. A Pennsylvania-specific study by the Employment Policies Institute showed that 30,000 jobs would be lost throughout the state. History has shown that mandated wage increases can have the harshest impact on small businesses because they often operate on thin profit margins and do not have the financial resources to absorb increased business costs. “There are simply smarter, more targeted ways to help low-wage workers than imposing arbitrary increases to entry-level wages,” Halper stressed. The PA Chamber has long advocated for policies that more effectively help low-wage workers transition upward through Pennsylvania’s evolving jobs market and fill an existing jobs skills gap. Strengthening workforce development programs will help give individuals the skills they need to qualify for job vacancies and obtain long-term employment at family-sustaining wages. Additionally, numerous states have implemented an Earned Income Tax Credit program to compliment the federal program. Many economists have highlighted this approach as a more direct way to help those living in poverty, because it encourages work and targets support to those most in need. Halper also expressed that a wage hike will have a negative impact on youth employment, especially in urban communities. “Whether the objective is preventing youth violence…or adequately preparing the workforce of tomorrow, it is clear that creating entry-level jobs and encouraging youth employment is critically important,” Halper said. “Forcing employers to increase entry-level wages anywhere from 40 to 500 percent will significantly reduce job opportunities for young, first-time workers.” Halper’s complete testimony is available on the PA Chamber’s website at www.pachamber.org. This article was written by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.
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Member Orientation: Learn how the Chamber can work for you Whether you’re a new member, a new employee for a member company, or simply need a Chamber refresher, the Member Orientation on Thursday, June 25 will help you get the most from your membership. You’ll hear from Chamber staff and fellow members about what the
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Chamber has to offer exclusively for members and how your business can benefit. Sponsored by Corning Credit Union, Strickler Agency Inc. and VerStandig Broadcasting, this free event will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Quality Inn of Chambersburg, 1055 Wayne Avenue. For more information or to register, visit www.chambersburg.org/events or call 717-264-7101.
900+ students tour Heritage Center More than 900 students from various school districts in Franklin County toured the Chambersburg Heritage Center over the past month. It was a busy time for the Center’s volunteers, who led tours and answered questions. In late April, more than 260 eighth grade students from the Greencastle School District were led on tours at the Heritage Center. Throughout May, all of the fifth graders in the Chambersburg Area School District enjoyed the tours, as well. The tours included an explanation of the exhibits in the Heritage Center and a brief walking tour around downtown to explain some of the historic sites and events.
Early childhood education in Pa. On April 15, the Early Learning Investment Commission held its 2015 Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment to showcase Pennsylvania state initiatives that support the promotion of early learning and cognition. A presentation by Denise E. Cesare, president and CEO of Blue Cross of Northeastern PA, highlighted healthcare statistics to stress the impact of early learning on developing lifelong habits of health. According to Cesare, $3.8 trillion dollars is spent annually in the U.S. on health care costs for treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and 75 percent of all health care spending is dedicated to obesity related issues. The good news is that quality early learning programs across the state and in our community are addressing these issues by introducing and teaching healthy habits at a young age. Children in a strong pre-K environment learn about nutrition and develop skills of executive functioning which will later promote self-control and perseverance as well as teamwork and communication. These are the skills that will not only be necessary to create health for a long life, but also lead to the problem solving skills that make a sought after workforce. In our community, quality early learning environments like Head Start, Keystone Stars Centers, Pre-K Counts Centers and the Nurse Family Partnerships are fostering the skills that build healthy habits and executive functioning skills. They are also providing resources for parents and helping promote stronger development of caring relationships that support children and their parents. Chamber members can support quality early learning in partnership with the Community Education Coalition (CEC) of Franklin County by helping educate employees about quality childcare environments and resources available in our community. For more information on CEC or other available resources, contact Robin Harmon at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, 717-264-7101 ext. 205, or Amy Hicks at United Way of Franklin County, 717-262-0015.
“The students are enthusiastic about learning and are very good listeners, which I very much appreciate,” said Frances Humelsine, a volunteer for the Center since its opening in 2004. “I really enjoy leading the tours, especially telling the students about local history.” The students learned about notable Franklin County residents, the town’s unique place in Civil War history and much more. There’s also an 8-foot, 250-pound statue of Ben Franklin that was carved in 1865 and stood atop the courthouse until 1991. It always attracts the attention of the young students! The Heritage Center at 100 Lincoln Way East is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays from May until mid-October. For more information, call 717-264-7101.
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Direct Primary Care Lunch & Learn Join Scotland Family Medicine / Direct Primary Care for a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, June 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber office. Dr. Ken Rictor and Craig Scurato will introduce a healthcare solution for your business that will reduce overall costs and improve access and effectiveness with Direct Primary Care. Learn how your business can access an insurance exchange that advises employees on designing a healthcare product that fits their needs. Last year Dr. Rictor was the only provider in our area. Today, Dr. Rictor has providers from Carlisle to Greencastle that are ready and able to care for the employees in our communities and offer them unparalleled quality primary family care.
CHAMBERSBURG CIVIL WAR SEMINARS & TOURS
April, May seminars bring over 100 tourists to Chambersburg Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours brought more than 100 Civil War history enthusiasts to Chambersburg in April and May, which brought tourism dollars to the community while capitalizing on the area’s local history.
Lunch will be provided courtesy of Fuddruckers in Chambersburg. Attendance for Lunch and Learns is free, but space is limited and reserved on a first come first serve basis. To register, visit www. chambersburg.org/events or call 717-264-7101. Any cancellations not made within 48 hours of event will be billed $10 per seat by the Chamber. No shows will also be billed $10 each.
Chamber Night at the Suns game Enjoy professional baseball - and perhaps see some future major leaguers - at Chamber Night with The Hagerstown Suns on Thursday, August 20 at Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown, Md., when the Suns play the Lexington Legends. All employees of Chamber members and their families can attend this event, so spread the word! The game starts at 7:05 p.m., with a special picnic for Chamber members and their guests from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and include admission and the picnic. For information or to purchase your tickets, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at [email protected]
or 717-264-7101 ext. 202. The Hagerstown Suns are part of the South Atlantic Class A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
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Participants enjoy a tour of Gettysburg Battlefield at the April seminar
Enthusiasts from 19 states and Canada attended the two seminars hosted in Chambersburg. The April seminar focused on leadership and combat in the Civil War and covered topics like leadership at Gettysburg, Grant at Vicksburg, Civil War ballistics and other subjects. “This is our first conference, and we have learned so much, gained friendships and appreciate the hard work of everyone involved,” said Jane Jamrozy, seminar participant who attended with her husband. “The conference was excellent with great speakers and good organization; thank you to all.” The May seminar was centered on the Iron Brigade, an infantry brigade in the Union Army that was composed of regiments from Midwestern states. Participants heard from Tom Clemens, Gordon Dammann, Dan Welch, Lance Herdegen and other experts with sessions and a bus tour to South Mountain, Antietam and Gettysburg. The participants at both seminars were pleased to hear and learn from nationally recognized historians. Between the two events, Civil War Seminars raised nearly $2,000 for battlefield preservation. “Not only do our participants enjoy learning about the Civil War, they are also passionate about giving back,” Lark Plessinger, program coordinator, said. “We have raised over $180,000 since 1989 for Civil War battlefield preservation, and our participants continue to help us raise these funds that support our local Civil War sites like Monterey Pass and Antietam.” Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours will host two more seminars in 2015. The July 22-26 seminar will be held in Richmond, Va. to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and the September 24-27 seminar will focus on Abraham Lincoln. For more information or to register to attend, contact Plessinger at 717-2647101 ext. 206 or visit www.civilwarseminars.org.
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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Pregnancy Ministries, Inc. (PMI) is hosting its annual 5K Run & Walk for Life on Saturday, June 6 at Norlo Park, 3050 Lincoln Way East in Fayetteville. This is a fun, family-friendly event complete with a clown and face painting. Timber Hill Timing will oversee the race. Runners are bibbed for a $25 fee, onsite registration is at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Sponsored walkers may begin any time and may even do their two mile walk at another time or site. PMI is a non-profit pregnancy resource facility with centers in Chambersburg, Greencastle, Shippensburg and Waynesboro. They help men and women with unplanned pregnancies through material, educational and emotional support. Visit www.pregnancyministries.org/events for all the details, tips for getting sponsors and preregistration.
Totem Pole Playhouse, located in Caledonia State Park, announced the casting for the theatre’s 65th Anniversary summer season. Included in the casts will be the star of a current, long-running CBS television series, a star from one of the classic TV sitcoms of the 1970s and ‘80s, a Tony Award-winning, internationally-acclaimed baritone and a veteran stage actor offering his final performance in his one-man show directed by an Oscar Awardwinning director. Franklin County Visitors Bureau is the season’s sponsor. Kicking off the season will be “The Nerd” playing now through June 14. “Shenandoah” will lead a cast of 25 actors at Totem Pole from June 19 to July 5. “The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln” will run from July 10 to July 26, “Grease” July 31 to August 16 and “Lovesick Blues” will run from August 18 to August 23. For more information or tickets call 717-352-2164 or visit www.totempoleplayhouse.org. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center presents “Ballroom with a Twist” on June 13 at 8 p.m. The show will feature 13 dancers from the popular shows “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol.” For more information or tickets visit www.luhrscenter.com or call 717-477-7469.
Sears Holding Corporation is hosting its 5th Annual March of Dimes Golf Tournament sponsored by Kmart Distribution. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. The tournament will be held at Rocky Spring Golf Course in Chambersburg and include a 20-hole, four-person scramble format. Participants will enjoy lunch, prizes, contests and an award ceremony. For more information, please contact James at [email protected]
or call 240-405-9939. Adams County Winery is pleased to announce four new summer wines this season in response to popular requests from customers. The wines include the Appalachian Sunrise, which is a blended sweet blush wine with a strawberry taste. Apple Blossom Blush, Apple Blossom Chard and Laughing Peach have also been added to the lineup. Adams County Winery is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and since 2000 has garnered more than 140 major national and international competition awards. The winery is located at 251 Peach Tree Road and hosts events, tours, wines and more. For more information, visit www.adamscountywinery.com. Strickler Insurance Agency recently congratulated Marv Hissong’s service to their organization. Hissong had been with the business for more than 27 years and recently retired. The Capitol Theatre will host two screenings of the newest film in the Route 30 trilogy, “Route 30 Three!”, on Saturday, July 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The screenings, presented by film writer, producer and director John Putch, will include an audience Q&A with Putch and cast members following the film. Putch is a native of Chambersburg and the films are inspired by his experiences in Franklin County. DVDs of the new film and the previous films will be available for purchase and autographing, including the official launch of the special edition DVD box set. The first 100 attendees to both screenings will receive a free souvenir poster.
In keeping with T.K. Nitterhouse’s vision of “pleasurable to play” golf, Penn National is pleased to announce the addition of two new sets of forward tees to the Founders and Iron Forge courses. This is part of the PGA’s and the USGA’s “Tee it Forward” initiative and will make the game more fun for all levels of players. The courses have been rated on both sets of tees and now range in length from 6,972 to 3,102 yards on the Founders Course and 7,009 to 3,064 yards on the Iron Forge. Benefits include more enjoyable play for beginners and seniors, lower scores, allows shorter hitters to reach greens in regulation, keeps play moving and is more fun for everyone. The Penn National 4-star Golf Digest rated courses attract golfers from far and wide. Corporate and individual memberships are available to the public. Call 717-352-3000 ext. 6 for details on enjoying great golf all season long! SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Luther Ridge will host three free summer concerts through its Music @ The Ridge concert series. In its second year, the concerts will include “A Tribute to the Legends” Patsy Cline cover band on June 12, Take 2 Variety Band performs ‘50s and ‘60s classics on July 10 and Gospel Music by The Jacob Brothers on August 22. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and will be held outside on The Village at Luther Ridge campus. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, the performances will be moved into The Fleck Community Center at 2998 Luther Dr. in Chambersburg. A food stand will also be available with proceeds benefiting the SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Luther Ridge Auxilliary. For more information, contact Patty Hoover at 717-2671665. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents “The Lettermen” on Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. The ‘60s and early ‘70s saw “The Lettermen” score over 25 chart hit singles including “Theme from A Summer Place” and “Hurt So Bad.” For more information or tickets visit www.luhrscenter.com or call 717477-7469.
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It’s All About Community! GIVING BACK ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Chambersburg Club Inc. recently donated funds for students to attend the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2015. These gifts will enable two scholarships to be awarded to two local high school sophomores or juniors eager to join the 2015 program. This educational program is designed to teach youth about the definition of free enterprise and what it means to the quality of life for the community. The Chambersburg Noontime Lions and the Chambersburg Evening Lions recently traveled to the PA Lions Beacon Lodge Camp in Mount Union, Pa. to help prepare the camp for its blind and disabled campers. The group volunteered by scraping, sanding and painting picnic tables, raking and bagging leaves as well as scraping and painting the railing that runs along the tranquil Braille Trail. The Chambersburg Lions Clubs enjoyed their time volunteering to help the blind and disabled have a wonderful camping experience at Beacon Lodge. The camp was established in 1948 and has 583 acres of mountain wilderness for those with disabilities to enjoy including nature walks, fishing, boating, swimming and archery. CSX Intermodal Terminals Inc. recently donated $15,000 to United Way of Franklin County in support of the Stepping Forward Works logistics training course. Board members and participants in the current Stepping Forward Works class came together to accept the donation from Ben Bracy of CSX, which will be used to provide future trainings. Students in the class receive training that prepares them to test for Certified Logistics Associate and Forklift Technician certifications as well as begin to interview with local employers in the field by the end of the course. The goal of the course is to create pathways for sustainable employment in Franklin County. CSX and other local employers are involved in providing course content and reinforcing the need for safety and accountability in the workplace. One year since the program was established and 28 students have already entered the logistics industry with over 75 percent of them remaining actively and consistently employed since completing the program. Wilson College was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to pay for an energy-saving LED lighting system in the college’s renovated John Stewart Memorial Library and new learning commons. Wilson sought funding for the LED (light-emitting diode) lighting because of its advantages over incandescent lighting, which include: lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, smaller size and faster switching. In addition, Wilson – whose mission includes environmental sustainability – will model best practices in sustainability by using LED lighting.
Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial joined together to create “Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity” and recently started construction for the Louis family in Chambersburg with Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County. This partnership has resulted in more than 3,500 Habitat homes across the country and around the world being built or repaired since 2005. Thanks to the nearly 2.4 million members of Thrivent Financial, and other volunteers, Thrivent Builds is able to contribute to the improvement of local communities like Chambersburg. Thrivent Financial is contributing 50 percent of the house costs—a total of $60,000—and is also engaging local volunteers who are members of Thrivent Financial, members of area churches and members of the community at large, to donate additional funds and volunteer their time to work alongside the partner families to build these homes. To learn more, visit www.thriventbuilds.com. Sue Cooley recently donated a $1.2 million gift to Wilson College for the library renovation/ reconstruction project. This gift put Wilson College’s fundraising total at more than $11.8 million. The project is on schedule to be completed this fall and includes repairing and restoring the college’s 1924 collegiate gothic library building and replacing a 1961 addition with a contemporary learning commons equipped to meet the needs of today’s students. The learning commons will house academic support services, writing labs, two “smart” classrooms, a commuter lounge, bookstore and outdoor plaza, as well as the “Sue Davison Cooley Gallery,” named in honor of Cooley’s transformational gifts. Cooley, who attended Wilson from 1940 to 1942, said her experience at the college had a profound and lasting effect, and she is happy to give back to the institution that she holds dear to this day. The VFW Charles Nitterhouse Post #1599 recently donated $2,000 to CAMS South that enabled students to travel to Washington, D.C. and visit the Holocaust Museum. The donation allowed all students to take the field trip since many could not afford the $25 entrance fee per student to enter the museum. This donation is now scheduled to be an annual gift by VFW Post #1599. Have news to share? Submit an item for the Member in the News section! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger, marketing assistant, at [email protected]
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Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance (CVBCA) 344 Leedy Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17202 │717-263-7191 www.thecvbca.org │[email protected]
The Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance (CVBCA) is a faith-based ministry whose mission is to provide support, education and information on breast cancer and preventive health care to women and men of any age, race, religion or socioeconomic status in Franklin County and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania. CVBCA is committed to fighting breast cancer through community awareness activities, public education and the promotion of early detection of the disease. Their services include the MammaGift Project, which provides free mammograms for uninsured women and financial assistance to help pay for mammograms for underinsured women. They also provide care packages for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, prayer, support and caring friends as well as educational presentation for local groups. These include promoting age-appropriate mammograms, clinical breast exams and teaching the MammaCare technique of breast selfexamination. CVBCA also provides limited financial assistance for those facing economic hardships while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. All CVBCA services are free and all funds raised are used in this community. Community awareness events and activities help to raise money to support their services and promote Breast Cancer awareness and early detection, including the Annual 5k Walk/Run, Pink Ribbon Auction, Bowl-a-Thon and Annual Pink Ribbon Dinner. CVBCA is run by a board of directors including Sharon Brosious, Executive Director, Suzanne Zullinger, Vice President, Terry Morgan, Treasurer, Sandy Sheaffer, Secretary, Laura Umbrell, Chaplain, Dr. Michael Cashdollar, Medical Director, Meredith Cashdollar, Patty Dolaway, Helen Kugler, Linda Martin, Cheyanne Morris, Patty Morgan, Becky Nicklas, Joyce Purvis, Barb Ritchey and Holly Strayer.
GDC IT Solutions 1144 Kennebec Drive, Chambersburg PA 17201 │ 866-966-4562 www.gdcitsolutions.com │ [email protected]
From a single focus of application development and one employee 20 years ago to a full suite of technology solutions for companies of all sizes and 285+ employees nationally, Global Data Consultants, LLC (GDC) has evolved into one of the most trusted and premier information technology service providers in the Mid-Atlantic Region. GDC’s unwavering commitment to employing the best talent, excelling in the delivery of technical services and focusing on customer satisfaction continues as they celebrate their 20-year milestone. An integral part to GDC’s success is the organizations ability to adapt to the changes in technology to proactively manage and
protect information and information technology for small to medium-sized businesses. Gregory D. Courtney, president and CEO, stated, “There’s no reason to take on the burden of managing your own IT. Today’s fast-paced technology and IT needs often outpace most businesses’ ability to keep up and maintain a secure, efficient business environment. That is why your business needs GDC. No other regional IT company can provide you the reliability and depth of technical knowledge that we offer.” GDC maintains experienced and certified professionals delivering services in the areas of application development, networking and infrastructure, desktop support, telephony and cabling, hardware sales and deployment, 24/7 technical service desk, project management, staffing and business process consulting. These services are provided to companies of all sizes in a variety of industries serving commercial and government sectors.
Maranatha Ministry, Inc. 195 West Louden Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 │ 717-830-3487 www.maranathaministries.net
Maranatha Ministry, Inc. is focused on sharing the love of Christ to those who are searching for something in their lives that is more than just the need for food, budgeting or housing. People need healing, freedom from prison or just the opportunity to share their fears and disappointments in life. They offer a hand up and not just a hand out through traditional housing, recovery programs, food pantry and a shelter. Maranatha offers traditional housing with a structured 18-24 month program where they assist homeless families with temporary housing, and give them supportive services for education, job placement, daycare, etc. They also help with budgeting, saving for the future and other life skills. This enables families to achieve self-sufficiency so they become a part of the community and not return to being homeless again. The organization also offers Candleheart, a life recovery program with a live in facility for prisoners, addicts and the homeless. The program lasts 6-12 months and clients must participate in ministry activities to serve others. Maranatha also has a food pantry that serves between 600-900 families each month. The pantry serves the first three weeks of each month and closes the last week for cleaning and restocking; it is funded by donations only. Cold weather drop in shelter gives the homeless a warm place to stay in the winter. It is open December 1 to April 1 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The first 14 days are free, but extra nights require three hours of community service. This year the shelter gave back more than $100,000 in community service from the shelter.
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It’s All About Community! WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Redeemer Church Web Development
25 Penn Marketing
Rick Heckman 25 Penncraft Avenue, SuiteF Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 496-8302 25PennMarketing.com [email protected]
Jeff Cottone 730 E Washington St Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 713-4353 redeemerchurchpca.com [email protected]
Rt. 30 Family Restaurant Advertising
Bullseye Video Productions Carrie Plezia 39 Autumnfest Court Greencastle, PA 17225 (301) 573-1125 www.videobullseye.com [email protected]
Conocodell Properties, LLC Jim Gordon 112 Coldspring Road Fayetteville, PA 17222 (717) 352-3222 [email protected]
Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts
Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg Robert Spraker 500 Newburg Road Shippensburg, PA 17257 (717) 477-0680 www.cyshippensburg.com [email protected]
Pattie Creek 1329 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 446-0309 [email protected]
ThinkEzIT Computer Support Services Barry Arendt 333 Ramsey Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 977-5730 www.ThinkEzIT.com [email protected]
For a full list of member businesses, view our searchable online Business Directory at www.chambersburg.org.
Congratulations to The Butcher Shoppe for celebrating their 60 year anniversary this month! Thanks for your continued contributions to the community. 60 YEARS The Butcher Shoppe 25 YEARS Chambersburg Rental Service, Inc. Cumberland Valley School of Music Sheetz, Inc. – Norland Ave Sheetz, Inc. – Philadelphia Ave Sheetz, Inc. – Lincoln Way East Sheetz, Inc. – Monticello Court 15 YEARS Capitol Theatre Center Alpha Media Randstad 5 YEARS Brown’s Mill Poultry Farm, Inc. Commuter Services of PA / AECOM Keck Computer Management 1 YEAR Elect Technology Management, LLC Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail NETwork Ministries Project Big Love Redemption Recycling Reid’s Orchard and Winery Sustainable People Solutions Global Teas & Such LLC
Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts
Dharam Chandni, Inc./U.S. Inn & Apartments
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Bipin Patel 2375 Philadelphia Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 267-2193 usinnandapartments.com
Grocery Outlet Jason & Victoria Lyman 1695 Lincoln Way East, Suite 2 Chambersburg, PA 17202 (360) 609-1713 www.groceryoutlet.com [email protected]
Health & Fitness
Over Achieve Fitness
Mike Over 1320 Lincoln Way East, #17 Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 658-4299 www.over-achievefitness.com [email protected]
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Youth graduates ready to lead The sixth class of Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth graduated this May with tools that will help them emerge as leaders in their schools, communities and personal lives. High school sophomores from throughout Franklin County completed the program, which is offered by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce.
20 graduate in LFC Community Class of 2015 Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community Class of 2015 celebrated the end of their program and the beginning of their leadership journeys on May 14 at the Waynesboro Country Club.
“I think it was great to meet new people that live near me that I would have otherwise never known,” said LFC Youth graduate Cassidy Fritz. “I learned about myself as an individual and where my comfort zone lies.” Zachary Rathel of Chambersburg added, “I love the program. I feel I’ve learned a lot about leadership and that the information I gained from completing the program will help me in all aspects of life.”
Leadership Franklin County Youth Class of 2015
Since last September, students have met once a month for half-day sessions. They participated in tours and other learning opportunities in the community. The curriculum included team building exercises, sessions on leadership, communication, ethics and personal accountability, community awareness, diversity and goal setting.
The LFC Community Class of 2015 includes: Tiffany Bloyer, Rachel Bowers, Rebecca Bowling, Tina Bricker, Nicole Caron, Josh Davis, Amanda Dickson, Amy Fisher, Jacqueline Fisher, Kimberly Gembe, Carrie Gray, Jackson Green, Natasha Lehman, Nancy Mazariegos, Melanie Myers, Jake Naugle, Lila Rajabion, Nathan Ruccio, Kevin Stouffer, Tiara Walburn and Tasha White.
The students also chose their own service projects. Project teams created a self-esteem unit for their schools, collected magazines to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House, worked to grow Jamboree at James Buchanan High School, collected food for the food pantry, received donations from Ingram Book Group of “Have You Filled A Bucket Today” by Carol McCloud and read the book to children and retirees, supported Go Christmas, painted benches at SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE, and conducted an awareness campaign for human trafficking.
In addition to learning about their community and meeting county leaders throughout their time in the LFC Community Program, the class also completed five community service projects. Projects included: Fun Run at IceFest, The Pillowcase Project with the America Red Cross of the Cumberland Valley, Marketing of Franklin County’s 211 system with The United Way of Franklin County, Henry X. Stoner House Research and plan for Restoration and Adaptive Use Project with Little Antietam Creek, Inc., and the growth of the Stepping Forward Works Job Mentor Program with the United Way of Franklin County. LFC Community is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and is sponsored by CenturyLink Business. Patriot Federal Credit Union also supported this year’s program as a sponsor. The Foundation is very grateful to these sponsors for their assistance with the program.
Leadership Franklin County Youth Class of 2015
The 25 graduates from the Class of 2015 are: Janelle Becker, Marleena Bock, Albany Campbell, Natalie Carlson, Albert Doorfee, Ashlyn Ellis, Cassidy Fritz, Justin Herrington, Kalee Hovetter, Kaleb Jentzch, Chloe Jones, Abbigail Kerstetter, Adhassa Louis, Colby Maun, Bailey Orange, Paige Orner, Anna Pettit, Zachary Rathel, Hannah Stahlman, Thatcher Stevens, Mara Swankler, Tori Swartz, Catharine Weber, Kara Wiley and Abigail Ziebarth The top program sponsor for the 2014-15 LFC Youth program was 1st Ed Credit Union. Other sponsors included: Wilson College, Manitowoc Cranes, Ingram Book Group, and Manito Inc. The 2015-2016 LFC Youth program will kick-off in late May with a program orientation to prepare the new students for the sessions beginning in September. Wilson College is the top program sponsor for the Class of 2016.
LFC Community seeks applicants The Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community program has started planning for the class of 2015-2016 and applications are currently being accepted. The application deadline is June 30 and tuition is $1,200. A limited number of scholarships are available. LFC strives to improve the quality and effectiveness of leadership in Franklin County by bringing together current and emerging leaders who represent a cross-section of the community. The program creates an awareness of the problems, opportunities and resources available in the area while stimulating a commitment from students to work together to make Franklin County a better place in which to live and work. For more information about the LFC Community program and to download an application, visit www.chambersburg.org or contact Robin Harmon: 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected]
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It’s All About Community!
Foundation ramps up for annual ice cream fundraiser
CHAMBER FOUNDATION (CONTINUED)
Amy Seiders honored as LFC Alumni of the Year
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation’s 6th Annual Scoop-a-Palooza, Ice Cream for Education is planned for Saturday, July 11 at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. The event is held in coordination with ChambersFest and is one of several events that kick-off the week-long festival.
Amy Seiders, graduate of the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community class of 2007 and outgoing chairperson of the LFC Community program, was honored with the Leadership Franklin County Alumni of the Year Award at the graduation ceremony on May 14. The LFC Alumni of the Year award honors graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional and volunteer careers. Seiders is a Mortgage Originator for F&M Trust and has also held positions at Patriot Federal Credit Union and Susquehanna Bank. Her volunteer contributions have been numerous and impact all of Franklin County. After graduating from LFC Community, she became a coach for a project team before moving to the steering committee where she has served for six years. She also gives many hours outside of work volunteering for Pop A Cork for the Capitol, CrabFeast, Oktoberfest, Scoop-a-Palooza and Mercersburg Townfest, to name a few. Having reached her term limit with LFC Community, she is moving over to the LFC Youth program to continue to help develop future leaders.
Teacher technology grant application deadline approaches Grants will be awarded to teachers in Franklin County public schools to encourage the innovative use of technology in grades K-12. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Chamber, is offering the Innovative Technology Challenge Grants to educators in all six school districts. Applications are available online at www.chambersburg.org/pages/ChamberFoundation. The deadline for applications is June 30. Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics. Grants totaling $17,200, each between $2,000 and $5,000, are available as a result of contributions from area businesses, including M&T Bank, Orrstown Bank, Susquehanna Bank and Waste Management. Contributing businesses are eligible for Educational Improvement Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. For more information about the grants, call Robin Harmon, executive director of the Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected]
chambersburg.org. Grant recipients will be recognized at an awards luncheon in October.
The popular all-you-can-eat ice cream fundraiser is a dream for ice cream lovers of all ages. Ice cream vendors set up shop in the high school’s cafeteria and serve samples for attendees to vote on. The voting categories include: Overall Favorite, Best Vanilla, Best Chocolate, Best Fruit, Best Creative Flavor and, new this year, Kid’s Favorite. Ice cream flavors served in the past range from the traditional vanilla and chocolate to the creative salty caramel crunch and peanut butter and jelly. Also featured at the event is a kids’ area with fun activities. Manitowoc Cranes sponsors a crane-building contest for kids. In addition, new this year will be a Homemade Ice Cream Contest. Attendance over the past few years has been growing, beginning with 300 in attendance at the first event to nearly 1,000 in 2014. The Scoop-a-Palooza Committee is hoping this year to break the 1,000 mark! Tickets are available in advance at the Chambersburg Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East. Adult tickets are $6 each and children 12 and under are $4 each. Tickets will also be on sale at the door for $1 more per ticket. Sponsorships are still available for Scoopa-Palooza 2015! For more information, visit www.scoopapalooza.org or contact Kimberly Clapper, special events coordinator, at 717-264-7101 ext. 212 or [email protected]
Special thanks to our current sponsors, including presenting sponsor ACNB Bank.
About the Foundation The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, founded in 1990, was organized as a 501(c)(3) organization exclusively for charitable, educational and cultural purposes. The Foundation provides a mechanism to establish, administer and finance programs to meet the community’s crucial and changing needs in line with the goals of the Chamber of Commerce through education and by promoting citizenship and leadership.
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JUNE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BLOCK PARTY MIXER
The popular Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer is back again this year! The mixer will be held on Tuesday, June 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. co-hosted by a variety of businesses on Kennebec Drive in Chambersburg. You’ll enjoy delicious food and refreshments along with networking and DJ entertainment. Remember, it’s outside so dress for the weather!
OSI Ribbon Cutting and Open House 1-5 p.m. open house, 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting, 49 Industrial Drive
11/30 Network Membership Info Open House 5-7 p.m., Woods Center at the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St.
Rt. 30 Family Restaurant Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting 12-1 p.m., 1329 Lincoln Way East
The Orchard’s 20th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting 5 p.m. ribbon cutting, 5-7 p.m. reception, The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Drive
10 Scotland Family Practice/Direct Primary Care Lunch and Learn 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber Board Room, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch provided by Fuddruckers
11 20th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament, with presenting sponsor Spherion, SOLD OUT! 11 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start, Penn National Founder’s Course, pre-reg. required
13 Second Saturday: Concerts in the Park and Downtown Movie Series 5-8 p.m. live music, movies at dusk, Chambers Fort Park in downtown Chambersburg
16 Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer, co-hosted by the businesses on Kennebec Dr. 5-7 p.m. on Kennebec Dr. in Chambersburg
18 Grocery Outlet Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting 9 a.m., 1695 Lincoln Way East
Chamber mixers are a great way to make new business contacts, catch up with old friends and get to know fellow Chamber members. Mixers are free to attend and include food, beverages and door prizes. To register for the June Block Party Mixer or other events, call the Chamber at 717-2647101 or visit www.chambersburg.org/events.
18 Clarion Inn Chambersburg Ribbon Cutting 12 p.m., Clarion Inn, 1123 Lincoln Way East
25 Member Orientation, Sponsors: Corning Credit Union, Strickler Insurance, VerStandig Broadcasting 8-9 a.m., Quality Inn Chambersburg, 1055 Wayne Ave. To register for these events and more, visit www.chambersburg.org/events.
It’s All About Community! The Outlook is the monthly publication of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Ideas, opinions and statements expressed in articles by contributors are not necessarily those of the Chamber. Neither the publisher nor any individual associated with any branch of production, nor the advertisers, will be held liable for typographical misprints contained herein. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is a 4-star accredited chamber, rated among the top 2 percent of chambers in the U.S., and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the PA Chamber Business & Industry.