Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Holiday party held at Launch Club
Fri, Dec 21st 2012 07:50 pm
Youth Ambassadors Kelsey Ruszkowski, left, and Ashley Colan raised money for chamber scholarships selling raffle tickets. They're pictured with Nicolette Thompson, chamber director. (photo by Larry Austin)
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100 people attended last Thursday's Grand Island Chamber of
Commerce holiday party at the Buffalo Launch Club.
chamber, now 305 members strong, held elections of new members of the
board of directors, and raised money for the Neighbors Foundation and
chamber scholarships at the party, chaired by Bonnie Sciuk.
Fiebelkorn, president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce
highlighted new developments in 2012 for the chamber. Among them:
Grand Island street map is back, with 8,000 printed.
called the street map "a beautiful product," and an asset for
businesses members, people new to the town and travelers.
Grand Island Phone Book has undergone an upgrade, said Fiebelkorn.
mades some major changes to what was traditionally the Grand Island
Phone Book. Now it's going to be called the Grand Island Community
Directory. There have been enhanced clubs and organizational
information in the book. That's coming out in January,"
Light Up the Boulevard parade was a smashing success.
gotten more emails and phone calls about what a great time it was for
the kids, for adults," Fiebelkorn said. "Fran McMahon really
spearheaded that and just did a fantastic job in combination with a
lot of other folk."
said the chamber hopes to make the event an annual joint effort
between the chamber and town, "and have it bigger and better next
also recognized Chamber First Vice President Jim Sharpe, who stepped
in as acting president as Fiebelkorn was ill.
I'd like to personally thank you for that," Fiebelkorn said,
calling Sharpe's leadership "a job well done."
chamber recognized two retiring members of the board directors,
Michael Trachimowicz of First Niagara and Joe Philippone of KeyBank.
"served us very well at at a time when we re-looked at our budgets
and restructured how the chamber works to be more cost-effective and
efficient, and provide better services," Fiebelkorn said. "And
that's a big job to walk into and he was really good."
praised Philippone, saying, "We were lucky to have him in the
services he provided here for us in the chamber and the community,"