Bayport – Blue Point Chamber of Commerce General Meeting Minutes
February 24, 2016
Meeting was called to order at 8:00 by Lenore
Pledge of Allegiance
Introductions– Chamber members, school faculty and administration introduced themselves and gave an overview of their businesses’
Treasurer’s Report– we have a little over $8,000 in our general account
Membership-Bryn reported we currently have 141 members in good standing. This is good for this point in the year, and the parade is helping bring in new members
Marketing– Marketing committee will resume meeting after the parade, which is less than a month away. More to come soon.
Grants– Seth gave an explanation of the grant process
Grand Marshal Dinner– this event was held in January honoring our Grand Marshall. It was well attended and a good time was had by all
St Patrick’s Day Parade– Lenore and Tom updated us on our March 13 parade. It starts at 11:00. The parade costs about $40,000 to pull off. The parade committee has been busy selling ads to raise money. The parade line-up has been completed.
Intermission snacks for “The Pajama Game” were provided to our seniors on February 3. Thanks to Carol for organizing the treats.
Downtown Beautification– Carol and Chris are heading the committee to beautify our streets. Plans include flowers, wreaths and holiday decorations. A brunch and a ladies tea are being planned for fund raisers. Fund raising will be tracked in Chamber Park. Sponsorships are available. The committee is coordinating with other community groups. We need help. Please speak with Carol and Chris to get involved
Key note Speaker – Brian McAuliff
Brian discussed his business and talked about how to be successful including:
- Stand out and be different…you need to be remembered
- Select good mentors
- Get involved – there are many great organizations out there
- Work at registration tables – you get to talk with everyone
- Read – especially self-improvement books
- Dress for success – dress for the job you want
- Always think about how people feel/think after they speak with you
- Reverse engineer – imagine where you want to be and plan backwards
- Be your best – first impressions are essential
- Build connections – who you know is important
Up Coming Events
St Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 13th, starts at 11:00 AM
Next General Meeting, Wednesday March 30th 5:30 PM at LeSoir in Bayport – seating is limited
Bayport Blue Point Chamber Of Commerce August’s 2015 Meeting Minutes
Officers & Directors
Present: Lenore Ringer Prezioso, Karl Auwaerter, Bryn Elliott, Tom Reid, Jamie Rosner, Steve Klinzing, Michelle Gillette, Chris Cook and Maureen Mennella
Absent: John Weissman, Tom O’Connell, Laura Rogacki, Kathy Heinlein, Chris Cavanugh, Seth Needleman, Skip Pope, Ray Reilly, Carol Seitz,
Meeting called to order by President, Lenore Ringer Prezioso, Pledge of Allegiance
Round Robin- Member Introduction
Treasurers Report: Presented by Lenore in Tom’s absence
General Account Balance – $ 5716.00
Outreach Account Balance $4297.00
Correspondence – Nothing new to report
Membership– presented by Bryn Elliott
We have 55 applications in; Bryn reminded everyone to please send in their dues,
Tom Reid stated that membership is available on line, and you can pay through Pay Pal on our website
New Members – Scals, Italian Restaurant and Cast Away- Marine Consignment Store located in Holbrook
Marketing Committee– presented by Tom Reid
Committee members; Tom Reid, Chris Cook, Carol Seitz, Kathy Heinlein, Bryn Elliott, Seth Needelman, Lenore Ringer-Prezioso
Working on the following initiatives;
Redo Chamber Directory, expand networking opportunities, promote website, Facebook, Instagram, currently receiving 3500 hits per month
If you have any ideas please send them to Lenore, number 1 priority is to Have FUN!
Grants – presented by Lenore in Seth’s absence
Seth has been working extremely hard on finding grants. The good news is; there is a lot of money available, but it will take a lot of work to get it. Currently working on: flags for flag poles, welcome signs for Bayport/Blue Point, and signs for Chamber Park
Boo Du – presented by Nikita and Karl
Duathlon (2 mile run, 14 miles on bike, 2 mile run) will be held on 10/31/2015 at 8:30 am in Corey Park. The permits are currently in with the Town of Islip, Town of Brookhaven and the Police Department. All funds raised go to the Outreach Fund. There will be a cap of 150 participants. There will not be any road closures. We are looking for sponsorships, raffles and volunteers to help. Please contact Nikita with any questions.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade- Presented by Lenore
Current committee – Tom Reid, Lenore Ringer Prezioso and Skip Pope
Chris Cavanaugh is not spearheading this year, so we will need a lot more committee members
Letters have been sent to the Pipe Bands… stay tuned for more information
School Calendar – Tom Reid
Calendar is being printed as we speak J …..It will be out and around town shortly.
Perri Marchan Golf Outing – Presented by Lenore
The outing was a huge success, thank you to everyone who supported it
Suffolk County Marathon – presented by Nikita
The event will be held on Sunday September 13, 2014. We are expecting 1000-2000 runners. It will be a premier event. Please come out and support the runners and their families. All proceeds from the race will go to support Suffolk County Veterans. Please note, it is the last qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. We will have a lot of folks coming into town. The Finish Line will be at Heckscher State Park, where local restaurants/ pubs will sponsor “a Taste of LI” Festival. Lenore distributed a list of the road closures; they will be posted on our website. The run is organized by Greater LI Running Club, not the Chamber. There will be shuttles running from St. Josephs College. The run should be over by 12:00. Please get the road closures out to the public.
Senior Resident Dinner scheduled for October 7, 2015
Senator Boyles’s Networking & Small Business Expo at Captain Bills –October 8, 2015 from 4:00-7:00
Southside Hospital Networking Event – Southside Hospital -October 22, 2015 from 6:00-8:00
South Shore Halloween Duathlon – Corey Beach -October 31, 2015
Membership Appreciation Dinner – December 2, 2015 – Blue Point Fire House
Next Meeting – September 30, 2015 at 5:30 – Bayport Aerodrome Museum, pizza will be served
Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce
Called to order, 11:59, by President, Lenore Ringer-Prezioso
Members present: Ronnie Devine, Trisha Rossi, Charlie Eggleton, Beth Eggleton, Mike Cavanaugh, Norm Marchioch, Jim March, Susan Chant, Samantha Desmond, Danny Hernandez, Nikita Dorcinvil, Gene Horton, Dorothy Johnson, Christine Cusack, Vincent Cunningham, Toni Ann Ferrari, Laura Brooks
Board Members present: Lenore Ringer-Prezioso, Laura Rogacki, Carol Seitz, Steve Klinzing, Tom Reid, Craig Charach, Skip Pope, Bryn Elliot, John Weissman
Dr. Butera, Bayport-Blue Point School District: Bond Survey will be open for another week online
Round Robin: all present introduced themselves and spoke about their businesses
Vice President’s Report: John Weissman, Membership Dinner, Shop for a Cause
Treasurer’s Report: No report
Secretary’s Report: Laura Rogacki, read May’s minutes, discussed Installation Dinner. Looking for nominations for the Town of Islip Small Business Award
Marketing Committee Report: Tom Reid. Looking for ideas on how to showcase businesses
Grants: No Report
Lenore spoke about the Installation Dinner and thanked Past President, Kathy Heinlein for her service as President and welcomed new Board Members, Carol Seitz, Chris Cooke and Maureen Mennella
Calendar: Tom Reid: 75% full. Still room available. About 75,000 glances a month. Call Tom asap.
Facebook: Contact Tom Reid. He suggested that you post to the FB page and he will repost it for you as the Chamber
Scholarships: Laura Rogacki congratulated the Chamber Scholarship Winners, Andrew Cooley and Anthony Prezioso. Andrew Cooley was present and thanked the membership for the scholarship.
Perri Marchan Golf Outing: Lenore. One foursome is left. Thanked Chamber Members for supporting this event.
Shop for a Cause: Local Artists and Craftsmen will display and sell goods. Portion of funds raised will go to the Outreach Fund.
Boo-Du: Corey Beach, 10/31/15. Looking for Sponsorships for Bags, Signage, etc. Cash prizes, raffles and trophies. Relay Teams possible. Look for more announcements.
Jim March: Reinstating the Senior Citizens Dinner. School District will totally manage it. Attracts over 400 seniors from the community. Jim will reach out to the Secretary with more information.
Lenore thanked Gene Horton for setting up this meeting with Flo’s.
Library: Has 2 Community Boards if anyone wants to post and event. Susan Chant 631-363-6311 x 28
Next meeting: 8/26 People’s United Bank
Meeting adjourned 12:48
Laura Rogacki, Secretary