A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT….
It has truly been an honor to serve as President of the Chamber of Commerce for the past two years. I have had the opportunity to meet some great people throughout the business community and the entire experience has been personally rewarding. Working closely with the Board of Directors, we have accomplished a significant amount of positive changes. We were successfully able to transform the direction of the Chamber to be a more member-focused and community-oriented organization. These improvements were a direct result of a lot of work by many people. I would like to thank my fellow Board members as well as our Executive Director Cindy Peck for everything they have done to help facilitate these changes. Also, I would like thank everyone who has volunteered to help the Chamber throughout any of our events. Most importantly, thank you to all of our members for the continued support because without it, the Chamber could not add the value that we do to our community.
I would like to highlight some of the changes and accomplishments that have occurred over the past two years:
-Transition of a new Executive Director after 25 years
-Replacement of the Board’s Treasurer
-Implementation of a streamlined financial reporting system
-Successful completion of a Membership Drive yielding a substantial increase in membership
-Creation of an annual Chamber Guide at no cost to the Chamber and complimentary delivery to every home and business in Middleburg Heights
-Addition of various revenue generating programs for the Chamber
-Presence on social media and a redesigned website
-Honoring the heroes of our country with the presentation of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall which included the help of hundreds of volunteers and nearly $50,000 raised through sponsorships and donations
-Record amount of contributions donated by the Chamber to 20 non-profit organizations and college scholarship recipients
-Hosting of the biggest event in the history of the Chamber of Commerce (Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall)
None of these achievements could have been possible without the efforts from everyone who has been able to volunteer in some way. Please help us keep up the momentum that has been building by continuing to offer assistance when you can.
I look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Directors in addition to Dan Zawadzki as he takes over the President’s role in 2017. Dan has many great ideas for the continuing to improve the Chamber and he will do a great job. I would also like to congratulate Jason DiMarco, President of CHT in Middleburg Heights, for being named the Chamber’s Bright Star Award and Businessperson of the Year recipient. Jason’s recognition is very well deserved. Thank you as well to Dan Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MetroHealth for the informative presentation at last month’s meeting. I look forward to seeing many of you on December 8th at the holiday luncheon for a performance by Berea-Midpark High School’s show choir, Center Stage. The meeting will be held at the Middleburg Heights Community Center.
I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season.
John Grech, President