A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT….
The Middleburg Heights Chamber of Commerce was honored to host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall in July. The extensive preparation and volunteer efforts over the past year resulted in an incredible experience throughout the week the Wall was here. With such a large project, there are many people we would like to thank. On behalf of the Chamber, I would like to say thank you to all of Veterans and active military personnel for your service to our country. The turn out for the Wall amongst these servicemen and servicewomen was tremendous and we are very appreciative for all that you do. We would also like to thank every volunteer that helped make this project possible. There were hundreds of people that contributed in some way to this event and it certainly would not have been possible without these efforts. Thank you, as well, to the community and to everyone that attended the Wall for all of your support in helping to honor the heroes of country. Also, we want to thank the city of Middleburg Heights, along with Mayor Starr, City Council and all of the departments city-wide for co-presenting this event with our Chamber. Lastly, thank you to all of our sponsors and personal contributors. This project was a significant expense and without the financial support from our sponsors and personal contributors, this would not have been possible. This was by far the biggest event that our Chamber has taken on and we are very grateful to everyone that helped with this project.
As a result of the Wall project receiving a significant amount of financial support from local businesses and personal donations, the Vietnam Wall account has a surplus of funds. The Chamber of Commerce will donate all of this money back to various Veterans organizations in the coming weeks. After all of the expenses are paid, the excess funds will split up and donated back to multiple organization. The ability to donate was also made possible by the generosity of many people and companies offering their services and products at little to no cost to the Chamber as well as sound fiscal management of this project. The Chamber is proud to be in a position to give back to those who served us.
Also, in the first week of July, the Chamber Guide was mailed to every household and business in Middleburg Heights. The goal is to make the Chamber Guide an annual publication which highlights various aspects of the Chamber of Commerce as well as provides a directory with all of the Chamber members. The Guide aligns with the Chamber’s member-focused objective and is another way to help advertise our organization as well as our members. We have received very positive feedback on this and look forward to doing this again next year.
The next monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held on August 4th at Stonebrook Clubhouse on Pearl Road.
John Grech, President