Len Faulk to be recognized at Chamber annual meeting
The first ever Pam Lydic Coalition Builders Award will be presented to Dr. Len Faulk during the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual Meeting. Dr. Faulk was a professor of political science at SUNY Fredonia for many years and currently serves on the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission, and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. He developed the Center for Rural-Regional Governance at Fredonia and was instrumental in the development of the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator. He has worked throughout the County and region encouraging collaboration, regionalization and shared services. In addition, he has worked with neighborhoods on revitalization efforts and coalition building in both the Dunkirk and Jamestown areas. He has led efforts to collect data and pull together studies regarding the competitiveness of our region compared to others.
The award is being presented in memory of Pam Lydic, the first Executive Director of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.
Of the award in memory of his late wife, Brian Lydic said, "Based on his track record of bringing groups and communities together around common goals, and continually hammering the drum of consolidating and sharing services, Len is a great selection for this award. I am confident Pam would approve of this selection."
In addition, the Annual meeting will include guest speaker Mary Hajdu, a local attorney, who will discuss opportunities in the Marcellus/Utica Shale. The Chamber will also announce the top three winners in our Facebook Photo Contest.
The Chamber Annual Meeting will be held Friday, Dec. 7 at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk. The lunch meeting will begin at 12:15 p.m. and the cost is $18 for Chamber members and $21 for non-members, with registration open online and via phone. Invitations were mailed and include a proxy vote form for Chamber members who are not able to attend. The Chamber Annual Meeting is being sponsored by the OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/ WHUG/WQFX.
Idzik, Rawlinson named chamber coordinators
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the addition of Coordinators for the two Community Chambers in Jamestown and Westfield/Barcelona. Marty Idzik will fill the role in Jamestown, while John Rawlinson will serve in that post in Westfield/Barcelona. Recently retired from a legal career with Phillips Lytle, Marty has been actively involved in a number of community organizations including the Arts Council, the Robert H. Jackson Center and the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.
John brings a wealth of experience to the position having lived in the community over 33 years, including serving as the Director of the Westfield Development Corp. He is a retired employee of Renold, Inc. in Westfield.
Both posts have been vacant for several years. Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Tranum said, "In both cases these people are bringing tremendous experience and commitment to their respective community chambers. Their energy and leadership are very positive for our entire organization."
Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber holds annual meeting, banquet
The Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce recently presented Home Chic with its Business Improvement Award. Owner Kristie Brown recently renovated a new location in Mayville for the business, creating an attractive and colorful atmosphere for the home decor business, which also features a new coffee and tea bar. The company is in its fifth year.
Also during its Annual Meeting and Banquet, held at Webb's Captains Table, the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber presented its Community Service Award to Boy Scout Troop 126.
Elected to the 2013 Board of Directors for three-year terms were Hugh Butler of Butler Systems Research & Design and James Barrett of Northwest Savings Bank. They will join fellow Board Members Ken Shearer of Chautauqua Marina, Ben Webb of Webb's Year Round Resort and Bruce Stanton of Athenaeum Hotel.
Chamber holiday mixer set
Celebrate the holiday season with the Chamber of Commerce annual Holiday Networking Mixer! This event brings together Chamber members from around the county for an opportunity to network while enjoying this festive season. This year's Holiday Mixer will be held at the Clarion, 30 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk and is being sponsored by DFT Communications, Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, OBSERVER and The Post-Journal.
It will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The cost is just $8 per person for preregistered guests or $10 at the door. To register, you can call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or register online at www.chautauquachamber.org.