The Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce


October 24,  2017


The regular meeting of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Noon, at the Penn Wells Hotel.

Chamber Vice President, Blake Maxson presided over the meeting.

The following directors were present: Richard Biery, Shawn Bryant, Mike Charles, Marsha Chesko, Deb Cram, Al Garrison, Tim Gooch, Charlie Messina, Kim Miller, Thomas Putnam, Kevin Thomas, Ken VanSant, and Leslie Wishard.

Members: Scot Boyce Jr., Wellsboro Borough Manager; Joan Hart, Wellsboro Borough; Jim Bodine, Chief of Police; Marie VanEss, Penn College-Wellsboro; Dave Williams, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.; Rhonda Pearson and Andrew Moore, Wellsboro Home Page; Jim Tutak, Wellsboro Rotary; Shanon German, Broad Acres; DJ Jackson, Penn E&R; Sue Webster, Mountain Life Cycling Studio; Shelby Osgood, Wellsboro Area School District; Ellen Bryant, Penn Wells Hotel, Valden Longhurst, Documark LLC, and Chuck Colby, Katie’s Koncrete.

Staff: Julie VanNess, Executive Director; Sharon Hazelton, Administrative Assistant; Amanda Collins, Administrative Assistant.

Minutes: The minutes of the September meeting were reviewed. Motion to approve the minutes was made by Charlie Messina, seconded by Richard Biery, and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report (Tim Gooch): Tim reported we are $3000 behind on dues compared to last year and is hoping to narrow that gap by the end of this year. He predicts we will stay in the black between now and the end of the year. The budget for expenses is on track for expectations for the year. Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was made by Kim Miller, seconded by Shawn Bryant and the motion carried.

Committee Reports:

Chamber Administrative Report (Julie VanNess): Julie introduced a new chamber member, Valden Longhurst from Documark LLC. Valden said the focus for Documark LLC is to help businesses communicate with other businesses. Julie reported the office has been busy with tourists and phone calls about fall foliage. Dickens of a Christmas is now full for vendors and we are still accepting applications for a waiting/cancellation list. We are in need of volunteers for the information booth for Dickens. The Dickens costume workshop will be held November 1st at 7pm in the Penn Wells Hotel lobby. Julie mentioned Christmas on Main Street is held the week after Dickens of a Christmas as an attempt to continue to help bring individuals into town to shop locally. They are still in need of old Corning glass Christmas bulbs to decorate the trees in participating businesses. The Christmas trees will be going up on Main Street before the next meeting. Julie thanked the First Heritage Federal Credit Union for their continued sponsorship for the Christmas trees. The Wellsboro Winter Celebration is coming along and is set for February 15th-18th. The dog sled challenge will be held the following week on February 24th. STPR will have some new details coming soon.

Retail Committee Report (Al Garrison): Al reported that the shop local information was sent out to local businesses last week. This is a good opportunity to bring people to your business and he encourages business owners to take advantage of this opportunity. Over 12,000 shop local discount cards are sent out to area residents in hopes they shop local. The shopping and dining guide request has gone out and the deadline to add your business to the guide is October 31st, Julie mentioned they will be extending the guide to lodging as well.

Enhancement Committee Report (Julie VanNess): No Report

Wellsboro Borough (Scot Boyce Jr.): Scot reported the Halloween parade is this Saturday at 5:30pm and trick or treating will follow until 8pm. On Saturday October 28th the Wellsboro Police Department will be holding a prescription take-back from 10am-2pm. Scot reported the bridge repairs are done other than a couple guard rails that need to be put in. The new Christmas tree on the Green was put in a couple weeks ago.

HARB (Joan Hart): Joan reported they have approved Carleton Nursing Home to replace shingles on their back building.

Tourism Committee (Charlie Messina): Charlie reported the committee is looking to get some new faces to join the meetings that take place the second Tuesday of every month at the TCDC conference room at 10am. The flags will be coming down after Veterans Day, weather permitting on Monday the 13th.

GROW (Ferlin Patrick): No Report

Endless Mountain Music Festival (Cindy Long): No Report

Other Exempt Organization Updates:

Wellsboro School District (Shelby Osgood): Shelby reported they had good feedback on the activities during the week of homecoming. Last Friday the football team had a pink out to support breast cancer month. Money collected at the game went to breast cancer awareness. There will be a blood drive held today at the administration building from 9:30am-1:30pm. Callie strong t-shirts will be on sale through the end of the month. The FFA is attending a national FFA convention in Indiana now through October 29th.

DCNR (Tim Morey): No Report

UPMC Susquehanna Health Systems & SSMH (Janie Hilfiger): No Report

Guthrie (Terri Hepp): No Report

Green Free Library (Leslie Wishard): Leslie reported the library is hosting a wine and design fundraiser held on November 12th at the library. The book sale will be going on Friday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd during Dickens, both days will be open from 10am-4pm. The Friends of the Green Free Library annual meeting will be held tonight at 6:30pm with a guest speaker talking about identity theft.

Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center (Anna Wales): No Report

Hamilton Gibson (Thomas Putnam): Thomas reported Thursday October 26th-Sunday October 29th the Women’s Project will be performing 5 short plays named What She Wrote at the Warehouse Theatre.

Deane Center for Performing Arts (Kevin Connelly): No Report

PA College of Technology (Julie Mansfield): No Report

Tioga County Visitors Bureau (Lori Copp): No Report

Other Reports:

  • The Nessmuk Rod & Gun Club will be having a running deer shoot on October 29th ,November 5th and November 25th from 12pm-4pm.
  • Jim Tutak with the Wellsboro Rotary is now selling tickets for their annual riffle fundraiser. The drawing will be held on Sunday December 3rd.
  • Sue Webster with Mountain Life Cycling Studio has new events at the studio. They will now be offering private party rides, Halloween themed rides, Intro to Spin Classes held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 9:30am for $5, and $60 month for unlimited classes.
  • Chuck with Katie’s Koncrete stated they are celebrating Veterans month, in November, and will be donating part of their proceeds to Veteran support groups.
  • Kevin with KC 101 is sponsoring new placemats that will be distributed in the area. The placemats have 10 ads on them that cost $200 per ad. All proceeds will go to a non-profit organization.


The next meeting will take place at:

The Penn Wells Hotel on November 28, 2017 at Noon

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