The Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce


September 25,  2018


The regular meeting of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s was held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at noon, at the Penn Wells Hotel.

Chamber President, Linn Macensky presided over the meeting.


The following directors were present: Richard Biery, Scot Boyce, Jr, Shawn Bryant, Mike Charles, Tim Gooch, Linn Macensky, Marsha Chesko, Blake Maxson, Charlie Messina, Kevin Thomas, Jim Bodine, Kevin Connelly, Mary Jarreau, Kim Miller, Thomas Putnam, and Nancy Stamilio.

Members: Dave Williams, Glen O Hawbaker; Sara Vogt, The Home Page Network; Kasey Dunham, Appalachian Basin; Scot Boyce, Jr, Wellsboro Borough; Ferlin Patrick, GROW; Cheryl Clarke, Wellsboro Gazette, Freddi Hammer & Jess Sandstrom, KC 101; Brianna Thompson, Renee Photography; Kate Sholonski, Triumph Leadership; Meredith Croucher, STPR; Cat Rush, Penn Wells; Marie VanNess, Penn College @ Wellsboro; Rachel Preble, Animal Care Sanctuary; Chuck Colby, Katie’s Koncrete.

Guest: Leslie Blakely, October Rain Photography.

Staff: Julie VanNess, Executive Director; Sharon Hazelton, Administrative Assistant; Jane Shumway, Administrative Assistant.

Minutes: Minutes of the August meeting were reviewed. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Charlie Messina and seconded by Rick Biery and the motion carried.

Treasurers Report (Tim Gooch): Tim Gooch reviewed the treasurer’s report with the members. Charlie Messina made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report it was seconded by Marsha Chesko and the motion carried.

Committee Reports:


Chamber Administrative Report (Julie VanNess): Julie reported the GROW/Chamber Breakfast was well attended and feedback has been positive regarding the Guest Speaker Carol Kilko, Deputy Secretary, Office of Business Finance. If anyone is interested in obtaining her contact information, contact Julie.

The Nominating Committee met and nominated the class of 2021 Board Members who were voted in at the meeting. They included: Terry Bryant, Tim Gooch, Shawn Bryant, Blake Maxson, Jim Bodine, Dr. Brenda Freeman and Kevin Thomas.

Halloween Celebration on the Green in conjunction with the Hospital Halloween Path will be on October 27th from 2:00-5:00 pm. The Chamber will offer games, crafts, and scary music. They are looking for pumpkin donations.

Christmas on Main Street preparations are underway. Julie deferred to Shawn Bryant, who said the committee is looking for Corning Glass Works veterans who would like to share their memories of making the Christmas ornaments. Julie commented that donations or lending of shiny bright bulbs for the event are needed.

Retail Committee Report (Al Garrison): No Report

STPR Report (Meredith Croucher): Meredith reported STPR has lost their usual date (first weekend in June) due to being pre-empted by someone else. STPR has requested a date in September 2019 and is waiting for approval. She is hopeful this will be possible and will look forward to discussing this further with the Chamber when she has a response.

Enhancement Committee Report (Julie VanNess): Julie reported there are Beautification Projects to be done, including painting meter posts and electrical covers. These are small projects that make a big difference in the appearance of the town. Charlie Messina stated he would contact the Boy Scouts and request their help.

Wellsboro Borough (Scot Boyce, Jr.): Scot Boyce, Jr. reported 12 new gas lights will be going up in the next 2 weeks. Borough staff will be wire brushing and repainting gas lights that have been damaged by road salt.

Trees around town marked with yellow ribbons are set to be pruned. It has been arranged for some high school students to participate in this project. This will be a learning opportunity for them working alongside a trained Arborist.

The Community Yard Sales will be held October 12th and 13th. Clean Up Week will immediately follow

Borough Trick or Treat will be held on October 31st. The Halloween Parade is scheduled for 6:00 pm and Trick or Treating will go until 9:00 pm.

The Parking Kiosk trial ends tomorrow, September 26th and the use of the old meters will recommence.

HARB Committee Report (Terry Bryant): Scot Boyce, Jr. reported one application was received for neon signage for Three Sisters Restaurant.


Tourism Committee Report (Charlie Messina): Charlie Messina reported the committee continues to work on the Kentucky Derby event and he believes it will happen next year. He also reported there are flags and brackets being replaced. He reminded the group that the Chamber Mixer is scheduled for March 28, 2019.

GROW Report (Ferlin Patrick): Ferlin Patrick reported the County is now leading the trail project. GROW has been working with the trail project and has purchased properties along the trail corridor.  Ferlin also commented on the Chamber/GROW breakfast and expressed his thanks to all who attended. The Guest Speaker, Carol Kilko will meet with the GROW Committee on October 29, 2018. They will be discussing how to provide students with needed information for employment such as jobs in the area, pay scales, necessary skills, and what to do to prepare for employment. GROW is researching Grants and planning is underway for this project.

Endless Mountain Music Festival (Cindy Long): No report

Other exempt Organization Updates:

Wellsboro Area School District: No report


DCNR (Tim Morey): No report


Susquehanna Health System & SSMH (Janie Hilfiger): No report

Green Free Library (Leslie Wishard): No report

Wellsboro Rotary: No report


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

Guthrie Clinic (Terri Hepp): No report

Hamilton Gibson Productions (Thomas Putnam): Thomas Putnam reported Hamilton Gibson’s Children’s Chorus will hold a concert October 7, 2018 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. The Hamilton Gibson Women’s Project has an event coming up as well.

Deane Center for Performing Arts (Kevin Connelly): Kevin Connelly reported the Elvis and Orbison show on September 29th is almost sold out. Jack Williams will be performing on October 5th. This concert will have table seating and be a BYOB event. Other upcoming concerts include George Winston, pianist and a Van Morrison tribute band.

PA College of Technology (Marie VanEss): Marie announced there will be a new class starting February 4, 2018. There will also be a class in Coudersport. Marie stated they are now doing fingerprinting.

Triumph Leadership Group (Kate Shalonski): Kate announced a free presentation for Chamber Members and Staff. The topic will be: “The 3 Keys to Being a Leader in Your Own Life”: How to Stay Strong in the Midst of Drama and Mahem.

Other Non –Profit Organization Updates


Nessmuk Rod & Gun Club (Charlie Messina): Charlie reported as previously announced Nessmuk Rod & Gun Club has been able to expand our youth programs due to the two Friends of the NRA Grants we were awarded this year. Since the spring we have had 4 Boy Scout Troops camp at Nessmuk, two this past September; one coming in October, a 4H group has been coming to our weekly Trap practices. One 12 year old that never fired a shotgun attended our program and joined the Northern Tier Trap league and this past Sunday shot a 44 out of 50. It is great to see our youth participating in shooting sports as they develop disciplines that improve their social skills, etc.           



Next Chamber meeting will be held on October 23rd, at the Penn Wells Hotel, at noon



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