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I am honored to be serving as your new President! The Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is a vital part of our local business community, and it is exciting to see our membership growing and the organization thriving. The former leaders of the Board have worked incredibly hard, and I want to wish Past-President Mary Ann Laudauto, Pittsburgh Asphalt Company, continued success, as well as congratulate and thank her for outstanding leadership and service to the Board and Chamber.

 

Summer is widely considered both a time of rest & relaxation, but I see it as the strongest season of growth. While humans dream of lounging outside by the water, trees and plants harness the power of the sun and rain to dig deeper and develop strong roots to be able to weather the long cold winter ahead. As we consider how this might apply to our businesses, perhaps summertime activities can help us grow and strengthen our vital contacts (our root structure) to support us during the busier times of the year. As we take a break from our normal routines, can we also find restoration and growth from that change? Instead of a regular luncheon, we are holding a breakfast meeting in July. We also have two golf outings this summer/fall, a ‘Burgh Foodtruck event coming up in August, along with local community day events. Visit www.bbwchamber.com for current event information! While relaxing and enjoying the summer vibe at these different events, there is also an opportunity to experience growth in making new contacts. Forbes has written about the numerous mental and physical health benefits attributed to taking time off, but I realize that vacations away can be challenging for most business owners. Though the media portrays summer as lazy and carefree, our businesses rarely take a summer vacation. If we change our mindset of summer to a time of growth and renewal, we can harness the energy of the Chamber to strengthen our roots through new & different sources versus feeling frustration that we cannot get away from it all. Taking a break from the ordinary routines of the rest of the year and seeking new connections may be just what you need!

 

In order to continue to thrive as an organization, we rely on our member volunteers who give their time to serve on the Board of Directors. I thank all of my fellow returning board members for volunteering their talents and time to leading the Chamber, while congratulating four members who were recently elected (or re-elected) to the Board of Directors for a new three-year term: Dottie Coll, Two Men and a Truck, Matthew Fazio, Donnelly-Boland and Associates, Mac McIlrath, McIlrath Insurance/Keller Williams Realty, and George Zboyovsky, Brentwood Borough. I also wish to congratulate two other newly elected officers for their leadership roles: Jennifer Scott, ManorCare Whitehall, as Vice-President and George Zboyovsky, Brentwood Borough, as Treasurer. In addition to our volunteers, I also want to recognize Mary Dilla for all of the talents she brings as Chamber Secretary, to keep us running smoothly throughout the year. With this strong and capable board combined with our vested membership, I am looking forward to leading us all towards continued growth and success!

 

Cheers –


Virginia Weida



    
         
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