2019 Chamber News

February 2019

A Message from Shari,

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Love is in the air, so grab your sweetheart and go for a delicious dinner at Brenda’s Family Restaurant, Donegal McDonalds, Foggy Mountain Lodge, Fox’s Pizza Den, Hidden Valley Resort, Main Street Wine Bar, Nino’s, Out of the Fire Cafe, See Mor’s All Star Grill, Seven Springs Mountain Resort or Tall Cedar’s Restaurant & Tavern, then stop at The Country Pie Shoppe or Donegal Dairy Queen for your sweet treat. Wow, we have a lot of great places to eat! I hope my sweetheart will take me to every one of these places throughout the entire month or I’ll take him!!

Hope we get some snow for the BUILD A SNOWMAN CHALLENGE or we’ll have to think out of the box and build with mud or whatever we might find to use. I hope everyone is able to participate in this challenge and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with family and friends. See the next page for more details. Don’t forget to take your snow, mud or whatever man/woman’s picture and upload it to the MLCC’s Facebook Page on the contest post from February 10th – 24th.

Congratulations to the winner of the MLCC STOCKING STUFFER ticket, Jean Echard. What a loot you’ve won! Thanks to all who purchased a ticket, maybe you’ll be the lucky winner next year. A special thanks to the members who supplied their goods and services and to those who sold tickets.

I am anticipating our first gathering that Kris talked about last month! Where will it be??? How soon will it be???? I hope you’ll come out to mingle, meet your local business owners, have a great meal and lots of FUN.

Upcoming Events:

  • Open House – Excela Square at Frick – February 13th
  • Build a Snowman Challenge – February 10-24th
  • Job Fair – Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – April – Watch for Details
  • Golf Outing – May 17th
  • Kids Day – June – Watch for Details
  • Summertime/Fun Times Gatherings – June, July & Aug – Watch for Details
  • Annual Ladies’ Day Bash – September 29th
  • Clay Shoot – October – Watch for Details
  • Membership Meeting – November – Watch for Details
  • Small Business Saturday Celebration – November 30th – Watch for Details
  • Stocking Stuffer Ticket – November & December
  • Melcroft Tree Lighting – December 1st

Don’t forget to kiss your sweetheart

Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

January 2019

A Message from Kris,

It gives me great joy to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope both young and old experienced the “Magic of Christmas” and had memorable holidays!

If you’ve been following us, you know we just celebrated our 20th anniversary as a chamber of commerce. In past issues, we focused on memories over the years, along with thanking everyone for believing in us. Moving forward and in the “Spirit of New Year Resolutions”, I encourage you to join with us as we begin carving out memories of the next twenty years. Those that we have thanked now look to new leadership within the MLCC to carry the baton and to continue not only building a presence but sustaining a presence in our communities. Make it your new year’s resolution to become active in your community, the possibilities are endless!

According to Google, community means, “a group of people living in the same place, sharing common interest and goals”. THIS IS US! Between these pages we’ve learned of and participated in many events. We called upon and built trusting relationships with local merchants and we’ve created strong friendships and lasting memories that some can only imagine.

Let’s partner our energies and continue this journey. Together we can bring back some of our small-town memories by creating new ones. For instance, on December 1st, Melcroft celebrated their first ever tree light up. The event sponsored by Shari Buckovac Bookkeeping, along with other merchants in the area, celebrated the true meaning of Christmas with a gathering of the community for an evening of caroling and fellowship around a newly planted Christmas tree that will grow loving memories in years to come. Along with the same theme, the chamber is having a Snowman Contest this year! The only agenda for this idea is to bring fun to our communities. See page 2 for details. Please contact the chamber office to find out how we can assist you with your community events.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank all our followers for participating in our programs and events, including our annual golf outing, lady’s day bash and stocking stuffer. We couldn’t do it without you!

New for this year, we are planning something a little different for the summer months. In lieu of traditional mixers, we plan to gather in various restaurants within the chamber. They’ll be no commitment, registration or fees (food & drinks will be on your own). We’ll simply tell you where we’ll be and if you can join us, we’ll have fun just hanging out together.

And now without further ado, I proudly announce the MLCC Board of Directors and Executive Officers.

President: Shari Bukovac – Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping
Vice President: Rob King – King Legal Group
Treasurer: Mark Hughes – Hughes Physical Therapy
Secretary: Tammy Shawley – Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Julianne Brown – Alpine Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Ken Firestone – Firestone Insurance
Tom Guiher – Living Treasures Wild Animal Park
Rich Naugle – Champion Lumber Company
Hank Parke – Somerset Trust Company
Deanna Richter – LHTC Broadband
Barb Skinner – Christian Family and Children’s Center
Jamie Stilley – Amerikohl Mining, Inc.
Abe Wagner – Berkshire Hathaway the Preferred Realty, Donegal

Special thanks to the following for their past service on the board: Jim Kail, Brit Grimes & Tim Pisula and to our fabulous office team: Stefanie Cramer – Administrative Assistant, Cami DiBattista – Freelance Writer and Boss Bear Creative – Marketing & Social Media Manager

And, as our newly appointed treasurer, Dr. Mark Hughes said, “the chamber is exciting!” So, with keeping that in mind please consider; joining a committee or becoming a volunteer as your New Year’s Resolution this year and let’s have some fun!

Here’s to a Happy, Prosperous & FUN New Year!
Kris Enberg
Executive Director