Members Learn About Medicare at Learn at Lunch

Chamber members enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the many and sometimes complex things that individuals need to do and remember when approaching the Medicare-eligible age of 65 at the Chamber’s bimonthly Learn at Lunch event, held at Wesley United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 13 and presented by PPL Electric Utilities. Jacqueline Lucas, community relations representative at Geisinger Health Plan, gave a presentation that went over when and how to enroll in Medicare, coverage options, differences between Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, and the timing involved in collecting social security and how that can run concurrent with Medicare benefits. 

If you weren’t able to make it to this presentation but would like some additional information, GHP representatives are available to do individualized home visits to people at or near the Medicare eligibility age. Contact Jacqueline by email for additional information or call GHP member services at 1-800-498-9731. The Medicare and You handbook, published annually by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is also a valuable resource for those interested in learning more about this important subject of healthcare for retirees. 

The next Chamber Learn at Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8 at noon and will feature Mike Atchie from Williams, who will talk about the mobile app that is currently being developed by Williams for workers that come into our area from outside to work on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The app will feature information and listings of local businesses in order to encourage the patronage of local businesses. He will also speak about the current state of the pipeline project. Location is TBD. 

First Columbia’s Danville Branch Now Open

First Columbia Bank & Trust celebrated the opening of its new community banking office at 400 Walnut St. in Danville (Rt. 11) last Thursday morning, June 8, with a ribbon cutting. Several local dignitaries and members of the business community, including Columbia Montour Chamber President Fred Gaffney, were in attendance to cut the ribbon on First Columbia’s newest branch, its 14th location, and first in Montour County. 

For additional information on the new branch, including photos from the ribbon cutting and grand opening, visit First Columbia’s Facebook page.

Member News – June 14, 2017

Member News


Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Workshop

The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold a workshop titled “Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media” on Tuesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at the DeWitt Building, third floor, 416 Market St., Lewisburg. This workshop will present tips and tricks for successful email marketing, including how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible. Growing a healthy list, creating great content with a mobile-friendly format, effective subject lines and resulting tracking and reporting are among the topics that will also be covered. Cost is $35 and veterans are welcome at no charge. Register by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249 or online


Children’s Museum Hosts Special Needs Night

The Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th St., Bloomsburg, will host Special Needs Night on Friday, June 23, from 6-8 p.m. Come to a fun night out for families with special needs. Enjoy a reduced number of visitors, space and freedome to explore at your own pace, adapted exhibits, a quiet area, fun craft and sensory activities and an opportunity to network with other families. Special Needs Night is a free event held quarterly. 

Leadership Central Penn Seeks Applications for 2017-18 Class

The 2016-17 Leadership Central Penn class at its graduation last month.

Leadership Central Penn, a program of The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber, is currently seeking applications for spots in its 2017-18 class. LCP seeks to identify and educate citizens from Columbia and Montour counties that exhibit leadership potential. Classes meet on the third Thursday of each month for a full day (approx. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) from September through May. Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to nominate and sponsor employees. Individuals may also apply. The application deadline is July 31.

The 2017-18 class will be the 19th since LCP’s inception in 1993. The 18th class held its graduation last month. 

Application (.docx)

Program promotional brochure (.pdf)

Members Send Out May at M-C Financial Credit Union

Chamber members partook in some homemade hors d’oeuvres as well as local wine from fellow members Three Dogs Vino, Pickering Winery and Freas Farm Winery as they put a bow on the month of May at the second of two Business After Hours last month at Members Choice Financial Credit Union in Danville. Attendees were able to enjoy the outstanding food and drink while networking and meeting several members of the MCFCU team and learning about the credit union’s offerings. For more information about MCFCU, visit its website or call 800-834-0082. 

Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. Please join us at our next Business After Hours next Wednesday, June 21 at the Pump House Bed & Breakfast just outside Bloomsburg.