Member News – February 7, 2018

Member News

  • GAF, one of the Chamber’s newest members and North America’s largest roofing products manufacturer, will host a job fair on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at its New Columbia facility, located at 2093 Old Route 15. GAF is looking for dedicated, safety-minded individuals with manufacturing experience to join its team. An iPad mini 4 will be given out to one attendee that has completed an online job application prior to arriving at the job fair and who also completes an information card at the event. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about GAF, meet its employees, tour the facility and learn about its hiring process. Refreshments will be available. For more information, see this flyer and visit GAF’s career website.

 

  • Thrivent Financial is collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House of Danville this month from Feb. 1-21. Thrivent will have a collection box at its office located at 417 W. Main St., Bloomsburg, and is collecting small snack items and beverages such as K-cups, juice boxes, and individually-wrapped snack items like granola bars, crackers and cookies. Anyone interested in making a donation can drop it off at Thrivent’s office Mondays-Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 22, the public is invited to join Thrivent at the Ronald McDonald House between 5-8 p.m. where these donations will be presented to RMHD, and attendees can hear about the mission and focus of RMHD, take guided tours of the house and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and a dessert buffet. 

 

  • Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty recently acquired a moving truck (right) for the benefit of its buyers and sellers, and the agency is now proud to make it available for use by nonprofit and community organizations free of charge when it is not in use by one of its clients. If your nonprofit or community organization would like to use the truck, please call Dan Young at 570-784-2821, ext. 16 to make arrangements. It is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and is made possible by a number of generous sponsors that are also committed to serving our nearby communities, including fellow Chamber members Alexander Family Buick/GMC, Flick Brothers Electric, Statewide Furniture and WTC Contracting. For more information, visit Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty’s website

 

  • The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation will hold its Annual Meeting on Friday, Feb. 23, from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Pine Barn Inn. A lunch will be served and attendees will be able to hear four speakers. CSCF president and CEO Holly Morrison will talk about “Spreading the Message of Philanthropy” while board member John Kurelja will speak about the regional impact of the CSCF’s philanthropic activities. Two speakers from Wilmington Trust will also talk about the CSCF’s funds’ performances. For more information, see this invitation, and to RSVP, email or call Karri Harter at 570-752-3930, ex. 6, by Feb. 16. 

 

  • The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit’s technology group will conduct a pair of computer fairs for middle and high school students in March, and is seeking professionals in business and the community to serve as judges in specific categories. The middle school fair will be held on Monday, March 5 while the high school fair will be on Monday, March 26. Both will be held at CSIU 16’s building located at 90 Lawton Lane, Milton, and will run from 9-11 a.m. Categories that need judges are animation, computer fair logo, digital movies, graphic design, programming and web page design. For more information, or if interested in serving as a judge, contact Bill Herald as CSIU via email no later than Friday, Feb. 23.

Welcome Century 21 Mertz & Associates

More than 400 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and our region. Increased membership allows us to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. The Chamber welcomes its newest member, Century 21 Mertz & Associates, to help us fulfill our mission.

Century 21 Mertz & Associates was founded in 1985 and currently has two locations, one in Danville and one in Lewisburg. There are currently seven real estate agents in the Danville office – Dan Hartman, Susan Hartman, Joseph Humphrey, Scott Mertz (broker/owner), Nick Moore, Lisa Strausser and Clinton Walker. The Danville office is located at 430 Mill St. and can be reached at 570-275-2121. There are also five real estate agents in the Lewisburg office, which is located at 1817 West Market St. and can be reached at 570-524-2120. The Danville office can also be reached via email

A Children’s Activity Tour, Atypical School Lunch Featured at Business After Hours at Danville Child Development Center

Edible play-dough, indoor snow made from a mix of baking soda and other ingredients, and catching fish you couldn’t see in the pond were among the several children’s activities that Danville Child Development Center’s children do each day and were also experienced by attendees at a Business After Hours hosted by DCDC on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Members were given a card when they walked into the event and were given a sticker to put on it after they completed each children’s activity, and those that completed each one and got all of their stickers were able to enter a drawing for a prize – tickets to DCDC’s upcoming Dueling Pianos event. In between reliving their childhoods by participating in these children’s activities, members also had an opportunity to catch up with and meet others in the local business community, while also learning about the influence early childhood education plays in our future workforce. They also enjoyed some delicious food made specially for the event by the DCDC kitchen staff, which definitely tasted much better than the typical school lunch that many may have remembered from their school days. 

Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. The next Business After Hours will be held at Art of Floating, located at 1924 Old Berwick Rd., on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It will also feature Just a Drop as a co-host. 

Columbia Alliance For Economic Growth Presents Board Candidates & By-Law Changes

The Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth is scheduled to hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m. at The Inn at Turkey Hill. In addition to electing members to the Board of Directors, several changes to the by-laws have been proposed. Members of the Chamber are automatically members of the Alliance and invited to participate in the meeting.

Nominated to serve three-year terms on the Board are:

Tim Karr, Villager Realty
Vic Klein
Harry Mathias, Central Columbia School District

A listing of the Alliance’s current Board of Directors is available online.

Prior to voting on Directors, several changes to the organization’s by-laws are being proposed as follows. Deletions are noted as strikethroughs, additions as underlines:

ARTICLE I, Section 2 – The mailing address of this organization for legal notices shall be the office of the organization’s solicitor 17 Woodbine Lane, Suite 103, Danville, PA 17821.

ARTICLE V, Section 1 – Control and management of this organization shall be vested in the Board of Directors consisting of not less than fifteen (15) nine (9) nor more than thirty (30).  Funds of the organization shall be withdrawn from the depository bank by check upon the signature of the President, Treasurer, or other persons designated by action of the Board.  The depository bank of the organization for ensuing year shall be chosen by the Board of Directors at the annual board reorganization meeting.

ARTICLE VI, Section 3 – Election of members to the Board of Directors shall be held at the Annual Meeting.  At each election, not less than five (5) three (3) nor more than ten (10) Directors shall be elected for terms of three (3) years each or until succeeded, to replace or renew the Directorships whose terms expire.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, contact Jennifer Wakeman at the DRIVE office at 570-284-4296 or by email

Member News – January 31, 2018

Member News

  • The Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, which is operated by the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority, will hold a free six-week Ground School course beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6-9 p.m. and running each of the next five Thursdays at the same time at the airport terminal building, 301 Airport Rd., Bloomsburg. This course is intended to teach prospective pilots about aircraft performance, flight mechanics, weight and balance, navigation, radio communication, weather and FAA regulations, as well as prepare students to take the written Private Pilot Ground School Exam, which is a requirement to obtain a private pilot certificate. For more information, see this flyer or email the airport coordinator. 

 

  • The athletics department at Bloomsburg University will host a series of events on National Girls & Women in Sports Day this Saturday, Feb. 3 in Nelson Field House. The events are open to all girls and boys in grades K-8. The day begins with a free basketball clinic at 10 a.m., following by a speed and agility clinic, activities fair and pizza party. All participants are then invited to attend the women’s basketball game vs. Lock Haven (admission is free to participants) and a post-game autograph session. For more information, including how to RSVP, see this flyer

 

  • Jeb Stotter, president and CEO of North Shore Railroad, was recently named to the 2018 Top 100 People list by Pennsylvania Business Central, a business trade publication. This annual list celebrates the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned how to develop their organizations and communities. Stotter was named the president and CEO of North Shore last year.

 

  • Ken Pollock Volvo in Pittston, part of the Ken Pollock Auto Group that owns Ken Pollock Ford-Lincoln, was recently awarded a 2018 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award, an annual recognition given to auto dealerships that deliver outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews. DealerRater is the world’s leading car dealer review website, and it created this award program to let online car shoppers instantly spot dealers that provide high-quality customer service. Only the top 10 percent of U.S. new-car dealers are given Consumer Satisfaction Awards. 

 

  • GAF, one of the Chamber’s newest members and North America’s largest roofing products manufacturer, will host a job fair on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at its New Columbia facility, located at 2093 Old Route 15. GAF is looking for dedicated, safety-minded individuals with manufacturing experience to join its team. An iPad mini 4 will be given out to one attendee that has completed an online job application prior to arriving at the job fair and who also completes an information card at the event. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about GAF, meet its employees, tour the facility and learn about its hiring process. Refreshments will be available. For more information, see this flyer and visit GAF’s career website.

 

  • The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation will hold its Annual Meeting on Friday, Feb. 23, from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Pine Barn Inn. A lunch will be served and attendees will be able to hear four speakers. CSCF president and CEO Holly Morrison will talk about “Spreading the Message of Philanthropy” while board member John Kurelja will speak about the regional impact of the CSCF’s philanthropic activities. Two speakers from Wilmington Trust will also talk about the CSCF’s funds’ performances. For more information, see this invitation, and to RSVP, email or call Karri Harter at 570-752-3930, ex. 6, by Feb. 16. 

 

  • Wesley United Methodist Church has been hosting the community friendship meal since 2002. Guests in need are able to be served a warm and nutritious meal every Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., free of charge. Volunteer groups are needed to keep this meal going in the future. If you have a group that is interested in volunteering for a few hours on a Saturday morning during the year, please visit the church’s website and click on “community friendship meal.” For questions, please contact Katy Miller at 570-441-2850. Please note that beginning Jan. 6, the community friendship meal will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 123 N. Market St., Bloomsburg, while the Wesley UM Church kitchen goes through a renovation that may last 8-12 weeks.