Member News – January 17, 2018

Member News

  • The Columbia-Montour Opioid Coalition, which is headed up by the United Way of Columbia and Montour County and of which the Chamber is a member, will host a lunchtime talk titled “Post-Holiday Depression and Addiction” on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 12-1 p.m. at the Pine Barn Inn. This event is open to the public and a free lunch will be provided. Stephanie Fischer, clinical director of the Huntington Creek Recovery Center, will be the speaker. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page


  • The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will host a free classical program titled “Children’s Corner” on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby.

    Pianist Qing Jiang

    Tickets are not required. This concert, featuring pianist Qing Jiang, will include piano music, storytelling, acting, visual arts and poetry. Children are asked to bring a favorite toy for the toy parade. This event is part of the Weis Center’s Family Discovery series, which is suggested for ages 3 and older. The run time is 60 minutes with no intermission. Families are invited to stay afterwards for free kids’ activities in the Atrium Lobby from 3-4 p.m. Visit the Weis Center’s event page for more information about this performance. 


  • The athletics department at Bloomsburg University will host a series of events on National Girls & Women in Sports Day on 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


  • 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. 


  • MePush is looking to hire a mid- to senior-level IT wizard! For more information on the position requirements, visit the job posting


  • 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. 

Chamber Board of Directors Proposes By-Law Changes

Several modifications to the Chamber’s By-Laws are being recommended to the membership by the Board of Directors. The following three changes will be voted on at the Annual Meeting, sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities, on Feb. 8 at Rolling Pines Golf Course. Proposed deletions are signified by strikethrough, additions are underlined, with an explanation in italics following each section.

Any member with questions is welcome to contact Fred Gaffney by email or at 570-784-2522.


Article II
Section 1

ELIGIBILITY:  Any person, firm, corporation, association, or organization in Columbia or Montour County or vicinity may become a member of the Corporation upon application and payment of dues according to such schedule as may be adopted from time to time by the Board of Directors. Members in good standing of the Columbia Montour Tourist Promotion Agency, Inc. are automatically members of the Corporation.

When the partnership with the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau was formed in 2014, the provision was added to the By-Laws to include all existing members of the Visitors Bureau into the Chamber. With the dissolution of the Partnership, this provision is no longer appropriate.

Article IV
Section 1

NUMBER ELECTION AND APPOINTMENT:  The government of the Corporation, the direction of its work, and the control of its property shall be vested in the Board of Directors, consisting of not more than 23 representatives of current members.  Of these, four (4) shall be elected annually for a term of three years, three (3) shall be elected annually by the membership for a term of one year, and three (3) shall be appointed annually by the Chairman for one year terms or until their successor(s) have been duly appointed and qualified. Directors elected to one year terms may serve no more than two consecutive one-year terms, and no Director, shall serve more than eight (8) consecutive years on the Board, except that the out-going Chairman shall remain on the board in the capacity of Immediate Past-Chairman for one additional year as necessary.

This language is being added to clarify that Board members must represent Chamber members.

Article VIII
Section 7

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors for the Election of officers and for the transaction of such business as may be necessary, shall be held immediately following the Annual Meeting of the Corporation, or within two weeks thereafter.  At the meeting, the Board shall elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, President and Treasurer.  Additionally, the Chairman of the Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth, Inc. shall become Vice Chairmen for Community and Economic Development. All officers are elected to a one-year term, with the exception of Chairman, who shall be elected for a term of two (2) years.  The Chairman may not succeed himself/herself.  All officers shall serve their respective terms or until their successors are duly elected and qualified.

In 2016, the By-Laws were modified to change the Chair of the Columbia Alliance from an officer position to a regular Board member. This specific section was not included in that 2016 vote.

Welcome OneSource Staffing

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 OneSource Staffing, to help us fulfill our mission.

OneSource Staffing is an employment solutions business that works with both employers and job seekers to fill openings for their clients and help job seekers find work. It offers payroll and HR solutions, staffing and recruiting services and benefits advising. Its service area runs throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania and it specializes in helping find candidates for open positions in clerical, customer service, accounting, light industrial, manufacturing and warehouse positions, and also can handle much more. One Source is “large enough to service, but small enough to care.” Locally, OneSource is located at 7541 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11) in Berwick. It can be reached at 570-759-0439 or visit its website.

3D Printer Now Available at McBride Memorial Library Aims to Help Promote STEM

Thanks to a grant, there is now a 3D printer available at McBride Memorial Library. The library began using the 3D printer last month with a few special events centered around holiday ornament printing.

For now, the 3D printer is only available for public use as a part of similar special events. However, the plan is to eventually make it available to the general public for any use. A nominal fee would be charged based on the weight of the item being printed to cover the cost of the printing material. 

According to library director Nadine Kramarz, the device was purchased to help promote STEM in the Berwick area and beyond.

“Berwick has always been a town of builders and there is a high demand for people in the STEM fields today,” said Kramarz. “I thought this would help promote STEM in Berwick and long term, there are also possibilities of using it to help others. For instance, there are public libraries around the country that also have 3D printers and contract with developing countries around the world to 3D print various items that are needed in those countries.”

3D printers can print small things, such as the holiday ornaments that were printed at the library’s various events last month, as well as larger things like replacement parts for various devices and even prosthetic limbs. They are also very precise down to such small details like a the threads of a screw. 

In order to 3D print something, whatever is being printed first needs to be designed. There are several software programs available to do so. and are both free programs. The design is then saved as a file on an external drive and is plugged into the 3D printer. 

For more information on the 3D printer and on McBride Library and its various programs, visit its website

Member Spotlight: AGAPE – Love From Above To Our Community

“Being a member of the Chamber has enhanced our relationships with businesses and corporations, extended our outreach for making the business community and others aware of what we do and increased our ability to get the word out about our events. It has also enhanced our community donations beyond churches and individuals.” – Kelly Dent, Extended Services Manager, AGAPE

AGAPE Love From Above to Our Community is a faith-based, non-denominational Christian ministry founded in November 2008 by a group of about 60 people from the local community who met at Wesley United Methodist Church wanting to hear about the three-year-old dream of Billy and Eileen Chapman. Liking the opportunity to implement the words of Matthew 25 and serve their Lord and community, a committee was formed to make it happen. They identified the principle mission: “help fill in the gaps so no one falls through the cracks.” They developed a vision, established values and guidelines and wrote the by-laws for the ministry. The committee reported to the group and the group appointed a 13-member Board of Directors. AGAPE was registered as a charitable organization and approved as a 501(c)(3) in 2009.

As a non-profit charitable ministry, AGAPE accepts financial and in-kind donations, the latter being its largest program. It receives food (perishable and non-perishable), furniture (not badly stained, torn or broken), adult clothes, large and small appliances that work (refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, etc.), bedding, mattresses, box springs, bed frames, dishes, utensils and cookware — basically, any items needed to reasonably furnish an apartment or small house.

AGAPE’s “business” is one of only a few in the community that wants to go out of business — meaning those who were once its clients are self-sufficient and can provide for themselves. AGAPE distributes all donated items, if available, free of change, and requires responsibility and accountability from its clients. Sometimes assistance is denied because extremely bad choices have been made, advice is not followed to help themselves, lying, or abuse of the system or conduct is such that assistance it demanded as an entitlement.  AGAPE tries very hard not to be an enabler.

AGAPE received the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Partner of the Year Award in 2016 for its “fighting hunger” program, and also received accolades for its service to Columbia County during Tropical Storm Lee and the flood of 2011, when it served as a flood recovery center. AGAPE is extremely grateful to the Chamber and the entire community for their continuing support, and could always use volunteers to help it fulfill its mission. For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit AGAPE’s website or call 570-317-2210. 

Member spotlights are chosen via a random drawing from members that submit their business cards at a Business After Hours event. The next Business After Hours is scheduled for Jan. 17 at the Bloomsburg Area YMCA, 30 East 7th St., Bloomsburg. There is also a second Business After Hours scheduled in January at the Danville Child Development Center, 986 Wall St., Danville, on Jan. 31.