Thank you to the Holiday Open House’s Major Sponsors

This is the first in a series of posts recognizing and thanking all of the valuable contributors that helped make the 2017 Chamber Holiday Open House a successful event once again. It is the continued support of these businesses, organizations and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice and advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. 

Thanks to the major sponsors of this year’s Holiday Open House.

Event Sponsor
Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital


Hospitality Sponsors
M&T Bank






Gold Star Sponsors
Bodnar Sales & Service


Thrivent Financial








Red Reindeer Sponsors

Key Partners





Service 1st Federal Credit Union




The Women’s Center



Green Tree Sponsors
ChamberChoice/On Demand Energy







Derr, Pursel, Luschas & Naparsteck, LLP


First Columbia Bank



First Keystone Community Bank


Candidates Nominated for Chamber Board

The Chamber’s Board of Directors is recommending a slate of candidates to serve on the Board beginning April, 2018. Members will vote on nominations at the Annual Meeting, sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities, which is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8 at Rolling Pines Golf Course. Nominated to serve are:


Three-year term:

Dan Knorr, II, Bloomsburg University
Mary Radle, Key Partners Realty
Denise Stone, Geisinger
Jeff Whitenight, First Columbia Bank

One-year term:

Donna Coombs, GordnerCoombs Insurance
Sam Haulman, Service Electric
Chris Stamatedes, PPL Electric Utilities


Following the election of Board members, the Board will elect officers. Nominated to serve are:

Board Chair (two-year term) – Karen Wood, Service 1st Federal Credit Union
Vice Chair – Dan Knorr, II, Bloomsburg University
Treasurer – Denise Stone, Geisinger 
Immediate Past Chair – Mark Gardner, M&T Bank
President – Fred Gaffney

The Board Chair also has three, one-year appointments. Being recommended are:

Jim Micklow, Press Enterprise
Holly Morrison, Central Susquehanna Community Foundation
Tom Neal, Berwick Hospital Center

In accordance with the By-Laws, any 15 members may nominate an alternate ticket, or tickets, by posting the same, over their signatures, at the Chamber office not later than five days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Members Learn About Different Generations in the Workplace at Learn at Lunch

A group of engaged individuals from Chamber member organizations enjoyed a presentation from Tina Welch of Welch Performance Consulting on different generations in the workplace last Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Wesley United Methodist Church. Chamber Learn at Lunches are sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities and this specific Learn at Lunch was also co-sponsored by PA CareerLink Columbia/Montour Counties

Welch, a former HR executive who now runs her own consulting business, began the presentation by noting that she did not have any magic bullets that would automatically solve generational problems in the workplace. However, her presentation was done with the hope that making organizational leaders and others aware of the various differences in generations and what each is able to offer in terms of strengths can provide opportunities for HR and other leaders to implement strategies that can overcome generational barriers.

Why is this important for any organization that has multiple generations of individuals working for it? Take these statistics for instance.

– The proportion of working 65-69 year-olds in the U.S. has risen from nearly 18% in 1985 to 32% in 2011.
– During each quarter of 2016, over a quarter million Americans turned 65. 
– Millennials will make up the majority of the workforce by 2025. 
– Millennials have passed Baby Boomers as the largest generational group in the workplace.
– Fewer than 1 in 3 American workers are committed to the success of their organization and are engaged in their work
– 74% of Americans expect to work even after “retirement.”
– 68% of corporate recruiters say that it is difficult for their organizations to manage millennials

With those statistics in mind, and with turnover costing any employer, large or small, approximately 6-9 months of the lost employee’s salary, it is more critical than ever that organizational leaders understand the benefits, values and needs that each generation and individual brings to the workplace and be able to apply specific strategies to encourage communication and collaboration across the generations as well as to diffuse conflicts. 

Attendees were given a handout that in general terms, defines the characteristics and stereotypes as well as the workplace needs of all four generations — Traditionalists (born 1922-45), Baby Boomers (born 1946-64), Generation X (born 1965-1979) and Millennials (born 1980-2010), as well as those of “cuspers,” which are those born near the end or beginning of a specific generation. This is especially important for Xennials, a micro generation born during the cusp years of Generation X and Millennials (1977-1983). This group often shows characteristics and stereotypes of and has similar workplace needs as those usually attributed to one or both of Generation X and Millennials. 

At the end of the workshop, Welch asked the attendees to name one thing they could do immediately when they returned to their workplaces to help facilitate better inter-generational understanding and cooperation, while allowing for the fact that some workplace policies obviously can’t be changed immediately or at all. Some of the responses included taking a look at the standard employee orientation presentation, keeping notes on individuals such as board members and organizational volunteers in order to be able to best communicate and/or facilitate activities with them, as well as taking a look at a company cell phone policy. 

Montour Address Updates Now a Waiting Game

Montour County Commissioners at a recent meeting

Updated addresses for Montour County were sent to companies that provide GIS mapping services in August. However, some County residents are experiencing difficulty in receiving deliveries using their new addresses. The Montour County Commissioners say the companies are updating their databases on varying schedules.

The County GIS office provided the new addresses to companies in August, with follow up in early November. According to Commissioner Ken Holdren, one company that provides GIS mapping to many in-car systems responded that updates would be made in early December, but are still pending. Mapquest updates could take 6-9 months, and Google provided no timeline for when updates would take effect. Residents and businesses are reminded that the Postal Service will recognize old addresses for one year from the date of notification.

Montour County Treasurer Jesse Kline also advises residents that when making online purchases with a credit card, they should use the same mailing address as the billing address associated with the card whenever appropriate.

Member News – December 13, 2017

Member News

  • It is the season of giving and the Ken Pollock Auto Group, is continuing its yearly tradition of collecting new or slightly used coats, in all sizes to benefit local families. From now through Dec. 15, Ken Pollock Auto Group will be collecting coats that can be donated at any of its auto dealerships, including locally at Ken Pollock Ford Lincoln in Berwick. All coats collected in our area will be donated to the Columbia Child Development Program – Head Start for distribution to families in need. For more information, contact the Ken Pollock Auto Group at 570-655-4575. 


  • Wild For Salmon will host a holiday tasting this Saturday, Dec. 16 at its store at 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chefs Matt and Josh have created and prepared a delicious holiday-inspired menu and they invite the public to stop by and try some of their wild caught salmon treats and meet one of their fisherman. This event will feature salmon sushi rolls, cajun shrimp-stuffed keta fillets, whole roasted king salmon, halibut soup, holiday spread with dried cranberries and pistachips, cajun dip and smoked salmon (garlic pepper, traditional sockeye and traditional king). 


  • The Bloomsburg Area YMCA will be celebrating the holiday season with a senior Christmas party next Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be a potluck-style meal, as well as fried chicken provided by the Y. Guests can come in their favorite ugly sweater and will be able to enjoy Wii bowling and a visit from Santa. Those interested in attending should register at the Y front desk by Friday, Dec. 15. There is no cost to attend this event. 


  • The Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School’s adult nurse aide training program will hold a job fair on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the school, which is located at 5050 Sweppenheiser Dr., Bloomsburg. This event will allow attendees to visit with representatives from local nursing homes, long term care facilities and home health agencies to discuss possible employment opportunities The CMAVTS adult nurse aide training coordinator will also be available to discuss admission in the program. A tour of the classroom and light refreshments from the CMAVTS food and preparation service program will be available.