Chamber Announces Additional Membership Category

The Columbia Montour Chamber’s board of directors recently approved the addition of a new Chamber membership category for individuals. This individual membership category will cost $130 for a year (half of the base rate of $260 for a business or other organization) and has the following restrictions:

– Elected officials, business owners or employees of businesses or other organizations are not eligible – those businesses, organizations, or municipalities must join instead at the base rate of $260 at a minimum
– This membership level will give those in it access to all Chamber events at member pricing (for those events that have a registration fee)
– They will not be listed in the Chamber Directory and are also not eligible to serve on the board

This new membership category will apply mainly to retirees that are looking to stay involved in the local community and with the Chamber, students and political candidates. 

For any questions about membership and if this new category may apply to you, please contact Matt Beltz at 570-784-2522 or email

Member News – May 30, 2018

Member News

  • Community Options, Inc., one of the Chamber’s newest members and a provider of residential and employment support to people with disabilities, will host a lunch event at its office at 1117 Old Berwick Rd., Bloomsburg, tomorrow, May 31, at 12 p.m. for individuals interested in possibly serving on a new business advisory committee for Community Options’ Bloomsburg office. There is no cost to attend, and anyone is welcome. The committee’s main objective will be to promote the integration of persons with disabilities within the communities in which they reside, enabling them to become viable and contributing neighbors, employees and citizens of the community. No RSVP is required for this lunch, and anyone interested may just show up. For questions, contact associate executive director David McConaghy at 570-638-6007 or email


  • The high school student council at Central Columbia High School will host a spring carnival in the CCHS parking lot this Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. There will be food vendors, a bounce house, car show, crafters, games, a rock wall provided by the National Guard, other independent vendors, live music and much more. All proceeds generated from this event will be donated to the Think Big Foundation, a local nonprofit founded by a Geisinger physician in 2014 that supports Geisinger pediatric cancer patients and their families. 


  • Art of Floating will hold a open house and day of celebration for its fifth anniversary on Saturday, June 9, from 12-4 p.m. There will be live music, food and beverages, special offers, additional vendors, children’s activities and more. Art of Floating will also be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House of Danville, and anyone that makes a donation will receive a 15% off coupon at Art of Floating. Visit the event page to see a full list of items that RMHD needs, as well as additional information about the vendors that will be attending, including fellow Chamber members Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and Marley’s Brewery & Grille


  • The Bloomsburg Area YMCA will hold its 11th annual community yard sale on Saturday, June 9, from 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in the community through programs at the Y. If you have stuff taking up space around your home that could become someone else’s treasure, look for the Steve Shannon truck in the Y parking lot to drop off your items and support a good cause. The Y will be accepting household items, bedding, games, toys, collectibles, small appliances in working condition, furniture, clean clothing, shoes and boots, dishes, holiday decorations, and more, but no TVs, printers, or computers. Any individuals or groups looking to volunteer for the yard sale or donate food for the bake sale can call the Y at 570-784-0188 or visit the front desk of the Y.

Leadership Central Penn Celebrates Largest Graduating Class in Program History

When the journey began, there were 21 strangers wondering what to expect. On May 17, 2018, this group of colleagues and friends gathered for last time as the Leadership Central Penn Class of 2018. The Pine Barn Inn was the location of the festivities of the final class day and graduation. The morning began much like the rest, greetings and a light breakfast. But soon, there were four presentations on the community impact a group of strangers can have, when motivated by a single goal of service.  The four Leadership teams tackled projects for five worthy community organizations and made a real impact on those these nonprofits serve. 

The community projects included backpack stuffing at AGAPE, organization of the donation warehouse, and hospital bed assembly at the Hope Center (Nescopeck), cleaning of the camp and stocking the med shed at Camp Victory, exterior clean up and maintenance at the Teen Center (Berwick), and painting, new light fixtures, bedding and all the comforts needed at The Women’s Center. Hundreds of lives were impacted by these efforts, including those of the LCP class. These projects inspired the class members so much that they went above and beyond the requirements of the class. Some got corporate sponsors and partners to assist, others organized teams of additional volunteers, and more went back for additional hours of community service, joined local nonprofits’ boards and kept giving.

After an emotional morning it was time for lunch with the graduates’ guests.  The keynote speaker was Ed Edwards, former president and CEO of the Columbia Montour Chamber, and one of the founders of the LCP Program. Edwards spoke about his experiences with LCP and what it means to be a leader in today’s community. He also shared that community leadership does not need to be done in grand gestures, but large impact can be made by small efforts that inspire others to act, which is what LCP works to instill in its graduates.

Following Edwards’ keynote, the 2018 class nominated speaker, Eric McCabe, assistant to the athletic director at Bloomsburg University, gave a witty and thoughtful speech about his experiences with LCP. He shared insights from his classmates and stated, “each class taught us something new, gave us something different to take away. I must admit I was a skeptic before I participated in this program, but I now know I am much better for it. Leadership Central Penn has made more knowledge on topics that don’t just affect my place of business but affect our local communities as a whole. This program has made me more confident to communicate and work with what was a once a group of strangers.”

Following McCabe’s speech, Jeff Emanuel, Chamber Foundation director, and Fred Gaffney, Chamber president, presented the LCP certificates of completion to the class of 2018, which are:

Matt Beltz
Columbia Montour Chamber

Tamara Collae
PPL Electric Utilities

Stephanie Gryboski

Vanessa Hales

Sharon Haverlak

Brandi Hoffman
Service 1st Federal Credit Union

Jordan Ikeler
First Keystone Community Bank

Amanda Jarski
First Keystone Community Bank

Michael Maylath
Autoneum North America, Inc.

Eric McCabe
Bloomsburg University

Scott Near

Jalon Orzolek

Brandon Stauffer
Autoneum North America, Inc.

Teresa Peters
For the Cause

Brian Rakauskas
Girton Manufacturing

Adam Robinson

Candy Ryan
Bloomsburg University

Carol Walters
Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Rhonda Wieners
The Hope Center

McKayla Zimmerman
First Columbia Bank & Trust

Congratulations to the Leadership Central Penn Class of 2018.  A special thank you goes out to 2017-18 program sponsors: SEKISUI SPI, Kawneer, USG and Bloomsburg University. Thanks to the nonprofits scholarship sponsor Central Susquehanna Community Foundation for sponsoring Teresa Peters and Rhonda Wieners’ participation in the program. Finally, a special thank you to Welch Performance Consulting for sponsoring breakfast and assisting Emanuel in his first year as the director of the LCP program. 


Thanks to the Participants of the 2018 Chamber Golf Tournament

This is the fourth and final post recognizing all of the valuable contributors that once again made the 2018 Chamber golf tournament a success in 2018. It is the continued support of these businesses and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs and benefits to its members, giving its members a stronger voice in advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities.

Thanks to all of the individuals and teams that played in the golf outing. They represented the following organizations:

3B Cleaning & Floorcare
Atlantic Broadband
Barry Isett & Associates
First Columbia Bank & Trust
First Keystone Community Bank
Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital
Hutchison Insurance
Law Offices of Lutz & Petty
M&T Bank
North Branch Group/Thrivent Financial
Pine Barn Inn
Safelite Auto Glass
Service 1st Federal Credit Union
Service Electric Cablevision
Stackhouse & Son Well Drilling
Towne Camera
Wagner’s Trophies & Engraveables
Zartman Construction
Zimmer Insurance

Thanks to the Prize Sponsors of the 2018 Chamber Golf Tournament

This is the third in a series of posts recognizing all of the valuable contributors that once again made the Chamber golf tournament a success in 2018. It is the continued support of these businesses and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs and benefits to its members, giving its members a stronger voice in advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities.

Thanks to all of the organizations that donated prizes for this year’s golf tournament. These businesses provided goods and/or services for the winning teams and individuals and for the door prize raffle. The golf tournament would not be successful without the generous donations from these businesses. 

Art of Floating
Atlantic Broadband
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital
GordnerCoombs Insurance
The Inn, Farmhouse & Brewery at Turkey Hill
Ken Pollock Ford Lincoln
M&T Bank
McBride Memorial Library
Mill Race Golf & Camping Resort
Penn State World Campus
Quaker Steak & Lube
Rita’s Ice (Bloomsburg)
Rock God Brewing
Williamsport Crosscutters