Chair’s Letter – November 2021
“Over the river and through the woods to grandfather’s house we go.” That’s right, “grandfather’s “house. That’s the way the poem was originally written by Lydia Maria Child in 1844. Evidently, when the music was added, the gender of the grandparent was changed.
This year we have a lot to be thankful for. We are, hopefully, past the worst of the pandemic. Last year, there was no vaccine and, this year we have three that work for those who have the sense to get them. Businesses are coming back, some quicker than others, but those who made it through the last 18 months have learned to adapt to the new normal. Here at the Chamber, we also have a lot to be thankful for, also. WE are financially stable and our membership has grown greatly. This is particularly due to the efforts of our wonderful staff. I am particularly thankful for them, but I will touch on that more next month.
While we are giving thanks, I would ask you to pause on Nov. 11 and thank a veteran for their service. Originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate the end of World War I, it is now a day to celebrate all of our veterans.
On Nov. 11, we will be holding our monthly Business After Hours from 5-7 PM at the Chamber Office. Come and share some fellowship with your fellow Chamber members. On Nov. 17, we will have our monthly Chamber Luncheon at Glen Echo Country Club. Make your reservations at the Chamber Office.
It’s also not to soon to make plans to attend our Nite of Stars on Dec. 3 at Orlando Gardens. Besides being our largest fundraiser of the year, this event has evolved into the Chamber’s Holiday Party. After last year, where the event was held online, it will be nice to get together again. This will also be the night when we present our Business Person of the Year and Zykan Family Leadership Awards.
As always, I would encourage you to get involved with one of our Committees. It is a great way to get to know some of your fellow Chamber members.