President’s Report – August 2020
And then there’s August, my friends… the Sunday of Summer. The children are sun-kissed and ready for the first days of school (whether physically or virtually). How did we blink and 2020 is almost gone? never really starting, keeping us on edge. I’ve bought my 2021 planner; I’ve got some high hopes that it won’t go to waste like my 2020 planner did ?
As our Chamber battles through this pandemic, we continue to find creative ways to keep our members engaged, informed, and connected. Thank you to all those that have been able to attend our in-person events, from our Membership luncheons to Business After Hours to our Music Trivia and Golf tournament.
A big thanks to Music Trivia presenting sponsor: SSM Health DePaul! VIP Food Sponsor: Ferguson-Florissant School District! VIP Tent Sponsor: First Community Credit Union! VIP Food & Bar Sponsor: Fogarty’s House of Vapor! Lottery Tree Sponsor: Vivial! And Round sponsors: Christian Hospital, City of Florissant, Daniel and Henry Company, Denny & Associates, Gary’s Automotive Service, and St. Catherine Retirement! Thanks to our event chair: Tom Gilliland and our amazing committee members: Bret Berigan, Dana Grimm, Greg Horta, Mike Moehlenkamp, Dr. Misty Farr, and Scott Palermo! Big Papa G didn’t disappoint, and we all had a great, safe time! SPECIAL THANKS TO Amore Pizza, Catering to You, and Pirrone’s Pizza for providing all the food for the event! Thank you thank you to our amazing volunteers and of course, Jaime and Danielle that work their creative magic to make it such an amazing event!
A big thanks to Golf Tournament presenting sponsor SSM Health DePaul! VIP Business sponsors: Commercial Bank, One Way Construction, SERVPRO of Overland, and AIL Midwest! Golf Cart sponsor: Julie Zlotopolski! Valet Sponsor: Angels at Work! Trophy Sponsor: Dana McKitrick Attorneys at Law! Longest Drive: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties! Beverage Cart Sponsors: Brennan’s Bar & Grill; and Fogarty’s House of Vapors! Meal Sponsors: Seniors Helping Seniors; Hutchens Mortuary & Cremation; and Valley Industries! Closest to the Line Sponsor: Handyman TrueValue Hardware! And Hole in One sponsor: Johnny Londoff Chevrolet! Thank you to all our amazing “Fore My business” Sponsors and “Par” Hole Sponsors! A very special thanks to committee Chair, Jon Vogt and our amazing committee members: Bret Berigan, Joe Meyer, Mike Moehlenkamp, Dr. Misty Farr, Paul Manganelli, Scott Palermo, and Teri Reiter! And a very special thanks to our amazing volunteers and the Florissant Golf course, that made the event so successful and safe in the middle of uncertainty. Thank you again to Jaime and Danielle, who work their butts off to make it a memorable event!
We’ve been so fortunate to be able to safely meet, implementing social distancing guidelines and requiring masks at in-person events. As we navigate through this ever-changing pandemic, we have decided to postpone our upcoming Scholarship Bowl and cancel our Career Fair; and once again begin meetings via Zoom.
Sign up now for our Zoom Member on Wednesday, August 19th at 11:30 a.m. We will be hearing from St. Louis County Partnership’s Human Resource Director, Samuel Fredeking. He will talk about hiring practices during this difficult time. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcuCurj8qE9LJzT3jRMsW2aIZF3rzVAE1
And even though, we are not 100% sure if our children will ever go back to physical school, we are still taking BACK TO SCHOOL donations. Please drop them off to the Chamber office by the garage door. Thank you in advance!
I leave you with this quote from Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Best of luck to all our students, parents, school districts and private schools as we navigate through these uncharted waters! I hope you have a very inspiring and successful new school year.