COMMITTEESTaking advantage of the many opportunities at the Chamber is beneficial to your business. Being active on a committee affords you the opportunity to meet new contacts and help both the Chamber and Community as well. Why not consider joining a committee today? Contact the Committee Chairperson or the Chamber Office at 860 388-3266.
Community Event Committees
Each December, the Annual Meeting is held commemorate our year and to approve the Board of Directors slate for the following year. We announce The Business of the Year, the Non-Profit Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Committee meets monthly September thru December
Committee Chair: Leigh-Bette Maynard, Liberty Bank
Arts & Crafts Committee
54th Anniversary of this Signature Summer Event – July 29 & 30, 2017
Committee members assist with planning and execution of the event of this annual 2-Day Event that boasts 150+ artisans & crafters exhibiting on the Old Saybrook Town Green.
Committee meets monthly from October through July
Chair: Dan Price, Full Power Radio
October 2017 at Valley Shore YMCA
Committee plans and organizes the annual Expo to promote business-to-business networking, showcase member products & services and invites the community to visit each booth.
Committee meets monthly from January to October
Chairs: Elaine Beame, Beame Realty
March 4, 2017 marks the 21st Annual Outdoor Winter Community Event.
Committee assists in recruiting, marketing and execution of this event – 20+ years strong. 30+ chili recipes are cooked by chamber members – tasters purchase ballots and vote for their favorite chili. Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund.
Committee meets monthly from September through February
Co-Chairs: Bob Bradley, Primary Residential Mortgage and Jay Mills, Oakley Wing Group
2nd Annual Event to be held September 17, 2017 on Elm Street near the Stop & Shop parking lot.
Committee meets monthly from May through September
Chair: Jack Marroney, Lighthouse Home Care
5th Annual Golf Tournament at the Lake of Isles-South Course October 2, 2017. This event is held on Foxwood's private course and is special in every respect!
Committee meets monthly from May through October
Chair: Leland McKenna, Middlesex Hospital
Continuing to enhance our relationship and schedule bi-annual forums with our Senators and Representatives. Dates of our forums to be announced.
Committee meets as needed
Chair: Lori Woll, Octagon at the Mystic Marriott
The Wellness Committee is convening in 2017! Watch for more details and events.
Committee meets monthly from January through December.
Chair: Kara Ganssle, POP Weight Loss
Member Services CommitteesAmbassador Team
Ambassadors serve as public relations support for the Chamber of Commerce. They assist the Chamber’s recruitment and retention efforts through personal interaction and involvement; help to host Chamber events; visit new and existing members and ascertain feedback. The team helps to develop member services relevant to the Chamber mission and member needs.
Ambassadors meet the 3rd Thursday of the month – 8am – Chamber Office
Chairperson: Rich Bachand, Tarlov Financial
The Marketing/Tourism Committee promotes the Chamber to the community, chamber members and potential members. Develops Chamber ‘Brand’ and works with EDC to develop and market the town/region for attracting businesses and residents as well as promoting tourism.
Business Connections Hour
An opportunity for members to network with others in a fast-paced roundtable session. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesdays of the month 8am-9am. Check website calendar for location.
Moderator and Chair: Michael Perry, Old Saybrook Neighbors Magazine
Women In Business Initiative
A collaborative initiative for women in business - providing luncheon and evening programs educating women in leadership, development, mentoring and networking.
Committee develops the scholarship application, screens applicants and selects the winners of the Annual C. Wilfred Hunter Memorial Scholarship.
Committee meets as necessary late winter – early spring
Phone: 860 388-3266
Address: 1 Main Street, PO Box 625, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
VOLUNTEERSWe are a very busy office and volunteers are the backbone of our organization, doing everything from answering phones and helping visitors in the office to assisting at the many events throughout the year. They are energetic, community-minded individuals, volunteering a couple of hours per week, who enjoy being in the center of the action. We genuinely value their time and dedication to keeping things running smoothly.
We put on numerous events throughout the year, most famously our Chili-Fest where over 30 businesses participate in a town-wide chili cooking contest to raise scholarship money for high school seniors. We also have an annual Arts & Crafts Festival, enjoyed by all in town. As you can imagine, with such a busy schedule, we are grateful for any and all help we can have at our 20 or so events throughout the year.
We always welcome new community members so to volunteer please call 860-388-3266 or stop in Monday through Friday anytime from 8:30-4:30.