First, a reminder to all – our December meeting will be held at Case Del Campo on Monday, December 12. It will be begin with a networking event from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by the General Meeting at 7 p.m.
As the year comes to a close I often use this time to reflect on the year itself. In regard to the Chamber I feel we have accomplished much. Looking back, the year started with the Chambers first Pan Cake Breakfast at Applebee’s. Not knowing what to expect it turned out to be a great event.
We the assistance of the Town of Babylon we adopted the corner of Belmont Avenue and Hubbard’s Path under its Adopt-a-Spot program. The Town installing a beautiful sign “Welcoming All” to North Babylon. With the help of our members the corner now looks great and the area residents are extremely pleased.
The Chamber commenced giving out scholarships to three well deserving Senior’s graduating from North Babylon High School.
In October we tried hosting a Street Fair. Though the weather definitely was not with us, we did manage to get it off the ground. Had the weather been nice I know this too would have been the beginning of a great event.
By the time this is posted, the Chamber will have decorated the lamp posts along Deer Park Avenue for the holidays. Also, in keeping with what we started last year, the Chamber has invited all the area businesses who decorate their store fronts for the holiday to be judged and plaques will be given out to three of the businesses at the December meeting. Added this year it was decided to offer a plaque for the best Adopt-A-Spot area.
The Chamber has also commenced its “Welcome to North Babylon Bags.” These bags have been distributed to local Realtor’s who in turn will give them to new residents. The bags are filled with coupons and other material which new residents can use to locate local businesses. They also include “palm cards” from the Town of Babylon which lists important telephone numbers that will be very useful to all residents.
However, the greatest accomplishment I view is that our Chamber since its founding in April, 2015 has continued to grow. We have attended several grand openings and are happy that you can see new stores and businesses opening, and we are always striving to improve the relationship between area businesses and the community residents. With each supporting the other it will make for a healthier community.
In closing, if you feel you have something to offer please look to become a member. Our organization is open to businesses, non-profit organizations and residents.
Garrett P. Simulck, Sr.