Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant | April 13, 2016 | In Attendance
Jamie Certosimo President Aamco Transmissions
Lisa Bendel Vice President Park Lane Jewelry
Lina Pagliarulo Trustee Lina’s Restaurant
Lucille Brule Trustee Coldwell Banker
Jim Murasko Trustee Allstate Insurance
Sal Pagliarulo Lina’s Restaurant
Jerry Vinci Acu-Data
Vivian Vinci Acu-Data
Kenneth Ginefra GCS Consultants
Donna Schwarz Treasure Hunt
Beverly Sullivant Reformed Church in Kinnelon
Lindsey Sass NJ Healing
Gene Bohensky The Alternative Board of Northern NJ
Jack Pezzuti Cartridge World
Carianne Reeber Lakeland Bank
Dave Warfield Retired
Diane Gelfand Realty Executives
Gary Geresi Assisting Hands
Shelli Taggart Butler Recreation
Joan Sharpe All Professional Realty
John Walters All Professional Realty
Roger Fields All Professional Realty
Todd Soltesz Stickle-Soltesz Funeral Home
Elisa DiChristina Glow House Kids
Kenny Cords Jimmy Geez
Ed Morba Family Home Funding
George Brewster Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Secretary, Helyne Czajkowski, Treasurer, Jessica Ballew and Trustee, Denise Brewster were not present.
The meeting was called to order at 12:25 p.m. by Jamie Certosimo of Aamco Transmissions with a salute to the flag.
Members were asked to silence their phones. A roll call of officers and introduction of members was then completed.
APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
There were 5 applications for membership: Diane Gelfand- Realty Executives, Butler, Frank Elia-Sherwin Williams, Butler
Shelli Taggart-Butler Recreation, Jerome Gans-Zounds Hearing, Kinnelon, Ralph DePascale – Cogman’s Creek, Butler.
A motion to accept new members was made by Carianne Reeber of Lakeland Bank and 2nd by Beverly Sullivant of the Reformed Church in Kinnelon.
APPROVAL OF MARCH 9 , 2016 MINUTES
Motion to accept the minutes by Jack Pezzuti of Cartridge World and 2nd by Lindsey Sass of NJ Healing Center.
Checking Account Balance $3,530.96
Pay Pal Account Balance $3,226.95
BILLS TO BE PAID
Chamber Web Page Quarterly Charge $225.00
Motion to accept the treasurer’s report and pay bills was made by Lucille Brule of Coldwell Banker and 2nd by Gary Geresi of Assisting Hands.
FACEBOOK –Chairman Lisa Bendel of Park Lane Jewelry encouraged members to sign up for Facebook to receive information about the chamber and the community.
WELCOME – Chairman Jamie Certosimo of Aamco Transmissions. Has been reaching out to visitors who come to chamber meetings and is following up after the meetings.
FUNDRAISING – Chairman Jim Murasko of Allstate Insurance. Jim is looking for some fundraising suggestions from the members. He discussed the options for some of the programs offered by local restaurants like Wendy’s. The return on that type of fundraising would be very small. Kenny Cords of Jimmy Geez talked about a fundraising option that would give the chamber a larger return.
SCHOLARSHIP – Chairman Jerry Vinci of Acu-Data Business Products explained the scholarship criteria to the new members and mentioned that the recipients would be announced at the May meeting.
PROGRAM – Jessica Ballew of Columbia Bank chairman of the committee invited the borough clerks from the four towns we serve to speak at the May meeting.
NOMINATING/ELECTIONS - Chairman Beverly Sullivant of the Reformed Church in Kinnelon explained the process of electing officers and trustees. Officers are elected for one year and trustees for two years. All of the officers are up for reelection and two of the trustees (Lucille Brule and Lina Pagliarulo) are up for reelection. Anyone wishing to run for any of these offices should contact Beverly. Names will be placed in nomination at our October 12 meeting and the election will take place at the November 9 meeting.
MEMBERSHIP – Chairman Jamie Certosimo of Aamco Transmissions has been visiting new businesses and inviting them to a chamber meeting.
Vivian Vinci of Acu-Data Business Products told chamber members about the Bloomingdale Public Library’s 90th Anniversary celebration. The library is publishing an ad book that will be given out to those attending their dinner and to library patrons. They are looking for ads from local businesses and organizations.
Vivian Vinci of Acu-Data Business Products made a motion to take a $35.00 full page chamber ad, 2nd by Lucille Brule of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
Lucille Brule of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Butler is collecting food for the Butler Food Pantry. Friday April 15 is the deadline for donations.
Shelli Taggart of Butler Recreation told chamber members about upcoming events in Butler. On May 7 there will be a “Fishing Rally” at Stonybrook Swim Club.
The Recreation Department will also sponsor Butler Day on Saturday, May 28. Businesses and organizations can buy table space to promote their goods and services. Visit their website www.butlerrecreation.com for more information.
A motion was made by Jim Murasko of Allstate Insurance to purchase 3 tables at Butler Day and 2nd by Jamie Certosimo of Aamco Transmissions. The space can accommodate 10 vendors. Members can purchase a space from the chamber at a discounted price. Spaces are first come first serve.
Tri-County Chamber is sponsoring a chamber networking lunch at Bahama Breeze in Wayne on April 14.
Lindsey Sass of NJ Healing Center – Lindsey discussed healing therapies available at the center. She discussed the benefits of meditation techniques for improved health.
Jim Murasko of Allstate Insurance – Allstate offers insurance for autos, boats, homes, condos, renters, businesses and life insurance at competitive rates. Jim discussed the importance of having the right type of insurance for your needs.
50/50 raffle was $53.00 and won by Diane Gelfand of Realty Executives.
At 1:30 pm a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Beverly Sullivant of the Reformed Church in Kinnelon and 2nd by Jamie Certosimo of Aamco Transmissions