Dear Rivertowns Chamber Members and Community,
It is my pleasure to take on the board position of President for the Rivertowns Chamber. Thank you to Nick Campbell who served as President for the past three years as we worked to grow the chamber from “Dobbs Ferry” into “Rivertowns.”
While 2020 was challenging, we can also see it as an opportunity to change the way we do things for the better. Perspectives and values are shifting and this is an opportunity for us to turn our businesses and our communities into what we’ve always wanted them to be. My goal for this year is to help our businesses head in the direction of economic recovery through embracing ideas and projects that will shape our community for the years to come.
Something we discuss often between business partners at my family’s restaurants, Harper’s and Saint George, is the phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Originally coined as a slogan of the New England Council, it has been used to justify a number of concepts in economic and business policy. For our small Rivertowns villages I take it to mean that if we work together we will come out stronger.
This year we have many new board members with creative ideas that I am very excited about putting into action. From lobbying for assistance, to helping businesses access funding, to working with other Rivertowns organizations, to driving customers to your businesses – there is much we can do to make sure our business community becomes stronger in 2021. I can promise you that our focus will be on utilizing the chamber as a resource to help businesses survive – but we can’t do it without participation from our members.
We ask everyone to take on a small piece (or a big piece if you’re into it!) so that we accomplish our goals. Non-working members support the chamber with full dues so that we can bring on staff to manage the administrative work behind the scenes. “Working” members can serve on the board (big piece) or as a committee member (small piece).
If you are a working member, please take the time to fill out this “working membership” preference form by February 28th and let us know where you are interested in helping.
Make sure to attend our monthly meeting on February 24th for updates from our board members on the work they’ve begun and where they plan to go. If you can’t attend, we will send out a recording after the meeting.
Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce President