WEEKLY MEETING-Lauren Spence, Greater LV Chamber of Commerce

Another great turnout for our regular weekly meeting – 19 members plus our speaker and our friend from Florida, Ed Deering and his daughter.  Ed has been visiting with us whenever he is up north and we always look forward to his being with us!  He is almost 96 years young and a member of 2 Kiwanis Clubs, has 48 years perfect attendance; and he just joined his third: an internet club!  Pres. Bill informed us that the excavating will start tomorrow for the playground and the equipment will arrive for installation next week!  Don’t forget to make your reservations for you and your guest(s) for our special meeting for our installation of officers which will be an evening dinner meeting on October 24.  The cost will be $20 per person and will include chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, salad, rolls & butter, coffee, tea and DESSERT, along with some special guests including Past Kiwanis Governor Cathy Szymanski who is planning on doing the officer installation.  It promises to be a great event to close out our first century of service to the children of the world!  Speaking of children, we received a thank you from the Int’l. Children’s Fund thanking us for our support of the EliMiNaTe program.  Let Bill know if you are interested in attending Pocono Daybreak’s installation of officers Oct 3 in the evening.  Walt informed us that we have an advisor for the Builders Club, and the first K-Kids meeting will be Oct. 3 at Cheston Elementary.  Rose sale orders AND MONEY, are due next week, Sept. 26. Bill is starting to plan for the IU 20 Christmas party on Dec. 5.   Janet is planning our next Pancake Breakfast for Nov 10 at Applebee’s.  She also told us about an event next Wed. at EAHS Auditorium from 6-8 PM sponsored by the Easton Opioid Awareness Task Force.  It will feature a film about a recovery high school followed by a panel discussion.  Janet then introduced our speaker for today, Lauren Spence, manager of Easton and Phillipsburg Initiatives for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.  The mission of the CC is to improve the economy and quality of life for businesses in the Lehigh Valley area.  There are 33 regional chambers in PA and among the many different councils within the CC is a diversity council.  They offer many business to business activities and networking opportunities. They also provide grants for public services as well as offering training for members. The Easton office on Northampton St. has 6 employees but the Lehigh Valley CC has 40 staff members. There are separate boards for each community and they have a non-profit council and can work with non-profits to work out the cost of membership.  Two of their upcoming events are the Phillipsburg/Easton Hallowe’en Parade on Oct. 28 and the Phillipsburg Tree Lighting on Nov. 26 where they will hand out toys to 350 children along with hats, scarves and gloves.  Next week’s meeting will be at noon at the Pomfret Club and will feature a board meeting and round table discussion.

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