Letter from the Chairman
I am honored to be starting my eighth year as a board member of our Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce, even more so as the Chairman of the board in 2016. After opening Flannery's Tavern over ten years ago, it was always my intention to make Flannery's a part of the Mercersburg community. I have always believed that you cannot expect the community to support you if you are not willing to support the community! I have never understood how one would expect to achieve success as a business owner without a passion for the success of the community in which they operate. That being said, one of the first orders of business was to join the "Mercersburg Area Chamber of Commerce" before opening the restaurant in 2005. At that time, the Chamber was operating with a part time Director. I utilized the membership to network and meet others within the Mercersburg business community. The Chamber served a necessary purpose to allow me that opportunity. It was not until Mary-Anne Gordon took over as the director soon after that, that I became a potential recruit to serve on the board. I was very interested in the initial proposal knowing that with any opportunity there is a critical thinking process and understanding that success for the Chamber, is success for our business community as a whole which ultimately is success for my, and all of our valued members.
I have been fortunate to recruit a few members over the past few years to join our organization. Generally my conversations stop when I hear the question, "What's in it for me?" Unless a potential member understands that the Chamber exists to allow its members to help each other to help themselves, their results will not be successful. Chris and I seem to both share this passion for success. I am very fortunate to be a part of an organization that has grown so much over the years due to the great leadership and determination of the dedicated and committed individuals that have served on our board, as well as the many member volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to help our Chamber. This is the sole reason that we have been able to triple (or more) the attendance at Townfest and continue to grow that event. We have added other annual events to include Springfest, The Craft Beer and Wine Festival, and The Christmas Tree Lighting. Our annual Chamber Breakfast and Dinner have both grown significantly and become great opportunities for members to network with each other as well as our local leaders and politicians.
Again, I am humbly honored to have served as a board member for the past eight years and look forward to serving as our Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board in 2016. I wish all of our members a very prosperous New Year!