The Chamber is once again hosting the Jim Weschler Golf Classic, an early summer tournament to benefit scholarships for adult learners living or working in the Lebanon area. This year’s tournament, the 26th annual, will take place on June 6, 2018 at Eastman Golf Links in Grantham, with tee-off at 1 pm. Registration is limited: to register, contact Bridgett at the Chamber at (603) 448-1203 or email today.
The Jim Weschler Memorial Golf Classic honors a sportsman, coach and business leader who had tremendous impact on the Lebanon Area. All proceeds from the tournament benefit scholarships for adult education in the community.
The LACC has given out more than $85,000 in scholarships since the inception of the tournament in 1992. Beneficiaries have used these funds to become educators, increase their work skills, and earn new professional degrees and certifications. Recipients must live or work in Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan, or Plainfield.
The Upper Valley Land Trust, the City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to bring back a popular program that celebrates the City’s natural assets. UVLT President Jeanie McIntyre says, “Lebanon is a thriving small city with a big outdoors. ‘Wild About Lebanon’ puts the spotlight on what makes the City so special.”
The 2018 Wild About Lebanon series will showcase a variety of City owned and privately owned land within the city limits. We hope to offer a wide range of activities for everyone from children to the elderly. We are also still looking for volunteers to help plan and lead events. If interested, please contact Alison Marchione at email@example.com or (603) 643-6626.
In recognition of his decades of service to Lebanon and the surrounding communities, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) has named Peter Mason, MD, its Citizen of the Year for 2017. A committee comprised of many previous recipients of the award voted to honor Mason with this prestigious award. Dr. Mason will have his name added to a plaque that hangs in Lebanon City Hall listing the previous distinguished honorees; the award will be presented at the LACC Holiday Social at Fireside Inn on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, beginning at 5:00 pm.
Dr. Mason is a family physician who joined the medical staff of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon in 1981. He has done extensive work with under-served populations at the Good Neighbor Health Clinics (which he co-founded in 1991), The Haven, Headrest and the Claremont Soup Kitchen. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of ACTS Honduras and has worked in the country to further their goals of fostering cross-cultural understanding and promoting sustainable programs for health, education, agriculture and economic development in that country. His recent local practice has focused on substance use disorders in both Lebanon and Claremont, and he has provided state and regional guidance on treating opioid use disorders in a primary care environment. He is also involved in teaching students in several capacities at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
Since 1972, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce has presented the award to a recipient that represents the finest qualities of good citizenship in Lebanon. The award criteria for the LACC Citizen of the Year include being a resident of the City of Lebanon who has performed exemplary deeds of community service for his or her community and the region in general.
The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce has named Salt hill Pub of Lebanon and West Lebanon their 2017 Business of the Year. A committee of the five previous years’ recipients chose to honor Salt hill for their success in business that includes their two Lebanon locations: on the mall in downtown Lebanon and in the West Lebanon. Salt hill also has establishments in Hanover, Newport and Newbury N.H. The Business of the Year award will be presented to Salt hill at the LACC Holiday Social at Fireside Inn on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, beginning at 5:00 pm.
Chamber Board member Bob Jackman of LaValley Building Supply nominated Salt hill, saying, “This business is a great example of how the American entrepreneurial spirit, many hours, days and weeks of hard work, a formula for business that the area needs, and an excellent local population add up to a community-involved company that has great value to all of us in the Upper Valley.”
Each year the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce honors a Business of the Year and a Citizen of the Year at their annual holiday social. This year’s event will be held at Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, NH on December 13th beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets for the event may be purchased by calling the Chamber at 603-448-1203 or by visiting the Chamber’s website, lebanonchamber.com.
The Business of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1999. The criteria for consideration includes: sustained business success, providing a superior work environment for employees, providing exceptional service to customers and/or stakeholders and to serving the broader community in deeds and action.
The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce held its 101st Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 31 in Lebanon. We elected new officers and re-elected four directors to new terms. Attendees also heard a presentation from Mary Bihrle, CFO of Hypertherm.
“We are really thrilled about what the future looks like,” said Curt Jacques, outgoing Board Chair and owner of West Lebanon Feed and Supply in West Lebanon, “with a healthy membership and a strong vision for the future.”
Rich Wallace, Advertising Director at the Valley News, was elected Board Chair, with Jay Simms of Tyler, Simms and St. Sauveur, CPAs, P.C. as Treasurer and Charlene Ashey of River Valley Community College as Secretary. Simms, Wallace, Chris Gilman of Service Credit Union and Kevin Purcell of Purcell Properties were re-elected to the Board.
Bihrle delivered a short presentation on the topic of employee ownership, describing the challenges and advantages of the model Hypertherm uses and answering questions about its management and implementation.
Thank you to everyone who came and helped us launch another successful year at the Chamber!