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The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to service to the business community at its end-of-the-year recognition service Nov. 30 at Stone Hedge Golf Course.

Chamber President Gina Suydam called 2017 a year of great news, all, she said, was made possible by the enormous contribution of numerous members who went beyond the call to lift up the business community.

Two weeks earlier Suydam spoke of being in Harrisburg when she got the big news that the Commonwealth Financing Authority announced the Chamber would be getting a $1 million grant to cover pipeline costs of getting gas to the Tunkhannock market, in partnership with UGI Energy Services and affected municipalities.

She said the grant was just one way the Chamber worked to continue helping business thrive in the region.

Suydam said volunteerism was a key to the Chamber’s success, and recognized local photographer Tracy Kamora as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ for helping to document many, if not all, of the Chamber’s many events throughout 2017.

Suydam also called on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for its selfless service.

They included attorney Jamie Layaou Hearn as chairman, Mike Narcavage of Southwestern Energy as vice-chairman, Tyler Emmerich of Hawk Insurance as treasurer, Neil King of Community Bank as secretary, and members Mike Atchie of Williams, Thomas Blaskiewicz og McCarthy Tire Service, Alex Fried of Procter & Gamble, George Gay of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Bill Hampton of Sugar Hollow Water Services, Woming County Commissioner Tom Henry, attorney Richard Huffsmith, Monica LaBar-Hughes of Monzies Floral Design, and Frank Sorokach of State Farm Insurance.

Suydam acknowledged Alex Fried of Procter and Gamble and Tammy Bonnice of Williams as two outgoing members of the board and/or advisory committee who would be sorely missed

She then reviewed a literal laundry list of the enormous numbers of sponsors for various events.

For the WyCCC Weekly that kept members updated by email, the P&G Federal Employees Credit Union, Williams and the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau were thanked.

For the monthly educational luncheon series, she lifted up Tyler Memorial Hospital, Williams, Communitty Bank, UGI Energy Services, and PS Bank.

For Shop Chamber, she recognized Ace-Robbins and Farmers Insurance.

For the FallFest Mixewr, she recognized Deer Park Lumber, Shadowbrook Resort, Mountain Energy, Sugar Hollow Water Services, Mehoopany Wind Farm, UGI, M&T Bank, SGFS, Chief Community Bank, BX3, Taylort Rental, Williams, Endless Mountains Events, and McCarthy Tire, Bartron Supply, Walmart, Gay’s True Value , Head to Toe, Ace-Robbins not to mention all the food vendors.

She also introduced the names of the members of the Leadership Wyoming 2018 class, along with media partners.

She reminded about a New Year’s program inliterally starting your new year off right!by joining the Wyoming County & Greater Wilkes-Barre Chambers of Commerce for a Healthy Beginnings Seminar. This is sponsored by Chiropractic & Rehab Associates PC. Refresh your mind and body with meditation, nutrition and a new approach to today’s busy lifestyle. Speakers and topics will include: meditation with Bernadette Kozlowski, nutrition with Donna LaBar, lifestyle management with Bob Lizza , holistic wellness with Amber Summers Krug, Owner & Holistic Health Practitioner at Thrive Wellness Center, and a personal story of holistic healing with Amy Owen, Wellness Office Associate at Thrive Wellness Center.

This event will take place at The Beaumont Inn, 4437 PA-309, Dallas, on January 19.

Suydam concluded the program by addressing some broad goals for 2018 and advised those in attendance to stay tuned.