President’s Letter – July 2012
Greetings Once Again,
Boom (literally), just like that it’s July! School is out and a big shout out to all of our graduating students from those moving up to middle school to those moving on from college. Speaking of students, I had the distinct pleasure earlier last month to attend Merrimac’s Leadership Day along with one of the Chamber’s Board of Directors Joe Storzinger. This was an absolute must attend for both Joe and myself as we’re both proud former alumni of this wonderful elementary school. If you had the opportunity to read my column last month, you may recall that the Chamber visited with the Merrimac students back in May for a presentation followed by a Q & A session on what a Chamber does for the community. On June 6th we attended a separate event where the students had their own opportunity to shine for all of the attendees including Sachem Superintendent James Nolan. The objective of their Leadership day was to demonstrate Dr. Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.
The Merrimac event commenced with a very inspirational and talent filled assembly where the students performed songs and acted out skits on the Seven Habits. We were then escorted by two students acting out the part of a tour guide; I should also mention we were greeted very professionally by a young man when I initially arrived to the building. Our first visit was to a teambuilding/teamwork demo of students working together in an assembly line production. This was all based around their upcoming field day event where they utilized athletic equipment as their tools. Our second visit was where we were extremely impressed. We visited a fourth grade glass that made their very own environmental friendly robots out of recyclable materials. It was both refreshing and fascinating to witness young people deploying their imagination with something other than a video game or computer.
The students were broken up into teams of three with a total of about 8 different imaginative robots who performed everything from converting natural energy to trimming tall dangerous tree branches. They also displayed a little entrepreneurial skill with setting prices, developing marketing strategies and warranties on their patented creations. Simply masterful and you had to be there to truly appreciate what these teachers are instilling in their students. Keep in mind these are fourth graders. Our third and final presentation had the students acting out problem solving skits. It always warms my heart when I see people no matter what age or skill set who can not only identify a problem but can also provide a solution. Great stuff and I must also mention a very special person to the Chamber who was a part of that 4th grade class with the robots. When I walked into the classroom with three other people there were only three chairs to which I of course obliged the others to sit, no sooner did I turn around to see a young lady come over with a chair for yours truly. That wasn’t just any young lady; she was our former Little Miss Holbrook Sarah Chapnick. Great stuff, to see how these young people were interacting and communicating with adults in a business like scenario was absolutely one of the most impressive presentations I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. Merrimac is truly a magical place where good habits are happening.
With the hot weather already upon us, the Chamber too shall be heating up with more beautification projects in and around town. Next month, our Vice President Kevin Guilfoyle will provide a complete report on our status as he will write the Chamber column.
Please mark your calendars for the Chamber’s 18th Annual Carnival & Craft Fair from August 16th-19th located on the grounds of the Seneca Middle School. This year we will have all of our usual fun filled rides, food and crafts along with our spectacular fireworks show. The theme for our event will be “Back to the 70’s” (when I actually attended Seneca), in celebration of our theme the Chamber along with Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay will be presenting a free concert featuring “That 70’s Band” on Friday evening August 17th. Quite frankly, you do not want to miss this year’s fair as it will be an absolute blast!!!
Enjoy your summer and of course see you at the fair.
All the Best…Always,
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce