President’s Letter – March 2015
Thankfully for most of us, save for the fuel companies, one of the coldest February’s in Long Island history can now remain frozen in our memories instead of our fingertips. Fortunately, although we had to endure artic temperatures most of the snow missed us by either tracking south or blowing just north. Given the one or two snow events we did have remained on the ground for the entire month in what looked like a backdrop for filming the sequel to the movie “Frozen”. This month I am truly looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day as that to me is when spring is officially just around the corner.
The Chamber will certainly have its work cut out for us with restoring and cleaning the areas we maintain along County Route 19. The medians have taken an unprecedented beating this year and we hope the snow and ice damage is minimal to all of our plantings. Rest assured, thanks to the generous support of all our Chamber members along with our median sponsors we will have the town looking good by May’s clean-up weekend if not sooner. Check out next month’s edition of Our Place and or Holbrookchamber.com for the official date of our “Holbrook Clean-up Day”. The Chamber along with County Legislator Bill Lindsay’s office will be coordinating efforts for another successful semi-annual clean-up day. Please consider joining us in cleaning up and beautifying our town.
Attention all Holbrook Businesses who are not members of our Chamber, we need you to join forces with us NOW! Please STOP putting off signing up with our organization. We are a huge part of what is good about the Holbrook community. Unfortunately, a number of Holbrook businesses are still either not aware of the chamber or just prefer to enjoy the benefits of the chamber’s hard work, dedication and effort without at the very minimum joining to support us. The time is NOW as the Holbrook area specifically is about to see some significant developments in the very near future such as the neighboring Ronkonkoma Hub and the Islip Pines. If done correctly and with the suggestions and guidance from the chamber to our local officials, this could all have a very positive impact on our town.
Without a voice from the chamber, it could have the complete opposite effect. It is a part of the Chambers’ mission to be at the table and not on the menu when it comes to decisions that directly shape and determine the future of the Holbrook Business Community. The Chamber needs your support, please join some of your neighboring businesses who support and enjoy the many benefits of the Holbrook Chamber. We promise, although our complimentary fully catered and informative monthly meetings are a benefit it is not required to attend if you’re a member. We fully understand folks are busy and may not be able to make meetings. If you do come, we promise you won’t have to wear a funny moose hat nor do a crazy initiation dance. Just show up, learn about our town, network and do some business with other fine local area people.
For our current members and those who may be considering joining, please mark your calendars for our Friday April 3rd, 7:30 AM breakfast meeting (Trios Holbrook Country Club) where we will be welcoming Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone as our Guest Speaker. Come listen to our County Executive speak on issues that directly impact you as well as address any of your concerns within the County. This is just another benefit of joining the Holbrook Chamber.
In closing, a very Happy St. Patrick’s day to our Irish friends and the rest of you who will be Irish for a day! Thank goodness we will be seeing green again.
All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce