CNBA General Meeting
April 12, 2017
Colts Neck Town Hall
In attendance: Sue Fitzpatrick, Greg Calderaro, Patty Vollherbst, Sheila Olt, Alison Antenucci, Anna Appolonia, Glen Dalakian, Bob Gasaway
Sue called the meeting to order at 8:15, welcomed the members and Mike Viola led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mike Viola made motion to approve the minutes from the March meeting, Dan Fenski second. Motion approved.
Sue Fitzpatrick gave the Treasurer’s report. CNBA has $15,303.44 in Investors Bank, $728.98 in PNC checking, $2891.33 in PNC Money Market and $8,506.80 in Pay Pal account. Total $27,430.55. Rich Yaeger made motion to approve Treasurer’s report, Mike Tormey second. Motion approved
Anna had no news to report on community outreach but asked if there were any new members to please let us know.
Tom Hennessey announced the Soccer and La Crosse tournaments to be held in Bucks Mill Park in May and suggested that we create a link to our website so that attendees will be familiar with local businesses and especially food establishments. He reported that sales were very brisk when this was done in other towns.
Community outreach – We have agreed to join with the Township and Meridian Health to kick off the “Paint the town Pink” Month to raise awareness and encourage annual mammograms. A Proclamation will be announced at the May 10th township committee meeting proclaiming May 12th as Paint Your Town Pink Day.
Sue has asked members to wear pink to the next meeting on May 10th as well as to the upcoming card exchange at Sun Bank on May 8th.
Glen has been in discussions with the Journal and they are offering a centerfold ad to run in all editions of the Journal with the cost being shared by all participating businesses. He asked for a show of hands to see what type of interest there might be among local businesses. The idea is to get more branding for our businesses into our sister towns.
Greg mentioned the upcoming Roundtable which will take place on Monday, April 24th at Huddy’s. He said the intention is to bring in the more established larger businesses in town as a focus group to help improve the business climate throughout the town.
Mike Tormey announced that membership is little above 140 presently. He reiterated the advantages of the $50 membership fee with inclusion in the mailer, map, and free entry to all card exchanges.
Alison gave a wrap up of the luncheon. She said there were approximately 215 guests, more vendor tables and swag bag items than in the last few years, and very good feedback in general from guests.
She also suggested that more golf foursomes or silent auction items would be welcome in the future as they are a significant attraction to many guests.
Sue reported that after attending her first Econ Development committee meeting they are still putting together an agenda and have not yet selected a chairperson.
Sue announced the Fireworks on July 3rd and sent around a sign-up sheet for volunteers for specific jobs that need to be filled in preparation for the event.
The summer card exchange will be held at Trump on August 16th.
Dan Simon asked that a reminder be given for the upcoming fundraiser to be held in the high school on April 28th. All proceeds will go toward upgrading the sound system.
Sue thanked Patty Vollherbst and Alison Antenucci for joining her at the Matawan/Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Business Expo held on March 28th. CNBA had a table set up and distributed flyers and information about our organization. We also raffled a duffel bag donated by Tack Shelter filled with items donated by several other Colts Neck businesses.
It was announced that we will continue to offer two $1000 scholarships to students at CNHS.
Justin Lotano announced that the Lions Club will again host a Kentucky Derby party on May 6th with the proceeds going to the extension of the recreation area at Dorbrook Park which is specifically designed to accommodate children with disabilities.
Introduction of officers followed by members.
Patty Vollherbst then introduced DonnaLyn Giegerich who was the guest speaker this month.