The holidays are one of my favorite times of year as we all take time, and perhaps make the time, to give more to others and reflect on everything for which we are thankful.
In the spirit of the approaching holiday season, I wanted to pause for a moment and thank some of our Chamber “Champions” … dedicated people that help us through the year to continue our mission as a business resource organization providing vital advocacy, education and connections.
Thank you for your commitment to defining the work of this Chamber through your voice. Your support as Members of this organization will help us to continue to make a positive difference for all our Members, our businesses and our community.
In the words of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives President, Mick Fleming … “Stay in touch. These are times when we can be exceptionally valuable to one another. By working together, we will become stronger than ever.”
Denise K. Ackley
As we move into the end of the year and the holiday season, it seems our already busy schedules get even busier. I have found it’s a good time to take a minute and reflect on events of the year and think about those things in our lives for which we are grateful. For me, my daily life is full of logistics and details, so reflecting is something I sometimes have to remind myself to make time to do.
This year, I do have a lot for which I am grateful. Having been with the Chamber since March, I now feel more settled in and I truly enjoy the job I get to do and the people with whom I get to work. The Chamber staff is not only deeply committed to our mission and serving our Members, they are genuinely great people bonded by the passion to help our businesses. Being part of a team that works together so well, even—or maybe especially—following the staff changes this year (myself included) makes for a positive and productive work environment. I’ll add that I feel very lucky to have found a place where my slightly OCD planning and organization and constant list-making are appreciated … and even encouraged!
We also have wonderful Members, and I am so glad I have gotten the opportunity to work with many of you. I appreciate everyone who has hosted or attended an event, served on a committee, been a sponsor and made the effort to participate in any way.
I’m also happy and inspired to see our Members working together and being involved—both in the Chamber and the community as a whole. Reading through items submitted for our Member News, on social media, or in local news, it’s wonderful to see the partnerships and achievements you’ve made! This is especially true now, and the rest of the year, when so many of our businesses are supporting our non-profits and contributing even more, sharing the holiday spirit.
Though we may stop and reflect, we don’t always follow that up by making the time and effort to share our appreciation, or our ideas for new or improved opportunities and relationships. I want to use this platform to thank you now—for welcoming me to the Chamber, for working and being involved, and for participating and attending our events and making them successful. I am looking forward to working with you … and continuing to create great events and programs in the coming year.
Manager of Events
As we head full swing into fall and get ready for the upcoming holidays, we often talk about the many things for which we are thankful. Here in the Information Center of Corning, there are a multitude of things that we are grateful for … I thought I would share just a few.
Gift Card Program: In December 2013, the Corning Chamber launched its new gift card program replacing our outdated and “cumbersome” gift certificates. We are grateful for the support we received from Corning Inc. which made it possible for the Chamber to introduce this new card system to the community, and we are also grateful for all of our Chamber Members who participate in the program. To date, we are proud to report the gift card program has injected over $200,000 into our local economy since its launch and continues to encourage users to shop local.
Corning Winter Farmers’ Market: Starting back up in November is the Corning Winter Farmers’ Market. The market is held inside the Information Center on the 1st and 3rd Saturday, November through March. For all of the vendors that consistently participate and the market managers who work very hard to put on this great event, we say a huge thank you. We are also grateful for the community that comes out during these winter months and supports the market. It is because of you that the market returns bigger and better every year.
The Residents and Visitors of Corning: Last but not least, we are thankful for all of the residents of Corning and the many thousands of visitors from around the world that make being part of the Information Center a rewarding experience. We are grateful for all the people that we have had the opportunity to get to know over the years, and we look forward to the 2016 year and all the new and interesting people we will meet.
“There is a bit of a spiritual aspect to our lives -when we give we receive - when a business does something good for somebody, that somebody feels good about them!”
…. BEN COHEN, BEN & JERRYS
Manager of the Information Center
Facebook leads to Thankfulness!?
Last year, a post came across Facebook that I scanned and did not give much thought to. I started seeing this post fill my newsfeed on a daily basis. What was it, you ask? A request to post for five days; each day saying three things you are thankful for. It was interesting and heartwarming to read what others were posting but I was thankful no one had tagged me to do it, until, that dreaded day came that my own brother had the audacity to request me to participate. I was in shock, why would he ever tag me!
The dilemma loomed… Do I ignore the request or do I participate?
It was my brother, of course, I had to do it. In the process of posting, I realized I had so many things to be thankful for! I have wonderful family and friends, am healthy, love my job, have served my country, love the beauty around me and have lived all over the world. I am Thankful! We are so busy and consumed by our daily lives that we don’t stop and take a moment to really reflect on what we have. Even with the ups and downs we face in our lives, we still wake up every day to a world where there is such amazing goodness and beauty.
Every day since this project, I have awoken to a new and exciting day that is filled with possibilities to be thankful for. Working with The Corning Chamber now gives me one more daily blessing! I am thankful for the opportunity to meet and work alongside the wonderful businesses we have in this area. I look forward to working and growing together to make this the best community ever!
As this holiday season approaches, I challenge you to take time daily and think about what you are blessed with. “It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy!”
All my best,
Director of Member Services and Development