“A truly great year” for the Greater Roslyn Chamber of Commerce has come to a close.
Things are going so well that the chamber needs to elect additional board members and officers just to, in the words of outgoing President Rich Branciforte, keep “the momentum going.”
“We have more than doubled our membership from 42 to 90 members, our treasury has increased significantly and our 10 general meetings saw record attendance,” Branciforte said in his year-end report.
He added that a nominating committee has been set up consisting of Melissa Spitalnick, Wayne Wink and Graciela Hall.
That committee met last week and nominated the following members for the board: Returning nominations: Lou Federico, Barbara Kaplan, Steve Blank, Alicia Brown, and Wayne Wink. New board members: Howie Mann, Kate Lumetta, Gwen Levy, and Mimi Howard.
The steps to board members approval and election of officers is as follows: Nominated members are submitted to full board for a vote. The nominated slate is then presented to the membership at the annual general meeting for approval. Others may be nominated from the floor. The tentative schedule, Branciforte said, is Jan. 24 or 25.
After nominated, board members are elected by full membership, the board meets and elects officers.
So far, the following members are interested in running: President: Mimi Howard, Vice President Events, Lou Federico, Vice President Marketing Barbara Kaplan, Vice President Membership: No nominations, Vice President Programming: Kate Lumetta, Treasurer: No nominations, and Secretary: Howie Mann.
Among the events of the successful 2022 year included the recent Holiday Lighting ceremony.
“On what was a picture perfect night, throngs of greater Roslyn residents and their families showed up at the Roslyn Clocktower to join their neighbors in prayer and song to celebrate the Holiday season. The lighting of the Menorah and Christmas tree were symbolic of how delighted everyone was to be together again enjoying the festivity,” Branciforte noted.
Another big night came in July for the annual Concert in the Park. Branciforte was pleased with this event as well, noting that The Roslyn hills were filled with the sound of music when nearly 200 music lovers showed up to see Classic Clapton perform the best of Eric Clapton at Gerry Park. Sponsored by the Greater Roslyn Chamber of Commerce and The Town Of North Hempstead, it was a beautiful night…perfect weather, great music and good neighbors.”
In 2023, the chamber is hoping that the best is yet to be.