Ligonier Valley chamber names new board members
By Deborah A. Brehun
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 10:30 p.m.
The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new board members Jim Faccenda, Kathy Brown, Jane Sapone and Cokie Lindsay.
Outgoing board president Annie Urban was recognized for her most recent contributions and Janet Riordan was named president for 2014.
“It's nice to have new board members, everyone has fresh ideas,” said Holly Mowrey, executive director of the chamber. “In that respect, change is good.”
Riordan said, as president, she expects to continue to support the community of Ligonier and the entire merchant community as well.
“I want to continue to get the word out about what a great town of Ligonier we have, the friendliness of the people on the streets and in all the shops and restaurants and help them in anyway the chamber can to continue their business,” Riordan aaid.
Riordan recognizes that volunteers are a large part of every organization.
“I would like to continue our volunteer programs and expand it, if possible, letting everyone know that volunteerism is important to the chamber in continuing its many programs,” she said. “Holly and Kayla do a great job but having some volunteers would help in the planning and implementation of our many events throughout the year.”
Riordan encourages members of the community to step up and join one of the many committees.
“We have many committees in the chamber and need volunteers to help on those committees,” she said. “One of the new projects we would like to have this year during our school/community picnic is a ‘ducky' race which will be held in the Idlewild SoakZone area.”
Riordan said she truly enjoys working with all the merchants and restaurant owners in Ligonier and also the various artisans that come to Ligonier for the events — Fort Ligonier Days and Antiques on the Diamond.
“I have made many friends and look forward to seeing them year after year when they return to the area,” Riordan said. “Our merchants and restaurants support the chamber in so many ways and the chamber supports the merchants and restaurants in return.”
Riordan was president of the chamber in 1989.
“Back then we started antiques and hanging the flower baskets and some of the events still going strong today,”she said. “When you get right down to it, it's the town of Ligonier that is so important to everyone who lives here – we are so fortunate to live in this area.”
Urban also praised the business community for its efforts.
“I love Ligonier and am proud to be a member of this business community. We are blessed to have so many volunteers who dedicate their time to making each and every event throughout the year a success,” said Urban.
Urban credited Ligonier's active chamber of commerce.
“I feel privileged to have served as the organization's president over the last two years,” she said.
One of the projects Urban is particularly proud of is the “R.A.M.S.” program, which connects businesses with the students and teachers of the Ligonier Valley School District.
“In this coming spring, we will launch the third “R.A.M.S. kick-off event” featuring hand-crafted items and artwork created by our students in various Ligonier stores. It is a terrific showcase of the amazing talents and creativity of our students.”
During Urban's tenure, Mowrey was hired as director and Tamer was brought on board as executive assistant.
“These two hard-working individuals are the heart and soul of our chamber office and it has been a pleasure to work with them and the other members of our board,” said Urban.
The chamber is looking forward to growing the membership and welcomes new members. To find out more, call the chamber at 724-238-4200.
Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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