By Diana Szynal

June is a big month here at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. On June 21st we will be holding our annual Legislative Breakfast and will welcome all members of the Franklin County delegation to address our membership. The breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield. We look forward to hearing from our representatives and senators about their legislative priorities, specifically those that affect our local economy and regional tourism.

 The June 21st breakfast also serves as the Chamber Annual Meeting and Elections. We are poised to welcome new members who will contribute new and different perspectives. And we also will recognize several Board longtime Board members who will be leaving their posts. We offer a heartfelt thank you to Doug Clarke who has been our Treasurer for many years. Also retiring from the Board are Bill Gabriel and Kim Levitch and we thank them for their years of dedication to the Chamber. Our current Board Chair, Mark Abramson, will no longer serve in that capacity but we are grateful that he will continue to serve on the Executive Committee. I thank Mark for his leadership over this past year.

A new feature at our June breakfast will be lots of door prizes that have been generously donated by members of our Board of Directors. We will have gift cards to many local businesses including Mesa Verde, Zoar Outdoor, Terrazza, Wilson's Department Store, Hope & Olive, Clarkdale Fruit Farms, and Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, so make sure you bring some extra luck that day!

Also in June I will be preparing our application for the FY2020 Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) Grant. This important funding allows the Franklin County Regional Tourism Council to promote Franklin County as a wonderful destination for outdoor recreation, arts & culture, and craft beverages. Through this funding we are able to use a variety of media platforms to draw in tourists who contribute to our economy in a number of ways.

We do not hold breakfasts in July and August so I hope you will join us for the June breakfast.

“Our Chamber membership is one of the important ways that we place value on our relationships with other business owners and with our community. “ Bruce Lessels, Zoar Outdoor
“Chamber membership helps keep my staff in contact with the local business community through their seminars and events.” – Michael Tucker, Greenfield Cooperative Bank
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