The Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. is the oldest business organization in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. Incorporated in 1901, the Chamber’s membership is nearing 800 companies & organizations.
The purpose of the Chamber is to advance the general welfare and prosperity of Northwest Connecticut so that its citizens and all areas of its business community shall prosper. All necessary means of promotion shall be provided and particular attention and emphasis shall be given to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests of the area.
The government and policy-making responsibilities of the Chamber are vested in the Board of Directors, which control its property, is responsible for its finance and direct its affairs. The Board of Directors is composed of:
The Board of Directors is elected at the Chamber’s Annual Business Meeting, which is held during the first quarter of the year.
The Chamber’s mission, “…to promote economic growth while enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Connecticut” was adopted by the Board of Directors and is supported by the following goals:
The Corporate Sponsorship Program represents a select group of businesses who have committed to the Chamber on an elevated financial level, enabling us to serve our smaller members and the community at large.
Corporate Sponsors are recognized at each Chamber event, listed on all stationery and every newsletter distributed from the conference room, as well as on a plaque located in our conference room. Corporate Sponsor companies comprise our Corporate Steering Commission, assisting in the Chamber’s strategic planning.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Chamber of Commerce. Elected to three-year terms, the directors are nominated by the general membership as well as by the Nominating Committee (a sub-committee of the Board). The Nominating Committee presents its slate at the Annual Meeting. The slate is then voted on by the Chamber membership.
The Nominating Committee presents a slate of officers to the entire board and the board then elects the officers. The officers of the Board of Directors comprise the Executive Committee. Members include: the Chamber President, the Chairman of the Board, the Vice-Chairman of the Board, the Assistant Treasurer, the Secretary, and the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board. The Executive Committee meets monthly prior to the full Board meeting.
Sub-committees of the Board of Directors are established as needed. Sub-committees have included the Strategic Development Committee and the Nominating Committee.
For more information on the Board of Directors, contact JoAnn Ryan, the Chamber President & CEO at 860-482-6586 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government Relations Committee of Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Chamber offices. The Committee works closely with the Chamber’s lobbyist, Marshall Collins, following the activities of the State Legislature.
The Committee develops an annual Legislative Agenda which is furnished to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for their approval and then presented to the State Legislative Delegation from the Northwest Corner. The Agenda reviews those issues that are priorities to the business community of Northwest Connecticut.
The Government Relations Committee also works with the Chamber staff to host the Candidate’s Forum, Legislative Reception and the Connecticut Business Day.
For more information on the Government Relations Committee, contact JoAnn Ryan, Chamber President & CEO at 860-482-6586 or email email@example.com.
Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Services Committee is a group of dedicated individuals who assist the Chamber staff with programs throughout the year. You will see the Membership Services Committee at each Business After Hours event assisting with registration, hostessing and beverages. They also make it a point to welcome the newest members of the Chamber at the networking events. Additionally, the Committee assists the staff annually with the distribution of the Chamber’s Business and Membership Directory.
For more information on the Membership Services Committee, contact Nancy DePecol, Director of Membership at 860-482-6586 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Insurance Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Chamber office to review issues pertaining to those in the industry as well as to support the Northwest Connecticut Benefit Center and the Chamber Insurance Trust. The Benefit Center, established in 2004, allows the Chamber to market the insurance products available to members through the Chamber Insurance Trust. Products include: Group Health Insurance, Group Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance; Section.
The Chairman of the Insurance Committee (currently Tim Pusch of Burns, Brooks & McNeil Insurance) is a monthly contributor to the Chamber’s newsletter. Topics of interest to the entire membership are addressed.
For more information on the Insurance Committee or the Northwest Connecticut Benefit Center, contact the Chamber at 860-482-6586.
Nominations for the annual awards are submitted by the general membership. The Celebration of Success Committee is responsible for reviewing those nominations and ultimately determining the honorees for the annual awards. The Committee also plans the evening that honors the awards recipients. Members of the Celebration of Success Committee include past recipients and representatives from the membership at large.
For more information on the Celebration of Success Committee, contact JoAnn Ryan at 860-482-6586 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Home Expo Committee is comprised of a group of representatives from companies exhibiting at the Home Expo in April. The committee organizes the details of the Expo weekend. They determine what entertainment will perform, what special events will occur, and other specifics of the Expo.
For more information on the Home Expo Committee, contact Sherri Dadomo, the Chamber’s Director of Events at 860-482-6586 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The owners of the historic Colebrook General Store are looking for a new Proprietor, as reported by the Waterbury Republican-Americanon July 7th. Interested parties should contact Edward Lord c/o The Colebrook Preservation Society, PO Box 24, Colebrook, CT 06021 or email@example.com.
The Colebrook Historical Society has a Friday Night Gathering on August 8th at 7pm focused on the legislative process by Colebrook resident Phil Bainbridge who was Speaker of the House of Representatives and then a lobbyist for many major corporations.
The Colebrook Historical Society is also hosting an ice cream social on Saturday, August 16th, 3-5pm at Rock School, the one-room schoolhouse is located a mile down the road on 183 from Colebrook Town Center. There will be music and a caricature artist on hand.
Why visit Cornwall, Connecticut? If you love picturesque New England towns, friendly locals, great places to fish, hike, enjoy the arts and culture, swim, ski, eat, shop and stay…this is your kind of place!
There is still time to sign up for Grumbling Gryphons Theater Arts Camp to be held at Cornwall Town Hall for children ages 6– 14. Camp dates are Monday-Friday, August 4th-8th from 9-2 p.m. with a public performance on Friday, August 8th at 5:00 p.m. Campers will perform The Adventures of Pinocchio, an original script by director Leslie Elias with input from staff and campers. To register, or more info call Leslie Elias 860-672-0286 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Disaster at Cold Harbor, sponsored by the Cornwall Historical Society - Sunday, August 17th.
Cornwall Town Hall, 26 Pine Street, 2-3 p.m. Waite Rawls, President and CEO of The Museum of the Confederacy and part-time Cornwall resident, will give a presentation on the Battle of Cold Harbor, the most devastating battle for Cornwall’s troops and one that General Ulysses S. Grant always regretted. Cornwall lost three men to the battle, while eleven others were wounded; nearly all of them served in the Second Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery Regiment.
Every Week This Month:
Fridays: Yoga, 8:30–10 am Library 30 Pine Street • Cornwall, CT 06753
Farm Market, 9 am–1 pm West Cornwall near the Historic Covered Bridge
Sundays: Yoga 9–10:30 am Library; 30 Pine Street • Cornwall, CT 06753
Meditation, 1–2 pm call Debra 860-672-0229
Please visit our website for activities and updates - www.cornwallct.org
Our little town will be filled with food, drink, music and so much more during the month of August. As I was typing this update, I became so excited to know the fun ahead. Then, on second thought, I remembered the Goshen Fair marks the end of summer, which I am not ready for. The 102nd Goshen Fair begins on August 30th, held at the Goshen Fairgrounds on Route 63, www.goshenfair.org. Every Saturday during the season the Goshen Farmer’s Market is held from 9:30 until 12:30 at Miranda Vineyard located at 42 Ives Road. Tour the farm on August 2nd and enjoy the wine making demo. On August 9th, the opening reception for artist, Erin Connolly will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Church of Christ at the rotary will be holding their annual Blueberry Festival on August 2nd. The 3rd Goshen Open Farm Tour is being held on August 2nd and 3rd. More information can be found on www.goshenagcouncil.org. While you are in the area on August 2nd, stop at Sunset Meadow Vineyards (SMV) on Route 63 and “Meet the Grapes”. Take a hayride through the vineyards and learn about the varieties of grapes grown there, www.sunsetmeadowvineyards.com. August 8th through 10th SMV will celebrating with Jazz at the vineyard BECAUSE….The Litchfield Jazz Festival is at the Goshen Fairgrounds August 8th through August 10th. www.litchfieldjazzfest.com. On August 23rd The Friends of Goshen Agriculture Farm to Table Dinner will be hosted by Mohawk Bison Farm, www.mohawkbison.com. More information about the Farm to Table event can be found at Thorncrest Farm and Milk House Chocolates, www.thorncrestfarm.net. Thorncrest Farm is offering 3 cheese making classes in August, check out the website, and definitely try the best chocolates on the planet.
Kent Sidewalk Sale, Main Street - Thursday, August 1st – Sunday, August 4th - sales at the town’s independent retail stores, as well as music, and fun for children. New this year is a cash raffle with prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.
Saint Andrew's Tag Sale, 1 North Main Street. Friday, August 2nd - Saturday, August 3rd - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Early Bird, Friday 8:30 am - 10:00 am $5.00 fee.
Kent Memorial Library Book Sale, 31 North Main Street. August Hours Friday - Saturday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
There is a plan afoot by Salisbury Planning and Zoning to designate Lime Rock a special zone, allowing business use of property within certain limits. In June I said there were 36 businesses already in Lime Rock – but I was wrong. There are 37! Since the lots in Lime Rock are larger, parking is better, which makes the area ideal for doctors’ and lawyers’ offices. Progress reports are promised as the matter matures before P & Z.
The Litchfield Hills Rowing Club has hired two new coaches, Kynan Reelich, Head Coach and David Culmer, Assistant Coach, both are offering sculling instruction at the boathouse for Masters and Student candidates. Interested parties should make contact through the club’s internet based web-site. Additionally, the club recently purchased two brand new Vespoli double pair boats for competitive racing and added a new Safety Boat to the existing fleet of launches. Fall programs offered through Litchfield High School and Wamogo fill up quickly; accordingly, interested students are encouraged to sign up early. Active Master’s programs for the fall also fill up quickly.
Don’t miss August Free programming at the Torrington Library – Part of series on the world’s most famous literary couples: Friday, August 1st, 12-1pm - The Brownings; Friday, August 22nd, 12-1pm – The Plath and Hughs; Thursday, August 14th, 6:30-8pm - Lindberg baby kidnapping; and Thursday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm - Let’s Talk About Quilts. All Library events are free and open to the public. Registration required
Tour of Litchfield Hills, Sunday August 3rd. For cyclists, the Tour offers non-competitive 12, 30, 50, 75, and 100 mile bike rides through the scenic Litchfield Hills of Connecticut for riders of all ability levels. For walkers, the Tour offers 2.4, 4.2 and 6 mile walking routes through downtown Torrington Connecticut.
Ninth Northwest Idol Contest Finals held at the Warner Theatre on Saturday, August 23rd.
Free Family Arts Day Saturday, August 23rd, 11am -2pm; Warner Theatre Center For Arts Education; live music, workshops, music.
Saturday, August 9th, 9:00 to 3:00 - 63rd Annual Winchester Grange Fair and Flea Market at the Grange Hall, 100 Newfield Road, Winchester Center. Contests and Exhibits, Food, Book Sale, Children's Games and more. More information available at www.WinchesterGrange.org. Email: email@example.com. Phone: President Todd Gelineau (860) 626-0326.
Winchester Center Days - September 13th, (Rain date September 14th) 10:30am-2:30pm. Come enjoy a day of family fun! Climb on the fire engines, press your own cider, and learn about honey bees. Antique car show as well as food, music and games for the kids. Join us!
Latest building sale information is that the town has agreed to sell the Lambert Kay building to XS4D Entertainment Holding Company LLC, which will lead to renovation of one of the most blighted properties in town.
The concerts on the green commenced on July 10th and will continue through August 28th, see Friends on Main Street (www.foms.com) website for information on each concert and other special events being held before or after concerts. In conjunction with this, Friends of Main Street is also a participant in Winsted's Know Your Neighbor Day.
Every Thursday people are encouraged to wear nametags throughout the community to encourage connection and sense of community. Merchants will be offering discounts, special deals and other promotions to participants who have their name tags on. Name tags are available at FOMS office and merchants throughout town.
Through end of summer, the farmers market is being held on the green every Friday from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. Available will be locally grown produce, baked goods, meats and much more.