Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00
On May 12, the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce held a swearing-in ceremony for its new board members. The event, which was held at Sterling Glen of Roslyn, drew up to 100 people, plus Village of Roslyn Mayor John Durkin, various Town of North Hempstead dignitaries as the chamber continues to grow and expand.
The board members themselves were sworn in for new terms by Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman. Those members included: Lonnie Goldman, Jean Schachter, Lou Federico, Harun Hassouni, Lillian Litvack, Chris Pagoto, Chris Papazian, and Kathi Kassover.
At the meeting, Chamber President Lonnie Goldman waxed enthusiastic and described the rapid growth of the Chamber from its beginnings in November. He asked that new and potential members sign up at yahoogroups.com/roslyn chamber.
After swearing in the new members, Kaiman congratulated them for their efforts to renew and revitalize Roslyn’s downtown area. He also used the occasion to tout the success of the town’s newly created 311 telephone number, one that is designed to relay community information such as potholes, street light outages, and other hazards. With the 311 number, most concerns, Kaiman said, are followed up on within 24 hours. An Intermunicipal Information office is available to help navigate the system. For the benefit of chamber members, Kaiman also noted that the town’s Business/Tourism office exists to create partnerships with businesses in the municipality.
Kaiman was introduced by Janet Galante, the former mayor of Roslyn, who also congratulated the group on forming the chamber. Other TNH council members in attendance were Fred Pollack and Maria-Christina Poons.
Mayor Durkin also spoke at the meeting. He noted that the village had been without a chamber for years while also expressing his support for the reinvigorated body. Other speakers were Cathy Mealing, director of the Bryant Library and Eileen Kraneburd, an aide to Legislator Wayne Wink, who gave out congratulatory citations to the chamber board members.
The final speaker, Lou Federico, reviewed the events calendar and thanked the events committee for their input. The goal of the chamber, he said, is to help revitalize Roslyn back to a hub of social activity. The events schedule, tentatively, for the rest of the year include a June 21 networking event at Roslyn Claremont; a Sept. 23 East Hills Wine Shop event; and a pre-Christmas holiday event, which date has not been set.
The Chamber, Federico said, also seeks to do community wide events such as Music Festivals at Gerry Park and Food/Gourmet Fairs. Some other suggestions for events are Mini Golf at Harbor Links, Art Walks, Health Fair, Spa/Beauty Events, and Movie Nights.
In all, the goal is to create a Roslyn passport listing chamber members, offer interchamber discounts and to reach out to surrounding towns.