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Upcoming Events:

November 18th: Annual Sam’s Club Multi Chamber Mixer 5-7 pm

November 20th: Annual SBCC Awards Dinner, 6 PM at the Broadway Pub, $27 p.p.

December 3rd: Bus Trip to the Pa Christmas & Gift Show, $40 p.p.

December 9th: Slate Belt Holiday Luncheon supporting the Slate Belt Toy drive, 12 noon at the Slate Conference Room, BASD, $15 p.p.

December 17th: SBCC Holiday Celebration Dinner, 6 PM @ Kirkridge, $25 p.p.

See flyers below for more information.

Reservation are a must, 610-588-1000





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NEWSLETTER ISSUE 11                                                                                                                                                    November 2014


 Congratulations to our 2014 Business Person of the Year, 2014 Volunteer of the Year, 2014 Elected Official of the Year & 2014 Student Spirit Award.

 Business Person of the Year

Joann Ginder

An individual of the Slate Belt who has done an outstanding job in business and service. Joann, her husband                    Bob own and operate Ginder Greenhouse & Garden Center in Upper Mt. Bethel Township since 2000. Joann is very involved in the community, loves to work with young adults to help development them and is on many committees throughout the Slate Belt.

 Volunteer of the Year

Mary Ortega

Mary is an invaluable asset to Totts Gap Arts Institute organization, serving as board member, social media consultant, graphics and web designer, and general all around help. She has contributed hundreds of hours to community projects, from assisting her son’s Eagle Scout project to facilitating the production of the Heritage murals in Bangor & Pen Argyl. She has quietly done so without recognition or monetary gain.

Elected Official of the Year

Jennifer Newland

Very involved in Roseto Borough, always trying to make our community better. Jennifer assists with the Roseto Park Board, Roseto Recreation Program and a volunteer outside her borough duties for the school district, Safe Harbor, donation coordinator for Bangor Fire Family, Adopt a Highway, Girl Scout leader, and much more.

 Student Spirit Award

Samantha Marie Johns

Sammie as her friends know her is an overflowing fountain of optimism. At Bangor Area High School, Sammie is a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Trains and Games club, co-president of Bowling Club and participates on the archery team and is a leader in the peer helping group for “special needs” students. Outside of school Sammie is a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and plays a key role in their annual “Disabilities Sunday” and is a member of the youth group and a volunteer with the Special Olympics. Sammie is compassionate and generous and finds ways to include all youth equally with dignity and fun regardless of their challenges. An asset to our community.

Join us on November 20 to help us honor these exceptional individuals. (See flyer for details)

 Slate Belt Chamber Of Commerce

Nomination & Election of Directors

 The following individuals have been nominated for the open positions on the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. There are a total of 15 directors and roughly half are elected every year to a two year term. This term will begin on January 1, 2015.

The Nominees are:

Fred Curcio           Paul Donovan, Jr.               Lucy Flinn             Steve Hurni            Bryan Gault           Victor Rodite         Open Seat

The nominating committee, consisting of Paul M. Donovan Jr., Chairman & Rosemary Albert have placed the preceding six names into consideration for the seven available seats. Nominations will also be accepted from the general membership until November 20, 2014. Nominations must be received by that time to provide the committee an opportunity to confirm the nomination and to confirm that the nominated individual is willing to serve if elected. Any chamber member in good standing is eligible for nomination.

The election of Directors will be held at the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Celebration meeting being held at 6:30 p.m. on December 17, 2014. In the event there are no other nominations, a motion will be made that Paul Donovan be directed to cast a vote for the Slate of Directors as presented. This is in following Roberts Rules of Order where there are a specific number of candidates for the same specific number of positions. Technically there is no contest and the ballot is elected with the Chairman’s vote. This will be voted on by those members in attendance that evening.

If there are additional nominations, a ballot of those in attendance will be taken that night and the seven highest number of votes will be awarded the seven director positions. In the event of a tie for the seventh position, a ballot between those that are tied will determine the winner. You should contact the Chamber office at 610-588-1000 or any member of the nominating committee if you wish to make a nomination or if you have any other questions regarding this election.

 Showcase your business….sign up to be a sponsor or host an SBCC 2015 Mixer, Business Luncheon, Breakfast or Seminar. Why not show off your business. The time has come to select the 2015 events, hosts and sponsors. A great way to show off your company and involve members in your business. If your business doesn’t have the facility to host an event we can use your donation towards an event and also advertise your business as the sponsor. Interested? Contact the office at 610.588.1000. 2015 Newsletter sponsorships are also available for 2015. Cost is $200 for the year. You will receive your company name on each printed edition, electronic version and on our webpage.

Community Days 2014! Your donation of $5 will get you over $500 & more in exclusive coupon savings at Bon Ton. Inside your coupon book you will find a $10 off coupon, 30% off, 40% off and many special sales. Shop at any Bon Ton on November 14 & 15th. Stop by to pick up your book or see us at any chamber events.

Add your name to the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce “Slate Belt Gift Certificate” program. The certificate entitles the bearer to shop at any participating merchant throughout the Slate Belt. Due to the success this program generating local spending, it is the hopes of the Chamber that you will add your business to the list of available merchants. The certificates will now be offered year round.

If you are interested in being a “participating merchant”, contact the chamber office at 610-588-1000 or return the bottom portion of this letter. All participating merchants will be listed on the back of the gift certificate. As you, the merchant, honor these certificates, save them and turn them in monthly for redemption to the Chamber office.

The public will be able to purchase these certificates at the Chamber office year round. It is one stop shopping for your holiday, birthday, anniversary or any gift giving needs!

Please pass this information to your neighboring businesses and remember it is a FREE chamber service. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the chamber office.

Current participants:

BANGOR Avon 610-588-1740, Dally Amusement Co., Bangor Chiropractic, Bangor Hardware, Baskets by Design, Bray’s News Agency, Chocolates on Broadway, Duke’s Sporting Goods, Elite Gourmet Catering, Heard’s Meat Market, Franklin Hills Winery, J. DeFranco & Daughters, JMS Salon & Spa, Main St. Market, Miller’s Paint & Wallpaper, The Colonial Hotel & Broadway Pub, Tolino’s Vineyards. PEN ARGYL Avon 610-863-6295, Detzi’s Tavern, Giordano’s Pizza House, Mary Kay Cosmetics 610-863-7160, Sweet Temptations, Teel’s Soapworks 610-863-3385, PORTLAND American Ink Tattoo Co., Kelly’s Ice Cream, PA Bagel & Deli, MT. BETHEL Five Points Inn & Deli, Ginder Greenhouse & Garden Center, Horn’s Outdoor Center, ROSETO J. C. Bloom Designs, WASHINGTON Hilltop Sales & Service, Little Creek Bar-B-Cue Co., WIND GAP Sal’s Pizza, J & R Smokehouse, Jimmeze’s Jewelry, The New You Hairstylers

Holiday Concert tickets are now available at the chamber office, all branches of Merchants Bank, Lucy Flinn State Farm, ESSA Bank & Trust in Wind Gap. Cost is $20.00 per ticket.  All proceeds benefit the Slate Belt Y.  Rock concert featuring Twelve Twenty Four, said to sound like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform on Saturday, November 22, 7:30 pm at the Bangor High School Craig Paine Theatre.  Program sponsors are still available.  Call for more details 610-588-1000.

Our Santa’s Elves are underway with their group of volunteers who work year round to raise funds to provide a better holiday season for the underprivileged children of the Slate Belt.  Each year our organization sponsors a Christmas party for these children providing them with food, entertainment and a bag full of gifts and goodies given to them by Santa.  In addition, each child receives a pair of winter gloves and hat, slippers and other items geared towards boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 10.  Sadly, each year the number of underprivileged children in our area increases.  On average, we spend over $4,000 each year.  Therefore, we are asking you for your help.  With any donation possible.  One hundred percent of all donations received are used to benefit the children.  Your contribution, whether it be a gift card to buy products at your store or products we could add to the children’s bags.  Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will truly make a difference.  This year’s party will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014.  So please contact us with any further information needed or to make arrangements to pick up your donation.  610-588-1000

Special thanks to Slate Belt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for hosting our breakfast. Kudo’s to Dr. Roger Componovo for speaking on total joint replacement.


11/18: Annual Sam’s Club Multi Chamber Mixer, 5-7 pm

11/20: SBCC Awards Dinner, 6 pm, The Broadway Pub, Bangor, $27 p.p.

12/9: Slate Belt Holiday Luncheon supporting the Slate Belt Toy drive, 12 noon @ Slater Conference Room, BASD $15.00 p.p.

12/17: Holiday Celebration Dinner, 6:30 pm @ Kirkridge, $25.00 p.p.


Bring the gift of reading to a child in our community-donate new or gently used children’s books. Cops n Kids Children’s Literacy Program of Quota International of Bethlehem.  Please call Deb Bowman at 610-599-7013 ext. 3704 to drop off books or place a bin at your business.  For more information email us at or visit us at

 Computers for a Cure: helping Breast Cancer Awareness & Research. 

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (approximately 12%) will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Computer Troubleshooters of Bethlehem is doing its part to garner funds for research and awareness.

All throughout October, Computer Troubleshooters of Bethlehem is running a computer tune-up special for $129.99, plus tax. Proceeds from each repair order will be donated to research and awareness programs.

“While this special is at a deeply discounted price, the goal is to garner as many repair orders as we can so that we can make a meaningful contribution to Breast Cancer research and awareness programs” according to company owner, Scott Gingold. “The company supports many worthy causes such as the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council and Toys for Tots, as well as holds a major annual event to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank, given that over 60% of our staff is female, and the terrible toll Breast Cancer inflicts on women and their families, we had to get involved” says Gingold.

Computer Troubleshooters of Bethlehem is located at 51 E. Elizabeth Avenue in Bethlehem and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Please call 610-866-2828 for further details and information.

Mission of Love Ministry Fundraiser Dinner. Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 4-7:30 pm at 555 North Main St., Bangor. All donations will go towards the Mission of Love Ministry. Cost is $10.00 per person with kids under 5 free.

Facts about Ebola provided by Pocono Medical Center

Ebola virus is not spread through

  • Casual contact
  • Air
  • Water
  • Food grown or legally purchased in the U.S.Direct contact with:
  • How do you get the Ebola virus?
  1. Body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola. (blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, semen, spit, other fluids)
  2. Objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment)
  3. Infected animals (by contact with blood or fluids or infected meat)Ebola can only be spread to others after symptoms begin. Symptoms can appear from 2 to 21 days after exposure:
  4. Early Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Muscle pain

When is someone able to spread the disease to others? Ebola only spreads when people are sick. A patient must have symptoms to spread the disease to others. For more information about the Ebola virus, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) After 21 days, if an exposed person does not develop symptoms, they will not become sick with Ebola 

SBCC Officers & Directors

Steve Hurni, President

Mary Marshall, 1st Vice President, Jeff Ott, 2nd Vice President, Fred Curcio, Secretary, Rosemary Albert, Treasurer

Nadine Moyer, Chairman

One Year Directors:

David Dent, Paul Donovan, Fred Curcio, Victor Rodite, Steve Hurni, Bryan Gault, Lucy Flinn,

Two Year Directors:

Rosemary Albert, Mary Marshall, Chuck Niclaus, Adolph Marth, Jewel Williamson-Burns, Nadine Moyer, Jeff Ott, Joann Ginder

SBCC Mission Statement: To promote and enhance positive business activity and growth in the Slate Belt region with special emphasis on community involvement.

SBCC, 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013 610.588.1000

Proudly Sponsored by:

Merchants Bank

Ott Consulting


The Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce

Present the 2014 awards to the following:

Business Person of the Year

Joann Ginder of

Ginder Greenhouse & Garden Center

 Volunteer of the Year

Mary Ortega

 Elected Official of the Year

Jennifer Newland

Roseto Borough Council

 Student Spirit Award

Samantha (Sammie) Johns

 Joann, Mary, Jennifer & Samantha will be honored by the members, family, friends and the community with an awards dinner to be held on:

 Thursday, November 20th

6 PM

at the Broadway Pub,


 Cost: $27.00 per person

Please send your check made payable to SBCC by 11/13/14, along with your name and contact information.


Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce

Presents a

Holiday Luncheon

To support

Slate Belt Toys for Children

 When: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 12 Noon

 Where: The Slater Conference Room at the Bangor Area School District Administration Building, 123 Five Pts. Richmond Rd., Bangor,

(attached to the Bangor High School on end)

 Cost: $15.00

We are asking that all attendees donate an unwrapped gift for the Slate Belt Toys for Children program. (These toys will be donated to Slate Belt less fortunate children through the Slater Family Network & Families First.)

 For your Holiday entertainment a special performance by the

Bangor High School Singers.

 Please return your check made payable to SBCC by 12/2/14, $15.00, along with your name and contact information.



Annual Holiday Celebration

Members & their guests are invited to join the

Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce

For our Annual Holiday Celebration!

 Wednesday, December 17, 2014

6:00 PM at

 Kirkridge, Turning Point Dining Room

2495 Fox Gap Rd., Bangor

 Enjoy a holiday celebration with friends, good food,

gifts and games.

Cost $25.00 per person

 Each person is asked to bring a $5.00 exchange gift for the

Exchange Gift Game.

 Please send your check made payable to SBCC by 12/17/14, $25.00, along with your name and contact information.


Annual Taste of

Easton Area Sam’s Club Event

Join us as we kick off the holiday season

Mix, mingle & share ideas with other community and business leaders

Enjoy a chair massage courtesy McCann School

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

3796 Easton Nazareth Highway, Easton Pa, 18045

RSVP – Friday, 14 2014



It’s Big….It’s Beautiful… It’s Christmas in Harrisburg!  

Join the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce

At the Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show (Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex)  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

9 am bus departs Capitol Plaza, Bangor Returning approximately 7 pm  

Christmas shop at the largest holiday show in the country-750 vendor booths with thousands of gifts affordably priced.  See decorated trees, 100’ train display, choral and musical groups, dance troupes, Santa and children’s workshop and much more.  

Cost: $40.00 per person Includes bus transportation & admission ticket.   

Send check payable to Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce, 187 Blue Valley Dr. Bangor, PA 18013 along with your name, address and phone number.





Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5:30-8:00 PM

CIT is the Career and Technical Education Campus

For high school students from Bangor, Easton, Nazareth, Pen Argyl & Wilson Area School Districts.

Visit 20 different programs in our school

Participate in activities and view amazing displays

Meet with college representatives & local employers

Learn about how students earn college credit

Participate in a tricky tray for prizes to benefit CIG Scholarship Fund

Inclement weather date is December 3rd.

CIT: 5335 Kesslersville Rd., Easton, PA 18040

610-258-2857 or 800-360-2857