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Chronicle-express. (Penn Yan, N.Y.) 1926-current, February 06, 1991, Image 3

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Penn Yan Chamber holds annual meeting \ PENN YAN — Special awards and comments from officials at two of Yates County's lai^er employers, were part of the Penn Yan Chamber of Commerce annual dinner meeting, held Jan. I 3 0 at Hilltop Harbor. I ^ A highlight of the annual Meeting was presentation of two special awards. The 1990 Norman A. Snow. Jr. Memorial “Spirit\ Award, given to a business,' organization or in* dividual who has made extraordi­ nary contributions to the local area, was presented to Yates CounQ' Ibrnorrow, in recognition of that organization’s efforts to strengthen and improve the busi­ ness climate of the area. Accepting the aware was Willie Taaffe. ; The 1990 Robert Maxwell ■ Director of the Year award, ! presented to a member of the I Chamber’s Board of Directors who [has distir^uished him or herself [by giving many volunteer hours to ■he t Chamber’s many projects, was ■ presented to Brooks Kilpatrick of j^lhe Birkett Mills. Kilpatrick has tserved as chairman of the Cham- [ber’s Iburism Committee, which •was responsible for sponsorship of •the first “Discover Yates County\ t program; has also served on the tStar Shine Committee and cur­ rently serves on the Executive Board as vice president of the Chamber. [ Speakers a t the a n n u a l meet- gjng were Gary Braun, manager of *he Transelco Division of Ferro Corporation in Dresden, and l)avid Lee, vice president of Artis- lic Greetings, which has a new Jaeility in the Keuka Business fark in Penn Yan. * Braun presented a slide show il­ lustrating the history of TVanselco end detailing the company’s iperations, which simply stated -ttivolve production of polishing products used in the manufacture pf such items as TV screens, con­ tact lenses, airplane windows and leveled mirrors. i The firm employs 100 people, 60 jf whom are in technical and yrofessional positions. Of those jmployees, Braun noted that 95 Keuka Business Park facility. Lee stressed the company’s em­ phasis on its employees, noting that “Our company is only as strong as our employees.\ He also praised the cooperation of Yates County Ibrnorrow and Yates County IDA officials in bringing an Artistic faQiIity to Penn Yan. He noted, “They (YC 'Ibrnorrow & IDA) came to us and said we want you to come to Penn Yan, what can we do to help you.\ And, he further noted that “They not only said it; they meant it and they did it.” R ichard Charsky, president of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, reviewed some of the prc^am s undertaken by the agency during 1990, highlight­ ing the new projects. Among them was sponsorship of the first “Discover Yates County\ series of events, which higlighted the many advantages to both residents and visitors; production of a brochure “Historic Main Street: A Walking Tbur”, in cooperation with the Yates County Historical and Genealogical Society, the Yates County His­ torian’s office and the Village of Penn Yan, which funded the brochure; and continuation of the Chamber’s association with the Yates County Industrial Develop­ ment Agency, through participa­ tion in the new “More Yates Coun­ ty Advantage” publication. Charsky also noted that the Chamber was represented at the “Main Street” Conference in Com­ ing in July, sponsored by the New York State Mayor’s Association, and cooperated with the Penn Yan Urban Development Corporation on a UDC-sponsored facade grant program. In addition to offering informa­ tion from its office on Lake Street, the Chamber operated a tourist information booth on Lake Street from June 30 to Sept. 3, which was visited by more than 3,500 people during the summer season; operated an information booth at TTie Windmill Farm and Craft Market from early May through mid-October; and operated an in­ formation booth at the annual Buckwheat Harvest Festival in September. A new source of informational materials offered by the Chamber in 1990 was the construction of a replica of a push cart which dis­ plays area literature in the Mini- Park on Main Street in the vil­ lage, during the peak tourist season. The Cham b er also continued sponsorship of several annual projects, such as the annual Star Shine Christmas Festival, the Fourth of July and Festival of Lights Bare prr^am s; assisted the Service Corps of Retired Ex­ ecutives (SCORE) with its busi­ ness seminar, as well as providing office space and some clerical sup­ port to SCORE; sponsored the third Community Yard Sale; spon­ sored the Business After Hours program, to bring area business people together in an informal setting; as well as distributing more than 500 packets of area literature at meetings, conferen­ ces, special events and to accom­ modations, as well as more than 300 “Super Packs” containing a variety of demographic and other local information. Elections for the C h am b er of I Jack and K a ren Snow, above, are show n w ith Wil­ lie Taaffe, center, of Yates C o u n ty Tomorrow, display­ ing th e Norm an A- Snow, J r. M emorial “Spirit” Award, presented d u r ing th e Penn Yan Area C h a m b e r of Com merce’s annual m e e t­ ing, in memory of the Snows’ son, Norm. At left, R ichard Charsky, left, president of th e Cham b er, presents the R o b e rt Max­ well D irector of the Year aw a rd to Brooks Kil­ patrick, vice presid e n t of the Cham b er. (Photos by Lorce M acKerchar) eercetit of the hourly employees wide ir ■■ in Yates County, while 75 'percent of the salaried individuals iJvehere. ■J He also stressed the company’s l^orts to reduce wastes, noting .>at • p^d that the company hafi Jis solid waste by 50 percent [ecently. [ David Lee outlined the his- ^ciry and operations of Artistic Greetings, “one of the leading per­ sonalization companies in the [UB.’i which has grown from a 35.2 million firm in 1985 to $44 million in 1990. 'The company employs 622 people currently, .'dth 60 of those employees a t the 3rd Making a real difference for 3 years in the Penn Yan area NEED HELP DIETING? 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