This week’s column is a bit of a grab bag of topics, so apologies in advance for the disjointed nature of my jottings — but I do have a lot to share with you.
First up, members of both the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville and Penobscot Bay Regional chambers have a big vote ahead of them on June 22. Members of both are being asked to vote on whether or not to consolidate the two organizations into one in order to better serve the memberships and to be better positioned to take advantage of future opportunities on behalf of the members and the communities they call home. The vote is at 6 p.m. CRLCC members vote at the Camden Hills Regional High School; PBRCC members vote at Rockland District High School, and members can return proxy votes if they can’t make the meeting. Regardless of where one is on this subject, I hope all members exercise their right to vote and establish a mandate either way.
Second, if you know the story behind Andre the seal, or where to find all-day parking, or when it’s better to take Route 1 or Route 52 to get to Lincolnville, then your community needs you. In just two to four hours a week you can share your local knowledge, be part of a wonderful group of community-minded residents, and get to talk with visitors from all over the globe from the comfort of Camden’s Public Landing.
If you enjoy meeting people and telling them about our area, consider spending a few hours a week as a Chamber volunteer. There are many time slots available, and the Chamber staff will be glad to accommodate your schedule and provide the training you’ll need for the job.
In addition to giving back to the community and welcoming visitors, volunteers with the Chamber learn about the local business community, often in informal, fun, social settings such as Business After Hours parties and exclusive “backstage” tours of inns, restaurants and more (often with delicious food).
Volunteers are critical to ensuring that visitors leave our area with great memories and a desire to come back. If you’d like to help make those memories, you can volunteer immediately by calling Karen Brace at the Chamber at 236-4404, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific open volunteer times are 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and 1-5 p.m. Fridays, but Karen would be glad to talk to anyone with any time available.
We are still looking to raise funds for the Fourth of July weekend celebrations in the Camden area, most notably the fireworks and concert the night of July 3. If you remember how perfect last year was, with the daylong music, stunning weather, enormous crowd and incredible fireworks all combining for a magical weekend, then we’d like to call on your support and generosity to re-create the magic this year.
If you’d like to help support Independence Day celebrations and contribute toward the cost of the concert and the fireworks, send a check to: CRL Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 919, Camden, ME 04843, or Bay Chamber Concerts, P.O. Box 599, Rockport, ME 04856, marked “Festival of Independence.” No contribution is too small.
Dan Bookham is the executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Call 236-4404, email email@example.com, or visit http://www.visitcamden.com for more information.