January 23, 2018
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Volunteers key to success at Chamber of Commerce

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By Shari Closter
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

There is a variety of vital volunteer information to share. Our newest volunteer is also a chamber member, Karen Anderson, a realtor and broker at Jaret & Cohn Real Estate in Rockland. She lives in Tenants Harbor with her husband, Paul. In her spare time, Karen likes to be with her grandchildren, read, hunt for sea glass and play bridge. Even though she has lived here her whole life, Karen is amazed at all the new things she learns each time she volunteers at the chamber.
Other members who volunteer are David Harden and Dottie Liberty.
David is a Rockland native who lives at Cow Pasture Cottage in Rockland with his wife, Pat. They gave the name to their house because when his parents purchased the land in 1955 it was part of Frank Piper’s cow pasture. David owns and operates Cow Pasture Travel as an independent contractor of Tzell New England in Boston.
Dottie lives in Owls Head with her husband, Bob. They have three children and nine grandchildren. The family owns Liberty Hospitality of Maine. Their first property was The Trade Winds Motor Inn, which opened in 1965. Dottie’s hobbies are traveling, reading and caring for her grandchildren. She has volunteered at many area agencies throughout the years, including Penobscot Bay Medical Center, St. Bernard’s soup kitchen and Coastal Family Hospice. She likes working at the chamber because she loves meeting people from all over the world.
Bobbie Andrus lives in Rockport with her husband, David. She retired a year ago from Mount Pleasant Dental Care. She is an avid golfer in the summer and enjoys playing duplicate bridge in the winter. Her other hobbies are gardening, knitting and reading. She decided to volunteer at the chamber because she missed interacting with people and wanted to help her community in some way.
It is with sadness that we say farewell to two of our volunteers — Donald Kilgour, who passed away in June, and Theo Choffel, who passed away in July. Don was a wonderful storyteller who always had a story and a joke to share with the rest of us here at the chamber. He will be missed.
Theo was a wonderful addition to our many administrative projects at the office, always willing to help with mailings and work on our newsletter.
We welcome anyone who would be willing to donate their time to work at the front desk, greeting visitors and answering the phone.
We are gearing up for the 31st annual Festival of Lights Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Samoset Resort. Crafters are already signing up for the show. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or know anyone who is, please contact Tiffany.
For more information, contact Tiffany Strong at tiffany@therealmaine.com or 596-0376, ext. 24.
Shari Closter is the interim executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 596-0376, e-mail shari@therealmaine.com or visit www.TheRealMaine.com.