The Middletown Press

5/10/2010

Last week was a very busy one for the chamber, with the breakfast meeting with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on Thursday and our annual golf tournament on Friday. Just a few words on Giuliani and his remarks from last week:

I am thrilled that he was able to visit Middlesex County and talk to our membership about his leadership experiences of one of the most prominent cities in the world. It was truly a home run for the chamber, and a testament to the outstanding reputation that the county has that there are world-class leaders who want to come and talk to our own business leaders.

Giuliani spoke at length on the Sept. 11 tragedy and how it has impacted the world in which we live today. He also touched on the economy, and what he said about it was really a great reminder of why we need to keep working so hard each day. The financial struggles will one day turn around, Giuliani said — of that there is no question. It is the cause of the eventual economic turnaround, as he sees it, that is very important. He said that the source of the economic recovery cannot be found in local or state government, nor in Washington, D.C., for that matter.

The source of the recovery, the former mayor said, is right here — in communities like Middlesex County with its small and mid-sized businesses. In this county, we are fortunate to have some great people with even greater attitudes running businesses. Because of people like this, I am sure that our county will continue to lead the way to economic recovery.

The following day, Friday, May 7, the chamber hosted its 27th annual golf tournament at Portland Golf Course. Once again, it was a sellout event, with 37 teams in the competition — 148 golfers in all. First of all, the tournament would not be as big of a success that it is if it were not for the terrific management of Portland Golf Course. John Kelly and his staff do an absolutely fantastic job of hosting the tournament and maintaining top conditions for all of the golfers. Since the tournament began 27 years ago, it has been held at Portland Golf Course and each year is wonderful.

The professionalism of Farrell’s Restaurant under ownership of Art and Mary Hetrick should also be mentioned. They provided outstanding food and beverages throughout the entire day.

I should also mention our great sponsors and organizations that donated thousands and thousands of dollars in gifts and prizes. At the end of this year’s tournament, someone told me that you can’t go wrong with a tournament like this because everyone is a winner. This is most certainly the case as everyone walked away with at least one prize or gift. I would like to thank the chamber’s Golf Tournament Committee. The hard work and planning that all of the committee members do is the reason that the tournament is a fun day for everyone.

Next week will be an equally busy week at the chamber, as our committees and councils are as active as ever. Wednesday will be a great day for our Middlesex Businesswomen’s Alliance when it hosts its first Women in Politics Panel Discussion at 5 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell. The political panel will consist of: State Comptroller Nancy Wyman, State Sen. Eileen Daily, State Rep. Marilyn Giuliano, and Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women Teresa Younger.

I would like to applaud this council of the chamber for its great activism in tackling important issues and bringing some very influential people to the table to discuss them. The panelists that will be featured on Wednesday are some very influential people in the state and I think everyone would benefit by attending. I say this because it is important to keep in mind that, although the council is named the Middlesex Businesswomen’s Alliance, it welcomes anyone and everyone to its events.

Also, our Manufacturers Council will hold one of its most anticipated events of all time at Pratt & Whitney in Middletown on Thursday. Not only will the council meet to discuss important issues in manufacturing, but Pratt will offer an extensive tour of its facility.

We have had so many requests to attend this meeting and take the tour — more than double the amount of spaces that are available — that we will have to work with Pratt going forward to arrange a similar event because of the overwhelming interest. Within 24 hours of announcing the tour, the event was completely booked.

Big thanks to Customer and Community Relations Manager Rosario Rizzo of Pratt for making this all possible.

As I have always said, the sun always shines on Middlesex County. Last week, the sun was shining as brightly as ever with all of our events thanks to our dedicated chamber staff and outstanding volunteer base of membership.

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