Letter to the Membership April 2015

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce

To the members of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce:

On March 31st, 2015, the GNHCC was reformed with ten new board of directors and one remaining past board member, attorney Brandon Wind. Many of the businesses in New Hope spoke up and wanted to see the GNHCC continue to serve the businesses of New Hope. We also heard you say that you wanted transparency. We, the newly formed GNHCC, heard your voice and that transparency begins today.

There are many reasons why the GNHCC needed to reform and stay in New Hope. First, the GNHCC had never left New Hope. New Hope has had its own chamber of commerce for many years. It took a break to reform its board of directors and mission statement. Also, there are two very valuable websites, and a Facebook page, that are resources for locals and visitors to New Hope that needed to remain in place. There is a bank account, with “your” money in it, that needed to stay with the members of the GNHCC and not be donated to any other group. There is also physical property that GNHCC members paid for that needed to be saved so that the GNHCC members could decide how it would be managed. Also, there are Pennsylvania and Bucks County grant monies, that can only be granted to Pennsylvania and Bucks Co. organizations, that the GNHCC can/will apply for. But more importantly, there is a voice, of the New Hope businesses, that still needed to be heard, and will be heard.

We know that one area of concern is the finances of the GNHCC. To answer the call, we have brought on First Federal of Bucks Co. branch manager Josh Oravis as the new Treasurer of the GNHCC. Many you know Josh and have your business account at First Federal of Bucks Co. where you have found trust. Josh is well known and respected in the New Hope business community and promises transparency. Joining Josh as interim Executive Officers are John Danaher – President, Joel Roberts – Vice President and Victoria Gia – Secretary. Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions or input! Each member of the GNHCC will have a copy of our treasurer’s report on a monthly basis. You will be able to ask the board to explain areas of the report that you may not understand. Your money will be protected, and stay in New Hope and with the GNHCC, with you having access to the treasurers report. It is “your” money.

There have been questions asked as to if the GNHCC will work with the other organizations that represent the New Hope businesses, e.g. the New Hope Business Alliance. The answer is clear and an easy one. Absolutely we will! We invite all groups, that wish to promote and support New Hope businesses, to join with us. In fact, two of our board members also sit on the board of the New Hope Business Alliance for that purpose only….to partner both the GNHCC and the NHBA together so as to work together for a stronger New Hope. Some may ask if it is a “conflict of interest” to have members of both groups serve on both boards. We say that is an “asset of interest” that makes both groups stronger. Each group, the GNHCC and the NHBA, have separate purposes, but both have very important purposes to help support and promote New Hope businesses. The NHBA just added eleven new advisors to the board, and with both groups working together, you now have 26 New Hope business owners working for you from both groups. Soon, both the NHBA and the GNHCC will share how we will partner together for a better New Hope, even though we are two separate groups with different roles.

Another area of concern is obviously membership fees and how that will work. The GNHCC will need to collect membership dues to be able to promote your business and operate various events. The new board of directors have changed the bylaws to reflect a prorated membership fee that will run from April 1st of the current year to March 31stof the following year. The yearly membership dues will remain at $150.00, but depending on what month you join the GNHCC, your membership dues will be 1/12th of that year. If you join in September, your membership dues will be 87.50 and so forth. And, for all current members, we have extended your membership by 3 months for free. This means that on July 1st, your membership fee would be $112.50. And, if you are receiving this message, then you are most likely a “current member”. Our membership at this time is around 120 members.

We do understand that this may not answer all of your questions, but in time, all of your questions will be answered. To do so, we plan to send out updates, on at least a monthly basis, concerning what we are doing at the GNHCC, to all members. You may also be provided with information on a less than monthly basis if we believe that the information is important to share with you. And, we are open to receiving, and answering, any and all questions as they come to us via email: newhopechamber@gmail.com.

Within the next 60 days, we will be holding elections for Executive Officers. At this time, the people serving in these positions are on an interim basis. Any current paid up member of the GNHCC may run for these offices. More information concerning the date and process of the elections will be coming soon.

Thank you for your time and support, and the Board of Directors of the GNHCC look forward to working with you.

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New Hope Chamber of Commerce 2015

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce announces its new interim Officers:
President John Danaher, Vice President Joel Roberts, Treasurer Josh Oravis and Secretary Victoria Gia. Eleven chamber members were present and voted/approved.

A general election to be held in 30-60 days will complete the process of Officer placement and agenda development.

We look forward to working in a cooperatve manner with The New Hope Business Alliance, & The Greater Lambertville New Hope Chamber of Commerce.

Next meeting : Thurs. April 9 7:00pm First Federal of Bucks County
275 W Bridge St.
New Hope, PA 18938
Information: 267-987-7855

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2015 Arts & Crafts Festival Applications

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Applications are now available for the 2015 New Hope Annual Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival on Sept 26-27, 2015.
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For more information go to
New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival/

If you know any one who would be good for this prestigious, juried outdoor annual show, please share the link.
And meanwhile, mark the dates on your calendar, and be sure to come.

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2015 Restaurant Week

New Hope Lambertville Restaurant Week
Participating restaurants in New Hope and Lambertville will offer a $30 Prix Fixe fine dining menu or a $20 Prix Fixe casual dining menu from Sunday to Thursday, March 22nd-26th.
Link to more info

New Hope area participating restaurants include: Bitter Bob’s (110 South Main Street), Black Bass (3774 River Road, Lumberville), Cafe Blue Moose (9 West Mechanic Street), Golden Pheasant Inn (763 River Road, Erwinna), Inn At Phillips Mill (2590 River Road), Italian Cucina (95 South Main Street), Karla’s (5 West Mechanic Street), Logan Inn (10 West Ferry Street), Marsha Brown (15 South Main Street), Martine’s Riverhouse (14 East Ferry Street & the River), Mojito Cuba Caribe (90 South Main), Sprig & Vine (450 Union Square), The Raven Resort (385 West Bridge Street), Triumph Brewing Company (400 Union Square), and Zoubi (7 West Mechanic Street).

Participating Lambertville area restaurants include: Annie’s Gourmet to Go (5 North Union Street), Bell’s Tavern (183 North Union Street), Brian’s Restaurant (9 Klines Court), Caffe Galleria (23 North Union Street), D’Floret (18 South Main Street),DeAnna’s (54 North Franklin Street), DiNapoli’s (15 Klines Court), DISH at Lambertville House (32 Bridge Street), El Tule(49 North Main Street), Lambertville Station (11 Bridge Street), Liberty Hall Pizza (243 North Union Street), Maharba (77 S Union St.), Rick’s Italian(19 South Main Street), and Via Ponte (13 Bridge Street, Stockton).

Please go to these restaurant’s websites to see menus and to call for reservations.

New Hope & Lambertville Restaurant Week is sponsored in part by Capital Wine & Spirits, which is working with participating restaurants on specific wine pairings, and The UPS Store of New Hope.

Restaurant Week 2015

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Meeting Wednesday March 4th

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There will be a meeting of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday March 4th at 7pm at the Eagle Fire Company.

This meeting is open to those merchants and business people who would like to see the Chamber remain and who are interested in helping to make that happen.

We invite all interested parties to join us and discuss how we can keep the Chamber alive.

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Indoor Farmers Market Event Center By Cornerstone

Indoor Farmer’s Market at the Event Center by Cornerstone located at the New Hope Eagle Firehouse

THURSDAYS 4-7pm
NOVEMBER 6th until April 2nd

Please note the market will be CLOSED on the following dates:

11/28
12/2
12/25
1/1

Local purveyors of food, produce and handmade goods!
Located at the New Hope Eagle Firehouse Event Center by Cornerstone
Call 215-589-8473 for more information.
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New Hope’s 11th Annual High Heel Race

The 2014 High Heel Drag Race Benefits Animal Alliance and Kick’s Off The Halloween Week In New Hope

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce (GNHCC) presents the 11th Annual High Heel Drag Race on Sunday, October 26th 2014 to benefit Animal Alliance. New Hope’s own Miss Pumpkin will be hosting the race at 6:30p.m. held on W. Mechanic Street between Main Street and New Street. Road will be closed from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. for this event.

Calling all high heel fashionistas to be part of this fantastic event. Racer registration is free of charge and begins at 4:30p.m. in front of the New Hope Visitor Center; racers must be dressed in Halloween attire with heels to match.

The most exciting part of this year’s activities is that the GNHCC has added even more fun activities to the day including a pet costume contest co-sponsored with Animal Alliance and a Red Carpet Photo Shoot with costumed animals and drag queens! Local businesses have also joined the excitement as sponsors of the event.

Registration for the pet costume contest is from 4:00p.m. to 4:30p.m. in front of the New Hope Visitors Center. There is a $10 entry fee with proceeds benefiting Animal Alliance & GNHCC. The pet costume contest will promptly begin at 5pm.

Pictures can be taken on the Red Carpet Photo Shoot with costumed dogs & New Hope’s finest drag queens for a $10 photo fee includes 4 snapshots on the red carpet. Proceeds benefit Animal Alliance & The GNHCC. Red carpet photos begin at 4pm.

The High Heel Drag Race will be the official kick-off to the Halloween Week, which consist in five participating bars and nightclubs hosting costume contests on specific days assigned; starting on Monday at Triumph Brewing Co., Tuesday at John & Peters, Wednesday at Fran’s Pub, Thursday at The Raven and Friday at Havanas. The top two winners of each location will be eligible to win a grand final prize of $1,200.00 sponsored by Ketel One Vodka and held on October, 31st at Havanas after their contest.

Don’t forget to visit the unique shops & restaurants on W. Mechanic St!

To learn more visit www.facebook.com/visitnewhope or call the GNHCC office at 215.862.9990.

High Heel Drag Race Event Timeline

3:00pm Set up registration/information table

4:00pm Drag Queen Photo Booth $10 Donation
Receive 1 strip of 4 photos with the ladies

4:30pm Registration for Runners No entry fee
Registration for Pet Costume Contest $10 entr
Animal Alliance Pet Adoption & Information

5:00pm – 6:00pm Dog Costume Contest – Animal Alliance Pet Adoption & Information

6:00pm Race Set Up

6:30pm High Heel Race Starts

7:15 – 8:00pm Breakdown & Clean Up

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Community Meeting Parking

The Directors of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who attended Tuesday night’s Community Meeting. We appreciate the open exchanges with business people in town, and are delighted that five attendees signed on to serve as Block Captains in our Membership Program and another 18 volunteered to serve on various Chamber committees. Thank you volunteers, attendees and members.

Yesterday morning, we became aware of one dark spot in an otherwise successful evening. Upon leaving the meeting, participants who had assumed that parking would be free found tickets on their cars. This issue was discussed widely on Facebook and elsewhere in town.

Many of the Facebook comments complained about the Borough issuing tickets. This is not fair to the Borough, who informed us that our rental of the Community Room did not include free parking. Frankly, we did not understand that others might assume parking would be free. We all pay for our own parking whenever we attend Borough meetings despite the fact that one of our officers is a former Borough Council member and another is married to a HARB member.

Had we known that attendees would expect parking to be free, we would have posted notes on the front door of the Building and the entrance to the Community Room alerting you otherwise. We accept full responsibility for not having posted notices. That said, we were not willfully negligent. We simply did not know. We are exploring ways to be sure that this problem does not arise during future Community Meetings.

If you consider the Chamber responsible for your having received a ticket, please bring it to the Chamber office at 10 Stockton Street during office hours 10am-4pm Monday-Friday or leave it in the Chamber office mail box. Please note the office will be closed for Labor Day. We must receive your parking ticket by 4pm on Wednesday September 3rd in order for us to pay it on time.

Again, thanks for attending, sharing opinions and offering support. We live in a very special place, and look forward to working with the business community to make it even more special.

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