The Back Mountain Chamber (BMC) recently held its annual expo at Misericordia University. Over 70 local vendors from Back Mountain businesses, non-profits and social clubs attended, along with over 500 visitors. The event concluded with a fascinating historical discussion by Bill Bachman on the history of Harveys Lake, with over 200 people in attendance. The BMC would like to thank all our sponsors, vendors, Bill Bachman, Misericordia, and the BMC expo committee members for making the 2016 event a huge success.
Town hall meeting
The BMC, in conjunction with ACT for America, is sponsoring an invitation-only town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of the 11th Congressional District in May. This event is part of a continuing set of informational meetings, sponsored by the BMC, with state and federal representatives and our Back Mountain Chamber members to provide our members with an opportunity to receive first-hand reports from our elected officials on key issues of the day.
The BMC informational luncheon series continues to provide our members and the community with relevant topics of interest for our region. This month’s luncheon will be held at Huntsville Golf Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 and will feature Dr. Thomas Botzman of Misericordia University, who will speak on the “Impact of Higher Education on the Back Mountain Region.” Cost will be $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at the BMC website at www.backmountainchamber.org.
Back in Paradise
The Back Mountain Chamber Cultural Committee will present its Back In Paradise event on Friday Sept. 9 at the Irem Temple Country Club Pavilion. The event will feature a prominent Jimmy Buffet tribute band from the New York City/New Jersey area, jimmy and the Parrots. Tickets will begin to go on sale around June 1 and will be $55 per person, which will include entrance to the event, appetizers, food, beer, wine, soda and coffee, some specialty drinks and desserts to enhance the “beach party” atmosphere. Pre-sale, discounted tickets can be purchased online on the BMC website www.backmountainchamber.org, starting on May 1, at a pre-sale price of $50 per person, or at a group table of 10 ticket package for $450 which includes a reserve group table at the event. This will be a 21 and over only event. The Back to Paradise Committee will soon be soliciting the community with some creative advertising opportunities for the event. There will definitely be some exciting “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” as updated “Parrot Head” information is released, or by calling the chamber offices at 570-674-7800, ext. 134, or from any BMC Cultural Event Committee member.
Serve the community
Our region hosts some of the finest public service organizations and community organizations. The BMC prides itself on cultivating our relationship with these organizations, and recently welcomed them at our 2016 expo. We ask that you consider giving your time to one of these community vital organizations: The Rotary of Dallas, The Dallas Kiwanis, The Dallas Lions, or the Back Mountain Bloomers.
Jim Reino is the president of the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Reach the Dallas Post newsroom at 570-675-5211 or by email at email@example.com.