Chamber News

20th Annual Community Awards Banquet

Posted on November 3, 2014
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce held its 20th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Friday, October 24th at The Riverview Inn in Matamoras. It was hosted by the Pike County Chamber in partnership with the Service Organizations throughout the area.

Twelve non-profit organizations were on hand to honor their own and to showcase their commitments toward the worthwhile work that each does in our community. The following people were honored: Pamela Lutfy by Delaware Valley School District, Volunteer Tom Vistosky by Dingmans Medical, Maryann Riedl by Grey Towers Heritage Association, Ann Marie Catalano by Milford Garden Club, Lee Ann Camarero & John Bell by Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club, Georgiana & Bob Ehrlich by Pike County Area Agency on Aging, Sue & Doug Jacobs by Pike County Developmental Center, Theresa Rocco by Pike County Hands of Hope, Betty Hague by Pike County Public Library, Diana Becker by Pocono Environmental Education Center, Madeline Ragin by Safe Haven of Pike County and Alice Molampy by Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Agency.

The Pike County Chamber itself presented two awards: Chamber Director of the Year to Simone Palmer of the Dime Bank and Outstanding Business of the Year to Progressive Health of PA.

The Chamber wishes to thank Art Ridley, Carol & Peter Markwalter and Judy Shay and her staff at The Riverview Inn who helped make this another successful Chamber event. If you wish to learn more about the honorees and their organizations, please contact the Chamber office at (570) 296-8700 for the program booklet that was handed out that evening.

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Newly Appointed Directors

Posted on September 15th, 2014
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce welcomed six newly appointed Directors to the Board recently. The new Directors are Michele Baehr, Derek Bellinger, Jack Boyle, Michael Sokoloski, Dr. Gina Vives and Jody Welsh.

Michele Baehr is the Executive Director of the American Red Cross covering Pike, Wayne and Monroe Counties. She is active in the Rotary Club of Stroudsburgs, Red Cross and her church.

Derek Bellinger is the Lords Valley Branch Manager of NBT Bank. Derek comes from Wayne County and is involved with Wayne/Pike CEF and is a Sunday school teacher at his church.

Jack Boyle comes from the Middletown Community Health Center that recently opened in Milford and he is the Senior Manager of Development. Jack is part of the Association of Development Officers, Association of Fundraising Professional & Past President of the Westchester-Fairfield Chapter of Public Relations Society of America.

Michael Sokoloski is from Bayada Home Health Care and is the Community Liaison covering Pike and Monroe Counties. Mike is a Board member with the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging Board Member, the Bayada PAC Board and the River Valley Senior Provider Group Board member. Mike is also an ALS liaison for Bayada, an ACS “Coaches vs. Cancer” Committee member and is part of the Alzheimers Memory Walk.

Dr. Gina Vives is the Director of Curriculum & Technology at the Delaware Valley School District. Dr. Vives is a member of the International Society for Tech. in Education, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, PA Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, PA Association for School Administrator and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

To round off our new group is Jody Welch. Jody is the Owner of Two Ladies Cleaning Service which covers the PA, NJ & NY areas. Jody is an active member of A.B.A.T.E. of Pike County and works with members of the Matamoras Recreation planning events. Jody won the 2012 Top 20 under 40 Business Leaders.

The Pike County Chamber is proud to welcome this exceptional group of business leaders to its Board of Directors and we look forward to new and exciting opportunities for local business that these new additions can help with. Pike County Chamber President Paul Brislin expressed excitement welcoming the new members to the Board and thanked them for their future volunteer time and contributions they will be making the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and our community.

“Our organization is led by some of Pike County’s top professionals who understand that connecting with customers is the key to growth in today’s strongly competitive marketplace” stated President Brislin. For more information on the Pike County Chamber of Commerce please visit

Pike County Chamber of Commerce Membership

Posted on August 29, 2014
Are you a member of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce? No? Why not? Membership has it's privileges! We are coming into the busiest time of year for the chamber. Become a member, take in all that membership has to offer and see how you can become a more visible person and promote your business in our community! Visit us at to view our upcoming events, view our new member benefits, and download a membership application.

Pike Chamber Helps Recognize Areas Top Volunteers

Posted on August 19th, 2014
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is holding its 20th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Friday, October 24th at The Riverview Inn in Matamoras, PA. It is hosted by the Chamber in partnership with the Service Organizations throughout the area.

The Awards Dinner is held each year to provide a forum to honor those volunteers and volunteer organizations throughout the community whose vital contribution adds so much to the quality of life in the Pike County area.

This year approximately 10 non-profit organizations will be on hand to honor their own and to showcase their commitments toward the worthwhile work that each does. The Pike County Chamber will present the Volunteer of the Year award.

The price of the dinner is $30.00. The deadline for reservations is October 17th and can only be made by calling the Chamber office at 296-8700. We can not accommodate walk-ins. The evening’s festivities begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 6:30p.m.

Come out and help us honor the volunteers of Pike County and support these very important organizations. There is a program book that everyone gets and still has ad space available.

If your organization would like to recognize your top volunteer and would like to join us, please contact Lee Ann at 570-296-8700 before September 12th.

Advertise Your Business

Posted on July 30, 2014
Are you unsure where you can advertise your business? Gain exposure on the Pike County Chamber of Commerce website! For more information on our advertising options, visit us at

Networking Event

Posted on July 25, 2014
You won't want to miss our upcoming networking event! We will be holding a joint networking event with the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce at the historic Hotel Fauchere located at 401 Broad Street in Milford, PA on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm. This event includes a wonderful selection of hors d’oeuvres for guests and a wonderful selection of drinks for purchase in the garden. Sommelier Alex Meloi of Meloi’s Wines & Spirits will be discussing Spanish wines and Bob Scott of Coach Firm will be teaching various networking tips so you can improve your outreach and more effectively promote your business face to face. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful hotel property as well as meet and connect with businesses from all over the tri-state area.

Admission at the door will be $10.00 for Members and $15.00 for Non-Members. For further information contact either Chamber by e-mailing or

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