Chamber Corner – September 30, 2012


SUNY Fredonia President to Speak During Chamber Banquet

Horvath, while serving as SUNY Fredonia Vice President, conferred hundreds of graduates during the SUNY Fredonia 2010 Commencement ceremony, while President Dennis Hefner looked on. (Photo from SUNY Fredonia)

Dr. Virginia Horvath, the new President of SUNY Fredonia, will deliver a keynote address at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet October 11.

Dr. Horvath became the 13th President of SUNY Fredonia on July 1. She had been Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Fredonia for seven years, overseeing academic programs, Rockefeller Arts Center, Reed Library, information technology, graduate studies and research, Lifelong Learning, and a range of academic support services. President Horvath, who also holds rank as a Professor of English, has academic specialties in Medieval literature, British literature, children’s/young adult literature, English pedagogy, and poetry. Previously at Kent State University where she was a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, President Horvath was Dean of Academic and Student Services for the Kent State University (Ohio) Regional Campuses, and Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning.

A Western New York native, she is a graduate of Buffalo Seminary and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York. She earned a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Kent State University.

Also speaking at the Chamber Banquet will be Jenn Suhr, a Fredonia native who won the Gold Medal in Women’s Pole Vault during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

The Chamber Annual Banquet is, above all, a celebration of accomplishment in Chautauqua County. Dr. Greg DeCinque, President of Jamestown Community College, will be honored as the Chamber’s Person of the Year. The Chamber’s Economic Development Award will be presented to the Chamber member wineries that are part of the Lake Erie Wine Trail: 21 Brix, Johnston Estate Winery, Liberty Vineyards & Winery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars, Merritt Estate Winery, Noble Winery, Willow Creek Winery, and Woodbury Vineyards.

The Community Chambers will each recognize Community Service Award winners as well. The Dunkirk Community Chamber is honoring Roosevelt and LaPearl Haynes for their years of service to the community and the Dunkirk city schools. Community volunteer Roberta Coniglio is being recognized by the Fredonia Community Chamber for her activity in many organizations including Girl Scouts, Holy Trinity Church, and Kiwanis/Key Club. The award in Jamestown is going to John Bauer for his participation in numerous organizations including the Chamber, DJDC, LucyFest, Babe Ruth Baseball, and many others. Sue Briggs is getting the Community Service award from the Silver Creek/Hanover Chamber for her efforts in promoting tourism in the region. Boy Scout Troop 126 in Mayville is receiving the award from the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber for their service in a variety of ways. Alan Holbrook will receive the award from the Westfield/Barcelona Chamber for his work with the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department and many other organizations.

Seating space will be limited this year. As a result, anyone who wishes to attend is encouraged to register immediately. The Awards Banquet will be held in the newly renovated

Wiliams Center on the SUNY Fredonia Campus. You can register online through our website at

Open Enrollment for Bright Choices Insurance Products

Open Enrollment sessions for the Bright Choices Benefits Exchange will be held Tuesday and Thursday of this week. The Chamber has been notified that there will be substantial changes in Univera plans and rates for the 2012-2013 year. As a result, all of those who are currently enrolled in the program are encouraged to attend one of the Open Enrollment meetings to learn about pending plan design, premium, and co-pay changes.

The sessions will be held at the Chautauqua County Chamber offices as follows: Tuesday, October 2, at the MTI Building, 512 Falconer Street, Jamestown from either 7:30-9:00am or 5:30-7:00pm; or Thursday, October 4, at the JCC North Training Center, 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk, from 7:30-9:00am or 5:30-7:00pm.

Enrollment decisions are due by October 26 for all current or new Bright Choices participants for the plan year that begins December first. Anyone who has questions or who needs more information can contact the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200.

The Business Community Must Be Vocal – Sell the County Home!

We are asking the business community in Chautauqua County to step up and make their voices heard. As a representative for business in our county we have been leading the charge for reduced taxes and reigning in government spending.

Now we need your support to continue this drive. Chautauqua County government has done its homework and all of the figures show many reasons for selling the County Home. Maintaining the facility as a government service in our county will only be a further burden on the taxpayer. Selling it to a private entity will preserve the care for our regions senior population, maintain jobs, and remove a strain on the ever-squeezed county budget. It makes fiscal sense to sell the home now.

Please let your County Legislators know that as a business person in Chautauqua County you want them to make the right decision now. We are asking business people to write, call, and email, and to show up to meetings of the County Legislature to make their voices heard. For a complete list of County Legislators and their contact information, go to the County website at Your support is critical in this effort. Thank you.

Oktoberfest at the Southern Tier Brewing Company

Southern Tier Brewing Company offers unique, specialty beers in a beautiful setting! Join your fellow Chamber members for a relaxed and fun event during Oktoberfest, Wednesday, October 17 from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

This networking mixer is sponsored by: Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Anderson Cleaners, Blackstone NEY Ultrasonics, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Community Bank, DFT Communications, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, Jamestown Mattress Company, Jamestown

Savings Bank Arena, Liazon Corporation, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Rainbow International, UBS Financial Services, WDOE/96KIX, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. You can register online now for this event at or by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.