January Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon

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MINT HILL, NC – On Tuesday, January 18, the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held its first Monthly Member Luncheon of 2022 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.

January’s lunch program kicked off with a welcome from Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Paige McKinney.  Director Scott Salisbury (SWS Financial Group) led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Board of Directors Vice President Phil Angelo (Leisure Travel Experts)  led the group in prayer.  

Several members took home treats from Daphne's Bakery as part of this month's member raffles.
Several members took home treats from Daphne’s Bakery as part of this month’s member raffles.

Four newcomers introduced themselves to the group at January’s lunch: Dylan and Caleb Ritch from Mint Hill FC, Mint Hill’s new elite soccer team; Travis Feaster from All Things Common Lawn Care; and David Olivieri, a realtor and interior decorator who recently relocated to Mint Hill from Miami, FL.

Also present at Tuesday’s luncheon were Commissioner Tony Long and Mayor Pro-Tem Dale Dalton, who is also beginning a two-year term as the Board of Directors’ Chamber Liaison.  Dalton takes over for former Commissioner Mike Cochrane, who served as the Chamber Liaison for four years.  Dalton praised Mint Hill’s public works department for their quick and successful response to the past weekend’s winter weather and encouraged people to reach out to him via phone or email with any concerns they’d like addressed at their upcoming retreat.

The new year brings several new faces to the Chamber’s Board of Directors: Gary Wojciechowicz (Tactical Pest and Termite Solutions), Lisa Lane (Massage Sanctuary), Terry Aaseby (Terry Aaseby, CPA, PLLC), and Sharon Johnson (H&S Therapeutic Services).  The Chamber also welcomes new President Rick Peniston (Peniston Deason Attorneys at Law) to the Board of Directors.  Peniston will serve alongside Vice President Phil Angelo (Leisure Travel Experts), Secretary Joy Greear (Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center), Treasurer Jennifer Manchester (Suburban Properties of Charlotte, LLC), and Immediate Past President Kim Rhodarmer (Servant’s Heart).

Peniston shared a few words about the upcoming year from the Board of Directors’ recent retreat focused on a “Posse of Prosperity” and what those words mean to him.  “Prosperity supports families,” said Peniston.  “It builds neighborhoods, and it sustains communities.  That’s what this Chamber’s about.  We’re about a collaboration that creates the energy to support businesses and create that energy that creates prosperity.”

Mint Hill FC and Targhee Farms received plaques as new members.
Mint Hill FC and Targhee Farms received plaques as new members.

The Chamber welcomed five new members at its January luncheon.  Rick Peniston accepted a plaque for Targhee Farms, and Caleb and Dylan Ritch accepted a plaque for Mint Hill FC.  Not present were Alpine Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing, Charlotte Heating and Air, and Bristles Painting Company.

While members dined on baked potatoes, salad and chili provided by Olde Sycamore, they learned about Mint Hill FC, a new UPSL elite soccer club that aims to provide an exciting, inclusive gameday experience and support the Mint Hill community while showcasing a high level or soccer.  Make sure to pick up next week’s Mint Hill Times to learn more about Mint Hill FC!

The Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for their scholarship program.  Every year the Chamber awards three $1k scholarships to Mint Hill Seniors.  The deadline for applications is March 15.

The next Monthly Member Luncheon will be held on February 15 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.  It will feature Melissa Fields and Amy Laughinghouse, who will speak about great banking solutions for businesses.  For more information on joining the Chamber of Commerce, visit https://www.minthillchamberofcommerce.com/. 

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: marybeth@minthilltimes.com