Bonnie St.Pierre here again! I'm a member and Board of Directors and Committees Volunteer with the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce, my business being a commercial and storytelling photography studio that also offers professional copywriting services, writing the words that companies use to market their benefit/products and services. In addition to this, I am a children's books and journal books author.
Do you think it's fair to say that wearing all these hats... running my own business, marketing and making connections while also responsible for production of my services, and having any kind of personal life with its accompanying highs and lows... keeps me busy? Yes, like most everybody else I know, I am quite busy and there are just not enough hours in the day. Why then, would I ever ADD to that by volunteering my time to someone (or some organization) else?
Well, let me tell you why.
First, if I am a member of anything, I want full value out of it. Sounds selfish, I know. But I also recognize that organizations don't run themselves; someone is working hard to make sure that members get that promised value, and, that they can't do it alone. They need a good, dedicated team, for many, many tasks. So in order for ME to make sure that the organization is providing its very best to me, I feel a responsibility to chip in and do what I can to help make it as healthy as it can be, and be part of that team.
Second, it's about me again... gee, maybe I really AM selfish! Here's a confession. I know myself, and I know that I need structure to keep me motivated. It would be so easy for me to talk myself out of it and NOT attend that evening program tonight, or reach out to that other member by phone or email, for I'd really love to be sitting with my feet up with a good piece of fiction to read instead, if I have the time. But someone is counting on me. I've made a promise. And THAT ends up being something that is for my very own good, because my company needs me to be in front of, interacting and networking with others who will learn that I really do my best that I can with everything in front of me, and might someday be able and willing to connect me to the absolutely perfect client for the benefit that I provide.
Oh, finally some redemption... something that is not just about me! I truly love to see others who are working hard to succeed, make that connection, get that job, reach that goal! Often, a little help from someone else tips the scale in the right direction for them, and I like knowing I can be one of the people that provided that support, by strengthening the opportunities and systems the organization, of which they are a member, provides.
And last, I enjoy working with others in a team effort, and through this, building a list of people that I can confidently refer to offer quality services to the people I care about, my family and clients. I meet so many people that earn my respect and admiration for their work and volunteer ethic, and I am pleased to get to know them ever so much more than I would if I just met them occasionally at a networking event.
So, is volunteering on committees hard work? Yes, sometimes it is. I won't lie to you. Is it a waste of time? Not in the least. Being part of something bigger than yourself makes you better, changes your perspective and changes your opportunities.
The Merrimack Chamber of Commerce is lucky to be FILLED with competent, hard-working, dedicated people who turn their attention to helping make the organization better and stronger for all its members, through volunteering. If you are considering joining a committee or helping out on specific events or tasks, you'll be in good company, and in the long run, while helping the organization as a whole, you are helping yourself as a member too.
Bonnie St.Pierre, B. St.Pierre Studio, Merrimack, NH 603-883-2517
Photo Illustrations: www.bstpierrestudio.com
Children's Author: www.bstpierrecollection.com/childrens-books-by-bonnie
On April 7 our Chamber hosted its first fashion show at the newly renovated Event Center at the Courtyard by Marriott. Our goal was to present a special event that was something our community hadn’t experienced. It was important that the event be fresh and fun and celebrate local businesses. We have always supported local students with scholarships, and we thought what a great way to showcase some of our youth on the runway and offer another scholarship. Our business community came together. We had fashion ranging from ball gowns, to cruise wear, to weekend wear and even wedding attire! We had local salons volunteer to do special hairstyles for the models and local make-up artists add a bit of glamour to the event. Adding to the glitz factor, Tulley Automotive group showcased some luxury automobiles at the red-carpet entrance way.
The event was as much about celebrating fashion as celebrating our community, and what a great place Merrimack is. Where else can you see a town councilor, the police chief, and the superintendent of schools walk the fashion runway?
As chair of the Program Committee, I’d like to again sent a special ‘thank you’ to our committee: Karrie Boskee, Yvette Couser, Aylin Felch, Cassidy Forsley, Mary Hendricks, Karen Keating, Michelle Landry, Dawn Shepherd, Paula Telage, Judi Perkins, and Joyce Young.
If you’re interested in joining this committee in planning for our 2017 Fashion Show & Expo event, or joining another of the Chamber’s committees, please reach out to our President Dawn Shepherd. I highly recommend volunteering with this Chamber. It will give you the opportunity to expand your professional network, make a difference in our community, and last (but not least!) have fun.
Beth Covino, Secretary of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Program Committee Chair
Director of Community Relations, YMCA of Greater Nashua
Our third quarterly Community Relations Council meeting took place in our Culinary Café ‘restaurant’ on June 2nd. Center Director Tamer Koheil welcomed guests and gave some great updates on our center including the upcoming trip of 4 students along with Chef Zingales and himself attending the “Experience New Hampshire Event” in Washington D.C. on June 15th.
Cassie then introduced CMA Student Baylee Dumont who gave a great talk on her experiences since attending Job Corps and her recent interest in phlebotomy, which is what she is currently learning in CMA. Her future goals are to finish at NHJCC and attend college where she would like to further her career in phlebotomy.
The main event of the luncheon was our interactive brainstorming session. Guests had to work for their lunch and were instructed to introduce themselves, and discuss possible cross promotion & outreach ideas. They were asked to write down these ideas and nominate a speaker from the table to discuss the ideas they had come up with.
The 9 tables of guests share over 20 cross promotion & outreach ideas involving different organizations. We are very excited to get started on these new partnerships that will work to support our students & community.
NH Job Corps Newsletter
June 3, 2016
We're Easy to Find
You're invited to visit us.from 9:00am - 2:00pm Monday through Thursday. We are conveniently located on the back side of the Papergraphics building, on the second floor .
We'd Love to Hear From You
Any questions about the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce or the greater Merrimack area, please call us at (603) 424-3669.
Membership Has Its Rewards
Businesses receive a variety of benefits when they become members of the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce. Learn more