Chamber honors NYSEG for 45 years of membership

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated Membership Anniversary Recognitions at its Membership Harvest Celebration at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates. Those celebrating 10, 20, 30 and 40 years as Chamber members in 2019 received a special recognition for their membership milestone. The Chamber’s longest standing member award was presented to NYSEG, which was honored for 45 years with the Chamber. From left are Miranda Odell, Chamber president; Mark Varvayanis, Chamber board chairman; Chamber Events Coordinator Tara Johnson; NYSEG representatives Tim Karski, gas sales & products supervisor and Robert Pass, community outreach & development manager; Charles Bartishevich of Finger Lakes Partners Insurance and Chamber vice chairman; Tanya Taylor of Petrella Phillips and Chamber board treasurer; and Chamber Member Relations Specialist Cheyenne Eveland.

GENEVA — The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce held its third annual Membership Harvest Celebration earlier this fall at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates.

Close to 150 individuals attended the event, which featured food and wine pairing tasting stations, a silent auction, and a presentation that honored long standing Chamber members.

For 2019, the Chamber’s longest standing member award was presented to NYSEG, who was honored for 45 years of membership with the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by Charlie Bartishevich of Finger Lakes Partners Insurance, who was honored in 2018 as the longest standing member at 53 years. Accepting the award was Robert Pass, Community Outreach & Development Manager for NYSEG’s Central Region. Pass was a former Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce Board member.

The Chamber also recognized additional Membership Milestones for decades of involvement with the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce. The following were honored:

• 40-year members: Big Oak Golf Course; Suburban Propane

• 30-year members: Geneva Family YMCA; Mittiga Construction

• 20-year members: DeBoover Family Farms, Inc; Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

• 10-year members: Geneva Lakefront Childcare Center; Microtel Inn & Suites Geneva; Microtel Inn & Suites Seneca Falls

As one of the three major events coordinated by the Chamber each year, the Membership Harvest Celebration is one of the primary fundraisers that provides proceeds to sustain and build upon the Chamber’s programs and services offered to member businesses.

All three events are partially supported by the Chamber’s Annual Partners. In 2019, those included Finger Lakes Partners Insurance and Lyons National Bank. Primary sponsorship was provided by a variety of businesses. Wegmans of Geneva served as a promotional sponsor, while Bank of the Finger Lakes and Casella Waste were community sponsors. Ameriprise Financial-Silver Leaf Family Financial, Geneva Club Beverage, Lagana Plumbing Heating & Air, Littlejohn & Barbi Orthodontics, and Petrella Phillis, LLP were this year’s tasting station sponsors.

The next major event for the Chamber will be the 2020 Annual Dinner, which will be held in January. For more information about the Chamber and its programs, go to genevany.com or call (315) 789-1776.

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