Sodus Point, Sodus Center, Alton, South Sodus, Wallington & Joy, New York

Sodus, NY Chamber Meeting Minutes



Present: Jim Hopkins, Chris Hopkins, Nancy Ross, Sandi Hamilton, Michele Kerr, Patty Paprocki, Mary Jane Mumby

Completed 2020 program schedule (attached).  Confirmations needed before it can be published.  Feb. meeting will be at Nicks to present this to general membership

Per Patty we have 56 paid business memberships, 12 individual and 4 civic.  It was decided to let last year’s members who have not paid yet continue to be able to do eblasts.  Mary Jane to send eblast reminder and at end of month send second dues notice.

April 3 is the date for the Citizen of the Year banquet, Michele and Patty in charge of it this year. About 2/1 ad will go in Times for Nominations, deadline will be 2/17.  Board will meet at Mary Jane’s on 2/20 for selection and announcement made by 3/3.

Jim met with Ontario and Williamson Chambers to possibly pool some resources.

Patty to check on cost of using “Square” to pay dues and Harvest Fest online.

Mary Jane to place ad in Wolcott Shopper for membership drive.  Also, will do eblast.

Minutes taken by Mary Jane Mumby



Sodus Chamber of Commerce Annual Financial Report 2019/ytd



Jennie Sedore, Jim Hopkins, Jane Hopkins, Kari Hopkins, Chris Hopkins, Sandra Hamilton, Craig Wollensen. Diane DiWispelaere, Alice Bill, Patty Paprocki, Lara Duckett, Beth Ares, David Ares, Martha Miller, Jim Miller, Mary Jane Mumby

Minutes read and accepted Detailed year end treasurer report given by Patty Paprocki Elections of Officers for 2019

No nominations from the floor, secretary cast one ballot for the following:
Chris Hopkins – Director
Mary Jane Mumby – Director
Michele Kerr – Vice President
Beth Ares – Secretary

Bylaws to be reviewed by Patty Paprocki, Sandi Hamilton and Alice Bill

Harvest Fest:
Over 2000 people in attendance
Application fee to be raised to $45 from $40
New forms will be posted on our website next week
Vendor wanted flyers to be handed out during the Christmas season

Christmas party at Young Sommer Winery on 12/6 at 6 pm
Catered with guests paying $10 per person and chamber the rest
Grab bag gift of $20
Food pantry items will be collected

Santa in the Park on Friday after Thanksgiving
Chamber donating $100

Wallington Fireworks on 121/9
Chamber donating $300

Discussion held on donating towards park bench in Sodus Point to ice rink Alice Bill to contact village for more info

St Johns Holiday Bazaar – will attend and pay $25 table fee

Thank you notes were received from some of the scholarship winners

ARC has received a grant for a trailer that can be used for events that has a PA system etc. Jay Roscup is contact

Jim and Martha Miller thanked the Chamber for hosting the open house at the Wallington Cobblestone school house. $500 was donated that day and another $1500 came in afterwards.The cost of a new roof is about $5000 and they are looking into grants to cover cost.

Suggestion made that Chamber start looking into grants

Next meeting will be for Board members in January 2019 to plan next years events and programs. Regular membership meeting will be in February at place to be determined.

Short tour of the STAC facility followed the meeting.




Present:  James Hoyt, Kari Hopkins, Chris Hopkins, Alice Bill, Debra Spring, Ray Seppler, Ema Seppler, Shelly Gates, Jennie Sedore, Nelson Kise, Scott Johnson, Darrell Vasseur, Mike Scoville, Lara Duckett, Michele Kerr, Sandi Hamilton, Jim Hopkins, David Englert, Mary Ellen Fava, Micha Atwater, Nancy Ross, Patty Paprocki, Mary Jane Mumby

Introductions were made by each attending.

No minutes since recording secretary on vacation, no minutes were done at August picnic.

Treasurer’s report is attached.

Harvest Fest:

            Michele Kerr reported that so far $2600.00 had been taken in

            Craft only vendors still being accepted

            Help is needed for set up in morning about 7:00 and clean up at 4:00 pm

            Organizational meeting on Wed 9/25 at 5:30 at Destinations for assignments

            Party In the Park Friday night starting at 6:00 pm

                        Food and Drink will be available

                        Chamber paying half of band cost ($200)

            Jim Hoyt furnishing port a potties, will be located by Key Bank

            Village Hall will be open for the restrooms

            Masons will open store front for rest rooms unless it’s rented

            Discussion about changing vendor fee

                        Michele had some wanting it lower

                        All felt it should be left at $45 since attending vendors are ok with it

                                    Will still do discount for signing up at event for next year

                                    Will still do Chamber discount

                        Packets will include next year’s application

            This is last year Jim Hopkins will be work Harvest Fest and replacement is needed

This weekend is Wallington Bog and Grog

Next Chamber meeting is Oct 3 at new Finger Lakes Medical Center on Ridge Road. Beth Ares in charge of meeting

Chamber will host Meet and Greet the Candidates on Oct 20, 1:00 pm at Wallington Fire Hall

Invitations will be sent to the 15 candidates running in the Sodus, Sodus Village and Sodus Point Village elections.

Same format as previous years with 5 minutes talk time, and light refreshments served after for one on one time.

Chamber elections in November will call for President, Treasurer, and 2 Directors.  Jim Hopkins to see about a nomination committee to report at Oct meeting.

Anyone interested in running for any of these offices should contact the Chamber


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