BRISTOL - The Central CT Chambers of Commerce have announced several upcoming programs next month.
On June 6, The Bristol Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s free to attend 2018 Annual Meeting from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Doubletree by Hilton at 42 Century Drive and their 129th Annual Awards Dinner. Attendance is $70 per person, starting with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. at The Aqua Turf Club at 556 Mulberry St. People can register for these programs by visiting centralctchambers.org or calling 860-584-4718.
“June 6 is out big ‘annual everything’ day,” joked D’Agostino. “At our annual meeting, we will be recognizing outgoing board members and nominating our new ones.”
At the Awards Dinner that same night, the Outstanding Community Service Award will be presented to the past and current board members of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club.
“Without their direction and vision which helped make sure that the club was relevant to the needs of today I don’t know where we would be,” said Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce. “They have a beautiful family center and Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, offers so much to the community.”
The Special Recognition Award will go to Environmental learning Centers of Connecticut, Inc.
“Indian Rock Nature Preserve and the Barnes Nature Center are hidden treasures for the community, families and businesses” said Bombard. “I know I visited the Barnes Nature Center many times over the past 30 years and brought my children there too. They are exceptional locations to enjoy nature.”
The Volunteer of the Year award will be given to Linda Lubrico.
“She does many fantastic pageants as well as a lot of work behind the scenes that she has never received recognition for,” said Bombard. “We went that it was time to give her that recognition.”
The Mum Festival Committee will receive the Spirit of Bristol award.
“Their summer festival brings so much energy and excitement and so many people to our downtown,” said Bombard.
Emily’s Catering Group will be presented the Distinguished Business of the Year Award.
“Emily’s is very generous to the community and the Chamber,” said Bombard. “They make a quality product and I hear great things about them all over Connecticut.”
The E. Bartlett Barnes Distinguished Service Award will be given to Timothy W. Furey.
“We’re honoring Tim for everything he has provided to the Chamber in the past, including serving as a past Chairman,” said Bombard. “He has helped volunteer with many organizations in the City of Bristol and any time I need legal advice for something involving the Chamber, Tim is always there to help.”
Then, on June 13, the Chamber will hold its 2018 State of the City & Towns Breakfast at Chippanee Country Club at 6 Marsh Road.
The dinner will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Panelists will include Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Plainville Town Manager Robert E. Lee, Plymouth Mayor David Merchant, Wolcott Mayor Thomas Dunn, Farmington Town Manager Kathleen Eagen, Burlington First Selectman Theodore Shafer and Bloomfield Town Manager Phil Schenck.
Admission is $25 for chamber members or $35 for non-chamber members. People can register by visiting centralctchambers.org or calling 860-584-4718.
“The leaders of each of the communities that we represent will attend,” said Bombard. “I’m sure that many of them will be happy with the fact that the state budget has passed and they can go back and figure out how to manage their communities. Community leaders will touch base and many ideas will be shared. Town and city leaders today need to think about what they can do collaboratively with neighboring communities.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or .