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September 5, 2019 
A Note From Your Chamber Director...
Community Support

This morning's discussion at Caffeinate & Connect involved community support and volunteerism, as Carrie from CASA of Washington Co. and Beth from Anova Hospice provided insight and need for quality volunteers. I found it interesting too, that both represent need from each end of the spectrum - CASA dealing with youth in our communities, and Anova (most frequently) dealing with the elders in our communities. 

The demand for community support is broad and volunteerism is declining, but that does not mean that the need is. Two organizations were present this morning and I know that there are so many others, both members and non-members that have need, as well.

Our discussion also led me to question the number of local non-profits, that seem to increase daily, and if here is a way to consolidate some that offer similar services, to make them stronger and more viable? Which also led to discussion about the need to work together and collaborate, two words that communities often have a hard time comprehending. I am a proponent of strength in numbers and instead of diluting resources (people included), we should consider, when feasible, coming together.

And what about the burden placed on our businesses to donate to the causes, fundraisers and requests for monetary support? As the chamber director, I toss out many requests to our partners and I completely understand when they must “pick and choose” what to support, as their donation dollars can only go so far. Consider the consolidation example – one strong organization approaches a business for one considerable donation, instead of several small or similar organizations approaching repeatedly. Perhaps that would be a better approach for our local businesses?!

Once again, we did not solve the world’s (or the Mon Valley’s) problems at Caffeinate & Connect, but we certainly had an interesting discussion. Join us next time! 

Always Working for You, 
Gina C. Lynn
Executive Director 

Congratulations to our September Business of the Month
Uncommonly Beautiful 
Owner Bonnie Brand, with TRC VP Tanya Chaney
Uncommonly Beautiful is a clothing and gift boutique that offers an eclectic blend of fabulous items. When you walk in, you will be amazed at the merchandise and selection from authentic vintage, vintage style and beautifully handmade bohemian clothing, along with unique modern pieces. The clothing focuses on the free-spirited woman inside all of us.  

The boutique also carries uncommonly beautiful gifts and showcases local artisans, who specialize with  handmade essential oil colognes, perfumes and jewelry, handmade leather items, hand carved wooden and holding crosses, wreaths, personalized dolls, memory bears and pillows, handmade soaps, artwork, home décor, and small batch beauty products. 

Bonnie Brand is the owner of this chic little shop on Main Street in historic Monongahela and she invites you to stop in and visit! New merchandise comes in frequently so follow on Facebook to stay abreast of what is happening at
Uncommonly Beautiful.  If you are an artist and create some unusual things, stop in to discuss an opportunity to sell your creations.  

There is still time to register (individual or foursomes), sponsor,
donate or volunteer for the TRC Fall Classic! 

Call 724-929-3329 or email for information. 
Golfer Registration w/Online Payment Link
Member Events & Special Promotions 
Corrected Dates - Sorry!!!
Temple Beth Am Estate Sale
Friday, Sept 6th 9am - 3pm
McClellandtown Duplex Estate Sale
Satuday, Sept 7th 9am - 2pm
Sunday, Sept 8th 11am - 3pm
Preview Details and Pictures at the folllowing Links
Their first estate sale is an Online Auction 
The Auctions Ends on WEDNESDAY,  Sept 4th at 7pm!/storeDetail/287/0
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