The Importance of our Members’ Involvement
Through the support and involvement provided by the members in the Phoenixville region, the Chamber pursues an ambitious program of action aimed at building a stronger economy and quality of life for our community. The programs are developed and implemented through the active participation of member volunteers who serve on various committees and task forces.
Why You Should Get Involved
By participating on a committee or task force, our members have an opportunity to work with the top business, professional, and community leaders; gain sales and public relations experience; and receive valuable leadership and management experience while meeting in groups and determining issues and actions of common interest.
We encourage you and/or members of your staff to take part in the Chamber’s efforts on behalf of our area’s businesses and general community by contacting the Chamber Office to discuss involvement in joining a committee. Below you will find a description of each of these groups.
Chair: Crysta C. Peers, Chairman of the Board
Jessica Capistrant, Chamber President/CEO
The overall mission of the Membership Committee is to engage the membership and increase the general dues-paying membership while at the same time increasing our retention rate. The Membership Committee has three major tasks: ambassadorship, membership growth, and retention.
Committee members ensure the continued growth of the Chamber’s membership by recruiting businesses and organizations as Chamber members in an effort to increase involvement throughout the business community and new dues-paying members by 10% each year. Committee members are assigned new and current members to connect with and offer assistance in helping engage members. They are an active force throughout the year and assume a leadership role in membership drives and membership appreciation.
This committee is responsible for welcoming all new members into the Chamber. This includes one-on-one meetings with new members and discussing expectations and strategies to best maximize membership. Also, the committee focuses on contacting new members to ensure that they are getting out of the Chamber what they expected. They are an initial point of contact for new members by making them feel welcome and at home at events.
The membership committee assists the Chamber staff and leadership in retaining 90% of all Chamber members on an ongoing basis by establishing and maintaining an effective communication link between our membership and the Chamber. In order to uphold this communication link, they issue surveys, complete phone calls, email regularly, and ask questions when needed to make certain that members are vocalizing questions and concerns and are educated about opportunities available to them.
Business Education Committee
Chair: Jessica Capistrant, Chamber President/CEO
The Business Education Committee considers key educational matters that are of interest to our business sector. The composition of this committee is a mix of educators and business people. The committee will plan and conduct seminars, workshops, and presentations. At this time, the committee meets to discuss monthly membership meeting topics and presenters as well as the seminars presented in a partnership with SCORE and the Phoenixville Library.
Government Affairs Committee
Chair: Frederick E. Hubler, Creative Capital Wealth Management Group
PA CHAMBER Membership Sponsored by OWM Law
The mission of the Government Affairs Committee is to affect and shape public policy, governmental action, and legislation on local, state, and federal issues of concern to the Chamber’s membership. The purpose of the committee is to foster good relations among and between business and elected and/or appointed government officials at the local, state, and federal levels; monitor and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for action upon specific legislative issues on behalf of the business community; and lay the groundwork for orderly economic growth and visionary change for the community. The committee meets bi-monthly with elected officials or members of their staff, the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Authority, and municipal leaders to review updates and governmental matters at hand; it utilizes an update provided by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry for information. The committee then discusses how to notify the membership of important items or to elect to support specific bills, and plans.
Chair: Each event has a Chair, and they may change from year to year. Please see below.
The role of the Events Committee is to provide all planning and organization to the Annual Events of the Chamber. Annual Events include the Annual Awards Dinner, the Golf Classic, the Chamber Night at the Reading Fightin Phils, and the Charity Gala. The committee meets based upon the time required to complete planning and fundraising for each event.
The Awards Dinner is held in the spring of each year, and is a true celebration of spirit. During the evening, we revisit all of the amazing contributions made by members of the Phoenixville community. Awards include Business Development, Merit, Community Betterment, and the Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Current Co-chairs: Crysta C. Peers, Jessica Capistrant
The Golf Classic, also held in the spring, is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Chamber. The event takes place at a local golf course; it is historically held at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve. The day on the 18-hole course includes lunch, golf, fun contests, an open bar, dinner, and an auction.
Current Co-chairs: Frank Giardina, Jessica Capistrant
The Night with the Fightin Phils takes place in the late spring or early summer, and is always a wonderful night at the ballpark! This event is based solely on sponsorship of tickets, and while there is not a committee for this event, it falls under our annual programming.
Current Chair: Jessica Capistrant
The Charity Gala is an upscale event held in the fall. The gala is mainly comprised of a large auction and benefits a non-profit organization within the Phoenixville community. The event begins with a cocktail hour and moves into a plated dinner that is followed by the auction and live music!
Current Co-chairs: Megan Inmon, Jessica Capistrant
If you are interested in any of these events specifically, please contact Jessica, Chamber President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.