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Committing to serving on the GACC Board of Directors

by: Steve Matheny, 
Executive Director,
Granville Area Chamber of Commerce

November is election month here at the Chamber and it seems timely to review what it means to serve on the Chamber's Board of Directors.  Our Board is comprised of fifteen members - each of whom serves for a three year term on a staggered basis.  This ensures that in any one year the maximum natural turnover in Board membership would be one third (or five persons).  This is sound and prudent design that provides a healthy measure of continuity in our Board.  As previously shared we have the good fortune this year of having four incumbent Directors who are seeking re-election.  This reality helps to further ensure that your Chamber's governance is, and will be, in good (and experienced) hands.

As this month closes we will finalize our annual election process and at our December Member Meeting & Luncheon we will officially install our Board of Directors with the help of Granville Mayor Melissa Hartfield who will conduct a brief swearing in ceremony.  As your Executive Director I am grateful and encouraged knowing that we have such a strong Board of Directors in place.  I also think it is important for you, as Chamber members, to realize the pledge and commitment that your Board of Directors makes each year.   To that end I share below  the 10 point Pledge that your Chamber Board commits to each year:
  • To establish as a high priority my attendance at all meetings of the board, staying until adjournment, and all committees and task forces on which I serve.  I understand, as per the Constitution, two unexcused board meeting absences terminate me as a board member.  
  • To attend Chamber functions and events including Chamber monthly member meetings and other special events. At the least, I will attend nine of the twelve monthly meetings each year. 
  • To agree to serve as liaison for at least one strategic or special committee and follow the GACC Committee Chair Responsibilities List; attend all committee meetings and participate in the accomplishment of its objectives.  
  • To help the Chamber maintain healthy growth by recruiting new members. 
  • To refrain from intruding in administrative issues that are the responsibility of management, except to monitor the results and prohibit methods not in congruity with board policy or labor laws. 
  • To avoid conflicts of interest between my position as a board member and my personal and professional life.  If such a conflict does arise, I will declare that conflict before the board and refrain from voting on matters in which I have a conflict. 
  • To support in a positive manner all actions taken by the Board of Directors even when I am in a minority position on such actions. 
  • To participate in a) board retreats; b) board self-evaluation programs; and c) board development workshops, seminars and other educational events that enhance my skills as a board member. 
  • To actively participate in any joint Chamber, Village, County, State, Economic Development initiatives. 
  • To represent the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce in a positive and supportive manner at all times and in all places. 
Recognizing the significant commitment that your Board undertakes to serve you I encourage you to go out of your way to thank them personally for their efforts.  I also hope that each of you will also give serious thought to serving on the Chamber's Board of Directors yourself in the future.  Please let me know if you have that interest and we'll be sure to get you on the ballot next year.

GACC Annual Holiday Meeting and Luncheon

Wednesday, December 14
Kendal at Granville
2158 Columbus Road
Granville, OH 43023

Join us for our annual Holiday Meeting & Luncheon in the festive Amelia Room at Kendal at Granville.  Mayor Melissa Hartfield will be involved with us at this gathering during which we will install new Board Members whose terms officially begin in January.  We will also reflect on the year 2016 and recognize the service of a retiring Board Member.  Click here to register today!


Granville High School teacher Jim Reding earns Educator of the Year Award! Jim Reding, an ecology and environmental science teacher at Granville High School for the past 23 years, recently received yet another award. He was named the K-12 Educator of the Year by the North American Association for Environmental Education. He received the award Oct. 22 during the Association's national conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Kudos, Jim! Read more about the award here.
Jennifer Lewis of Granville Kiwanis wins Gillespie Award!  
Jennifer Lewis, PhD of Granville, received the "David B. Gillespie Award" at the 99th annual Ohio Kiwanis District Convention held in Mason, Ohio at the Great Wolf Lodge on Aug. 13. The Gillespie Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Ohio District Governor for outstanding statewide work with the Service Leadership Programs. Kudos, Jennifer!  Learn more about the award here.

Rotary Honors Chuck Peterson with Vocational Award!  
The honor was received in a surprise presentation before Rotary members on Oct. 17 at the Granville Inn. The award is presented annually to Rotary or non-Rotary members of the community who "encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions." It is also intended to honor "a very high caliber of professionalism, enthusiasm, work ethic, commitment to service and vocational excellence." Read more about the surprise here.  Congrats, Chuck!

Granville Chili Cook Off nets over $3,000 in 2016 event! The 12th annual event held in October netted over $3,000! There were eleven chili-cooking contestants, 250-plus "Official Chili Tasters", DJ Josh Aleshire and all the families who enjoyed the Granville Rec District's Harvest Festival. Read more about the event here.

Orchard House Bed & Breakfast ranked one of the State's Top Three Inns!  The Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association's Unique Lodging of Ohio named Orchard House Granville as one of the state's top three inns. With a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, 4.8 stars on Google, 4.8 stars on BedandBreakfast.com visitors repeatedly comment on Innkeeper/Owner, Dean Lowry's high quality of service and breakfast creations. Congratulations, Orchard House!  Check out their website here.

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Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour! Saturday, December 3: 1pm-9pm, All over Granville!. 2016 marks the 31st year of the annual Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour!  Sponsored by the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, the program features over 60 holiday themed events around the Village.  Enjoy traditional favorites like carriage rides around the village, carolers on the corners, and the train exhibit at the library.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via firetruck at 3pm and will provide free photos with children in the Robbins Hunter Museum's Dale and Tine Knobel Folly.  For the full event program, go to granvillecandlelightwalkingtour.com.

Explore Licking County presents: The 2016 Impact Awards.  Tuesday, December 6, 5-8pm, The Midland Theatre. An investment in the community.
The Impact Awards are presented by Explore Licking County to outstanding tourism partners. While we value all partners in our network, we wish to acknowledge those who go above and beyond. Tickets are required - purchase online at http://impact.explorelc.org/

Robbins Hunter Museum and GRD present the Gingerbread Breakfast.  Saturday, December 10, 10-11am. Held in cooperation with the Granville Recreation District, kids ages 4-7 can come tour the museum decorated in its holiday finery.  Enjoy a game, craft and snack and hear the story of the Gingerbread Man!  Limited seating; register early! $10 resident; $30 non-resident. To register call Lesa at 740-587-1976 or go to www.granvillerec.org

Winter Farmers Market , Saturdays in December (3, 10, 17 and 31) from 9:30am-noon at the Granville Elementary School. The arrival of winter means the beginning of Granville's Indoor Winter Farmers Market.  Held at the Granville Elementary School, local vendors will be on hand with produce, farm fresh eggs, home baked bread, grass fed beef and poultry, cheese and much more!  Contact Cynthia Dilbone with any questions at (740) 507-5615.


2158 Columbus Road
Granville, OH 43023
(888) 607-6660

Kendal at Granville: Together, transforming the experience of aging.  Picture yourself in a retirement community with all the cultural opportunities you'd expect in a town with a top liberal arts college. Add an inclusive culture based on respect for each individual, equality, excellence and social responsibility, and you have Kendal at Granville. Kendal at Granville offers a vibrant lifestyle for independent livingassisted living and nursing care.

400 South Main Street
Granville, OH 43023
(740) 587-0221

Granville Milling Company is most known for: 1) Professional custom feed mixing; 2) Buying, storing and selling grain; and 3) Providing everything you need for your herd, barn, stable, coop, pets and backyard wildlife. But did you know they also manufacture their own brand of livestock and bird feed on-site at the Granville location?  They also have propane fill stations at all locations; will deliver bulk and bag feed orders; have grass hay and straw; will perform soil analysis on your fields, as well as give you expert advice on crop maintenance and SO MUCH more.  Click on the links above to visit their website and learn more!

537 Jones Road
Granville, OH 43023
(740) 587-7053

The Bryn Du Art Center features an art studio, exhibition gallery and meeting spaces located behind the historic Bryn Du Mansion at 537 Jones Road Granville, Ohio. The center offers a range of art experiences including classes for children and adults along with local art exhibitions. Click on the logo above to see their full class schedule!

132 East Broadway
Granville, OH 43023

Village Core Fitness is your Granville home to Lagree Fitness™. Lagree Fitness™is the most innovative and aggressive approach to full body conditioning. Moving effectively out of the borders of conditioned stimulus, this workout integrates the key elements of resistance and counter-resistance in a sequence that allows for periods of zero gravity at peak muscle contraction. The composition of this method is significant in that it encourages maximum exertion while allowing for low risk of injury. The workout strengthens the body, tones and elongates the muscles, improves endurance, jump-starts the metabolism, burns fat, increases flexibility and postural alignment, and restores the body's natural balance. The client, at conclusion, is left with a lithe and powerful body, resistant to the everyday stresses of work and life. Click on the logo above to learn more about the studio.

75 Westgate Drive
Granville, OH 43023
(740) 522-0622

Real Deals on Home Decor brings fabulous home decor at True Warehouse Pricing to Granville, Ohio!  If you're looking for clocks, mirrors, lamps, fine art, metal wall art, garden decor, seasonal decor, candles, kitchen & bath decor & much more - you won't find a better value or selection anywhere in Central Ohio! Be sure not to miss Thursday, Friday or Saturday at Real Deals because our inventory changes weekly. What you see this week may be gone next week!  You also need to check out our gorgeous line of rustic mahogany furniture you're going to love. Whether you're decorating to make your home more beautiful or you're an interior designer we have what you need at Michele's Real Deals on Home Decor. Come bring your domestic dreams to life and "Defend Your Home From Ordinary!"