Your Chamber Matters    
           A Publication of the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional                 
Chamber of Commerce
Member News and Information March, 2017

Welcome New Members:
Maclane's Automotive
 Maclane Reeser, Owner

Pomodoro Ristorante
200 Chestnut Street
Downingtown, PA  19335
Croce Cataldo, Owner

R.H. Taylor Electrical
35 Netherwood Drive
Coatesville, PA  19320
Richard Taylor, Owner

Patient First
(Opening Soon)
900 Blk. E. Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA  19335

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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 21st 
Networking Luncheon
Thorndale Inn

Thursday, April 27th
Chamber Annual Dinner
Downingtown Country Club

Sunday, May 7th
Longaberger/Vera Bradley Basket Bingo
St. Anthony's Lodge

Tuesday, May 23rd
Networking Luncheon & Business Expo
Downingtown Country Club

Tuesday, June 20th
Networking Breakfast
Green Street Grill


Member Directory



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Contact Us:
Michael Glover
Steven J. Plaugher
Executive Director
Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce
216 E. Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA  19335
610 269-1523


Board of Directors

Michael Glover, President
Advantage Building & Facility Services

Ronda Hamilton, Executive Vice President
YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Jay Fischer, Esq., Vice President
Valocchi & Fischer Law

Chip Clavier, Vice President
Hatt's True Value Hardware

Linda Draper, Vice President
Banking Industry, Retired

Hank Hamilton, Treasurer
Dane Decor

Albert DiMatteo, Secretary
The DiMatteo Agency

Judy MacNeal, Past President
Image Ink

Tim Taylor, Director
BB&T Bank

Bridget Clark, Director
Downingtown Country Club

Nancy Frame, Director
Housing Partnership of Chester County

Bryan Gift, Director
Miller's Insurance Agency

Chris Schinning, Director
Tru North Heating & Air

Dr. Mario Spoto, Director
A Caring Chiropractic Center

Jeffrey Swisher, Director
Swisher Plumbing & Heating

John Contento, Director
Caln Township Commissioner

Jennifer Randisi, Director
DNB First

Mark Kochanowsky, Director
A to Z Appliance Repair

Terry Harris, Director
Century 21 Precision Realty

Hon. Harry Lewis, Jr., Director
PA House of Representatives, 74th District

Alex Rahn, Director
Rahn Agency - Farmers Insurance

Patricia McComsey, Director

Francine Dague, Director
Downingtown Library

March Networking Luncheon

Tuesday, March 21st
11:30am to 1pm

Thorndale Inn
430 Bondsville Road
Downingtown, PA  19335

Luncheon Speaker:
Dr. Cathy Taschner, Superintendent 
Coatesville Area School District

The March Luncheon is sponsored by the Downingtown Library.  We thank them for their continued support!

Members: $20 / Guests: $25

Pay in advance at the link below:
Or pay at the door by RSVP to the Chamber office @ 610-269-1523 or email
Chamber Annual Dinner 
Thursday, April 27th
5pm to 7pm

Downingtown Country Club
85 Country Club Drive
Downingtown, PA  19335

Please join us as we celebrate all the great work our Chamber does for the community and our presentation of the Citizen and Business of the Year Awards

Ticket and Sponsorship info are available at the link below:

Questions, please contact the Chamber office at 610-269-1523 or email 

 Longaberger/Vera Bradley
Basket Bingo

Benefiting the Chamber's

Amina C. Valocchi Scholarship Foundation, Inc. 

Sunday, May 7th

St. Anthony's Lodge
259 Church Street
Downingtown, PA  19335

Doors Open:  Noon
Bingo Begins:  1:00pm

Admission:  $25
(includes 20 regular games)

Filled Longaberger Baskets & Longaberger Pottery and Vera Bradley Items
Door Prizes
Raffle Items

(4) Special Games of Bingo

Food available for purchase

Ticket and Sponsorship info call Rochelle at 610-383-1114 or email

Chamber Member Business Expo 
Networking Luncheon

Tuesday, May 23rd
11am to 2:30pm

Downingtown Country Club
85 Country Club Road
Downingtown, PA  19335

The Chamber is proud to present our 2nd Annual Business to Business Expo, in conjunction with our May Networking Luncheon.

DTRCC members receive priority for vendor space with any left over space to non-members.  All of this for the low fee of $25 that includes lunch.  More details to follow.

    Nominations Now Open 
            Citizen & Business of the Year             
Nominations are now open for the Chamber's 2017 Citizen and Business of the Year Awards

Award guidelines and nomination forms are available at the link below:

The Awards will be presented at the Chamber Annual Dinner on April 27th

Questions, please contact the Chamber office at 610-269-1523 or email  

2017 Membership Renewals
(Last Chance to Renew)
 We still have a few members who have not renewed for 2017.  All of us at the Chamber value your membership and involvement in the business community.    

Membership Value - According to national research, if consumers know that a business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 44% increase in its favorability rating, a 51% increase in consumer awareness, a 57% increase in its reputation, and a 63% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business. 

To be fair to our members who have paid their dues for 2017, those not renewing by April 1st will have their business removed from the member list on the Chamber website.

Please contact the Chamber office if you have an questions at 610-269-1523 or email
2017 Chamber Sponsorship Opportunities  
  Luncheon or Breakfast Sponsor Benefits
Your company featured as lead sponsor of event including Networking Breakfast or Luncheon meetings
Display table at event
Company name and logo featured on pre-event flyer and displayed on Chamber website 
One minute speaking opportunity at event
Investment =  $150

Business Card Exchange Sponsor Benefits
Event held at your business or location of your choice
Company name and logo featured on pre-event flyer and Chamber website for this single event
Three minute speaking opportunity at event
Investment = Supplying food and beverage for event

Chester County Friends of the Flag, Inc. 
(Update on Chamber's Flag Project)

Dear Flag Supporter:

With your help and support, we are happy to report that we have been able to renovate and repaint the 120 foot flag pole erected in the Veterans Memorial pocket park in Downingtown.  

Our organization has purchased and displayed a gigantic 30' x 60' American flag on national holidays, and a "smaller" 15' x 30' flag to fly on other days of the year. 

We hope that you have had the opportunity to personally see what your contribution helped achieve. Unfortunately, the smaller flags are not a durable as we anticipated.  As a result, we are finding that we can only get approximately four (4) months of use out of each smaller flag.

Therefore, we are asking those who have contributed in the past to do so again, and encourage new donors to step up and support this worthy project.

Chester County Friends of the Flag, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established by the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Please see the link below to donate on-line or by check.

Chamber Member Services

Did you know that the Chamber conducts ribbon cuttings for new businesses, re-openings and anniversaries?

Well, we do!  Please contact the Chamber office at 610-269-1523 or email to make arrangements.    

                        Event Photos    
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our Chamber:


Chamber Holiday Open House


Downingtown Christmas Parade
Mike Glover and Ronda Hamilton

Holiday Decoration Contest
Pat McGlone from Borough Council/Parks and Rec, with Mike Glover

January Networking Luncheon at Ruffini's Pronto-Bistro

"After-Work" Mixer at AVE Living Downingtown

February Networking Luncheon at Milito's