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Chamber Auction is June 22

The Chamber will be hosting a live and silent auction on Wednesday, June 22, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM, at Rock Harbor Tap Room on 5 Payne Avenue in Rockland. Auctioneer Bruce Gamage will lead the live auction.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance; $15 per person at the door. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and drinks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from this auction will support the Chamber's economic development and tourism promotion activities.  

To see the items currently available and to donate an item, visit our Auction page here:
We are currently seeking items valued at $1,000 or more for our live auction and items valued at $100 or more for our silent auction. Thank you for your support!
Friday, June 24, 2022
at the Rockland Golf Club
Shotgun start at 1:00 pm

This year's Chamber Challenge will be a scramble format with interactive contests throughout the afternoon. You'll enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, awards ceremony, goody bags for all players, and prizes. Open to the public.
$125 per player or $450 for a foursome.
Grab your co-workers and friends, and put together a team.
Sign up at the link below.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are also available, many including a foursome. View our Chamber Challenge Golf Brochure here. and them visit our website to purchase your desired items.
Peaco to leave his post as of June 30

Earlier this week, Tom Peaco announced his departure from the role as President & CEO of the Chamber as of June 30.

His letter can be read in its entirety here.
CEO Search Committee Appointed
Chamber Board Chair Sheila Lowe has appointed the following individuals to a CEO Search Committee to lead the search for Tom's successor: Co-Chairs of the CEO Search Committee are Chamber board members Diane Lebson of Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions, and Jake Miller of First National Bank. Other committee members include Chamber board members Jeff Hamilton of JA Hamilton Consulting, Sandy Cox of The New England Real Estate Company, and Jodie Heal of Heal Accounting, and former Chamber board member John Viehman of United Midcoast Charities.

The CEO Search Committee has already held its first meeting, and anticipates formally advertising the position soon.
High visibility for your business at Maine Visitor Centers!
Did you know that the Chamber has beautiful, lighted, free-standing kiosks at the Maine Visitor Centers in Kittery and Yarmouth?

In addition to showcasing the 2022 Jewel, there is room on each kiosk to display 4 member brochures/rack cards - 4" x 9" max size; you must be a Chamber member and a Maine Tourism Association member. For just $225/year, your rack card will be displayed in both locations! We currently have 2 slots open in Kittery and Yarmouth, available now on a first come, first served basis.

To participate in this high visibility display, please contact Amy Rollins at Amy@CamdenRockland.com or call her at 236-4404.
The Chamber is Hiring Seasonal Staff
The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is currently hiring for part time seasonal staff for our Information Centers in Camden and Rockland. Duties include greeting visitors and answering questions about local businesses and attractions, answering phone and email inquiries, preparing mailings, and restocking rack cards. Schedule would be 3 or 4 days per week, and includes weekend hours. Position available for immediate start, and season will conclude in late October. $15 per hour. Please send resumes to Tom Peaco, President & CEO, at Tom@CamdenRockland.com.
Reach 1,800 Business Leaders Weekly -
Advertise in the Friday Report
The Chamber is pleased to introduce a new marketing initiative for members: Advertising in the Friday Report e-Newsletter. The Friday Report boasts a weekly circulation of nearly 1,800 and impressive stats.

Click below to learn more about this unique opportunity to present your message to a targeted audience or to reserve your space.
Your business or organization can be in the "Featured Member" spotlight!
Each week, the Chamber features one of our members here in our Friday Report e-newsletter (distributed to over 2,000 emails), and on our Facebook (6,000 followers) and Instagram (1,100 followers) pages. Featured Member posts will link directly to your profile page on the Chamber website.

Please click below to complete the two easy steps to be considered as a Featured Member. Featured Members will be chosen randomly from the submissions received. We invite you to take advantage of this great Chamber member benefit to promote your business.
The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine! This annual seafood festival takes place during the first weekend of August, from Wednesday through Sunday. New volunteers are always welcome!

The 75th annual Maine Lobster Festival will be held August 3-7, 2022. Exciting changes include new lobster offerings in the food tent, multiple fireworks displays, an Elton John tribute band, a beer tent, new children's activities, and free admission for all! Hope to see you in Rockland.
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
Member News...
Submit your news releases to Amy@CamdenRockland.com.
S.E.A. Fair Postponed
Due to the forecast for rain on Friday, June 3, the Stewardship Education Alliance S.E.A. Fair has been postponed and rescheduled to Friday, June 10, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the Camden Amphitheatre. More...
$20 round-trip fares on the Amtrak Downeaster
Cheers to 20 Years! The Amtrak Downeaster is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with $20 round-trip fares on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in June. Book now and ride from Brunswick to Boston or any station in between for $20 or less. Use discount code v471 and make the required reservation at least three (3) days in advance of travel to take advantage of this deal. More...

Summer Wellness Programs at the Camden Public Library
The Camden Public Library announces the schedule for summer wellness programs at the library. During the months of June and July, the library will host five different wellness classes taught by local instructors. All sessions will take place in the Camden Amphitheatre, except for the Community Mindfulness Meditation Group, which meets indoors in the library’s Picker Room. Both members and non-members of the library are welcome to participate in the programs, which are offered by optional donation (unless otherwise noted). A portion of the donations benefits the library. More...

Hutchinson Center offers summer courses
The Hutchinson Center is pleased to offer these upcoming courses:
(Online) Grant Writing Essentials with Instructor Elizabeth Haffey and Integrated Science Research and Career Exploration – INT 188 is a four-week, three-credit environmental science lab research college course for rising 11th–12th grade high school students. More...

PAWS to host 5th Annual Paces for PAWS 5k and walk-a-thon in June
Looking for an excuse to check out the Belfast Rail Trail? Now’s your chance. On June 18th, we invite you to join PAWS Animal Adoption Center for the 5th Annual Paces for PAWS 5K and 1-mile fun walk / walk-a-thon. Held on the Belfast Rail Trail, this event is open to all ages and the dogs too! All dogs must have a current rabies tag to participate. More...
Member Events...
Our online calendar is your guide to live & virtual events in the Camden-Rockland Region. Click here to view.

Have an event to share? Members are invited to share events on the Chamber Calendar. Login to your Chamber Profile Page to get started.
Member to Member Marketplace...
Have an offer to share?
Members are invited to email Amy@CamdenRockland.com with details of goods, programs, products, or services they would like to offer to their fellow members. Please limit your offer to headline + 75 words and include an end date not to exceed 1 month.
Chamber Board of Directors

Sheila Lowe, Chair

Jake Miller, Vice Chair

Jeffrey Hamilton, Past Chair

Richard 'Sandy' Cox, Secretary

Steve Matteo, Treasurer

Chris Austin

Maggi Blue

Jodie Heal

Martha Kempe

Celia Knight

Diane Lebson

Joan LeMole

Richard Lyon

Rick Manning

Michelle Peacock

Dan Pease

Garry Schwall

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Tom Peaco

Amy Rollins

Diane Norton

Chamber Offices

Camden Office
2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm
Sat-Sun, 10 am - 4 pm

Rockland Office
25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm
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