November 4, 2022
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Chamber Board Election Results
The annual election for members of our Board of Directors is complete, and we are pleased to share the results!

Our annual election is conducted in two phases, with the first phase consisting of voting by our current business and nonprofit Chamber members. 96 Chamber members cast ballots in this first phase of our election, and elected the following to three-year terms on our board:
Joan LeMole, New Hope Midcoast
Becky Lowe, PBNJ Self Storage
Greg Soutiea, Craignair Inn & Causeway Restaurant

The second phase of voting consists of voting by our current Board of Directors. From the remaining pool of candidates, our current board elected the following to three-year terms on our board:
Pamela Barker, RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn
Steve Matteo, Camden National Bank
Gerald Weinand, Gerald Weinand Architect, Inc.

We appreciate all of our candidates and their willingness to serve the Chamber as board members! Terms for those elected will commence on January 1, 2023.

By special election earlier this fall, the Board of Directors elected David Gogel of Rockland Main Street, Inc. to fill a vacancy created by a resignation. David will serve for the remainder of that term, through December 2024.
Thanksgiving Dining and Take-Out in the Camden-Rockland Region
In addition to our weekly dining grid found in the left column of this newsletter, we are now compiling a list of member restaurants and other establishments in our region that will be offering Thanksgiving meals, from sit-down dining to a la carte curbside, and more. Please email your offerings to Those who have already responded to this request can be found here:
Join us at Business After Hours
Wednesday, Nov. 9 - 5 to 7 PM
J. Edward Knight
59 Park Street, Rockland

Join us at J. Edward Knight for an evening of networking with your peers from around the region. Hear the latest Chamber news and meet our new Chamber President & CEO, Eric Belley.

Food, beverages and door prizes will be offered. No pre-registration is required. All are welcome!
A Friendly Reminder to all Jewel Display Advertisers:
New artwork must be received by Friday, November 11

Please send your artwork to Diane Norton, Director of Member Marketing & Development, at

Questions? Contact Diane at 207-691-0131.
Chamber Gala is set for February 10, 2023
Mark your calendar and plan to join us at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Year in Review Gala.

Scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Samoset Resort, the evening will celebrate and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community this year. Watch for Award Nominations coming soon!
Chamber offices have switched to fall/winter hours
The Chamber offices have switched to our Late Fall/Winter Hours, and both our Camden and Rockland offices are now open Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM. If you need to stop in earlier or later, please call ahead to avoid frustration. We appreciate it!
Has your business or organization been in the "Featured Member" spotlight?
Each week, the Chamber features one of our members here in our Friday Report e-newsletter (distributed to 2,000 emails), and on our Facebook (5,000 followers) and Instagram (1,100 followers) pages. Featured Member posts link directly to your profile page on the Chamber website.

Simply click below to complete the two easy steps. Featured Members will be chosen as submissions are received. We invite you to take advantage of this great Chamber member benefit to promote your business.
Maine's oldest bookstore featuring all the books fit to print plus an outstanding selection of greeting cards, toys, stationery, art supplies, and unique gifts.

Visit us locally at 47 Maverick Street in Rockland. We're open 7 days a week.
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
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CMCA presents Free First Saturday
The community is invited to explore our fall exhibitions on view, make art in our ArtLab and visit CMCA’s Gift Shop! Free and fun for the whole family! Free First Saturday will take place this Saturday, November 5 from 10am to 5pm. Free and open to the public. Made possible by the support of Camden National Bank.
Holiday Wrapping Fundraiser at the Grasshopper Shop of Rockland
Calling all schools, non-profits, and community organizations for a volunteer opportunity to collect donations from Grasshopper Shop customers in exchange for holiday gift wrapping. The Grasshopper Shop of Rockland will provide all the materials: gift wrap, ribbon, tape, scissors, etc. All we need are 1-2 enthusiastic volunteers to wrap and talk up their organizations! Feel free to bring sign(s), brochures, and other promotional materials to display on the wrapping table. More...

St George MSU Fall Festival is November 12
On Saturday, Nov. 12 from 11am-2pm community members are invited to celebrate the season and raise funds for the CTE/Makerspace Building Project at St. George School in Tenants Harbor. The Festival will feature hayrides, a pumpkin catapult designed by Makerspace Director Paul Meinersmann and students, pie eating contests, face painting, live music from St. George students & the Midcoast Community Band, and much more! More...

4th Annual Turkey Ride rolls on November 12
Maine Sport Outfitters is excited to host the 4th Annual Turkey Ride this month, an event that features riding to Hannaford to purchase a turkey (or sides) and then riding with the turkey to the Camden Area Food Pantry. The event will be held Saturday Nov. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. and is a cycling-focused community event for all ages that helps meet the food-security needs of Midcoast Mainers during the Thanksgiving holidays. More...

“Managing Turbulence: A Poetry Sampler” at the Cushing Public Library
The Camden Conference and the Cushing Public Library will host “Managing Turbulence: A Poetry Sampler” with poems selected by, and facilitated by Ellen Goldsmith, on Sunday, November 20 at 1:30pm. This event will be on Zoom and open to all. Please email to register. Registration opens on November 1. More...

Scone Goddess branches out
The Scone Goddess is excited to announce the partnership with Kate Clark as its first The Scone Goddess brand licensee. Kate and her family will operate The Scone Goddess Rockland. They will be promoting the brand at Guini Ridge Farmer’s Market on Saturdays throughout the winter. Kate will also be supporting The Scone Goddess’ fundraiser for The Knox County Homeless Coalition by opening up the trailer at The Scone Goddess Flagship Store in Northport every Sunday in November starting November 13th. 5% of all fresh baked scone sales generated at the shop in Northport will be donated. More...

Knox County Homeless Coalition Announces Launch of 2022 Adopt-A-Family Program
Each year the Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC) holds its Adopt-A-Family program, giving community members an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for the families they serve in the Midcoast region. This year marks the 7th annual Adopt-A-Family program. The client care team at KCHC is helping more people than ever before—currently reaching about 1,000 individuals, half of whom are children. More...

Coastal Mountains Land Trust launches new Waldo County Conservation Initiative
On November 2nd, Coastal Mountains Land Trust launched the Waldo County Conservation Initiative, a community-based effort to increase the conservation of natural lands in Waldo County for the purposes of wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, outdoor learning, and climate mitigation. The goal of the initiative is to grow the capacity to complete land conservation projects within the 12 Waldo County towns served by Coastal Mountains Land Trust: Belfast, Belmont, Brooks, Knox, Lincolnville, Morrill, Northport, Prospect, Searsport, Stockton Springs, Swanville, and Waldo. More...

We must stand together and tell our LGBTQ+ youth they matter!
Sue Campbell, Executive Director of OUT Maine, recently attended a school board meeting at MSAD 40 where approximately 300 people were in attendance to either give or listen to arguments for and against the book Gender Queer remaining in the high school library. “While this appeal was about this specific book, this conversation is not about one particular award-winning book in a local school library. It is a national issue about adults who have decided to use at-risk students for political gain and further divide our country, regardless of the impact that may have on these students. More...

BHBT Makes Significant Contribution and Long-Term Commitment to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently announced it will make a significant ongoing financial contribution to support the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s legal and policy efforts to protect Maine’s lobster industry. The Bank has also pledged additional funding to aid the association’s four-pronged strategy to preserve sustainable fishing as well as the fishermen and communities that depend on it. More...

Members in the Spotlight...
Cailler earns Safeco Insurance® Award of Distinction
Leann Cailler, a personal insurance account executive with Allen Insurance and Financial, has earned the Safeco Insurance Award of Distinction and has been named a producer of the year for 2022. This recognition is achieved only by a select group of agents across the country who sell Safeco Insurance. More...

Camden Garden Club welcomes new members
The Camden Garden Club celebrated new members during the traditional New Members Coffee which took place October 14 at the home of Membership Chair Karen Cease. 14 new members joined the Club in 2022, bringing the total membership to 88. New members include Jeanine Carlson, Ali Dailey, Georgiana Darie, Erin Galloway, Sharon Hilton, Larry Lentz, Nancy Lloyd, Diana Logan, Allison Matlack, Barb Ohland, Robert Reynolds, Erika Rubel, Amber Ward, and Grace Wright. 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.
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Members are invited to email 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

David Gogel

Jodie Heal

Martha Kempe

Diane Lebson

Joan LeMole

Richard Lyon

Rick Manning

Michelle Peacock

Dan Pease

Garry Schwall

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Eric Belley
President & CEO

Amy Rollins
Member Services Director

Diane Norton
Director of Member Marketing & Development

Elizabeth Burrell
Information Center Associate

Chamber Offices

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

Rockland Office
25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm
Still available at the Chamber offices. Stock up for the holidays now while we still have supplies!