In This Issue - November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017
Beth L. Mitchell, President & CEO

Here are some of the comments received on the "Active Shooter/Violence in the Workplace" class that was held in October:
"Super informative and eye opening" "Excellent workshop, everyone should take it" "All officers had very helpful information and instruction" "Excellent training, vital information presented, very grateful for local law enforcement" "Great class with short concise instruction that's easy to remember and put into action.  I highly recommend that every business take this class and be prepared!" 

Based upon the high level of interest, we have scheduled another class on November 9 th, from 10 - noon here in the Chamber conference room.  The COPE Unit of the Sebastian Police Department will again teach the class.  Please make sure you RSVP, there is limited space and this class is free to Chamber members.

The Chamber's Legislative/Government Affairs Committee will be hosting a Candidate's Forum for the City of Sebastian Council elections.  There are three seats up, with four candidates.  The Committee has developed a set of questions for the candidates, and they will also be able to present their ideas, desires, and goals for our fair City at the forum.  It is scheduled for October 26, from 7 to 9pm at City Hall.  It will also be televised and uploaded to the City website and at  It's good to know who the candidates are, and it's even better if you exercise your right to vote!   

The Media Auction held at SpringHill Suites Marriott and sponsored by Bay Street Pharmacy, Vintage to Vogue and the Hometown News was very successful.  Our surprise auctioneer, IRC Commissioner Peter O'Bryan, debuted his auctioneer skills and the Media partners did a great job explaining their products to the attendees.  White Glove Moving and Storage helped warm up the crowd with their drink sponsorship and Marsh Landing fed us well!  Many thanks to everybody that contributed to the success!

We promise an active holiday season!  The information about Light Up Night has gone out, we are seeking Volunteers to honor for our December luncheon!  We have a packed agenda for the November luncheon, with speakers from Indian River State College, and our Awards ceremony.  This is a lunch you will not want to miss as we recognize fellow Chamber members for their contributions to the business community.  Again, reservations are a good idea!

The Chamber Tourism staff put us on the map again!  Further in the newsletter you will read about the conference held by Visit Florida here in Sebastian.  It was a three day training session for tourism folks who run Visitor Centers throughout the state of Florida. The conference, held at Captain Hiram's, provided training and an exchange of ideas, and great networking opportunities.  The attendees loved the Sebastian River Area, and enjoyed their visit to the Pelican Porch Visitor Center.  And staff came back a little smarter, with new ideas and new friends!  Great job by the entire team! Keep your eyes open for our new sign, designed and created by Curt Oxford, and provided by the City of Sebastian.  It will be a marquee sign, providing us with the ability to message, promote events in the community, and provide information on Chamber activities. 

Everyone is eagerly waiting the cool front coming in next week, and pumpkins are everywhere!  The hardest decision you will have to make before October 31, is what will you be for Halloween?  The holidays are finally upon us and I am sure you all are ready to celebrate!

Have a prosperous month!  


(772) 462-7813

                     Gerald Wilcox
                Diana Gonzalez

WQCS's mission is to provide public service programming that informs, educates and entertains the community. WQCS has received in excess of 50 national, state and local awards credited for their news and public service.

WQCS is committed to community service and is the state of Florida's designated Emergency Alert System for the Treasure Coast. 88.9 FM has sponsored numerous Treasure Coast area events including the Young Floridian Awards, Florida Public Relations Association Media Event, Treasure Coast Business Summit, Fellsmere's Frog Leg Festival and Sebastian Shrimpfest. WQCS delivers media support to numerous area nonprofit causes and operates a Radio Reading service for the blind and visually impaired that provides hundreds of hours of reading through volunteers.
WQCS is as an affiliate of NPR (National Public Radio) which serves as a primary source for national news and local information for over 80,000 listeners on the Treasure Coast.  The station is licensed to Indian River State College 

recognized  as one of the top three community colleges in the nation as a Finalist with Distinction for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. 88.9 FM donates in excess of $300,000 in services to area nonprofit groups. WQCS engages in support of events that promote the welfare and  well-being of residents and organizations throughout the Treasure Coast.

Support of WQCS and NPR comes from listeners who are passionate about the entertainment, news, programming and community service provided by the radio station. To learn more about donor support and to become a member partner contact Diana Gonzales, Membership Development and Special Events Specialist at
WQCS helps many area businesses and nonprofit organizations connect to its affluent, educated and community involved audience through underwriting messaging and marketing partnerships. If your business or organization is interested in reaching this highly desirable audience please contact Gerald Wilcox in the underwriting sales department at .


Special Event

Chamber Luncheon
Ribbon Cutting

Date:   Thursday November 9th

Time: 10AM

Location:  Halo Thrift
911 US Hwy 1, Sebastian

Date:  Tuesday, November 14th

Time:   Noon - 1pm

Sponsor: Kashi

Katie Null, Casey Lunceford,
Indian River State College

Capt Hirams Tiffany Room
1580 US Hwy 1, Sebastian

Reservations requested, $15.00 with reservation, $20 at the door

Pictures from past Networking Events can be found on our Facebook page!
Contact us at 772-589-5969 if you would like to host or sponsor a Networking Event!
Committee Meetings

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 2nd
From:  8AM-9AM
Chamber Office
700 Main St., Sebastian
Sebastian Clambake
November 3rd - 5th
Riverview Park
600 US 1, Sebastian
Active Shooter Class
Tuesday, November 7th
From:  10AM
Chamber Office
700 Main St., Sebastian

Full Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 8th
At:  4PM
Chamber Office 
700 Main St., Sebastian

Community Event Calendar

Chamber Projects
2018 Directory Sales are Underway!
We encourage all Chamber members to consider the added benefits of advertising in the Chamber Business Directory & Community Guide. Your ad will appear in all 5,000 copies, and be distributed in multiple outlets throughout the community.
As an advertiser in the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Business Directory & Community Guide you will:
  • Be able to send your message directly to your customers;
  • Display a format that has lasting value and utility;
  • Reach residents that are new to our area;
  • Reach clients & customers outside of our area.
Contact Vicki Wild to discuss Advertising Opportunities! Call 772-589-5969 or email

Mark your calendars for 
Friday, December 1st, 2017
for the  29th
Annual Light Up Night.

Get noticed!
Light Up Night has become a favorite among many and is the perfect opportunity to introduce your business to the public, let them learn how to find you, what you have to offer, and is a special way to show customer appreciation. This event marks the beginning of Sebastian's holiday happenings with the Christmas Parade scheduled the next day; and it's a great reason to get out all those holiday trappings and show off your decorating talents!
Get on the map!
A map of participating businesses along with a description of their special offerings will be published in the Press Journal on the day of the event. Maps will also be available for pick up in the Chamber office. Make sure to register for Light Up Night no later than Wednesday, November 22nd  so that you will be included on the map!

Get in the holiday spirit!
We look forward to sharing the holiday spirit with you and carrying on the Light Up Night tradition of encouraging the community to support our local businesses. Please join us the evening of December 1st for a night of magical lights and bustling crowds in the Sebastian River Area.

Download the sign-up form here

By Nicole Capp Holbrook - Tourism Director
Tourism Committee Meeting
Thank you to those of you who attended our October Tourism Committee Meeting. Here's a quick recap in case you missed it:
  • The first Tourism Committee Meeting FAM Tour was a success! We are excited to announce a 2nd tour scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This tour will highlight West Sebastian, Fellsmere and West Vero. Space is limited and we only have 10 spots left. If you would like to attend, please let me know.
  • We have been working with the City of Sebastian on Tourism Campaigns promoting the area. We placed a half page ad with a half page of editorial in the October/November issue of AARP along with Facebook ad campaigns. We have been tracking both campaigns and we have received a large number of leads so far! We also just placed a half page and ¼ page ad in Food Traveler Magazine which will be featured in the "Escaping Winters Chill" section of the publication. Our ads highlight the unique food festivals in our area as well as the diverse activities to enjoy!
  • We received a $5,000 Small Business Grant from VISIT FLORIDA for 2017-2018. We will be matching these funds to create a new Destination Video promoting the Sebastian River Area. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Upcoming Events-
    • Sebastian Clambake- November 3rd-5th 
    •  Light Up Night- December 1st
    • City of Sebastian Christmas Parade- December 2nd
    • 2018 Concerts in the Park-
      • January 12th- TBA
      • January 26th- TBA
      • February 9th- TBA
      • February 23rd- TBA
      • March 9th- TBA
      • March 23rd-SRHS Jazz Ensemble & Steel Drum Band
      • April 13th- TBA
      • May 18th- TBA
    • Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival- Jan. 18th-21st
    • Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art & Music Festival- January 20th & 21st
  • VISIT FLORIDA Hurricane Recovery Support Programs are Available! I encourage our Tourism Partners to take advantage of these free advertising opportunities until March 2108. For more info., visit
  • This year we will be having a Video Contest (instead of a photo contest). It will kick off December 1st and run through March 1st. Our mission is to gather high quality videos of nature, wildlife, festivals, attractions and adventures in the Sebastian River Area. The requested video length is a minimum of 5-seconds and a maximum of 30-seconds and videos can be shot using cell phones, Go Pros, drones, etc.   
Certified Travel Information Center Summit
In October, we partnered with Capt Hiram's Resort to host and sponsor the 2nd Annual VISIT FLORIDA Certified Travel Information Center Summit. A big thank you to Capt Hiram's for helping us put together a great proposal that brought the event to our area, for co-sponsoring this event with us and for the wonderful hospitality during the event! This was a wonderful opportunity to bring 25 people in the tourism industry from all around the state to the Sebastian River Area. Britney & I had a busy 3-days learning what other Visitor's Centers are doing, opportunities with VISIT FLORIDA, networking, hearing from our neighbors at Georgia Tourism and much more! We had the opportunity to do a site visit at our Pelican Porch Visitor's Center so they could see our operation first hand! A big thank you to our Tourism Chairs, Capt Christy Lenz & Dawn Biehl for attending and representing the Chamber and to Crab E's Eatery for providing some delicious fresh seafood appetizers. The weather was pretty rainy and windy over the 3-days but we didn't let it rain our our parade or keep us from going on a nice river cruise up the St. Sebastian River. VISIT FLORIDA staff no longer participates in Education Tours (which we have previously hosted) so this was a great way to bring the staff from the I-95, I-75, I-10, I-231, and the Tallahassee Capitol Welcome Centers to experience our area. They are the people interacting with visitor's first hand when they get to our state, giving them recommendations, helping them make their last minute plans and routes so we are happy to be fresh in their minds! It was a great conference and everyone loved our destination and many are looking forward to making plans to come back on vacation!

2nd Annual CTIC hosted at Capt. Hiram's Resort

Nicole Holbrook & Britney Melchiori during the tour of the Chamber's Pelican Porch Visitor's Center

Eco-Tour on the River King

CTIC group photo

Social Media
We are actively posting on Facebook & Instagram and building a great following. If you aren't already following us, please do:
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November Tourism Spotlight

Day Trippin' with Patti & Vicky LLC
Florida Travel License #39290
P. O. Box 650671
Vero Beach, FL  32965
(772) 569-8372


Day Trippin' with Patti & Vicky is a small travel business that caters to individuals and groups looking for a little adventure!   
Day Trippin' was conceived in 2013 by two semi-retired women, Vicky Stein and Patti Gibbons, who had both previously worked in the field of travel.  Vicky was a retired travel agent who had vast experience with domestic and international travel; Patti was retired from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute where she had organized primarily day trips and some overnight trips for Harbor Branch members. 
Since they began their day trippin' business 4 years ago, Patti and Vicky have escorted trips to places as far south as Everglades National Park to places as far north as St. Simons Island in Georgia with many stops in between including Sarasota, Orlando, Winter Park, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, Palm Beach, Cocoa Village, Merritt Island, Micanopy, Okeechobee, Hollywood, etc.
They have also organized trips to local attractions such as the National SEAL Museum, Triton Subs, Piper Aircraft, the Zora Neale Hurston Heritage Trail, Sunrise Theater, the Lyric Theater and the McLarty Treasure Museum.
Coming up in December will be two trips with holiday themes.  Saturday, Dec. 2, Day Trippin' with Patti & Vicky will return to one of its favorite destinations - Bok Tower in Lake Wales - for a Sunset and Symphony concert on the Green.  The day will begin with a tour of Pinewood Estate and a self-guided walking tour around the grounds at Bok Tower which will include the Visitors Center and exhibit hall, the Gift Shop and Blue Palmetto Café.  The group will wrap up its "Christmas at Bok Tower" experience with a Sunset Concert located on the grounds around Bok Tower listening to music provided by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower Carillon. 
Friday, Dec. 8, day trippers will explore Fort Christmas Historical Park in Christmas, FL followed with a "lunch and stroll" in charming quaint Coca Village. 
Day Trippin' with Patti & Vicky lead trips - depending on group's size either aboard large travel buses or in mid-size vans.  

For more information on upcoming trips with Day Trippin' with Patti & Vicky, call (772) 569-8372.
By Vicki Wild - Membership Director

Welcome New Members!

Dynamic Life Recovery
Keith Adams
1905 S 25th St.
Fort Pierce FL 34947
Health & Wellness

Vero Beach Portfolio Magazine
Penny Tranchilla
Vero Beach, FL

Sebastian River Home Health
Gene Hurst
989 Sebastian Blvd
Sebastian, FL 32958
Health Care

AMP Advertising Marketing
Public Relations

Debbie Avery

Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition
Janay Brown
1555 Indian River Blvd., Suite B241
Vero Beach, FL  32960

Networking Events

It was a full house at the Chamber Office for the October breakfast, hosted by  Nightingale Private Care. Food was catered by Sebastian River High School  Culinary students. Thank you for a lovely event.

Thank you to New Horizon of the Treasure Coast for hosting the Chamber Lunch at Marsh Landing Restaurant.
Our lunch speaker was Police Chief Keith Touchberry, City of Fellsmere. 

See all of our events and photos on  Facebook

We had a fantastic time at the 24th Annual Lifestyle & Media Action. Big thanks to our event sponsors: Bay Street Pharmacy, Hometown News, and Vintage to Vogue. And kudos to our new auctioneer - County Commissioner Peter O'bryan! 

Amazing food was provided by Marsh Landing Restaurant, complimentary drinks courtesy of beverage sponsor White Glove, and a fabulous venue at the SpringHill Suites Vero Beach all made for one amazing night.  Huge shout out to all of our participants, donors, and volunteers who contributed to the success of this event! 


Auction Donors
8th Avenue Studios, LLC
Adams Media Group
Aunt Louise's Pizzaria
Capt Christy Casual Cruisin
Capt Hiram's
Citrus Three
Bay Street Pharmacy
Faith James
Fire Arms Courses - Ted P.
FIT Obstacle Course
Gamer's Realm
Hometown News
Idea Garden
Indian River County Shooting Range
Indian River Publishing
Ingui Associates
Inside Track Almanac
IRCSO/Vero's Voice
Knowledge in a Box
Main Street VB
Minuteman Press
Mulligans Beach House
Oasis Creative Resources
On the Edge Rock Climbing
Portfolio Magazine
Riverside Theatre
Royaltie Gem Advertising
Safari Golf
SkyDive Sebastian
SpringHill Suites Vero Beach
Strike Zone
Tag Digital Design
Taste of Asia
TC Palm
The Hair Studio of Vero Beach
Top Dog Performance
Treasure Coast TV
Vero Beach 32963 Media
Vero Beach Air Show
Vero Beach Email Marketing
Vero Beach Film + Wine Festival
Vero Beach FLASH
Vero Beach Magazine
Vero Insider
Vic's Pizza
Bay Street Pharmacy
Hometown News
Vintage to Vogue Holidays and More
White Glove Moving & Storage

Auctioneer Extraordinaire
County Commissioner Peter O'bryan

Marsh Landing Restaurant

Host Venue
SpringHill Suites Vero Beach

Volunteers & Committee Help
Cindi Green, Florida Eye Institute
Gina Melton, LF Staffing
Michael Natale, M N Worldwide
Sue Skirvin, Tupperware
Anna Valencia Tillery, White Glove
Cindy Williams, Primerica

See all of our events and photos on  Facebook

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By Britney Melchiori - Communications & Marketing Director
Chamber Advertising Opportunities - it's not one size fits all!

Every company wants to stand out and make an impression that is better than others in their industry, specialty area or region. Advertising is one of the oldest forms of public announcement and is meant not only to inform, but also to influence and persuade the viewer to take a specific action. This is where the Chamber plays a large role. We know that what may work for one business, may not for another. With our diverse membership, you have a unique opportunity to reach a broad audience segment through our various advertising opportunities. 

Have a Banner Day 
Web banner display ads are currently available on!  Not only does a web banner on our site reinforce your brand to the thousands of visitors a day coming to our site, it helps to keep you top of mind! See the success of your investment with trackable data - every impression (view) and every click to your site is registered - and that report is available to you at anytime!  Web banners offer dynamic messaging, too! Your ad can be changed with the season, a special event you're having, a certain product you're promoting, etc!  Banner ads range from $325/year up to $1,000/year. 

Featured and Fantastic
Your chamber membership comes with a basic listing on our site that includes your contact information... BUT your business and the outstanding service you offer isn't basic, so why should your listing be?  A featured listing in our online business directory is like having your very own webpage within our site. Show off your logo, add videos and pictures, include links and important content. The more information you can provide, the better! Featured listings are trackable, too! See how many unique hits and click-throughs to your website at anytime. Featured listings are less than $15/month! 

Partial to Print
Our two-time award winning annual Business Directory and our amazing Visitors Guide brochure are  great options for businesses looking for print advertising. Both publications have been the  official trusted source for community information and vacation planning for more than 17 years! The directory is printed in December each year, and the visitors guide is printed every summer. And bonus - digital versions of each publication are provided online! Ad prices accommodate every budget!

Contact us today to discuss your advertising plan and start reaping the benefits of chamber advertising! 772-589-5969

Executive Team
Dawn Biehl, The Tiki Bar and Grill  -  Chair
Michelle Napier, Napier & Rollins - Vice Chair
Bob Morgan, Marine Bank and Trust  - Treasurer
Kim Ellis, Vintage to Vogue - Immediate Past Chair
Elected Directors
Capt. Christy Lenz, "Casual Cruisin"
Theresa Tolle, Bay Street Pharmacy
Sue Skirvin, Tupperware
Joel Stout, Sandpiper Pest Control
Anna V. Tillery, White Glove Moving & Storage
Appointed Directors
Jim Belanger, Live Now Team/Dale Sorensen Real Estate
Nancy Flickinger, Florida Power & Light
Theresa Kannapes, VNA
Ben Maffett, Oculina Bank
Chuck Mechling, Insite Solutions
Ali Qizalbash, Cemco Construction
Robin Raiff, Robin Raiff Real Estate Team
Ex Officio
Susan Adams, Indian River County Commissioner
Andrea Coy, Councilwoman, City of Sebastian
Jason Nunemaker, City Manager, City of Fellsmere

Chamber Staff
Kimberlee Armstrong, Accounting
Gail Cavallo, Administrative Assistant
Nicole Capp Holbrook, Tourism Director
Beth L. Mitchell, President/CEO
Britney Melchiori, Marketing & Communications Dir
Vicki Wild, Membership Director
Chamber Ambassadors
Opey Angelone, Action Realty            772-633-8617
Terry Gardner, Seacoast Bank            772-581-1341
Sandi Gehrke, TD Bank                      772-581-1490
Cindi Green, Florida Eye Institute       772-569-9500
Jackie Hart, Hart Escapes                   772-646-4828
Gina Melton, LF Staffing                      772-564-8777
Isabel Marron, Oculina Bank               772-571-1400
Michael Natale, MN Worldwide, Inc.    772-664-0525
Sue Skirvin, Tupperware                      772-913-2010
Cynthia Williams, Primerica                 772-713-1991
Kristie Woodward, Oculina Bank         772-581-3199
Mori Serpa, KE Insurance Agency       772-589-1800
Brittany A. Beatty, VanDeVoorde          772-589-4353
          Hall Law, P.L. 
Anna Valencia Tillery, White Glove      772-232-7843
          Moving, Storage & Delivery