Dear Members,

What a busy year it is going to be! Remember this newsletter is for you, our members to keep you up to date on upcoming networking and community events. Please feel free to submit to Cathy Bupp, our Executive Secretary, any information you might like to share in our next newsletter. Items should be submitted by the 15th of the month to

Poolesville's 8th annual SpringFest is Saturday, May 19th from 2 to 7 pm and PACC is a proud Gold Sponsor! This is a perfect opportunity to get your company's name in front of hundreds of BBQ, Beer, & Blues lovers by sponsoring this beloved community event.

We are planning our Poolesville Day 5K with The Monocacy Lions Club. If you would like to join our committee, please reach out to me at

We are participating in a Joint Chamber of Commerce Cinco De Mayo Business Card Exchange Event at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets Thursday May 3, 2018 6PM – 8PM. Mix, mingle and NETWORK with members from multiple Chambers of Commerce. An evening of business and fun including great food, beverages and door prizes! It’s a FREE Event for ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS but registration is required. Registration will be on our website shortly. Sponsored and Presented by the Clarksburg CC and Co-Sponsored with Gaithersburg-Germantown CC, Rockville CC, Mt. Airy CC, Maryland Black CC, Frederick CC, Mid-Atlantic Hispanic CC, Olney CC and Poolesville Area CC. MARK your calendars!

Our next Monthly Businesses Helping Businesses GROW Networking Breakfast is Thursday April 5, 2018 at Town Hall at 8:00 am. It is sponsored by M&T Bank and Rhi Combs, Branch Manager.

Did you know that Maryland is facing the most important election in its history on June 26th? Stephanie Graves, founder of Stand Upcounty and a PACC Member will also speak to help us better understand the significance of this historic election and to help us sort through the crowded landscape of candidates. If you feel a bit overwhelmed by politics…Stephanie will carve out an easy path to help us get to the voting booth with confidence.
Looking forward to a great year!

Many Blessings,
Networking Event Photos
Jeremy & Shannon Hinds with
We're Having A Party hosted our March BHBG networking breakfast.
We had a full house at our March BHBG networking breakfast!

If you would like to host one of our "Businesses Helping Businesses Grow" networking breakfasts please contact Gail Lee at or Jeff Stempler at
Calendar of Events

Date: APRIL 5, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM

Speaker: Rhi Combs with

Location: Poolesville Town Hall

Date: APRIL 17, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Poolesville Town Hall

Upcoming Events

Cinco De Mayo
Business Card Exchange

Clarksburg Premium Outlets

May 3, 2018 6 pm - 8 pm

FREE event - registration required

1st Annual
Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Golf Outing

Friday June 8, 2018

9 am Breakfast/Registration
10 am Scramble Shotgun Start

Bretton Woods Country Club

Member Spotlight
Each month the Chamber will randomly select one business for our Member Spotlight. If chosen your business will be contacted by us for additional information for the next edition! n.

Poolesville Healing Arts

My name is Andie Devynck and my business is called Poolesville Healing Arts, and it’s been an evolving venture since I first began my private practice in 1995. I have just opened my doors for clients this past Saturday, and my office is located on the second floor of the Frederick Poole House next to Bassett’s Restaurant. I have a large waiting room, and a comfy, cozy treatment room in back, and I am delighted to have found this charming site in which I could open a bodywork practice. 

My work experience as a massage therapist began during my last semester at the Baltimore School of Massage in the student clinic. On weekends, I traveled out to Berkeley Springs, W.Va., to work at Coolfont, which was a resort in the hills above the town. I began my licensed massage therapist career in the DMV working for all sorts of businesses as an independent contractor. Beginning in 1996, I was the director of massage services for the McLean Racquet and Health Club in McLean, Va., after starting there as a massage therapist on staff. Then, I worked out of various hotels in the D.C. like the Mayflower and the Ritz Carlton doing on-site and on-call work. I also donated time doing chair massage at health fairs and local wellness events at numerous businesses. I taught couples Swedish massage at Valentine’s Day events, and at the Open University in D.C. In 1998, I attended my first major continuing education training at the Omega Institute learning Thai Yoga Massage in a 40-hour, 8-day marathon. It was exhilarating and it completely changed my practice, which had been focused on Swedish and especially deep tissue work, by enabling me to work with clients in loose clothes and give a 2.5-hour session of assisted yoga posture stretches (nicknamed ‘lazy man’s yoga) with acupressure points mixed in.

Also in 1998, I began working at the Tenley Sport and Health Club, and travelling to clients’ homes all around the DMV with my portable table and music. By 2000, I found myself wanting to go even deeper with clients, but given my 5’1”/105 lb. frame, I wasn’t going to be able to do more with my thumbs and elbows then I was already doing. So I bought ropes and eyebolts from Home Depot and braided and strung the former from the latter, and began to walk on my Thai massage clients. It was sort of like tenderizing meat before cooking it. The walking seemed to both loosen up muscles and articulate vertebrae and other joints in a way that made the stretching that followed more effective. When 9/11 occurred, and our professional organization asked for volunteers to work with first responders at the Pentagon, I took my body cushions and floor mat and went to Crystal City to help out. I walked on those big fire fighters and stretched them, and felt terrific that I could lend a hand to people who do work I couldn’t do.

Since I felt emboldened by the success of the work I was calling ‘back walking’, I decided to Google the term to see what I came up with online. What I got was my website…and all the foot fetish porn websites. I panicked and went underground with the work for a few years, hoping not to draw any sort of unwanted attention. For the most part, the clients I had appreciated the work, and continued to ask for it, but I didn’t feel comfortable advertising back walking, given the results of my internet search. So, in late 2003, I dared to Google back walking and massaging with one’s feet again, and this time I found Ashi. Ashi is short for Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. I watched some videos, and I was drawn to it in the same way I was the Thai massage. In 2004 and 2005, I took the beginning, intermediate and advanced modules of the Ashi, and again, my work was reformulated, this time creating session that began with the Ashi and then ended with the Thai, with some Swedish and classic deep tissue mixed in. To this day, that remains my most popular session.

There have been basically three work/study passions in my life. The first was teaching horseback riding back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Then massage and bodywork which has sustained me for over two decades. But the last big career love has been long in coming, and I am hoping it will carry me through all my working years as it is the pinnacle of success as I define it. All psychology, and any applied practice of it, usually as some form of psychotherapy, fascinates me. Being a hands-on practitioner, though, made somatic psychology - whose practice is referred to as body psychotherapy – a natural fit for me, and it has been my focus of study for over twenty years as a client and student. Now 55, I have resumed graduate study, looking to earn my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling by the end of 2019, at which time I’ll hang out a shingle as a body psychotherapist.

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Members News and Announcements
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Help Us Help You ! When friends have trouble finding your home it’s an inconvenience; when the Fire Department has trouble finding your home, it could be a tragedy!

PACC members Ellie Bateman ( Redeemed Interiors ) and Jan Schultz ( Renewed Furnishings ) just returned from Waco, TX where they toured The Magnolia Complex. Along with 350,000 other fans of HGTV's Fixer Upper, they enjoyed Spring at the Silos & getting ideas for their respective businesses!
Board of Directors / Staff
Executive Committee
President - Gail Lee, Gail Lee Homes
Vice President - Monica Molina, Magica Realty
Treasurer - Rhi Combs, M&T Bank
Secretary - Mark Corbett, Edward Jones

Joyce Breiner, Poolesville Green
Didier Devynck, Poolesville Fine Framing
Zach Etheridge, EZ-Fit
Woody Hilton, Hilton Funeral Home

Executive Secretary - Cathy Bupp
Webmaster - Joey Bettinger, PMCS
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Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 256
Poolesville, MD
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