Dear Members,

It’s been a BUSY month! Thank goodness the weather had turned and we see Spring!

Please read everything that’s happening in May and June! We look forward to seeing all of you!

Businesses Helping Businesses GROW Networking Breakfast is this Thursday May 3rd at Bretton Woods Country Club. Give yourself a few extra minutes to get there. I’m sure the food will be exceptional and get a new look at their renovations!

Cinco De Mayo Business Card Exchange is May 3rd 6-8 pm at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets sponsored by Clarksburg Chamber and Co-Sponsored by several other Chambers including PACC!

Poolesville Day 5K Run/Walk Organizational Meeting is May 9th 7 pm at my home, 17910 Hickman Street …anyone wanting to volunteer to help is welcome!

SpringFest is May 19th Sponsored by PACC.

PACC Scholarship on May 22nd PACC will present a PHS senior our annual $500.00 scholarship.

PACC District 1 Candidates Forum June 5 at 7 pm at Town Hall Come out to see who is running to represent our area!

PACC Golf Tournament June 8th at Bretton Woods Country Club! Early Bird extended to May 18th! Register here - This is a great way to SPONSOR, participate and or volunteer!

LOOK for a video tutorial from Joey Bettinger, our webmaster, to help you, as a PACC member set up your access to our new website. Then check your contact and business information!

Do you know a nonprofit or family in need that could use some help? We NEED YOUR HELP! PACC is looking for nominations for some of our 5K proceeds to sponsor! Past nominees include, Kevin Dorsey, Coach Jim Vollmer, Poolesville Green, and WUMCO.

Poolesville Map is gearing up for a NEW Addition this summer. Tom Kettler once again is spearheading this. Keep your eyes open if you might want to advertise in the new addition. I believe the last map was printed 3 years ago.

Order your PACC Name Tag here ! It's only $15 and it can be worn to all events both Chamber and Business.

Don’t forget to VOTE! June 26th is an important election for our area!

Gail Lee
PACC President
Networking Event Photos
Rhi Combs and her team from
M&T Bank hosted our April BHBG networking breakfast.
PACC Member Stephanie Graves sharing why VOTING on June 26th is pivotal to our area!

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: MAY 3, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM

Speaker: Ed Ronan with

Location: Bretton Woods
15700 River Road
Germantown, MD 20874

Date: MAY 22, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Poolesville Town Hall

Cinco De Mayo
Business Card Exchange

Clarksburg Premium Outlets

May 3, 2018 6 pm - 8 pm

FREE event - registration required

Upcoming Events

1st Annual
Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Golf Outing

Friday June 8, 2018

Grow your business & play golf at the same time. The Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing will be held Friday, June 8th at Bretton Woods Country Club with a 10:00 am shotgun start. 
The tournament is intended to be a combination of golf and networking. Come meet other local business owners and potential clients as you complete your round. Prizes, great golf, food and drinks await you. Join us by May 1st and receive early bird pricing on your round. 

Sponsorship opportunities available. Platinum, Gold, Silver, Hole, Breakfast, Longest Drive,
Closest to the Pin. 

Registration: 9:00 am
Breakfast: 9:00 am
Shotgun Start 10 am
Lunch and Award reception to follow golf

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.

Welding, LLC

Morningstar Welding has been a family owned business operating in the same location of Poolesville, Maryland for over 110 years. "The Shop", a family moniker, is the oldest continuously run business in the town of Poolesville. The Morningstar family, however, has been in the metalworking business for over 168 years with beginnings in Frederick County, Maryland circa 1850. Morningstar Welding credits their longevity to their commitment to craftsmanship, hard work, and business practices based on honesty and integrity. Morningstar Welding was formally known as Morningstar Blacksmith Shop. Murrel "Mike" Morningstar opened his shop at 17612 Elgin Road in 1908. The original building was a weatherboard building later rebuilt in 1947 to a cinder block building which is still in use today. Murrel was the town smithy and mainly based his income on farrier services, wagon and wagon wheel building. Murrel had a 9 foot square forge with a hand blower that son, Dick, would operate for him. Dick recalls as a child having to stand on a box to crank it! Murrel worked ten hour days six days a week in front of a forge and anvil. He rarely had to go off his property as the horses and wagons were brought to him. It was a hard life, but his home was located on the property, so he never was too far from his family. He died in his shop on July 22, 1954 of a heart attack at age 69. Murrel was well respected by all and an integral part of the Poolesville and surrounding areas community his entire life. His anvil still remains on the property as a symbol and testament to this man and his trade. Murrel discouraged Dick (Richard) from entering the blacksmithing business. Not only was it a hard life he instructed Dick, it was a dying industry becoming one for horse racing and pleasure riders mainly. Dick saw an opportunity in the welding business and his sister, Dorothy, bought him his first welder in 1952. This welder is also a surviving family relic on the shop property. Dick was self-taught and began primarily working on farm equipment when it was suggested he take his business on the road and enter the commercial construction business. With a name change to Morningstar Welding, in 1960 he bought his first portable welder and entered the lucrative world of erecting buildings and high-rises. He was known to travel as far as Ocean City, Maryland but mainly worked within a one hundred mile radius of Poolesville. Morningstar Welding participated in the building boom in the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia region. He subcontracted with the largest construction companies of the tri-state area. Dick, however never forgot the farmers and locals and always made time to fix and repair the odds and ends that came into the shop at all hours (undercharging many times, if at all). Dick's accounting practices were epically antiquated as he remembered the day and put down his jobs in a spiral notebook at 10:00 at night. Being a family business, his sister, Bet deciphered his notes and sent bills and then later his wife, Nancy, became the bookkeeper. He billed local farmers once a year with no interest. It was an "old school Poolesville" business practice, and it worked beautifully. Gerry, his brother, a Rockville city engineer, also participated in the business pricing jobs and reading blueprints. Morningstar Welding did experience growth, and Dick brought in employees, including his son Patrick, who taught the trade, fair business ethics, and the rewards of hard work to local and not so local boys. Dick, like his father, worked 10-12 hour days 6 days a week for well over half a century, Dick and wife Nancy enjoyed retirement in Florida until his death on April 1, 2014. In 2006, Dick handed the reins over to Patrick who continues the family business tradition today. Doubtful a day goes by that an old timer does not mention the integrity and work ethics of Murrel or Dick for which grandson/son Patrick carries this torch and continues this legacy. He has grown Morningstar Welding into a six truck and twelve employee operation with wife, Karri, as a full time office manager and son Kyle, as a welder. Their 40 foot x 80 foot building houses all the latest and greatest metal fabricating equipment. "The Shop" today does a lot of in-house fabrication and site installation, but Patrick also caters to the walk-in locals. He has expanded the business and finds himself less behind the torch and more behind the desk. Patrick is the fifth in a line of generations who engaged in the business of iron and steel whether blacksmithing or welding. When asked how it feels to be part of a continuous 168 year family tradition he exclaims "Look how far we've come!"

Written by Julia Morningstar Bellet, Dick Morningstar’s Daughter.

Welcome New Members
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19645 Fisher Avenue
Poolesville, MD 20837
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Poolesville, MD 20837
Michele Sauder Norwex
17120 Hoskinson Road
Poolesville, MD 20837
N&H General Construction Co. Inc.
16201 Morrow Road
Poolesville, MD 20837
Poolesville Self Defense
19831 Fisher Avenue
Poolesville, MD 20837
RPC Fitness, LLC
19831 Fisher Avenue
Poolesville, MD 20837
Watkins Cabinet Co.
18001 Sellman Road
Dickerson, MD 20842
Members News and Announcements
If you have any news that you would like to share, please submit to the by the 15th of the month for the next edition.
Poolesville Public Art Project
PACC is pleased to announce its support of the public art mural project. The Chamber has joined the Poolesville Commissioners and local fundraising efforts to have 4 murals painted on the Elgin Road side of Bassett's Restaurant. The Chamber provided funding to complete the first mural, which was recently completed showing Sugarloaf Mountain and surrounding farmland. Local artist Karen Kouneski will be painting the murals. Stop by "Downtown Poolesville" and check it out!
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
Business to Business Member Discount
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Be sure to take advantage of great savings and discounts from your fellow Chamber members. If you would like to offer savings or discounts please contact!

25% OFF
25 % off Booth space at
Poolesville Day for all
PACC Members.
Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 256
Poolesville, MD
(240) 994-3406