Summer is here, and with its warmth also comes our first in-person events in over a year. Joy does not begin to explain how we are feeling about this milestone during what feels like a never-ending pandemic. Not only is it a pleasure to finally be able to log off Zoom, but more importantly, we are very excited to connect with you, our members, face-to-face again.

Our first in-person event will be our Women's Network Luncheon, held on June 9th at the Augusta Civic Center. At this event, we will have Vanessa Erikson and Taylor Eddy, AAA travel agents, who will be helping us to navigate traveling in a post-COVID world. 

Our next in-person event is the Cynergy and Emerging Leaders blood drive with the American Red Cross on Monday, June 21st, 2021, from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Augusta Elks Club, located at 397 Civic Center Drive, Augusta. We highly suggest signing up for this event if you can donate blood. 

Wrapping up our in-person monthly programs is Business After Hours at Augusta Colonial Theater. Join us for Delicious hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and networking beside the Kennebec River in beautiful downtown Augusta. This is sure to be a fun event and an excellent way to connect as a business community. 

Finally, our month finishes out with the 4th Annual Kennebec River Brewfest cooler bag pickup event, from June 29th-July 2nd. There are still cooler bags available, so be sure to purchase yours now if you want in on the fun! 

Whether you decide to join us for one or all of the events, we are beyond excited to be with you this month. Learn more about each event further down in this newsletter! 
Monthly Programs
Traveling In 2021
Navigating Your Travel Plans In The Time Of COVID

AAA Travel Agents, 
Vanessa Erickson & Taylor Eddy

Wednesday, June 9th | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta Room

$20 For Members
$30 For Non-Members
Lunch Provided!
One of the many aspects of our “normal lives” that COVID has made complicated is travel, both for pleasure and work. In this ever-evolving climate as each state and nation addresses the pandemic differently, it can feel impossible to know exactly when and how to purchase those tickets. We are plagued with concerns about when the best time to fly is, how to prepare, what obstacles we may face, and beyond. To help us navigate these issues and many more are Vanessa Erickson and Taylor Eddy, travel advisors at AAA in Augusta Maine. With nearly 40 years of combined experience in the travel industry, they are ready to help you set sail on your summer plans with ease.
Thank you to our Women's Network Luncheon Sponsor!
Blood Drive
American Red Cross

Monday, June 21st
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Augusta Elks Club
Address: 397 Civic Center Drive, P.O. Box 2206, Augusta, ME, 04330
Room Name: Banquet Hall
Click here to make an appointment:

Please come and help patients in need by donating Whole Blood or Power Reds. Whole Blood is the most common blood donation and helps all patients; Power Reds is the preferred donation for helping trauma patients. Power Reds takes about the same amount of time as Whole Blood donations. The benefit to you: It's a smaller needle, you get to sit up and you feel better afterward because you get fluids returned. The requirements for Power Reds are as follows: Male: Minimum of 5’1” and 130 lbs. Female: Minimum of 5’5” and 150 lbs. Blood types required for Power Reds are A-, B-, O- and O+.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Thank you to our 2021 Cynergy Sponsor!
Augusta Colonial Theater
Wednesday, June 23rd | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
We are finally meeting in person again for our June Business After Hours!

KV Chamber members and guests are welcome to join us for networking with business professionals from the 23 communities we service!

The Augusta Colonial Theater, located at 139 Water Street in Augusta, will host Business After Hours on Wednesday, June 23rd.

Delicious hors d'oeuvres will be served and a bar will be available. Everyone will receive one free drink ticket. Every Business After Hours is an incredible opportunity to win amazing door prizes and take part in the 50/50 raffle. 

Please register ahead of time for this event.

We cannot wait to see you there!
After registering for the event, attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to attend.
Thank you to our Business After Hours Sponsors!
Presented By
VIP Sponsor
Beer Sponsor
Marketing Sponsor
Distribution Sponsor
Thank you to our KV Chamber Golf Tournament Sponsors
Major Sponsor
Exclusive Cart Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Hole Sponsor
Augusta Natural Gas | Days Jeweler | Free ME from Lung Cancer |Ganneston Construction
G&E Roofing | KV Federal Credit Union | Performance Food Service - NorthCenter
Smart Eye Care | Sprague & Curtis Real Estate | Vickerson Apprasial
Dozens of leaders in southern Kennebec County are spearheading a process to establish 10-year community goals in health, education and financial stability. The Goal-Setting Council, coordinated by United Way of Kennebec Valley, seeks broad feedback in the form of public surveys and community conversations with people who live, work or play in the region by June 15
Welcome Our New Members!
Capital Properties, LLC
Aaron Walker, (207) 215-1712

East Point Recreation, LLC
Joel Bennett, (207)592-9117

Modern Woodmen 
Matthew Nadeau, (207) 240-9074

Pickle's Potions LLC
Kristin Mulcher, (207) 595-9644

Shurman Insurance
Amie Shurman, (207) 592-8255

Member Anniversaries
20+ Years
Bread of Life Ministries; Charlie's Motor Mall; Children's Center: Early Intervention and Family Support; Fairway Motor Lodge; Golden Pond Wealth Management Inc.; Oakhurst Dairy; Pinkham Insurance Agency; Reay Excavation & Trucking; Transco Business Technologies; Vallee, Harwood, & Blouin Real Estate

10+ Years
Axell's Scandinavian Inn; Fielding's Oil and Propane Co.; Riverfront Barbeque & Grille, LLC; The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers; Value Housing

5+ Years
Augusta Colonial Theatre, Inc.; Austin Associates, P.A.; Northern Mattress & Furniture 1st

Damon's Beverage Mart - Augusta; New York Life; Traverse Coffee Co. 

Chamber Member News
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently presented donations totaling more than $10,000 to six Northern New England nonprofit organizations from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause. The recipients of the contributions collected in Q1 2021 are Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology, Girls Inc., Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, NewStory Center, and Safeline Inc.
Free ME from Lung Cancer’s annual online auction is from June 11th through the 20th. Register at Some great auction includes bear hunt with 6 nights lodging, jewelry, pottery, American Roots Wear vests, pullover and sweatshirts, LUX pre-made gift boxes, Caribbean vacations, local hotels, eateries and much, much, more. This event is FMFLC’s major fundraising event for the year. Your support is greatly appreciated. All proceeds will help fund radon abatement systems and early lung cancer screening in Maine. 
Gardiner FCU presented a total of $19,859.01 on May 19th to area food pantries and to organizations like Meals on Wheels. They raise these funds with money raised throughout the year. Their Annual Yard Sale for Ending Hunger is June 12, at the Credit Union & Cash Calendars for Ending Hunger are sold in June & July, with winners drawn each weekday in August. For more information, contact Kelly Marie, at 207-582-2676, ext. 125, or via email:
Golden Pond Wealth Management- announced that Holly Caron has been promoted to Director of Client Services. She will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm's client service operations. "Holly has been with the firm since its inception in 1996 and from the beginning has set a high standard for the level of personalized service we provide to our clients from the day we opened our doors," said managing director Brian Bernatchez. "We are all very excited for her to take on her new role and look forward to seeing her bring Golden Pond's service commitment to our clients to another level."
Key Bank is offering a new initiative called Key@Work. Key@Work is an all-encompassing program, providing a dedicated team to deliver educational tools, special products, and benefits to improve your employees' financial wellness. If you open a Key Bank premium checking account with a qualifying monthly direct deposit you may be eligible for a $250.00 cash gift. Offer expires 6/23/2021. Click here for more information.
Oliver and Friends Bookshop and Reading Room - Please join us as we celebrate our first Birthday at Oliver & Friends Bookshop and Reading Room by welcoming historian and local author Earl H. Smith to our front porch to sign copies of his brand new book, DownEast Genius: From Earmuffs to Motor Cars Maine Inventors Who Changed the World! Enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies and enter our free raffle to win a gift card to our store. This event with take place Saturday, June 5th from 12-2pm. To follow along the way, check us out on facebook:
Rare Bird Art Studio is opening a new portion of their studio to something a bit different.
The Pollock Room gets its name from an influential abstract expressionist painter in the 1940/50's, Jackson Pollock. Like his famous drip and pouring work, The Pollock Room encourages you to let go, enjoy, and get messy with splashing and splattering paint at canvas or each other. For your one-hour private party reservation, you and your party will have control of the music and the paint. Included for each painter will be a 12 x 16-inch canvas (upgraded canvases available for purchase), a disposable poncho/clothing protection (One size fits most), shower caps, and shoe booties. (Although it is suggested to not wear your best clothing to throw paint.) Looking forward to making a mess with you!
For more information and to make a reservation, check out
The Theater at Monmouth 2021 Summer Repertory Season includes Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure directed by James Noel Hoban; Mat Smart’s The Agitators directed by Debra Ann Byrd; the World Premier of Callie Kimball’s Sofonisba directed by Dawn McAndrews; Age of Bees by Tira Palmquist directed by Eddie DeHais. Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy directed by Chris Anthony, and the musical Daddy Long Legs, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon, Book by John Caird, based on the novel by Jean Webster and directed by Adam P. Blais. The Family Show is Aesop’s Guide to Friendship by Dawn McAndrews and directed by Ian Kramer. FMI:
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KVCC Board of Directors
Earl Kingsbury, Chair*
Augusta Civic Center
Tim Walton, Chair Elect*
Walton External Affairs
Michele Pelletier, Vice Chair*
PERFORMANCE Foodservice - NorthCenter
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer*
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Alec Rogers, Past Chair*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Chuck Hays, Past Treasurer*
MaineGeneral Health
Cathy DeMerchant, Human Resources*
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.
Katie Doherty, President & CEO*^
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

* Executive Committee  ^ Full -Time Executive

Karen Boston
Lipman Katz & Boston, P.A
Nathan Cotnoir
Camden National Bank
Lori Dube
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
Elisa Ellis, Special Counsel
Ellis Law, LLC
Sue Grenier
G&E Roofing Co., Inc.
Eric Jermyn
Cross Insurance Agency
Steven Marson
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Stacey Morrison
Ganneston Construction Corp.
Richard Parkhurst
Stained Glass Express
Lynn Quirion
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Andrew Silsby
Kennebec Savings Bank
Eric Stinneford
Central Maine Power Company
Rebecca Wyke
University of Maine at Augusta
KVCC Staff

Katie L. Doherty, President & CEO,
Lindsay L. Corbett, Office Manager,
Kayla M. Tracy, Events & Membership Director,