In This Issue - June 2018 Newsletter

A Note from the President/CEO

June promises to be as busy and productive as May, but before we jump right into a new month, let's review May. The Chamber's Golf Tournament was another successful event, and the entire recap of winners and more winners is further in this newsletter. Three ribbon cuttings this month included Capt. Butchers, Beach Side Dog Spa and Mrs. G's, there's new business everywhere! Our lunch speaker Florida State Representative Erin Grall provided us with a thorough recap of legislative events in Tallahassee, and Mike Natalie, our lunch sponsor informed about the 25th Annual Bluewater Open, a milestone for the Exchange Club of Sebastian. We will also finish the 19th Annual Concerts in the Park series, and have an official contract with the City of Sebastian for another five years of entertaining in the park! We said good bye to Joe Griffin, the retired City Manager, and said hello to the new City Manager Paul Carlisle. Committee meetings and board meetings rounded out the month, and there's more on tap for June.

Please take a look at the list of nominees for our Board of Directors election process. Every year our Nomination Committee scans the list of members to recruit new leadership for the coming year. When a candidate says yes, they are saying yes to more than a meeting every other month. It's a commitment to lead the Chamber, to provide input to staff, to create policies that are in sync with our mission statement and to give time and efforts to support the membership base. This year's list of nominees is included and reflects the changing faces of our membership. Next month the ballots will be available for you to choose and you will have a stellar list of members. It won't be an easy choice!

Before the end of the month Penny Chandler, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce President will retire, after twenty three years of service. Eighteen years ago, Penny sent me a plant, and the card said, "Welcome to the Chamber world, let's work together".   And we did. Our relationship was defined by the word "collaborative", and we recognized that it was in the best interest of our business community that the Chambers worked together. Through the years we have notched many success stories, and the Chamber world will miss her insight, strategic thinking and professionalism. We all wish her good luck in her future!  

June brings us the summertime pace, less visitors, more time for planning, learning and taking a break. But our Chamber calendar is full of activities to keep you connected. We start with breakfast with the Sebastian Historical Society. Since it is the beginning of hurricane season, Bart Gaetjens, with FPL will speak to us at lunch and we will gather at St Lucie Tire and Battery for a business and pleasure. We will announce the dates of our summer workshops on Social Media in a Chamber Intel, and we will also launch a special project that is sure to please all of the Sebastian Area businesses.

Enjoy the weekend, try some Lionfish, and have a prosperous month!  

Beth Mitchell


Kindness, Laughter and Smiling are Contagious!!
Nancy C. Johnson, a Certified Laughter Leader, through World Laughter Tour is on a mission! She wants to encourage all of us to be kinder, and to laugh & smile more. It is not only for your benefit, but also to help others around you!
Nancy, AKA the Plan B Laughing Lady, can be found doing programs at 10:30 a.m. the third Thursdays September through May at the North Indian River County Library. These programs and others are generously sponsored by Theresa Tolle, owner of Bay Street Pharmacy in Sebastian.
Nancy also led the discussion after a documentary "Kindness Is Contagious" at the library and she now has a kindness program to offer other groups.
On April 12, 2018, Nancy was the Keynote Speaker for the outstanding VNA Caregivers Conference that had approximately 150 attendees. The VNA has also been graciously sponsoring the Laughing Lady to present Smile programs for various community groups.
Nancy is very proud of her family. Her son, Adam, a Florida State Trooper, lives and works in Jacksonville, FL with his wife, Colleen and their daughter, Lexis. Her grandson, Johnathan and his wife, Marissa, live in Vero Beach and had a son, Owen, in December 2017. Nancy was given the name "Greatest Nana" at that time. She also has a son, Joshua, a photographer and entrepreneur, who along with his wife, Jeanette, run the blog she founded, J's Everyday Fashion. Jeanette is also the author of J's Everyday Fashion & Faith, available on Amazon.
Next time your group or business is looking for a speaker, please consider lightening up the event with an interactive presentation by the Plan B Laughing Lady. You'll be glad you did!! You can reach Nancy at 772.713.6030 or


Sebastian River Area
Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
List of Nominees 2018-2019
Pursuant to the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce By-Laws, Article IV, Section 2 (b) and (c), the Chamber's Nominating Committee has submitted the following business members as nominees for the slate of directors to serve terms from 2018-2021. Chamber members may add additional names to the ballot by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least ten (10) qualified members of the Chamber. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee by June 15, 2018. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petitions shall be final.

Here are the Nominees:

Pete Anderson - Pareidolia Brewing Company
Ophelia Angelone - Action Realty
Ben Maffett - Oculina Bank
Francoise Pelletier- Highlands Homes Roofing
Theresa Tolle - Bay Street Pharmacy
Jake Witt- State Farm Insurance

27th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament - That's a wrap!
Cool coastal breezes and warm Florida sunshine made for a truly spectacular day for the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce 27th Annual Golf Tournament. Over 100 golfers participated on the morning of May 5th at the  Sebastian Municipal Golf Course and enjoyed a day on the links (Cinco de Mayo style) followed by lunch and awards ceremony at  Tiki Bar & Grill.
A Hole-in-One challenge sponsored by  Nightingale Private Care provided the chance for players to take home a $10,000 cash prize along with other on-course opportunities to win Golf Clubs, a Flat Screen TV, Air Fare and more.
Additional challenges included a Longest Drive contest (Men's and Women's Division) as well as a Closest to the Pin challenge (Men's and Women's Division). Each winner had their choice of a donated foursome from surrounding golf courses.
Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive Winners:
  • Women's Closest to the Pin & Longest Drive: Kathy McDaniel
  • Men's Closest to the Pin: D. Munzing
  • Men's Longest Drive: R. Flescher
Along the way, players were also greeted by a number of T-Box Sponsors who took advantage of the beautiful morning to promote their businesses on the course. Players were also kept hydrated with bloody mary and screwdriver drinks, compliments of Beverage Sponsor -  White Glove Moving, Storage & Delivery.
After a great day of golf, players congregated at the Tiki Bar & Grill to enjoy a fiesta style lunch followed by the awards ceremony. There were over $2000 in raffle prizes to give away in addition to the ever-popular Cooler of Cheer and Wine Basket. Master of Ceremonies was  County Commissioner Peter O'Bryan.
The Coveted Traveling Pelican Trophy flew to a new nesting spot.  Ameron Pest Control came in as this year's  1st Place Sponsor team with a total score of 59. Tournament 1st place team, with a score of 61 was Woody's BBQ, 2nd place team with a score of 63 was Tiki Bar & Grill, and 3rd place team with a score of 64 was Kroegel Produce.
Not only did the best scoring teams get recognized, but so did the "not-so-good" scoring teams! Highest Score title was awarded to the lively group of golfers from  Sebastian River Medical Center. These folks were encouraged to take up a new hobby and were given paddle boarding certificates from  Capt Hirams Resort along with sun hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and a beach towel.
This annual golf tournament is one of the Chamber's most important fundraisers of the year, raising funds that are dedicated to underwriting the Chamber's efforts in supporting the business community, promoting tourism and working on economic development. A big thanks to all those who sponsored, participated and volunteered!



Chamber Breakfast

Chamber Luncheon

Chamber Business and Pleasure 

Date:  Friday, June 1st

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Sponsor: Sebastian Area Historical Museum

Location: 1235 Main Sebastian, FL 32958


Date: Tuesday, June 12th

Time: Noon - 1:00 PM

Sponsor: The Recycling Club

Speaker: Bart Gaetjens, FPL
Hurricane Season

Location: Marsh Landing Restaurant
44 N Broadway St.
Fellsmere, FL  32948

Date: Thursday, June 21st

Time:  5PM - 7 PM

Sponsor: St. Lucie Battery & Tire

Location:1647 US Hwy 1,  Sebastian, FL 32958

Committee Meetings
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:00 AM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Health & Wellness Committee Meeting
Friday, June 15, 2018
9:00 AM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Ribbon Cuttings
  Downtown Crossing

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

1103 US Hwy 1 Suite 1
Village Square
Sebastian, Florida  32958

Come Welcome Our New Business Neighbor!

Community Event Calendar

Chamber Projects

Attention Tourism Partners
Our Visitor Guide Project is Underway! 

Get your message in front of visitors planning a fun-filled trip to the Sebastian River Area! We are gearing up for our 2018 Visitors Guide advertising sales! This award winning publication has been the go-to guide for visitor information for over 18 years!

NEW for 2018! Advertisers will have the opportunity to increase their online exposure with a web banner on for one year! Track clicks and impressions and link direct to your site! 

Reach your target audience with this powerful marketing tool used for travel inspiration, trip planning, and on-location reference. The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Visitors Guide influences readers to eat, shop, and explore, thus increasing your visitor traffic and boosting your business! 

Learn more by contacting Vicki Wild at or 772-589-5969


Delicious Chamber Breakfast @ 
Riverview Coffee Tea & Books
May 4, 2018

Chamber Luncheon at Capt Hiram's on May 8, 2018!
Thank you to our Sponsor MN Worldwide and our Speaker Erin Grall,
Florida State Representative District 54


Business & Pleasure

May 17, 2018

Sebastian Gym and Fitness

Fun evening with Chamber friends 


a Healthy Delicious Spread!!

Treasure Coast Community Health, Inc.
Ribbon Cutting - April 23, 2018

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony @
Capt'n Butchers
May 3, 2018

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Beachside Dog Spa

May 11, 2018

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony @
Mrs. G's Kitchen
May 15, 2018

Check out our Facebook Page to view all pictures from past networking events.

Summer is just around the corner! Check out all of the great summer camps and activities available in the Sebastian River Area. Whether your preference is outdoor adventures or indoor experiences, there's something for every young explorer. Click here for a list of Summer Camps.
4th of July Parade and Freedom Festival
The Lions Club of Sebastian and the City of Sebastian enthusiastically invite you to participate in the 46th Annual 4th of July Parade which will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 


We are so pleased to have your business as a part of our Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce!!


1.     Our Visitor's Guide project is coming to an end. If your business is 50% based on tourism, then you should really consider having an advertisement in the Visitor's Guide. Need an ad? We will make one for you at no additional cost!  This publication is in over 25 Hotels, 3 Airports, Big Businesses, Tourist based places, City and County buildings, I-95 & I-75 Visit FL Centers, Restaurants, plus so many other places. People request the Visitor's Guide as a way to get around our area. We print 25,000 each year. To find out more please contact Vicki Wild, Membership Director at or call 772-589-5969.
2.      Sebastian Chamber Breakfasts are the 1st Friday of each month at 8am 
Chamber Luncheons are the 2nd Tuesday of the month 12 noon
Chamber Business & Pleasures are the 3rd Thursday of the month. 5-7pm
3.      The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce promotes our new businesses with Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings. It is important to show your support to the new businesses by attending, it is also important for the new business members to attend functions so that they can meet other business people in our area.
4.       Send us your Business News as we are happy to let the public know what is happening in our area.
5.      If you are hiring, we have an employment page on our website to help you post your open positions and let the public know.
6.      Did you know that we have the menu's from our Restaurants on our website as well? We do!
Our website has a great wealth of information, and we encourage our members to check it out, use it, and to make sure your business information is updated. We thank you for being Sebastian Chamber Members and are looking forward in helping your business grow.

Welcome New Members for the Month of May
Beachside Dog Spa
Cindi Dixon
4883 N Highway A1A - Ste 1
Vero Beach, FL  32963
Building Awareness Home Inspections
Tim Korytkowski
Treasure Coast
Remington Real Estate
Niki Salmon
1546 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL  32958

Blue Eyed Salmon, Rustic Style & Cabinets
Niki Salmon
1545 US 1
Sebastian, FL  32958 

Brian Coffey Construction and Roofing
Brian Coffey
The Treasure Coast
Sebastian, FL  32958 


National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)

The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) is dedicated to protecting the earned benefits of current and retired federal civil servants. These include retirement compensation and health insurance benefits. This is accomplished by lobbying in Washington and by local grass roots activism. The NARFE national office is located in Washington D.C. and local chapters can be found in every state of the U.S.. There are currently over 220,000 members, most of whom are retirees.

NARFE is an excellent resource for information on current events affecting federal retirees. A monthly magazine provides the latest news of interest and answers reader's questions. In addition Service Officers are available to help with issues affecting federal retirees.

Our local Barefoot Bay Chapter (#2255) meets every third Wednesday (October-May) at Vic's Restaurant (1140 US 1, Sebastian) at 1:00 PM. Meetings are informal and offer an excellent means of making new friends while sharing work experiences with others in our federal family. There are presently over 100 members in our local chapter. We feature guest speakers who discuss interesting subjects such as elder law, medical issues, government operations, and crime and safety.

You don't need to be a member to attend a meeting. Please join us for lunch and a meeting. Contact Mike for more information.

President: John Weider
Vice-President: Mike Ferrato (772-778-0585)

Member News and Announcements

Tell us your good news and
we'll share it with the business community! 

Email your news to



Art & Mural Project Sub-Committee Meeting

We have scheduled our first Art & Mural Project Sub-Committee Meeting for Thursday, May 31st at 10:30 a.m. at the Chamber.  If y ou are interesting in getting involved and helping to facilitate a mural project in the Sebastian River Area, please join us!                  
Destination Video

We are so excited to unveil our new Sebastian River Area Destination Video later this month! We are so pleased with it! The footage of our area is amazing and we can't wait for you to see it! Please stay tuned for the big reveal and please share it with all of your friends and family!     
2018-2019 Visitor's Guide

We are wrapping up our 2018-2109 Sebastian River Area Visitor's Guide which will go to print in June. All of our Tourism Partners are included in the listings but if you would like to stand out with an ad, please contact Vicki at Membership@SebastianChamber.comThis year we are revamping the map to unfold at the end of the guide.
If you are pet friendly, kid friendly, offer free WIFI, etc., please let us know so we can update your listing! Also, if you have any annual events that we can include in the Calendar of Events section, please email the details to  

Major League Fishing World Championship
In February, Indian River County hosted a group of 75 people who were here for a week to compete in and film and produce the Major League Fishing World Championship.  This was a collaborative effort between Indian River County, the City of Fellsmere, the City of Sebastian, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Treasure Coast Sports Commission. The MLF World Championship is Major League Fishing's most prestigious competition. This premier, top secret, first of it's kind event featured the top 12 anglers who fished our hottest bass fishing, freshwater lakes (they fished a different lake each day and the anglers didn't find out where they were fishing until they arrived at the ramp). In addition to the fishing tournament footage, there will be a 1-2 minute feature about Indian River County. I had the pleasure of taking one of their cameramen around the Sebastian River Area to highlight other activities and attractions in the area outside of our awesome bass fishing! This 6-Episode Tournament Series will air on CBS Network Television in June & July. The first episode will air Saturday, June 23rd at 2 p.m. on CBS. Marsh Landing Restaurant will be hosting a Watch Party for the first episode. Stay tuned for more details! We are so excited for the airing of this awesome series and the wonderful exposure that it will give Indian River County!


Upcoming Events 
  • Concert in the Park- May 18th- The Bobby Owen Band
  • Treasure Coast Tourism Showcase- Sunday, May 20th from 11-3 at PSL Civic                                 *We will be there promoting the Sebastian River Area! This is a great event to target people along the Treasure Coast interested in a staycation getaway. 
  • Fishing Tournaments-
    • 2018 Sebastian Lionfish Fest- Tourney: May 19th & 20th at Capt Hiram's                               (Cook-off: May 20th from 12-4 p.m.)
    • SISA Spring Fling- May 26th at Capt'n Butcher's Marina
    • Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament- June 2nd at Capt Hiram's
  • Sebastian's Freedom Festival- Wednesday, July 4th at Riverview Park   
  *We will have a booth if you are interested in volunteering to work a time slot and promote your business!
  • Christmas in July/Shop with a Cop- July 21st from 10-2 at Riverview Park
Summer FAM Tour

If there is enough interest, we will be doing a FAMILIARIZATION Tour in place of our regularly scheduled meeting in July. The Tour would include: US 1 South & A1A- Whispering Palms, Pennwood Motor Lodge, ELC, Jungle Trail, Pelican Island, McLarty Treasure Museum, Sebastian Inlet, Disney, Holiday Inn Oceanside, SpringHill Suites, Riverside Theatre, Countryside Citrus, and Vero Beach Kamp. If you are interested in participating, please let me know: 



Chamber Newsletter - Tourism Spotlight - June 2018
About Kayaks River Rentals
25 Airport Drive West
Sebastian, Florida 32958

When About Storage opened in 2007 to provide mini-storage and parking for boats and RVs, owner Steve Philipson realized he had a unique location and opportunity to serve area residents and visitors in another way. Located across Roseland Road from Dale Wimbrow Park and its boat ramp, About Kayaks River Rentals became the only kayak rental on the St. Sebastian River, one of Florida's last remaining natural waterways, abundant with wildlife.
Earth-Friendly Adventures
Kayaking is an easy, eco-friendly way to immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of nature, without motors disturbing the environment or propellers harming the river's many inhabitants, including manatees. We specialize in two- to three-hour self-guided tours featuring sit-inside and sit-on-top single and tandem kayaks known for stability and ease of use. We provide the kayaks, paddles, life vests, personal instructions, and transportation to your choice of three launch sites. Most beginners find paddling easy and fun, going downstream with the typically gentle current.
Subtropical Eco-System and Wildlife
The river bends through thick vegetation comprised of subtropical plants, mangroves, oaks, cypress, and palms, and is a freshwater tributary of the famed, biologically diverse Indian River Lagoon. Along the way you're likely to see many species of water fowl and birds of prey including osprey, owls, sandhill cranes, herons, egrets, vultures, and bald eagles. Turtles, alligators, and wild boar may be sunning themselves. Otters, raccoons, an occasional bobcat and, of course, manatees appear at different times of year. At the end of your trip downriver, we will meet you at Wimbrow Park, just across from our office. We help people get back in touch with Nature and love seeing kayakers return, relaxed and elated from the experience.
Exploring the wild St. Sebastian River is an adventure in Nature,
creating memories that last a lifetime.
Tours, Events, Camp, and Eco-Education
We are happy to provide standard self-tours, custom-designed special events, and Kids Kayak Camp!
  • Groups up to 10: No reservations needed-just call 15 minutes before arrival
  • Groups of 11-30: 24-hour reservation requested
  • Kayak Camp: Ages 8-15 in June and July
  • River-Park Adventure: Personalized events at Dale Wimbrow Park
  • Veterans, Church, Civic, Business, and School Groups
  • Birthdays, Reunions, and other Special Occasions - even Wedding Parties!
Monday - Friday:     9:00 am - 5:30 pm
                                        Saturday:               9:00 am - 5:00 pm
                                        Sunday:                10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please see our website for additional information or call us to plan your river adventure.
(772) 589-3469

Business to Business Member Discounts
Shop Chamber Members First!

Be sure to take advantage of great savings and discounts from your fellow Chamber members. 
Here are this weeks highlighted discounts.

AMP Advertising
$100 off a facebook build & one month's free PR with annual account
Disney's Vero Beach Resort
10% off breakfast, lunch or dinner, purchase @ shutters restaurant (excluding holidays)
9250 Island Grove Ter
Vero Beach, FL 32963

Oak River Properties
call for special discount on rental/property management services
1555 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL 32958
Coastal Guardian Home Services
10% off home imspections & seasonal home concierge
Treasure Coast

See all of our member discounts  here
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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
Nancy Flickinger, Florida Power & Light
Ben Maffett, Oculina Bank
Robin Raiff, Robin Raiff Real Estate Team
Dana Ryder, Pelican's Landing of Sebastian

Ex Officio
Susan Adams, Indian River County Commissioner
Linda Kinchen, Vice Mayor, City of Sebastian
Jason Nunemaker, City Manager, City of Fellsmere

Chamber Staff
Kimberlee Armstrong, Accounting
Nicole Capp Holbrook, Tourism Director
Beth L. Mitchell, President/CEO
Britney Melchiori, Marketing & Communications Dir
Vicki Wild, Membership Director
Patti Williams, Information Specialist
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
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
Brittany A. Beatty, VanDeVoorde           772-589-4353
          Hall Law, P.L. 
Anna Valencia Tillery, White Glove      772-232-7843
          Moving, Storage & Delivery