Welcome New Members

In This Issue - March 2018 Newsletter

A Note from the President/CEO

There are no appropriate words that can adequately address the most recent school shootings, but a lack of words should not lead us to silence. The conversations in my home after the news broke about the Parkland shootings, were focused on the safety of my grandchild, and buying him a bulletproof vest to wear to school. This is where we are.   It is my hope that the multiple layers of this problem are finally addressed, sooner than later, before another student dies. I don't have all of the answers, and there are so many different opinions, but we need to have civil discourse, and come together to solve this problem. Sooner than later. This. Is. Not. Okay. As a Chamber, last year we sponsored two classes that were taught by the City of Sebastian COPE Officers, "Violence in the Workplace/Active Shooter". We will offer this again if there is interest from our members to learn how to respond to these sad situations. Feed back from the business people that did attend the workshops was very positive. Let us know if there is a continued interest.

We welcome our newest staff member to the Chamber, Ms. Patti Williams. There's nothing like a fresh perspective, and Patti has been fully immersed in the Visitor Center for a couple of weeks, meeting all of our seasonal visitors and becoming acquainted with all things "Sebastian". Since she's new to the area, her questions and comments remind us old timers how very special the Sebastian River area is. We look forward to Patti being a part of our team, and we are highly anticipating the birth of the next Chamber baby, Britney will be out only for a while, as she builds her family to four! We wish everybody the best in their new roles.  

Pelican Island Wildlife Festival and the Shrimp Fest and Craft Beer Hulabaloo are on tap for March. The Wildlife Festival commemorates the creation of the First National Wildlife Refuge in our country, and it's a very unique festival, focused on the environment. The Chamber is always there, and it's an opportunity for you to promote your business in our booth, while learning about all of the natural resources in our area. The Shrimp Fest brings out all of the foodies in our area, and raises money for all of the youth sports organizations in North County. Volunteer driven, this group will be at Riverview Park in Sebastian for their third event. Something new and different! The Chamber will be there too, so if you can't join us for the Wildlife Festival, sign up for the ShrimpFest!

We also have two Concerts in the Park in March, and the 19th year of Concerts remains very popular with the community. Check out the Concert dates here.   And many thanks go out to our sponsors who support this fun quality of life program for the community and the City of Sebastian for their support as well .

Our Chamber networking activities in March provide opportunities to network, link up with the business community and learn about what's happening! Our breakfast is sponsored by Mikamar Dog Training, here at the Chamber office and our lunch will be very informative. Kashi is our sponsor and we will learn about all of their recent activities. Eric Flowers, M.S., lieutenant, Public Affairs with the Indian River County Sheriff's Department will bring us up to date on law enforcement activities in the county. Our Business and Pleasure is across the street from the Chamber at the new office of State Farm, Eric Ponce. And we have two ribbon cutting ceremonies coming up at LaPorte Farms and at the new location for Ted Pankiewicz's not for profit "For the Love of Paws". The Sebastian River Area is hopping right into spring!
Have a prosperous month!

Beth Mitchell


Oculina Bank
Kristie M. Woodward

Kristie Woodward has served the Sebastian Banking Industry for the past 19 years with the last 11 being dedicated to Oculina Bank. She works with a close-knit family of employees at the Sebastian branch of Oculina Bank that includes Alicia Wesley, Donna Goodwin, Diana Best and Misty Patterson. The Sebastian Team is an integral part of the Indian River County Community and boast a combined 148 years of banking experience.

As Sebastian natives we know all our neighbors and community and could not imagine being anywhere else. We can truly say we enjoy coming to work and being with one another and getting to see our customers who have become our friends and a part of our family.

Oculina Bank opened its first branch on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce on January 2, 2004 and is named after a coral reef paralleling the Atlantic Shoreline from Fort Pierce to Cape Canaveral approximately 15 miles offshore. It is home to the largest concentration of a white tree-like coral named Oculina Varicosa, the reef is referred to as the "Oculina bank," A truly local name for a truly local bank.

We offer Free Business accounts along with many other products and services. Please feel free to visit our website www.oculinabank.com  or call 772-581-3199 to learn more.



Concerts in the Park

Chamber Breakfast

Chamber Luncheon

Chamber Business and Pleasure
Date: Friday, Mar 9th

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Band: Daddy Wags
(Classic Rock, reggae & originals)

Location: Riverview Park, Sebastian

Date: Friday, Mar 23rd

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Band: Sebastian River High School Jazz Ensemble & Steel Drum Band

Location: Riverview Park

Date:  Friday, March 2nd

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Sponsor: Mikamar Dog Training - Lisa

Location: Chamber of Commerce
700 Main Street, Sebastian


Date:Tuesday, Mar 13th

Time: Noon - 1:00 PM

Sponsor: Kashi

Speaker: Eric Flowers, Indian River Sheriff's Department

Location: Capt. Hiram's Tiffany Room
1606 US Highway 1

Date:  Thursday, March 15th

Time:  5PM - 7PM

Sponsor:  State Farm - Eric Ponce

Location: 1301 US Hwy 1, Sebastian

Committee Meetings
Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 1st
8:00 AM

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Full Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 7th
8:00 AM

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Health & Wellness Committee Meeting
Friday, March 9th
9:00 AM

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Ribbon Cutting
 Jersey Mike's Subs Ribbon Cutting
Date: February 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
13513 US Highway 1
Friends of LaPorte Farms
New Children Library
Date: March 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
7700 129th St. Sebastian
Come and enjoy OJ, Coffee & Donuts
For the Love of Paws Ribbon Cutting
Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 4-6 PM
12198 St Rd 512
Fellsmere, FL

Community Event Calendar

Chamber Projects

concertRocking Riverview Park for 19 Years!

Sponsored by:
Bay Street Pharmacy, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Hometown News,
Indian River Fitness, FPL, Oculina Bank, Sebastian River Medical Center  & Waste Management

Join us at Riverview Park from 5:30 - 8:00pm to enjoy an evening of music on the Indian River Lagoon.

Concerts in the Park series features great music and a free raffle during intermission with a chance to win giveaways from the local business community.

Food and refreshments for sale from New York Nick's Hot Dogs, Woody's BBQ, Louie G's Italian Ice, and the Lions Club of Sebastian will be selling popcorn. Sebastian PD C.O.P.E. Unit will also be on site! Bring the kids down to clown around with "Josephine Short Britches" - who will have balloon animals and smiles to spare!

Bring your lawn chair and blanket, and enjoy the local talent and river breezes!

February 23rd - Sharkbait!
(Classic Rock)

March 9th - Daddy Wags
(Classic rock, reggae, and originals)

March 23rd -
Sebastian River High School Jazz Ensemble & Steel Drum Band

April 13th -
The Ladies of Soul & the L.O.S. Band 
(Motown, Dance, Party Band)

May 18th - Bobby Owen Band
(Country, blues, and oldies)

 Concerts in the Park is brought to you by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Sebastian.

Flag raising ceremony at Pelican Landing at the Chamber Breakfast
Flag raising ceremony at Pelican Landing at the Chamber Breakfast
Senior Resource Association Sponsor at the Chamber Luncheon
Business and Pleasure hosted by Strike Zone for Chamber Members
Special Member Event with Indian River Hauntings - A Ghost & Historic Walking Tour for Chamber Members
Business and Pleasure hosted by Strike Zone for Chamber Members
Check out our Facebook Page to view all pictures from past networking events.
We have mailed out to all of our members our 2018 Business Directory; your new 2018 Window Decal for your front door or car window; and information on our Golf Tournament.  If you have not yet received this package please contact Vicki Wild at membership@sebastianchamber.com stop in our office, or call 772-589-5969.  If you would like additional 2018 Business Directories to give out to consumers we are happy to give you more, just let us know and we'll drop them off! 

Our networking events have been packed over the last few months, and we're thrilled to see so many new faces along with the familiar ones! We appreciate you all taking the time and seeing the value of our breakfasts, lunches and business & pleasures! We still have a few openings this year to host or sponsor one of these networking events, so if your organization is interested, give me a call or email me at membership@sebastianchamber.com

It's also been nice to see such a supportive group of business folks come together to welcome and celebrate new members at Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening events! We have no shortage of ribbon cuttings in March, so lets keep the warm chamber welcomes coming!  

This past month, I had the pleasure of making my way out to the Sebastian Municipal Airport to get to know the Old Farts Flying Club "OFFC" where more than 40 pilots flew in with their private and vintage planes to have lunch at Sebastian Golf Restaurant, mingle, and tour the Airport facility. What a unique and fun experience! We provided the group with our Visitors Guides to get them more acquainted with the area.

See you at one of the many networking opportunities this month! 

Welcome New Members for the Month of February
Champion Home Health Care
Tom Michaels
840 19th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
National Active & Retired Federal Employee Assoc.
Mike Ferrato
5285 Compass Pointe Circle
Vero Beach, FL 32966
The Recycling Club, Inc.
Rosi Stubbs
6435 51st. Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967

Member News and Announcements

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

Email your news to pwilliams@sebastianchamber.com

Sebastian River Area Tourism Promotion

So far this fiscal year, we've responded to 1,887 leads in response to ads placed in AARP, VISIT FLORIDA & Undiscovered Florida as well as visitor inquiries through calls & the web. Check out some of the ads that we've recently placed promoting the Sebastian River Area:


Opportunities to Promote Your Business
If you would like to promote your business at the upcoming festivals, Pelican Island Wildlife and ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullaballoo, we still have booth space available. This is a great way to network with the community! Call us to reserve your space, 772-589-5969.

Upcoming Festivals & Events
  • Pelican Island Wildlife Festival- March 3rd at Riverview Park *booth space available
  • ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullaballoo- March 16th-18th at Riverview Park *booth space available
  • Free Concerts in the Park from 5:30-8 p.m. at Riverview Park:
    • February 23rd- Sharkbait!
    • March 9th- Daddy Wags
    • March 23rd - Sebastian River High School Jazz Ensemble & Steel Drum Band
    • April 13th- The Ladies of Soul & the L.O.S. Band
    • May 18th- Bobby Owen Band

Sebastian River Art Club
1245 Main Street
Sebastian, FL 32958

Presentation to Kathleen Hill, Administrations Director of the Lagoon Estuary Council of Indian River County, left to right, Kathleen Hill, SRAC President Judy Burgarella, and SRAC Treasurer Vicky Lada.

Celebrating over 80 years, the Sebastian River Art Club was formed in 1937 by a group of local artists, including Rosalee Taylor Hume, whose bronze statue graces the water's edge in Riverview Park. Throughout the Club's 80 years the Club has aggressively pursued ways in which they could support and enhance their community through their art, and create more awareness of the art and artists in their town. Through our club dues, sales of art, donations and a myriad of creative ways we use our art resources to raise funds, the Club has supported many local and regional organizations, charities, and individuals. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, part of our mission is to "give back," such as our Rosalee Taylor Hume Scholarship Fund, and the "Little Gems" Fund which supports folks in need at Christmastime through the Food Pantry. In 2017, the Club gave away two $1,000 scholarships to a local high school students pursuing a career in the arts, and $1,500 to the Food Pantry. Many other organizations are also supported by us yearly. A list of our philanthropic efforts can be found on our website.
Our Clubhouse, "The Art Center," at 1245 Main Street in Sebastian is our 'jewel,' a place where we can go for camaraderie, artistic inspiration, classes and workshops, a place to showcase our art and have art shows, lectures and other events. Part of the building is used by other non-profits, including the Sebastian Quilt Club, also a very philanthropic organization that graces our walls with their beautiful quilts during our yearly "Beautiful Lagoon Art Show," which is coming up March 17-18.
The Sebastian River Art Club is a friendly group of people who eagerly share their talents, tips and tricks. The Club is open for members and to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and most Saturdays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Art classes are usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and are in a variety of mediums. Information about schedules and teachers can also be found on the website. Special workshops are also conducted periodically on select Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Club's signature show, the 2nd Annual "Beautiful Lagoon Fine Art Show" is March 17-18 in the Art Center, and is a celebration of our beloved Lagoon, with proceeds benefiting the Lagoon Estuary Council of Indian River County. Showcasing over 100 Lagoon-themed works including paintings, sculpture, photographs, woodworking, jewelry, glass and more, our first show in 2017 was a great success, and it is predicted to be bigger and better this year. An opening reception will be held Saturday, March 17th 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with awards ceremony at 6:00 pm. The show runs through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and all is free and open to the public. Delicious refreshments created by our "artist-chefs" will be served.
Artists in all mediums are welcome to join the Club, and general membership is only $35. Our monthly meetings run from September through May, and are held the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am. Monthly "Art By The River" fine art shows in Riverside Park run from November to April, and artists will compete for ribbons in our special Juried Show there February 17th, with a rain date of February 18th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Artists have many exhibit opportunities year-round through our "Art Around Town public art program, and also are entitled to have a section in the website for their paintings, biography and a head shot at no cost.
To learn more about the Sebastian River Art Club, please stop in the Art Center any time during normal operating hours, or visit our website at www.sebastianriverartclub.com, or call the Club at 772-571-6632, or 772-581-8281.


"Nacho Average Golf Tournament"
Hit the links with us CINCO DE MAYO style!

The  27th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th at the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course! Join us for a great day of golf followed by a fiesta style lunch at the Tiki Bar & Grill! 

This Annual Golf Tournament provides the opportunity for social interaction and networking among golfers and t-box sponsors. As our biggest fundraiser, this event helps underwrite the Chamber's efforts in supporting a healthy business environment, promoting our tourism resources, and enhancing the quality of life in our community.

We look forward to building on the success of last year's tournament and are offering plenty of ways for you to promote your business or organization on the green.  Sponsorship opportunities start at $100 and go up to $1,000... something for every budget!

Check out the Golf Registration Form in this newsletter for full details on Sponsorship Levels and to sign up.

In addition to a fun day on the links, participants will also enjoy a luncheon and awards presentation along the Indian River Lagoon at the Tiki Bar & Grill. Lunch includes (2) draft, wine or well drinks OR (1) well margarita. 

Read all about the fun we has last year! See you on the links for the 27th Annual Golf Tourney!

Thank you to Sebastian Municipal Golf Course for hosting our tournament again this year. 

And a special shout out to our Silver Golf Sponsors -  
Sandpiper Pest Control, Waste Management & Woody's BBQ! 


26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

The Pelican Island Wildlife Festival celebrates the anniversary of the establishment of the nation's first National Wildlife Refuge, on March 14, 1903, by President Theodore Roosevelt!  Hosted by the Pelican Island Preservation Society and the City of Sebastian.

To help make the festival a success each year, PIPS relies on numerous volunteers the day of the event.   If you are interested in information about volunteer opportunities or how to register to help out, visit our Volunteer Page.

For more information, please visit our webiste: http://www.firstrefuge.org/pelican-island-wildlife-festival/

It's ShrimpFest time again!  
New Location!   New Format!  

Same great Florida shrimp and Florida craft beer.  
This year the festival will be a three-day event and will be held at Riverview Park in Sebastian. Join us for a Florida style St. Patty's Day weekend!

Friday,  March 16 - 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 - 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 18 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo features FREE entry and parking, live music, exciting kids' activities, loads of vendors and more.  Festival goers can sample a variety of locally brewed craft beer on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00.  Pareidolia Brewing Company of Sebastian has joined forces with other  local brewers who will be bringing their best brews.  

Entry to the festival is free but the Craft Brew Tasting is $35 at the door, presales are $30 at eventbrite.com. Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery of Ft. Pierce will delight you with their selection of wine during the entire weekend.

For more information contact us or check out our website.  Info@ShrimpFestFL.com   or   www.ShrimpFestFL.com

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.

Hometown News
FREE Color with program
Capt. Christy's "Casual Cruisin"
10% off Pontoon/Kayak Tours
Call for various special tours and parties
806 Indian River Dr.
Sebastian, FL  32958

Bay Street Pharmacy  & Home Health Care
20% off vitamins/cholesterol testing, free delivery/local business
7746 Bay Street
Sebastian, FL 32958
Panda Contractors
$59 off any repairs
1210 Oslo Rd.
Vero Beach, FL 32968 

See all of our member discounts  here
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Whether your business is growing, hiring for season, or filling an empty position, we are here to help you get the word out. 
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Upcoming SCORE Webinar Schedule
Mark your calendars for these no-cost online webinars and resources you may find useful! 

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm EST
Imagine running a successful local business with time on your hands. Sounds like a dream, right? It doesn't have to be.

In this webinar, small business author and speaker Barry Moltz will share tips to help you run your business efficiently.
You'll learn how to:
  • Select a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
  • Encourage a prospect to respond (when they won't)
  • Use email marketing effectively
  • Write emails that get opened
  • Create a feasible social media strategy

For more helpful resources and tips, check out SCORE's previously recorded Webinars HERE

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
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