UPDATE: Northwest CT Chamber annual meeting changed to April 12

TORRINGTON — The 118th Annual Meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. will take place on April 12, 11:30 a.m. at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility, 371 Pinewoods Road, Torrington. The event was rescheduled from April 11.

This year’s keynote speaker is Governor Ned Lamont.

The 2019 inductees into the Chamber Hall of Fame are Karen Kuhl of Geer Village Senior Community and Paul Patch, an O&G Industries retiree.

“Both have contributed countless hours of their time to our Chamber and deserve our upmost praise,” members said in a statement.

Kuhl has been a member of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber since 1998. She has served as a member of the Hospitality Committee for close to 10 years and has assisted at countless events greeting attendees and volunteering to assist the event host. She has also been a member of the Marketing & Communications Committee since its inception in 2015.

Kuhl has volunteered as a Chamber Ambassador and took over the co-chairperson position in 2018. After the merger of the Canaan Chamber of Commerce with the Northwest Connecticut Chamber, she facilitated meetings and events at Geer Village and now serves as the Canaan Liaison on the chamber board.

Kuhl has volunteered countless years for the Read Aloud program and is a regular participant in the chamber’s Business Showcase and past Expo events. Along with her co-workers at Geer, she has hosted many Health Council meetings, Business with Breakfast and Business After Hours events.

Patch retired from O&G Industries in 2017 after 36 years of service. He has served on the chamber board since becoming a director in 2007. His rendition of the National Anthem has been heard at each annual meeting since 2007.

In 2011, he was elected to the executive committee as vice-chairman of the board. He served in that capacity until 2015, when he was elected board chairman, serving until 2017. Since then, he has volunteered as treasurer of the chamber Board of Directors. In addition, he has served on the Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception in 2007 and on its Executive Committee since 2015.

During the business meeting, members will recognize retiring members of the Board of Directors as well as elect those who have been nominated for a three-year term. The retiring members of the board include Joyce Muse, Altek Electronics, Inc., Paul Samele, Jr., Chatterley’s Banquet Facility, and Margret Warner, Litchfield Bancorp.

The individuals to be elected to the board Christine Bascetta-Gath, Litchfield Bancorp; Robert Geiger, Town of Winchester; Maria Gonzalez, New Opportunities, Inc.; Kathleen Katrenya, Torrington Savings Bank; Antonio Ponte, Jr., Thomaston Savings Bank; Michael Rooke, Ph.D., Northwestern Connecticut Community College; Erick Royer, Stepcraft, Inc.; John Seagrave, Barron Financial Group, LLC; and Jacque Williams, Jacque Williams Entertainment.

This year’s meeting is sponsored by O&G Industries, Inc., Geer Village Senior Community, Litchfield Bancorp, Northwest Community Bank, Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Thomaston Savings Bank and Torrington Savings Bank.

The Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. is the oldest business organization in the Northwest Corner. Incorporated in 1901, the Chamber is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization funded by the membership investment of its 750 members and affiliates as well as its programs and initiatives. The mission of the Chamber is to promote economic growth while enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Connecticut.