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  • Digital Volume 3 Issue 9                              

    May 2012

    To sign up for the RRCC 27th Annual Golf Classic Click Here

    All New RRCC Annual Golf Classic!!



    New location!

    New Day!

    New Low Price!

    New Special BBQ!

    The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce 27th Annual Golf Classic

      Friday, June 8, 2012
    at Green Mountain National Golf Course
    Shot gun start at 1:30 p.m.

    Entry fee only $99 per person
    (includes greens fees, cart rental & BBQ)

    * Win a car from Shearer Honda!

    * Win a Hot Tub from Allen Pools & Spas!
    * New Special Barbecue!
    * Goody Bags!

    * New Silent Auction!

    * New Contests, Prizes & Trophies!
    This is a great networking opportunity and an important Chamber fundraiser.

    Sign up your team now by filling out the form here, emailing us, or you can call RRCC (802-773-2747).  There are sponsorship opportunities still available by calling Joan Hill at 802-773-2747 ext. 203.

    Cash Reward!  RRCC Membership Drive

    dollar.jpgAttention! Want Cash? The Chamber Membership drive continues until May 15th and we want you to participate and put some cash in your pocket! For every new member you sign up during this period you will receive $25.00 cash. And there's more! You will also receive (2) entries for every new member you sign up; entered in a Grand Prize Drawing at the completion of the campaign. Additional incentive for the new member includes a free Web Link or FaceBook Link from for a year! Great exposure for their business! And there's more! The new member will also be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing! Simple Membership Forms and Benefits are ready for you at the Chamber office. Joan Hill (RRCC Membership Director) will also be happy to review this with you and accompany you on the visit to your qualified lead. Call Joan at 773-2747, e-mail or stop by for your simple membership form. We hope you will participate and help the Chamber reach our goal of 30 new members!

    Chamber's Getting It Done

         Here is an outline some of the recent successes the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce has had in promoting and building this region. For example, in recent years we have played an integral role in securing millions of dollars in transportation funds for area roads, our airport, and our railways.

         Working with area lodging we have actively pursued and secured several major conventions that are taking place in Rutland, i.e. the Model T Ford Club International will hold their Annual Summer Tour here in July.

         Annually we respond to thousands of tourist requests by phone, mail and email. Together with the Mountain Times we distribute tens of thousands of our beautiful regional magazines. In addition we distribute tens of thousands of area maps, guides and brochures representing our local businesses and attributes.

         We promote the area through our active web site You can also find us promoting the area on a daily basis using Facebook, Twitter and QR Codes.

         We just completed our very successful business expo and are currently planning our Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza and our annual ski industry recognition called Winter In August.

         We are very excited about our significant new presence on Merchants Row where you can find our employees, a visitor’s center replete with information, and an active community conference room complete with amenities like pubic restrooms and public wireless internet access.

         I want to thank our dedicated hard working staff; Ann Marie Clifford, Joan Hill and Penny Inglee, as well as our dedicated board of directors, and our host of amazing volunteers.

         Lastly, I want to recognize the generous support of our business community. Proudly we are a membership driven regional organization that raises all of our own funding without the benefit of your tax dollars.

    Tom Donahue                                                                    
    RRCC Executive Vice President / CEO

    Great Member Benefit - Brochure  Distribution

    broracks.jpgThe Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce maintains brochure space for our members at various locations throughout the area include the Chamber office (50 Merchants Row, Rutland), Amtrak Station, Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, Diamond Run Mall and the RRCC Visitors Center in Main St. Park (operating 7 days a week Late May through October).  As a benefit of membership in the Chamber we will distribute your brochures to our brochure locations.  Please be sure to get us your brochures for distribution.

    RRCC Selling Great Escape Tickets for 2012

    greatescapelakegeorg4c1.jpgThe Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Six Flags: Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom Theme Park in Lake George, NY to offer RRCC Members discount tickets to the park.  The RRCC Member “Good Any Day” tickets are only $36 per person, which is a savings of over $14 (Adult General Admission Gate price is $50.86 per person).  You can purchase your tickets at the Chamber Office or online.  For more information go to or call 802-773-2747

    Workers Comp Corner

    Sponsored by Poulos Insurance

    • What is the Workers' Compensation Assessment Fund?
    • The workers’ compensation administration fund was created to provide the funds necessary to administer Vermont’s Workers’ Compensation Program.

      The fund consists of contributions from employers, based on the Workers’ Compensation Assessment Rate.

      The statutory reference for the Workers' Compensation Administration Fund is available at the following link:
    • Current Workers' Compensation Assessment Rates:
      • Insurance Companies:
      • Starting July 1, 2011 the assessment rate is 1.75%.
      • July 1, 2010 the assessment rate was 1.425%.
      • Self-Insured: 1% of workers’ compensation losses during the preceding calendar year.

        These assessment rates will remain in effect until further notice.

    Workers Comp Corner is sponsored by Poulos Insurance: For more information or rates on Workers' Compensation or any other business insurance contact Chuck Rose at Poulos Insurance, 802-775-4443 or .

    Membership Directors Update - Joan Hill

    joanhillnew.jpgHi Everyone,

    Thank you to Roots The Restaurant and Earth Waste & Metal for hosting the April mixer. The pig roast, presentation, music (thanks to C & C Music Show) and door prizes were excellent.

    New Perk Card addition: The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center is offering 25% off 2012 summer courses in celebration of their 25th Anniversary.

    Kudos to Central Vermont Public Service for hosting the annual celebration and cleanup of Chittenden Reservoir. Free T-shirts for the first 200 volunteers. Also free hot dogs, drinks and chips. There will be free guided kayak tours and educational fish and wildlife demonstrations. The event is co-sponsored by Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Casella Waste Management, Green Mountain National Forest and WJJR.

    There is still time to take part in our Membership Drive. For every new member you bring to the Chamber you will receive $25.00 cash and 2 vouchers for a Grand Prize Drawing. The new member will receive a free website or Facebook link and 1 voucher for the Grand Prize Drawing.

    The Chamber will be hosting our 27th Annual Golf Classic at the Green Mountain National Golf Course on June 8th . This is the Premiere Golf Tournament in Rutland County. If you would like to sponsor a hole or reserve a team, please contact the Chamber office (802-773-2747) as soon as possible.

    Once again the Chamber will put on the “Fireworks Extravaganza” at the Vermont State Fairgrounds on July4th at 9:45pm.  If you would like to sponsor this event which is free to the public and attended by thousands, please call me at the chamber office (802-773-2747).

    Join a committee, offer Perk Card discounts and get involved to receive the most benefits from your Chamber. I look forward to seeing you all at the next mixer on May 8th at the The Gables and The Meadows at East Mountain, 157 Heritage Hill Place Rutland.

    Welcome New Members!

    American Cancer Society
    Michele Almeida
    55 Day Lane, Williston, VT  05495
    Ph: 802-872-6344~866-466-0626  Fax: 802-872-6399
    The official sponsor of birthdays.

    Brileya’s Chrysler Jeep Inc.
    Scott Brileya
    1253 US Route 7 North, Rutland, VT  05701
    Ph: 802-773-3555~888-773-3551  Fax: 802-773-3771
    Family owned Five Star dealer with over 32 years of customer satisfaction under our belts, serving Rutland, VT and the surrounding areas. 

    Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
    Carol Driscoll
    636 Marble St., West Rutland, VT  05777
    Ph: 802-438-8097  Fax:  802-438-2020
    Located among Vermont’s historic marble quarries, the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
    inspires sculpture exploration through hands on workshops, international residencies and exhibitions.

    Permanence Asset Preservation Specialists
    Jon Gilbert
    Provides an accurate inventory of homes, possessions and vital documents.  In turn, they have been assured of more accurate reporting when placing an insurance claim or filing
    a police report.  Permanence is here to help preserve your property and prepare you or your loved ones for that unexpected moment.

    Frank Smead
    PO Box 705, Rutland, VT  05702
    Dining and Activity Bargains buy-one / get-one free meals and admission tickets, favorite top quality restaurants and activities.

    Thank You For Renewing Your Membership!

    Bead Warehouse
    Vivian Gulick
    Ph: 802-775-3082 Fax: 802-775-3081

    Earth Waste & Metal
    Allyson Kilbride
    49 Wales St., Suite 1, Rutland, VT 05701
    Ph: 802-775-7722 Fax: 802-786-9070

    Green Mountain Credit Union

    Tom Edwards
    3141 Cold River Rd., Rutland, VT 05701
    Ph: 802-776-1142 ~ 866-242-6661 Fax: 802-776-1145

    Hampton Inn/Rutland Killington
    Lainnie Lacroix
    47 Farrell Road, Rutland, VT 05701
    Ph: 802-773-9066 Fax: 802-773-9077

    Key Bank
    Scott Tanner
    80 West Street, Rutland, VT 05701
    Ph: 802-773-0610 ~ 800-642-5154
    Fax: 802-775-5780

    Lynn Munsinger
    P.O. Box 271, Killington, VT 05751
    Ph: 802-422-2973

    Ray Beane Tire & Service Ctr.
    John Westebbe
    PO Box 278, Rutland, VT 05702
    Ph: 802-773-2741 ~ 800-540-2741
    Fax: 802-747-3241

    Rutland Free Clinic
    Park Street Healthshare, Inc.
    Karen Alcorn
    145 State St., Rutland, VT  05701
    Ph: 802-775-1360   Fax:  802-774-5004

    Something Sweet
    Melissa Malmgren
    37 Center Street, Rutland, VT 05701
    Ph: 802-786-0880  Fax: 802-786-0881

    The Belden Company
    Kent Belden
    20 Belden Rd., Rutland, VT 05701
    Ph: 802-773-9004 Fax: 802-773-1599

    Thrive Center of the Green Mountains Inc.

    Joe & Lisa Donohue
    Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
    68 S. Main St., Wallingford, VT 05773
    Ph: 802-446-2499 Fax: 802-446-2508

    Verizon Wireless

    Scott Bjerke
    324B US Route 7 South, Rutland, VT 05701
    Ph: 802-747-4402  Fax: 802-747-4988

    News From Our Members

    Center Lodge #34 Free and Accepted Masons will hold their.  6th Annual Spring Fling Yard & Bake Sale on May 4-6.  Rides, games, food and more, bake and yard sale Saturday only, 51 Washington St., Downtown Rutland, sponsored by Center Lodge #34 Free and Accepted Masons.

    CVPS has been presented with the Edison Electric Institute’s 2011 Emergency Recovery Award for its response to Tropical Storm Irene.  Despite overwhelming challenges, including 73,000 customer outages and the isolation of 13 towns and thousands of customers, CVPS restored all electrical service in five days.

    Enman * Kesselring Consulting Engineers is celebrating 30 years in business.  What started as Enman Engineering with a drafting table and tee square in Blair Enman’s basement 30 years ago, is today Rutland City’s longest practicing Civil Engineering and Environmental Permitting Consulting firm.

    Holden Insurance is having an Open House at their two locations on May 14th, 10am-5pm.  Stop by and meet the team, tour the offices, learn about the various insurance products they provide.  Lunch will be provided 11am-1pm.  Giveaways and door prizes.  Rutland location:  92 Center St., 802-775-2503; Middlebury location: 94 Court St., 802-388-4992.

    Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont is hosting a free workshop,  2011 Vermont Residential Building Energy Standards.  Vermont’s residential energy code has changed.  The free workshop will take place Friday, May 11th, 9am-12 noon at FW Webb on Cold River Rd in Rutland.  RSVP by May 8th to Efficiency Vermont – Residential New Construction services, 800-893-1997 or email

    KoSA International Percussion Workshop, Drum Camp & Festival will take place July 24-29, 2012 at Castleton State College.  This is an opportunity to live, study and perform with the World’s Top Artists.  For more information go to

    PEG-TV is pleased to announce the new weather charts and information for Channel 15 and  Viewers will now be able to enjoy, crisp, broadcast quality, up to date weather information in real time throughout the day.

    Rutland Dismas House will hold their 22nd Annual Dinner & Auction on Sunday, May 20th.  The honorary chair will be Senator Bernard Sanders.  Registration, reception & silent auction will take place at 4pm, with a live auction at 5pm and dinner, awards and Keynote Speakers Majid Ettouzar and Travis Trites at 6pm.  The event will be held at the Holiday Inn.  For tickets or more information call 802-775-5539.

    The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces their Annual Members’ Show, May 19-July 1, 2012.  All members have the opportunity to show their work in this popular exhibition.  There will be a reception for the artists, open to the public in May 19th, 5-7pm.  For more information call 802-438-2097.

    Tutoring that Makes Sense is scheduling for summer 2012 now. Private, individualized sessions support reading, writing and math K – 8. Do you know how your child learns best?  Lessons uniquely address each child’s needs and interests. Assessment is practical and ongoing. Contact: Dr. Alis Headlam at 802 747- 3448 or headlam Website:  Discount for Chamber members.

    VT Small Business Development Center will host Starting Your Own Small Business workshop on May 10th, 9am at REDC, 112 Qualitiy Lane in Rutland.  The three hour session will help future business owners determine the next steps toward starting and financing a new venture.  The cost is $40 and includes a business planning workbook and access to five online workshops.  Registration can be done online at  For more information call 802-773-9147.

    Wilson Castle in Proctor will hold an Open House, free admission, refreshments on May 25th.  Event info, tickets, volunteer sign-up. 5-7pm.  For more information call 802-773-3284.





    invites you to the
    May Chamber Mixer
    Tuesday, May 8th

    Location: The Gables, 157 Heritage Hill Place, Rutland
    Directions:  Woodstock Ave. to Gleason Rd., follow Gleason Rd. 1/2 mile.  Turn left on to Heritage Hill Place.  Go past one stop sign, The Gables building will be on the right.

    Great Food

    Cash Bar provided by South Station Restaurant

    Great Door Prizes

    Great Networking

    May Chamber Meetings
    5/1 Special Events, 8:30am
    5/3 Membership Development, 8am
    5/8 Mixer at The Gables & The Meadow, 5-7pm
    5/23  Board of Directors, 12:15pm

    RRCC Perk Card

    Member To Member

    Discount Program


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    sponsors of the
    RRCC Courier

    MVRTD/The Bus


    APC Services

    Need Transportation?

    Amtrak and Cape Air
    have you covered!





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