SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
From left to right: Betty LaPietra, of Bella by
the Sea; Tom Barger, a retired electronics executive;
and Susan Moir, of Exquisite Events were the three
new faces at the December Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
LaPietra and Moir joined the Chamber and Barger
came because he read about it in The Sun and wanted
to learn more about what the Chamber had to offer.
The breakfast was sponsored by Coast Bank.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
Two new members and a prospective member met with Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce members during a monthly
breakfast at the Sun House restaurant last Wednesday morning.
Betty LaPietra, of Bella by the Sea resort, and Susan
Moir, of Exquisite Events, a wedding and special events
planner, met their fellow chamber members. Retiree Tom
Berger, who worked in the electronics industry, also mingled
with the group.
The breakfasts are billed as an opportunity for members
to meet new and prospective members. Last Wednesdays
breakfast was sponsored by Coast Bank, and representatives
Ellen Aquilina and Susie Kruse spoke about their banks
commitment to the area.
"We pride ourselves in being a community bank that
loves its community," said Aquilina, who spoke of
the bank sponsoring 160 events in the area, including
75 school events.
Former Chamber Board Chairman Don Schroder spoke about
changes in the Chamber in the 12 years he has been on
the board, including three years as the head.
"One goal we had was to change the makeup of the
board to reflect the character of the Chamber," he
said. "As a result, the board went from nearly all
men to nearly all women."
Newly elected Board Chairman Mark Davis said Chamber members
would be getting e-mail poll questions reflecting events
and trends in the business community and he hoped that
they would respond. He said the Chamber would be monitoring
trends that affect the businesses on the Island.