2013-02-20 / Front Page

Sunnyside Chamber Discusses Seminars And Community Events

By Thomas Cogan

The names of two board members of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce (SCC) were announced at the February luncheon meeting, held as always at Dazies Restaurant on Queens Boulevard.  SCC President Swain Weiner said the chamber is trying to expand its activities by working in collaboration with such institutions as A Taste of Sunnyside and Woodside on the Move, but admitted that, at present, there is a problem of funding that must also be addressed. In addition, the situation is not helped by the fact that the chamber’s Web site is down.  That didn’t spoil the temper of the luncheon meeting, however, which also included announcements from Sunnyside Shines and the Long Island City YMCA, and the news from Weiner that he is now president and partner of Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties.
The two new board members are Judy Zangwill, executive director of Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th Street, and Laura Heim, who is an architect with an office on 46th Street near Skillman Avenue and also a past president of the American Institute of Architects, Queens chapter.
A check of the Web site, www.sunnysidechamber.org, does indeed reveal that it is down for maintenance after being plagued with a virus.  Weiner expressed his regret and said only that he hoped it would soon be repaired.  He also said the chamber has a problem of insufficient funds, which he said he would like to raise in the neighborhood while also attempting to gain 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.  He asked attendees to promote the chamber, especially to businesses in the neighborhood that might not be members.
Among the attendees was Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines, the local Business Improvement District (BID) office, at 45-56 43rd Street.  She was promoting a seminar, Better Marketing through Social Media, which is to be held Wednesday, March 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Library, 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue.
This is a free seminar, sponsored by Sunnyside Shines, SCC and the Queens Chamber of Commerce.  It will cover e-mail marketing and what is advertised as “the key points you need to know to stay in touch with customers”.  While it is free, and bringing guests along is encouraged, registration is required, at www.queenschamber.org or 718-898-8500.
Jonathan Dunn of the Long Island City YMCA put a lot of enthusiasm into his presentation.  The Y’s current theme is “We’re Here for Good”, to go along with its stated mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  A new member of SCC, Jun Medina, introduced himself as a computer consultant, available at junmed@hotmail.com and 718-779-1654.
Valentine’s Day didn’t get any publicity at the February meeting, but next month’s meeting, Tuesday, March 12, will be devoted to St. Patrick’s Day. Guest speaker will be Congressmember Joseph Crowley of the 14th New York Congressional District, which includes Sunnyside.  The luncheon fare will feature Irish soda bread, which will be baked by Luke Adams, the chamber’s executive director.

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