"The Joy of Giving" - My goodness, Augusta is a busy place! As I sit in my new office with a wonderful view of Western Ave., I am floored by all the traffic we have received this week. We are thrilled to be in our new location amidst all the hustle and bustle- I even enjoy hearing sirens and airplanes. This is a welcome change, as our last spot was a bit "out of the way" as you might say. Thank you to all who visited and offered well wishes and congratulations. Please join us on Monday at 11 for our Ribbon Cutting!
Even though we are still unpacking boxes, we made it a priority to set up a wonderful Christmas tree and some great decorations to celebrate the season. So celebrate the season we will. That being said, we will close early today to have a staff celebration and to say farewell to Catherine; our temporary admin assistant. She has been an invaluable part of the team as we went through the search process for our new program director. If anyone is in need of a reliable, hardworking administrative professional, let us know and we will put you in touch.
We will also be closing early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve to enjoy some added time with our families -this staff deserves it. This has been a year of dramatic change for the chamber and this team has stepped up and exceeded all expectations. I am tempted to go on for hours, listing all the great things we have done this year and what we have planned for the next, but I need to save a topic for my end of year blog. So, now you have something to look forward to. We will do one more blog this year, likely published between Christmas and New Year's.
As long as I have your attention, however, I want to encourage you to find a way to recognize your staff during this season. Do you do holiday gifts with your staff? Does the company have a party? There are those who would argue that the staff would prefer a bonus to an extravagant and expensive party, so consider scaling the party back and doing a bit of both. Find the recognition that fits your style, your budget and most importantly, your staff. Whatever it is, be sure to take the time to let your staff know that they make your success possible. Never forget that in many cases a cash bonus speaks volumes.
We at the Chamber want to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the coming year. Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can help you in any way.
I would be remiss not to mention the tremendous amount of moving help we had from some amazing volunteers! We could not have done it without each of you! Our sincerest thanks to:
Jane & Pete Myers
The crew from Central Maine Pyrotechnics
The crew provided by Kaplan University
and our amazing Chamber Staff!