Fellowship and Presentation at the May Luncheon

By Tiffany Cooke

Chamber members met at the May Luncheon to catch up on local business news and receive a presentation from Schneck Medical Center and Family Care in the Awareness Washington County building on Thursday.

Just over 40 members attended the Luncheon, a turnout that filled the tables. While members caught up with their friends and fellow business representations before the meeting, they also enjoyed a food spread of ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, a variety of cookies, and more. The meal was sponsored by the Piper Flight Museum.

Country Cookin’ catered this month’s Luncheon.

Like previous Chamber Luncheons, pledge and prayer commenced the meeting, followed by introductions of attendees.

Once seats and stomachs were full, Doctor of Business Development Mindy Roeder and Schneck Supervisor Lori Sebastian began their presentation, complete with individual folders packed with information for each member to look through.

Roeder addressed these folders, going through the flyers and packets inside. The 2019 Wellness Guide included a list services Schneck offers, like maternal/paternal classes, weight loss classes and support groups, disease specific support groups, classes, and screening, cancer screenings and support groups, grief support groups, and special and community events. Much of the information in the folder expanded on these opportunities. Roader briefly addressed these options, connecting it with the Community Resource Guide – a packet listing the location and phone numbers of various health resources in the area.

Mindy Roader happily presented Chamber members with their folders of information.

Roader also discussed an addition to the Schneck Medical Center, an expansion that includes a new Intensive Care Unit. With this comes more good news for the Center.

“It’s exciting for us,” Roader said. “We just received news that we are an A graded rating in the safety guide.”

While the primary center is in Seymour, Schneck is local too. In Salem, Schneck retains a Family Care, recently opened a Rehabilitation Center for sports and physical therapy, and provides an athletic trainer to Salem High School at no cost.

Sebastian spoke on these community amenities, mentioning that the Family Care is both a primary care and walk-in facility with onsite X-rays and advanced medical equipment.

“Anything you need, I’m always here to answer calls or questions,” Sebastian said, one of the perks of staying local.

Another is the ability to register online for appointments before making the trip to reduce wait time and time away from work. Employers may also benefit from this healthcare option by utilizing their services for group wellness, safety, and drug screenings.

“They offer a lot more services than I was aware of,” Tara Kritzer, Chamber executive manager, said following the presentation.

The Luncheon ended how it began – in fellowship. Members had a chance to share any news from their business or promote upcoming events. Many praised the success of Friday Night on the Square.

Mosier Family Chiropractic, who donated a TV to the Chamber to be raffled at the event, thanked Walmart for providing them with great service when purchasing the TV. Many smiled at this connection that brought members together for one common goal.

“This just shows that we are all family here. We help each other out,” Kritzer laughed.

The Luncheon is an event for community business representatives to bond and interact.

Next month’s Luncheon will take place June 27 at noon. The next presenter is still to be determined, but members can expect another meal and more fellowship within the family-like atmosphere that the Chamber embraces.

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