Delaware Area Chamber talk Thursday features county’s five schools superintendents


By Gary Budzak - gbudzak@civitasmedia.com



This month’s Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Third Thursday” luncheon on the “State of the Schools” will have not one, but five speakers.

The superintendents of Big Walnut Local Schools (Angie Pollock); Buckeye Valley Local Schools (Andrew Miller); Delaware Area Career Center (Mary Beth Freeman); Delaware City Schools (Paul Craft); and Olentangy Local Schools (Mark Raiff) are scheduled to speak Thursday at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Road.

No doubt growth, buildings, bond and levy issues will be among the talking points.

“We have covered a myriad of topics since 2009,” said chamber president Holly Quaine. “Our topics range from the economic development of — fill in the blanks — to elected officials. We also have the state of the city and the state of the county, which are annual set meetings.”

This month’s meeting is sponsored by the Delaware County Foundation.

“They always sponsor this particular event,” Quaine said. “The sponsor gets some recognition in the (chamber) newsletter and at the event, and they also introduce the speakers. It’s a nice little opportunity for them to speak up.”

The event starts at 11:45 a.m. and is scheduled to run until 1 p.m. The cost, which includes a buffet lunch, is $15 to chamber members; or $20 non-chamber members.

Quaine said anywhere from 25 to 90 people attend the monthly luncheons, “depending on the topic.”

Other chamber events include the “Joint Business After Hours” event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Honda Marysville dealership. It’s typical for a chamber to include other municipalities, Quaine said, hence the inclusion of the word “area.”

“The area consists of anyone who does business in Delaware County who wants to be a member of our chamber for all of the reasons that people are members of any chamber of commerce,” she said. “We have members from Columbus, Marion and many other ZIP codes, and it’s because they do business in this area. They want the name recognition, they want to network, and all the other opportunities we have to offer.”

Reservations are required by visiting dachamber@delawareareachamber.com or calling 740-369-6221.

By Gary Budzak

gbudzak@civitasmedia.com

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.