If you haven’t voted yet, please make sure you do today. Someone called me last week and asked who the chamber supports for Commissioner. I told her that we don’t endorse candidates, but that the chamber board did vote to support the School Board referendum and Amendment 2, and I referred her to charlottevotes.com and the local Democratic and Republican offices. I hope she (and all voters) do their homework.

Please join us tomorrow at Chelsea Place Home Care, on Thursday at We Insure, Debbie Reynolds Insurance Group and next Tuesday Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass for 5:30 p.m. ribbon-cuttings. It’s a great way to welcome new businesses in a smaller, casual setting. Bring business cards to share!

Scotty’s Brewhouse is hosting our Nov. 14 Networking at Noon. Please visit the Chamber store to register and select your food choice or call our Port Charlotte office at 627-2222. We decided to cancel the Nov. 21 Third Wednesday Coffee to give members more time to bake, prepare and travel. And, our November-December Business Card Exchange will be on Dec. 6 at the Cultural Center, sponsored by the Charlotte Harbor Rotary Club.

On Dec. 5 at 5:15 p.m., we having our 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting of the tree facing US 41, next to the Murdock Administration Building. There will be food, music and more. Our thanks to sponsors Centennial Bank (grilling hot dogs) and Shelley Johnson/Allison James Estates & Homes (cookies/cider), and the Charlotte Stone Crabs/Tampa Bay Rays (hitting inflatable and more). Please bring your own lawn chair and enjoy this informal community event with us.

Our 40th Annual Christmas Parade is at noon on Dec. 8 from Charlotte High School, north on Taylor and to disbanding at the Event Center. Awards will be presented to first, second and third place winners in a variety of categories — Best Float (flatbeds or trailers), Best Decorated Car or Pickup Truck, and Best Marching/Performing Unit and will be announced and presented at the Third Wednesday Coffee on Dec. 19. Registration forms are in the Chamber store and in both offices.

And, plan on attending our Dec. 14 Coffee Connections at the Freeman House from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. We’ll have coffee and breakfast munchies as you catch up with colleagues while admiring the beautiful decorations in our office in Punta Gorda.

Julie Mathis is executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Email her at jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org.

Julie Mathis is executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Email her at jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org.

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