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Fun at Five!
Monday, September 10
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center
14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge, MA, 508-765-8000

Join us as we say 'Goodbye' to Summer and kick off another spectacular Autumn!

We will meet at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in the outdoor Courtyard which features a fire pit and soft seating. Come and network with your fellow members! A variety of food selections from the menu will be served. Try a specialty drink from the cash bar or grab a cold one from the 10 Tap Craft Brew Station in Shades Lounge! Participate in assorted lawn games including Corn Hole and Jenga!

(In the case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors to the newly renovated lobby.)

You could win:
An Overnight Stay for Two including Breakfast at Southbridge Hotel
A Six-Month Membership to Focus Fitness at Southbridge Hotel
Thanks to our host, Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center!

Register for Fun at Five by email or phone. 508-347-2761
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.

Thank you to our September Fun at Five Sponsor! OFS
OFS has one of the longest and most respectable corporate lineages in the history of American business with a heritage dating back to Alexander Graham Bell.

Our continued commitment to quality and innovation has been instrumental in shaping the future of optical communications and fiber optic technology.

OFS Fitel, 50 Hall Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Let's Cake Decorate with Susan!
Presented by: Susan Gaulin of "Let's Cake Decorate"
Tuesday, September 25 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge

FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members. Space is Limited! Please RSVP.
Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot!
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up! Relax, learn and grow with us!

Susan will introduce you to her world of sugar art and her business "Let's Cake Decorate." Even if you feel that cake decorating isn't 'your thing' you'll see that Susan's classes can be designed for anyone, because everyone likes entertainment! Classes can be arranged as simply entertaining fun, all the way to more technique-specific classes. It's a great activity for co-worker events as well as family and friends' get-togethers, especially for the upcoming holidays!

Come get a taste of this edible art as she guides you step-by-step to decorate two cupcakes with autumn buttercream flowers that you can take home and enjoy! Learn how fun and easy decorating can be!

About the Presenter: Susan Gaulin
Hi Everyone! My name is Susan and I'm thrilled to share with you my love of the beautiful sugar art of cake decorating! I've been decorating for 25+ years since I first enrolled in the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating Courses as a teenager. At that time, they were offered as correspondence courses that were sent in the mail. I can still feel the excitement I had when that big box of decorating tools and instructions arrived at the doorstep! I couldn't wait to dig in and practice!

Well, practice I did, over and over I would make those detailed roses and rosebuds. I practiced and learned enough to make my own wedding cake (what Cake Boss would call old-school) with pillars, fountain, staircases and all!

Although I still enjoy making occasional specialty cakes for friends and family, I realized the enjoyment of showing others how to decorate their own beautiful sweet creations. So eventually, after enrolling in many more skills and technique classes and training at the Wilton School (and raising four wonderful boys with many, many birthday cakes) I started my own business "Let's Cake Decorate" teaching classes throughout Central Massachusetts at various local venues, community centers, and private In-Your-Home Class/Parties.

I currently schedule routine classes at Charlton Arts & Activities Center, Hitchcock Academy, Bay Path High School Evening Classes, Seven Hills Foundation, along with private In-Your-Home Classes and occasionally other venues, libraries, and restaurants.

Visit online at Follow my facebook page "events" to see upcoming classes scheduled.

My favorite part of teaching is hearing a student look at their sweet decorated creation at the end of class and say, "I'm so proud of myself right now - I made this!"
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New Member Orientation

The Chamber offers these 75-minute sessions to help our new members and people who may be considering joining the Chamber to maximize the benefits they receive from their membership. Veteran members are welcome to join in as well and get a refresher on all the benefits of being a Chamber Member. We are very pleased to invite you to participate the next session which will take place on the morning of Wednesday, September 19th in the Conference Room at the Chamber Office in Sturbridge.
The details of this FREE program follow. Please RSVP if you are able to attend.

SEPT 19, 2018, 8:30AM TO 9:45AM
(Please arrive at 8:15 for a prompt 8:30 start)
My Chamber Experience
Maximizing Your Membership
Networking Exercise
CMS Referral Group
Affiliation with Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Questions & Answers
Coffee & Light Refreshments will be available.
We sincerely hope you will join us as we present these tools, tips, and strategies to help you get the very most out of your Chamber Membership.

Feel free to give us a ring if you have any questions.
If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Paulette via phone or email at 508-347-2761

If you are unable to attend this session but would like to be informed of future sessions, please let us know.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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You're Invited to
A New England Clambake!
Thursday, August 2, 2018
The Publick House Historic Inn, Sturbridge
The Chamber's Annual Summer Outing is back! We hope you will join us for a traditional New England Clambake hosted by The Publick House! We can't wait to get together with our Members and friends and enjoy a summer clambake with all the fixin's! Here are the details!

5 to 6pm at The Little Red Barn
Stationary and butlered hors d'oeuvres. Cash Bar.

6 to 8pm in the Garden Tent
New England Clam Chowder, Steamed Clams, Assorted Breads & Salads, Boiled Red Bliss Potatoes, Corn on the Cob

1 1/4 lb. Lobster, 12 oz. Sirloin Steak or Vegetarian Entree

DESSERT: Chef's Choice. Assorted Coffees & Teas.

Enjoy the groovy sounds of "Throwback to the 60s"
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor:
Sturbridge Service Center

Also featuring our annual raffle benefiting the Chamber's Charities & Scholarships Fund.
Just $10 per ticket for "Your Chance to be a Millionaire!"
in $1000 worth of lottery scratch tickets!
This will be your last chance to buy tickets!
The winner will be drawn at the Clambake!

Why not make this your company outing?
Groups of any size can be accommodated. Just tell us how many are in your party, and we'll reserve your table.

COST: $55 per person or tables of 10 for $525.

Remember to let us know your meal choice! Lobster, Steak or Veggie?
Deadline to RSVP is July 26.
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Fun at Five
Tuesday, July 10, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Bullard Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA,

Meet us at the Village for July Networking!
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. Step inside more than 40 original buildings, and explore homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 scenic acres.

For July's Fun at Five, our guests will be greeted by a costumed interpreter at the Visitor Center entrance and be guided to the Bullard Tavern. Built by Old Sturbridge Village, 1947. the tavern was originally called the Village Inn and it was built to serve food and beverages to visitors at the Village. Today, it is named for Cromwell Bullard, who owned and operated a tavern in Sturbridge in the 1830s (now The Publick House Historic Inn and Restaurant).

Enjoy tasty hors d'ouevres, Rapscallion Honey Pale Ale, wines and Charlotte's Web-inspired cocktails and a wonderful summer evening as we mingle, network and catch up with our Members and friends.

You could win:
A Family Membership to Old Sturbridge Village (2 Winners!)

Place your business card in the cookie jar at the registration table upon entering the Bullard Tavern for a chance to win Sunday Brunch for Two at the Oliver Wight Tavern (Holidays excluded.)

Register for Fun at Five by email or phone. 508-347-2761
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.

Thank you to our July Fun at Five Sponsor! Dexter-Russell
Dexter-Russell’s products encompass over 2,400 items servicing various market sectors including food service, meat/seafood processing, industrial applications, and outdoor pursuits.

Visit our Factory Outlet Store at 44 River Street,
(Off Hamilton Street), Southbridge, MA 01550

Store Hours: Thursday 5:00 pm–8:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12 Noon
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21 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Going Solar
Exploring the benefits, myths and common concerns about going solar.
Presented by: John Boiano, VP of Sales/co-owner at 180 South Solar LLC

Tuesday, June 26 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP.
Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot!

Solar power pioneer and motivational speaker John Boiano invites you to join a peaceful revolution by taking the mystery out of going solar.

The solar movement is a peaceful revolution, giving us the reigns to take control of how we access our energy and the amount that we pay for it.
We live in challenging times. Mother Earth is hanging in there, waiting for our commitment to jump into action as peaceful warriors on the path of preserving a healthy and vibrant planet. And fortunately, we are at the perfect time in history to take peaceful, but powerful revolutionary action as individuals — simply by changing how we access our energy and installing solar at our homes, businesses and farms.

We the people can revolutionize the world! Bill Nye, The Science Guy, believes that with today’s technology, we could be using 80% renewable energy worldwide by 2050.

Please join us for this engaging and inter-active workshop as Solar Power Pioneer and Motivational Speaker John Boiano offers insights, challenges and solutions into the 21 most asked questions about installing solar energy at your home, small business or farm.

Please bring your questions and let’s have some fun talking about accessing the most powerful energy source in the universe!

John has a long history as an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, environmental activist and business leader in sales and marketing with owning businesses and running highly successful sales teams. With almost 7 years’ experience in the solar industry helping people decide if solar is right for them or not, John is currently the co-owner and VP of Sales at Massachusetts based 180 South Solar LLC. Cell: 860-798-5692 /
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Fun at Five Visits Altruist Brewing Company!
June 12, 5:00 to 7:00pm

Have you experienced Altruist Brewing?
Altruist Brewing Company was founded as a result of the Bixby family sharing their passion for beer with a group of neighbors, all strangers who had just moved to a new town. Friendships were made, bonds were built…over a passion for beer.

Before long, Bob & Nancy teamed up with life-long friend, Chris Mancini.  As demand for their beer grew, the team at Altruist realized that they wanted to make this into something bigger… something they could share with more people. Altruist Brewing was born.

Altruist brews small hand-crafted batches, adjusting each recipe in an endless pursuit of perfection, and including a big dose of love into each batch.

Enjoy fresh brews, tasty, treats, cool drawing prizes, and the opportunity to mingle with local professionals in a fun and relaxed setting!

NOTE: When you pull into the mill (Sturbridge Marketplace) parking lot, please drive all the way to the back of the lot and pull around behind the building to the other side. There, you will see an entrance dedicated to the taproom facing the back parking lot.

Register for Fun at Five by email or phone. 508-347-2761
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.

Altruist's Hours currently are:
THURS 5pm - 10pm, FRI 5pm - 10pm, SAT 12pm - 10pm

We hope to see you there!

Thank you to our June Fun at Five Sponsor!
Amcomm Wireless is a locally owned and operated Verizon Wireless Retailer. Partners Mark Amadio and Kyriakos Konstantakis opened their first location in Sturbridge in 2002. Our friendly, courteous staff can satisfy all your Verizon Wireless needs.

Sturbridge Location: 135 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Want to Feel Less Stress In Your Life?

Living A Less Stressed, More Flourishing Life
Presented by Rita Schiano
Tuesday, May 22, 12:00 p.m.,
Chamber Conference Room, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge, MA

FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP.
Call 508-347-2761 or email
to save your spot!

Join us as Resilience Strategist Rita Schiano offers an educating and entertaining exploration of the choices that determine our direction, and the decisions that ultimately dictate our destiny.

The way stress impacts us does not necessarily have to be negative.
We have a capacity for resilience, behaviors, thoughts, skills, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.

Rita discusses ways to manage stress through resilience, the characteristics of resilient people, as well as personal resiliency skills and attitudes, and how to strengthen them.

About Our Guest Speaker:
Ask Rita Schiano what she does, and she'll answer, "It depends on the day of the week."

On Monday through Friday, you may find her presenting resilience-based programs on managing stress or leadership development.

Or you may find her giving a keynote or workshop on Changing Your Habitudes, Managing Stress, Resilience, or The Healing Power of Forgiveness.

Or she might be presenting a book discussion on one of her novels.

Or she might be meeting with one of her coaching clients, helping them focus on their most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs.

And if it is a Saturday, you'll most likely find Rita at Bay Path University's Central Mass Campus where she is an adjunct professor teaching Philosophy and Women Empowered As Learners and Leaders courses.

Yes, for this resilience strategist and coach, inspirational speaker, author, and professor, it truly does depend on the day of the week.
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Join the Chamber of Central Mass South for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie on the course at our annual Golf Classic. NEW THIS YEAR! A LeaderBoard Air Cannon Competition sponsored by Karl Storz Endovision! A chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2018 Mustang Convertible sponsored by Lamoureux Ford! A beautiful art glass trophy for our winners donated by Karl Storz Endovision! All to help benefit the Chamber Charities and Scholarship Fund. Registration is at 8:00am, 9:00am Shot Gun Start with a Dinner Reception at 2:30.

Your day includes: Continental breakfast, Greens and cart fees, Heritage Country Club in Charlton, MA, Cookout lunch on the course, Spectacular raffle prizes, Contests, Refreshments on the course, Reception and dinner after play.

Scramble Format: All players hit from the best lie
COST: Foursome: $475, Individual: $125, Dinner Only: $30
Visit the Golf Classic webpage for more.
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Fun at Five!
Tuesday, May 22, 5:00pm
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA, 774-241-8450
Meet us at The Barn for May Networking!
The Barn at Wight Farm is the picture-perfect choice for Sturbridge weddings, receptions, corporate events, anniversary parties and functions of all types.
The Barn is a fully renovated post and beam structure hosting events up to 175. Our new Alpheus Wight room is ideal for brides seeking a climate controlled on-site ceremony and also for more intimate parties or functions. The Barn and the Alpheus Wight room are set on nearly four acres of manicured grounds in a colonial village setting which includes a patio, fire pit, and gazebo.
Enjoy tasty treats, cocktails from The Barn's rustic bar, chances to win valuable drawing prizes, and the opportunity to mingle with local professionals in a fun and relaxed setting!
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone. 508-347-2761
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our May Fun at Five Sponsor!
Country Bank

Country Bank is proud to sponsor the May Fun at Five at The Barn at Wight Farm. Come and enjoy the patio and fire pit with giveaways and a Raffle Basket Full of Special Treats for Spring!
Country Bank Main Office:
75 Main Street
Ware, MA 01082
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