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Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Members Attend Monthly Breakfast Sponsored by Lakeland Bank

Tammie Horsfield, President of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, addresses the crowd. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
Ray Cordts of Lakeland Bank. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
Bob Vandenbergh, CEO for Lakeland Bank. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
Cathy Kut of Realty Executives in Sparta. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
Lynn Apolinaro of the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller

LAFAYETTE, NJ - Members of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce attended their monthly breakfast this past Tuesday. After the usual sign-in, members experienced something different from other breakfasts, with a line of greeters welcoming them in to the breakfast.

"We're here in force today," said Ray Cordts, Lakeland Bank Vice President of Sales, at the podium, midway through the breakfast. 
Cordts, and some fellow Lakeland Bank employees present at the breakfast, were the ones greeting members as they entered, with Lakeland Bank as the breakfast sponsor.
Tammie Horsfield, President of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the attendees, who filled the banquet room of the Lafayette House.

Horsfield reminded members about the upcoming 28th Annual Quality in Business, Quality in Living Awards Dinner, on Thursday, March 28, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Lake Mohawk Country Club.
Horsfield also announced that on June 1, beginning at Kittatinny Valley State Park, will be a special 5K run.
"It's National Trails Day," said Horsfield. 
The Sussex County Chamber of Commerce helped to refurbish a stretch of trails, which is the reason to celebrate with the 5K.
In the distant future, Horsfield asked members to mark their calendars for the Champion of the Grill, on September 22.
"It's a great time for fun, and wonderful barbecue," said Horsfield,
From there, she welcomed new members: Amcom 1 Promotions, Blue Ridge Rescue Squad, Coaching for Life, George's Wine Gallery, Gilbert Securities, Hidden Pastures LLC, Homestead Rehabilitation Center, Law Office of Colleen M. Cunningham, Merrill Lynch, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, and Town II Auto Body.
"Every month, we bring you a new wellness tip," said said Horsfield, discussing the tips the chamber provides monthly to its members. 
The members each had a card reading, "Just Breathe," on it, with relaxation tips in the back.
"We encourage you in your busy lives to just breathe," Horsfield said.
In upcoming months, she told members, there will be caregiver support information, and  information about chronic disease self-management, as part of the wellness series. 
On the health and wellness sector, she also reminded members of Family Fest, sponsored by Newton Medical Center, on May 4. There are healthy activities, food vendors, environmentally-friendly product vendors, and more.
Just announced as well is the "Heat is On" contest, involving county fire departments, and a tug of war between the departments, and a "Best in Show," and "People's Choice," award for the best fire trucks.
At the Family Fest, there will be a pie-throwing contest.
"We're going to have a lot of fun, it's a growing event, in the name of wellness," Horsfield said, and named VIP's who will be participating; Rob Nicholson, Bruce Tomlinson, Rich Vohden, Ray Cordts, and Dr. Paul Mazur.
Horsfield then introduced Cordts, who introduced Bob Vandenbergh, COO for Lakeland Bank. Vandenbergh spoke proudly of the company, especially the employees, and their spirits of giving back to the community. He said there are about 600 Lakeland Employees, clocking in about 12,000 hours a year, of time to help out in the community.
"We're a company with personality, we're a company that is like a family," he said. 
The company watched customer habits, which Vandenbergh noted, have changed over time, especially with the advent of customers using more technology. Lakeland Bank opened up their new flagship office in Sparta, based on these continuing changes. In the Sparta branch, Lakeland Employees can interact next to customers in a more "standing" environment, rather than sit across a table from them.
"It's more collaborative," Vandenbergh said, indicating that an employee sitting across a desk from a customer can be more intimidating to the client.
Lakeland Bank also mentors children in the communities they serve, with various educational programs.
"We appreciate all you do for the chamber, and the community as a whole," said Horsfield of Lakeland Bank.
Cathy Kut, of Realty Executives, was one of the five-minute speakers, as was Lynn Apolinaro, the Public Relations Director of the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey.
For complete information about the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, click here

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