Membership Monday

Membership Monday

Business Roundtable with Mayor Ronald Woodward
Thursday, February 18th
Council Chambers @ Fulton City Hall
141 South First Street, Fulton NY

Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
100th Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 25th
Lake Ontario Conference Center
President Deborah F. Stanley
State University of New York at Oswego

Is Your Business Having an Anniversary??
We would like to recognize any of our members who are celebrating a business anniversary this year at our Annual Meeting.
Please email Danielle Hayden at [email protected] if you are celebrating the following years
5, 10, 15,20,25,30,35,40,45, 50, 55, 60…. (we will recognize every 5th year only).

Enjoy this great opportunity to network with other local business owners and community leaders with a private Taste of Canal Commons and wine tasting. Cre8 and the Friends of Oswego Team will be there to talk about all the 2016 events that are planned and to highlight a new community initiative.  RSVP here

‘Fifty and Fabulous’ Bowl-A-Fun is April 9

Fifty is the new fabulous, and for the county’s Community Action Agency that’s certainly the case!

Oswego County opportunities is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016, and every event will highlight the agency’s past, present and future.

Coming up on Saturday, April 9, is the annual Bowl-A-Fun, one of OCO’s most popular community events.  This bowling tournament fund raiser will be held starting at noon on Saturday, April 9 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. “This year’s theme is ‘Fifty and Fabulous!’” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director. “We’re going to celebrate five decades of community service: from OCO’s humble beginnings in the mid-1960s to its role as a leading provider of human services today, and cast a vision for the things to come.”

The ‘Fifty and Fabulous!’ Bowl-A-Fun will be a little bit different from previous years. “We are having just one flight of bowling, from noon to 2:30 pm. This year it is a Corporate Competition highlighting our major donors and sponsors, but anyone is welcome to form a team and participate.” Cost for this special 50th anniversary event is $500 per team.

“Instead of the second flight, we’re throwing a huge party starting around 2:30 pm and inviting the community to come and bowl, have some food, enjoy some music and entertainment, and celebrate with OCO,” Cooper-Currier said. “The party is free, but you will need a ticket to enter. More details about tickets and the schedule of events will be announced soon.”

“Folks who come in for the party can enjoy 1 free game of open bowling and shoe rental. There will be live music by Camillus Connection and a special appearance by Elvis impersonator Tom Gilbo. 103.9 FM The Dinosaur’s own George Hoffman, who is also an OCO employee, will serve as our emcee. We’ll have a lottery board drawing, 50-50 raffle – of course! – and a balloon raffle throughout the afternoon,” said Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay.

“We really appreciate Mike and Patty Tryniski donating their space to OCO for this celebration,” said Cooper-Currier. “The Tryniskis have been loyal and generous supporters of OCO for many years. We couldn’t hold this celebration without their support!”

Teams need to register if they want to participate in the first flight of bowling, noon – 2:30 pm. Registration opens Feb. 15 for five-person teams. Information is available on OCO’s website, www.oco.org or by calling 598-4717.

Emily Discenza Earns CPA Credential
Emily Discenza, of Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC, has successfully completed the certification process to earn her designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Emily joined the firm in 2014 as an Associate in the Audit & Accounting Department. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Italian Studies from University of Rochester and her Master of Science Degree in Accounting from Syracuse University. She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Emily is also a Planning Board Member for Cortland County.
The CPA license is the accounting profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, one is required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the CPA exam and completing a specific amount of public accounting experience.

Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC has been serving the Central New York business community for 60 years. With offices in Syracuse, Auburn and New Hartford, Dermody Burke & Brown is one of the largest independently locally-owned accounting and business advisory firms in Central New York. The Firm is a member of Allinial Global. www.allinialglobal.com. For more information, visit www.dbbllc.com.

Ferguson Speaks to Oswego Rotary
Karen Ferguson, Director of the Oswego Health Foundation, was a recent guest at Oswego Rotary.   Ms. Ferguson gave a brief synopsis of the Foundation’s mission …. “existing to raise and manage philanthropic support for Oswego Health as it provides accessible, quality care and improves the health of the residents in our community.”  She stated “the Foundation was created in 2011 and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. They function as an integral partner with Oswego Health. The Foundation encourages, solicits and receives charitable gifts in support of programs, projects and services provided through Oswego Health affiliates.”

Pictured are: Club President Richard Tesoriero, Karen Ferguson and Robert Pompo, Executive VP of Finance.

YMCA: Grassroots Effort Establishes Under 12 Skate League at YMCA Indoor Skate Park
Members of the Crown 30+ Skate League, in partnership with the Oswego YMCA,  have launched a pilot program for youth under the age of 12. Two local fathers and volunteers for the Oswego YMCA, Eric Bresee and Bob Ruggio started by bringing their own sons down to the park to skate and then inviting their friends. Interest escalated quickly, growing to 15 youth participants between the ages of 6 and 11 by the tenth week. Bresee and Ruggio lead the group with the help of three young men who act as mentors for the younger kids. Andrew Graham, Noah Ruel and Josh Demm, frequent riders at the park, teach, demonstrate and role model technique as well as appropriate park behavior.

The project has been very fortunate to have a multitude of community support early on. “This is really a team effort”, said Ruggio, pointing to some key community partners who have stepped up to support the project. Murdock’s Bicycles and Sports shop signed on as an equipment partner, offering to custom fit young skaters for pads and boards and with the support of Avery Rental Properties the program is able to offer a Try Before You Buy initiative where families can use donated pads and boards before they invest in their own equipment. “We have already had many families taking advantage of this opportunity”, said Bresee, “they like the option of checking their child’s continued interest before making the investment”.

The Oswego YMCA Skate Park is free to use,  located next store to the Thai Rose Restaurant on the corner of  West 2nd and West Schuyler St. in Oswego NY and is open 7 days per week from 5 PM to 8 PM with Monday nights dedicated to the under 12 age group. Helmets are required and full pads required for 12 and under. Skills instruction with coaches and mentors is available from 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM on Monday evenings. The park is maintained by the Crown 30+ Skate League. For more information on the YMCA Skate Park contact Mike Lavner, Youth Director for the Oswego YMCA at [email protected]. For information on the Under 12 Skate League contact Eric Bresee at [email protected]com.

Front Row – (Left to Right) – Mischa Palmitesso, Tanner Palmitesso, Maks Van Brocklin,  Tanner Defren, Gavin Ruggio, Noah Clavelli, Coach Eric Bresee

Middle Row ( Left to Right – Ryan Dawson, Connor Ruttan, Mitchell Grimshaw, Collin Beers, Joah Defren, Owen Seubert, Brayden Bresee

Back Row ( Left to Right) – Coach Scott Grimshaw, Coach Bob Ruggio, Mentor Noah Ruel, YMCA Executive Director Kerrie Ann Webb, Mentor Josh Demm, Mentor Andrew Graham, Project Sponsors Atom & Falecia Avery, YMCA Youth Director Mike Lavner


Corriders Named First Vice President/Sales Manager at Pathfinder Bank
Calvin L. Corriders has been named First Vice President/Sales Manager at Pathfinder Bank, according to Ronald Tascarella, Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer.
Corriders responsibilities as First Vice President will be to continue to implement and execute initiatives within the bank’s strategic plan specific to retail and commercial sales, staff management, growth and customer service base. He will continue to manage the commercial and retail lending sales of the bank, while overseeing the development of new relationships, loan approvals, and the training of sales staff.

“We are very pleased to recognize Calvin with this promotion,” said Tascarella. “With over 30 years of industry experience and civic involvement, Calvin has positioned himself as a banking and community leader and continues to be a very valuable asset to our organization.”

Corriders holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport in business administration, and a concentration in marketing management. He resides in Syracuse, New York, with  his wife, Sandra.

Barnes Speaks to Oswego Rotary
Oswego Rotary honored one of its own members, Tom Ingram, this week.  Kerry Barnes, local Town of Scriba resident and the NYS coordinator for the Quilts of Valor (QOV) Foundation presented a program on QOV Foundation. The Foundation was formed in 2003 by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts who wanted to welcome her son home from Iraq with overwhelming love and gratitude. Roberts had the idea that linking quilt top makers with machine quilters in a national effort could achieve her goal of awarding healing quilts to returning service men and women touched by war. The awarded quilts, called Quilts of Valor, serve as tangible reminders of appreciation and gratitude to service members.

Over time, the mission of QOVF has expanded to include military service members and veterans touched by war regardless of the conflict – declared war or otherwise – in which they served.

Ms. Barnes brought with her several quilts made by local quilters and explained the process of awarding quilts.  Tom Ingram was honored by Ms. Barnes and Oswego Rotary with a quilt as a “thank you for his service, sacrifice, and valor.” Congratulations Tom and thank you Ms. Barnes.

Ms. Barnes and honoree Tom Ingram.

United Way’s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Givers
United Way of Greater Oswego County Resource Development Director Ali McGrath has announced that United Way will host its annual Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving reception March 23 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at The American Foundry in Oswego.


Sponsored in part by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Community Bank, N.A., the event allows attendees to learn more about United Way and the positive effect that programs funded through United Way have on the agency’s three impact areas; ending hunger, helping youth succeed, and building healthy communities.  Additionally, United Way staff, campaign cabinet, and board members have the opportunity to recognize and personally express their gratitude to the many volunteers and leadership givers that play an integral role in the success of United Way.


“Volunteers are the lifeblood of United Way,” said McGrath.  “Events such as our Golf Tournament, Stuff-A-Bus, and Dine United Nights, to name a few, would not be possible if not for our valued volunteers that graciously share their time and talents to help others.  We cherish all of our volunteers and can’t thank them enough for all that they do.”


Tina Stephens, manager of Community Bank N.A.’s Fulton branch said the bank is proud to be sponsoring the United Way Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving reception.  “Community Bank, N.A. strives to be a staple in our community.  We are committed to working with United Way as a strong team dedicated to supporting Oswego County,” said Stephens.

United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine and Resource Development Director Ali McGrath meet with staff of the Fulton branch of Community Bank, N.A. in preparation for the agency’s Salute Volunteers and Leadership Giving Reception.  To be held March 23 at the American Foundry in Oswego, the event combines United Way’s annual meeting with the opportunity to recognize the agency’s many volunteers and leadership givers.  For more information the United Way of Greater Oswego visit www.oswegounitedway.org. From left are: Ali McGrath, Andrew Mangano, Sue Kasperek, Branch Manager Tina Stephens, Patrick Dewine, Andria Simoneau, Jo Smith, and Angela Cleary.

  • CNYIBA Networking for Exporters
    Thursday, February 18 • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Clark’s Ale House, Ltd.
    100 E. Washington St., Syracuse • Map

    Network with exporters, export service providers and potential clients from the region. CNY International Business Alliance members and its board will be available to answer questions and offer exporting assistance.
    Cost: Free with advance registration. For more information, contact Kathy Hallahan at 315-470-1948 or [email protected]
  • Business After Hours and Member Showcase
    Wednesday, February 24 • 5 to 7 p.m.
    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
    246 W. Willow St., Syracuse • Map

    Don’t miss this great night of food and networking. A limited number of tabletop displays are available for purchase by CenterState CEO members. Attendees also have a chance to visit each display to win two round-trip tickets on Delta Air Lines.
    Cost: $15 for members; $25 for non-members. For more information contact Lisa Metot at 315-470-1870 or [email protected]. Tabletops cost $150; contact Beth Savicki at 315-470-1833 or [email protected].