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Chamber social scheduled

The Lunenburg Chamber of Commerce will have a different format come its August meeting.

Chamber Secretary Ashley Sweitzer discussed and organized a new event that will be held by the chamber. On Monday, Aug. 26, the chamber will meet 5:30 p.m. at Rosewood Tea Café and Tea Rooms, located at 11426 Courthouse Road, directly across from the Lunenburg Courthouse.

“It’s kind of a mingle,” Sweitzer said. She said while there may be the potential for chamber business, she said it’s meant to be more of a casual function.

“Mostly it’s just to be social, to get all of the members together so that you can actually talk,” Sweitzer said.

The chamber’s typical meetings take place on the last Thursday of the month at noon.

Sweitzer said there will be hors d’oeuvres, teas, water and opportunities to interact with other business representatives.

She said the event and hors d’oeuvres will be at no charge.

The only expense may be for those interested in purchasing an adult beverage.

Sweitzer said there’s the potential for similar meetings to be held once every quarter. She said the different meeting times allows for businesses who may not be able to attend otherwise to participate and interact with other businesses.

“We’re really excited about this, and we hope that it’s going to be a good turnout,” Sweitzer said.

Chamber President Mel Payne said the event came following discussions about the challenges of finding a meeting time that works for everyone’s schedules.

“There’s not a real good time to have meetings for everybody,” Payne said. “We’ve got members from South Boston to South Hill, and only just a few people can make it here and back to work in time.”

During the chamber meeting, members voted to donate $500 to the Kenbridge Recreational Center following the center’s president, Joyce White Freeman, speaking during the chamber’s June meeting.

Chamber members voted to appoint Helen Persons, marketing manager of Benchmark Community Bank, as a member of the board of directors.

Chamber Vice Chair Carol Watson commended Sweitzer for the event.

“Thank you for setting that up,” Watson said.