Getting Involved with the GWACC

Join a Committee!

The GWACC is a membership-based community of business professionals from the greater Westfield area of Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, and Westfield and other nearby communities.  Our mission is member success!  One of the most important things that the GWACC has to offer is the opportunity for involvement and building relationships. Active members help create a successful chamber and provide the Board of Directors a funnel of potential candidates for leadership.  Managing projects and getting involved gives GWACC members the opportunity to network with fellow professionals and feel a deeper sense of satisfaction and belonging. Here is a list of our current committees and the corresponding committee chairs:

FARMERS MARKET – Provides a clear choice for consumers to purchase Jersey Fresh farm produce and other complimentary products and services. Chair: Christopher Devine.

FINANCE – Develops and recommends the annual budget to the Board, monitors the budget through monthly reports, and recommends policy regarding financial matters. Chair: Harriet Schulman.

GARWOOD ROCKS – Chair: Plans and executes a unique street fair consisting of all-day music and entertainment, a super large car show, unique vendors and a great KidZone. Carol Kearney.

GOLF OUTING – An ad hoc committee that plans and implements a Golf Outing once a year. Chair: Harold Star.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING – Develops, reviews, and up-dates the ongoing GWACC long-range strategic plan. An ad hoc committee that is currently dormant.

MARKETING / ADVERTISING – Recommends marketing and advertising campaign strategies and develops collateral marketing and advertising materials with a goal of increased community awareness. Chair: Barbara Murphy.

MEMBERSHIP – Develops and implements a comprehensive plan for the recruitment, involvement, and retention of GWACC members. Chair: Patrick Cicala.

NONPROFIT – Develops and implements a comprehensive plan for the recruitment, involvement, and retention of GWACC nonprofit organization members as well as plan and implement various special nonprofit events. Chair: Stephanie Branna.

PUBLIC RELATIONS – Creates press releases and GWACC articles of interest for publication in the local news outlets. Chair: Tim York.

TECHNOLOGY –  An ad hoc committee that recommends tools and programs to enhance and support the initiatives of the organization. An ad hoc committee that is currently dormant.

WOMEN TO WOMEN – Develops programs designed for women networking and education. Chair: Mariella Foley.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY –  A 30 week after school program that teaches middle and high school students to create their own legal business.  Chamber members conduct classes, mentor the students, conduct an Investor Panel evening and assist students with the selling of their products at the GWACC street fairs. Co-chairs: Mitch Beinhaker and Mario Cesario.

To volunteer your talents and time, please fill out this form or contact a committee chair.