Webster Chamber News March 2018


In this Month's Newsletter (Click on the title to jump to the article):

  President's Column...I like to keep this column to a few hundred words, but for those of you that know me, I am not a man of few words!  There are lots of things happening around the ...  more

Welcome to our New Members

The Business of the Month... Penny is co-owner of Mane Reflections Salon located at 31 West Main Street; which is a full-service hair salon. Penny has co-owned the salon with Pat Sidoti since 2003 but originally...(Read More)

Cheryl Nelan named Woman of Excellence.... more

Important Dates to Remember

Eat Drink & Connect Coming on March 14th 

3rd Annual Greater Rochester Peep Show

Fashion and Compassion Show Benefiting Webster Comfort Care Home

Webster PTSA Community Arts Day

Webster Community Chest

Volunteer for the United Way Day of Caring

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Town Events

Breakfast Before Business at Willink Middle School on March 23rd.




Barry's Column

I like to keep this column to a few hundred words, but for those of you that know me, I am not a man of few words!

There are lots of things happening around the Chamber (and around town) and I want to touch on a few.

First, the newsletter has a little overhaul and a new look. We hope that being website based, we will be able to update more readily and that the format will make it a little easier for you to navigate. Let us know what you think.

Daylight Savings kicks in this weekend (the 10th) so don’t forget you lose an hour of sleep on Saturday night – ugh.

We had to cancel Power Hour on “How to Deal with Difficult People” due to the weather last week, but the Education Committee is working on getting it rescheduled.

Our next Eat, Drink, and Connect will be on March 14th (see Important Dates to Remember for details).

The Eastside Area Expo is March 20th – if you want a display table you need to hurry before they are sold out!

Our breakfast this month will be at Willink Middle School on March 23rd at 7:00 AM. I am looking forward to a great program by the school district. They are going to give us updates on information you need to know. Our excellent school district is one of the reasons that Webster is a community of choice! Please make sure you RSVP soon as we need to let the food service people how many people they are feeding.

In June we will be recognizing Chamber businesses that are celebrating milestone anniversaries (25 years or more in 5-year increments). If you are a business celebrating 25, 30, 35, etc. years in 2018, make sure to let Barb know so we can honor you at the June breakfast.

Lastly, I would like to mention some Chamber members being honored this month. Penny Swingly, Cheryl Nelan, and Bill Koopman are all in the news this month. Please take a minute to click on their name and see read about your fellow Chamber members.

Let’s hope that when Daylight Savings takes that hour away, that the snow goes with it!



Welcome to Our New Members

Generation Ready – a Training & Certification in CPR, AED, BLS, First Aid and Youth Training. Located at 50 Royal View Drive, Rochester, NY. Contact Ann Marie Messner at 585-953-9131 or visit their website at or Facebook

Gioia Mia Catering – A Catering company located at 5 East Main Street, Suite 2, Webster, NY. Contact Kristina Cammilleri-Smith at 585-236-1728, or visit her website at

Passero Realty – A Commercial Real Estate Broker located at 242 West Main Street, Suite 100, Rochester, NY. Contact Christopher J. Passero at 585-315-8161 or visit their website at

Pugsley’s Marine Inc. – A Dry Land Marina located at 310 Route 104, Ontario, NY. Contact Carol Cario at 585-265-0750 or visit their website at

Webster Youth Sports Council – A Not-For-Profit sports advocacy coalition comprised of community sports groups in Webster NY. Contact David Eckler at 585-872-5050 or visit their website at

The strength of any organization lies in its membership. Thank you for joining. Please add these members to your directory listings.



Business of the Month

Penny is co-owner of Mane Reflections Salon located at 31 West Main Street; which is a full-service hair salon. Penny has co-owned the salon with Pat Sidoti since 2003 but originally started her salon in 1992 at 5 West Main St with a salon named Cut, Color and Tan. Penny’s first salon was open 7 days a week with 9 tanning beds, 4 styling stations and a mailroom. Her husband Gus threatened to padlock the place because she was never home so Penny, Pat and Frank headed up to Mane Reflections and rented chairs and then Pat and Penny went into a partnership.

Penny has been involved with Relay for life, Webster BID and the chamber for many years. She has supported Recovery Fitness, Webster Rotary, local Boy Scouts, Making Strides and many other local establishments needing help.

She enjoys spending time at her cottage, scrapbooking, card making, yard sales and since she and Gus own a ‘31 Ford Model A they attend many car shows.

Penny is also known for working the streets at the 4 corners of Webster Village to raise money for the Relay for life!

Congratulations to Penny Swingly of Mane Reflections as the Webster Chamber of Commerce’s March Business of the Month!



Rochester Business Journal Announces Inaugural Women of Excellence Recipients

Rochester, N.Y., Rochester Business Journal selected Cheryl Nelan, president of CMIT Solutions of Monroe as an inaugural Women of Excellence recipient.

Established this year, the Women of Excellence awards recognize 34 high-achieving women for their career accomplishments, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring. Winners were selected by the editor and publisher of the Rochester Business Journal.

The Women of Excellence awards program was created by the Rochester Business Journal to recognize women at the top of their careers who are committed to professional excellence and community service and who demonstrate the positive impact of mentoring.

In addition, six women will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence. The Circle of Excellence recognizes women of longstanding, notable success in the community who are leading the way for other women.

"This year's Women of Excellence honorees inspire those around them through their actions, words and deeds. They have achieved personal success, but they also contribute to bettering the communities in which they work and live," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. "Their commitment to mentoring the next generation while also balancing the many facets of their busy lives makes them role models for all. The Rochester Business Journal is honored to recognize their accomplishments."

The Women of Excellence awards will be presented Wednesday, April 11, at an awards celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street in Rochester. Winners will be profiled in a magazine that will be inserted into the April 13 issue of the Rochester Business Journal and will be available online at The event hashtag is #RBJWomenofExcellence.

For more information about sponsorships and tickets for the Rochester Business Journal's Women of Excellence awards, visit or call 585-363-7270.



Important Dates to Remember

March 10th - Daylight Saving Time (Spring Forward)
March 14th - Eat Drink & Connect (Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa)
March 17th & 18th - Greater Rochester Peep Show
March 20th - Eastside Business Expo
March 23rd - Breakfast Before Business
March 24th & 25th - WASPS Model Train Show
March 25th - Breakfast with the Easter Bunny (Bay View YMCA)
March 30th - Good Friday (Chamber Closed)
April 1st - Easter Sunday
April 14th - Fashion & Compassion Show
April 14th - Webster PTSA Community Arts Day
April 27th - Breakfast Before Business
April 28th - Pharmaceutical Drop Off




3rd Annual Greater Rochester Peep Show


Eat Drink & Connect

All attendees will receive an entry for a chance to win your Ultimate Getaway!

Go Relax in Maui, Go Escape in St. Lucia or Go Real in Sedona!

Also, you will receive a ticket for great drawings the evening of the event.

You can purchase more tickets for the drawings. 

All money collected will go to help Alicia Healy of Small Print Rochester

to help support her medical bills.

RSVP Email to Barb




Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Bay View YMCA



2018 Fashion & Compassion

Fashion Show to benefit the

Webster Comfort Care Home
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Shadow Lake Golf Club
Tickets $40

To buy tickets or view details, visit 





Webster PTSA Community Arts Day





Webster Community Chest



Volunteer to be on the

Webster Chamber's United Way Day of Caring Team



Town Events

Pharmaceutical Waste Pickup

There will be a pharmaceutical waste pick up at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 226 Phillips Road, on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Any unused, unwanted or expired medication is taken for disposal.  No appointment is necessary.

If you do not feel comfortable with your personal information on the bottles, you can remove the pills and put them in a plastic bag for us to dispose of.

The Town Hall also has a CVS Drug Collection unit at the Webster Town Hall.  This permanent pharmaceutical wast drop box can be found inside the Webster Town Hall, located at the Police Department entrance, 1000 Ridge Road, during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Items NOT accepted included hydrogen peroxide inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, or liquids, thermometers, needles (sharps) and medication from businesses or clinics.

Town of Webster Open House

The Town of Webster Open House will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018!   There will be more information coming soon.  

As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact Supervisor Ron Nesbitt during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email him anytime at



Breakfast Before Business 

Date and Place:  Friday, February 23rd, 7:00 AM Willink Middle School—900 Publishers Parkway


Menu & Cost: Buffet breakfast — $14 members (and employees of members); $19 non-members and visitors.

Click Here to email Barb if you are coming to breakfast

Door Prizes: Remember to bring business cards for the drawings. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the following businesses for providing many wonderful items at the February Breakfast: Janine Sanger from Webster Health and Education Network (WHEN); Scott Gosert from SOHO Imaging; Carolyn Montanaro from Neubert Financial; Dawn Sargent from Reliant Community Credit Un ion; Tamera Carregan from MVP Healthcare; Leslie Pacer from Pearle Vision; Lisa Vinci from Sports PT of New York; Gail Boorum from Mary Kay Cosmetics; Karen Szembrot and Dr. Steven Hill from Goshorn Chiropractic and Wellness Center; Laurie Zahn- Herman from Empire State Weeklies; Sarah Boddery and Lainey Cooke from David H Wager Agency; Rose Gabriele from ReMax Plus; Terri Thon from Bay View YMCA. Thank you very much.

Program: Representatives from the School District, including School Superintendent Carmen Gumina, will provide a district update.


Breakfast Meeting Dates 7:00 am