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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Senator Joseph Scarnati will be the keynote speaker at Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner Meeting

PA Senator Joseph Scarnati
WELLSBORO—Pennsylvania Senator Joseph Scarnati will be the keynote speaker at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce and Growth Resources Of Wellsboro Foundation Annual Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro. The cash bar will be at 5 p.m. and dinner will start at 6 p.m. The senator will talk about economic development.

The Chamber GROW Dinner Meeting is open to members of both organizations and to the public. The reservation deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $50 per person.

On Nov. 8, Senator Scarnati was re-elected to a fifth four-year term in the Pennsylvania State Senate and from 2017 to 2020 will continue to represent Pennsylvania State Senate District 25, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties and portions of Clearfield County. It is the largest geographical senatorial district in Pennsylvania.

During his 16 years in office, Scarnati has served as a rank and file member of the senate, as a member of senate leadership and is currently senate president pro tempore – a position he has been elected to by the full senate every January since 2007. As president pro tempore, Scarnati holds the third highest constitutional office in Pennsylvania and serves as an ex-officio member of each of the 22 senate committees. He has been a committed leader in addressing numerous important fiscal and conservative issues within the state.

Born and raised in Brockway, Pa., he graduated from Penn State University at DuBois and returned to become a third generation business owner in his hometown. He operated a restaurant, a motel and several other businesses for 20 years prior to being elected to the senate. In 2015, he and his wife Amy acquired Dan Smith’s Chocolates, which now employs over 20 people in four locations in Central Pennsylvania. His experience has given him a unique perspective on the relationship between the private and public sectors.

Chamber and GROW directors will elect new officers for their respective organizations for 2017 and provide a brief review of each organization’s 2016 activities.

When making reservations, those planning to attend are asked to identify the main entrée they prefer – roast beef in rosemary au jus served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables or black tiger shrimp, trottole pasta and ripe cherry tomatoes tossed in a pesto cream sauce. Each dinner entrée will be served with mixed green salad with a balsamic house dressing, a roll and a choice of beverage and dessert.

Any proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Mary Worthington Foundation. At the time of her death on July 15, 2014, Worthington was serving as the GROW executive secretary/treasurer and Wellsboro Community Foundation executive director/treasurer. She had retired as Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce executive director in 2008 but continued as a consultant.

Tickets for the dinner meeting are available at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro. For reservations or information, call the Chamber at 570-724-1926.

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