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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Chamber-GROW Annual Meeting Reservation Deadline is Friday, Dec. 1

Pennsylvania State Representative Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) will be the keynote speaker at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce and Growth Resources Of Wellsboro Foundation Annual Meeting on Thursday morning, Dec. 7 at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro. The breakfast buffet will open at 7:30 a.m. There will be a brief business meeting.

The Chamber GROW Annual Meeting is open to the public. The reservation deadline is Friday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $25 per person.

Rep. Baker will talk about“The Worst Drug Epidemic in the History of the United States.” He has worked tirelessly both legislatively and personally to educate, inform and fight against the drug culture and drug addiction. He has given numerous presentations about this issue, including before the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Rep. Baker has authored, coauthored and debated numerous pieces of proposed legislation that have become law in Pennsylvania. A bill he sponsored recently passed unanimously in the House and is under consideration in the Senate. It would require registration and oversight of pain clinics to address the scourge of "pill mills," a high priority for Pennsylvania's district attorneys and prosecutors.

Rep. Baker is serving his 13th two-year term in the House of Representatives and represents all of Tioga County and parts of Bradford and Potter counties. He is the majority chairman of the House Health Committee and also a member of the Rules Committee, the Rural Caucus, the Tax Reform Caucus, the 2nd Amendment Caucus and the Firefighters and Emergency Services Caucus. In addition, Baker has served as speaker pro tempore when the speaker of the House of Representatives cannot preside during a voting session.

He is also on the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the Capitol Preservation Committee and the Marcellus Institute Resource Council for the Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University.

Rep. Baker has more than 35 years of experience in public service and state government.

He graduated from Cowanesque Valley High School in Westfield, holds an associate degree from Corning Community College, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree as an honors scholar from Elmira College. Baker attended Mansfield University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Wellsboro and the Wellsboro Rotary Club and has been very supportive of various nonprofit charitable organizations. Baker currently resides in Wellsboro, Tioga County, with his wife, Brenda.

During the meeting, the Chamber and GROW directors will elect new officers for their respective organizations for 2018 and provide a brief review of each organization’s 2017 activities.

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 retired as Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce executive director in 2008 but continued as a consultant.

Tickets for the breakfast buffet and meeting are available at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro. Reservations must be made by Dec. 1. For information or reservations, call the Chamber at 570-724-1926.


Anonymous said...

But being a true liberal, he is against medical marijuana, yes it is not going to stop the addiction, but it is at least 1 tool that would slow it down,there are 17 illnesses that medical marijuana can help with the symptoms and chronic pain it has to stop where it started, with doctors giving it out for a tooth ache, its not just oxycontin, and oxycodone , morphine,fentanyl, heroin,common sense has to play a very important part here, opioids are a dangerous drugs. they do work for people that have cancer,chronic pain, if a parent/grandparent has these drugs, lock them up, every week you see where these drugs were stolen from someone taking them, lock them up, don't tell anyone you have them, and lock up those drug dealers who sell/steal, and buy them.

Anonymous said...

Most Liberal's are NOT against Medical Marijuana. Most Liberal or progressive parents fought in The Pa. Capitol against Baker, who Did not want Medical Marijuana legalized, which yes it is a God given Medical Plant put here to help & heal those that are suffering from many diseases and pain. Look no further than Big Gov & Big Pharma let the pill mills roll. Follow the $$$$$$ They all have blood on their hand s for the Opiod/Heroin Epidemic. That's what needs to be stopped, but they already made their billions & got their campaign contributions. Do your homework see how much your politicians have taken from the medical Dr.'s and Big Pharma.