Volume 32, Issue 2 | February 2024

2024 Board of Directors


Derrick Elzey Chair

Derrick Elzey State Farm Insurance

Donna Frankowski Vice Chair

ERA Martin/Shamrock Division     


Tylor Lennox Treasurer

Coastal Wealth Management


Ashley Haldeman Secretary

Nancie Corbett

Bluebird Farms

Rich Cropper

Cropper Services, LLC

Tina Simmons

Atlantic General Hospital

Don Robertson

Seafloor Carpets, Hardwood, and More

Amy Hedger

Coastal Home Care

Stephanie Gamm

Wor-Wic Community College

Diana Dovel

Lakeside Title

Don Boger

Home Instead

Nicole Zeien

OC Tax Service


6 - Ribbon Cutting Topiary & Tea 430

8 - Chamber Connections Meeting

13 - Ambassadors Meeting at 9

16 - Board of Directors Meeting

19 - President's Day

21 - Chamber 101 Lunch

22 - Chamber Connections Meeting


1 - Ribbon Cutting ReStore at 11

8 - 16 OP Restaurant Week

14 - Chamber Connections Meeting

23 - Cornhole Tournament

28 - Chamber Connections Meeting

31 - Easter

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Community Calendar
President's Corner

At the beginning of the year, you are looking at twelve months ahead of you on the calendar. Twelve months you can fill up with fun, educational, worthwhile happenings as you wish.

We have been busy over here planning to fill those months with our traditional events and have partnered with new friends to create some new favs. For your scheduling pleasure, here is our year at a glance. All will have sponsorship opportunities, many with vendor spots available. Deets to come...

February 21 - Chamber 101 Lunch at the Ocean Pines Library. Learn how to work our online Partner Portal, discover advertising opportunities, and our partner exclusive amenities. Oh, yeah, and have lunch on us!

March 23 - Cornhole Tournament at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Cash prizes, beverages, food, entertainment.

April - Date and location TBD. General Partnership Luncheon

May 2 - Mini Golf Tournament Part Deux at Nicks Mini Golf in OC.

June - Date and location TBD. Protect the Pocomoke Tournament. In conjunction with DNR, we are hosting a snakehead fish and blue cat fishing tournament on the Pocomoke River. Cash prizes, beverages, food, education on these invasive species, and more.

June - Date TBD. Craft & Yard Sale at our office.

July 20 - Crab Feast at Baywater Landing Marina in Public Landing. All kinds of tasty treats from local waters, beverages, games, and entertainment.

August 3 - 17th Annual Flounder Tournament & Auction. Our community favorite returns!

August 31 - Annual Classic Car & Jeep Show. Worcester County Veterans Memorial Park

September 29 - 2nd Annual Oktoberfest in the Pines. White Horse Park

October 24 - Award Banquet

Have an awesome month and we hope to see you soon.

This Month's Featured Partners

A Heartfelt Thank You

Eastern Shore ENT & Allergy

Long Shot Offshore Charters

Corporate Sponsors
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When Business Relationships Become Personal

Our Be A Santa To A Senior campaign begins as early as August every year. Emails, touching base, and preparations. This year was no different. 

We had Sara Aquino from Atlantic Portable X-ray on board with her Elf crew again (the adorable Bodhi) and Ashley Haldeman from Oasis Senior Advisors Delaware joined the festivities this year. We had made most of the pickup-ups and deliveries and in the final week were preparing for last minute need-to-do activities. We were also preparing for some of the site parties we would attend. 

On the Saturday before, I (as Head Elf) was devastated. My son was in an accident as a backseat passenger with his best friend and a friend who tragically lost her life. BASTAS came to a screeching halt. 

With him being hospitalized, I couldn't attend any of the events or attend to last-minute needs. I called Ashley and Sara and both took charge. Anything that was needed was done, pictures were taken and sent and they represented the Home Instead BASTAS program with professionalism and warmth. 

This is what our fellow Chamber partners do. This is a perfect example of how professional relations that are built in the Chamber network can foster and grow personal relationships. 

These professional friends stepped up to the plate and even our own Worcester County Chamber President Kerrie hoped in to offer support and offered to organize a meal if needed. They each went above and beyond and have continued to touch base and offer support as we move through this season. 

My Home Instead family rallied around us, supported us, and were patient during this event. For that, my family is eternally grateful as well. 

I share this with you not only to say thank you to everyone but to remind all our Chamber partners, you are surrounded by high-caliber people. Business-minded people who have the heart to lend a hand in a time of crisis. Entrepreneurs who support you, even in an unrelated field. Most importantly, people who become friends. 

Be A Santa is proud to have provided 922 gifts to our elderly neighbors this year. This success will not be forgotten in the many years to come. Many thanks to all. 


Crystal Heiser, CSA

Home Care Consultant

Certified Senior Advisor

Home Instead

Chamber note: We are so happy that Crystal's son is healing and so proud of how compassionate and selfless our partners are.

Why are there ads in the newsletter?

The first week of each month (if I'm on the ball), over 2,000 businesses, media outlets, community leaders, and residents receive this newsletter.

Do you want those eyes to see your logo or ad?

Call us! 410-641-5306

Oasis Nutrition

Tree Surgeon, LLC

Long Shot, LLC

Can You Hear Me Now?

The Eastern Shore ENT & Allergy office welcomes all for routine hearing and balance exams. But did you know our ENT practice also has hearing aid options? Our office offers a 2 week no cost demo trial


What is a hearing aid demo trial?

After seeing the ENT and receiving a hearing test we can set you up an appointment to discuss hearing aid options with the Audiologist. At that appointment the audiologist can set up hearing aids you will get to try out for two weeks. When you come back after the two week trial you then make the decision if hearing aids are the right choice for you. 


What type of hearing aids do we sell?

We work with two of the top hearing aid manufacturers on the market.

Oticon and Signia


How to recognize it is time to try hearing aids?

If you are not sure if it is time to try hearing aids, a hearing test is always a great place to start. Since we are an ENT office, we will recommend hearing aids if appropriate.


A few examples that suggest it might be time to get a hearing test:

  • Asking others to repeat themselves
  • constantly
  • Isolate from social activities
  • Turning the TV up high
  • Trouble hearing over the phone


Who is the Audiologist?

Matilda Kennedy-Butler, Au.D. CCC-A is from Bel Air, MD. She went to Nova South Eastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL for her doctorate in Audiology. Matilda loves working with all ages and was inspired to pursue the career of Audiology through her little brother who was born with hearing loss. 


To get scheduled for a hearing test please call 410-641-4582



Our Young Professionals aim to unite the next generation of professionals. YP creates opportunities for emerging business leaders to build relationships, expand their leadership skills, and develop their careers while paving the way for the future success of our community.

The group is designed for professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 (ish). 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Worcester County Chamber YPs) as well as our LinkedIn Group for more information on upcoming events!

YP Facebook Page
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Welcome to the

Ambassador Corner! 

Want more exposure for your business while advocating for the community and chamber? Become an Ambassador! We welcome all new partners to the chamber and ensure that they get the most out of their partnership.

Our partners renew their support on their anniversary months. The below list are those who renewed since the last edition of the Chamber Chatter. Thank you for your continued trust and support!

1 - 4 years


BPS Dumpsters

Covenant Contractors

Amanda Sweigert - Keller Williams

OC Tax Service

Marine Corps League Detachment

John Latham - Friend

Odyssea Jet & Prop Shop

Nurse Professionals Home Care

5 - 9 years

Titan Fitness

Calvin B Taylor House

Hamilton Hand to Shoulder

Oceans East Apartments

CQI Associates

10-19 years

Pine'eer Craft Club

Church Mouse Thrift Shop

WoCo Commission on Aging

Atlantic Orthopedics

Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care

Greg Goldman - Coldwell Banker

Kiwanis of OC/OP

Park Place Jewelers

Delmarva Discovery Center

By the Ocean Flooring

Maryland Capital Enterprises

Webb, Wilber, Douse, Mathers & Illuminati, LLP

Paul's Home Improvements

20 - 20 years

Carquest Auto and Ocean Area Tire

Waterstone Mortgage

Chesapeake Hearing Centers

AJ Future Financial Planners

Ocean City Today/Flag Publications

Custom Tile & Marble

Over 30 years!

Burbage Funeral Home

WoCo Board of Education

Taylor Bank

The lowdown on the

Long Shot

Superior fishing in the White Marlin Capital of the World! This fishing machine is a 2006 55' Custom Carolina Sportfisher, powered by twin Caterpillar engines. This combination of build and power provide a fast cruise with the famed Carolina ride. Before calling Ocean City home, Hooked Up II, as she was previously named, spent her days with Captain John Sowerby fishing from Cape May, NJ. 

Now calling Ocean City, MD home, Long Shot will fish from NJ to NC. She will go where the fish are chewing. Utilizing all modern techniques, we target Tuna, Marlin, Mahi, Wahoo, and Shark. The crew also loves to deep drop for delicacies of the oceans bottom such as Seabass, Tilefish, Swordfish, Snowy Grouper, and Rosefish make for delicious dinner treats. With a variety of gear and a dedicated crew, you can assure no fish is safe. If you have a dream trip or a trophy fish to catch, let Long Shot make it happen. 


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