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July 2018 Minutes »

July 2018 Minutes

This month’s meeting was held on July 19, 2018 at noon. Our Vice President, Ed Porada, introduced the officers and thanked Flair of Country for hosting us. There were 22 people in attendance.

Melissa Grose and Sue Henry approved the June meeting minutes.

Our current treasurer’s report showed $4,029.00 in the account.

Old Business:

  1. The referral cards were handed out to members present.
  2. Toys/donations were collected for Beginnings Inc. If members forgot to bring to this meeting, they can bring next month.

New Business:

  1. Melinda Novak took a box of chocolate covered strawberries and a free lunch card to $2.49 Bake Shop to congratulate them and see if they would be interested in joining our association. She will be doing that for any new business that comes to the East Hills area.
  2. There were a couple new people in attendance at this month’s meeting and they were introduced at the end of the meeting

Donation Requests:

  1. St. Vincent de Paul Johnstown Family Kitchen Annual Duck Race – Motion to sponsor Melissa Grose for $50.00 made by Larry Crespo, second by John Riccilli
  2. Saturday’s Kitchen – Motion to donate $50.00 made by Melissa Grose, second by Kurt Weidlein
  3. YWCA Golf Outing – EHBA already sent a donation of $50.00 in May

Our guest speakers this month were Mike Kane and Katrina Perkosky from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. They spoke about their organization as well as how to start a scholarship fund. They also answered questions from the membership and passed out informational materials.

Next month’s meeting will be on August 16, 2018 at Noon, Flair of Country. The speaker will be a Funeral Director from the Frank Duca Funeral Home, Inc.

June 2018 Minutes »

June 2018 Minutes

This months meeting was held on June 21, 2018 at noon. Our president Melissa Bird introduced the officers and thanked Flair of Country for hosting us. There were 26 people in attendance.

Josh Yoder and Lynn Faint approved the May meeting minutes.

Our current treasurers report showed $4,079.00 in the account.

Old Business:

  1. Please remember to register for lunches and notify us of guests coming
  2. A basket needs to be made for 249 Bake Shop to congratulate them and see if they would be interested in joining our association
  3. The new referral cards were handed out to members present
  4. There were a couple new people in attendance at this month’s meeting and they were introduced at the beginning of the meeting
  5. Next month meeting, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies will be in attendance to discuss the scholarship proposal

Donation request

  1. New Beginnings, asking for monetary donation or toys, motion to each member to bring a toy to next month’ meeting by Melinda Novak, approved by Chris Cameron, no oppositions

Our guest speaker this month was the Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees. He spoke about his job duties and what his responsibilities are. He also discussed the heroine epidemic and what he is seeing in his line of work.

Next months meeting will be on July 19, 2018 at Noon, Flair of Country. There will not be a guest speaker at July’s meeting.

July Free Lunch Winner: Stan Haberkorn

50/50 Winner: Carol Licastro

Motion to Adjourn: Stan Haberkorn and Josh Yoder

May 2018 Minutes »

May Monthly Meeting Minutes

Melissa Bird introduced herself and welcomed everyone to the May Luncheon. There were 18 members and 2 guests present at this month’s meeting.

Motion to approve April meeting minutes, 1st Melinda Novak and 2nd Jeff Vaughn.

Our current treasurer report was $4,373.97.

Melissa reminded members to invite guests to the meetings so we can grow the membership and to register for the meetings online.

Old business:

Members who took name tags last meeting to reach out to people who aren’t coming said they are still working on reaching out.

Two students from Penn Highlands may be interested in working on our website. That will be an ongoing project and Ed Porada will provide an update next time he is in attendance.

New business:

$2.49 Bake Shoppe recently opened in the East Hills plaza. Sue Henry suggested we send them a welcome basket and invite them to a free lunch. Karen O’Shea mentioned sending them chocolate covered strawberries instead. Motion to send chocolate covered strawberries, 1st Sue Henry and 2nd Larry Crespo.

We had mail to pass around that asked for donations for different functions. Junior Achievement Program, YWCA Greater Johnstown and Community Arts Center of Cambria County asked for donations. We had a motion by Sue Henry to donate $50.00 to each organization. Stan Haberkorn gave a second motion to approve.

We passed around the box of new business cards that we hand out to other people to invite them to lunch. All members were invited to take a few. Melissa will have the box of cards if anyone needs more or didn’t get them.

30 second commercials at the end of our meeting.

Next month’s guest speaker will be Mike Kane from Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. He will be discussing how to start a scholarship for the organization. Next month’s meeting with be held on June 21st at Flair of Country Banquet Hall.

Stan Haberkorn is next month’s free lunch winner.

50/50 winner was Andi Cveykus.

Motion to adjourn, Sue Henry and Roger Luther.


April 2018 Minutes »

Melissa introduced herself and welcomed everyone to the April Luncheon. There were 24 members present as this months meeting.

Last months minutes were approved by Alexis Mueller and Missy Grose.

The month the candy money was due, concluding this sale. Melissa thanked everyone for participating.

We had mail to pass around that asked for donations for different functions. Windber Medical Center asked for a donation. We had a motion by Larry Crespo to donate $50.00 to their golf outing. Chris Cameron gave a second motion to approve. The donation for FCA was discussed that Larry was supposed to receive it after March’s meeting. The donation had been mailed.

We received a thank you letter from Community Action Partnership of Cambria County for our donation for their basket party.

There was no guest speaker this month. We had a business meeting this month which we discussed various topics. The first topic was our website. Everyone agreed that it needs an updated and refreshed. Members spoke about not being able to have a confirmation when they registered for lunches. The website just needs a facelift and members discussed contacting UPJ or Penn Highlands students to see if they could redesign the website for us as part of their class. Ed Porada is going to reach out to Penn Highlands to see if they can redesign our website as part of their class.

Others spoke up about what is our mission statement. Other members belong to groups that read their mission statement each meeting and we need to establish one for our organization.

We once had business cards that we handed out to other people to invite them to lunch. They are being ordered through Kurt Weidlein.

Melissa went through all the name tags that were not collected and members volunteered to reach out to them to see if they would consider joining again. We are trying to get more members and reaching out to past members is a good start. Simply sending an email to reach out to them and see if they would like to come join.

We are going to try to be more specific with donations. We will set a certain amount each time a donation is requested so that we can have more monies to have social gatherings to better network with our organization.

10 second commercials at the end of our meeting

Next months guest speaker will be Jeff Vaughn from Community Action Partnership of Cambria County. Next months meeting with be held on May 17th at Flair of Country Banquet Hall.

Andi Palmar is next months free lunch winner

50/50 winner was Stan Haberkorn

March 2018 Minutes »

March Monthly Meeting Minutes

Melissa thanked everyone who attended today’s meeting. There were 28 members present at March’s luncheon. Melissa introduced herself and the other chair members. Thank you to Flair of Country for hosting us.

Last months free lunch winner was Kim Volk. She was not present at March’s meeting.

Motion to approve February meeting minutes, 1st Andy Creykus and 2nd Alexis Mueller

Our current treasurer report was $3,605.59.

We want to keep inviting new members to our monthly meetings. We are enjoying seeing so many new faces and meeting current business’s in our area. Please remember that each month for the meetings to RSVP so that we can have a correct count for lunch.

30 second commercials of all members present.

Candy bars were handed out today to all members who signed up. There are 20 candy bars in each bag that need to be sold for $1.50 each. Members who signed up and did not make it to the lunch this month were contacted to pick up their bag at the Holiday Inn Express and ask Melissa for their bag. Candy money is due next month, if not already paid in advance. PLEASE, we cannot stress how important it is to RSVP for lunch. We love that everyone is coming to enjoy our meetings, but we will not be able to supply all the food if we do not know in advance how many are coming.

Motion to donate $50.00 to Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, motion approved by Chris Cameron and Melinda Novak.

Motion to donate $50.00 to Habitat for Hounds, motion approved by Larry Crespo. Majority ruled in favor.

Susan Henry from Richland Cemetery Association suggested that on East Hills Business Association behalf that we set up a scholarship for some student in the East Hills area who volunteers and contributes to the community. We discussed that this would be an excellent idea but need to figure out how to get it set up. We have invited a representative from Community Foundations for the Alleghenies to our next meeting to give us ideas on how to go about it.

Our guest speaker this month was Larry Crespo, current member of EHBA, speaking as a representative from Laurel Highlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This organization’s mission to have kids and teenagers play sports and grow deeper in faith with God. They help to influence, equip, and mobilize athletes and coaches to be Christ-centered influence’s in their schools and community.

Motion to donate $50.00 to FCA, approved by Stan Haberkorn and Chris Cameron.

April’s luncheon will not have a guest speaker. This will be a business meeting only. It will be held on April 19th, 2018 at Noon.

Next month’s free lunch winner is Carol Licastro and 50/50 winner was Stan Haberkorn.

Motion to adjourn, Josh Yoder and Jeff Vaughn.

February 2018 Minutes »

February EHBA Meeting Minutes

  • The new President, Melissa Bird introduced herself and thanked everyone for attending this months meeting. We had 30 Members at this months meeting. The officers present were Melissa Bird, President, Ed Porada, Vice President, Alexis Mueller, Secretary, and Melinda Novak, membership relations coordinator.
  • Our new treasurer Jenn Gojmerac was unable to attend so the past treasurer Lynn stepped in for her.
  • Melissa thanked Flair of Country for again hosting us for this months meeting.
  • Last Month’s Free Lunch winner was Gary Lundgren.
  • Approval of January minutes was Larry Crespo and Kim Volk.
  • Went through our 30 second commercials of members
  • Current Treasurers Report is $3,959.36.
  • Melissa reminded all members about inviting new potential members and to please remember to RSVP for the luncheons. We are reinstating the old rule that if you RSVP’d for lunch and you do not attend, you will be responsible to pay for that lunch. EHBA still must pay for all lunches and we cannot afford to take on that responsibility. Melinda spoke about the selling of candy bars again to help attain more funds so that we may be able to continue to donate to our local community. There was sign up sheet for candy bars and we had 22 people sign their names. Candy bars will be given at the March Luncheon.
  • The speaker for March’s meeting will be Larry Crespo speaking about Laurel Highlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
  • We received a thank you notice from United Way for our donation to them.
  • Our guest speaker this month was Andi Palmer from Operation Beyoutiful. She began this journey with her daughter who wanted to make a difference in peoples lives. This organization is a nonprofit organization that helps girls between the ages of 10-18 who have a medical condition related to hair loss. They spend the day with the girls and at the end of the day, the girl receives her wig with a stylist who helps style it to their liking. Motion to donate $100.00 to them was approved by Stan Haberkorn.
  • 50/50 Winner was Pieter Reynolds from Epic Journeys, $12.50
  • Free Lunch for next month was Kim Volk
  • O’Sheas Candies brought a box of chocolate covered strawberries to give away, winner was Cynthia Walters from Epic Journeys.


January 2018 Minutes »

January 2018 Minutes

There were 25 Members Present. We stressed again the importance of RSVP’ing for the luncheons so that we will have enough food for every member. Everyone has also been doing a great job at RSVP’ing and we want to keep that going.

Larry Crespo and Stan Haberkorn approved minutes from November.

The current bank statement read $3,305.08.

30 second commercials, had new members come.

On February 10, 2018 an open house will be held for Conemaugh Heath Systems New Facility in East Hills. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A Reminder about the 2018 Renewals for East Hills Business Association were mentioned.

If new name tags are needed, need to have a signup sheet and RPM will make tags for new members.

Officer elections were held:

President: Melissa Bird

Vice President: Ed Porada

Treasurer: Jenn Gojnerac

Secretary: Alexis Mueller

Relations Coordinator: Melinda Novak


Ed Porada advised everyone that each month we will not have a speaker. We will skip every other month or so to have just a meeting with all members. Schedule is as follows:

February: Speaker

March:  Speaker

April: No Speaker

May: Speaker

June: Speaker

July: No Speaker

August: Speaker

September: Speaker

October: Speaker

November: No Speaker

December: Christmas Party

Melinda Novak motion to approve speaker schedule

We gave out remainder of Christmas Presents to members

Reminder of next meeting held February 15, 2018, same location.

We all thanked Missy for an outstanding job as President.

Kurt Weidlein mentioned about a networking community that he is involved in and if anyone would like more information to contact Kurt at

Motion to end: Stan Haberkorn and Chris Cameron.

November 2017 Minutes »

November 16th, 2017 Minutes


Frank Duca – motion to accept minutes of last meeting

Tim – Seconded it

We had 4 guests with us today

Jennifer reminded us that you get $35 off your Chamber membership by belonging to regional business network

Remember to rsvp when attending so we can get an accurate result, so they can prepare the food accordingly.

We had 30 second commercials

Guest speaker was bill durey from penelec/first energy

There will be no December meeting

Christmas party will be January 3rd, 2018 – at airport for 5:30, you may bring an exchange gift if you would like to receive one back. Rbn will pay for your meal and we ask if you bring a guest the cost will be $10 there are the door. Please rsvp ahead of time.

The 50/50 was $8.00 – Melinda

Ed announced he is looking for speakers for next year — to let him know if you know of anyone

Two donations requests were shared from junior achievement and highland library — a motion by to make a $50 donation to highland library was made by Melinda and seconded by ed

The president reminded everyone that her position is up for nominations as she has served two years and also the treasurer lynne faint position who served three years. Nominations will begin in January.

It was brought up to look into replacing sim cloud services — since they are not a member to look for a replacement. To assist with emails. The group will look into existing members first.

a sign-up sheet was provided to capture everyone email who has not been receiving notification of meetings.

With many new members there are many who have no nametags — a sign-up sheet was provided to order tags from rpm.

For Christmas toys for tots were brought up and it was suggested since it was so late if anyone wanted to donate chan soon chiong center will accept donations.

Kim – made a motion to close the meeting

CINDY second the motion



October 2017 Minutes »

October 2017 Minutes
Missy had opening introductions
There were 24 members present and 2 missing officers
Meeting minutes were handed out and motion to approve by Alexis and Melissa.
Our bank account showed $2,500.40.
The new candy order had been handed out to everyone, made list of all members who took candy bars to sell, the money will be due at November meeting
Other news: 2018 new membership forms, we need to send out at the end of November and then when we receive the forms, they need to be emailed to the chamber to let them know who is a member of EHB Association. There were 2 places asking for donations, the Richland Fire Department for Halloween Candy , Barb and Melinda made a motion to approve $200.00 donation to Richland Fire Department.
There will be no December meeting and in lieu of will be the Christmas Party. Discussions on where and when need to be made.
New Business: Tanya from 1st Team did all repairs to East Hills Business Facebook Site. They passed around someone’s phone so that everyone could see the facebook page.
Had our 30 second introductions.
Our guest speaker this month was introduced by Barb and our guest speaker was Lisa Stofko from the Learning Lamp. The learning lamp is the leading provider of Prevention Programs in our area. She spoke about the heroine epidemic and told us that PA is ranked #6 for the highest number of overdoses in the United States. Our own Cambria County is ranked #2 in PA for the highest number of overdoses. Learning lamp is really trying to get involved with schools around the area to teach kids about the dangers of drugs. They have a program that they worked very hard on so that it can be used intermittently from school to school.
Our Free Lunch Winner was Melissa Bird
50/50 Winner was Tanya Ragno, donated back to EHBA.
Motion to end: Alexis Mueller, Ed LaPlaca, Tabitha
November’s Meeting will be held on November 16th at Flair of Country.


September 2017 Luncheon Minutes »

September 2017 Minutes


Attendance: 21 members present

Missy introduced herself and thanked Flair of Country for hosting our luncheon for this month.

Treasurers Report: $2,799.07. The increase in monies is due to new members and because of fundraising.

We collected all candy money at this month’s meeting. Melinda was able to collect everyone’s monies except for Chris Rubal who was not present.

Ed Porada introduced our guest speaker for the luncheon was Katrina Potaske from the Community Foundations for the Alleghenies. She is responsible for looking for new donors and for new fundraisers. She spoke about what Community of the Foundations does and all of the projects that they have going on currently. She also had a folder of information for every member to take home with them to read.

After guest speaker, we had our 30 second introductions.

Old Business: We are going to sell the candy bars again starting October luncheon until November luncheon. Motion to approve, Melinda Novak and Gary Lundgren

Free Lunch: Melissa Bird

50/50: Melissa Bird

Media exchange gave away 2 flood city DVD’s

O’sheas gave away samples of their pumpkin fudge

We spoke about the EHBA facebook page. It is in need of major updates. Tanya Ragno has taken responsibility to fix and update the page to try to get more exposure.

October Month Speaker: Leah Spangler from the Learning Lamp.

Missy also disclosed that there was not a problem with Bella Sicilia for lunch but our bylaws do state that we need to be in a secluded space with no intervention of other people during meeting. Bella Sicilia was mixing our meeting with the general public.