Cape Cod Chamber Celebrates 97th Annual Meeting at Willowbend Country Club

MASHPEE – The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 97th annual meeting at Willowbend Country Club on Tuesday.

The theme of this year’s meeting was Cape Cod Champions, celebrating significant achievements related to the Cape’s water and the economy.

“We’re calling it ‘#CapeCodChampions,’ really thanking people who have displayed great political courage, not only those elected into office but also our chamber board,” said Chamber CEO Wendy Northcross.

“We took some hard votes about what we should be charging our guests to help pay for wastewater cleanup projects and really to protect the Cape’s environment. Our beautiful waters are a calling card, our beaches are very important to Cape Cod.”

The chamber recognized the entire Cape & Islands legislative delegation for their role in establishing the Cape Cod Water Protection Trust Fund, while also leveling the playing field in the room occupancy tax law between short term rentals and traditional lodging.

Northcross says the night is also meant to celebrate “a pretty productive year.”

“Having delivered the short term rental tax to create some equity amongst the hotels and short term rentals, creating a wastewater protection trust fund, we have secured a $1 million grant for the blue economy, which is major and we’ll be working on that into the coming year. We had a great membership year, membership is very strong. It was a great governance year as we had a new crop of directors coming in that we’re very proud of, and they Cape’s business leaders continue to step up and get the job done for Cape Cod,” Northcross said.

“We’re looking forward to a really productive year next year. We’re already talking about 2020, it’s the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims, so we’re talking about maybe doing something in Provincetown next year, so stay tuned.”

In partnership with the Cape Cod Foundation, the Joshua A. Nickerson Society Award was also presented. Tony & Lorraine Shepley received the award for their significant community support and philanthropic work.

The night didn’t end with just an award ceremony, however. The organization also held elections of directors and officers, including Robert Talerman as board chair for 2019-2020. Talerman the First Executive Vice President and Executive Lending Officer with Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization whose mission is to strengthen and promote the regional economic vitality, cultural richness, envrionmental sensitivty and social needs of Cape Cod.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

About Tim Dunn

Tim Dunn is a native of south coast Massachusetts, growing up in the small town of Mattapoisett and now resides in New Bedford. He’s worked in the News Center covering everything you need to know about on the Cape.
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