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Chamber honors two women at luncheon

December 14, 2010

A woman who helped to save the life of another and a woman who has devoted much of her time to the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce were applauded for their efforts when the Chamber held its recent monthly luncheon.

Honored were Iraida Hernandez as Employee of the Month, an employee of Affordable Cleaning of Southwest Florida. Joe Whalen, the CEO and president of the Chamber, told the gathering that she was being credited for taking quick action in summoning help that may have saved another person's life. With her at the luncheon was her employer, Belinda "Bo" Ogle.

Also honored was Lehigh insurance business woman Teresa Goodlad, owner of State Farm Insurance. She, too, was recognized for all the work she had done for the Chamber dating back for many years. She was once the chairman of the Chamber's board of directors.

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Chamber Member of the Month: Teresa Goodlad, owner of the State Farm Insurance Agency, was honored by Joe Whalen with a certificate of appreciation for her work for the Chamber over the years. Photo by Mel Toadvine

Both women received certificates of appreciation from Whalen.

Also recognized during the luncheon were new Chamber members that included Affordable Pool Keepers, D&B Laundromat of Lehigh Acres, Gateway Golf & Country Club, Left Coast Pool Services and New York New York Pizza.

David Deetscreek, the current chairman of the Chamber Board, gave a brief talk and thanked the Chamber for allowing him to be their board president for the past several months. A new slate of officers will be installed at the Chamber's Annual Gala in January and there will be no Chamber monthly luncheon in December. The next luncheon will be Feb. 22, 2011 at the Majestic Golf Club on Homestead Rd.

The November luncheon was sponsored by Prepaid Legal Services representative Len Lagocki who also spoke about his business at the beginning of the luncheon.

The guest speaker was Jessica Salois of the Southwest Florida Job Squad. Her topic was "Putting Lehigh Acres Back to Work," and she asked local members to refer employers and potential employees to her agency which received stimulus money last year from the Obama administration.

She said several businesses have been linked with employees over the year, but needed to attract Lehigh workers and local firms.

The Chamber will have a casino for gambling at their gala on Jan. 15, 2011. The price per person for the dinner and gala is $50 per person.



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