Friday, March 21, 2014


34th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

What an amazing 34th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber held  Thursday evening, March 20, 2014.  Thank you to Jerry’s Pub for hosting such a wonderful meal, and Country Market for the cake. 
The membership voted Jeff Updike of Irish Hills Collision, Bill Fetters of Woodstock Wine & Cheese and Mark Cornell of Clark Lake Golf Course to the Board of Directors for 3 year terms.  
Some great honors were given out during the evening’s program.  Many anniversary awards were given to members including a 90 Year Award to Clark Lake Golf Course and a 160 Year Award to St. Joseph Catholic Shrine.  Our Board President, Bill Kerr gave his President’s Award to Rich Turner of Brooklyn Party Shoppe for this contribution to the Brooklyn Fireworks, also announcing his place in the 4th of July Parade as 2014 Grand Marshall. 

Spruce Awards were given to TC’s Hardware, Irish Hills Collision, Borek Jennings Funeral Home/Braun Chapel and Whispering Lakes Adventure Resort.  The Ambassador of the Year is Kay Roumell and our Under 30 Connection Member of the Year is Rachel Millyard. The Director’s Award went to our outgoing Board Secretary, Lisa Bascom.  

The Columbia Township Fire Department was honored by the Heart of the Community award for all they do for our community.  Michigan International Speedway was honored with a Governor’s Tribute as a thank you for their economic impact on the business community with all of the great new events, business and people they bring to the Irish Hills. 

Our Business of the Year for 2014 is TransPharm Preclinical Solutions owned by Dan & Samantha Ross, given for how much they support their local community, even though most of their business is nationally, even internationally.  Our 2014 Citizen of the Year is a very deserving Richard Staub, owner of Village Peddler Gift Snack etc.  Make sure you stop in and congratulate him!

Overall, we were able to honor some of our "standout" members, those that went above and beyond, those that gave a little bit of themselves, those that make our community one that we are all proud to live in.

Monday, March 3, 2014

There is so much going on this month in the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce!

  • Taste of the Irish Hills is a great event coming up on March 8 and 9 (Saturday and Sunday) where 19 of our Irish Hills eating establishments hand out samples of some of their best cuisine to ticket holders.  Tickets are only $20 per person.  Go to for more info....this truly is an event you do not want to miss!
  • The Chamber's 34th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner is on March 20 at Jerry's Pub and Restaurant beginning at 5:30 pm.  The Board of Directors will be handing our numerous honors that evening to very deserving business community members.  RSVP to 592-8907 or
  • The chamber, Columbia Central High School and Napoleon High School have teamed up to put together the Irish Hills Career and College Expo.  We have almost 40 booths available for students and parents to ask questions of our businesses, professionals and colleges in the area.  If you are interested in having a booth, let us know by emailing
  • We have some great advertising opportunities going on right now by way of the Irish Hills Resorter and Buy Local Coupons, just contact Rachel by calling 592-8907 or email for more info.
  • The Under 30 Connection is looking for players and teams for the new Irish Hills Co-Ed Softball League they are forming.  Anyone over 18 years of age is invited to play, if interested call Kelly at 240-7680. 
  • Our Golf Outing Committee is in the process of planning the annual outing.  It is being moved to this spring...May 18 at Hills' Heart of the Lakes Golf Course.  If you would like to sponsor a hole or participate, let us know.