I’ve long advocated that various Chambers of Commerce around the state consider times to meet other than breakfasts.
Portland has its Eggs and Issues breakfasts, networking starting at 7, and a speaker at 8. Most of my networking at that hour is communicated via grunts.
The Bangor Region Chamber on Tuesday held its annual breakfast – again, starting at 7, with the program going at 8. (Why can’t they consider Business Brunches?)
So I am impressed when folks can be personable and whip out humor at these events — particularly spontaneously.Incoming Chamber chairman of the board Dan Tremble (of the Fairmount Market/Ground Round) started his tenure off with a joke to the crowd: “As the dairy cow said to the farmer, ‘Thanks for a warm hand on a cold morning.'” Ha! As purveyor of bad jokes (I do have two young boys, and, apparently, I am hi-lar-i-ous!), I appreciated that one. Later, when guest speaker Eliot Cutler began his remarks, he noted that Tremble had big shoes to fill, as he would be taking the chairmanship over from powerhouse Julia Munsey, who’s marketing manager at Oxford Networks and who was instrumental in the Chamber’s push to support the new arena/convention center in 2011. Without missing a beat, Munsey called out from the audience to correct Cutler: “High heels!” I’ll be waiting to see if Tremble’s wearing stilettos at next year’s breakfast.