Chamber’s fete is a fun event

You know what’s fun? The annual dinner of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, which is tonight at LaBelle Winery.

Now if you are not a member of the chamber you probably have never been to one of its annual dinners and might be wondering what the big deal is. It’s for business people and their families, it’s for chamber members, why should you care?

Because those business people are the engine that drives the economy of our communities and once a year, they meet to honor that year’s best of them with awards for things like Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, among others. It might not seem important in the greater world of those who don’t belong to the chamber, but it is.

You know as well as we that there is more to life, more to business, than making a buck. You know, like a “Thank you” from a customer or a “Have a nice day” from someone behind the counter. Well, too often we don’t think people who have served us, and sometimes the folks wishing us a nice day aren’t having one themselves.

Perhaps because nobody threw them a “thank you” in a week or so.

That’s part of the reason why, once a year, the chamber throws its members a “thank you” in the form of the annual dinner and the awards.

Our favorite award is Volunteer of the Year because, as any volunteer well knows, no money is involved. All a volunteer gets, if “all” is really the correct word, is a sense of accomplishment, a sense of having done some good for the community.

And maybe a thank you.

But that’s not why they volunteer. They do it because the really do want to help the community and if, in June, they get a little recognition from the chamber, well, that’s great, but that’s icing on the cake. The cake is the doing, the volunteering.

So, no, if you’re not a chamber member, you’re probably not going to the annual dinner tonight but keep this in mind: When the winners of the various awards are made public, you might want to drop into their businesses and congratulate them.

Oh, and if they serve you in any way, toss them a “thank you.”