The East Greenwich Chamber is a volunteer partnership of business and professional people working to build a better economy and community. Our members volunteer to work on many of our networking and  community events in an effort to make East Greenwich a better place to live, work, play, and do business. With all the events that the EG Chamber has promoted or helped promote, I would like to recognize and thank our volunteer members.

Recently, we had our 25th Annual EG Chamber Golf Tournament.  The committee, chaired by Craig Butzbach of Pinnacle Financial, attracted over 120 golfers, provided a fun and memorable day, and once more raised significant money for the Rhode Island Arthritis Foundation and Juvenile Arthritis. I want to thank Craig, the committee, all the volunteers, sponsors and participants who helped make the event so successful and provided yet another great networking opportunity for our members.

Just two weeks ago, the Chamber’s Here’s to the Ladies Committee was responsible for providing a scholarship to the Miss Rhode Island Pageant. One of the judges at the Miss Rhode Island Pageant was Chamber Board member Lorraine Kane of Quidnessett Country Club.

The EG Chamber’s Main Street Merchant’s Committee works hard all year long to help make Main Street East Greenwich a shopping and dining destination. Specifically, the committee meets about 10 times a year and plans out the events, activities and promotions that make our Main Street so special in the State of Rhode Island. Special thanks to the co-chairs: Diane Villari of Hair Plus and Staci of Staci’s Fine Intimates & Lingerie. Last week, Susan Swanson, the owner of The Green Door, and I had the opportunity to appear on Channel 12’s Rhode Show to promote Main Street Strolls and the whole idea of shopping local. We discussed the fact that statistics show that when money is spent at local, independently owned stores, 55% of the money stays in the community, while with big national retail chains, only 13% of the money stays local. Susan, who is a long time Chamber member and volunteer, also mentioned that part of what small retails do for their local community, is help with the many and varied local charitable causes which the EG Chamber has always helped support.

Since the EG Chamber is a voluntary partnership which depends on its member volunteers, I should also mention that the Chamber, as an entity, works closely with volunteer organizations such as the EG Rotary, the Greenwich Odeum, the East Greenwich Animal Protection League and the Main Street Association. Many Chamber members are also involved with these and other organizations as volunteers. All of this does contribute to the quality of life in our town while often raising money for charitable endeavors.

In summary, the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce has long played a role in the community’s fabric, and we want to point out that the Chamber and the community are only as strong as the support that they receive through volunteer efforts and sponsorship contributions.


Stephen M. Lombardi

Executive Director