At the annual award ceremony and dinner for the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the board celebrated its 100th anniversary year, having been established in 1919, by giving awards to two local business who give back to the community in a multitude of ways: Trimmers Ice Cream and Trumansburg Community Nursery School.
But first, Elaine Springer, president of the Trumansburg Chamber Board of Directors, opened the ceremony by looking back on the 1984 Chamber President’s Report by Richard Owlett. In her speech, Springer said the report noted that the Chamber, noticed that Trumansburg was not included in an atlas map of the area used by a local realtor, included its own map (complete with Trumansburg, of course), in their member brochure. Owlett wrote, “as the saying goes, if you want something done, do it yourself.”
She found that the modern board members are perhaps “not the trailblazers we fancy ourselves to be,” as the Chamber’s focus in 1984 was pretty similar to the focus of today.
One of those main focuses was informed by the then newly-adopted Trumansburg Constitution and By-Laws, which stated, “the purpose of this organization [meaning the Chamber] shall be to encourage the economic success of our area in general, by promoting member businesses as well as the human and geographic assets of the area.” The board of the ‘80s was attempting to serve serve five townships and three counties, who felt they were ignored by county chambers.
“It seems we are not the first to consider neighbors—Ithaca, Mecklenburg, Alpine, Covert, Interlaken, Hector and beyond—to be part of the Trumansburg area, and who the Chamber should be serving,” Springer said.
The ‘80s board was also focused on bringing tourists to Trumansburg proper, sending the message that tourists didn’t have to drive to Ithaca or Seneca Falls. What is different today is that the Chamber now believes Trumansburg has the capacity to attract a large number of tourists to the area in general, according to Springer.
The Chamber of the ‘80s also focused on holding events and community pride as well as creating a member brochure.
“As cliché as it is,” Springer said, “it seems the more things change, the more things stay the same…in our 100th year, the Chamber has updated branding, by-laws, and has honed-in membership benefits and board member job descriptions.”
“Trumansburg is changing,” she added, “but also remains the same.” She thanked everyone for supporting the Chamber, each other and the community.
“You help put Trumansburg on the map,” she said.
Jessie Gardner of Little Venice restaurant in Trumansburg presented the award for 2019 Business of the Year to Trimmers Ice Cream (Little Venice won the award last year).
Trimmers is owned by four members of the Broadfield family: Jane, Jim, Lyndsey and Kelsey. They purchased the ice cream store 11 years ago when they moved from New Jersey. “They moved because they loved the community they feel this village possess,” Gardner said.
She added that in the short time they have been business owners in the area, the family has shown their generosity toward the community by giving four $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and donating to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, just to name of a few of their many contributions.
“I have personally had the honor to work with Jane and Jim on a few fundraisers, including Empty Bowls,” Gardner said. “These guys have some of the biggest hearts in our community.” Jane Broadfield accepted the award.
Trumansburg Community Nursery School won Organization of the Year. Steven Daly, owner of Ithaca Vintage in Trumansburg, introduced Deb Austin, who received the award.
“Tonight, we are recognizing the Trumansburg Community Nursery School, TCNS, as Organization of the Year for all the ways they have made Trumansburg a better place over the last 60 years,” said Daly, who enrolled his daughter Lilah in the school when they moved to the area a little over five years ago.
“I hadn’t anticipated how we were welcomed into our new community by the staff and other parents, forming the relationships that would come our foundation here,” Daly said. “[Lilah] is in third grade now, but we will always be a proud TCNS family, and we are just one of many.”