Introducing New Chamber Board President Catherine Schlichte

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce To Hold 93rd Annual Dinner Dance On January 24

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce invites you to Cape Ann’s biggest social gathering, the 93rd Annual Dinner Dance! Come hear 2014 Chamber President, Mike Luster, speak about this past year’s accomplishments while passing the torch to Catherine Schlichte, who will address what 2015 has in store! This premier social gathering is hosted by Cruiseport at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester, MA. The Cocktail Reception will begin at 6:00 pm followed by dinner, a short speaking program and of course, dancing until 11:00 pm! This year’s event will feature The Carlos Menezes Band and Mari Martin.

“One of my main focuses this year will be getting the Cape Ann License plate on the road,” said incoming Chamber President Catherine Schlichte. “The Chamber team did a great job last year getting the plate launched, with fantastic community support; and I am confident that with the right promotional push we will achieve the 1,500 applications needed for the registry to make the plates. The revenue dollars generated through this initiative will support our three main objectives: 1) Promotion of the region, 2) Economic Development, and 3) Education.”


“The theme for my Presidency is ‘Membership’ as depicted in our Annual Dinner illustration, ‘The Stars are out Tonight’! As a membership based organization, our members are our stars.  Our effectiveness as a Chamber is strengthened with the guidance and input provided by our members. We have 800 members today, with great representation from each of our four communities. In 2015 we are looking to grow our membership and provide improved products and services.”

Ken Riehl, Chamber CEO, echoed Catherine’s sentiments in reiterating his priorities for the year: “to further stabilize and grow the Chamber through improved Chamber programs, increased business partnering, and better Chamber communication and outreach. I spent a considerable amount of time last year walking all four community’s main streets, and look forward to continuing this year working with all businesses to more completely communicate and build trust in our services. The Chamber’s Dinner Dance is a fantastic way to catch-up with business colleagues, meet new people and have a lot of fun while doing it – Catherine and I look forward to seeing everyone there, and to a terrific year for the Chamber and the Cape Ann Community.”

RSVP along with payment, $85 a person; call the Chamber or online registration is available at

Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend returns January 30 – February 1


Bird watchers from throughout New England will flock to Cape Ann to participate in the sixth annual Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend presented by The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Swarovski Optik, The Retirement Financial Center, Thomas T. Riquier, CFP; and Mass Audubon. The Elks at Bass Rocks in Gloucester will serve as headquarters for the weekend event on January 30 through February 1.

Cape Ann is known to birdwatchers worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, working with Mass Audubon, has planned a weekend filled with a variety of events for all levels of birders.

Robert Buchsbaum from Mass Audubon and Bird Naturalist Jim MacDougall will be featured speakers during the weekend. Not to be missed on Saturday, January 31 will be a live Owl presentation hosted by Eyes on Owls.

Expert guides will lead bus trips to many of the birding hot spots around Cape Ann. For those who cannot make it on the guided tours other expert guides will be on site at the Elks throughout the day on Saturday, January 31. A bird-watching excursion aboard 7 Seas Whale Watch’s Privateer IV will take place on Sunday, February 1 (weather permitting) out of Gloucester Harbor.  The cost for the boat trip is $60 per person.

On Friday, January 30, from 1 to 3 pm, Trident Gallery, located at 189 Main Street, Gloucester, will kick off Winter Birding Weekend with a workshop titled “”Drawing Birds and Wildlife from Nature”.  Artist Sandy McDermott, will guide the participants on the close observation and field sketching of birds and other wildlife.  No prior drawing experience is necessary. Reservations are required as space is limited so sign up early.

Space is still available for the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend and people are encouraged to register in advance.  Register for the event and find more information, including a detailed schedule of activities, by visiting the Chamber website at


One thought on “Introducing New Chamber Board President Catherine Schlichte

  1. Very good interview and by the calendars in the background – not shortage of events Capt Joe that caught my eye too! Thanks Capt Joe…Chamber! 🙂 Dave & Kim:-)


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