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Chambers and Change

Change……in the past few years chambers and associations have had to make some changes to stay relevant. It is often said that nobody likes change, so much so that hundreds of books have been written on this very subject. But we also consciously understand that change is necessary for all growth. During our adolescence we called it growing pains. Perhaps this is where the negative connotation begins to resonate in our minds. Though it will be different, we know that change doesn’t have to be painful. It is our subconscious resistance to change that creates that internal struggle within us, producing feelings of anxiety and trepidation.

If we are not overwhelmingly convinced that we should make a change, we will go in with one foot already out the door.
On the flip side, when we understand that the change is going to benefit us, our paradigm or thought process shifts because now we feel in control of the change, rather than the change being in control of us.

I have come to realize that it is often due to our minds being so emotionally wrapped up in past practices and past results that it binds and limits us from thinking about what we …in business….Truly desire …which is more business.

Our perspective of what we can do is based on past results and not on our true potential. This negative perception can impede our forward progress. It is our excuse to stay in that comfort zone that we have so carefully constructed around ourselves.
With change comes different feelings. Often these feelings are referred to as strange, weird or even horrible…..As we all know there have been some big changes in our chamber and association worlds and not everything is the same as it has been for so long. Things are now different than the way they were….But sometimes we have to remind ourselves that if the way we are doing some things now feels a little different, that’s ok, because that different feeling is progress and growth.

As we are moving forward with these changes, in time, we will all feel more comfortable and become familiar with our “new and improved” way of doing things. That time is now.

This isn’t going to happen overnight, it’s not going to happen in a day, a week or a month, and it’s going to take a little time for all of us to become accustom to our newly expanded member expectations. It’s going to take some time for us to adjust the way we used do things, to do the things we need to do today to stay relevant and valuable to our members. Sometimes these expectations can be overwhelming and it’s a challenge to try and accommodate every individual or organization that we serve. Those of us that have chosen to be part of this great industry understand we have been presented with a big challenge and guess what? We took it….. Because we knew then as we are proving everyday that membership in our organizations makes sense because we will continue to provide a unified voice for business and support a sound and healthy business climate moving into the future.


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Girl's Circle Jr.
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Windsor Art Center Family Movie Nigh
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48th Home & Product Show
Mar 25 at 69 Prospect Street, East Windsor
9th annual Wine Tasting benefit for
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Easterseals' Crystal Ball
Mar 25 at Marriott Hartford Downtown
“Money Matters” Youth Summit
Mar 25 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
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Weekends at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 06095
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Weekend Cross-country Ski and Snowsh
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Coal Mining and Music
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Spring Berry Tiramisu
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St. Gabriel School Open Door Tours
Mar 28 at 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Sunnyside Up
Mar 28 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Budget Informational Meeting
Mar 28 at Windsor Town Hall
Windsor Budget Informational Meeting
Mar 28 at Windsor Town Hall
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
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Evening Book and Social Club
Mar 30 at Windsor Public Library
Mother Daughter Circle
Mar 30 at 330 Windsor Ave Community Center Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Mar 31 at Windsor Public Library
Girl's Circle Jr.
Mar 31 at 330 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
First Saturday Learn & Play at Winds
Apr 1 at Windsor Historical Society
First Aid and CPR Class
Apr 1 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Weekend Cross-country Ski and Snowsh
Weekends at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 06095
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Apr 1 at Dom's Broad Street Eatery, 330 Broad Street, Windsor, CT
The Blanket Project with Mark Charle
Apr 2 at Nelson Hall, First Church, 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095
Weekend Cross-country Ski and Snowsh
Weekends at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 06095
WIndsor Art Center Presents - Jiayi
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Botanical Felt Pin
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St. Gabriel School Open Door Tours
Apr 4 at 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Sunnyside Up
Apr 4 at Windsor Public Library
"Young Naturalists" at Northwest Par
Apr 4 at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 06095
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Shake, Shimmy & Dance
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Traditional and Modern Community Dan
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