Carbondale — The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) recently held their 13th Annual “Celebrating Progress” Dinner at the Carbondale Grand Hotel and Conference Center. The event was held to honor 3 local businesses for their notable achievements and contributions that have enhanced the overall community of Carbondale and the surrounding area.

The hosts of the event was Michele Bannon, GCCC Board President, and John P. Gorel, Executive Director of the GCCC. Nancy Esbenshade presented the Invocation. Ms. Bannon opened the dinner with Welcoming Remarks and recognized the Board of Directors and thanked all segments of the community for their support. Guest speaker was Elana Anguita, author of the book, “Spread Thanks”.

Bannon and Gorel shared detailed information on each business that included what services the businesses offer, how they came to fruition and various hardships or opportunities they encountered to keep their respective businesses flourishing.

The plaques of recognition were presented to the 2017 award recipients for their achievements: JKF Technologies in Carbondale, Ros-Al Floral and Antique Store with locations in Carbondale, Forest City, and Hawley, PA; and Galati’s Barber Shop in Carbondale.

Gorel detailed the achievements of Joseph Fendrock, the owner, of JKF Technologies and highlighted the manufacturing company’s specialties in tooling, reverse engineering, prototype components, machinery, assemblies, food-grade equipment and semi-conductor processing lines. They have been in business since 2010 and offer intuitive engineering, seasoned machinists and work with some of the largest manufacturers world-wide with cutting-edge technology.

Carmine Galati, owner of Galati’s Barber shop, received recognition for his business that recently reached a milestone and holds the distinction of being in business 100 years! The business was started by his grandfather, Joseph Galati in 1917 when he emigrated to the United States from Italy and has been in business for 4 generations. Galati’s barber shop is well-known for their family tradition of cutting hair for customers as young as 6 months of age to some past the century mark.

Ros-Al Floral and Antiques is owned by Paul Daugevelo and Christopher Glinton. According to Michele Bannon, “The Ros-Al name originates with Paul’s late parents, Rose and Al Daugevelo, who started their business in 1957 which was called Ros-Al Photo Studio in Carbondale”. It was there that Paul got his start in the floral and antiques business. In1980, he opened his own shop in downtown Forest City which is named Ros-Al Floral and Antiques. In 1993, Christopher Glinton, joined with Paul and opened Ros-Al in Hawley. The business specializes in floral arrangements complete with deliveries, antiques and full-scale events. In 2017, the company experienced a devastating loss due to a fire at their main location in Forest City, but rather than dwelling on their loss, they concentrated on their customers, especially their brides due to upcoming weddings. The day after the fire, they set up shop at the Acting Company Building and never skipped a beat.

In addition to the awards presentation, Ms. Elena Anguita, author, change agent, and speaker from the Scranton area, who passionately supports education and literacy gave a presentation on her mission and her recent book, “Spread Thanks” - Create Miracles Through the Power of Ink. She launched the “Spread Thanks” revolution, a movement to encourage personal gratefulness by sending a hand-written, thank-you note in the mail everyday. She explained how this daily practice has changed her life for the better and encouraged everyone to make this their daily practice. Ms. Anguita was available to greet guests and signed copies of her books to those who purchased them.

Gorel gave the Closing Remarks and thanked the main sponsors of the event that included Gold Sponsor - Grimm Construction, Inc., Silver Sponsor - The Dime Bank, and Bronze Sponsors - Carbondale Grand Hotel & Conference Center, PPL Electric Utilities and Wayne Memorial Hospital. He also mentioned the businesses that were “Friends of the Chamber” via their support. He also talked about his mission with the GCCC and said, “As we embark into 2018, we want all of our Members to know that we are here to help them and emphasized the word Greater in the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce to drive home that the Chamber is expanding their reach outside of Carbondale”.