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Mentor Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon

On Tuesday, November 15th, we attended the monthly luncheon of the Mentor Chamber of Commerce. On this occasion awards were presented to the chamber's choices of Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year.

img_6067 The recipient of the latter award was "J's Pizza Market" which has been operating in Mentor for almost 20 years and always ready and willing to provide food for meetings of worthy organizations. It was also noted that "J's Pizza Market" is known for its excellent customer service as is evidenced by its consistently excellent ratings on several consumer-oriented websites. Its owner, Mr. Jonathan Kelley deserves praise for establishing a scholarship fund (in honor of his late mother) that helps financially struggling students remain in school. When he accepted his award, Mr. Kelley humbly thanked his fine staff, many of whom could not be present because they were busy tending the business in his absence. Before he left the stage, Mr. Kelley invited everyone to a special celebration that would take place at "J's Pizza Market" that very evening. We wished that we could go and sample the veggie pizza (with pineapple) but, alas, we have another commitment scheduled.

The recipient of Citizen of the Year was Mr. Kip Molenaar who has held several important posts including that of Director of Administration and Finance for the City of Mentor-on-the-Lake. During his speech, Mr. Molenaar said that one of the things that he was proudest of was his involvement in a local road construction project that allowed for more businesses to be established and thus his community's revenue base was expanded. He was also glad to have served on the committee which selected Dr. Morris Beverage, II to be the 5th president of Lakeland College back in 2001. Dr. Beverage was there to congratulate Mr. Molenaar as were several other people associated with Lakeland img_6068Community College including Mr. Dave Kalina, a Trustee, and his wife, Ms. Carol Kalina who told us that current procedures made it possible for a young person to obtain a two-year college degree while still in high school. We believe that this will be one of the waves of the future.

Before the awards, we talked with Ms. Sherri R. Trivisonno, who is also heavily involved in the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce, about steps we could take to find out how we could improve our one minute "Coffee Contacts" commercial to make ourselves more effective representatives of "Margaret W. Wong and Associates" and/or make our business more accessible to those in need of our services.

To be sure, in the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential election we had civil conversations with people about what to expect regarding immigration policy from the incoming Trump administration. Accordingly, one person suggested establishing mini-processing centers throughout the United States to help the undocumented.

Along these lines, we shared a table during lunch with Ms. Katie Burger from U.S. Congressman David Joyce's office who had been following the news pertaining to possible new immigration policies just as we have. We both agreed that serious proposals have been made but nothing is certain at this point and we will have to wait and see.


Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC


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