Business briefs: Nov. 4, 2018 - Plattsburgh Press Republican

Kiwanis appointment

PLATTSBURGH — Kimberly Davis, a director of the Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club, began a three-year term on Oct. 1 as the New York District chairperson for the Kiwanis Children's Fund, Kiwanis International's charitable organization.

Davis was nominated by New York District Governor Hank Baker and was voted on by the Kiwanis Children's Fund Board of Trustees.

"It will be my responsibility to educate members and the public about the five main goals of the Kiwanis Children's Fund, which are service-leadership programs, club and district service projects, disaster relief, iodine-deficiency disorders and The Eliminate Project," she said.

Davis holds several other roles on the state district level. She is the lieutenant governor for the Adirondack Division, which gives her a seat on the New York District Board of Kiwanis. She is also the district liaison to the New York District Foundation, and she is one of three district advocates for The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International's worldwide service project to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Kiwanis has pledged $110 million to eliminate the disease.

Davis has been in Kiwanis for 21 years and has held several club and district roles. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers committed to changing the world one child and one community at a time.


Award received

PLATTSBURGH — Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS) recently presented its 2018 Trustee Leadership and Advocacy Award to two trustees, Deena Giltz McCullough, University of Vermont Health Network-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital; and David Prince, Olean General Hospital/Upper Allegheny Health System.

The awards were presented at HTNYS’ annual conference in Saratoga Springs on Sept. 15.

A resident of Plattsburgh, McCullough provides strong leadership for both the health system and healthcare partner boards. She currently serves on the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) Board of Directors, where she is chair of the Planning Committee, and is a member of the Governance and Finance committees. She also serves as a network representative to the local UVMHN-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital board.

A trustee of the former parent company for three hospitals in upstate New York — Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and Alice Hyde Medical Center — McCullough was instrumental in guiding the affiliation process with the entity now known as UVM Health Network. In 2017, she led the disestablishment of the parent company and created the Regional Health Forum to maintain focus on New York-centric issues, collaborations and initiatives through quarterly meetings. She currently chairs the forum.

McCullough was cited for bringing to the boardroom a strong voice for clarity and transparency. She constantly seeks collaborative input and has become a reliable bridge for the organizations navigating the challenging waters of affiliation. She is committed to better understanding the complexities of healthcare and advancing her knowledge of governance through continuous self and board education.

Active in the community, McCullough is a co-founder of the annual Evening of Healing: Stories of Strength. She has helped bring the community together for conversations on suicide, drug addiction, mental illness and other critical issues. From mentoring college students and supporting a local arts center to serving on many boards, she was cited for being devoted to the health, well-being and betterment of her community.


Networking event

TICONDEROGA — Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards Olde Farmhouse Bakery & Gifts will host the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) November After Business Mixer and Networking Event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Gunnison’s is located at 3196 Route 9N in Crown Point.

Sponsors providing door prizes are Aubuchon Hardware, Bridge Point Communication, Lake George Lettering, Stoney Lonesome B&B and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

Gunnison's offers the highest quality and variety of apples from their family owned and operated orchard and has a bakery that offers fresh-baked pastries, bread, cookies, seven different types of fruit pies and their famous cinnamon cider donuts as well as other local food items. A gift shop with a variety of locally crafted products and items is also located at the orchard.

The mixer provides a networking forum for chamber members and area business people in addition to showcasing the site of the host and promoting the door-prize sponsors. 

“Networking is so important when you own or represent a business or organization. We invite TACC members, their employees or representatives to join us on Nov. 15 in Crown Point. You will have a chance to see all that Gunnison’s has to offer and enjoy amazing smells from their bakery while visiting their gift shop and of course connect with fellow chamber members, businesses and organizations,” said Matthew Courtright, TACC president and CEO.

For more information, contact the chamber at (518) 585-6619 or visit



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