Chamber honors Snyder, Tyler and Baron

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Lauren Snyder, who received the Robert Maxwell Memorial Spirit Award at the Yates County Chamber of Commerce Dinner on Jan. 29 with Chamber CEO Mike Linehan.

Three community members were honored on Jan. 29 at the Yates County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, held at the Dresden Hotel.

Before a crowd of about 150 people, many decked out in Aloha attire, Lauren Snyder was recognized with the Norman Snow Jr. Memorial Spirit Award.

Snyder, the former director of Yates County Public Health who is now  at the helm of the Our Town Rocks community health program in the Dundee, Starkey and Barrington Community, told the crowd, “The spirit is not mine at all. It’s in Dundee.”

Snyder said for years, she’s thought you can’t talk about health without talking about business in the same breath. Now, the projects she’s working on have helped demonstrate the connections between the two.

Jody Tyler of the Chamber of Commerce, received the Emily Seager Memorial Award, given in honor of the former director of the Chamber of Commerce. The award is intended to recognize the pride that Seager took in representing the Yates County area of the Finger Lakes region. “She wears her pride deep in her soul,” said Chamber of Commerce CEO Mike Linehan, introducing the award.

Chamber of Commerce Board President Susan Baron received the Robert Maxwell Memorial Director of the Year Award. Linehan said that after joining the board of directors, Baron “jumped in with both feet.” Linehan credited Baron for her contributions to discussions about the occupancy tax, and for establishing a Keuka Lake Wine Trail passport program, which generated $11,000 in revenue for the trail in its first year.

The evening included a silent auction and other fund raising activities.