Minutes of the SACI 98th Annual Business Luncheon
On Thursday March 28, 2019; SACI held its 98th Annual Business Luncheon at La Griglia Restaurant in Kenilworth, NJ. As is our annual practice at this meeting, we reviewed the highlights of the past 2018-2019 year and looked forward to our programs for 2019-2020.
Our gathering began at 11:30am and we were called to order at 12:10pm.
The treasurer reports that going into 2019-2020; SACI remains a fiscally healthy organization thanks to the new management principles applied by the Board of Directors beginning in 2009.
Membership going into 2019-2020 is holding quite steady at 60 full members, 4 associate members and 4 emeritus members. SACI also has 25 additional sales professionals that are active in the organization who belong to our 45 corporate sponsors. We have an additional 11 companies that support our organization by providing us goods and services and taking ads in our holiday journal and/or sponsoring our golf events.
This year we are introducing two new networking opportunities to our usual line up consisting of two golf outings, two networking luncheons and our annual holiday party. We will be visiting “Topgolf” in Edison in April. This is being introduced to replace the former SACI “Night at the Races”. It is intended to be more of a social networking event with lots of side activities to test the skills of our visitors. Whether you participate or not, this will be a fun social evening for all. Additionally; we are adding a beginning of summer gathering for our membership at a neighborhood restaurant in Chatham, NJ. Join us for a double a double happy hour to start at 4:00 PM – with good food and spirits as we thank our contributors and celebrate the start of summer.
SACI is run by a working board of 8 directors selected strictly from those holding full SACI membership status, and a chairman who provides oversight. We seek interested and dedicated young SACI members who demonstrate leadership skills through active participation and who express a definite desire to keep SACI alive and viable in the modern business environment. We ask our members and sponsors who recognize such skills in their sales people, to recommend them to our board for consideration as directors. All SACI past presidents continue active status as members of a Past Presidents Advisory Council who are more than willing to offer guidance as the board is transitioned to new leadership. If you feel you would like to understand more about the duties of the board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the luncheon, we distributed awards to our members for their years of service. Joe Gladis, a 35-year member of SACI, spoke of his time in the organization. Gerry Harris, who is the president of B&L Printing talked a bit about his company. For many years, B&L Printing has done our SACI “Slants” Newsletters as well as our Annual Holiday Journals. Specifics on award recipients at this meeting can be found on our website under the tab, “milestones”. Please access our website frequently to keep up with what is happening at SACI.
Our meeting was adjourned at 1:30 pm with an extra half hour for networking.
David M. Volosin
SACI Chairman & Admissions / Membership Chair
Frank Wuertz – Treasury Chair / Bursar
Mark Deluca – Sargent at Arms / Golf Outing Chair
Jim Stowe – Golf Outing Chair
Joyce Pisani – Holiday Party Chair
Keith Terraneo – Networking Events Chair
Tom Smith – Gifts & Prize Chair / SACI Archivist
Erich Bodnar – External Fund-Raising Chair
Chris English – Topgolf Chair
Sponsoring Companies 2019 - 2020
BJ Management Resources
Charleys Aunt Restaurant
Crystal Springs Resorts
Drum Service of Richmond
Flavor and Fragrance Specialties
Galloping Hill Golf Coarse
Gyma Labs of America
The Highlawn Pavilion
ICL Performance Products
International Flavors Technology
International Swimming Pools
John R. Hess & Company
Little Falls Trophy & Engraving
Lincoln Fine Ingredients
Lyondell Basell Industries
Paul Schueller International
PJ Pharma Consultants
Solvey Aroma Performance Products
Takasago International USA
United Color Manufacturing
Univar / Nexeo Solutions