A Sad Message from our Chairman

Mourning the loss of John Ryan

Dear Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Members:

It is with deep sadness that I announce the sudden passing of VACC President & CEO John Ryan on Saturday, August 12, 2017. John lead our Chamber with pride and passion for over 20 years and he will be missed tremendously by many in the Venice community. On behalf of the Board, I'm sending our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his wife Anne, daughter Michelle and grandson Jensen.

In addition to presiding over the operations of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, John was a leader in our community and active member of the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club. The family has requested that anyone wishing to make a donation should do so to the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club in honor of John and his many good works.

As previously communicated, the Wake Up! Venice scheduled for August 16 and the EDGIT Committee Meeting scheduled for August 25 have been cancelled. All other Chamber functions in August will continue as scheduled, including Business After Five on August 24 at Loveland Village and Network Lunch on August 28 at Fins at Sharky's. Please rest assured that VACC Board and Staff continue to manage the business of the Chamber, and the VACC office remains open during regular business hours Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. 

The Board and I appreciate everyone's understanding as we work through these difficult times. 

Very Sincerely,

Evan Duke
2016-17 Chairman of the Board

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