March 19, 2014 | 855 views
Chamber's new leader eager to begin
Stephen Haller takes the reins
Nov. 7 of last year will always remain a special day for Stephen Haller. It was the day he retired, and sold Minuteman Press, a Levittown-based printing company he’s owned and operated for more than 35 years. “I didn’t want life to pass me by,” said Haller. “Retirement is something you prepare for all of your life.”
But it didn’t take long for Haller, an East Meadow resident for 27 years, to find his next venture — on Jan. 24, he was installed as president of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce.
Haller, who used to print the Chamber’s journals, has been involved with the organization for nearly 40 years, and previously served as vice president. “Going to chamber functions, I learned just how good the people in East Meadow were,” Haller said. “They stick together, they’re for the community.”
Haller expressed his excitement to embark on this upcoming year as the Chamber’s president, and said he has many ideas for upcoming programs. “I have a lot of enthusiasm,” he said. “I really think I can make a difference.”
Dolores Rome, the immediate past president of the Chamber, said she believes Haller will be a great leader for the business community. “He is very dedicated to the Chamber,” Rome said. “He has a lot of ideas and they all sound like ideas that would bring this chamber into the future. And that’s all we can ask for.”
One of those ideas, said Haller, includes an inaugural “Run, Ride or Read” fundraiser at Eisenhower Park in May, to benefit the Reach Out and Read program at the Nassau University Medical Center. Reach Out and Read encourages reading to children as early as 6 months of age, to better prepare them for kindergarten and elementary school.