Bath Rotary honors Tourist Booth volunteers

Press Release
Bath Rotary Club and members of the Chamber of Commerce honor tourist booth volunteers at its weekly luncheon on October 25th (left to right): Larry Bates, Hammondsport Rotarian; Katie Fleischman; Marlene Smith; Betty Ryan; Rhonda Sweet, President of the Bath Chamber of Commerce; Meredith Silvy; Elaine Tears, Bath Rotarian; Teresa Smith, member of the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce. Absent from photo were Barbara Beekman, Jean Lorenz, Stan Sager and Barb Stork.

Can you give me directions to the Glenn Curtiss Museum?  Do you have a map that shows the locations of all the Finger Lakes’ Wineries?  Where are there some restaurants here in Bath?  These are a few of the questions that the approximately 1200 visitors who stopped at the tourist booth, located at the corner of East Washington and Liberty Streets in Bath and sponsored by the Steuben County Conference and Visitors’ Bureau, the Bath Chamber of Commerce, and the Bath Rotary Club, asked the volunteers who logged more than 600 hours of service at the local tourist booth from May 2012 to October 2012.

October 25th the regularly scheduled volunteers were honored at the weekly luncheon of the Bath Rotary Club for their service.  These volunteers included: Bath Rotarian, Elaine Tears; Hammondsport Rotarian, Larry Bates; Bathites Barbara Beekman, Katie Fleischman, Jean Lorenz, Betty Ryan, Stan Sager, Meredith Silvy, Marlene Smith, and Barb Stork.  Rhonda Sweet, President of the Bath Chamber of Commerce, and John Stranges, Bath Rotarian and Village of Bath Mayor, presented gift certificates to the volunteers for their hours of service.

Also recognized at the luncheon was Teresa Smith of the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce who is responsible for visitor services and membership development.  She stated that visitors came from across the U. S., including California and Texas, as well as Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, France England, and other foreign countries.  The top requests made by these travelers included information about the wineries, local attractions, lodging, and restaurants.

Smith also noted that in addition to the above-mentioned volunteers other local residents manned the booth after schedules were changed in September and October.  

Finally Smith stated, “The tourist booth is a wonderful opportunity to inform visitors about what our community has to offer.  This valuable service to the community couldnft happen without the support of local business leaders, including the members of the Bath Rotary Club.”