The Pemi Valley Chamber of Commerce relies solely on the passion and dedication of a small team of volunteers, who run the Visitors’ Center for the entirety of the time it’s open.
Our Visitor Center hours are Mon-Thurs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fri & Sat 8:30 a.m. to 5;30 p.m. We’re even open on Sun from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Visitors’ Center is open year-round and assists visitors and guests with a whole range of important functions, including registration for ATVs and snow mobiles, licenses for fishing and hunting, and even runs its own gift shop full of wonderful New Hampshire keepsakes.
Each month, we recognize one volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in his or her own way, and this month is no exception. We are proud to introduce to you our newest Volunteer of the Month, Melissa, who has worked with us now for the last four months, and who has shown herself to be an invaluable member of our tight-knit team.
More About Melissa
Melissa was born and raised in the White Mountains area, and is currently a sophomore in high school. She is an avid reader and amateur historian who has spent hours pouring through old histories of the area, and even talking with our resident historian, Bonnie, who wrote the original Pemi Valley Histories. As a special project outside of school, Melissa has committed to updating the Pemi Valley Histories, and expanding on the volume with her own contemporary additions. She has undertaken this project with a gusto that we can only call “intense,” and yet despite the extra work dedicates to complete this task, Melissa is always available to help out any guest or visitor, with a warm smile on her face.
Recently, there was a rush of visitors to our fair Center looking for “leaf peeping” opportunities, which (for those of you non-native New Hampshirates is much less benign than it sounds). After several friendly – yet lengthy – conversations with visitors discussing the best roads to take to view the certain types of trees that were turning at that particular time, Melissa came up with the idea of creating a dedicated “leaf peeping” pamphlet and guide to hand out to guests who came in inquiring about the best roads and hikes to take. She interviewed several local arborists and trail experts, and created a lovely guide that is now available for sale (only $2 per guide, not too much of a tax on your pocket book), and we are incredibly proud of her most recent accomplishment.
So join us in saying, Thank you Melissa, for your continued hard work and quest to innovate our organization. The Pemi Valley Chamber of Commerce deems you this month’s Volunteer of the Month.