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WABCC ramps up fall meetings

The Western Area Business and Civic Club (WABCC) will begin its regular weekly meetings on Sept. 6. The club met once a month during the summer, but after Labor Day it will resume meeting every Wednesday at noon at the West Duluth Moose Lodge.

The Western Area Business and Civic Club (WABCC) will begin its regular weekly meetings on Sept. 6. The club met once a month during the summer, but after Labor Day it will resume meeting every Wednesday at noon at the West Duluth Moose Lodge.
The WABCC hopes to recruit more members this year. Its purpose is to promote businesses as well as festival and civic functions in West Duluth, said Bob Fardin, WABCC's president. One way to do this is to invite speakers to weekly meetings.
Fardin said the club tries to get speakers with high profile positions, which he said gets people talking and socializing about what's going on in Duluth.
Joe Pinciaro, community relations and group sales coordinator for the Dukes, will speak at the Sept. 6 meeting.
Pinciaro moved from Youngstown, Ohio, last June to begin his position with the Dukes. Since he started it's been a challenge, but one he looks forward to, he said.
"As my role as community relations coordinator, I had to get involved in the community as soon as possible," Pinciaro said.
Pinciaro immediately dove into Spirit Valley Days. The Dukes participated in the parade and had a media vs. the Dukes softball game. Pinciaro said he dressed the umpires in clown suits. The best part, he said, was watching the umpires playfully harass Mayor Gary Doty at the plate.
During the meeting, Pinciaro hopes to express to the club's members that he cares about the Dukes and the business community and that they can help each other.
Pinciaro said he wants to show how businesses can get involved with the Dukes. One goal is to sell season tickets to more businesses, which can be used as incentives for employees or for clients.
Also, Pinciaro said he will convince businesses to have picnics at Wade Stadium. "We cater the meal, and they can sit back and enjoy the show," Pinciaro said.
Although the Dukes have broken records and have had their best year since 1995 (attendance reached over 80,000 this year), Pinciaro said there is more work to do, and everyone's help is needed.
He said the office team is fulfilling a dream of working in sports. "With that, you tend to make a strong commitment to success," he said.
"We really want to build excitement. There's an energy going on at Wade Stadium that is unmatched. ... We just want the community to feel the same energy we're feeling right now."

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