Forty-two Local Travelers Explore Ireland with the Chamber Travel Club

Forty-two local travelers ventured to Southern Ireland discovering castles, sampling Irish specialties, exploring picturesque landscapes and absorbing Irish culture for the inaugural Chamber Travel Club trip earlier this month.

The seven-day excursion, the first of five trips scheduled, was hosted by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce as part of the newly formed Chamber Travel Club and coordinated by Cathy Folmar and Rhonda DeShong of Dream Vacations.
“The Chambersburg Chamber is providing a reliable, comfortable base for our community to unite and travel together,” Folmar, franchise owner of Dream Vacations, said. “The Chamber staff are doing an incredible job launching the new travel program. The Ireland trip was amazing; 42 guests left Chambersburg as acquaintances and returned as Irish family. We look forward to our next adventure with friends old and new.”

The group, comprised of local residents from Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg and Ft. Loudon, explored the wonders of the Emerald Isle led by CIE Tours International. Highlights included Dublin and the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Blarney Castle, Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, (don’t forget Fungie the Dolphin!), a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and more castles than they could count!

“We created the Chamber Travel Club to provide an easy and fun way for local residents to travel while also giving back to our community,” Lark Plessinger, marketing manager at the Chambersburg Chamber, said. “Each trip is hosted by a different Chamber member travel agency with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Chambersburg Chamber. We were blown away by the response with this trip, and how well the group toured together – it shows how connected our community is no matter where in the world they travel.”
The group consisted of all ages and backgrounds as they traveled from Dublin to Galway. Many in the group had not traveled internationally and appreciated the help of the Chamber Travel Club coordinators to guide them every step of the way.   

“I had a wonderful time exploring a new country while getting to know great people from my hometown; that is a win-win!” said Kim Calimer, Chamber Travel Club Ireland 2017 trip attendee.  
The Chamber Travel Club has four additional trips planned with their Chamber member travel agents through early 2019. They include:

·         June 30-July 5, 2018 – Bermuda Cruise on the Royal Caribbean coordinated by Carol DiBiase with Cruise Planners.

·         September 12-19, 2018 – Pacific Wine Country Cruise on Princess Cruises coordinated by Cathy Folmar and Rhonda DeShong of Dream Vacations.

·         November 6-15, 2018 – Reflections of Italy with Collette Vacations coordinated by Kay Estep of Kay’s World Class Travel.

·         February 16-24, 2019 – Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Globus coordinated by Uniquest Chambersburg Travel, LLC.
For more information about these trips, upcoming information sessions or to join the Chamber Travel Club communications, please contact Plessinger at 717-264-7101 ext. 206 or For past trip photos and tour itineraries, visit

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization with more than 850 Chamber member businesses. It has been serving the community since 1911 and exists to help its members prosper as well as enhance the quality of life in the Chambersburg area.

View More Photos Here: