Each December, Connecticut's Governor appears at the monthly breakfast of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, at the invitation of long-time President Larry McHugh. If there was any question as to why that particular chamber of commerce consistently draws headliner featured speakers, the numbers remove all doubt. Stats reported by the Hartford Business Journal indicate that the Middlesex Chamber has 2,400 members, far outdistancing the runner-up Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, with 1,800 members. Rounding out the top five: Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, with 1,600 members; the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, with 730 members; and the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, with 700 members. The MetroHartford Alliance is #6, with 600 members, followed by chambers from Greater Southington (590 members), Greater Manchester (550 members) Greater Meriden (550 members), Glastonbury (550 members) and West Hartford (457 members).
The next speaker for Middlesex? Former UConn baseketball star and current member of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, Rudy Gay, on August 3, who follows NASCAR stand-out Joey Logano, a Middletown native (and McHugh's former next door neighbor).