2017 has been an epic year in many ways, both nationally and locally. We have seen dramatic and unprecedented changes in the landscape politically, environmentally, and economically. Locally, over the last twelve months we have witnessed the consolidation of several local Chambers into one organization. We have supported several events with this new Chamber while maintaining an independent presence in our own community. Call it “El Sobrante Spirit”. In 2018 I will be talking a lot about the “El Sobrante Spirit”, and I want to start by mentioning two points right now.
The first point is support. I like to think that one component of the “El Sobrante Spirit” is that we support each other in the community. We can show this spirit this holiday season by shopping for gifts at our local businesses. Restaurants offer gift certificates. We have service providers like auto repair, computer repair, pet care, hair care and personal care services and spas, any of whom would surely be happy to sell you a gift certificate as well. There are two bicycle shops, four gift, coin or jewelry stores, and a great hardware store with gift ideas galore. Money spent locally stays local, while money spent online goes to corporate headquarters often out of state or even off-shore. Support your neighbors by buying from them this holiday season.
The second point is service. During the holiday season, many organizations have opportunities to serve the less fortunate in the community. We have a great Salvation Army location, several civic service organizations and many religious institutions available for charitable giving of time or treasure. Contact your favorite and give a little; you will be returned double in kindness and gratitude from those you help.
You can also volunteer to help the Chamber support the community at one of the many events we host throughout the year. Co-host a mixer, help during a community clean-up day, or join the corps of volunteers that put on the El Sobrante Stroll in September. 2018 will be our 25th year for the Stroll and plans are already under way to make it the biggest and best yet. Your help will make it even better!
A NOTICE TO ALL PAID MEMBERS OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Election ballots for Officers and Directors for the 2018 Board of Directors have been mailed out to all members in good standing. If you have not received a ballot in the mail, check with the chamber office right away. The ballots are to be turned in by December 10 and the results will be announced at the great Holiday Mixer hosted annually by Mike Frith and Mechanics Bank, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. The Citizen and Business of the Year 2017 will be announced at the mixer as well.
The new board will be sworn in at the Installation Dinner on January 13, 2018. Everyone, member or not, is invited to attend the mixer and the Installation Dinner in January.
May you enjoy a healthy
and prosperous season and 2018!