August President’s Message: Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce

By Judy Hyatt

July was an amazing month for the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce. We have experienced earthquakes, a packed house during the July 4th celebrations, great summer weather, and family reunions. Our Stars and Stripes Extravaganza was the best. The fireworks were amazing, and crowds were large. We are very fortunate that we get to live and work in such a beautiful place. Valley businesses were busy and prosperous.

The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce General Membership meeting is Wednesday, August 14, at Paradise Cove at noon. If you would like to have lunch, the cost is $10. There is no charge for the meeting. Our speaker will be Greg Davis of the Kern Valley Healthcare District. He will share information about the Mountain View Health Center (formally the Rural Health Clinic). The healthcare district now has a mobile unit that will bring services to more people. Come learn what’s new!

As we begin August, River Rhythms is back in Riverside Park. These concerts are free to the public. There are five Fridays in August this year, so we will have five Friday night concerts. The concerts are held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, family and friends and enjoy! The Kern Valley Hospital Foundation works with musicians throughout Southern California to bring great performances to the Kern Valley. All we ask is that you donate to the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation. All donations are tax deductible. The money raised is for improvements to the Skilled Nursing Facility as well as providing outings for the residents, major equipment purchases for the hospital and educational opportunities for our community.

August is also “back to school” time. The first day of school of August 14. Teachers are already on the job to ready the classrooms for the upcoming year. A friendly reminder that children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops on our roadways. Be careful out there.

The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will also be providing an opportunity for businesses that missed the training sessions for sexual harassment and bullying last spring. SB 1343 took effect this year, and the training is mandatory for businesses with five or more employees. We are currently looking at October or early November to have a second offering. More on this later. We are also working on classes for social media and other digital platforms for advertising and business development. We have had numerous requests to repeat the digital marketing workshops held a few years ago. These workshops are expensive, and we are looking at grants that could provide funding for this training.

The Kern Valley Exchange Club is gearing up for the 32 annual Rubber Ducky Races coming up on August 24, in Riverside Park in Kernville. What a great family fun day in the park. Duck races on the river, mini duck races, games, concessions, vendors, barbeque lunch and more. Don’t miss out on a great event. If you haven’t got your duck yet, don’t delay, call 760-379-7785. Proceeds benefit local scholarships and youth activities.

The Kernville Chamber of Commerce is planning for their Fall Festival the last weekend in October. I understand Dachshund races are part of the event!

The holidays will be upon us in a wink of an eye. Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and sharing. The Chamber Christmas Parade is the first weekend after Thanksgiving – Saturday, November 30, 2019. This is the first holiday parade to occur in Kern County. Let’s make it a great one. We will be reaching out soon.

The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce is having difficulties with our computer, and we are unable to communicate via email. We are covering the office on a shortened schedule until we have filled the Office Coordinator position. If you call, please leave a message that includes your contact information. We are working to resolve the issues and get our ability to keep you informed back up and running. Please bear with us! The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Our landline is 760-379-5236.

The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce is committed to the serving our businesses. If you have any questions about business resources or have suggestions for future workshops, please let us know your thoughts.