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

By Judy Hyatt

President, KRVCC

This is the month we celebrate our nation’s 243rd Birthday!! We dress up our homes and businesses in red, white, and blue. The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce is no exception.

On Saturday, July 6, we will dress up Lake Isabella (Tank) Park and invite everyone to come and enjoy a day of fun and music. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 5:00 p.m. We will have tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and all the other fun foods you would find at a birthday celebration. This year we will also have a Beer Garden! The VFW is sponsoring a Beer Garden to raise money for their organization here in Lake Isabella. Backflow will provide live music from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Local vendors, games, food, contests and more! We are excited about this year’s celebration. Please join us and enjoy!

Fireworks will begin about 9:00 p.m. depending on the weather. Let’s hope the wind cooperates!

June was a month for installations of Boards and Officers. The Exchange Club installed new officers. Pat Connell is the new President as Fred Clark steps down and becomes Past President. Thank you, Fred, for all the hard work and dedication you have shown to Exchange and the Kern Valley. Arlene Jones is leaving us and moving to Oak Harbor, Washington, to be closer to her son. Arlene has been a supporter of Exchange for many years. We wish her well as she begins a new chapter in her life.

The Kernville Chamber of Commerce also installed their officers on June 24 at Ewings. Jon Feldschau returns as President, Brad Alexander continues as Vice President, Monica O’Brien stays on as Secretary, and Orion Sanders serves another term as Treasurer. Jeanette Rogers was honored for her 20+ years of service as a board member for the Kernville Chamber. It was a great party, and everyone had a good time.

As you have probably noticed, summer is in full swing and weather is heating up. As a reminder, PLEASE be safe out there! If you want to enjoy the river, please do so with rafting and boating companies that have been trained in the dangers of the Kern River. If you go it alone, you are putting yourself in jeopardy and possibly those that will come to rescue you. Don’t drink and dive! The experts have the appropriate equipment and know the Kern River because they travel it every day. Wear a life jacket – always!

We want you back next year. After all, we will be out there again with yummy stuff at the barbecue!

Finally, don’t forget the fireworks show. Unless the businesses and community members step up, this may be the last fireworks show for the valley. This year’s show is costing $22,000. Next year it will be more. Without fail, the costs increase every year. You can contribute to the event – this is a tax-deductible donation – make checks payable to Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR). The KRV Chamber of Commerce now has a 501(c)3 non-profit, KRVR, that allows us to take donations to help pay for the resources and projects we bring to the valley. Please indicate the money is for the Fireworks Fund. If by chance we do not collect enough money for future shows, the money will be returned. So please be sure to let us know how you want the money spent.

See you all Saturday, July 6, at Tank Park. I look forward to it!