June President’s Message – Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce

By Judy Hyatt

Summer is here in all its glory! The Kern River Valley is ready and able to receive visitors!

The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce has planned a great event to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

The Stars and Stripes Extravaganza and BBQ is scheduled for Saturday, July 6. The location is Lake Isabella Park (Tank Park) at 5000 Lake Isabella Blvd. The hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We have lots of activities for all ages. The VFW Post 7665 is sponsoring a Beer Garden at the event this year. The VFW is a great organization that supports the veterans in our area. The Beer Garden is a fundraiser for them, so please support this effort. The beer is provided by the Kern River Brewery. They have been very generous to this event. There will be lots of food – tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, and more.

Activities you ask? Whipped cream diving, melon eating contest, sack races, tug-of-war, mini duck races, face painting, water slides, live music – whew!! Much to do.

We look forward to seeing you there! Matters not if you are a resident or a visitor; it will be great fun for the whole family.

The fireworks show will be later that evening around 9:15 p.m. Engineer Point will be launch location for the show.

On another note – Kelly Bearden, Executive Director of the Small Business Development Center at CSUB, will be our featured speaker at the KRV CC General Meeting on Wednesday, June 12. Kelly is very familiar with the challenges business face in small rural communities. I had the opportunity to work with Kelly while on the Board of Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium. Kelly will be sharing information and will talk about resources available to the Kern River Valley and how to access them. Anyone who operates a business or is thinking of starting a business in the Kern River Valley will benefit from this discussion. The meeting is 12 noon at Paradise Cove, 10700 Hwy 178. If you wish to have lunch, the cost is $10. There is no charge for the meeting.

The Sexual Harassment and Bullying Workshops were a great success. SB 1343 is a new law that took effect January 1st of this year. The major requirement of the law is to conduct a workshop for employees and supervisors of employees to learn what constitutes harassment and how bullying can be stopped in the workplace. Businesses with 5 or more employees have one year to complete the training. I took one of these courses many years ago. By taking this workshop, I learned definitions have changed as well as some of the reporting methods.

The KRV CC will be putting together more workshops to be scheduled in the fall of 2019. More on this later.

Don’t forget the Kernville Chamber is sponsoring “White Water Wednesday” on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. A great event to showcase white water rafting on the Kern River.

Another important event is the Community Bike Safety Day held at Lake Isabella Park (Tank Park) on June 29. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lots of good information and a chance for kids (and adults) to learn how to use a bike safely.

One last item – this past year has been a dangerous one for many that drive the canyon, drive mountainous roads, or use any road at all. It seems we have had many accidents in locations that previously saw very few. As in most cases, speed is the cause. If the vehicle is moving, damage and serious injury can be done. Why are we in such in hurry? Why do we not stop when a car is trying to back out of a parking place? We just drive around that car even if the car is not stopped. What in our lives is so important that taking a few seconds to be patient has become an impossible task?

Please slow down, take a deep breath and just breathe. Enjoy this beautiful place where you live. Watch the night sky – you never know what you might see.

See you Wednesday at our general meeting!