President’s Message: Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce

By Marsha Smith

Wow, the response from the community has been enormous since the article on the fireworks appeared in the Kern Valley Sun recently. Starlite Lounge has offered to allocate this year’s “Cork & Fork” festival to the fireworks, and several businesses that have not been supportive in the past have stepped up offering monetary support. Whether it will be enough remains to be seen, but if it is, then we would be good for another year. However, what happens in 2020? Is this outcry of support sustainable, or a one time “save the fireworks”? What is really needed is for the local business to set a pledge that the Chamber can count on every year. This year just about every inch of shoreline that could be camped upon was crowded to capacity, and those folks bring the economic base our entire community depends upon. Locals, too, can get in on the pledge; no amount is too small to commit to. As was stated in the article, it is up to you, the community whether 2018 was the ‘Final Finale’ or the beginning of a sustainable show year after year.

The KRV Chamber is seeking nominations for Business and Organization of the Year. The deadline is September 14, 2018, to submit your nomination. I am sure many of you know a business or organization who has gone above and beyond for our community with volunteer time and dedication to making our community a better place to live simply because they care about the beautiful place we all live. The business and organization chosen will be honored at the October 10 general meeting luncheon at Paradise Cove.

The chamber welcomes new members: Strength of Shadow (SOS) Dog Rescue, Janet Lubin Notary, and Josh & Taylor’s Something Sweet Frozen Yogurt.

I hope to see you all at this month’s general meeting this coming Wednesday, August 8. Our speaker is Strength of Shadow Dog Rescue, sharing their story of how and why they do what they do. It is quite an interesting journey. Come out and listen to the presentation at noon at Paradise Cove. Admission is free, and catered lunch is $10, this month by Jim Wyly of Mt. Mesa Market. Please RSVP either way, as seating is limited.

I attended the July general meeting of the Kernville Chamber of Commerce and was very impressed with their new board and leadership. It is wonderful to see younger people taking the reins, something I would like to see in the KRV Chamber and other organizations as well. Younger folks with new ideas and enthusiasm, we are looking for you. Come join us and make a difference.

Remember to not only use your Chamber but also to support your Chamber. We can accomplish great things in numbers. The Chamber office number is 760-379-5236 for information or to RSVP for the general meeting. Please try to arrive early in order to get your lunch prior to starting time.