President’s Message: Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce

By Marsha Smith

Thank you to Dawn and Elise from the Starlite Lounge for sponsoring this year’s Cork N Fork event benefiting the 2019 Fireworks. The event was held at the Meadow in Rivernook Campground, Kernville, on Saturday. The $30 entrance fee included eight wine tastings provided by coastal wineries and eight food tasting provided by local eateries; what great fun. The Chamber extends a huge thank you to all the attendees as well. The event raised $6,770 for the fireworks show.

The Kern River Valley Chamber welcomes new member, Ross Elliott, a very active community leader and volunteer. We have three new American flag sponsors: Happy Feet Dance, Betty B’s Justin Tyme Vacation Rentals and ADT Security. We are still working on our goal of 100 flags. For just $25 per year you can show your community spirit, honor veterans and celebrate major holidays with your name on a flag that is displayed on Isabella Blvd. on every major holiday.

The Chamber is still accepting nominations for the Man & Woman of the Year. This year’s dinner will be held on January 7, 2019, at Paradise Cove. We all know someone who is selfless and goes above and beyond for our community. Do them the service of nominating them for this honor. Nominations must be in writing and include the reasons the individual should be honored. Deadline is November 30, 2018. Please drop the nomination off at the chamber office or email to

We are gearing up for the KRV Christmas Parade held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 24. This year’s Grand Marshal is Reid and Elaine Hopkins from One Spade Youth Packers. Congratulations, your work with One Spade is a wonderful asset to our youth and community. As always, there is no entry fee unless you enter after the deadline of Nov. 20. This year’s theme is ‘The Magic of Christmas,’ so let your imaginations run magically wild. We are seeking award and trophy sponsorships at $25. Your name will announced during the parade and in the sponsorship thank you online and in print. Be part of what makes this parade so awesome each year. Entry forms are available in the chamber office or online and will be included with our Lake Lines newsletter as well.

This month’s general meeting on November 14, and will feature speakers U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Al Watson and the new Assistant U.S. District Ranger Dionne Uzes. Come out and meet this awesome lady and welcome her to our valley.

Also on November 14, there will be a mixer at the office complex at Sun Plaza, hosted by Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Judy Hyatt Consulting, Fred Clark-Farmer’s Insurance and the Kern Valley Sun. Come out and join us as we celebrate the Chamber’s 50th anniversary. Great food, drink and fun are all in the mix so come out and mingle. Please RSVP to the chamber office.

Kudos to the Kernville Chamber for putting on the Fall Festival again this year. Two days of great music and events, plus great weather kept the park buzzing with attendees. Great job.

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.