Opinion By Marsha Smith / September 6, 2017 Share 0 Tweet Summer is wrapping up, although you wouldn’t know it from the fall heat of late, but the kids are back in school and the majority of the tourist season is behind us. Fortunately, we maintain a small but steady tourist trade throughout the year with the fall and winter events, such as Kernville’s Fall Festival tournament. I am sure Search and Rescue is feeling relief from their non-stop summer of rescues, and the fire crews are looking forward to the end of wildfire season. The Chamber, along with the Exchange Club and the Heritage Foundation, had the privilege of meeting with Congressman Kevin McCarthy to discuss local business and community concerns and for an update from the Congressman on what is happening in Washington, D.C. The casual gathering was quite informative, and the Congressman was very candid and personable, as always. We look forward to future opportunities with the Congressman as well. This month’s mixer was held at the Historical Society’s Annex building across from the Kern Valley Museum in Kernville. What a great opportunity to see the new building and all the hard work that went into this awesome project. It is apparent that the historians are very dedicated to the preservation of our valley history. You might just be amazed at some of the archives, data and artifacts on display there. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, please do; the docents are awesome. The next Kern River Valley Chamber event will be the Golf Tournament on October 21 at Kern Valley Golf Course. It is such a fun event each year. I know I have a blast and my game is certainly the rendition of a ‘Duffer,’ so you certainly don’t have to be a great golfer to come out and have fun. George Stahl is chairing the event again this year. Please contact the Chamber to sign up or obtain more information. Also, don’t miss an opportunity to get a drawing ticket for a brand new golf bag filled with hundreds of dollars in merchandise. Posters will be placed around the valley, and tickets will be available at the KRV Chamber office, the Kern Valley Sun, Golden State Surplus, Isabella Market, Kern Valley Golf Course, Mt. Mesa Market and Bethany & Company Hair and Nail Salon. We will display the prize at different locations around the valley up until golf day. This month’s general meeting is on Wednesday, September 13, at noon at the VFW. Lunch will be catered by Isabella Supermarket. Lunch is $6. Attendance is free. Speakers will be the Fellow Travelers of Hwy 178. Come and see what they have accomplished (and it is substantial) and what is next on their mission to improve driving conditions in the canyon. 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.