By Fred Clark
KRV Chamber of Commerce President
Happy New Year Kern River Valley,
I am honored to have been elected as the president of the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce for the 2020 calendar year, I welcome the opportunity along with our elected board members to address the concerns and issues of the KRV.
Thank you for joining us for the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce on January 14, 2020, at Paradise Cove for our installation of officers which was proceeded by the 2020 Man and Woman of the Year Event to honor Mr. Bruce Vegter and Mrs. Kathe Malouf for their continued efforts in the betterment of the Kern River Valley.
With that said let us start this year on another positive note by saying board member Mr. Joe Ciriello, Ms. Jackylyn Wallace and I are spearheading the collection efforts to hold the 2020 Fireworks Show on July 4, 2020. It is going to be a true uphill challenge as we are starting the fund-raising efforts later than normal. The one key factor to this show taking place are the residents of the Kern River Valley by donating funds to this event, the funding needed by June 1, 2020, is $22,500 and as of today we are at $6,330 so we have a long way to go.
On January 3, 2020, I attended the Kernville Chamber of Commerce Whiskey Flats Kickoff Dinner at Ewings on the Kern in Kernville which was well attended. Our valley has two mayoral candidates for this year’s event, Skyrocket Jami with Firecracker Shawn who are raising money for the 2020 Fireworks and Choke’em Out Chester “Chaps” Chapman who is raising funds for Kern Valley Junior Rodeo Association. Both are great causes which makes my choice difficult, so I will break tradition and support both candidates.
Fishing Derby, did that get your attention? This is our 31st Annual Fishing Derby taking place April 4 – 6, 2020. The committee has been listening and the tagged trout are back, we will have 500 tagged trout with prize money ranging from $20 to $5,000. The $5,000 trout will pay $10,000 if the angler has purchased the official derby shirt prior to catching the big money fish, in addition, we will continue with the first and second place event for longest trout in Men’s, Women’s and Youth divisions. I look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s event.
It is my goal to continue to serve this valley and our chamber as this valley is my home while taking on some new challenges that businesses in our community’s struggle with daily. We will provide opportunities for business owners and operators to get updates on new laws and regulations that affect the continued challenges of doing business in our valley.
Please remember to not just join the chamber of commerce but use your chamber of commerce as a resource, without you we do not exist.