Chamber forum By Al Morris Executive vie* president Recently I attended ihc Institute for Organization Management held at San Jose State University, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Leadership Development. The program was very informative and interesting, plus it is great to exchange ideas with over 380 other chambers and organization executives from all over the United States. One of the items of interest is that every community — small, medium and large — has problems and concerns that arc somewhat similar. Everyone has ideas and questions on how they can improve their economic conditions. Almost everyone has projects such as festivals, 10-K runs, parades, street fairs, barbecues, dances, lairs and industrial trade shows. Sharing each other's problems and strong points of these various events helps generate ideas for improvement or start new functions for our area. After listening to the people at Institute, I must say that our community can be proud of our recent projects such as the Fifth Annual Hometown Festival, which in ten days covers almost everything that is done in all of the communities all year around. Our eighth annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration was very successful. A special thanks to Julie Dunn, chairperson of the Hometown Festival, and all the chairpcoplc of all activities during the 10 days deserve a big thank you for a job well done. Everything will be bigger and better next year. Another special thanks goes to LcrRce Keller, chairperson of the fireworks celebration committee and all of her committee people. Everything went like clockwork and the people enjoyed the cclcbra- • lion of our 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. As most of you know, George Gustafson, who has been president of the chamber since January, 1987, has moved from Ukiah to Oak Park, Ilinois, and Timothy Tail of Lance Motors, who has served as 1 st vice- president since January, took over as president effective in August. We are fortunate to have Tim, with his business leadership, available for the change of chamber officers in the middle of the year. This smooth transition will allow our chamber to continue its goals and directions. Let's all get behind Tim and the team of directors and make our chamber and community economy. Our community's recent try to become a 1987 Main Street Demonstration City was not a failure. We were in the top ten, and with everyone getting together for a total joint effort, maybe we can be selected in 1988. In the meantime, the Main Street committee is proceeding with all the necessary details and plans to go forward with an organized program for downtown area. Also, the Redevelopment Agency and Project is proceeding and there will be a great need for the community to show their support and inputs to the agency so they succeed. Redevelopment is one of the many tools needed to help our town prepare for cxistance in the future. From the President Three years ago my family and I moved to Ukiah. Like many new residents, we were full of apprehensions. The move to Ukiah meant a new business venture, new surroundings and new people. During these last three years, ihc business has expanded, the new surroundings have become "home" and ihc new people have become close friends. The Ukiah Chamber of Commerce linked these pleasant experiences together. My husincs partner is on the chamber's economic development committee. We purchased our home from a realtor who is Tim Tail also the chamber's membership chairman. We furnished our home from the store owned by a chamber board member. We met most of our new friends at mixers held at various chamber members' businesses. The Ukiah Chamber of Commerce involves itself in a broad scope of activities. We coordinate and hold conventions and promotions to create tourism and enjoyment for the local citi- /.cns. We struggle with trying to promote economic growth without sacrificing quality of life. The chamber receives strong feedback from the community on where we should concentrate our efforts, whether it should be on economic development, Ukiah's "quality of life," or tourism, to name a few. As we try to sort through priorities to meet the needs of all Ukiah, we must not forget that the most basic function of the chamber is to be the community's "front door." My family and I went through Ukiah's front door and I am very appreciative of those who greeted us. Congratulations Ukiah The Ukiah Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the City of Ukiah and their new civic center. This has been a long time coming and we salute the city council, staff and all of the people involved who were responsible for the new facilities. - The-people of Ukiah-should be proud of the new civic complex which will include the city offices, police and fire departments. There will be many festivities as well as lours Saturday, Sept 26, during the grand opening dedication which kicks off with a parade beginning at the police department at 1 p.m., and closes all the city's offices as it winds its way to the new civic center. Everyone should join "in the celebration. Our chamber now stands at over 520 members. We arc working to grow in an orderly, planned growth pattern and we could use every•_ • _« . •*• • , » continue on a positive track. The "chamber means business" and we will continue to strive to provide assistance to help our existing businesses and try to assist in r _^, „.„. _ r ., bringing new business to the Ukiah one's help. If you'do not belong to contact the chamber and we will area to keep a balance of our the chamber now, and if you would provide you with the details to join. Al Norrli like to be part of our team, please Ukiah: You know it's all here In each edition of the Chamber Exchange, the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce would like to bring to your attention the goods and services provided by its members. The next time you need a product or service, do business with a chamber member You'll be glad you did! In this edition, it is your local wineries and agricultural members: Mendocino County Farm Bureau Mendocino County Vintners Assn. Mendocino County Farm Supply Valley Equipment Company Rainbow Agricultural Ukiah Spay & Animal Care Clinic Alex R. Thomas & Company J & J Ranch Cresta Blanca Winery Fetzer Vineyards Hidden Cellars Winery, Inc. McDowell Valley Vineyards Paiducci Wine Cellars, Inc. Weii I Champagne Vineyards Jan Tipton and Joe Wood welcomed Erlka Welcher, center, of ERIKA'S FLOWERS, 844 a. state st.
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