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In Memory of Barbara Pendergrass

Barbara Pendergrass
Barbara Ann Pendergrass passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with lung cancer, on February 21, 2919. She was 84 years old. She was the El Sobrante Chamber’s Citizen of the Year in 2013, and Grand Marshall of our 25th Silver Anniversary Stroll in 2018.

Barbara’s dedication to her community throughout her life inspired many others, and we will always remember her wonderful spirit and devotion to helping others.

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President's Message, May 2019

I have been rather busy these last couple months! Have you?  Seems like the moment the rain stopped (and while we need the water in the state we really didn’t need it all at once, right?), I have been busy at work, busy with the chamber and busy in my personal life.  In fact, so busy I not only missed writing you all last month, I nearly missed the deadline for this month too!  Thanks to our editor Martha Booz, I managed to sneak in just under the deadline – whew!

What have I been up to?  Well, as a Realtor®, I have had the pleasure of assisting some families with the sale of their properties.  The market slowed during the wet weather, but with low mortgage rates and low inventory, prices did not drop a lot. I also took over as the office manager in our Pinole office at Windermere Rowland Realty in January, and have been adjusting to my new role there.

My activities with the chamber have been focused on more behind the scenes activities rather than in the public eye recently, although I was able to attend the ribbon cutting last month for one of our newest members, Yogurt Now on Appian Way, and began talks with another business owner about doing a grand re-opening for their business soon.  We have re-established the scholarship committee for the chamber, and developed the application for De Anza graduates who wish to apply.  Those applications are due now, and will be reviewed by the committee in the coming days.

I also remind you all that the stroll committee is hard at work preparing this year’s September 15 event.  I have handed over the reins of the parade direction to new stroll leader Tom Lang, who has a great committee set up for this 26th annual event.  Get ready for that.

May is the unofficial start of the summer season in my mind; as the weather turns warmer and school lets out, many will take vacations with family, get outdoors, and visit our wonderful areas.  I hope to take a couple of trips this summer, and in coming newsletters I will share some of those experiences with you as I plan to visit the local chamber of commerce offices at some of the places I will visit over the next couple months.  If you travel out of the area, stop in to the local chamber office, tell them about us and bring back some information about them, drop it at our office or bring to a mixer.  We will begin a library of chamber information for future travelers to learn about their destinations, and let the folks you visit learn about us.

Happy travels.

Scott