President’s Message, September 2018

Congratulations to the El Sobrante community for reaching the 25th El Sobrante Stroll anniversary milestone. We have a great track record for the event. Each year gets better and better. It is now tradition for community members to gather in downtown El Sobrante on the third Sunday in September, and show their pride in and support for the schools, community and civic groups, worship communities and local merchants

I have already commented several times over the past couple of years as the Chamber’s president on my admiration for the small army of volunteers who spend literally hundreds of hours organizing this special day in our community. Each volunteer puts in great effort so that the Stroll is a fun, safe event for you and your family. Committees on booth placement, marketing and merchandise, transportation and parking, the Car Show, the parade, the food vendors, and all the permits and services required to close a major thoroughfare have been working since January (and even before) to make this the biggest and best Stroll yet.

Twenty-fifth anniversary t-shirts and coffee mugs will be available the day of the stroll, but quantities of these special edition items are limited. They will sell out fast, so make your way early to the Chamber booth near the corner of Hillcrest and San Pablo Dam Road. Then, buy some great food at a local restaurant or street vendor, watch the parade, and STROLL your afternoon away viewing the great cars, crafts and people of our unique and wonderful community. Don’t forget to wear your “I Y El Sobrante” buttons!

After the stroll, school will be in full swing and the fall season will soon be upon us. Those two events also bring about another great event started by the Chamber for the community, the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund fundraiser. Last year we had a great Halloween party in conjunction with the Elks Lodge. Plans are now being put together for this year’s fundraising event; no date or time has been set yet, but if you have any interest in helping plan this year’s event, contact the Chamber. We’d love your help.

Scott Tuffnell