President’s Message, December 2018

December is upon us.  Time to gather with friends and family, to review the past year’s accomplishments and to plan the next year’s goals.  Holiday shopping, celebrations and services, gift exchanges and concerts fill our calendars.  Andy William’s “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” gets stuck in my mind, maybe yours too, and I tend to sing it ironically to myself (and any innocent bystander) while waiting in longer than usual lines or traffic.

Actually, it IS the most wonderful time of the year.  Our schedules are hectic, but we always make time for the gatherings, and make a point to let each other know how much we appreciate all they do for us all year long.  Expressing our gratitude comes a little easier this time of year. With that in mind, I remind everyone, chamber member and community member both, that the Chamber’s Annual Holiday Mixer will be on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Mechanics Bank on San Pablo Dam Rd.  Mike Frith and staff at the bank always host a wonderful mixer to end our year and we are very grateful that they are hosting the mixer again this year.  Details are inside this newsletter.

An important component of the December mixer is the announcement of the results of the   Board of Directors Election held in November.  Ballots are actually counted on the night of the mixer.  We as a community get to welcome the new board right on the spot as well as thank the out-going board for their service over the past twelve months. The other major announcement is of the Citizen and Business of the Year 2018. Who will be honored this year? Come to the mixer and find out!  I hope everyone comes to enjoy this special gathering of the community.

I strongly encourage you to shop locally always, and especially when shopping for your holiday gifts.  Many businesses will be happy to sell you gift certificates for their services or wares, and local merchants may have stocked special items just for the holidays.  Check them out!

The newly elected board will be installed on January 12, 2019, at the Elks Lodge on San Pablo Dam Rd.  Inside this newsletter is an invitation and more information about this event as well.

May you all enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Happy Holidays!