President’s Message, June 2019

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, Membership Chair Marie Carayanis and I had the pleasure of attending the De Anza High School Senior Awards Night.  We were there representing the Chamber’s Scholarship Committee and were happy to be able to award three scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to attend one of the local Community Colleges as one of their next steps on life’s journey.

The Scholarship Committee also includes Chair Susan McCloskey and Bob Davis, the Chamber’s treasurer.  We reinstated the scholarship program at the end of 2017 and began raising funds with the intent of awarding a $500 scholarship this spring.  We were so impressed with the applications that we received from the students and recognized we had raised enough funds that we decided on awarding three scholarships this year.  Congratulations to the 2019 Scholarship winners Jalaal Dirbas, John Dizon and Luis Elequin.

Plans are starting to be put together for another fund raiser for the Scholarship Fund this fall, and we need your input.  Send an email to with your ideas on what would be fun [and profitable] to do to get more money into the scholarship fund so we can help even more students next year.  If you would like to help with the committee in selecting award winners, or help plan fundraisers and other social events, let us know that too.  One of the other events the Chamber is working to put together is a Restaurant Week where local eateries will entice visitors with special menus, maybe a fixed price for the week, and other “perks”.   Watch for more about that event on the website

Looking forward to seeing you out and about in the community.