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Beach Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the well-being of its residents and visitors by being the catalyst for professional leadership in the development and promotion of the local business community”


Larry and Marianne Conner has been disabled for almost fifteen years; they are under constant medical appraisal and therapy. But, like the Energizer bunny, they keep on going and do what they can do to help improve people’s lives and bring happiness to those they touch. Eight years ago, they started the “Christmas Program” in Grover Beach; now a successful enterprise involving a good many business people and individuals in the community; a program that brings laughter and smiles to the faces of children in need during those wonderful holidays. Larry Conner was born and raised in Philadelphia; he gradu-

ated from Dobbins High School in 1981, taught himself, became a licensed electrician, worked in construction and passed along his skills to others as a teacher at

the Simmons Youth Development Guild. His construction work focused mainly on school construction but he also had jobs working with marble and brick

President’s Message


It’s a Swing Fling Thing

Stone Soup Music Faire Article


Stone Soup Music Faire Pictures


knack for looking at you and seeing through what others might see as a bit of a shortcoming, past the “yes-buts” and the “what-ifs” and deciding whether or not we de-

SBA Launches YouTube Channel


Schedule of Events / Calendar


New & Renewing Members


Ribbon Cutting


The Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 17th Annual Richard “Dick” Ragain Memorial Swing Fling Golf Tournament on September 19, 2009, at Pismo Beach/La Sage State Golf Course in Grover Beach. Funds raised through this popular event will benefit the Chamber and its members, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Richard “Dick” Ragain Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is used to encourage the involvement of local students in commerce and business. Richard “Dick” Ragain had a

At the time of his death in

served the “opportunity” to serve. Many of us were enlightened by community service, thanks to Dick Ragain.

By Richard Roberts and did a stint as a lumberman in Georgia. He met Marianne and they were married in 1996. Marianne said, “I asked Larry if he wanted to meet more of my family, he said yes and off we went to California. We lived in Morro Bay for awhile where Larry worked on a school project and then we moved to Grover Beach.” Marianne was born in San Luis Obispo. Her family moved to Georgia where she lived eight years. She moved back to the Five Cities area and graduated from AGHS in 1987. After high school, she attended Alan Han(Continued on page 3)

1998, Ragain was the vicepresident of the Grover Beach branch of Mid-State Bank. He will be remembered for bringing out the best in people. If you would like to participate in this tournament please submit your registration form to the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce office at 180 Highway One, Grover Beach CA. 93433 or by Fax to 805 489-4147. You may also register on line at Please feel free to call the Chamber office 805 489-9091 if you should have any questions. ■



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“The only people who never fail are those who never try.” - Ilka Chase

Board of Directors President

Michael Boyer ELEMENTS Vice President

Linda McClure American Property Services Secretary

Lois Hughes Keller Williams Realty Treasurer

Jennifer Fonteneau

Presidents Message By Michael Boyer Wow, what a way to end the summer! A record-breaking Stone Soup Music Faire, the Richard "Dick" Ragain Memorial Golf Tournament and 4 new board members to round out our leadership team. The 18th Annual Stone Soup Music Faire held on August 29th & 30th had over 80 vendor booths for our 18th annual 2 day event. The event included international artists, a free health fair, the 5K/10K Dun Run Run and over 80 variety of food, craft, and gift booths. Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors, we could not have done it without

you! The following members of the committee put in hundreds of hours to bring this wonderful event to our community: Peggy Hoobery, Fred Monroe, Deborah Love, Anna Scott, Nora O’Donnell, Roberta Alderete, Luis Lopez, Jennifer Fonteneau, Christina Lefevre’, Kathleen Karle, Craig Janson, and Napoleon Ruiz. The Richard "Dick" Ragain Memorial Golf Tournament is on September 19th at the Pismo Beach State Golf Course. We still need teams and sponsorships, so please go to or call the Chamber office (4899091) for more information. Please come out and support the local Richard "Dick" Ragain scholarship fund, its only $35 per player.

Please welcome four of our members who have made a commitment to you, by volunteering to participate as Directors on our Board of Directors. The following people have filled partial terms to bring our board up to 13 members: Cori B. Jones (J Johnson Law Office, INC.), Ben Naeini (Ben's Computers), Brad Evans (Stacked Sandwiches), and Mark Veiga (DeBlauw Construction). One last thing, please contact the city to participate in the Shop Local Program, this will program will provide great benefit to both your businesses and to Grover Beach consumers. Thank you for your support as we move forward to drive the needs of our business community and membership to achieve our mutual success.■

Rabobank Past President

Glenn Martin glenn martin company

My Day At The Stone Soup Music Faire

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Rita Canclini Higher Groundz

Greg Nishi The Lighting Company

Steve Tullius Tullius Chiropractic

Cori B. Jones J. Johnson law Office, Inc.

Ben Naeini

What an incredible time I had at the 18th Annual Stone Soup Music Faire! Being relatively new to the Central Coast, I was unaware of all the great community events our county has to offer. Not the least of which is the Stone Soup Music Faire in Grover Beach. This is a very impressive gathering of music, crafts, and food.

Ben’s Computers

Brad Evans Stacked Sandwiches

Mark Veiga DeBlauw Construction ~~~~~~~~~~ City Liaison

Kathy Petker Parks & Recreation Director

The ensemble of eclectic musical acts left me wondering how such an event could be free to attend, but it is. A large stage was set right in the middle of Ramona Street, in front of the Exploration Station, where group after group performed for the attending hordes of music lovers - despite the unusually hot

weather. I experienced Russian Folk music, Taiko Drums, and authentic Mexican music. We were soothed by the nostalgic sounds of the Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band and, when the sun began to set, rocked out by the folk rock/blue grass tunes of Ten Mile Tide. The heat of the day couldn’t keep us from jumping up and dancing until the last song was played. For the last eighteen years, this event has been opened with a challenging foot race called the Dune Run-Run. Now in its 21st year, people come from all over to race down to, and across the local sand dunes in either the 5K Walk, the 5K Run, or the demanding 10K Run. I was so

intrigued by the uniqueness of this race, I decided to make the 5K Run my very first official race I have ever entered. I’ll tell you what though, when my feet hit that sand, I was really beginning to think I made a mistake. But when I was coming in for my last few blocks and total strangers were cheering me on, and how proud I was to cross the finish line, I knew I would be back year after year. There were people from all over selling wonderful items. I saw amazing paintings, tasted the best olives ever, shot rubberband guns, and indulged in a little pirate fantasy (arrgh). The (Continued on page 6)


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cock College earning an EMT Certificate and was specializing in athletic training. After an accident in 1991, she became disabled.

Christmas Program has blossomed and expanded way beyond their original neighborhood. With the help and donations from other people and businesses in the area, toys are collected, stored and distributed out of American Properties owned by Linda McClure. Larry said, “Last year we had 300 kids with their parents come by and receive Christmas gifts.” Marianne added, “We give

the papers with the Secretary of State.

Another people help program the Conner’s initiated was originally called, “Friends of Grover Beach”. Again, assisted by busiIn the meantime, Larry had a job nesses and professionals in the working on the Grover Beach Train area, the Conner’s organize propStation as an electrician. After erty clean ups, beach and highway that work was completed he used litter cleanups. They find volunhis brick laying skills to help the teers consisting of those folks who contractor finish up the are temporarily “down on job. He had a work injury their luck”. Marianne and was placed on the said, “We find people who disabled list in 1996. have lower skill levels, out of a job or have time on They are both distheir hands and we put abled, with continuous them to work. Maybe we medical evaluation and can even help them detherapy, still fairly young velop their skills and confiand anxious to keep dence which might lead to themselves busy with a meaningful job that meaningful activities. pays”. If they find a prop“We just can’t sit around erty that needs some help, the house all day long they approach the propand watch television,” Larry (and one of his volunteers, Jason) taking a well-deserved break from helping out at this year’s Stone Soup Music Faire. erty owner for permission Marianne said. Eight to clean it up expecting years ago, in their neighborhood, up to three gifts per child per only a donation for materials, they observed that many children household; and we take names to lunch, soft drinks or some other did not receive gifts at Christmas. make sure there are no repeatreward for their hard work. Larry They gathered necessary reers.” Money donations for this said, “We are putting together a sources, enough to create a small program may be taken to the proposal that would allow people gift package to hang on the doors Rabobank in Grover Beach. One who have been sentenced by a in the neighborhood where chilof their long range goals is to form local court to work off their fine by dren lived with a note, “Merry a non profit corporation; they are doing community improvement Christmas, from Mr. and Mrs. S. hoping that a kindly attorney will work.” Claus”. offer to help with the paper work Two years ago they joined the and maybe someone will come up Over the past eight years, the Grover Beach Chamber of Comwith a donation to pay for filing

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merce and have added many work hours to the Chamber’s volunteer program. Larry said, “We distribute flyers in the community, we have worked at the Stone Soup Music Festival, the Central Coast Festival, the fireworks booth and other projects.” Linda Garcia, Chief Executive Officer for the Chamber, was very gracious and complimentary about the Conner’s and their donations of time and effort to community affairs. Linda said, “When I came on board here we had eight days to put together the Central Coast Celebration event; if it hadn’t been for them helping me to get it organized, monitor ticket sales, coordinate vendor activities, clean the grounds, empty trash cans and so forth, we couldn’t have pulled it off. I felt like I could trust them to do the right thing with little supervision. They are wonderful people.” Larry and Marianne enjoy volunteer work, they are glad to be a part of the Five Cities community and look forward to working with the Chamber, the business people and other organizations to make it a better place for everyone to live; and the community is the better for it. ■

Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series & Farmers’ Market! 2009

Sundays at Ramona Garden Park September 6th—Adam Crowe 13th—Cadillac Angels 20th—Up in the Air 27th—The JD Project



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Chief Executive Officer

Linda Garcia

Ambassadors Chair

Rita Canclini Higher Groundz

Jennifer Fonteneau Rabobank

Drena Manzano Wells Fargo

Zorini Ricci Tolosa Press

Anthony F. Salas, Jr Aflac

Michael Wambolt Seacrest Resort


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Launches YouTube Channel The U.S. Small Business Administration has begun posting informational videos on YouTube as it joins an increasing trend within the federal government to use the popular video-sharing web platform to reach a larger audience. YouTube is a highly popular Web site, especially among younger people. SBA is intent on reaching this audience with its message of entrepreneurship, the importance of small business to the nation’s economy, and information on the agency’s programs and services. “With millions of visitors, most of them under 35, YouTube offers a prime opportunity to use current technology and the appeal of a popular online platform to further promote the agency’s programs and services,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “By expanding its outreach, SBA will be providing more current and potential entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to

start, grow and succeed in their businesses.” The SBA YouTube channel ( debuted with a 60-second introduction to SBA, its programs and services, and a 10-part “Delivering Success” series co-produced with the U.S. Postal Service. Future content will include a variety of videos with more indepth information about SBA

programs and services to inform current and potential entrepreneurs. Topics will cover how small businesses can take advantage of the Recovery Act loan programs, government contracting opportunities, exporting to increase market share, counseling and training on how to start and grow a small business, and small business success stories. ■

City of Grover Beach ~

Peter & Carol Keith ~

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food was great too! From Mexican to Cajun to mango on a stick, I found myself wishing I had more time to sample all the delights. During the first day I discovered the Free Health Faire. This year’s Health Faire was in honor of its founder Isabel Ruiz who recently passed due to cancer. While there we discovered my wife’s cholesterol is going down and my blood sugar is under

control. And since we were given a clean bill of health, the next day we were happy to sample the fantastic entries in the Salsa Contest. I lost count (and my taste buds) after tasting ten or so different salsas. They were all diverse in taste but oh so good. Overall, I had a great time that weekend. Good music, good food, and good people. I plan on making my attendance a regular routine each and every year. I am already working on coordinat-

Rabobank ~

Wells Fargo Bank ing next year’s faire with visiting friends and relatives. I can’t wait to show them what they’re missing in our beautiful town. ■

Join us for the 2009 Swing Fling Golf Tournament! Saturday, September 19, 2009, 7:00 AM to Noon Pismo State Beach Golf Course  Check-in & Breakfast at 7:00

9 HOLE, 5-PERSON TEAM SCRAMBLE! All included for your $35.00 entry fee (per person)

 Shotgun Start at 8:00



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Schedule of Events 09/06: Concert Series—”Adam Crowe”

09/11: 9/11 Memorial Event & Art Show

09/07: Labor Day

09/13: Concert Series—”Cadillac Angels”

09/20: Concert Series—”Up in the Air”

09/08: City Council Meeting, 6:30 PM City Hall

09/15: Board of Directors Meeting

09/21: City Council Meeting

09/15: Ribbon Cuttings

09/22: First Day of Fall

09/15: Ambassadors Meeting

09/23: Arroyo Grande Chamber Mixer, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Rabobank, Arroyo Grande Branch, Grand Avenue

09/08: Executive Committee Meets 09/09: Special Planning Commission Meeting 09/10: Traffic Committee Meeting, 9:30 AM City Hall 09/10: Tri-Chamber Luncheon, Economic Forum, 12:00 PM Lido at Dolphin Bay

Sage Golf Course

09/17: Parks & Recreation Beautification Committee, 6:30 PM City Hall

09/27: Concert Series—”The JD Project”

09/19: Richard “Dick” Ragain Memorial Swing Fling Golf Tournament, 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Pismo Beach / La

September 2009 Sunday



1  Band: Adam

 City Council Meet-

 Labor Day




 Band: Cadillac


13  Band: Up in the Air

14  City Council

ing  Executive Committee Meets




 Special Planning

 Traffic Committee

Commission Meeting


Meeting  Tri-Chamber Luncheon


 Parks & Rec Beau-

 Ambassadors

tification Committee



 Ribbon Cuttings

 First Day of Fall






 9/11 Memorial

Event & Art Show


12  Richard “Dick”





Ragain Memorial Swing Fling Golf Tournament


 Arroyo Grande

Chamber Mixer







 Band: The JD




 Board Meeting








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New & Renewing Member Recognition NEW MEMBERS Stacked Sandwiches Turquoise Dental Care Nancy’s Estate Sales Randy’s Grub Rub & BBQ Heather’s Bookkeeping RENEWING MEMBERS A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. CellularOne G.E. Forge & Tool, Inc. Gateway Picture Framing Solid Screens Ventura Printing Wayne’s Home Repair Burger King Central Coast Industries

Coast Hills Federal Credit Union Lapp, Fatch, Myers & Gallagher, Accountants Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel Voler Team Apparel Miner’s Ace Hardware Paisano’s Pizza & Pasta South County Sanitation Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce Richard & Carol Roberts

The Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce 180 Highway 1, Grover Beach, CA 92433

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