PORT CALL GREATER STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Vol. 56 No. 10
REXPO VII Downtown Stockton Alliance Events and Promotions
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2011 Downtown Stockton Alliance Events and Promotions
Don’t Miss! Networking Mixer THE Office City Thursday, February 3, 5:15- 7:15 p.m. 2495 Station Drive
PORT CALL Official publication of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Serving the Greater Stockton area business community since 1901. CHAMBER OFFICERS PRESIDENT Rick Goucher, CB Richard Ellis Commercial Real Estate SR. VICE PRESIDENT Dick McClure, Woodwork Institute FINANCIAL VICE PRESIDENT Debbie Armstrong, Old Republic Title Company VICE PRESIDENT Gary J. Long, Gary J. Long Jewelers VICE PRESIDENT Stephen Barney, F&M Bank IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Dennis Goldstrand, Goldstrand Planning Group CHAMBER DIRECTORS Phil Acosta, Delights Waterfront Eatery Blain Bibb, ServiceMaster Judith Buethe, Judith Buethe Communications Steven Crabtree, Herum Crabtree Dan Durst, Durst Contract Interiors Bill Harr, Hormel Foods Corporation George Kaplanis, Hilton Stockton Dan Keyser, Grupe Commercial Company Kenneth Levy, Wells Fargo Advisors Mike Long, Pacific Records Management Rich McDonald, Class One Safety Ren Nosky, Downey Brand Fred Walkover, Comcast Tina Williams, Pacific Gas & Electric Bob Young, Stockton Golf & Country Club CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Douglass W. Wilhoit, Jr.
PROGRAM & PUBLIC POLICY DIRECTOR/ BEA Frank Ferral 209.547.2763 SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR Heidi Altamirano
OPERATIONS/FINANCE DIRECTOR Sandy Dwyer 209.547.2770 VISITORS BUREAU DIRECTOR Wes Rhea
MEMBERSHIP SALES Matt Anderson
SCAP COORDINATOR/ ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Mikki Gilbert 209.337.2730 SCAP ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Karla Gonzalez 209.547.2770 SPECIAL EVENTS/ LEADERSHIP STOCKTON COORD. Timm Quinn 209.547.2960 RECEPTIONIST/ CUSTOMER SERVICE Alyssa McConnell 209.547.2770 PUBLISHER Stockton Chamber of Commerce 209.547.2770 GRAPHIC DESIGN Never Boring Design Associates 209.526.9136 ADVERTISING Warren Groeschel
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by: Heidi Altamirano
Sponsorships are still available, so take advantage of this
2011 Golf Tournament The good news is that our 30th Annual Golf Tournament has not
high profile marketing opportunity for your business. For more
sold out yet! We suggest you sign up your foursome before it does.
information, call Heidi Altamirano at 209.547.2764 or
Brookside Country Club will host our day on the greens on April 4,
beginning with registration at 10 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., and a shotgun start at noon. After the tournament, we will have an awards reception honoring the top players of the day.
State of the City 2011 Sponsors Platinum Sponsors
We still have some terrific sponsorship packages available, which offer high visibility at this signature event. You may join us as a $150 tee or green sponsor, or as a $700 sponsor, which includes signage on a tee or green, and registration for a foursome. Single player registrations are available for $160. If you are looking for an easy way to highlight your business products or services, consider donating a prize for our post-tournament
A.G. Spanos Companies Bank of Agriculture & Commerce Financial Center Credit Union Grupe Commercial Company Heald College Herum Crabtree Neumiller & Beardslee
Pacific Records Gold Sponsors Management Builders Exchange St. Joseph’s of Stockton Medical Center Stockton East The Record/San Joaquin Water District Media Group Silver Sponsors United Way of National University San Joaquin County R & S Erection of University of Stockton, Inc. the Pacific Waste Management
raffle. It is an ideal way to market your business to other high profile business people supporting and participating in our tournament. So make at least one of your Monday’s in April a fun one by
2011 Asparagus Festival Volunteers Needed Don’t even think of leaving town on the weekend of April 15,
joining us at Brookside Country Club. Can’t wait for your invitation to
16 and 17! No parking in front of the TV, renting videos, or doing
arrive in the mail? Just give Timm a call at 209.547.2960, and he will be
any other things that keep you indoors and away from one of the top
happy to sign you up. Also, call today to have a spectacular sponsorship
festivals in the country, here in Stockton. Instead, sign up as a Chamber volunteer to work
opportunity packet sent to you.
the Pasta & Ice Cream Booth at the ever-famous, world-
Thanks To Our Sponsors Fred Couples Sponsors: Heald College National University
Ricky Barnes Sponsors: Berberian European Motors Builders Exchange of Stockton
renowned Stockton Asparagus Festival! If you are into having some weekend fun with some great people, while raising funds for our Chamber programs, then you will love preparing pasta with some likeminded folks.
State of the City 2011 to be held in May If you are ever in doubt that we live in a great community, just
You will get free admission, lively entertainment, and some very savory food.
attend our annual State of the City 2011! This year the State of the City
Different shifts are available on each of the three
will be held in May at the Port of Stockton. Sponsored by the Greater
days, so call today to get your preferred time. Ask for or Tortellini
Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the City of Stockton, this event
Timm or Angel Hair Heidi at 209.547.2770, and they will make sure
features exhibits showcasing the critical and inspiring services available
you get the whole scoop on this fun, annual event.
to you, your loved ones and neighbors, all in the interest of maintaining a wholesome community.
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From Your President... by: Rick Goucher
Even at a ripe young age of 110, the Greater
achievements of the Stockton community. Though
Stockton Chamber of Commerce is still making
ground breakings and mixers have always been a part
an impact in the community. As most of you are
of the Chamber, what makes this Chamber shine is our
aware the Recordâ€™s top story of the year was the
award-winning programs, the Green Team San Joaquin,
prison hospital. I canâ€™t tell you how proud I was of
the Business Education Alliance, Leadership Stockton,
your Board of Directors when they unanimously
Conference and Visitors Bureau, and the ATHENA
voted to fund the filing of the lawsuit against the
Awards to name a few. As the 93rd president of the Greater Stockton
Federal Receiver and the State of California (with their own funds). If the Board had not filed the
Chamber of Commerce, I am proud to have been
Writ of Mandate when we did, the City of Stockton
at the helm during the prison settlement. I am also
and the County of San Joaquin would not have
proud to have been one of the few who have served
received a settlement.
more than one term. It is safe to say that the record
Much has changed since the Chamber was
of three years held by Warren Atherton and W. L.
formed in 1901, but one thing that has not changed
Maxwell is safe. Until next time, remember to buy
is the Chamber playing a major part in important
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From Your CEO... by: Doug Wilhoit
As we enter the second month of 2011, the birth month of your Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce in 1901, we know we have many challenges ahead of all of us. Pointing fingers, blaming others, or saying it is someone else’s responsibility to move this community and businesses forward does not “hold much water”! You will read later what I mean by that. We ALL have a responsibility to look at problems and work on each collectively, without anger, condemnation, political/ personal malice, or selfishness, in order to transform serious situations into better ones. If not, you are truly part of the problem and not part of the needed solutions. Some will be easy with realized results seen immediately and some will be difficult, but once accomplished we will see long term positive results for all. Virgil, who lived from 70 to 19 B.C., said it best: “Happy is the man [or woman] who could search out the causes of things.” Simply put, do not sit at your computer or in front of the TV and gnash your teeth and clench your fist – get up, go into the
with me. It really jumped at me that no matter how negative we
community, and search out those who are trying to make our
are looked at, we do have so much to be proud and happy about.
community better. Join minds and hands so that we will truly
The new year is a time to make resolutions. The process of
all make a difference, as we work together to get through these
creating a resolution for the new year is a bit mystifying. It really
says that one is not good as they are; that they are flawed in some
All too often we become cynical and do not take time to
way. Why the rush to improve? Are you really that deficient?
smell the roses. I for one know that, as stated above, we have
What if you were just fine just the way you are? How would THAT
many problems as a city, county, state and nation. Such is life and
attitude improve your life? Consider the following story:
to dwell on it ad nauseum does not accomplish one darn thing.
A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a
We have to tackle the negative, but as I have written so many
pole, which he carried across his neck. One pot had a crack in it,
times before, for every one negative we are experiencing there
while the other pot was perfect. At the end of the long walk from
are scores of positive things happening in Stockton, San Joaquin
the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. Of
County, California, and in the greatest country in the world, the
course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But
“UNITED” States of America!
the cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection. It spoke to
Bottom line is that I feel we are too hard on ourselves here in
the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself,
Stockton and it is time to celebrate the good and work on the not
because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way
back to your house.”
A new member of your Chamber, Craig LaFargue of
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you not notice that there
Leadership Effectiveness Solutions, shared the following story
were flowers only on your side of the path? That’s because I have continued on page 20
Leadership Stockton by: Timm Quinn
Leadership Stockton Local Government Session
the County and Board of Supervisors does. Manuel Lopez,
Leadership Level Sponsor: Financial Center Credit Union
County Administrator, followed with a presentation on what a
Special Thanks: City of Stockton, County of San Joaquin, Stockton
County Administrator does. The Stockton Fire Department finished off the day as the
class traveled down to Fire Station # 2 on Sonora Street. There,
The Local Government Session gave the class a unique perspective
the class received a presentation on the history of the Stockton
on the workings of the city council as well as a taste of local politics. For the sixth year, the Leadership Stockton class participated in a
Fire Department, a tour of the station house, the dispatching
full-scale mock city council meeting as part of the Local Government
center, and the expansive training grounds from Fire Captain
session, held at Stockton City Hall Council Chambers on December 10.
Brian Jones. A big thank you to Bonnie Paige, Dora Sidrian, and Bret
The meeting was staffed by Dora Sidrian, who acted as the City Clerk.
Hunter for their help in making the mock city council meeting
The class elected fellow class members as their city council at the September Leadership Retreat. The remainder of the
run so smoothly. Thank you to Tonnie Mallory (LS Class of
class participated in one of three groups vying for the mock city
’07) for scheduling and coordinating the County portion of
the day. And thank you to Katherine Miller, Gabriel Karam, Lois Sahyoun, Manuel Lopez, and Captain Brian Jones for
The meeting came with a full agenda and proposals from the teams. The premise of the public hearing was to consider public
taking time out of their busy schedules to speak and share their
comments/testimony regarding the appropriation of funds from
knowledge with the class.
the STATE COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT GRANT (CEG). The CEG was a one-time, $9 million allocation from the State of California, which had to be used for a public good. The funds could be divided to fund more than one project. After the mock council meeting Vice Mayor Katherine Miller ( LS Class of ’00), spoke to the class about her journey into local politics and how the Leadership Stockton program helped her. The class then walked to the County Administration Building and had a great lunch together. After lunch they received an all-access tour from Gabriel Karam, P.E., LEED AP, Director of Facilities Management. It was a treat to tour the building with one of the great minds that helped make it a reality. The tour was followed by a presentation by Lois Sahyoun, Clerk of the Board, on what
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
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Come and Experience REXPO VII:
environmental and economic development issues, and create a
nexus to enhance the delivery of Chamber services in Stockton
WHAT: REXPO VII: Sustainable Collaboration
WHEN: March 9, 2011 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton Stockton
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The Zone stimulates the usage of recycled materials by local
of us who reside here. That is why the Greater Stockton
manufacturers. The use of recycled materials will help create a
Chamber of Commerce’s Green Team San Joaquin and Valley Clean Air Now (CAN) invite you to attend REXPO VII:
local market for recyclables and products made from recycled materials. The RMDZ has loans for up to $2 million at a low 4 percent interest rate for qualifying businesses. For more information, please call Frank J. Ferral at 209.547.2763.
Sustainable Collaboration. Learn how businesses and jurisdictions can incorporate energyefficient methods, recycling, water conservation, and clean air values into everyday operations to reduce their cost of doing business and to meet state climate change policy. In addition, the event will showcase businesses and services that proactively promote environmentally sustainable business practices. Valley business and elected leaders are in the unique position to lead by example and demonstrate that environmental consciousness and business prosperity can go hand-in-hand. Only by working together, we can achieve.
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Conference & Visitors Bureau by: Wes Rhea
3rd Annual Stocktoberfest
2011 Downtown Stockton Alliance Events and Promotions
October 8, 2-10 p.m.
With a host of weekly, monthly and seasonal events and promotions, 2011 is the time to celebrate in downtown Stockton.
Located at the Waterfront Warehouse Modeled after a traditional German Oktoberfest, participants
The purpose of these celebrations is to stimulate the local
enjoy collectable glass beer steins, micro and mainstream brews,
economy, draw visitors to downtown Stockton and support
authentic German beer, a variety of competitions, and live
the Celebrate! Stockton branding initiative. The mission of the
entertainment ranging from polka to local rock.
Downtown Stockton Alliance is to develop, promote and maintain historic downtown Stockton as a regional business, cultural and
Downtown Stockton Certified Farmers’ Market
On hiatus in 2011.
Here’s a look at what’s coming up in 2011:
Since 1998, the Market has offered fresh, locally grown and organic produce, baked goods, as well as original, handmade arts and crafts. To free resources to support economic development
2nd Fridays Held on the 2nd Friday of each month, January through
activities, the DSA will take a one-year hiatus from organizing the
November, 2nd Fridays include “behind the scenes” property
Farmers’ Market. “In 2011, it is our hope that by taking a one-year
tours, live entertainment, holiday activities, and promotions.
intermission from organizing this event, this will create a business opportunity for a private sector event organizer to produce a
Downtown Stockton Pub CRAWL
Farmers’ Market during the week in downtown. In the meantime,
Singles Pub CRAWL, February 11, 5 p.m.-midnight
we will direct our resources to promoting the Farmers’ Market
Costume CRAWL, October 29, 5 p.m.-midnight
held on Saturday mornings under the Crosstown (4) Freeway,”
Crawlers start downtown and enjoy drinks, appetizers,
said Emily Baime, Marketing Director.
live entertainment, sports events, fireworks and safe trolley transportation. Over 10 bars and restaurants participate on each CRAWL. Discounted student and designated driver tickets are
More information For more information about the Downtown Stockton Alliance and the celebrations listed above, please visit downtownstockton.
available, as well as reduced hotel pricing.
org or call 209.464.5246. For information in Spanish, call the
Taste of San Joaquin and Way Out West
Spanish hotline at 209.888.8637. For daily updates on downtown Stockton, find us on Twitter
BBQ Championship June 25 (Date subject to change) 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
at @D_townStockton, on Facebook under Downtown Stockton
Located at Weber Point Events Center
Alliance, and at Myspace.com/DowntownStockton.
The Third Annual Taste of San Joaquin features a wide variety of food at affordable prices, top flight local entertainment, Way Out West BBQ Competition (a “Food-Network-Style” barbecue cook-off), and classic car show. Celebrate Independence Day weekend on the downtown waterfront with over 10,000 attendees!
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one.Charter Academy of Visual & Performing Arts
Outback Steakhouse 1243 W. March Lane Stockton
800 Douglas Street Stockton
Attending Ambassadors John Bertilacchi Bertilacchi Insurance
Gloria Blaine Basket Caravan Gourmet Gifts
Carol Clemons Angel’s Caring Helpers
Becky Deal Rabobank
Shannon Ding Assemblymember Bill Berryhill’s Office
Gary Ghan Brookfalls Water Co.
Patti Gulik New Image Signs
Martha Ingraham Dameron Hospital Occupational Health
Loretta Lee California State Department of Rehabilitation
Liaison of the Month John Paval – WSB Mortgage Service Ambassador of the Month Colleen Moreno – Boboli International
Sam Ward Xango
Bruce Wert Focus Capital Group, LLC.
Not mentioned last month: Carol Clemons, Angel’s Caring Helpers
Class One Safety
Become an Ambassador Today Chamber Ambassadors are the ‘friendly face’ of the Chamber.
Chamber events. The Liaison Committee visits and surveys
We are in search of dedicated members who want to represent
business owners and managers who are members of the Chamber.
the Chamber by attending ribbon cuttings, mixers and Chamber
Surveys are conducted with each member once a year. These
events. Ambassadors have made a commitment to developing and
surveys are vital to the Chamber’s efforts to develop and promote
maintaining a feeling of goodwill and understanding between the
an economically vibrant business community. If you are interested
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, government agencies,
in joining one of these committees, please call the Chamber at
and the community at large. While they perform their Chamber
209.547.2770. We need your support!
duties, Ambassadors are encouraged to discuss their own business with new and potential Chamber members. Ambassadors meet hundreds of new people every year and each new face is a potential sales lead! The program consists of two committees, the Welcome Squad and the Liaison Committee. The main duty of the Welcome Squad is to attend ribbon cuttings for new and existing members. They also assist at monthly networking mixers and similar www.stocktonchamber.org www.visitstockton.org
One Hundred and Ten Years Young …and Counting By Patricia Kutza
This year the Greater Stockton
at the Pan-American Exposition. In
Chamber this year celebrates its 110th
1976, the Chamber launched what
1901 – Stockton banker Fred West becomes the first Chamber president.
anniversary. There will be toasts all
might be considered its most ambitious
around and a lot of great stories to
agricultural promotion, the Stockton
1924 – University of Pacific, then 73 years old and the first co-ed US College, relocates its campus from San Jose to Stockton.
share. The combined version of those
Ag Expo, which in the peak years of
stories, in many ways, is a saga of vision
its 32 years of operation attracted over
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Major Milestones
1927 – Congress approves funds for the dredging of a Stockton deepwater channel. 1967 – Crosstown Freeway construction finally begins, as the result of the Chamber’s concerted efforts (it was finished in 1993). 1976 – Stockton Ag Expo launches the first of 32 annual expositions. 1982 – Stockton real estate broker, Karylene Riggs Mann, became the Chamber’s first female president. 1998 – The Chamber, teaming with local groups, persuades the San Francisco 49ers to establish their summer training base at the University of Pacific. 2006 – Green Team San Joaquin is created.
2008-2010 – Hospital
2010 – Stockton Marina opens. 2010 – Green Team San Joaquin receives Golden Arrow Award.
Supporting education was also
has fought hard to put Stockton’s
an early mission for the Chamber. It
business community on the regional,
endorsed a bond issue that culminated
state and national maps. The Chamber
in the construction of Stockton High
has always been a leader in championing
School. The Chamber’s influence helped
efforts to stimulate Stockton’s
bring the University of the Pacific to
growth, says its CEO, Doug Wilhoit.
Stockton, as well as aided the passage of
“We developed a proud history by
Measure G, the Stockton Unified School
understanding that we wanted to shape
District’s bond issue. The Chamber’s
an important future.”
current Business Education Alliance (BEA), a public/private partnership
Shaping the present with vision When turn-of-the-century fruit growers were looking for ways to
between the Chamber and San Joaquin County academic institutions, continues this strong tradition.
raise their visibility, the Chamber launched its “Packed in Stockton” marketing campaign. Early on, the
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For over a century this organization
Shaping the future with tenacity With its vision, the Chamber also
Chamber understood how strategic
brings tenacity of purpose. It took
partnerships could boost the exposure
more than 25 years of concerted efforts
of San Joaquin County’s agricultural
and financial backing to convince
and manufacturing products. In one
Congress to release the funds that
of its earliest efforts, the Chamber
would transform Stockton’s waterways
cooperated with the State Board of
into a profitable deep-water channel.
Control to open a California Exhibit
And it took almost twice as long for the
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Joaquin and the Recycling Market
Chamber to shepherd the Crosstown Freeway from concept to completion. In the last decade the Chamber has focused its considerable influence, representing Stockton’s interest with regards to the prison hospital slated to
We developed a proud history by understanding that we wanted to shape an important future.
community develop an environmental consciousness in an economically effective way. “This Team is actively involved with business leaders, community leaders and others to increase the awareness of available
be built east of the city. The Chamber’s current president,
Development Zone help the business
The Chamber has also
resources, programs and incentives that can help them reduce the cost of
Rick Goucher, describes the result: “Had
been quick to recognize and
the Chamber not filed a lawsuit (against
award great leadership throughout
the State of California), the State would
the Stockton community. Such
have built this hospital without any
recognition programs as the
may test the mettle of the Stockton
regard for hiring local or reimbursing
Industrial & Technology Barbecue
business community, Wilhoit says this
local agencies for the considerable
and the ATHENA Awards continue to
is the best of times to be a Chamber
impacts that it would incur.”
member. “In good times and bad
we continue to fight for them. Today
hallmark of the Chamber from its
Mission unchanged “Though the goals of the Chamber
beginnings, says Wilhoit. Its roster of
may change from year to year, our
past presidents shows that the Chamber
mission remains constant,” says
benefited from their wide-ranging
Goucher, “to aggressively develop and
expertise. They have included bankers
promote an economically vibrant
(such as Doug Wilhoit’s great-great-
uncle, E.L. Wilhoit, the president of the
Both Wilhoit and
Stockton Savings and Loan Association),
Goucher agree that one
educators, interior designers, attorneys,
of the Chamber’s biggest
general contractors, grain brokers,
strengths is its ability to
grocers, newspaper publishers, and auto
change with the times. They
dealers, to name just a few.
say that the Green Team San
Photography by: Arturo Vera, Arturo Vera Photography
While the current economic climate
businesses need all the support they can
Leading from all walks of life Strong leadership has been a
doing business.” Goucher adds.
get. The Chamber will continue to be there for them, protecting their interests at the local, state and national level.”
Established 1901 Stockton Chamber of Commerce
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Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Photography by: Bank of Stockton Historical Collection and Arturo Vera, Arturo Vera Photography
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Stockton Symphony Celebrates Valentine’s Day Charm your valentine with music that
Call Sharon at 209.955.1625, email SharonV@arc-sj.org, or Facebook search Arc San Joaquin.
will tug at her heartstrings. The Stockton Symphony, conducted by Music Director,
Chris Williams, Sacramento’s saleswoman of the year, will share her
Peter Jaffe, presents its Valentine Pops
strategies for using social networking sites to create leads for your
concert entitled “Embraceable You: An
business at the Stockton Women’s Network’s February 2 event at
Evening of Gershwin and Cole Porter”
Elkhorn Country Club. Visit www.stocktonwomensnetwork.org for
on Saturday, February 12 at 6 p.m. at San
Joaquin Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium. For more information, visit www.stocktonsymphony.org.
United Way of San Joaquin County Super Bowl Raffle Another Success Over $300,000 Raised for Local Charities
The 10th Annual Souper Supper is Friday, February 18, 2011
The third annual Super Bowl Raffle was held to benefit individuals
at the Scottish Rite Center, 33 E. Alpine Avenue, from 5:30-9 p.m.
throughout the region. The goal was to raise $300,000 that would be
This is the 10thyear for this sell out event featuring hand crafted
shared by more than 34 local nonprofit agencies. With the support of
souvenir pottery bowls and a menu of eight gourmet soups, breads,
the Spanos family, the community, and United Way’s partner agencies,
wines and desserts. Call 209.463.4033 or email tidewatergallery@att.
the raffle raised $320,000.
net for reservations. Arc San Joaquin is accepting applications for Board Membership Arc SJ is a nonprofit organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1954. Membership categories include people with disabilities, family members of people with developmental disabilities, professionals and other interested people.
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always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your
Thank you Craig and hopefully you will all take the time to
side of the path. Every day you’ve watered them. For two years I
understand that in this age of instantaneous gratification, it still
have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.
takes a clear vision, faith, hard work, patience, love, compassion,
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this
respect for one another, and community pride to plant, cultivate
beauty to grace the house.”
and harvest to be able to take the time to “smell the roses!”
We’re all cracked pots. It’s the cracks and flaws we each have
Our constant resolution is to make Stockton and San Joaquin
that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
County a better place now and into the future. As Virgil also said:
So, this new year, resolve NOT to make a resolution to repair one
“As long as rivers shall run down to the sea, or shadows touch the
of your cracks. Instead, resolve to accept yourself the way you are.
mountain slopes, or stars graze in the vault of heaven, so long shall
If you apply this to yourself and others, you will find life a lot more
your honor, you name, your praises endure.”
rewarding, and certainly less stressful. And you will be surprised in the increased performance of those around you in your home, work, and the entire community.
February 2011 Highlights 2/3 -Networking Mixer — 5:15-7:15 p.m. @ THE Office City, 2495 Station Drive 2/21- Chamber Office Closed, Presidents Day
New Member Meeting – 10:30 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Networking Mixer – 5:15-7:15 p.m. @ THE Office City, 2495 Station Drive
Green Team San Joaquin Meeting – 9 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Manufacturers Industrial Distribution Roundtable Meeting – 7:30 a.m. @ TBA
Government Relations Council – 7:30 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Leadership Stockton: Community Serving Community Session – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. @ Local nonprofits and United Way
Liaison Committee Meeting – 12 p.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Executive Committee Meeting – 7 a.m. @ Stockton Golf & Country Club
Chamber Office Closed, Presidents Day
Business Education Alliance – 3 p.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Chamber Board of Directors Meeting – 4 p.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Government Relations Council – 7:30 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
also don’t miss... 3/3 - Networking Mixer – 5:15-7:15 p.m. @ The Lexington Plaza Hotel 110 W. Fremont
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Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Contact the Chamber at 209.547.2770 for more info