A Publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce
may 2011 • VOL. 17 NO. 5
CAPC, Inc. and Radisson Hotel Whittier to Host Five-Chamber Mixer and Silent Auction
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On Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m., five local Chambers of Commerce will join together for the 9th Annual CAPC, Inc. Kaleidoscope Mixer & Silent Auction at the Radisson Hotel Whittier. Called the Kaleidoscope, this colorful blend of five cities will offer Chamber members five times the networking opportunities and a ballroom full of specialty items offering mixer attendees a head start on the spring shopping season! Chamber members from La Habra, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier will all be represented at this year’s mixer. Each Chamber has been assigned a color: La Habra is yellow, Norwalk is red, Pico Rivera is blue, Santa Fe Springs is green and the Whittier Chamber is orange. Residents and Chamber members are encouraged to show their city pride by wearing clothing that corresponds with the color of their Chamber, and orange you glad to be a member of the Whittier Chamber? Be sure to show your Whittier Chamber pride and dress in your best orange outfit - the brighter the better! Each Chamber will host a table providing information on membership and upcoming events. In addition to great Chamber networking, the Kaleidoscope Mixer also features hundreds of silent auction items to bid on. Purchase $10 auction board squares for a chance at winning an iPad2 32GB with Wi-Fi, or a fabulous getaway trip package provided by The Traveling Traveler, not to mention the 50/50 raffle and other great prizes. The Radisson Hotel Whittier, Café ‘n Stuff, Catering by Herach & Ara, Fenix 5-4, Bella Café and other local food vendors will be providing delicious appetizers for guests to enjoy and the evening will also include a no-host bar. Entertainment will be provided by Whittier’s own groovy guy Rudy Hernandez of RMH DanceSport & Productions. Businesses and community members can support this event in many different capacities. Even if you are unable to attend, you can still support CAPC, Inc. by donating an auction item or basket from your business for the special event. You can also serve as a Corporate/ Family Sponsor for only $100 and receive signage at the event and in the printed program, or bring your co-workers, family and friends to network and shop. All the proceeds from the silent auction, raffle and Corporate/Family Sponsorships will go directly to supporting the services provided by CAPC, Inc., or Community Advocates for People’s Choice, a local organization specializing in empowering individuals with disabilities to maximize their quality of life through job placement in their local communities. The Radisson Hotel Whittier is located at 7320 Greenleaf Ave. in Uptown Whittier. For additional event information, please contact Erin Vega at email@example.com or call (562) 693-8826.
Organizations and Service Clubs to Be Featured at Wake Up Whittier 13th Annual “Salute To Service” Honors Volunteerism and Service
Each year the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce dedicates one Wake Up Whittier program solely to the local non-profit community. The city of Whittier is well-known for its many non-profit organizations, service clubs, churches, foundations and other philanthropic groups, making it one of the best places to live and work! The Whittier Chamber is proud to recognize such service and volunteerism by dedicating the May 11th Wake Up Whittier to the annual “Salute to Service” program. The event will be hosted by Whittier Hospital Medical Center, located at 9080 Colima Rd. in Whittier, with breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Salute to Service program, which features a mini expo and a brief overview of each organization, gives non-profits and service clubs a chance to display their materials and market their group to over 200 Chamber members at the monthly Wake Up Whittier networking breakfast. Participants also gain additional marketing with their photo and mission overview highlighted in a special section of the June Business Focus newspaper. This event will give you a chance to explore the many outstanding organizations that the Whittier community has to offer. Although tables for the event are dedicated to non-profit organizations, the May Wake Up Whittier will still offer all of the great networking and business development opportunities that it always does. • • •
Call the Chamber to be a table host! Not as much work as the mini expo, but still gives your organization or company great exposure. Don’t forget to bring goodies for your 8-10 table guests! Meet new people! Sit at a table with fellow Chamber members you haven’t met before. You won’t make new, valuable business connections if you don’t meet new, valuable people! Bring a fellow staff member! Maximize your networking by splitting up and covering more ground. Twice the exposure for FREE!
To take advantage of any of these great networking opportunities or to purchase a Salute to Service table for your organization, please contact Natalie at the Chamber office by calling (562) 698-9554. Please join the Whittier Chamber in honoring all of the wonderful groups and volunteers who continue to support the greater Whittier community!
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Members of the Whittier Student Chamber of Commerce gathered bright and early to get a jump start on business networking at Wake Up Whittier. For more photos from the Chamber’s monthly breakfast see page 8
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Outgoing Mayor Greg Nordbak recognizes and thanks Executive Director Allan Nakken and the Whittier Uptown Association staff and volunteers for their continued commitment to the business community during the Association’s annual Installation event. See page 10 for more Community Celebration photos
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Hello friends and Chamber members! As I write my message on Easter afternoon, I see photo after photo pop up on Facebook of the wonderful Easter Sunrise Services that took place throughout our community. Personally, I find it a great blessing to live and work in a community with such a strong group of church congregations. Regardless of our personal faith, we all benefit from their great work in our community. My Easter weekend started with the Mayor’s Prayer breakfast on Good Friday at the Hilton. Our outgoing mayor, Greg Nordbak, hosted a terrific morning breakfast that featured former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp (yes, I am old Ben Greer, enough to remember him playing) as the morning's main speaker. GM Properties At this breakfast, which has taken place for over 40 years, we, as a City, get to pray for our local and national leaders – not a bad idea. And speaking of leadership, I want to thank outgoing mayor Greg Nordbak for his year of service as mayor, and welcome into office Cathy Warner, our new mayor. With Easter behind us, it is time to prepare for Mother’s Day. As we make our plans for this day, let’s remember to SHOP WHITTIER and members of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce. Whether it is flowers, dining out, cards, day spas and salons, or gifts, our retailers are prepared! If you need ideas, pull out the new Whittier Business Directory and let your fingers do the walking. Our directory is also available on line at www.whittierchamber.com. I encourage you to support your fellow Chamber members who represent businesses throughout the greater Whittier area. If your mom (or anyone else you are buying a gift for) lives or works in a neighboring city I bet you just might find a member of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce doing business there. REMEMBER TO SHOP WHITTIER and support a Whittier Area Chamber member! On Wednesday, May 4, CAPC is once again hosting their annual 5-Chamber Kaleidoscope Mixer and Silent Auction at the Radisson Hotel Whittier. At this event we get to rub shoulders with people from the La Mirada, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Montebello and Whittier Chambers. There will be a lot of networking and terrific silent auction items and appetizers supplied by our local restaurants. This is a “can’t miss it” event and don’t forget to wear ORANGE to show your Whittier Chamber connection. My hat is off to Carolyn Reggio, executive director of CAPC, for once again hosting this event. Our monthly networking breakfast, “Wake Up Whittier”, will be at the Whittier Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, May 11. This month we are set for our annual “Salute to Service” where we honor our Whittier non-profit organizations. Enjoy great networking with over 200 chamber members, great food, fun and door prizes. You'll also be introduced to the terrific men and women of our community who do work behind the scenes and make Whittier a better place for us to live and work. If you have never been to this event, you will come away with a new appreciation for the word service. Our monthly networking lunch will be at Red Oak BBQ on Tuesday, May 31st. Bring your appetite, because the food is great!!!
As a long-time resident of Whittier, I am pleased to serve a second term as Mayor of the City. I have deep respect for all the individuals who make up our great community. My continuing goals for the City of Whittier are to: 1) enhance public safety, 2) support proactive economic development, 3) maintain the infrastructure and 4) insure support for community programs. Please visit our new and improved website. The updated version went online in April 2011 with a fresh, new look that better personifies Whittier. The website now has ample features and capabilities to better meet the information needs of our community. Cathy Warner, More importantly, the functionality has been expanded to allow for Whittier City Mayor more eGovernment services and access to City information, 24-7. I invite you to explore the website and send us your comments or suggestions on how to improve it. Over the next year I will work with my fellow Council members and City staff to continue to support the men and women of the Whittier Police Department, improve our business environment, and find opportunities to maintain our City’s high quality of life by supporting infrastructure capital projects and community programs. It is my hope that the fiscal prudence and careful planning that has been done over the last five to six years will serve as a strong foundation from which our City can weather the recession and encourage a local recovery. We are living in interesting times that present serious challenges and significant opportunities for our community. I hope that you will join me in working to ensure that Whittier is successful in overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities for the benefit of ourselves and future generations of Whittier residents. Cathy Warner Mayor “President’s Message” - continued from previous column
On Thursday, May 19th, you can join the Whittier Chamber and the City of Whittier for the next chapter in our monthly Business Seminar Series – Do You Know the Value of Your Business? This is a FREE seminar and attendance is limited. Please call the Chamber at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP a seat. Finally, I look forward to meeting all of you as I have the opportunity to serve as this year’s president. If you are looking to get connected, let’s talk. The Chamber is a busy place with lots of opportunities to serve. I promise you, connecting at the Chamber will grow your business and you will make friends and have fun doing it. Don’t miss out, get connected!
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2011-2012 Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DIRECTORS President Gus Arriaza, Cartridge World Ernie Ceja, Vinatero Wine Shop Ben Greer, GM Properties Jin Chon, Immediate Past President Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary Dean Harako, Pay Advance Payroll Heather Crawford, VP Administration & President-elect Prudential California Realty Sue Dean, Notary Signing Network Eric Day, VP Business Information Credit Union Of Southern California Leighton M. Anderson, Greg Gunter, Greg’s Auto Body Bewley, Lassleben & Miller Ana Gutierrez, Whittier College VP Community Affairs Roy Hanna, Shannon Gimbel, Shannon G’s Flowers Bright Plaza Pharmacy Home Medical Equipment VP Finance Rudy Hernandez, RMH Dancesport Center Jeff Ball, Friendly Hills Bank Norm Kirschenbaum, Tri-Cities ROP VP Marketing Terri Starkman, STAFF Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Carol Crosby & Lyn Carty, Executive Directors VP Membership Jessica Schreiner Magdosku, David Krake, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Director of Membership VP Special Events Katie Galvin, Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. Director of Public Relations Amber Bookil-Lawrence, Bookkeeper Natalie Saenz, Event & Member Relations Coordinator Nico Garcia, Whittier College Intern
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Official monthly publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce This publication is mailed monthly to all licensed businesses in the city of Whittier, all Whittier Chamber members and 4,500 Whittier residents in selected areas. Papers are also distributed via various community locations such as Whittier Library, Community Center, Senior Center, City Hall, etc. Total circulation is 8,000. We welcome comments, press releases and community interest stories. All submissions are due by the 10th of the month prior to publication. The Whittier Chamber reserves the right to approve and edit submitted material. The Business Focus is also an excellent vehicle within which to advertise! For current advertising rates, please contact Katie Galvin at (562) 698-9554.
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The Whittier Uptown Association is pleased to announce that on March 22nd, our new Sunday Market Place event was approved by City Council and has been scheduled to begin in mid May. We believe all of our new events fill a need in the community and will bring new shoppers to the Uptown area. The New Sunday Market Place event will begin at 9 a.m. and take place in the parking lot between Vinatero Wine Shop and Sage Lounge & Restaurant along Greenleaf Ave. and will run until approximately 2 p.m. This event will allow up to 30 vendors to participate with a wide range of items. The Association is excited about this event and it will run every Sunday, featuring certified Allan Nakken, produce, beautiful floral designs, artisans, health foods, etc. Any Executive Director and all businesses are offered space in this event allowing for great diversity of products and services to be featured. Along with this, we also plan to have live musicians performing on the sidewalk area located above the lot. We believe this will bring more families to our Uptown boulevard and increase shopping and dining. The Uptown Association is also working together for the 11th Annual Hot Rod and Muscle Car show slated for August 20th. It is our intent for this car show to offer promotion of our local businesses and restaurants at the same time. We will not be importing food vendors this year, thus all car show entrants and viewers will visit our local restaurants during the show. We hope the Uptown membership is excited about this new opportunity to bring once again even more business to our valued merchants! The events have also created additional marketing opportunities for local businesses. To find out more, please contact the Whittier Uptown Association at (562) 696-2662 or visit www.whittieruptown.org for details.
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exemption has performed a jitterbug -- jumping from $2 million with a 45% top tax rate in 2008, disappearing completely in 2010, and ratcheting The $5 million/35% threshold will remain in place through 2012, but after that, all bets are off. The up to $5 million with a 35% top rate in 2011. Does an employer have to pay an employee for on-call time when the employee sleeps on end of 2012, and unless expires at the Congress acts again to extend or change it, through the exemption ma The $5 million/35% threshold will remain in place 2012, the premises on a 24-hour shift? just $1 million, while the top tax rate could rise to 55%. but after that, all bets are off. The current law expires at the end of 2012, The obligation to pay an employee who is on the employer’s premises for 24 hours depends Douglas M. Rowan, and unless Congress acts again to extend or change it, the exemption may upon the control exerted by the employer. CFP, CMFC revert down to just $1 million, while the top tax rate could rise to 55%. Control Factors Estate Taxes: A Moving Target Factors to consider in evaluating the level of control exerted by the employer include whether: Estate Taxes: A Moving Target • there is an on-premises living requirement • there are excessive geographical restrictions on an employee’s movements Year Exemption Top Tax Rate • the frequency of calls is unduly restrictive 2008 $2,000,000 45% • a fixed time limit for response is unduly restrictive 2009 $3,500,000 45% • the on-call employee could easily trade on-call responsibilities 2010 Estate tax repealed 0 • use of a pager could ease restrictions • the employee actually engages in personal activities during call-in time 2011 $5,000,000 35%
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From Décor to Rentals, Whittier Chamber Members Do It All Summer in Southern California is the perfect time to plan a party, wedding, anniversary celebration, fundraiser or corporate event. The warm evenings and predictable weather make it possible to transform almost any location into the ideal venue for your special event. Planning a party can be overwhelming, but you can find just about any vendor you’ll need at the Whittier Chamber. “I am often contacted by people who have a vision for their party, but just don’t know where to begin,” stated Event Decorator/Planner Judy Bradt of A Special Event. “I love to brainstorm with my clients and help create the perfect event that fits their budget.” Within the Chamber membership there are numerous businesses and professionals available for hire who can help make your event unique and memorable. “Our specialty is corporate events, but we do it all,” stated Eddie Martin of American Rentals. “Our tents, tables and chairs are perfect for many different types of events and gatherings.” All events, regardless of the size or type, have similar vendor needs. Use our Event Planning Check List featured below as a blue print when planning your next special event. Photographers Woodside Florist Party Planning Check List Steve’s BBQ Restaurant Steven Burns Photography (562) 464-3900 www.stevesbarbq.com • Banquet Facilities/Event Venues • Florist www.stevenburnsphoto.com (562) 789-0203 • Catering/Food/Beverages/Dessert • Party Favors/Advertising Specialty Items Favors & Promotional (562) 696-2065 • Décor/ Supplies • Photographer Stevens Steak & Seafood House Products • DJ/Master of Ceremonies/ • Printers/Invitations/Graphic Design Printers www.stevenssteakhouse.com ACRO Printing, Inc. Entertainment/Musicians • Event Planner
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WHAT’s COOL IN YOUR SCHOOL Pioneer High School Students Perform Annual Titanette Revue
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Pioneer High School students presented an original, high-energy dance extravaganza during the 48th annual Titanette Revue with the theme, “We’re Going to Disneyland.” Established in 1965, Titanette Revue is a long-standing Pioneer tradition where students, parents, alumni and friends work countless hours to produce original choreographed routines performed to music. The show attracted sold-out audiences in the school’s main gymnasium. Ticket sales from the dance showcase raise funds for the Pioneer High School Dance/ Drill Team that recently won its ninth national championship at the Miss Dance Drill Team USA competition held at the University of California, Irvine. Many of the students who perform in Titanette Review are also members of the Dance/Drill Team. “Titanette Review is a highlight of our school year and brings together Titans past and present in an exciting dance showcase that benefits our championship-winning Dance/Drill Team,” said Pioneer High School Principal Monica Oviedo. “The production is a tremendous collaborative effort and demonstrates the depth of our school spirit.” This year’s Titanette Revue featured performances to music inspired by Disneyland, with titles such as “Alice in Wonderland,” “Pinocchio,” “Atlantis,” “The Bride of Haunted Mansion,” “Tomorrowland,” “Fantasmic,” “’Disney Villains,” and “Hercules.” Marilynn Littlefield, a semi-retired Pioneer teacher who has been staff advisor for the Dance/Drill Team and Titanette Revue since 1965, said that this year, about 250 students were involved in the production. In addition, alumni, parents, grandparents and family members volunteer long hours during the eight weeks before the show to build sets, props, sew costumes, choreograph and polish dance performances, Littlefield said. “The show represents the hard work of our Pioneer students and their families and it always sells out,” Littlefield said. “The students either design their own choreography or work with a choreographer and, as it comes close to performance time, they rehearse seven days a week to put it all together.” Littlefield also credits the show’s success to the hard work of co-director Tamara Peterson, a counselor at Pioneer who has assisted Littlefield with the annual production for the past 31 years. Peterson works diligently communicating with students and parents and behind the scenes on props, special effects and the paperwork that the production requires. “There wouldn’t be a show without her,” Littlefield said. “She deserves accolades for all of the excellent work she does.” In addition to the joy of performing before sold-out crowds of adoring fans, the students also look forward to the competition involved. Students compete for Titanette Revue awards each year during the Saturday evening performance and are judged by dance teachers from other schools. This year, the top Sweepstakes award went to “The Bride of the Haunted Mansion.” The first place ribbon went to “Alice in Wonderland,” second place to “Disney Villains,” third place to Hercules, and fourth place to “Fantasmic.”
Noting his many years of experience as a skilled assistant principal and instructional leader in the District, the Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to appoint Bill Schloss as the new Principal of California High School. “California High School is an excellent school with a talented and caring staff and I feel lucky to be asked to help them keep moving forward,” Schloss said of his appointment. “Cal High serves it students and community well and my job will be to support everyone there in the fantastic work they are doing.” Schloss was Whittier High School’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum for seven years and had been serving as Interim Principal of California High School since January when former California High School Principal Lynn Carmen Day took a position as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at the Covina Valley Unified School District. A native of Portland, Oregon, Schloss is the son of a teacher and a coach. He earned his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in History from USC and began his teaching career at La Serna High School in 1993 and also served as an athletic coach. He taught for seven years before being promoted to La Serna’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum. He then moved to Whittier High School in 2003 to serve in the same capacity and was instrumental in implementing Whittier High’s rigorous academic programs that have fostered increased student achievement. Schloss has also earned several awards for leadership from the Association of California School Administrators Region XV and received his administrative services credential from Chapman University in 2002. “Bill Schloss is a highly capable, caring leader who will continue the tradition of excellence at California High School and will serve its students, faculty and staff with great dedication,” said Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. The Whittier Union High School District provides all students with an engaging, quality standards-based instructional program delivered by a welltrained staff resulting in improved student achievement. Whittier Union High School District works to achieve and maintain excellence in providing a comprehensive education for all students.
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Contributions Sought for Chamber’s Educational Scholarship Fund The Whittier Chamber’s Education Committee is still seeking donations from the Whittier business community for its Educational Scholarship Fund, named in memory of Randy Basurto. Each year the Whittier Chamber recognizes deserving high school seniors from the Whittier Union High School District for their academic achievements and service to the community with a $500 academic scholarship. Each scholarship goes towards books, room and board or tuition for their first year of college. Last year, the Whittier Chamber was able to award three outstanding students and would like to increase that number this year to five if possible. “These students are the future of our community. Many have indicated their desire to return to the Whittier area as business owners, teachers and public servants. It is our responsibility to invest in these kids now for the future of our great City,” stated Jeannie McHatton, Education Committee chair. The Educational Scholarship Fund is named after Board member and volunteer Randy Keith Basurto who died in 1998 of a heart attack at the age of 46. Basurto worked for HealthFirst Medical Group as Medical Operations Manager and had been employed there for 7 years. Chamber members and friends of Randy are encouraged to donate to the cause. “The purpose of this scholarship is to remember Randy with a program that he was passionate about, and to support the youth of Whittier as they continue on with their education,” stated McHatton. The following is a list highlighting the marketing values associated with different gift levels. Gift Level Benefit $250 ◊ Your business logo and name listed in a special Scholarship feature in the July edition of the Business Focus ◊ Recognition at the May and June Wake Up Whittier networking breakfasts ◊ Business name listed on the Certificate of Recognition awarded to each recipient ◊ Business name listed in the Chamber’s E-Newsletter $100 ◊ Your business name listed in a special Scholarship feature in the July edition of the Business Focus ◊ Recognition at the May and June Wake Up Whittier networking breakfasts Thank you to the following members for their generous donation to the Randy Basurto Scholarship Pondoff Realty Bakers Lock & Key The 6740 Beverly Hospital PDQ Equipment Rental Center Portofino Ristorante Italiano Crepes & Grapes Café Anyone wishing to contribute to the Randy Basurto Educational Scholarship Fund can send a check, made payable to the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, to 8158 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90602, or visit the “Chamber Mall” on the Chamber’s website at www.whittierchamber.com. For additional information, please contact Natalie at (562) 698-9554.
member spotlight The Home Depot Foundation Pledges $30 Million to Veterans Housing Issues The Home Depot® Foundation recently announced a pledge of $30 million over three years to address veterans' housing issues. The Foundation's financial commitment will be amplified by associates from The Home Depot, who will volunteer their time and home improvement know-how skills to projects across the country. "Our nation's veterans have made great sacrifices for our country, yet the statistics show that many of them face severe housing needs due to disability, lack of affordable housing and unemployment," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO, The Home Depot. "Their plight is very personal to all Home Depot associates because we have more than 35,000 veterans who work for us and an estimated 1,500 associates serving on active duty at any given time." The Foundation's initiative will kick off immediately by providing a total of $3.1 million to Fisher House Foundation, The Mission Continues and Volunteers of America to repair and rehabilitate facilities and homes serving veterans of all ages. In addition to funding, each of these partnerships will be supported by Team Depot, the Company's associate-led volunteer force. Fisher House Foundation provides comfort houses for the families of veteran and active duty military patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. The Home Depot Foundation is providing a one-year $500,000 grant to repair and enhance many of the organization's 54 existing houses. Where possible, Team Depot volunteers will complete the work, ranging from making bathrooms handicapped accessible, to painting and landscaping. Volunteers of America is one of the largest nonprofit providers of affordable housing in the U.S., with a focus specifically on veterans, low-income families with children, the disabled and senior citizens. The Home Depot Foundation is providing a three-year $1.8 million grant to repair and rehab properties where veterans and their families live. Firstyear projects include the rehabilitation of residential facilities in Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, serving approximately 275 disabled and/or homeless veterans and their families at any given time. Each project will include numerous opportunities for Team Depot volunteers to get involved as well. The Mission Continues provides opportunities for returning veterans to serve as citizen leaders by leading volunteer projects in their communities or by completing fellowships with nonprofit organizations. Along with a $1.05 million grant from The Home Depot Foundation, Team Depot will work with volunteers from The Mission Continues to complete more than 100 community projects during 2011. In addition, a disabled veteran will be placed at The Home Depot Foundation for a six-month fellowship to assist with project management for all volunteer projects. The Foundation will continue to evaluate and add new partnerships to address veterans' housing issues. For more information about The Home Depot Foundation's veterans' initiative, please visit www.homedepotfoundation.org/veterans. Continued on page 18
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The Whittier Uptown Association celebrated their anniversary by inviting business owners and Whittier Chamber friends to help kick-off another year in Uptown with their very own ribbon cutting
Whittier City Councilmember Joe Vinatieri thanks Executive Director Allan Nakken, staff members and the many volunteers of the Whittier Uptown Association for hosting the Spring Antique Faire in Uptown alongside King Richardâ€™s Antique Center
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Ebony Rice, Owner of Ebony Couture Fashion, celebrated with members of her family at the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration of her new clothing store in Uptown Whittier
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Chamber Honors Outstanding Volunteers Volunteer Of The Year
Ambassador Of The Year Susie Ausdal, Union Bank Members of the Whittier Chamber Ambassador Committee are a great group of people who serve as an extension of the Chamber staff. They attend numerous events throughout the month and help to make Whittier Chamber members feel welcome and valued. Each year, the Committee chooses one member who has exceeded expectations as an Ambassador. This year Susie Ausdal from Union Bank was chosen by her peers and recognized at the Chamber’s 97th Installation event as the 2010 Ambassador of the Year. Susie became an Ambassador in 2009. Since then she has rarely missed a ribbon cutting, is the first to volunteer to help at events, and provides a wonderful first impression as a greeter at Wake Up Whittier. Susie sees the value in networking and building business relationships and often brings her staff to Chamber events. Recently Susie was seen quietly breaking down tables and helping Chamber staff clean up after the Expo. She is a wonderful Chamber advocate, a help to our new members and an outstanding volunteer. The Chamber is proud to congratulate Susie and honor her with the 2010-2011 Ambassador of the Year award.
Jeff Ball, Friendly Hills Bank The Chamber is proud to honor Jeff Ball from Friendly Hills Bank with the 2010-2011Volunteer of the Year award for his continued service to the Whittier Chamber this year. Along with his participation on numerous other committees, Jeff has served the past year as the Chamber’s Finance Chair. Quietly and behind the scenes, he has helped the Chamber navigate through this challenging year by closely monitoring the budget on a monthly basis and streamlining reports. Under his leadership, the Chamber has maintained fiscal stability and has met or exceeded every goal. While Jeff spends hours as our Finance Chair, he does so much more than that. Jeff has been a go-to advisor on the Executive Committee and has been instrumental in issues of economic development and business legislation. Not only does Jeff make it a point to attend Chamber functions himself, he also understands the value of networking and allows his staff members to participate in numerous ways. For all he does for the Chamber, we are proud to recognize Jeff Ball as the Whittier Chamber Volunteer of the Year!
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ACRO Printing, Inc. ACRO Printing, Inc., owned by Bonnie and Glenn Watje, has been selected as this year’s Business of the Year. The Whittier Chamber has had a long standing relationship with ACRO Printing. ACRO joined the Whittier Chamber in 1991 and immediately got involved. We have had the privilege of having Bonnie serve on our Board of Directors as President in 2000 and again now on the Executive Committee as the VP of Special Events. Bonnie is also the current Chair of the Ambassador Committee and has participated on just about every committee there is at the Chamber! In addition to Bonnie, her daughter Sara has volunteered her time this past year as an Ambassador, and, in fact, you will usually see many ACRO staff members participating and networking at events like Wake Up Whittier, Cosmic Bowling and the Business Expo. Glenn also participates by golfing in the Chamber’s Hathaway Golf Classic each year. The Whittier Chamber has appreciated the creative contributions ACRO has made to our Chamber and our events and, because of their outstanding volunteerism and dedication to the business community, we are pleased to present the Business of the Year Award to ACRO Printing!
John Peel, Concept 7 John Peel from Concept 7 was chosen as the Chair of the Year by Past President Dean Harako for his role as Chairman of the Personnel Committee. “John is someone who really stepped up in 2010 and dedicated countless hours and invaluable expertise. He spent many hours of his own personal time helping to restructure the Chamber staff which included conducting a search for a new Executive Director. His intimate understanding of business policies and human resource procedures has helped to improve the Chamber’s overall functionality and level of professionalism,” explained Harako at the Chamber’s 97th Installation Luncheon. In addition to chairing the Personnel Committee, John served as the VP of Administration on the Executive Committee. Thank you, John, for being a great advocate for Chamber staff and for your tireless work at the Chamber!
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1. Recognize special events in the lives of your employees. Birthdays, weddings, births, the accomplishments of employee children—if you have a reason to celebrate, do it! Whether it is buying a round of coffee for the morning shift, or finding a nice greeting card for everyone to sign, celebrate the little things in your workplace. Have a monthly birthday party complete with cake. Gather all employees and have all the birthday people from the current month stand up, and the rest of the office sing to them. It's corny, and maybe a little embarrassing, but it helps put smiles on faces and cake in tummies. And really, who doesn't want cake? 2. Keep the conversation going. Encourage idea sharing, and make that sharing road a two-way street. Listening to the ideas of your employees is great, but it can only go so far if the employee doesn't know enough about business operations to present a viable idea. Try open-book management strategies. Supply employees with critical information and financial data and teach them what that information means so the can influence the company's collective success. Keep your employees informed and ensure they understand you are willing to listen to their input and continue that discussion. 3. Recognize and reward your employees for doing good work. "People want to feel valued," Paul Spiegelman, founder and CEO of Beryl, a call-center company based in Texas, explained. Tell your employees they are doing a good job verbally, or write a little note. Have pizza parties for meeting your monthly goals as a company. Do what you think is appropriate for your business environment, but be sure your employees understand that you value you their work, and they are fabulous people. There is one caveat. Singling people out for good behavior can sometimes work as a disincentive on a larger scale. Instead of giving all your praise to the superstars, try rewarding everyone for the achievements of the few and reinforce teamwork.
6. Build a culture of trust. Trust is everything in a relationship, be it romantic, friendly, or business-oriented. It is essential to build and cultivate trusting business relationships for success and survival. Try this three-tiered approach to building trust with your employees: Capability trust: allow people to make decisions, involve them in discussions, and trust in their opinions and input. Contractual trust: keep agreements and manage employee expectations. Communication trust: share information, provide constructive feedback and speak with good purpose about others. 7. Encourage work breaks. Smokers seem to get the better end of this stick, ducking out for a quick cigarette every couple of hours—which they are completely entitled to have. Remind your non-smoking personnel, and everyone else, to take breaks. Walk around the block. Go for some coffee. Work goes much faster when you are refreshed and ready to take on the assignment after a break, and it keeps employees from getting stir crazy. Have stubborn workaholics in your office? Make your breaks "mandatory." Put out some treats in the office kitchen and call everyone over for a snack. It'll get people interacting with their coworkers, and give everyone a much-deserved break. 8. Employee people "engines." Kevin Plank, founder of Under Armour, suggests strategically placing innately passionate and inspired individuals around your organization to help keep other employees focused, motivated, and happy. "When you find people with these characteristics, use them wisely. They'll certainly make your job easier, especially when it comes to keeping the rest of the team motivated," he says.
4. Make the workplace comfortable. "Designing a comfortable environment is about more than aesthetics; careful attention to design can give a boost to employee happiness," says Lois Goodell, principal and the director of interior design at CBT Architects. You'll need more than just cushy chairs and ergonomic desks, for this (though those would be great, too. Comfy chairs soothe the soul.) Make small adjustments to your lighting scheme and bring in fun desk lamps if you can't banish the overhead fluorescent glare, or open curtains to allow for natural light if you have windows. Keep the office temperature at a comfortable level, and make sure all the technology needed to do the job is available.
9. Build a culture of employee appreciation. Cash incentives and public recognition, while nice, don't always make your employees feel totally appreciated. Take some of your short-term morale boosters, like recognizing good work with handshake and a smile, or idea sharing, and turn it into a business lifestyle. Thanking employees face-to-face on a regular basis may also help improve their ability to accept constructive criticism, says Rick Maurer, a consultant based in Arlington, Va. "If you make it clear that you are trying to make employees better at what they do, positive and negative feedback become a regular part of the conversation," he says.
5. Smile more. The social environment at work is a big contributor to burnout, says Elizabeth Scott, a wellness coach at About.com. The CEO's demeanor can directly affect the staff, as workers read the mood of the boss for clues about performance and job security. So, smile more often, talk about fun things like hobbies with employees, or crack a joke—just make sure it's done in good taste. These steps will help to boost morale, encourage team building and even stave off job burnout.
10. Have fun. Spiegelman also encourages wacky team building exercises, which could range from weeks-long murder mysteries to an all day off-site activity, like laser tag. Pick a Friday and make your "place of duty" be a laser tag venue. Have different games and mix the teams for every game so everyone has a chance to bond with everyone else. Nothing builds morale faster than shooting opposing teams with little lasers in a rousing game of capture the flag.
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MAY COMMUNITY CALENDAR Wednesdays in May: Community yoga classes @ Friends Chiropractic (6736 Friends Ave., Whittier), 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat or one will be provided. Certified Instructor: Rebecca Merlino. Voluntary donations accepted. Contact Friends Chiropractic (562) 698-1275
4. CAPC’s Kaleidoscope 5-Chamber Mixer & Silent Auction @ Radisson Hotel Whittier (7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier), 4 – 7 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 693-8826 for more information.
6. T.G.I.F. Free Lunch & Comedy Show @ Trinity Worldwide Reprographics (10410 Pioneer Blvd., #2, Santa Fe Springs), 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Celebrate the 1st Friday of every month! RSVP to (562) 567-2050
11. Wake Up Whittier Monthly Networking Breakfast “Salute to Service” @ Whittier Hospital (9080 Colima Rd., Whittier), 7:30 – 10 a.m. FREE for chamber members; $20 non-members. Contact the Whittier Chamber (562) 698-9554 for more information.
14. Whittier Police Department Open House, Health Faire & Kiddie-K Fun Run @ Whittier Police Station (13200 Penn St., Whittier), 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 567-9460 for more information. Denotes Chamber Events.
Founder’s Day Celebration @ Central Park (6532 Friends Ave., Whittier), 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 945-3871 for more information.
AAUW Monthly Luncheon @ Radisson Hotel Whittier (7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier), 11:30 a.m. Cost TBA. Contact (562) 693-7279 for more information.
Antique Appraisal Show @ Whittier Place Senior Living (12315 Burgess Ave., Whittier), 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 321-9401 to schedule appointment.
16. Oralingua School’s 17th Annual John McCluskey Memorial Golf Tournament @ Friendly Hills Country Club (8500 S. Villaverde Dr., Whittier), 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. $19 Individual Golfer. Contact (562) 945-8391 for more information. 17. The “5 Gifts of the Spine” Seminar @ the office of Dr. Wendy Kreider (16262 Whittier Blvd. #23, Whittier), 6 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 943-2431 for more information.
NETWORKING QUOTE The Whittier Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous organization that is fully dedicated to helping me promote my business. They are creative and supportive in every aspect. Since becoming a member, my staff and I have had exclusive access to Chamber events and are able to utilize their networking tools to assist us in promoting our business. The Chamber Staff are marketing experts; their actions truly speak louder than words. They are the voice for all the local businesses and are committed to helping good businesses turn into great businesses. Ebony Couture will never be without them! Ebony Rice Owner of Ebony Couture Fashion
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19. Bike to Work Day Pit Stop @ Greenway Trail, Palm Park Trailhead (5703 Palm Ave., Whittier), 7 – 9:30 a.m. FREE. Contact (562) 567-9480 for more information.
FREE Business Seminar – “Do You Know the Value of Your Business” @ Nixon Room, Whittier Public Library (7344 Washington Ave., Whittier), 8 – 9:30 a.m. FREE. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 for more information.
22. “Aspects of Love” Concert @ First Friends Church (13205 Philadelphia, Whittier), 3 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 695-5508 for more information. 24. Whittier Fitness Network Hike @ Murphy Ranch Park (16200 Las Cumbres Dr., Whittier), 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FREE. Lunch at Ciao Italia Panini Grill (7248 Painter Ave., Whittier) to follow. For more information, join the network at www.whittierfitnessnetwork.com.
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28. The Aloha Series: The Brothers Cazimero @ the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts (6760 Painter Ave., Whittier), 3-5 p.m. & 8-10 p.m., Admission: $40 (+$1 energy surcharge). Contact (617) 281-0404 for more information.
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Whittier Fitness Network’s Body Composition Testing Event @ The Runners Zone (6729 Comstock Ave., Whittier), 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, join the network at www.whittierfitnessnetwork.com.
31. Tasty Tuesday Networking Lunch @ Red Oak BBQ (7051 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier), 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost TBA. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 for more information.
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AROUND TOWN Student Chamber to Visit State Capitol During Annual Sacramento Trip
The Whittier Chamber needs your help! Each year the Student Chamber of Commerce takes a day trip to Sacramento for a tour of the State Capitol and to see California lawmakers at work. The students meet very early in the morning, take a bus to the airport, fly up to Sacramento, tour the city by bus, visit the Capitol, enjoy a meet and greet with various legislators, listen in on at least one bill and fly home the same day. The Whittier Chamber of Commerce knows this could be a life-changing experience for these local students and would greatly appreciate donations to help make the trip possible for each student. A few more pledges are still needed to make this a reality for the students. Many thanks to the following who have made contributions: Jeff Ball, Friendly Hills Bank Nori Guerra, Orbit Rental Gary Martinez, Traveling Traveler Gil Rodriguez, Caldwell Banker Alliance Realty Dean Harako, Pay Advance Payroll Virginia Ball, Mary Kay Cosmetics Greg Gunter, Greg’s Auto Body John Peel, Concept 7 Russell Castaneda-Calleros, Trustee Whittier Union High School District Whittier Host Lions Club If you would like to sponsor of one of the students, please call Ginny Ball directly at (562) 693-0941.
Family Celebrates Life of Beloved Community Member Who Passed Away
Mel Gilman – July 1926 to March 2011 – co-founder of Gilman Associates and GM Properties in Whittier, passed away March 30, 2011. A gentleman with a big heart; beloved brother, father of two daughters, grandfather of five and great grandfather, cherished soul-mate to his love Kathy Saylor, uncle, Papa Mel to his adopted family members, mentor, businessman, master mason, real estate developer and humanitarian. Mel Gilman touched the lives of so many in his 84 years. Mel leaves a tremendous legacy in Whittier, Santa Fe Springs and surrounding communities with the many skillfully designed and hand crafted buildings, using his magnificent masonry skills to add wonderfully crafted brick designs into the buildings. A businessman with a penchant for learning and educating, he was a mentor and friend to many in the commercial real estate arena in the Whittier area. “We will miss Mel and all his wisdom” explains Jason Jamison, owner of GM Properties. “He was a loving and gracious man with an amazing understanding for business. I am honored & fortunate to have worked with him these past 14 years. He made an everlasting impact as a mentor, partner and friend.” A family man and believer of the arts, Mel left a collection of poems, photos and memories of the life he lived, and live he did. He imparted the love of family and the belief of family-time in those he loved and worked with; a complex man, with a heart of gold. The Whittier Chamber would like to extend our condolences to Mel’s family in this sad time. He will be missed by many throughout the community.
“Bike to Work Day” Pit Stop at Greenway Trail
A free “Bicycle Pit Stop” will be held for bicycling commuters on California “Bike to Work Day” on Thursday, May 19th at the Greenway Trail, Palm Park Trailhead, 5703 Palm Avenue. The event will be held from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and will include free refreshments, prizes, giveaways, information booths and bicycle displays. Two local bicycle shops, G’s Cyclery and Whittier Cyclery, will have displays on the newest bicycles and bike accessories. To be eligible for the prize drawing, commuters need to come to the Pit Stop with their bicycles or bike helmets. “California Bike to Work Day is held annually to recognize those who ride their bikes to work regularly and to encourage others to give it a try,” said Fran Shields, Director of Community Services. “The City of Whittier is proud to participate in Bike to Work Day and encourage our residents to use a pollution-free way to commute.” Both Metro and the California Bicycle Coalition are offering incentives to celebrate the day. Bicyclists may pledge on-line at www.metro.net or www.californiabikecommute.com to be entered into a drawing to win other prizes. For more information on Bike to Work Day, contact the Whittier Transit Division at (562) 567-9480.
Local Chiropractor to Host Interactive Seminar on “5 Gifts of the Spine”
Did you know it is possible to have more energy and less stress? Dr. Wendy Kreider will present an informative seminar titled “The 5 Gifts of the Spine” on Tuesday, May 17th at 6 p.m. and all are encouraged to attend. Find out how the nervous system, which is housed in the spine, controls your mind, as well as all of your bodily functions. Dr. Wendy Kreider will explore and demonstrate how the 5 gifts of the spine can bring more ease into your life. By reorganizing the spine, you can reorganize your life! The event will take place at the office of Wendy Kreider, D.C. located at 16262 Whittier Blvd. #23 in Whittier. Please RSVP to (562) 943-2431 as seating is limited.
Local Service Group Seeks New Members
Assistance League, whose mission is to serve the needs of the community, is seeking new members to help its many volunteers put “caring and commitment in action” throughout the area. “We have so much fun working hard together while doing so much good for the community,” said Linda Crowley, Membership Chairman. “We accomplish our goals because members enjoy using their special talents and skills and making lifelong friendships while helping others,” Crowley added. More than 80 members meet once a month at the Chapter House located at 6339 Greenleaf near Hadley St. in Whittier. For those interested in becoming a member or learning more about the philanthropic group, please call (562) 693-6533.
Local AAUW Branch Honors Students at Monthly Meeting
Tech Trek students selected for a week-long summer program at Whittier College, and Myra Long College Scholarship recipients, will be honored by the Greater Whittier Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14th. The luncheon meeting will take place at the Radisson Hotel located at 7320 Greenleaf Ave. in Whittier. AAUW is open to all women with a college or university degree, including an AA degree from any accredited community college. Those interested in attending are welcome. Reservations for the pasta, chicken, salad and lemon cake buffet luncheon and meeting at $15 must be made with Susan Halliday by phone at (562) 696-7395 or online at WhittierAAUWreserv@yahoo.com by May 12th.
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AROUND TOWN Chamber Member Announces New Wealth Management Department
Vilmure, Peeler & Boucher, LLP is proud to announce the formation of a dedicated Wealth Management Department. This new department is being led by Scott D. Hoeschen, a Certified Public Accountant and accredited Personal Financial Specialist. Through a process called, “Macro-Financial Management”, VBP combines services covering financial planning, tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, education planning, business succession planning, asset protection, debt management and risk analysis, to insure everything is working in unison toward achieving your financial goals. Using a sophisticated financial simulator, alternatives can be tested and measured prior to making major financial decisions. For more information, contact Scott Hoeschen or Gary Cates at (562) 945-1611.
Antique Appraisal Show and More with Whittier Place
On Saturday, May 14th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Whittier Place Senior Living is hosting an Antique Appraisal Show. This is a FREE event and attendees can have two items appraised by Certified Appraisers in the 10-minute time slot. Please call Whittier Place at (562) 321-9401 for an appointment soon as this event books up every year! Appraisals will take place at Whittier Place Senior Living, 12315 Burgess Ave. in Whittier. In other community news, congratulations are in order for Christy Van Der Westhuizen, Marketing Director at Whittier Place Senior Living, who was recently crowned Mrs. California United States on April 10th in Thousand Oaks. She represented Los Angeles County in the annual competition and will now go on to compete at the Mrs. United States competition in Las Vegas on August 4th, 2011. Christy will serve her entire year as an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association and serves on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee. Way to go Christy!
Whittier Network Offers Networking, Fitness and Fun
Join the Whittier Fitness Network (WFN) on Tuesday, May 24th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a hiking event at Murphy Ranch Park, followed by a FREE lunch at Whittier Chamber member restaurant Ciao Italia Panini Grill. There will be a chance to win prizes and meet new people while getting in your daily exercise! Space is limited to only 20 Whittier Fitness Network members so make sure to join online at www.whittierfitnessnetwork.com and RSVP today. Don’t miss another great WFN event on Saturday, May 28th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. happening at The Runners Zone, 6729 Comstock Ave. in Whittier. Get in shape for the summer by learning more about your body fat percentage – know how you look on the inside and out by taking care of your “inner athlete.” Anyone age 8 and older may attend this FREE testing workshop for the whole family. “Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it,” says Roger Alonso, Founder of the Whittier Fitness Network. For more information on these events and to join the network, visit the website at www.whittierfitnessnetwork.com.
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Break Free from the Bondage of Headaches at Upcoming Seminar
There are 129 classifications for headaches but only one matters - yours! Stop by Friends Chiropractic to learn everything you need to know about headaches: how to eliminate them, identifying the danger signs for serious headaches and more. Don’t let headaches ruin your life! Register for a special workshop on Monday, May 16th at 7 p.m. at Friends Chiropractic, 6736 Friends Ave. with Dr. Yani Feliciano, Board Qualified Chiropractic Orthopedist and Wellness Advisor. Attendees will receive a free booklet, workshop materials and a ProAdjuster scan. RSVP by calling (562) 698-1275 to reserve a seat. Free booklet and materials for all participants, as well as a special ProAdjuster scan. You’ve got nothing to lose but your pain!
Community Yoga Classes Offered at Friends Chiropractic
Friends Chiropractic offers community Yoga classes every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. and all levels are welcome to attend. Learn how Yoga can help increase your flexibility, improve your range of motion, enhance your posture and much more. Bring a yoga mat or one will be provided. Certified Instructor: Rebecca Merlino. Location is at 6736 Friends Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601. Voluntary donations are accepted. Call (562) 698-1275 to reserve a spot.
Residents Encouraged to Attend Town Hall Meeting
For concerned taxpayers or those residents who would like to reduce government taxing and spending, please join the Whittier Republican Women Federated on Saturday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m. for a town hall meeting at the Sizzler Restaurant (Banquet Room) on 15252 Rosecrans Ave. in La Mirada. Come an hour early to enjoy a no host dinner or bring your dinner with you. The event moderator will be Dr. Barbara Stone, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Cal State Fullerton, and her guest speaker will be Mike Spence, Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Curt Hagman, Past President of California Republican Assembly, Chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Lincoln Club and 20 year West Covina Unified School District Board Member. Bring your questions, ideas and a friend! For more information on the event and to register, contact Laurie Dato at (562) 943-6574.
Local Singing Group Presents Scholarship Winners at Spring Concert
The New Century Singers Whittier invite Whittier residents and Chamber members to their Spring concert "Aspects of Love.” It will be held on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at First Friends Church on the corner of Philadelphia and Washington at 3 p.m. The concert will feature the winners of the College/University Scholarship competition who will each perform and receive their scholarship for $1500 each. The winners are Efrain Solis from Chapman University and Maria Altany from California State University, Northridge. The Community College winners will receive $750 each. They are Christine Li and Trinidad Canco, both from Fullerton Community College. There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be graciously accepted. For additional information, please call (562) 695-5508.
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AROUND TOWN Beverly Hospital Technician Receives LifeSaver Award
Mary Costabile, registered nurse, is best known for her heroics in the Cath Lab assisting in saving the lives of patients who come in for heart emergencies. But recently Mary experienced a personal emergency of her own. While eating lunch alone in her office, Mary swallowed a piece of meat that became lodged in her breathing tube. “I knew I was in trouble at that point because I couldn’t take a breath,” commented Mary. After hearing the voices of co-workers just outside of her office, quick thinking lead Mary out into the hallway. Gesturing in panic, and her face changing colors, Mary pointed to her throat. Tom Dailey, a CT/MRI technician and Mary’s co-worker, immediately responded by administering the Heimlich maneuver. After five repeated thrusts, Mary motioned to keep going. She was not out of danger and her face was turning blue. Adjusting the position slightly, Tom continued with the maneuver. Suddenly, a bite-size chunk of meat flew out onto the floor, just in time as Mary was beginning to lose consciousness. “I was so happy to be alive that I kept grabbing everyone and hugging them," referring to co-workers Rick, Sal and Chris who had been there throughout the ordeal to lend assistance. “Tom is my hero and every time I see him I just want to hug him. I feel secure in knowing that the people I work with at Beverly Hospital are skilled, quick thinking and properly trained,” Mary continued. Tom is a skilled CT/MRI technician who is acquainted with the possibility of being a part of life saving situations involving patients as he performs emergency Cat Scans and MRIs on a regular basis. However, he admits he has never been faced with saving the life of someone he works with every day. Nonetheless, he credits his abilities to the training he received at Beverly Hospital which teaches one to stabilize the situation first, stay calm and not to panic. He’s also thankful to his co-workers Sal Martinez, Chris Marumoto and Rick MacLaughlin for their assistance in making sure the technique was administered properly. As a show of appreciation, Beverly Hospital presented Tom Dailey with the Lifesaver Award, along with a package of lifesaver candies and other deserving gifts. Aside from providing training for all levels of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to healthcare providers, Beverly Hospital is also involved in Community CPR. The Family and Friends, Heart-Saver and AED CPR Training Programs have become very popular and the most requested of the community groups (i.e. Senior Centers, Shopping Mall Security Staff and School Mary Costabile and District). For more information about the Community Outreach Tom Dailey CPR training program, call (323) 725-4241.
Celebrate Whittier at Upcoming Tea & Fashion Show
“Let’s Celebrate: Living It Up in Whittier” Tea & Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Whittier Museum located at 6755 Newlin Ave. in Whittier. Ticket prices are $25 per Museum member and $35 per Non Museum member. For reservations please call the Museum office at (562) 945-3871.
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Konica Minolta Hosts 2011 Orange County Business of Healthcare Summit in June
Konica Minolta is proud to announce the 2011 Orange County “Business of Healthcare” Summit set to take place on Friday, June 10th, 2011 from 3 – 5 p.m. The address is 1900 South State College Blvd., Suite 600 in Anaheim, CA 92806 (Next to Angel Stadium). Topics of discussion will be: • EHR Workflows (On and Off Ramp/DMS) • HIPAA / HITECH & PHI Tracking • Controlling costs • Ease of Use • Implementation of Security Safeguards • Partnering with Your IT Department • Meeting Your Sustainability (Green) Goals ...and more! Please bring plenty of business cards to enter in the raffle for amazing prizes. Join us after the Summit (as our guest) as we attend the LA Angels of Anaheim game. To reserve your spot for this exciting and informative event, please call Patick Engelman at (714) 688-7769 or email Patrick at email@example.com.
City of Whittier Celebrates Founders Day with Festivities
It began in 1984 when Jonathan Bailey and friends planned a picnic to honor the “old folk” instrumental in the founding of their little town of Whittier. This was the official birth of the Founders Day event and picnic which has been celebrated each year since its inception. In the wake of the city’s reduced funding this year, the 117th Founders Day has been organized by a small committee of active citizens under the sponsorship and direction of the Friends of the Bailey House, First Friends Church, the Whittier Conservancy and the Whittier Historical Society. The date is Saturday, May 14th, 2011 (always held the 2nd Saturday in May) and the picnic will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Central Park located off of Bailey St. and Friends Ave. in Uptown Whittier. As usual, the Whittier High School Band will open the ceremonies following the flag salute. Other musical groups include the East Whittier Middle School Jazz Band, The Choralaires, Whittier’s famous Salt Box Players and the Mark’s Men Dance Band. Throughout the day there will be children’s games, prizes, a maypole dance, an old fashioned cake walk and a mustache contest. Booths will include books, homemade breads and other fresh foods, artists, crafts, face painting and information on local organizations in Whittier. It should be a great day for the whole family, bringing together Whittier residents and friends. For more information, contact the Whittier Historical Society at (562) 945-3871.
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Radisson Hotel Whittier (562) 945-8511 27 Years
First Day (562) 945-4304 6 Years
Rio Hondo College (562) 908-3403 19 Years
Golden Optometric (562) 692-1208 2 Years
So-Cal Post Acute Care (562) 698-0451 3 Years
Healthfirst Medical Group (562) 949-9328 16 Years
St. Mathias Episcopal Church (562) 698-9741 13 Years
Intercommunity Counseling Center (562) 698-1272 14 Years
U-Haul of Leffingwell (562) 943-7294 3 Years
Susan Bowers, Civic Member 2 Years Bonnie Jo Panagos, Civic Member 16 Years Rosemary Yetter, Civic Member 13 Years The 6740 (562) 698-6740 8 Years Ad infin Item (562) 696-9933 19 Years Ameriprise Financial, Amber Robinson (818) 662-1999 ext. 6 3 Years Automobile Club of Southern California (562) 698-3721 44 Years
La Cuesta Realtor (562) 946-0828 17 Years
Walnut Villa, Inc. (562) 946-7318 10 Years Whittier Daily News (562) 698-0955 97 Years
Baker’s Lock & Key (562) 698-8051 26 Years
Lambert Inn (562) 693-1099 5 Years
Broadoaks Children’s School (562) 907-4937 6 Years
Lloyd Kaneko (562) 261-5385 4 Years
Caldwell Insurance Agency (562) 697-6200 46 Years
Margo’s Family Child Care (562) 693-1843 1 Year
California Grill (562) 907-7017 15 Years
Moegling, Gregory J. DDS (562) 698-9903 24 Years
Whittier High School Cardinal Computer Academy (562) 698-8121 12 Years
Cartridge World (562) 945-4465 3 Years
Oceanic Arts (562) 698-6960 43 Years
Whittier Network Connection (562) 693-5566 13 Years
Cosmic Express Corporation (562) 236-1868 2 Years
Penn Rehabilitation Center (562) 945-1401 23 Years
Whittier Self Storage & RV (562) 693-2812 1 Year
Crocker Signs and Screen Printing (562) 698-0711 41 Years
Pioneer High School (562) 698-8121 10 Years
Woodside Florist (562) 464-3900 1 Year
PRO Advantage (562) 889-2193 11 Years
Yellow Cab of Whittier (562) 694-4733 4 Years
Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (626) 299-4740 3 Years
Whittier Elks Lodge (562) 696-7117 10 Years Whittier Guild Children’s Hospital (562) 908-9117 6 Years
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Living will and health care proxy -- A living will spells out your wishes in the event you need life-sustaining medical treatment. A health care proxy is similar to a durable power of attorney, but in this case, it allows your designee(s) to make medical decisions for you when you are unable to do so. Business succession plan -- Business owners should leave clear instructions as to the transfer of ownership of their entities upon their death or incapacitation. If you have a trust, be sure your succession plan complements your trust provisions.
The information in this article is not intended to be tax advice and may not be applicable to your situation. Please contact your tax advisor for information relevant to your own situation. Douglas M. Rowan, CFP, CMFC is an investment adviser representative with over twenty-five years of experience in the field. He coordinates and helps people walk through the complexities of today’s marketplace, specializing in individual portfolio design. He handles the multi-dimensional financial affairs for a select group of families and businesses in Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Valley. (562) 945-7787 or (800) 441-0136. firstname.lastname@example.org www.rowanassetmanagement.com The views are those of Douglas M. Rowan, CFP, CMFC and should not be construed as investment advice. Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic stability, and differences in accounting standards. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance information is historical and not indicative of future results. Securities offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation, member SIPC May 2011 — This column is produced by the Financial Planning Association, the membership organization for the financial planning community, and is provided by Douglas M. Rowan, CFP, CMFC, a local member of FPA
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About The Home Depot and Veterans The Home Depot has a longstanding commitment to the military and veteran communities. The Home Depot has been recognized as one of the top ten military employers by The Department of Defense, GI Jobs Magazine and Military Spouse Magazine. The Company routinely participates in hiring fairs designed specifically to recruit military veterans. For a current list of military hiring fairs, please visit http://careers.homedepot.com.edgesuite.net/event-calendar/event-calendar.html. When an associate or an associate's spouse is moved within the U.S. due to military service, the Company attempts to place the associate in a nearby store to limit any disruption in employment. The Company offers a 10 percent discount, up to a $500 maximum, to all active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID. All other military veterans will qualify for a 10 percent discount during normal patriotic holidays (e.g., Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day). About The Home Depot Foundation The Home Depot Foundation donates funds and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations to help make homes more affordable and comfortable through necessary repairs and modifications. Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see Home Depot associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow them on Twitter@homedepotfdn, and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. For more information on how your local Home Depot stays involved, contact (562) 789-4121.
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Built Right Construction Joe Biesiada (562) 941-7502 firstname.lastname@example.org Outside In-House Counsel provides legal services to www.whittierremodeling.com businesses and entrepreneurs. They assist with contract drafting, deal negotiation, business formation advice, collection of debt and employment issues, including hiring and firing decisions. They are experienced in intellectual property licensing and can help you acquire rights to use music or other copyrighted material, or the right to manufacture or use another’s patented invention. Built Right Construction has been serving the Whittier Elizabeth Apodaca is head legal counsel and has been area and surrounding cities since 1990. From foundation and practicing law for approximately ten years. They offer a painting to adding the finishes, Built-Right Construction is a variety of fee arrangements, including low monthly retainer complete turn-key contractor. They design and build additions fees, flat fees and lower than average hourly rates. No legal to fit your need for more space, while increasing the value of issue is too small for them to handle. your home. Built Right specializes in first and second story AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING room additions and has over two decades of experience with a wide variety of commercial buildings. Their clients range Cooling 4 Less by Dockstaders from commercial developers to individual business owners, Doug Farnik, Owner as they have the experience to help guide small business 6727 S. Greenleaf Ave. owners through the construction process and the reputation Whittier, CA 90601 to make even the most inexperienced client feel comfortable. (562) 698-0201 Doug@cooling4less.com www.cooling4less.com HEALTH FOOD & NUTRITION Cooling 4 Less was formally known as Dockstaders Central Air Conditioning and Heating for the last 60 years. They changed their name so their clients can easily find them and show what they stand for. Doug and his team are NATE (North American Technician of Excellence) certified. They set their customers up to experience LESS utility cost, LESS risk, LESS repairs, LESS allergies, LESS noise, LESS worry, LESS dust and MORE value! Let them service or install your cooling system for less! Referred by Francesca Mauro, Dattilo’s and Joshua Villela, Principa Small Business Solutions
AMBULANCE/PARAMEDIC SERVICES AMR, American Medical Response Eddie Molina 5257 N. Vincent Ave. Irwindale, CA 91706 (626) 347-9746 email@example.com AMR, the nation’s leading medical transportation company, serves more communities and customers than any other private ambulance service provider. AMR employees also participate in the communities where they live and work. As medical service providers and as neighbors, your needs are their concern. Nearly 17,000 paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), nurses, doctors and support staff combine to make up the strength of a national company with personalized care. AMR’s national reach and extensive experience allows them to deliver a wide range of services to communities nationwide, from managing entire emergency medical systems to private-public partnerships, that best serve an area's needs.
CHILDREN’S NOVELTY BOUTIQUE So So Cute Boutique Mary Anne Paniagua 13102 Philadelphia St. Whittier, CA 90601 firstname.lastname@example.org So So Cute Boutique is for both girls and women who love and appreciate Hello Kitty merchandise. So So Cute Boutique is located in the heart of Uptown Whittier and attracts people of all ages. Show your support and become a friend of So So Cute Boutique on Facebook. Why be cute… when you can be So So Cute!
Xowii Rudy Hernandez 6724 Bright Ave. Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 309-3525 email@example.com www.xowii.com/rudywhernandez
Xowii products promote whole body health: it is a antioxidant powerhouse, replaces inferior products and helps one use supplements in a safe way for necessary optimal health. The wide spectrum of nutrients in Ultimate (Xowii antioxidant drink) is beneficial for virtually every system, function and major organ in the body. Ultimate may support cardiovascular and brain heatlh, protect the nervous and gastrointestinal systems, improve mood and sleep, enhance energy and slow the aging process, among many other benefits. Even if you are diligent in eating a well-rounded diet, chances are that you will still have gaps in your nutrition. In fact, the American Medical Association has recommended that all adults use a daily multi-nutrient product. Rudy and Maria Hernandez are loyal users of Xowii and truly believe in the effect it has on their energy levels to do what they do best… teach others how to dance gracefully. Call Rudy today for a consultation on using Xowii products to begin living a healthier lifestyle.
Herbalife Independent Distributor Gerald Low 12920 Racimo Dr. Whittier, CA 90605 (888) 212-8014 www.glhealthshop.com Herbalife is a company that has been in business for over 30 years. 50 million people have successfully and safely used their products. Herbalife always complies with FDA regulations and is distributed in over 70 countries with continued expansion. Herbalife offers great weight management products for people who want to lose, maintain or gain weight, targeted nutrition, children’s health products, energy & fitness products and personal care products. Herbalife has something for everyone! Herbalife focuses on their customers’ needs and offers a proven business opportunity for those interested. Call Gerald today for a FREE consultation, products, information, or to become a Herbalife Independent Distributor.
HEALTH CARE People’s Care Randy Brown 7355 Greenleaf Ave. 2nd Floor Whittier, CA 90602 (562) 204-1429
NOTARY PUBLIC Reliant Notary Services Jarrod M. Chambers 12426 Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90602 (562) 665-1462 JarrodMChambers@gmail.com www.notarysociety.com/jarrodchambers Jarrod M. Chambers is a reliant Notary Public/Loan Signing agent properly familiar with various loan types/products, as well as non-loan signing notary public documents, which include advanced health care directives, powers of attorney, declaration of domestic partnerships, wills, affidavits and a host of other documents. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as a mobile Notary Public, he covers all of Los Angeles County. Professional, dependable and knowledgeable, Jarrod will go wherever the client requests; their notarization needs are paramount. In addition to his Commission from the State of California, Jarrod is also a member of the National Notary Association, the Association for Professional Notaries and Certified Loan Signing Agents. You can be assured you're receiving the most thorough service possible with Jarrod – call him today!
Uptown Realtors Alex Alaniz 6519 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 309-8005 Alex169@roadrunner.com
Alex has been serving the Whittier/Southern California community for 23 years. He is a certified REO buyers agent, realtor and licensed agent; it is his goal to list your property with maximum exposure. Call Alex today to find out what is different from a buyer’s agent and a listing agent, and why it’s important to have appropriate representation. He uses state of the art technologies to make your transactions close smoothly and quickly. “No Problems, Just Solutions.”
RESTAURANTS Casita Olvera Rodrigo Castillo 14223 Leffingwell Rd. Whittier, CA 90604 (562) 946-5588 Roger2008Castillo@yahoo.com www.lacasitalovera.com Casita Olvera, established in 2002, is a family owned and operated restaurant that takes great pride in preparing only the best food from their traditional family recipes. They are open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. serving a delicious Mexican feast for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also offer Monday Margarita Madness, $3 Margaritas, Friday evening live entertainment and their infamous Sunday Champagne Brunch for only $12.95. Stop by Casita Olvera and enjoy an authentic food experience.
SHOPPING CENTER People’s Care offers private, in-home care for seniors, those with chronic illnesses, a need for rehabilitative care or who have Alzheimer’s/Dementia and/or challenging behaviors. The Care Team includes a full-time People’s Care Professional Care Manager, who is a social worker or nurse, and who is specially trained to support people with varying needs. From simple homemaking and personal care for seniors, to assisting those with chronic illnesses, permanent or temporary disabilities, dementia or challenging behaviors, with People’s Care, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your loved one is being well cared for and monitored in the comfort of his or her own home. People’s Care celebrated their 13th anniversary in April of 2011 and serves the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
MEDICAL SPA Rejuvenating Skin Care Medical Aesthetics Darlene Sanchez 709 W. Beverly Blvd. Suite 202 Montebello, CA 90640 (323) 726-9692 firstname.lastname@example.org Life is too precious to overwhelm your mind, body and soul with the stressors of everyday life. At Rejuvenating Skin Care Medical Aesthetics, they have created a serene environment to allow you to relax and escape into tranquility. For the past 8 years, the staff has been dedicated to providing quality skin care; they strive to continue to educate their clients about preventative skin care, provide goal oriented treatments and follow up care. Their ongoing dedication is to promote healthy skin and to help each client look and feel their best. Rejuventaing Skin Medical Aesthetics looks forward to meeting with you and addressing your personal skin care concerns. For your convenience, complimentary consultations are available upon request. To ensure a thorough consultation, appointments are strongly encouraged.
Serenity Plaza Keyhan (Kevin) Shokouhi 6518 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, CA 90601 (310) 430-3885 KMS4Invest@yahoo.com Serenity Plaza is a new and unique shopping center located in Uptown Whittier; a one-stop shop for all of your shopping needs. It was built in 2009 and is filled with restaurants, fashion boutiques, medical offices, law offices, barber shops, etc. Visit Serenity Plaza today and see why people of all ages enjoy this cozy mini-mall. If you have a business and are looking for retail or office space, call Keyhan at (310) 430-3885 for availability. Referred by Gwen Odom and Ebony White, Ebony Couture Fashion
VETERINARY HOSPITAL Macy & Thomas Veterinary Hospital Dr. Sean Kay 14036 E. Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90605 email@example.com www.macythomas.com Macy & Thomas Veterinary Hospital is a well-established, full-service, small animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care. They provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. The facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-hospital surgery suite, in-house x-ray and ultrasound capabilities, a closely supervised hospitalization area and indoor boarding kennels with outdoor walking areas. At Macy & Thomas Veterinary Hospital, they strive to offer not only sound advice, but also optimal veterinary care, thus allowing you the enjoyment of your companion for a maximum number of years. Their job is not only to treat your pet when he or she isn't feeling well, but also to help you learn how to keep your best friend happy and healthy! Referred by Susie Ausdal, Union Bank, Ambassador of the Year
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