December 2014 - Nipomo Chamber of Commerce
THE CHAT Holiday Edition
The mission of the Nipomo
Chamber of Commerce is to
promote the civic, economic,
agricultural, educational, &
social welfare of Nipomo.
Nipomo Chamber of
239 W. Tefft St.
Nipomo, CA 93444
INSIDE THE CHAT
Meet Our Ambassadors
New and Renewing Members
2015 Mixer Schedule
Networking with the Chamber
Ambassador Feature Page
Mission Statement: The Ambassadors Club of the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce
will reach out and connect with Chamber members, prospective members and members of the community explaining the benefits and contributions that the Chamber of
Commerce provides to the community. They will act as official greeters at Chamber
functions, and will solicit, welcome, and interact with other community organizations.
Meet the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team
Mesa Design Group
Healing Touch Day Spa
Valley Farm Supply
Wallick and Volk
Sure Mortgage Solutions
Discovery Dining/SLOCO Data
Healing Touch Day Spa
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Smith’s Alarms & Electronics
All mixers for 2014 are booked and everything for 2015 is booked except for October 2015!
Contact the Chamber office to reserve the last spot in 2015!.
If you would like to join this exciting team of Ambassadors or would like to discuss how to
better promote your business through the Chamber, please call the Chamber office at
805 929-1583 (M~F 9am-5pm) or Email the office at: [email protected]
Our New and Renewing Members!
Executive Vice President
Dave Nilsen ………..…541-6500
Obispo Wealth Management
Thank you to our new and renewing
members for your continued support of the
fastest growing Chamber on the
Smith’s Alarm and Electronics
Immediate Past President
Rudy Stowell ………..931-0512
Healing Touch Day Spa
Healing Touch Day Spa
MESA VETERINARY HOSPITAL
NIPOMO FARMERS’ MARKET
JACK’S HELPING HAND, INC.
CENTRAL COAST PROPERTY MGMT
ECONOMIC VITALITY CORP
KALEIDOSCOPE INN & GARDENS
GREG NESTER CONSTRUCTION
KELLER WILLIAMS—ROBIN O’HARA
NIPOMO AREA RECREATION ASSOC
THE CITY CHURCH
2015 MIXER SCHEDULE
Feb 12/2015 – Trilogy
March 12/2015 – Wells Fargo
April 9/2015 – Healing Touch
May 14/2015- Burrola Financial
June 11/2015 –Field to Table
July 9/2015 – RaBobank
August 13/2015 – Dana Adobe
Sept 10/2015 – Century 21
Oct 8/2015 – Home Based Business
Nov 12/2015 – Nipomo Properties
Dec 2015 – Tri Chamber
More than 400 turkey dinners were served to
any and all who showed up at the Nipomo
Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday
At least 100 volunteers from virtually every
Nipomo civic organization, youth group and
church prepared and served the meals in St.
Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Hall.
"Oh, my gosh, it was awesome," said Deb
Geaslen, who helped the late 4th District Supervisor Paul Teixeira organize the first Community
Thanksgiving Dinner four years ago.
"We had almost 400 people last year, and this
year we exceeded that by a few," she said. "Last year, they trickled in over the afternoon. But this year, everyone
was lined up at the door a half hour before we were ready to serve.
"We had crowded tables up to about 3:30, and we planned to stop serving at 4," she added.
In addition to the 400 full meals served in the parish hall, another 40 dinners were delivered to homebound seniors, and still more were distributed to other needy and homeless people, Geaslen said.
"We had more people than last year because I think word is getting out about it," said Richard Malvarose, one of
the volunteers who helped put on the dinner.
"The community has a misconception that this is for disadvantaged people," Malvarose said. "But really it's for
everyone. It's for the whole community.
"We had people from all walks of life, from little babies to seniors," he said. "It's a chance for people to see each
other, sit down and talk."
All the food is donated, as is all the labor to cook and serve it as well as to prepare the hall and clean up afterward.
"You name an organization, they were there," Malvarose said, adding Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian was
among those who helped serve food.
Geaslen said Golden State Water Co. donated 52 turkeys through its Operation Gobble program. Volunteers
roasted 28 of those and barbecued another 10.
The rest were given to Nipomo Food Basket and Nipomo Senior Center to help feed the needy.
She noted this year the table decorations were sold to benefit Nipomo Food Basket and raised between $600 and
November 23, 2014 6:40 pm • Mike Hodgson [email protected]
OLDE TOWNE NIPOMO ASSOCIATION
The Olde Towne Nipomo Association is a 501(c)4 public
benefit non-profit corporation that was created to
revitalize and care for the historic downtown commercial
corridor district located in the community of Nipomo and
provide a safe environment for those who live, work and
visit. The Association reviews all architectural plans and
advises the County of San Luis Obispo on issues such as
land use pertaining the Olde Towne Nipomo area. The
Association worked with the County to facilitate the
enhancement of the historic downtown (Tefft Street and
Thompson) by road widening, installation of traffic signals,
curb, gutters and sidewalks storm drainage, street lighting
and bus stops as well as other beautification projects to
provide a traffic and pedestrian friendly place. Major
fundraisers and activities for the Association include the
Annual Luau, a Beer, Beans and Bluegrass Festival, and
Christmas in Nipomo. The Olde Towne Nipomo
Association meets every Wednesday from 12-1 pm at the
Pi-Whole Pizza restaurant.
Supervisor Caren Ray, 4th District Supervisor San Luis Obispo County
Hello Nipomo ChamberThe holiday season is well underway, and it’s hard to believe it’s December already. Time flies so fast
these days! It seems like I’m still counting my Thanksgiving blessings as I transition to pulling the Christmas decorations out of the attic. I’m excited for the holidays, as always. People just seem to come together. Maybe it’s the lights…
Many people dislike the commercial aspect of Christmas. But as Chamber members, we are the ones who
often rely upon the season to get us into the black and on to the next year. My family owned toy stores,
where 80% of the year’s business was done between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I didn’t see my father
during that time unless I went to work with him (which I loved to do). It was a huge part of my upbringing, and how I learned the values of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. I never had negative feelings
about the season. Rather, it was an opportunity to spend time with my dad, work hard with other great employees, and learn about what it takes to run a business. If that meant “Christmas” was on the 27th, then
so be it.
All those years working alongside my dad were some of the best times of my childhood. I didn’t play with
the toys. I organized shelves. I assembled things. I used the price gun to place a tag perfectly on the bottom right corner of every box (before UPC codes! Remember that?). I wrapped purchases quickly as people waited, making sure to get the corners just right and the ribbons perfectly centered. I answered phones
and helped customers find just the right gift. I didn’t get paid for any of this. It’s just what we did as a
Those who have not run businesses don’t understand this in a real sense. They understand it academically,
but not emotionally. It takes a special kind of confidence to rely upon ourselves, and only ourselves, for a
job. Our successes, and our failures, are all ours. And there’s nothing that compares to creating something
and having people use and enjoy it. Whether we create a product, or provide a service, or both, when customers use what we’ve created, we get a very special satisfaction. It’s a unique combination of gratitude
that they’ve come to us for something they need, trusting us to solve their problem, and a wish to truly take
care of them to the very best of our ability. There is nothing like that feeling when the customer walks
away grateful. We are helpful at our cores as human beings. Being business owners allows us to tap this
drive, harness it, and rely upon it. I am so grateful to have been brought up with this experience.
I have brought these values to the Supervisor’s office, where I have strived to take care of each and every
person who has crossed my path, regardless of social standing, political party, or complexity of issue.
Helping people solve really tough problems is what being Supervisor is all about. And I’ve used all the
skills that I learned from my dad every single day. My children have been brought up in politics and are
learning the very same values I did, just in a different way. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to
give them that experience. It will shape who they are, just as the toy stores shaped me.
May your holiday season be productive, fulfilling, and profitable. As you reflect on last year and enter
into next, I sincerely hope 2015 is the best ever, and your businesses thrive. And most of all, I wish you
countless days of watching customers walk out the door feeling like they got just what they needed.
Glad to have been of service to you, Caren
Upcoming Chamber Events
NO LUNCHEON SCHEDULED FOR
Thurs, December 11th
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
239 West Tefft Street
Lucia Mar Unified School District
Board of Education Room, Open Session: 7pm
602-G Orchard Street, Arroyo Grande
Nipomo Area Senior Center
200 E. Dana Street, Nipomo
Potluck meetings every 3rd Wednesday at 1pm; ongoing functions, rentals available with kitchen, contact center at 929-1615.
Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD)
148 South Wilson Street, Nipomo
Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 9am, www.ncsd.ca.gov
Kiwanis Club of Nipomo
Hideout Coffee Shop 338 West Tefft Street
Meets 1st & 3rd Friday at 12pm Contact Becky at 929-1288
Nipomo Rotary Club
Meets every Wednesday at 7am, Cypress Ridge Pavilion
1050 Cypress Ridge Parkway, Arroyo Grande
Nipomo Lions Club
Meets 1st Thursday at 8am, Blacklake Golf Resort
Meets 3rd Thursday at 6:30pm, Community Center Blacklake
Meets every 2nd Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Nipomo Chamber
Community Room. Contact Richard at (805) 868-7951
This mixer is hosted by
Pismo, Arroyo Grande and
PLEASE BRING A NEW UNWRAPPED
TOY TO DONATE
FOR TOYS FOR TOTS
FEBRUARY 2015 MIXER
Thurs, February 12th
Olde Towne Nipomo Association
Every Wednesday Noon at Pi-Whole Pizza
Nipomo Arts Commission (NAC)
Meets every 4th Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Blacklake
Community Room. Call 723-1306 for info.
South County Advisory Council
Meets the 4th Monday at 6:30pm at the NCSD Building
Friends of the Nipomo Library (FONL)
Meets every 2nd Wednesday at 1:30pm at the Nipomo Library
The Nipomo Farmer’s Market is held every Sunday 11:30am to
2:30pm at The Trilogy Housing Development near the Bistro.
Ask Amber about the various benefits
available to our members including:
Use of the Conference Room
Reduced Pricing on FAX / copier use
President’s Circle Sponsors
Primary care, Pediatrics, Women’s Health
And Optometry: M-F 8-6
Dental: M-F 8-7, Sat 8-4:30
150 Tejas Pl. ● Nipomo, CA 93444 ● (808) 929-3211
For information on becoming a Platinum, President’s Circle or Major Sponsor, please call Amber at 929-1583.
Mixers are held the second THURSDAY of each month, from 5 to 7pm.
Thursday, December 11th — Tri Chamber Mixer
Tuesday Morning Toast Third Tuesday of every Month at Cowgirl Café
December 16th from 8 am to 9 am
Luncheons are always the fourth Thursday of each month from 11:45am to
1:00pm. Location subject to change.
NO LUNCHEON IN DECEMBER
YOUR BUSINESS CARD
ONLY $150 PER YEAR
1150 Osos Street Suite 207
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Fax (805) 549-3400
State Capitol Room 4098
Sacramento, CA 95814
Advertising in “The Chat”
Rates to advertise in The Chat, your Chamber Newsletter are as follows: $150 per year for a business card size
ad: $400 per year for a quarter page ad: or $500 per year for a half page ad: $1,000 per year for a full page ad:
$45 per month or $450 per year for any flyer inserted, plus providing the flyers to the Chamber office. Flyers need
to be delivered to the Chamber office by the 8th of each month for the following month.
These are bargain basement prices, please take advantage of them.
’Tis always the season to save water. Double your water savings this winter by shutting down your irrigation system and making changes to your landscape that will save water and money next summer.
Winter is the perfect time to plant along the Central Coast. Mild temperatures make the digging easier
and help new plants become established. Rainfall — please, let’s have some rainfall! — helps minimize
the water needs of new plantings.
If planted in the early winter, most drought-tolerant and native plants will need supplemental water for
The following year’s winter rains will help the plants become firmly established, and infrequent watering, at most, will be all that is needed from then on.
Without spending any money, many homeowners could significantly reduce the amount of water used in
Overwatering of landscapes is surprisingly common, and the well-drained soils in our area mask indications of overwatering.
By spending some time getting familiar with your landscape and irrigation system, you could reduce watering and save money while maintaining the appearance of your current landscape.
I have spoken to customers who ask, “How many times a week should I be watering my established
drought-tolerant native plants?” My answer is: “Zero for the next five months, and next summer give
them a good soak once a month — maybe twice if the weather is very warm and dry.”
Other customers have expressed concern Nipomo Community Services District’s water is damaging their
lawns because they are watering every day, yet the lawn is not the vibrant green they had last summer.
I explained that many grass types go dormant or semi dormant in the winter. That results in a more yellow tone of green and slow to no growth.
That also means lawns need little to no water this time of year and can be mowed less frequently as well.
During this drought, you should continue to consider reducing the water demands of your landscape —
either by changes in your watering patterns or landscape type or both.
There is a great deal of information on the NCSD website and other local and online sources regarding
water-use efficiency and converting to low-water-use landscapes.
If you need some help getting started, call the district, and our staff will help point you in a waterconserving direction.
Michael LeBrun is the general manager of the Nipomo Community Services District. He can be reached
by calling 929-1133 or by email at [email protected]
Contact us at 929-1583 today about this exciting
new Non-Profit Organization
“This organization will act to support and promote the underserved businesses and residents in the unincorporated areas of
Southern San Luis Obispo County. The organization’s primary focus will be to create a safe and productive environment in which
the residents and businesses in the service area can thrive.”
Available in the NEW
Contact the Chamber office
for details! 929-1583
DECEMBER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
South County Holiday Parade
Grover Beach 10:00 am
Chamber Mixer 5-7 pm
Christmas in Nipomo 5 pm
December 13th and 20th
Free Gift Wrapping at the Chamber
Nipomo Rotary Club Community Project
The Rotary Club of Nipomo invites you to join
them in constructing a brand new
community gathering place.
THE ROTARY BANDSTAND
AT NIPOMO REGIONAL PARK
The Nipomo Rotary Bandstand will serve as the
centerpiece for ongoing community events at Nipomo Regional Park such as October Festival, Kids Day and the Easter
Egg Hunt. It will also provide an outstanding venue for
concerts, public and school events.
For more info, contact Ken Whittle at
[email protected] or 805-459-6207.
Sing Along Holiday Concert
Clark Center 4:00 pm
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Madonna Inn 5pm to Midnight
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP =
LOW COST ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES
$45 per Month
$50 per Month
Wall Space in
Ask Amber about the various benefits available to our
Use of the Conference Room
Reduced Pricing on FAX / copier use
E-mail: [email protected]
Sponsored by the Nipomo
Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Speakers Luncheon
Tuesday Morning Toast
Mixers & Ribbon Cuttings
Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser
Nipomo’s Best OctoberFest
Holiday Craft & Gift Boutique
Annual Installation Dinner
Nipomo Chamber Luncheon
NO LUNCHEON in DECEMBER
Join us December 18th for Tuesday
Morning Toast at Pat’s Cowgirl Café on the
corner of Orchard and Division
starting at 8:00 a.m.