Wow we are already completing our fourth month of this fiscal year. This is my seventh year at the Dinuba Chamber of Commerce. Time has flown by! I remember all of the ideas and goals as a newly hired CEO in 2010... some of those ideas were launched and some of those initial goals were achieved, however we are always looking forward and wanting to improve the value and service that we provide to our members and to the business community. At our recent Board Planning meeting the Board all agreed that communication was key, so business visitations, City/Chamber Meetings, Chamber hosted coffees, mixers, and meetings with officials and agencies are being calendared along with Good Morning Dinuba. If you haven't been to a Good Morning Dinuba, please join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8am, check our website for location.
We have had some changes in the office this last year. June Taylor, my administrative assistant, retired in June after 19 years with the Chamber. It was a hard decision, but health issues after a surgery in December 2015 kept her from returning to work. She is now a full time Grandma, enjoying life in Canyon Lakes with her daughters and grandchildren. We wish her well.
Adelita Alejandro came on as a temp in June of this year and was officially hired in September. She has been a great addition to the office, speaking fluent Spanish and being raised in Dinuba, she fits right in, knowing a lot of people who come through the door and being able to help those who speak Spanish and save me a trip next door to ask Sylvia Cantu of Dinuba Glass to translate. We welome her to the Dinuba Chamber family.
The Chamber continues to work on maintaining a social media presence that is updated daily by Addy, keeping information current and fresh. Facebook is utilized to disseminate member and chamber information in a timely way, reaching a broader audience. Check our our facebook page and Like Us! We also brought back the newsletter. Look for it monthly, if you aren't recieving it let us know so we can make sure you are added to the mailing list. Both of these communications are avialable to our members for getting their own message out. Give Addy or I a call and we will be happy to assist you.
Focus on adding value to our membership, helping with Downtown Revitalization and creating marketing strategies and plans to get the Chamber recognized and known as well as continue with developing a Buy Local program, were also hot topics and goals of the Board Planning Meeting held in August.
Our new Chair, Trinidad Rodriguez is hoping to get the Ambassador program going. Vikki Halstead a past board member and awesome community leader has agreed to help us with that. No one knows hospitality or marketing better than Vikki! If you are interested in being an Ambassador call the office and we will get some information out to you. We need business people who can greet, meet, encourage, and network with fellow businesses!
The Chamber has a great Board of Directors representing a broad spectrum of business, education, and civic interests. They are very committed to serving Dinuba businesses and the community. These Community Leaders come with varied backgrounds and skill sets that add to and improve the programs and services being offered by the Chamber of Commerce. All of us are working together to improve the business environment by helping to retain and grow existing businesses, we can attract new businesses and create jobs to strengthen our local economy and improve the living standard of Dinuba.
It has been my sincere priviledge to work for Dinuba and serve as the CEO of the Dinuba Chamber for the past 7 years. I am looking forward to another awesome year with GREAT EXPECTATIONS! Hope you will join the Dinuba Chamber
Sandra Sills, CEO/President