Chair’s Message – July 2017
Happy Summer Greater North County Chamber members! I hope everyone is having a good Summer so far—hard to believe we are about halfway through already. It’s not surprising that time is flying by so quickly, considering how busy the Summer has been for the Chamber. And it is has been a highly productive Summer as well.
Another Chamber Golf Tournament is in the books. We came in slightly under budget, but it isn’t all about money. We had a strong turnout, the weather cooperated, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Thanks to Bill Morrison, Jon Vogt and the committee for the planning and organization of this event. Also thanks to Debbie and Jaime from the Chamber office for their great support.
In other big news, I am very pleased to announce that the Greater North County Chamber Board has hired Venus Martz as President of the Chamber. Venus starts on July 24th and we feel very confident about the future of the Chamber under Venus’ leadership. For those of you who don’t know Venus, she brings great connections and leadership experience to this position. She is highly networked and committed to the development of North County. She just resigned from her position at the Child Crisis Nursery. After meeting with Venus as a Board on several occasions, we feel her experience, demeanor and drive will be a real benefit for all Chamber members. Please join us in welcoming Venus.
As we move into July, there are more big events on the horizon. First of all, please mark your calendars for the Duck Races that will take place at Koch Park on July 29th. It’s a really fun event and if you haven’t attended in the past, consider getting a group together and joining us—you might just pick the winning duck! Check out the Chamber website for more information.
Finally, I also wanted to point out another transition that is coming up. Our long-time friend and Chamber colleague, Debbie Wright, will be retiring at the end of July. Debbie has been a mainstay of leadership and commitment to the Chamber for the past 7 years. She has demonstrated commitment to the end, even extending her planned retirement date while we sorted out the new leadership appointment for the President position. I hope all of you will take a moment between now and the end of the month to drop Debbie a note or give her a call to wish her well as she enters this new phase of her life. I would like to personally thank Debbie for her support and guidance in these last couple of years as I have gotten more involved in Chamber business. Congratulations and Best Wishes, Debbie!