Committees are the working force of the Chamber. It is in the committees that the real work of the Chamber is accomplished. The Board can direct and propose action to be taken, but without a functioning committee, the directives of the Board of Directors cannot be implemented.
The committee can be only as effective as its Chairperson. The Chairperson is to the committee what a captain is to a ball team -- he/she explains the task, lays out the attack, lines up the team, and insures their operation as the play moves from phase to phase.
The Chairperson provides active leadership, making sure committees carry out assigned activities in the program within the scope of the Program of Work.
Committee Organization and Performance
The purpose of the committees is to achieve the Chamber's goals-- to carry out the Program of Work of the Chamber. Such action brings about community betterment and improvement.
There are three basic committees in the Chamber:
Administrative: These are usually concerned with organization and operational procedures, such as: budget, annual meeting, membership, etc.
Project: These are formed to carry out activity. Examples are: Economic Development, Legislative, Crime Prevention, Business Education, etc.
Study: These committees usually donot take direct action. They are research in nature. They study problems, come up with solutions, recommend solutions to the board. The directors will then ask the committee to implement the solution, or it may form an entirely new committee to implement the solution.
This is a committee that plans networking events and includes coordinating and participating in monthly business card exchanges, open houses, ribbon cuttings and our yearly trade show. Committee meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday.
Chairperson: Carolyn Reggio, CAPC, Inc.
Annual Destiny Dinner & Scholarship
This committee plans and coordinates the Annual Destiny Dinner and Scholarship Auction which funds the $20,000 Destiny Fund Scholarship program. Duties include selecting location of the event, menu, dinner attendance, soliciting for auction items for the Silent and Live auctions and monetary donations. The Chamber's Immediate Past President chairs the committee. Committee meets monthly beginning in November. Sign Up for this Committee
Chairperson: Jim Cusick, Shaw Diversified Services, Inc.
This is a dynamic interactive decision-making seminar that is presented to high school students. It deals with motivation, time management, academic decisions and career consequences. The program stresses self-discipline as the "key to success."
Presenters are from the local community and volunteers give their time and energy to the CHOICES® program. The Santa Fe Springs Chamber performs background checks, trains all presenters and provides a program kit which is returned at the end of the program year. Sign Up for this Committee
Chairperson: Kimberly Sawyer, Tangram Interiors
This committee selects two recipients annually for this award; one from the business/professional community and the other representing the residential community. Committee is active August through December. Limited Membership.
Chairperson: Michael Aguilar, Michael Aguilar & Associates
Economic Development Forum
This program is a joint Chamber-City coordination designed to attract new businesses to the city of Santa Fe Springs as well as communicate current trends and influences at work within the local economic environment. Forums are scheduled.
Chairperson: Susan West, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Future Business Leaders
The Future Business Leaders program provides leadership training for high school students already excelling at the local high school. For one year, high school juniors and seniors shadow the Chamber's business volunteers and become involved in a committee by area of interest. Students become active committee members and are prepared to become future leaders.
This committee organizes the annual golf tournament which is held in the spring. The committee meetings are scheduled as needed. Sign Up for this Committee
Chairperson: Ted Spaseff
The goal of the program is to provide students close, personal contact with leaders of the business community. As part of the mentoring program, business professionals donate as little as one day a month toward the development of a Santa Fe High School junior. Mentor responsibilities are very few in number and for complete details click here. The Santa Fe Springs Chamber performs background checks. Sign Up for this Committee
Chairperson: Carolyn Sagara, Target Specialty Products
This is a regional coalition of chambers which meets to discuss legislative issues at the state and federal level whichcan potentially impact business. The following chambers currently participate onthis committee: Norwalk, PicoRivera, La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier. Representing the business community, committee members visit our state capitol annually. Meetings are held the second Friday of the month. Sign Up for this Committee
Chairperson: Patricia Kotze, Diversified Risk Management, Inc.
Security & Safety/BEPN
SECURITY & SAFETY: This quarterly briefing communicates relevant safety-related information and offers forum to Santa Fe Springs businesses through which issues regarding safety and emergency preparedness can be addressed. Any interested person can attend a Security & Safety briefing. Briefings are scheduled in the following months: January, April, July, and October
BEPN TASK FORCE: The BEPN (Business Emergency Preparedness Network) is a coalition of volunteers assembled primarily from businesses within the Santa Fe Springs community. It does not meet regularly, but participates in various training courses and emergency preparedness drills throughout the year. Information on current BEPN activities are communicated at quarterly Security & Safety briefings. BEPN participation requires application and acceptance by the Steering Committee. Sign Up for this Committee
Chairperson: Bill Woyshner, Shaw Diversified Services, Inc.
The purpose of this committee is to coordinate partnerships between the business and educational communities of Santa Fe Springs, in order to enhance the educational programs. Committee meets first Thursday of the month. Sign Up for this Committee
Chairperson: Jeanie McHatton, Whittier College