Committees

Overview

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 actionto 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.

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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.

Committees and Programs

If your interested in any of the following committees please contact the chamber office at 562/944-1616.

Ambassadors

Ambassadors

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.
Sign Up for this Committee
Chairperson:  Scott Radcilffe, Rad Custom Signs

BEPN (Business Emergency Preparedness Network)

The BEPN is a volunteer committee of business people in Santa Fe Springs and is designed to prepare businesses to respond in emergency situations.  The network provides training, organizational guidance, and helps businesses develop their own formal emergency plans.  This program is run in conjunction with the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santa Fe Springs.  Information on current BEPN activities are scheduled periodically.
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Chairperson:  Curtis Mello, HERAEUS

Business Expo

This committee plans and organizes the Annual Business Expo which is held in September at Heritage Park.  
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Chairperson:  Hector Castillo, El Aviso Magazine

CHOICES®

You can make a difference in the lives of our young people by spending 2 hours of your time talking to high school students about choices. Volunteers lead an interactive seminar designed to help high school students realize that the choices they make today will impact their future. 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. 
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Chairperson:  ____________________

Citizenship Awards

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:  Lon H. Records, Argi-Turf Distributing, LLC

Destiny Dinner

This committee plans and coordinates the annual Youth Enrichment Fund Dinner (YEF).  The proceeds fund YEF youth activities such as the mentoring program, CHOICES seminars, the $20,0000 Destiny Scholarship program and more.  Duties include selecting event location, menu, dinner attendance, soliciting for Silent and Live auction items and monetary donations.  Meetings are scheduled as needed beginning in December.
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Chairperson:  Jeff Winkler, BreitBurn Energy

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 throughout the year.
Chairperson: Mike Foley, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc.

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.  
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Chairperson:  Chamber Staff

Golf

This committee organizes the Annual Golf Classic, which is held in the spring.  The committee meets in the winter/spring as needed. 
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Chairperson:  Dino Torres, City of Santa Fe Springs

Mentor Program

We are looking for business people who have a desire to provide young people with support, counsel, friendship and constructive examples.  Through structured activities such as Job Shadow Day and Business Breakfasts, students get 'hands on' exposure to reliable role models in a professional environment while developing  interpersonal skills and learning about life and business. The Mentor Program is a 9-month structured program running September through May.

As part of the mentoring program, business professionals donate as little as a few hours 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. 
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Chairperson:  Vera Mendoza, Universal Waste Systems, Inc.

RCA/Legislative Forum

This is a regional coalition of chambers which meets to discuss legislative issues at the State and Federal level which can potentially impact business.  The following chambers currently participate on this committee:  Norwalk, Pico Rivera, 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.
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Chairperson:  Patricia Kotze, Diversified Risk Management, Inc.

Women in Business

Various programs and events held periodically geared to the personal and professional development of women.  
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Chairperson:  Claudia Fimbres, Bluemoom Productions

Youth Education

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. 
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Chairperson:  Toni Grijalva, Cerritos College