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Susan Crowell

Susan Crowell

As we wrap up a very successful year and look ahead to the next, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce continues to be a progressive voice for business. Our unique partnership with the city and community allows us to pursue and complete projects collectively

that individuals may not be able to accomplish alone.

On June 12, at Azar Event Center, our many volunteers were honored with a “Hats off to Our Members” reception. Our former president, Patty Kotze of Compliance Training Group, wrapped up a very successful year of accomplishments and improvements in all areas of our chamber—including growth in membership. “Hats off to Patty.”

Henry David Thoreau once said “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” That is the case with all of our volunteers. The level of volunteerism and commitment we have within our chamber from people who lead very busy lives is astounding to me. It just comes so naturally to those who love volunteering.

Whether it is being a part of the mentoring program, Choices program, Legislative Forum, Security and Safety, etc., these business men and women give selflessly of their time to participate in making our community a better place to own a business, do business, work or live. My sincere thanks to each of you for all you do.

Over the upcoming weeks, our city and chamber leaders will participate in a workshop to set the agenda for the upcoming year. We will analyze current committees and programs to see if there are ways to make them more efficient and meaningful as well as brainstorming new ideas to assist our members with any and all issues which may affect business in Santa Fe Springs.

I look forward to working with the executive team of Immediate Past President Patty Kotze, Compliance Training Group; President Elect Daniel O’Marah, Starbucks; Vice President of Public Affairs Jennifer Bevington, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles, Norwalk; Vice President of Member Services Teri Bazen, Norwalk/La Mirada Plumbing, Heating and Air; Vice President of the Youth Enrichment Fund Wendy Meador, Tangram Interiors; and Treasurer Liz Buckingham, Friendly Hills Bank.

When you read this, we will have given out scholarships to local students at the annual Destiny Dinner, which serves as one of the fundraising events for our Youth Enrichment Fund.

Through contributions and an auction of items donated by businesses and residents, we add to our fund for next year’s scholarships. My sincere thanks to all who participate in this event each year.

July 1-4, our volunteers will be selling fireworks at Carmenita and Telegraph. The proceeds from these sales will also benefit our scholarship programs as well as mentoring, Choices and Future Business Leaders of America. Don’t miss a chance to stop by to purchase fireworks and/or visit with our volunteers—better yet, come and volunteer with us.

On July 12, we welcome State Senator Bob Archuleta to speak at the Clarke Estate from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Senator Archuleta is a friend of business. He has owned a business, served on city council and as mayor of Pico Rivera over many years.

This event is presented by the Santa Fe Springs, Artesia, Cerritos, Downey, La Mirada, Norwalk, Pico Rivera and Whittier chambers of commerce. Make your reservation now by accessing this event through our chamber website.

If you are not a member of our chamber—please join!

If you are not a volunteer—we certainly welcome your time and expertise!