Archives for February 2013

Non-profit Roundtable Meets Feb 19th

Councilmember Diane Burgis convened a non-profit roundtable at City Hall on February 19th, and invited the Oakley Chamber. Directors Darci Bowen, Shirley Darling, Stefan Didak, and Wendy Lou Turner attended along with President Sallie Goetsch and Vice President Jimmy d’Amico. The other Oakley non-profits present were Loaves and Fishes, Oakley Seniors, East County Little League, St. Anthony’s, La Clinica, Relay for Life, New Lifeline Ministries, Animal Rescue Recon, Ebenezer Community Church, and Locally Oakley.

The meeting identified common purposes among several groups (e.g. offering meals and other services for the homeless) and a widespread interest in cooperation among groups. Besides possible opportunities for collaboration, the subject of interest to most people was fundraising, followed by volunteer/leader development.

The group will continue to meet once a month. Other non-profits are encouraged to participate, but for now the roundtable is restricted to groups based in or serving Oakley, to make the meetings manageable.

The Oakley Chamber is definitely interested in continuing to participate, both to because we need to explore fundraising and volunteer options for ourselves and because we want to support local non-profits. (Non-profits that need publicity and an online presence should definitely consider becoming chamber members.)

There should be some kind of mailing list or online community for roundtable participants soon.

The members of this group seem like a good source of nominations for Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, since they are sure to have many members who have contributed greatly to the Oakley community.

Hook Line & Sinker


The Oakley Chamber is pleased to welcome Hook, Line, and Sinker back as members. The Continente family are long-time Oakley residents

Hook, Line, and Sinker is well known in the community for hosting the Annual Kids Fishing Derby in Oakley and the bass tournaments on Bethel Island.

Visit the HookProShop website for specials or take a handgun safety class at their Oakley store.

Chamber and City Plan Downtown Event

Members of the Oakley Chamber of Commerce are meeting with Lindsey Bruno and Cindy Coelho of the City of Oakley Recreation Division on February 12th to discuss plans for a downtown event on Main Street in September 2013. (The exact date depends in part on the date of Pittsburg’s Seafood Festival, as we want to avoid a conflict.)

The event, which does not yet have a name, will have a water and wine theme. The Oakley Chamber will be in charge of the beer and wine booth. Stay tuned for more details.

Topic for 2013 Freedom High Scholarship: Oakleypedia

Freedom High School (image from City of Oakley site until we take our own photo)

The topic for this year’s Freedom High Scholarship essay contest is “Oakley’s History.” Specifically, we’re asking students to write an entry for the “Oakleypedia” that we want to launch. Each essay should describe a historically significant person, place, or business in Oakley. Oakley founder R. G. Marsh would be a good subject, but so would Enrico Cinquini, the rise and decline of the almond industry, the history of the Oakley Hotel building, the history Spanish and/or Portuguese immigration into Oakley, and how and why Oakley became a city. Essays should cite multiple sources, including photos, interviews, newspaper articles, and books.

If you are a Freedom High senior enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at a four-year college, two-year community college, or vocational school for Fall 2013, you are eligible to win this $500 scholarship, payable to your academic institution.

Download an application form.

Larry Jones Doors

Larry Jones was a member of the Oakley Chamber in years past, but had to take some time off due to family issues. He attended the Website Preview Dinner in January and was impressed enough to join again.

Since that time, Larry has become an active member: he attended the February Breakfast with the Mayor and the March Breakfast with the Mayor, and the March Mixer as well.

We’re still waiting for some photos to put on the Larry Jones Doors member profile page, though, because Larry doesn’t have a website. This photo is from the Liftmaster website: Larry is a Liftmaster garage door opener dealer.

Liftmaster Garage Door Opener Ad