Looking Forward to 2017

The chamber board is excited for 2017!  We have been working diligently on rebuilding the Oakley Chamber and getting more businesses involved.  This year we will be hosting a Chamber Mixer the second Wedensday of each month.  I am proud to say our mixer calendar is full and we are now booking mixers for next year.  Hosting a mixer is a great way to welcome others to your business and showcase what you do. It is a great way to network becasue its not just who you know, its who others know.

We also have some great events coming up such as our 3rd Annual Wine and Whiskey dinner at La Grande Event Center on April 29th, 2017.  Tickets go on sale February 1st to chamber members only, then on February 15th to the general public. There will be hors d’ oeuvers, wine and whiskey tasting, buffet dinner, cigar bar, dessert bar, and a live band and dancing.  There is a limited amount of seating so please get your tickets ASAP.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with all of our events this year, if interested please contact the chamber office at 925-625-1035.

We will be doing coffee and donuts with Mayor Higgins quarterly, however to fill in on the monthly Saturdays she is not there we will be having other speakers come in.  These will be at the Oakley Senior Center and we are looking for businesses that would like to sponsor the Coffee and Donuts, so if you have a home based business and would like to get your name out there this is a great opportunity. Please keep watch for this announcement as the first one will be in March. If interested in sponsoring coffee and donuts give the office a call 925-625-1035

We have some other exciting events coming up this year so watch your emails, our web page and our our Facebook page for announcements. If you are not on our email list and want to be. Ask us by emailing us at [email protected]

Also just to reminding you the Chamber does ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies. If you are new to our community or just moved your location why not let everyone know. give us a call or drop us an email.

 

Join Us for the Citizen of the Year Awards at the June 25th City Council Meeting

We’d like to thank all the people and institutions that helped us get the word out about nominations for the Citizen of the Year Awards, including Mayor Kevin Romick, the Oakley Press, and the City of Oakley.

Last year’s Chamber Board made the decision to cancel the Citizen of the Year Awards dinner due to lack of community participation. The Chamber sent out more than 11,000 nomination forms and received fewer than 10 nominations. The demographics of Oakley have changed, and many people do not know their neighbors, or have energy to spare to consider who might merit such an award. It seemed unlikely that anyone outside the immediate families of the winners would attend an awards banquet.

This year’s Board of Directors felt strongly that even if participation was low and indications were that a banquet would not be financially viable, there are people in Oakley who deserve public recognition for the contributions they make to the community. We set up an online nomination form in addition to distributing paper forms at Councilmember Burgis’ new Nonprofit Roundtable meetings and at other Chamber events.

Participation remained low, but all of the nominees were extremely worthy people, so even though there were not many nominees to choose from, the choice was not easy.

We will be presenting the awards at the beginning of the June 25th City Council Meeting. We want the winners to get the maximum possible public recognition, and recent experience suggests that the winners would get less attention than they deserved if we required their friends and families to pay $40/per person to attend a banquet during a recession.

Please join us on June 25th to honor these members of our community who have given their time and energy to help their fellow residents and make Oakley a better place to live. As with all City Council Meetings, the event is free and open to the public.

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.

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.