Pirates of the Coachella Valley A Swashbuckling Networking Success!

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					                                             THE INDIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS COMMITTED TO:
                                                                                                                                         East Valley Business • November 2007 Page 1

                        • Creating a strong local economy • Promoting the community • Providing networking opportunities
                            • Representing the interests of business with government • Political action • Making referrals

VOLUME 14 NO. 11                                   • THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE INDIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE •                                                            November 2007

Indio Chamber Working to Create                                                                       Pirates of the Coachella
A Strong Local Economy                                                                                Valley A Swashbuckling
                                                                                                      Networking Success!
By Anita Kramer, Chamber CEO
                                                       • Encouraging members and residents to
                                                     do business with local Indio businesses.
                                                       • Referrals given to members as first
                                                       • The website promotes member
                                                     businesses to the community & visitors.
                                                       • Educational forums are provided
                                                     throughout the year in addition to the
                                                     monthly Mayor’s Networking Breakfast
                                                     where keynote speakers cover a variety of
                                                     pertinent business topics.
                                                       • Other educational events include the

                                                     BizNet Business Symposium and Annual
    n the October issue of the East Valley           Labor Law Workshop.
    Business News you learned the Board                • To showcase local businesses, the
    of Directors met at their annual retreat         Chamber sponsors the annual BizNet
to review the Chamber’s body of work as it           Business Expo in conjunction with the            What a bunch of scallywags…Sharon and John Ferrelli, Deborah McGarrey, Jim and Linda
                                                     chambers of Coachella and La Quinta.             Harrison and Michael McGarrey.
relates to what the membership has told us
they expect from their Chamber. Over the               • Partnering with SCORE (Counselors                                                           plenty of booty! Over 60 items were on
                                                                                                      By Chamber Staff
next six months you will see an overview             to America's Small Business) to bring                                                           display for pillagin’ and purchasin’, not to
of all six core competencies that will drive         practical, business training to members                                                         mention the four incredible Live Auction
the Chamber’s body of work this fiscal year.         who may need assistance with a business             Alas! All ye scallywags, wenches and        items, which generated a handsome booty
The first of the six is: Creating a strong local     plan or how to obtain financing.                 rascals, the “Pirates of the Coachella         for the Chamber.
economy. In a recent survey of members,                • Partnering with the Coachella Valley         Valley” annual fall FunRaiser turned out to       The event took place October 13 at
82% tell us this is extremely important for the      Enterprise Zone to help Indio area businesses,   be a swashbuckling success. Pirates were       Empire Polo Club’s Hacienda del Toro.
Chamber to do and ranks as the number one            small or large, to potentially save thousands    treated to an evening of great provisions      Guests were encouraged to dress up (and
reason why members join the Chamber.                 of dollars through reduction of State Income     served up by Carlos Johnson of CJ’s            did they dress up) and those who needed
   The Indio Chamber of Commerce                     Tax through Hiring Credit Incentives where       Catering, Pirate Punch and plenty of rum,      a little help were offered eye patches,
promotes the local economy in a multitude            qualified employees can be worth up to           fabulous sounds provided by Captain Craig      necklaces, tattoos and more to get into
of ways that include the following activities.       $32,000 in tax credits over five years to        Michaels of Musical Affair, Pirates, and       character. Over 260 scallywags attended
Many more will be developed to expand on             employers.
meeting this objective:                                The Indio Chamber is dedicated to                                                                           Continued on page 5
                                                     helping your business grow and making
                                                     your community a great place to do
    Inside this Issue                                business. Watch for some of these business
                                                     enhancement benefits in the months
                                                                                                                Voices of Indio Business
                  PAGE 2
          Battin: Flawed System?                       • Shop local programs;
                                                       • Member-to-member discount                                                                            "The Indio Chamber has been
                  PAGE 3
                                                     programs;                                                                                               a great asset for Club Achilles
    Busy Month at the Indio Chamber
                                                       • Business best practices seminars;                                    Craig Geraci                         in a variety of ways. Just
            of Commerce
                                                       • Supporting business-friendly                                         President                          as any new business in the
                  PAGE 4                             candidates;                                                                                                    desert, Club Achilles was
         Southwest Arts Festival®
                                                                                                                              Club Achilles Luxury
                                                       • Leadership programs.                                                                                seeking name recognition and
                  PAGE 5                               At the Indio Chamber we’re all about
                                                                                                                              Indoor Golf Club                   support from others within
            "Pirates" FunRaiser                      business….and we’re taking steps every                                                                   its nearby communities. Our
                  PAGE 6                             day to create a strong local economy for                                                                    membership with the Indio
               Business Profile                      the entire business community.                                                                          Chamber has not only yielded
                  PAGE 8                               Next month the focus will be on                                                                         the support we were in need
       Chamber Committee Reports                     Core Competency #2: Promoting the                                                                        of, but has helped us to align
                                                     Community.                                                                                                 with other businesses in the
                                                                                                                                                               desert thereby strengthening
                                                                                                                                                            the Indio business community.
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                GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS                                                                                PUBLIC AFFAIRS/POLITICS
Special Session: Will A Flawed                                                                        Governor Signs Six Bills to Provide Flood Safety
                                                                                                        Sealing a compromise between                   bills designed to force cities and counties to
System Produce Flawed Results?                                                                        environmentalists and builders, Gov.
                                                                                                      Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation
                                                                                                                                                       consider flood risks in the planning process
                                                                                                                                                       without imposing a strict moratorium, a

By Senator Jim Battin                                                                                 to phase in growth restrictions in flood-        previous sticking point for builders.
            hile this is usually the time of       capable of producing flawed results. It is         prone areas throughout the Central Valley.                                    Sacramento Bee
            year when business owners              similar to expecting to have a beautifully         The Republican governor approved six
            and citizens throughout the            manicured lawn when using a dilapidated
state breathe a sigh of relief because
the state legislature is out of session and
                                                   mower with dull blades. What you get in            Consumer Protection Bill Could Cost Retailers
                                                   reality are results that are so patchy and
can’t do any more harm until January,                                                                   Critics, however, contend that the             unions of a potential breach — creating a
                                                   lopsided that even your neighbors are
the Governor has called a ‘special                                                                    incentive structure doesn’t make sense           strong incentive to report even the most
session’ to deal with two issues: water            harmed by diminished property values.
                                                                                                      because if a business abides by the security     minor problems, such as an unsecured
and health care. Much like our broken                Bottom line – even when the legislature
                                                                                                      standards and is hacked anyway, it still         computer being left on when the cleaning
budget process, the Governor and the               follows protocol and properly studies,
                                                                                                      “may” be on the hook for notification and        crew comes in.
legislative leadership will get together           deliberates and debates legislation, we
                                                                                                      replacement costs. Currently, merchants
on the details and then present their              are still faced with the very real danger                                                                            Orange County Register
‘solution’ to the full legislature for                                                                don’t incur any costs when notifying credit
                                                   of unintended consequences. When we
a stamp of approval. Unfortunately,                waive the rules – as in a special session
what this creates is a process devoid of           – we further run the risk of producing a
                                                                                                      Governor Kills Bill Seeking to Close Loophole in
debate and an honest exchange of ideas
within the legislature. In essence, we
                                                   product that not only will never work, but         Open-Meeting Law
have taken what is supposed to be                  may even become harmful to those it is
                                                   intended to help.                                     Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed         communications to skirt open-meeting
a deliberative body and reduced the
dialogue to three words – yes, no and                For my part during this special session,         a bill that attempted to prevent city councils   requirements.
abstain.                                           I will insist on practical and sensible            and other local government boards from                          Associated Press in the
                                                   solutions based on logical conclusions             using a series of private meetings or
  Don’t get me wrong, these are two very                                                                                                                                 North County Times
important issues and that is precisely why         rather than simply accepting a politically
they deserve thoughtful, prudent and               expedient compromise so we can tell voters
well-reasoned solutions. However, I am             that we actually did something.                      HUMAN RESOURCES/HEALTH & SAFETY
concerned that a flawed system is only
                                                                                                      Judge Blocks Worker ID Rule
                                                                                                        A federal judge ruled that the government      decision comes after labor, civil liberties
        FROM THE GAPP COMMITTEE                                                                       cannot use mismatched Social Security            and immigrants’ rights groups filed a
                                                                                                      data to root out illegal immigrants from the     lawsuit to stop the department from using
By Chairman Mark Harner, Pacific Western Bank                                                         workforce, declaring that such enforcement       Social Security “no-match” letters for

                                                                                                      actions would do “irreparable harm to            immigration enforcement.
          nce a month the All Valley City          featuring the common characteristics of being      innocent workers and employers.” The                                     Los Angeles Times
          Chambers of Commerce Legislative         business capable plus offering a unique resort
          Committee meets to discuss               lifestyle to its residents.
governmental and public policy affairs of             CVEP approaches its mission by utilizing
                                                                                                      Workers' Comp Cuts Beat Estimate
mutual interest. The City Chamber members          its team of investors, community leaders,
are Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indio,     consultants and staff. The Coachella Valley           California’s massive overhaul of the          reveals cuts in medical fees, limits on
La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and           Economic Partnership will market, facilitate       state-run workers’ compensation system           treatment and revamped benefit payments
Rancho Mirage. Coachella and Indian Wells          and provide economic information to its            has slashed billions of dollars more in          have carved $14.5 billion from the state-
attend on a non-voting basis.                      clients, investors and community for additional    benefits and medical costs than anticipated      run program.
   The Indio Chamber of Commerce has three         economic opportunity for all residents and         by the insurance industry. A new study                                    Sacramento Bee
representatives on the All Valley City Chambers    businesses. CVEP recognizes and celebrates
of Commerce Legislative Committee: Anita           individual community economic identity,
Kramer, CEO; Mark Harner, Pacific Western          competition and interest through our values of
                                                                                                      Wellness vs. Privacy: Companies Health Surveys Get
Bank and Nancy Madson, Seawright Custom            relationship building, shared vision and ethics.   Cool Reception
Precast.                                           CVEP will expand and diversify the regional
   Though the chambers and cities are diverse,     economy of the Coachella Valley without              Employers may offer incentives, such           don’t. Workers at risk for health problems
which is a strength, we all have one major         comprising each community’s integrity and          as gift certificates or lower premium            are generally referred to a program, such as
question---what will our Coachella Valley          quality of life.                                   contributions, to entice employees to take       smoking cessation or weight control.
look like in the years to come and what will          The targeted industries for CVEP and the        the tests - and higher health costs if they                        San Francisco Chronicle
that mean for business.                            future of our area are healthcare, recreation,
   At the October meeting of the All Valley, we    multimedia, education and advanced
were presented with a picture of the future, the
challenges and opportunities ahead by John
                                                   technologies. The goal is to bring well paying
                                                   jobs and continue to have clean industry in our
Souliere, new President/CEO of the Coachella       Valley.
Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), a                 Underlying the success of this march into the
private, non-profit economic development           future is the necessity of a skilled and trained   Record Exports Help Push Trade Deficit to Lowest
corporation.                                       workforce. CVEP and its members are strong
   CVEP is an economic partnership comprised       supporters of our growing educational system       Level in Seven Months
of members/investors from the nine valley          from the grade school level to university.
                                                                                                        The U.S. trade deficit fell to the lowest      down slightly following a string of high-
cities, the county and 122 private businesses         You’ll be hearing more and more from CVEP
                                                                                                      level in seven months, helped by record-         profile recalls.
and entities working together to market            in the coming months as our Valley continues to
the Coachella Valley as a prime business           grow and mature. For more information visit        high sales of American products and the                             Associated Press in the
destination. The charge is to promote the          CVEP’s website at                    declining value of the dollar. The deficit                        San Diego Union-Tribune
uniqueness of each city in the Valley while                                                           with China declined as imports edged

                        BUSINESS UPDATE                                                               Little Firms May Face Big Penalties
                                                                                                        Heads up if you own a small retail             Equalization, which issues the permits and
                                                                                                      shop: The state of California may come           collects the taxes. The resulting loss in tax
Extended Hours and New Exhibits for                                                                   knocking on your door looking for your           revenue adds up to about $344 million a
                                                                                                      seller’s permit. About 33,000 businesses         year, according to the board.
Coachella Valley Museum
                                                                                                      in California are selling without that little                             Los Angeles Times
                                                                                                      piece of paper, estimates the Board of
       he Coachella Valley Museum and                New permanent exhibits about
       Cultural Center (which houses               community leader Dr. Reynaldo Carreon,
       the restored 1909 Schoolhouse),             pioneer physician Dr. June McCarroll, and          Few Lenders Are Willing to Make Mortgage
located at Deglet Noor and Miles Avenue,           aviator Jacqueline Cochran join continuing
has announced extended hours for the               exhibits about the date industry and Native        Modifications, Survey Says
fall season. The Museum is open to                 Peoples. Temporary exhibits include
                                                   “Japanese Dolls” and the Watercolor                  Mortgage lenders rarely help                   responding to the survey said that loan
the general public on Thursday, Friday,
                                                   Society “Small Images” show which run              homeowners struggling with rapidly               modification - adjusting a mortgage’s terms
and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
                                                   through December. The first Sunday of the          increasing adjustable mortgages, according       to make it more affordable - is among the
and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 4 p.m.
                                                   month is Free Sunday. Call 342-6651 for            to a survey of 33 California housing             most common outcomes for its clients.
School groups and community groups
                                                   further information or visit the web site at       counseling agencies. Only one agency
are welcome by appointment on Monday                                                                                                                                    San Francisco Chronicle
through Thursday.                        
                                                                                                                                        East Valley Business • November 2007 Page 3

 Busy Month of Networking at the Indio Chamber of Commerce
                 Commercial Brokers Luncheon                                                                                    Valley V Twin Mixer

                                                                                                  Frank Handler, Ambassador and all around
                                                                                                  great guy, won an Old Town Photo Album
                                                                                                  compliments of Costco.

The City of Indio and Indio Chamber of Commerce presented the Second Annual Commercial                                                              City Councilman Gene Gilbert won two
Brokers Luncheon on September 27 at Sun City Shadow Hills. The top twenty-five revenue                                                              passes to the Palm Springs Air Museum as
producing businesses for the City were presented with awards for their success. Over 150 guests                                                     well as a t-shirt compliments of Valley V
attended the luncheon.                                                                                                                              Twin.

                              Mayor's Breakfast

                                                                                                  Mark Harner of Pacific Western Bank was
                                                                                                  the big winner for the evening, he not only
                                                                                                  won a gift certificate to La Pinata Restaurant,
                                                                                                  he won the 50/50 drawing. He waves it in
                                                                                                  front of Chairman of the Board, Deborah
                                                                                                  McGarrey.                                         Karen Kane of Canyon National Bank won a
                                                                                                                                                    $50 gift certificate to Angelina’s Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                    and a $50 gift certificate from Etcetera,
                                                                                                                                                    compliments of Linda Glecker.
Norma Leith of the Indio Performing Arts          Ben Vasquez of California Bank and Trust
Center was the guest speaker and updated          sponsored October’s Mayor’s Breakfast.
guests on what is available in our own            California Bank & Trust is located at
community. Emcee for the breakfast, Board         81-701 Highway 111, Indio.
member Nancy Madson of Seawright Custom
Precast, Inc. and Mayor Ben Godfrey pose for
a picture.

                                                                                                                                                    Halle and George Fetty of Valley V Twin
                                                                                                  Norm Feuer of Desert Radio Group won              hosted September’s mixer. Guests were
                                                                                                  a gift basket compliments of Forest Lawn          treated to “ride on a hog” as well as a lesson
                                                                                                  Mortuary.                                         on motorcycle safety.

                                                                                                                                                           Ciro’s Italian Ristorante

New members for the month, Teresa Bautista        Senior Sales Manager Janie Hurtado and
                                                                                                                   Voted #1 Pizza & Italian Restaurant in Coachella Valley
of Soul of Mexico Restaurant, Ismael Pena         Mayor Godfrey present new members with
of DJ Audio Source, Sue Sweeney of Sun City       a plaque, Marion Michaela of DBI, Travis                                                                                 OPEN 7 DAYS
                                                                                                    * Take-Out Service * Groups Welcome * Family Dining
Shadow Hills, Nancy Madson, Guadalupe             Wilson of PayChex, Carlos Campos and                                                                                Mon. - Thurs. 11 am - 9 pm
Lua of Soul of Mexico Restaurant and Mayor        Sylvia Lopez of Andorra Apartments, and                                                                             Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 10 pm
Godfrey.                                          Marion Burton of Idearc.
                                                                                                    WHERE THE LOCALS EAT
                                                                                                                                             347-6503             81-963 Highway 111, Indio
                                Ribbon Cuttings

                                                  The Indio and La Quinta Chambers
                                                  celebrated a Ribbon Cutting at Abbey’s
El Destino Night Club celebrated their            Flooring Center at 79-900 Highway 111,
opening with a Ribbon Cutting, 83-085 Indio       La Quinta.                                          THIS MONTH'S BUSINESS CARD RECIPIENT
Blvd., Indio. City officials, Board Members
and Ambassadors were on hand to help J.
Anthony Perez and Rudy Morales cut the

                                                  Rickorama, 81-765 Highway 111, Indio also
                                                  celebrated a Ribbon Cutting. Linda Bateman,
                                                  Iris Cooper, Nancy Madson, Anita Kramer,
                                                  Doug Clark, Owners Richard Virginia and
Ambassadors came out to help celebrate the        Holly Christiansen, Enda Rodriguez, Emma
Grand Opening of DJ Audio Source, 83-058          Salcedo, Deborah Dawson, Cris Romero,
Highway 111, Indio. Ismael Pena cuts the          Frank and Fran Handler all joined in the
ribbon as family and friends look on.             celebration.                                                       September 2007 MIXER
Page 4 East Valley Business • November 2007

                                                                                               Thanks To Our Scallywags...
                                                                                               "Pirates of the Coachella Valley" Sponsors
                                                                                               Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services        Indio Emergency Medical Group
                                                                                               California Bank & Trust                     Indio Police Department
                                                                                               California Bio Mass                         Indio Sunrise Rotary
                                                                                               Canyon National Bank                        JFK Memorial Hospital
                                                                                               City of Indio                               La Hacienda Nursery & Landscape, Inc.
                                                                                               Classic Party Rentals                       Regency Homes
                                                                                               Dr. Mark Sofonio                            Seawright Custom Precast, Inc.
                                                                                               Empire Polo Club                            SunCal Companies
                                                                                               Forest Lawn Mortuary                        Teserra
                                                                                               Hydro-Scape, Inc.                           Vacation Pools Inc.

                                                                                               And Individual Scoundrels and Wenches...
                                                                                               Bree Goldbach                               John Chafe
                                                                                               Cris Romero                                 Joseph Chiriaco
                                                                                               David & Paula Turner/                       Madison Development/ Rick Wilkerson
                                                                                                 Desert Pacific Properties                 Michael & Deborah McGarrey
                                                                                               Doug & Jane Clark                           Mike & Sylvia Mullins
                                                                                               Downey Savings                              Pacific Western Bank/ Mark Harner
                                                                                               Ed & Vicki Robertson                        PJ’s Desert Trophies
                                                                                               Frank & Fran Handler                        Shawn Sigurdson
                                                                                               Glenn Miller and Associates                 Toni Eggebraaten
                                                                                               James Fish II                               Toni Romero

                                                                                               Cheers to our Pirate Party Committee
                                                                                               Mark Harner, Chairman                       Karen Kane
                                                                                               Doug Clark                                  Nancy Madson
                                                                                               Kathleen Cruz                               Cyndi Morris
                                                                                               Deborah Dawson                              Summer Parkinson
                                                                                               Jim Dibley                                  Toni Romero
                                                                                               Jack Horner                                 Cris Romero

                                                                                               Swashbuckling Thanks To….
                                                                                               Alex Haagen III and Empire Polo Club        Craig Michaels, Musical Affair
                                                                                               Staff                                       Classic Party Rentals
                                                                                               Jim Harrison, La Hacienda Nursery and       Resort Valet Parking
                                                                                                 Landscape, Inc.                           Johnny Rockit & Candy Wrapper
                                                                                               CJ’s Catering, Carlos Johnson

                                                                                               As well as ye Indio Chambermaids (Staff)...
                                                                                               Anita Kramer                                Jessica Love
                                                                                               Lyn Hartley                                 Enda Rodriguez
                                                                                               Janie Hurtado

                                              "Matilija Poppies II" by artist Kathy Dunham

The Matilija Poppy at
Southwest Arts Festival®                                                                            The City of Indio and the Indio Chamber of
By John Weidenhamer,                                                                                      Commerce proudly announce
Artist                                                                                             2007 “HOLIDAY TRADITIONS”
                                                                                               LIGHTING AND DECORATING CONTEST

F   eatured as the Poster Artist this year       she studied them for her next painting.
                                                                                                          Awards and Prizes given for:
    are the highly contrastive values            Frequently called the Fried Egg Flower,       Residential                       Commercial
and brilliant colors of Kathy Dunham’s           Dunham saw the drama, the good feeling
watercolor flowers. Inspired by the              she could see among its crinkled petals and   $200 + Plaque in the                             1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Plaque
drama of the Matilija Poppies and their          golden yellow fluff of a center.               following categories:                           1st Place T raveling Trophy
shear brilliance under the full moon,              This twenty-second annual exhibition of     *Creativity *Best Use of Lights                  Business Profile in
Dunham finds these kinds of situations           250 artists from across the United States     *Best Theme *Judges’ Choice                      East Valley Business
as the muse of her creations right here in       will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday,   *Holiday Spirit Award                            Publication
Southern California. These, as seen in this      January 25 through Sunday, January 27 at
                                                                                                                                           Leslie Taft and Pirates
year’s Fine Art Poster for the Southwest         the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Arts Festival®, were discovered on the           The poster signed by the artist will be
beach in Malibu.                                 available all three days of the festival or
  The opportunity, too much to pass              you may reserve one for yourself by calling
by, interrupted an evening’s walk as             the Chamber at 760-347-0676.                          Bus Tour of Contestant Sites: Friday, Dec. 14 and
                                                                                                            Saturday, Dec. 15 Sponsored by Cardiff
                                                                                                                       Limousine & Transportation
        Rolex                                                     Fine Jewelry                    (Not all Contestants will be featured in Bus Tours; dependant on number of
                                                                                                     Contestants. Routes of all Contestants will be available at Chamber)
       Service                                                     & Repairs                                    Entry Deadline: December 10, 2007
                                                                                                                      Judging: December 12, 2007
        Prompt • Courteous Service Family Owned and Operated Since 1989                                        Please have lights on between 5-9 p.m.
          Fidel & Louie                               David & Ralph (Next to Marshall's)
       Indio Fashion Mall                                 79-405 Hwy 111, Ste. #2
                                                                                                                Indio Businesses and Residents only
        82-227 Hwy. 111                                      La Quinta, CA 92253
         Indio, CA 92201                                       (760) 777-6420
         (760) 342-3231                                        (760) 777-6416
                                                                                               NAME: __________________ or BUSINESS NAME: _____________________________

                                                                                               ADDRESS: ______________________________________ PHONE #: _________________
      September Mixer Donors - THANK YOU!!!!!                                                  CATEGORY:       Residential or Commercial        GATED COMMUNITY:       Yes or No
                  ABC Supply Co. Inc • Angelina’s Italian Kitchen
          Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert • Costco Wholesale                         THEME: _______________________
      Cub Scouts Pack 44 • Desert Risk Management • Emerald Roofing, Inc.
             Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Mortuary of Cathedral City
            Glenn Miller and Associates • Indio Chamber of Commerce                                       Bring your application to the Chamber office and pick up a
       Inland Dental Center • J & L Consulting • Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service                                              participant’s sign for your yard
     JFK Memorial Hospital • Kirkfit Personal Training • La Pinata Restaurante                                         82-921 Indio Blvd., Indio, CA 92201
      Palm Springs Air Museum • PJ’s Trophies • Sands Hotel of Indian Wells
                   Savy Chic • Tack Room Tavern • Valley V-Twin                                     For more information please contact the Chamber at 760-347-0676
                                                                                                                             East Valley Business • November 2007 Page 5

                                                                                                                                          for two compliments of Polo America
                                                                                                                                          went to Deborah Dawson and two $200
2007 Donor List                                                                                                                           gift certificates to the Cork Tree Restaurant
AAA                                                                                                                                       and Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant went to
Agua Caliente Casino
All About Massage                                                                                                                         Forrest Meadows.
America’s Tires
Amici Trattoria
                                                                                                                                             All in all, the event was a swashbuckling
Angelfish Design & Advertising                                                                                                            success…ARRR! The Chamber would
                                                                                                                                          like to take this opportunity to thank Alex
Angelina’s Pizza & Pasta
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum                                                                                                              Haagen and his incredible staff at Empire
Armando’s BPG, Inc.
Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant                                                                                                                Polo Club, Jim Harrison and his staff at
Asics Athletic Shoes
AVI Resort & Casino
                                                                                                                                          La Hacienda Nursery and Landscape, Inc.,
                                        Pirates of the Coachella Valley a
Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors                                                                                                                 Euca Burrows and Classic Party Rentals
                                        Swashbuckling Success
                                                                                                                                          for providing the linens, Carlos Johnson of
Beverly Hilton
Billy Reed’s
Bing Crosby’s Restaurant
                                        Continued from Page 1                                                                             CJ’s Catering, Craig Michaels of Musical
Blackstone Winery
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic                                                             “bidding contests” were going on for                Affair, Resort Parking for keeping the
Borrego Springs Resort
                                                                                      several items and a number of pirates               parking lot running smoothly, PJ’s Desert
Braille Institute
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium                the event where the weather, not to mention   waited in anticipation and guarded their            Trophies for donating the wine glasses and
California Casual Design                the beautiful surroundings of Empire Polo     loot. For the second year, our live auction         supplies for the baskets, Johnny Rockit and
California Highway Patrol
Callaway Vineyard                       Club, could not have been better! It was      was what everyone waited for. Robert                Candy Wrapper and our fabulous pirates
Caroline at Jake Turner Salon
Casey’s Restaurant
                                        truly a swashbuckling great time!             McElhose outbid several guests for the              for an entertaining evening, Tony Hurtado
Casino Morongo Resort                      Entertainment for the evening began        $750.00 gift certificate to La Hacienda             and Denise Goolsby for the pictures, and
Castelli’s Ristorante
Castle Park                             with Johnny Rockit and Candy Wrapper          Nursery and Landscape, Inc. Nancy                   especially the committee for putting the
Chapelli’s Restaurant
Children’s Discovery Museum
                                        gearing up the crowd with a rendition of      Madson won a Britannia leather sofa,                event together and making it one of the best
Chiriaco Travel Center                  “Neverland” in which Johnny transformed       compliments of Leather Plus, and now                parties yet! The members listed as donors,
                                        from Peter Pan to Captain Hook. Audience
Ciro’s Restaurant
City of Vista-Wave Waterpark                                                          her husband gets a new couch! Joseph                sponsors, and attendees have shown their
Classic Golf Club                       participation was encouraged as all chanted   Taylor won the highlight of the evening, a          support to our community by investing in
Convict Lake Resort
Daily Grill                             “Captain Hook, Captain Hook!” As the          one week stay at Marriott Grand Residence           the Chamber and deserve your support,
David Chapman
Del Taco
                                        song ended, pirates absconded with guests     Club in Lake Tahoe compliments of Frank             don’t forget to tell them you read their
Desert Adventures                       and fought over their “booty” of guests.      and Fran Handler. James Fish stayed strong          name in this publication.
                                        Marci Spearman, Police Chief Brad
Desert Dunes Golf Club
Desert Falls Country Club                                                             and outbid many others for our animated,               Mark ye calendar and set ye budgets for
Desert Museum                           Ramos, Mark Harner, Nancy Madson,             talking pirate! The Pirate Treasure Chests          next year’s pirate party…again in October.
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Disneyland                              and Kyle James were all good sports as        were also being protected closely as three          So, strap on ye swords and join us fer some
Dudum Sports & Entertainment
Embassy Suites of Anaheim
                                        the pirates fenced for the crowd and “won”    prizes were available for only the purchase         more swashbuckling fun…pirate style! It’s
Enterprise Rent A Car                   each prize.                                   of a playing card. A Rocker Recliner                a Pirate’s Life for the Chamber!
Final Touch Salon                          Guests also won “booty”; the silent        compliments of Mathis Brothers went to
Frank & Fran Handler
Glenn Miller and Associates             auction was a great success as many           Ruben Murillo, a ride in a hot air balloon
Gonstead Family Chiropractor
Good Stuff Pizza
Grand Paws
Granite Construction Co.
Hawaiian Bill’s Restaurant
Hearst Castle
Heimark Distributing Co.
House of Blues
Indio Chamber of Commerce
Indio Florist
Indio Performing Arts Center
Infinity Hair Design
In-N-Out Burger
It’s A Grind
Ivan’s Blinds & More
J & L Consulting
Jake Turner Salon
Kaiser Restaurant Group
Keedy’s Restaurant
L & G Market                            Booty galore…over 60 Silent Auction, Live
La Hacienda Nursery & Landscape, Inc.   Auction and Treasure Chest items were         Alas! Pirate of the music, Craig Michaels           Indio Sunrise Rotary “Pirates of the Sunrise”
La Quinta Medspa                        available for pillagin’ of the guests.        of Musical Affair, had everyone off their feet      and “Rotarian Rascals” won the Best Dressed
La Quinta Resort & Club                 Photo by Tony Hurtado.                        dancin’ the night away (better than off with        Scallywags (table). Arrr Mateys.
Leather Plus                                                                          their heads!)                                       Photo by Tony Hurtado
Legoland California
Los Angeles Dodgers                                                                   Photo by Tony Hurtado
Made in the Shade Blinds & More
Maritime Museum San Diego
Mark Sofonio, M.D.
Marriott’s Shadow Ridge
Mathis Bros.
McCallum Theatre
Mexico Tipico
Mimi’s Café
Miracle Springs Resort & Spa
Museum of Tolerance
Nails for You
Pacifica Seafood Restaurant             What pirate event would be complete without
Pala Casino Spa Resort
Pala Mesa Resort
                                        pirates fighting? Here our fencing pirates
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway             fight over Police Chief Brad Ramos.
Palm Springs Air Museum                 Photo by Denise Goolsby, the Desert Sun
Palm Springs Follies
Palm Springs Wine & Art
PJ’s Desert Trophies                                                                                                                      Pirate Cris Romero welcomed guests to the
Polo America
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
                                                                                                                                          “Pirates of the Coachella Valley” FunRaiser.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not                                                                                                                Photo by Tony Hurtado
Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino
Rudy’s Pest Control
Sacher Enterprises
Sam’s Club
Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza
San Diego Chargers
San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park
San Francisco Duck Tours
Sands Hotel of Indian Wells
Shadow Hills Golf Club
Sheer Elegance Salon
Shields Date Gardens                    Ye Chambermaids at ye service…lovely
Shilo Inns                              wenches (and a swashbuckler) for the          Johnny Rockit and Candy Wrapper performed
SilverRock Resort
Six Flags Magic Mountain                evening…Euca Burrows, Jessica Love,           an outstanding rendition of “Neverland”. The
Sloan’s                                 Deborah Dawson, Enda Rodriguez, Remi          rowdy crowd enjoyed the quick changes of
Smart & Final
Sofitel-Beverly Hills                   Hartley, (top) Mark Putman, Lyn Hartley and   Johnny as he portrayed Captain Hook and
Spa Resort Casino                       Taylor Hartley.                               Peter Pan.
Spirit Cruises
Splash Cafe                             Photo by Denise Goolsby, the Desert Sun       Photo by Tony Hurtado.
Sub Sea Tours and Kayaks
SunCal Companies
Tack Room Tavern
Teresa’s Café
Terra Lago
The Dunes Hotel
The Inn on El Paseo
The Living Desert
The Tradition Country Club
The Yarn Company
Time Warner Cable                                                                                                                         Linda Evans and Tim Bender won the Best
USS Midway Museum
Vacation Pools, Inc.
                                                                                      The room was transformed into a Pirate’s            Dressed Pirate Wench and Best Dressed
Viceroy/Citron Restaurant               Lovely wenches Euca Burrows and Fran          Galley for the evening, complete with rum           Swashbuckler (Merritt Wiseman and Bob
Wally’s Desert Turtle                   Handler handled the Treasure Chests and a     bottles, gold coins and loot…it’s a pirate’s life   Russell also won Best Dressed Swashbuckler
                                        fine job they did!                            for the Chamber!                                    in a three way tie).
                                        Photo by Tony Hurtado                         Photo by Tony Hurtado                               Photo by Tony Hurtado
Page 6 East Valley Business • November 2007

       Business After-Hours Mixer                                                           Merchant Mailer
            November 27, 2007
                                                                                 Let the Indio Chamber of Commerce help you advertise ...our
                                                                                   Merchant Mailer consists of advertising flyers as well as
                                                                                  announcements of upcoming events and is sent out to 1,100
                               held at                                                         businesses throughout the Valley.
             Desert Cornerstone Insurance                                                          The cost for 1,100 flyers:
                81-557 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Suite B-8                                      $150.00 for members, glossy extra
                   5:30 pm -7:30 pm                                                      $100.00 for nonprofit organizations
                                                                            Mailings are 8 1/2 x 11, please no staples, cardboard or trifolds
    Don’t forget to bring your business cards and network with us.
                                   .                                        Spaces fill quickly, RSVP by the 10th to reserve your space. Flyers must be
                                                                                         delivered to the Chamber by the 15th of each month
                                                                                                 and will be mailed out by the 1st.
                                                                                  Please call the Chamber for reservations, (760) 347-0676.

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                                                                                 Historic Route 99 General Store • Self Serve Laundry
                                                                                  Self Serve Car Wash • Laser Touch Free Car Wash
                                                                                           (760) 342-4776 24 Hour Service
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                                                                                            Use this Coupon

                                                                                            BUSINESS PROFILE

                                                                     Postal Annex
                                                                           ellow business owners/managers...Postal   encourage your customers to do the same,
                                                                           Annex #2014 is initiating a campaign      and send them to us or you may collect their
                                                                           drive to collect goodies and donations    donations and we will pick them up from your
                                                                     to support our military personnel deployed      store - just call us.
                                                                     worldwide, especially in danger areas.             Postal Annex #2014 on 82204 U.S. Highway
                                                                       Your donations and contributions will be      111, Indio, CA (760) 775-2318 is your local
                                                                     delivered to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit   drop point!
                                                                     organization which has been established since      The Campaign will begin October 28, 2007
                                                                     2001, and has since been helping our troops,    through Veterans Day, November 16, 2007.
                                                                     especially during the holiday season. Please       Your support will be greatly appreciated by
                                                                                                                     our Soldiers, Airman, Marines, Sailors and
                                                                                                                     others deployed in harm's way.
                                                                                                                        Visit to see all
                                                                                                                     the wonderful things Operation Gratitude
                                                                                                                     has done.
                                                                                                                        Provide new items from the following wish
                                                                                                                     list: DVDs, CDs, batteries (all sizes), computer
                                                                                                                     flash drives, Beanie Babies, small novelty items,
                                                                                                                     disposable cameras, prepaid phone cards, travel-
                                                                                                                     size board games, handheld electronic games,
                                                                                                                     bandana coolers/cool ties, mini battery-operated
                                                                                                                     fans, hand and foot warmers, commercially
                                                                                                                     wrapped individual packets of trail mix, beef
                                                                                                                     jerky, nuts, energy bars, sunflower seeds,
                                                                                                                     candy, ready-to-eat tuna or chicken salad
                                                                                                                     kits, boxes of Girl Scout cookies, small tins
                                                                                                                     of Danish cookies, packets of powdered cold
                                                                                                                     beverages, commercially sealed lip balm,
                                                                                                                     roll-on deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes,
                                                                                                                     individual packets of moist towelettes, travel-
                                                                                                                     size containers of foot powder, screen printed
                                                                                                                     t-shirts, socks, baseball style caps, knit hats and
                                                                                                                     gloves, blank holiday greeting cards, tobacco
                                                                                                                     products, unsealed personal cards and letters,
                                                                                                                     used cell phones, video games and systems,
                                                                                                                     IPODs, PDAs and ink jet cartridges.
                                                                                                                         East Valley Business • November 2007 Page 7

                                                                        THANK YOU TO OUR RENEWING MEMBERS

                                                                    1 Year

                                                                    Circle Take Media                                                                                (760)863-2200
                                                                    Ferguson                                                                                         (760)775-2700

                                                                    IBEW Local Union 440                                                                             (951)684-5665
                                                                    Riverside County EDA                                                                             (760)863-2525
                                                                    Rooms Express                                                                                    (714)657-7599

                                                                    Over 1 Year

                                                                    Ag Indio Fashion Mall, LLC                                                                       (310)457-8130
                                                                    Balloon Above The Desert                                                                         (760)347-0410
                                                                    Downey Savings & Loan F.A.                                                                       (760)863-2070

                                                                    Herrera Investigative Services, Inc.                                                             (760)360-7604

                                                                    J & L Consulting                                                                                 (760)409-7669
                                                                    Krikorian Design                                                                                 (760)346-1573
                                                                    Metalrevelations                                                                                 (760)347-8846
                                                                    Planned Parenthood of SD & Riv Co.                                                               (951)222-3120

Spending an
                                                                    Over 5 Years
                                                                    El Pollo Loco                                                                                    (760)342-6932

                                                                    Events By Joe Scarna, Inc.                                                                       (760)347-8881
                                                                    Karr, Raleigh                                                                                    (760)347-2281
                                                                    KEZN FM Radio                                                                                    (760)340-9383

Extra Dime!
                                                                    Paradise Volkswagen                                                                              (760)200-4000
                                                                    Stoneman & Associates                                                                            (760)775-3144
                                                                    Valpak of Palm Springs                                                                           (760)342-9477

                                                                    Over 10 Years
                                                                    El Informador Del Valle                                                                          (760)342-7558
                                                                    Oasis Date Gardens, Inc.                                                                         (760)399-5665
                                                                    Smoketree Polo Club Apartments                                                                   (760)342-3881

SPENDING YOUR DOLLARS IN                                            Over 20 Years
                                                                    A+ Printing                                                                                      (760)342-1537

CREATE A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY!                                                                   WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Your dollars will be supporting YOUR
community by:                                                      Abbey Flooring Center                     (760)342-2222        Fitness In Balance/Balanced (760)219-5245
 • Keeping jobs in YOUR city                                       Pierre Malan
                                                                   79700 US Highway 111
                                                                                                         Fax (760)342-3666        Training Boot Camp
                                                                                                                                  Cathy Serif
                                                                                                                                  41 Calle Del Norte
 • Keeping Police, Fire & Emergency                                La Quinta, CA 92203
                                                                                                                                  Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
   Services STRONG                                                 Flooring                                             
                                                                                                                                  Health Clubs

 • Maintaining local                                               Andorra Apartments
                                                                   Silvia Lopez
                                                                                                         Fax (760)775-5308        Glamour Hair Salon                           (760)347-1385
   roads                                                           81720 Avenue 46
                                                                   Indio, CA 92201
                                                                                                                                  Blanca Ramirez
                                                                                                                                  46900 Monroe St.
                                                                                                                                  Indio, CA 92201
 • AND you will keep                                     
                                                                   Apartments                                                     Beauty Salons & Services

   the environment                                                 Arthritis Foundation           (760)773-3076                   Johnny Rockit &
                                                                                                                                  Candy Wrapper                (760)835-7740
   clean by saving
                                                                   Cortney Weir               Fax (760)773-0858
                                                                   73710 Fred Waring Dr., Suite 104                               Bill & Shirley McQuiston Fax (760)237-7479
                                                                   Palm Desert, CA 92260                                          13395 Calle Amapota
   on gas!       
                               (760) 347-0676
                                                                                                                                  Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Creating a Strong Local Economy                                    Associations/Organizations                           

                                                                   D. Papan & Associates      (760)345-8811
                                                                   D. Papan               Fax (760)345-8144                       Paychex                         (760)340-4164

                                    Calendar of Events             PO Box 6556                                                    Travis Wilson               Fax (760)773-1062
                                                                   La Quinta, CA 92248                                            39830 Portola Ave., Suite 1
                                                                   Accounting/Management Consulting                               Palm Desert, CA 92260
                                       45-175 Fargo St.                                                                 
                                       Indio, CA 92201             Desert Business Interiors
                                                                   Jason Cason
                                                                                               Fax (760)340-1833
                                                                                                                                  Payroll Services

                                           775-5200                72162 US Highway 111
                                                                   Rancho Mirage, CA 92270                                        Plaza Del Sol Apartments     (760)347-0691
                                                             Yara Meza                Fax (760)347-5161
                                                                                      46299 Arabia St.
                                                                   Office Furniture                                               Indio, CA 92201

   Sherlock Holmes                 Broadway Babies
                                                                   DJ Audio Source One         (760)863-4041
                                                                   Ismael Pena             Fax (760)342-4263
           and the                 The very best talented kids     83058 US Highway 111                                           R.C. Construction              (909)829-3688
                                                                                                                                  Bob Clapper                Fax (909)829-3696
 Hound of the Baskervilles           singing your favorite
                                                                   Indio, CA 92201
                                                                                                               2223 N. Locust Ave.
                                                                                                                                  Rialto, CA 92377
 Thursday November 1-8-15                                
                                   Broadway Show Tunes             Disc Jockey Audio/Lighting Equipment - Retail        
   Friday November 2-9-16                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                  Contractors General
 Saturday November 3-10-17         Saturday November 10 at 7pm
  Sunday November 4-11-18           Sunday November 11 at 2pm

        “Cloris”                     Precious Piglet &
           Starring                      Her Pals                                                                                 INDIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 Cloris Leachman                       Saturday December 8
                                                                                                                                    (760)347-0676 • Fax (760)347-6069
       December 12th                  Two Performances Only
                                                                   Chairman of the Board: Deborah McGarrey -

            To                         1:00 pm and 3:00 pm         Sunrise Community Bank
                                                                                                                                   COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS:
       December 16th                                               Chair Elect: Patrick Swarthout - The Gas Co./
                                                                   A Sempra Energy Utility
                                                                                                                                   Ambassadors: Jacquie Bethel
                                                                                                                                   Business R & R: Bill Claire
                                                                   Director of Governmental Affairs:                               Biz Net: Cosmo Cappellino
                                                                   Toni Eggebraaten- Attorney at Law                               Golf Committee: Jim Dibley
                                                                   Director of Economic Development:                               GAPP: Mark Harner
                                                                   Bob Holmes - Ames Real Estate                                   Historic Mural: Deborah McGarrey
                                                                   Director of Membership Services                                 Holiday: Ben Guitron

Mayor’s Business Networking Breakfast
                                                                   and Ways and Means: Nancy Madson,                               Marketing: Jerry Nantell
                                                                   Seawright Custom Precast, Inc.                                  Membership Development & Retention: Matt Rosam
                                                                                                                                   Fall Fun Raiser: Mark Harner

   November 8, 2007, 6:50 A.M.
                                                                   Director of Community Development:
                                                                   Judy Vossler - Landmark Golf Company                            Scholarship Committee: Scott Trujillo
                                                                   Treasurer: John Ferrelli - J.F.K. Memorial Hospital             Southwest Arts Festival: Doug York/Honorary

                                                                   Past Chairman: Pamper Rodriguez -
                                                                   El Informador Del Valle                                         STAFF:

         Sponsored by IDEARC Media
                                                                   Chief Executive Officer: Anita Kramer                           Lyn Hartley, Janie Hurtado, Jessica Love,
                                                                   DIRECTORS:                                                      Enda Rodriguez
                                                                   Jacquie Bethel - Coachella Valley Public
                                                                   Education Foundation
        Breakfast Buffet served from 6:45 A.M. – 7:10 A.M.         Jim Collins - Include Me, Inc.
                                                                   Dr. Frank Curry, Indio Emergency Medical Group
                                                                                                                                   TYPESETTING & LAYOUT:
                                                                                                                                   Eaton & Kirk Advertising, Ramsey G. Lucas, Jan Gilson

                          Heritage Palms                           Jim Dibley - J & L Consulting
                                                                   Mark Harner - Pacific Western Bank                              PRINTING:
                44-291 Heritage Palms Drive South                  Rich Harshbarger - Desert Sun Publishing                        Coachella Valley Printing Group

                      Off Fred Waring Drive
                                                                   Elaine Holmes - PJ's Desert Trophies
                                                                   Christi Persich - Coffee Break Cafe                             ADVERTISING:
                                                                                                                                   Janie Hurtado

            Guest Speaker: Carol Camelot
                                                                   Robert Levy - Desert Medical Group
                                                                   Toni Romero - Sacher Enterprises
                                                                                                                                   EDITORIAL COMMITTEE:

            Disaster Readiness Consultant
                                                                   Bill Tanghe - The Design Collection & The Upholstery Outlet
                                                                   Scott Trujillo - City of Indio                                  Editor: John Kirkpatrick, Eaton & Kirk Advertising
                                                                   Dave Von Holt - McDowell Awards                                 Staff: Anita Kramer, Lyn Hartley, Jessica Love
                                                                   Randy Williams - Canyon National Bank                           Photography: Staff
Page 8 East Valley Business • November 2007

                                                                                  BUSINESS PROFILE
                                                                         Reports from the Chamber Committees
                                                                                                                           event, so mark your calendars and be a part
                                                                       Ambassador Committee                                of one of the most exciting Arts Festivals
                   MARK                                                   The Ambassadors put on another                   in the West! Volunteer cards will be sent
                                                                       successful after-hours Mixer at Valley V            out this month or watch for a flyer in the
               YOUR CALENDAR                                           Twin, guests were treated to a lesson on            Chamber’s Merchant Mailer.
                                                                       motorcycle safety as well as a genuinely
  November 8         Indio Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s                 great time! Ambassadors attended Ribbon             Ribbon Cuttings
                                                                       Cuttings at DJ Audio Source, Abbey’s
                     Networking Breakfast, sponsored by Idearc                                                                Join us as we welcome new members to
                                                                       Flooring Center, Rickorama, and El
                     Media will be held at Heritage Palms Country      Destino and have many more planned for              the Chamber. Ribbon Cuttings scheduled for
                     Club, 44-241 Heritage Palms Drive, South.         the upcoming months. This month will be             November: November 1 at 12:00 p.m., Inland
                                                                       another busy one as the Ambassadors will            Dental Center, 44-100 Jefferson Street, Indio.
                     Guest Speaker: Carol Camelot, Disaster
                                                                       work the After-Hours Networking Mixer, a            November 8 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Our Lady of
                     Readiness Consultant. To make reservations,                                                           Perpetual Help Catholic School, 82-470 Bliss
                                                                       Halloween Spooktacular at the CV Museum
                     contact the Chamber at (760)347-0676 or                                                               Ave., Indio. November 15 at 11:00 a.m., Soul
                                                                       and Cultural Center as well as the Mayor’s
                     reserve online at           Breakfast on the second Thursday of the             of Mexico Restaurant, 44-100 Jefferson Street,
                                                                       month. A special thanks to our Ambassadors          Indio and The Plantation at Polo from 4:00 –
  November 12        In observance of Veterans’ Day, the Indio                                                             7:00 p.m., on the corner of Jackson Street and
                                                                       of the month for September; Doug Clark with
                     Chamber of Commerce will be closed.               550 points, Jacquie Bethel with 400 points          Ave 52. For more ribbon cuttings scheduled,
                                                                       and Emma Salcedo and Karen Kane with                visit our website
                                                                       250 points each. The Ambassadors will
  November 13        Indio Old Town Street Fest. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
                                                                       be running the Beer Gardens for the Old             Holiday Committee
                     Farmer’s Market, crafts, food, entertainment,     Town Street Fest on the second Tuesdays               The Holiday Committee is busy making
                     Beer Gardens and more. Mark you calendar          of the month. Come out and meet your                plans for the Annual 2007 “Holiday
                     for the 2nd Tuesday of each month and come        Ambassadors or come to one of our meetings,         Traditions” Holiday Lighting and
                     out and meet your Indio neighbors.                we always have room for more! We invite             Decorating contest for all Indio Residents
                                                                       you to meet our Ambassadors each month in           and Businesses. Prizes will be awarded
  November 22-24 In observance of Thanksgiving, the Indio              the Ambassador Highlight segment of this            to residences in the following categories:
                 Chamber of Commerce will be closed.                   publication.                                        Creativity, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights,
                                                                                                                           Judge’s Choice and Holiday Spirit Award.
  November 27        Indio Chamber of Commerce After-Hours                                                                 Prizes are awarded to businesses for 1st,
                     Networking Mixer. 5:30-7:30 pm. Held                                                                  2nd and 3rd place as well as a Traveling
                                                                                                                           Trophy for 1st place and a business profile
                     at Desert Cornerstone Insurance, 81-557 Dr.         The Indio Chamber of Commerce                     in the EVB. Bus Tours will be available
                     Carreon Blvd, Ste. B8, Indio. Come enjoy          announces the 22nd Annual Southwest Arts            to tour the lights on Friday, December 14
                     great food, great prizes and great company        Festival® which will be held January 25-            and Saturday, December 15. Mark you
                                                                       27, 2008 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.          calendar for Thursday, November 29 for
                     while networking.
                                                                       Jury selection took place and more than 250         the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
  November 29        The City of Indio and Indio Chamber of            artists will be invited to participate in this      at City Hall. This year, the tree will be
                     Commerce present 2007 Holiday Tree                three-day festival framed by the beautiful          dedicated in honor of longtime volunteer,
                                                                       backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains.               Herb Wilkens. Come join us at 6:00 p.m.
                     Lighting Ceremony held at the Civic Center,       More than 15,000 guests visited the festival        for an evening of music, entertainment,
                     6:00 p.m. Join us as we officially kick off the   last year, generating over $1.2 million in          refreshments and a visit from Mr. and Mrs.
                     holiday season! A Dedication Ceremony will        sales. Sponsorships are available for               Claus! The event is sure to put the whole
                     also be held to dedicate the tree in honor of     the Chamber’s largest event of the year,            family in the holiday spirit! Call Enda at
                     longtime volunteer, Herb Wilkens.                 contact the Chamber for more information.           the Chamber for more information.
                                                                       We will need volunteers to help run the
  December 1-2       The City of Indio presents the International
                     Tamale Festival held downtown Indio. Call
                     760-391-4174 for more information.                 Ambassador Highlight
                                                                        In this section, the Chamber Ambassadors
  December 14-15 The City of Indio and Indio Chamber of                 are recognized and honored for their efforts
                                                                        on behalf of the Chamber.
                 Commerce present Holiday Lights Bus Tours.               Name: Nancy Madson.
                 Tours will begin at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Call the          Employer/Title: Seawright Custom Precast,
                                                                          Inc./co-owner with husband, Rex Seawright..
                 Chamber for more information.                            Hobbies/Interests: Hardanger (Norwegian)
                                                                          embroidery, swimming, cooking, baking,
  January 25-27      The Indio Chamber of Commerce presents the           reading, my four dogs, & “Sons of Norway”
                     22nd Annual Southwest Arts Festival® held            Birthplace: Minnesota.
                     at Empire Polo Club.                                 How long in Coachella Valley: Since 1990,
                                                                          we moved here from Arizona in order to be a
                                                                          “local contractor” on the Westin Mission Hills   Favorite Music: A CD by some friends; they
          CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 347-0676                                    addition.                                        play polkas, waltzes, a little gospel, some
                                                                          Passion: My heritage, my “Sons of Norway”        oldies, and a Norwegian song or two.
  AMBASSADORS: First Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., Chamber Boardroom.             organization.                                    Favorite Food: Sweets, especially chocolate.
  BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Third Tuesday at 7:00 a.m., Chamber Boardroom.      Foundation: My totally normal, functional        Favorite Sports Team: Are you kidding? Is
  MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & RETENTION COMMITTEE:                           upbringing with spiritual and academic           there a professional synchronized swimming
                                                                          education.                                       team?
  Second Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Chamber Boardroom.                                                                           Best Vacation Spot: Big Bear Lake for
                                                                          Strengths: Detail orientated; but sometimes
  EDUCATION COMMITTEE: TBA                                                that can be my weakness, as well - you know,     weekend get-a-ways in the summer, and
  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: First Friday at 7:00 a.m., Chamber Boardroom.      “can’t see the forest for the trees.”            Minnesota in the summer to visit family.
  GAPP COMMITTEE: First Thursday at 3:30 p.m., Chamber Boardroom.         Purpose: To make a difference, to be a person    Quote: Perception is reality.
  HISTORIC MURAL COMMITTEE: Second Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.,                  worthy of respect.                               Notes: Nancy is not only an Ambassador; she is
  Chamber Boardroom.                                                      Ambitions: To roll a kayak, to help “Sons of     also on the Board of Directors and a member of
  MARKETING COMMITTEE: TBA                                                Norway” lodges, to someday have the time to      the Executive Committee and very dedicated to
                                                                          volunteer at the Blood Bank.                     the Indio Chamber of Commerce.