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					VOL.XVII, No. 9 ✦ DECEMBER 2010




                                                                        The Palmdale
                                                                    Chamber of Commerce
                                                               William J. “Pete” Knight


                                                       Christmas
                                                        Parade
                                                       Saturday,
                                                    December 11, 2010


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                             A Letter from the Interim CEO Stacia M. Nemeth
                           Happy Holidays to all!
                        Please come out to our William J. “Pete” Knight Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 11,
                     2010 at 5th St. West and Avenue Q. The parade is a wonderful tradition that brings our city, our
     families, and our businesses together. I look forward to seeing you there.
       Another festive holiday event you can enjoy is the 2Do Club’s “Holiday Fun With Santa” event on December
     20th and 21st at the Holiday Inn Palmdale from 3pm – 9pm. This is a fun way for your children to visit with Santa,
     decorate cookies, and create holiday crafts. Business sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting the
     Chamber office.
       This issue of the Vantage has a special “Holiday Shop Local Guide” that includes coupons,
     specials, and ads from our members. I hope this helps you to complete your holiday shopping
     and bring a boost to our local economy.
       I hope you are able to spend time with your family and loved ones during the holiday
     season. Best wishes in the new year!




                         Can You Tell a Scam When You See or Hear it?
     Are you aware of the most recent scam to hit businesses in the Antelope Valley? Would you even realize it was a scam before it was to late? Here
 is a condensed version of the scam:
     Someone seeks a service or product from a business via email or TDD/TTY telephone service.
     The business never has any direct verbal contact with the “customer”. The “customer” will then request an amount more than the service or
 product to be charged to an account then the difference sent to another location via a money gram.
     I bet you’re saying, “I’d never fall for that.” Don’t be so sure. Businesses have because the “customer” appears so convincing and the amount the
 business stands to make can also be very tempting, especially in these economic times.
     So how can you protect your business? Here a few simple tips:
     1. Know whom you’re dealing with. Independently confirm the buyers name, address and phone #
     2. Question any out of area purchases when the same service or product would be readily available to them locally.
     3. TTY, TDD and email can be from any location inside or outside the US. They use these methods to conceal the fact they are more than likely from
 another country. You can’t hear an accent over TTY, TDD or email. Emails will often contain poor grammar.
     4. Never agree to deposit a check or process a credit card payment for more than the amount of the purchase then wire the money back to them
 or a 3rd party.
     5. Wiring money is like sending cash; once it’s sent you can’t get it back. Often there is no way to reverse the wire or trace the transfer.
     6. If they insist you wire funds end the transaction.
     7. Prior to processing any questionable credit card purchases verify with the issuing bank that is not a stolen account number.
     For questions or concerns about this, or any other issues related to business safety or crime, contact the Kery German at the City of Palmdale’s
 Business Watch program at 661-267-5541.


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We’d Like to Welcome You




       NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS DECEMBER 2010

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           Tammy Boyd                      Education
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         Lea Graffeo                  Pueblo y Salud, Inc.
  1311 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.               Xavier Flores
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      Palmdale CA 93550
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save the date                                       31 Years
                                                Caravan Dance Studio
                                                   (661)947-7064

                                                    27 Years
                                                  A.V. Country Club
                                                   (661)947-3142

                                                    18 Years
                                           All American Financial Services
                                                   (661)949-6681
                                                     Burger King
                                                                                    11 Years
                                                                                   Critical Car Care
      Upcoming                                     (661)266-1251
                                            Coldwell Banker Commercial
                                                                                    (661)943-0629             Squirtys Collision Center, Inc.
  Palmdale Chamber                                  Valley Realty
                                                                                     Dillard’s #961                  (661)274-0400
                                                                                    (661)267-0670
 of Commerce Events                                (661)948-2644
                                                                                Hi-Grade Materials Co.
                                                                                                                       3 Years
                                             Universal Electronic Alarms                                      LeMaes’ Fine Cuisine Catering
                                                                                    (760)224-9325
    Christmas Parade                               (661)948-1515                                                     (909)499-8821
                                                                                     Max Catering
    Saturday, December 11, 2010                                                                                  The Rogee Corporation
                                                    17 Years                        (661)947-3142
                                             A.V. Orthotics & Prosthetics                                            (661)729-8770
                                                                                    Smith Kennels
    Installation and                                                                                              Shakey’s Pizza Parlor
                                                    (661)267-0772                   (661)947-3537
    Recognition Banquet                                                                                              (661)273-3196
    Friday, January 21, 2011                        16 Years                        10 Years                   Whispering Palms-National
                                               Giovannini, Michael DDS       American Business Machines         Community Renaissance
                                                    (661)265-8884                  (661)940-4685                     (661)267-0752
                                            Highlands Christian Fellowship      Palmdale Rotary Club
                                                    (661)273-1000                  (661)400-4548
                                                                                                                        1 Year
                                                                                                           Burkey, Cox, Evans, Bradford & Alden
                                                    15 Years                         8 Years                          (661)948-0808
                                            Theurer, Michael Orthodontics     Edward Jones Investments                  Nadia Cakes
                                                   (661)949-2290                   (661)274-7846                      (661)349-8677
                                                                              TF Designs Screen Printing       Mark’s Mechanical Services
 Palmdale Chamber Events Provide…                   14 Years
                                                                                   & Merchandise                      (661)943-7300
      • Networking opportunities                     Union Bank
                                                                                    (805)432-1748                     QH Automotive
      • Advertising opportunities                  (661)274-2000
                                                                                                                      (661)949-8484
      • Sponsorship opportunities                                                    5 Years
                                                    13 Years
                • FUN!                                                          AGA & Associates, CPA
                                             Affiliated Computer Services
                                                                                   (661)273-1345
   For information on these and other               (661)267-5525
Palmdale Chamber of Commerce Events          Senior Systems Technology               4 Years
             please call the                        (661)575-8661                 Palmdale Lions Club
  Palmdale Chamber of Commerce at                                                    (661)947-7909
                                                    12 Years
        661.273.3232                               Manzanita Villas
                                                                             Sierra Commons Dental Group
                                                                                     (661)265-7800
                                                   (661)273-1984


                                         Congratulations to
                                          the 2010 Athena
                                             Recipient
                                        On Friday night November 19, Jane
                                        Frye of High Desert Medical Group
                                        was named as the 2010 ATHENA
                                        Award Recipient.




December 2010 • Page 4                                                                                         www.palmdalechamber.org
                               Palmdale Business Breakfast
                              Keeps Growing, Growing & Growing!
                Come Be Part of the BEST Networking Breakfast in Palmdale!
  Never been to the Palmdale Business Breakfast (PBB)? Join
us and find out what you have been missing.
                                                                                                         The November Palmdale
  The Palmdale Business Breakfast provides you the oppor-                                                Business Breakfast was
tunity to:                                                                                               sponsored by Charlton
                                                                                                         Weeks. James Charlton
• Network your business.                                                                                 received a certificate of
• Give a 30 second commercial. (The member with the “Best”                                               appreciation from George
  commercial will win a certificate and be listed in the PBB Busi-                                        Rasmussen, PBB Chair.

  ness Card Directory for the rest of the year)
• Participate in the opportunity drawing.
• Have a full color business card ad in the monthly Palmdale
  Business Breakfast Business Card Directory. (The PBB Busi-
  ness Card Directory is available at the Chamber office and        Don Ryan, Farmers Insurance,
  at Palmdale Chamber events/meetings)                                 won the “Best 30 Second”
                                                                    Commercial at the November
• Be a VIP Sponsor of a Breakfast.                                  Palmdale Business Breakfast.
• Make new friends.                                                 Don Ryan received his certifi-
                                                                             cate from Eli Colvin,
  The Palmdale Business Breakfast is held the 1st Thursday of               Breakfast committee
the month at Hometown Buffet in Palmdale located on 10th St.
West. Admission is only $10.00.
  Sponsorship opportunities are available.
  For information please call Liz directly at 661.273.3598
        or via email ldelacruz@palmdalechamber.org
                                                                                                     Elena Treat, VC Membership,
                                                                                                     presented new member Liz
                                                                                                     Cook, My Bedroom Fantasies,
                                                                                                     with her membership plaque
                                                                                                     during the November 4th
                                                                                                     Palmdale Business Breakfast




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                                     Membership Luncheon
                                                 October 20, 2010


                                                                                         Melissa Ahearn (left) received Labor
                                                                                         Ready’s Membership Plaque from Tina
                                                                                         DeRienzo, Chief Ambassador (right) also in
                                                                                         photo is Stacia Nemeth, Interim CEO (back)




       October Luncheon Speaker,
       Mark Randle, SBA Office of
         Disaster Preparedness




                                                      Mission Uniform and Linen
                                                      received the Spirit of Palmdale
                                                      at the October Luncheon.
                                                      Photographed left to right:
                                                      Stacia Nemeth, Interim CEO,
                                                                                                 Tina DeRienzo, Chief Ambassador,
                                                      Joann Crawford and ???
                                                                                                    presented Bill Hier, Shaklee
                                                                                                       Distributor, with their
                                                                                                        Membership Plaque




    Rich Poston, Chair Taste of Palmdale, presented         Fresco II Restaurant & Catering and Fourteen at the Embassy Suites
      Abby Jimenez and Carlos Jimenez of Nadia             Palmdale tied for Restaurant of the Year at the 2010 Taste of Palmdale.
     Cakes with a plaque for Caterer of the Year at         Photographed left to right: Rich Poston, Chair Taste of Palmdale; Lea
              the 2010 Taste of Palmdale.                Graffeo, Fresco II Restaurant; Chris Carignan, Merlin Wan, and Randy Keller
                                                                                 of Embassy Suites Palmdale.


December 2010 • Page 6                                                                                       www.palmdalechamber.org
                                      Membership Luncheon
                                                November 17, 2010




   Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles received the November Spirit of                Destiny Alliance Regiment Boosters received a
   Palmdale. Photographed left to right: Stacia Nemeth, Interim CEO,               certificate of appreciation for speaking at the Palm-
    Marika Nemeth, Girl Scout, Julie Lovelock and Irma Tamayo, Girl                 dale Chamber November Membership Luncheon.
                      Scouts of Greater Los Angeles                                Photographed left to right: Angela Guines, Iris Godry
                                                                                    and Shawn Hamberlin, Destiny Alliance Regiment
                                                                                         Boosters and Stacia Nemeth, Interim CEO


                                                Grace Resources received
                                                a certificate of appreciation
                                                for speaking at the Palm-
                                                dale Chamber November
                                                Membership Luncheon.
                                                Photographed left to right:
                                                Chuck Simons, Grace Re-
                                                sources and Stacia Nemeth,
                                                Interim CEO




                                                                                            Palmdale Lions Club received a certificate
                                                                                           of appreciation for speaking at the Palmdale
                                                                                           Chamber November Membership Luncheon.
                                                                                            Photographed left to right: Kathy Schroder,
                                                                                             Palmdale Lions Club and Stacia Nemeth,
                                                                                                            Interim CEO




          Dillard’s was the sponsor of the November Membership Luncheon. Photographed
         left to right: Laura Buchanan, Dillard’s; Brittany Troffer, Miss City of Palmdale; Celest
            Eckley, Dillard’s; Stacia Nemeth, Interim CEO; Tina DeRienzo, Chief Ambassador.

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                                                            Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Re-
                                                       servists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came
                                                       from Bill’s wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to
                                                       deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill
                                                       determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. He did. The 1947
                                                       pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots program in 1948
                                                       and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.
                                                            Ralph Vasquez, Toys for Tots campaign organizer for the Antelope Valley, will be glad to get
                                                       you involved by bringing your business a drop off box. All you need to do is send out a few
                                                       messages to your employees on the Toys for Tots program and start collecting. Call Ralph when
                                                       your collection box is full and Ralph will be happy to pick up your drop off box (805-432-1748).
                                                       It’s easy to help, start today, give Ralph a call.

Bring a Toy…
  There are also several places to drop off your new unwrapped toy and make a needy child very happy this Christmas. Here are just a few….
  Camille’s Sidewalk Café           Rosemary Mann             661.273.5500                 450 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale
  Camille’s Sidewalk Café           Rosemary Mann             661.940.5878                 43901 15th St. W., Lancaster
  Cash America                      Steven Mojica             661.272.1970                 1050 E. Palmdale Blvd., Ste. 208, Palmdale
  Don Ryan Ins.                     Don Ryan                  661.272.9926                 38457 9th St. E, Palmdale
  Edward Jones Investments                                    661.274.7846                 38745 Tierra Subida, Ste. 130, Palmdale
  FISH Window                       Thom Shaw                 661.456.6138
  Four Star Printing                Sharon Renteria           661.274.1896                 38917 20th St. E., # 201, Palmdale
  Frank’s Radio                     Frank Garcia              661.940.3302                 41758 12th St. W, Ste. A, Palmdale
  George Rasmussen Ins.             George Rasmussen          661.942.7240                 38345 30th St. E, Ste. B1, Palmdale
  Girl Scouts of Greater L.A.       Kay Chilson               661.723.1230x2359            2330 Mall Loop Rd. #2359, Lancaster
  Greenbee Landscaping              Brad Hayes                661.274.2331                 2505 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale
  Keller Williams                   Audrey Miller             661.265.6270                 1401 W. Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale
  Mary Kay Center                                                                          42225 10th St. West, Lancaster
  Prudential - Troth                Vickie Ryan               661.810.2225                 1801 W. Ave. K, Ste. 101, Lancaster
  QH Automotive                     Doug Beimler              661.949.8484                 226 W. Ave. I, Lancaster
  Rally Auto Group                  Bill Uriarte              661.947.6000                 39012 Carriage Way, Palmdale
  Rancho Raviri                     Lee Barron                661.943.5956                 42116 50th St. W., # C, Quartz Hill
  Robert Munden Ins.                Debbie Munden             661.575.9656                 190 Sierra Ct, Ste. A-8, Palmdale
  Shakey’s                          Cindy Staats              661.273.3196                 39450 10th St. W, #A, Palmdale
  Storage Express                   Nicole Gray               661.266.1313                 380 W. Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale
  The Palmdale Hotel                Laurie Cook               661.273.1200                 300 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale
  The UPS Store                     Patrick Powers            661.273.8877                 38713 Tierra Subida, #200, Palmdale


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                         Palmdale Wal*Mart Grand Re-Opening
                                                             Photos by Bob Fields




    On Friday, October 29, 2010, the West Palmdale Wal*Mart celebrated        All four chambers joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony. After
its Grand Re-Opening. The Quartz Hill High School band played music       the ribbons were cut, everyone was invited inside to view the newly
as the guests arrived, Mario Rosales was the Master of Ceremonies,        remodeled store and sample from a variety of Wal*Mart vendors.
Highland High School Color Guard presented the colors, JoJo Basiloy, an       Wal*Mart #1660 originally opened for business in Palmdale on July
associate, from the TLE department sang the Star Spangled Banner.         31, 1991. That location was on Rancho Vista Boulevard just east of the
    Trent Blankenship, store General Manager, gave a speech on            14 freeway. In July of 2005, they moved to their new location on 10th
Wal*Mart. Palmdale Mayor, Jim Ledford, gave a short speech and along      St West and Ave O-8.
with Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Lackey, they presented Trent with a certificate        This year in August, they began their remodel of the store which entailed
from the City. Captain Bobby Denham of the Los Angeles County Sheriff     widening of the aisles, low profile shelves, and a bright interior paint
Department, Palmdale Station, gave a short speech on how Wal*Mart is      scheme along with enhanced lighting and easy to read signage to make the
out there helping in the community. Both Mayor Ledford and Captain        customers shopping experience more convenient than ever before.
Denham thanked Wal*Mart for helping the community during the Crown            The remodeled store gives the customer a more open shopping
Fire. Cathy Shepard, VP of the Palmdale School District gave a short      experience with the wider aisles and making it easier for the customer
speech, along with Josh Mann from George Passentino & Associates          to pick up what they need in a quicker amount of time.
and Coach Pete Amaya, Vice President & Manager of the Lancaster               Among some of the changes was an enlarged electronics
Union Bank.                                                               department, which features a wide selection of the latest consumer
    Pepe Eads along with Trent Blankenship presented donation checks      electronics and home entertainment. The new design also includes a
to the following organizations:                                           more hands-on experience for the customers with interactive displays
    Louise Skosey – Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles        $500        for hi-definition Blu-ray, video gaming and portable electronics. This
    Bridget Razo – Antelope Valley College Foundation       $1,000        interactive experience allows the customer to test the new technology.
    Cheri Kreitz – Principal Quartz Hill High School          $500            A new department called Celebration Station has been added and
    Dr. Laura Herman – Principal Highland High School         $500        features party supplies, greeting cards, balloons and helium tanks,
    Los Angeles County Fire Explorer Scouts                   $500        cake supplies and gift wrap. They have also combined the site-to-store
    State Assemblyman Steve Knight presented store General Manager,       and photo lab into a single area at the rear of the store. The low-
Trent, with a proclamation from both himself and Senator George           profile shelving creates an improved sightline for customers to see the
Runner’s office, Michael Orme from Congressman Buck McKeon’s              directional signage to help them to find the products that they need a
office made a presentation, along with George Rasmussen, Chair-           lot easier. The pharmacy has also been renovated to provide an open
Elect Palmdale Chamber of Commerce; Ramon Ortega, CEO Lancaster           customer friendly environment.
Chamber of Commerce; Rich Poston, President of the Antelope Valley            As I end this article, I must say that I never realized exactly how
Black Chamber of Commerce; Kelly Cobos, Antelope Valley Federal           much Wal*Mart is out there in the communities helping out both locally
Credit Union; and Abel Sierra from the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber   and nationally until I started working for them.
of Commerce.

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                                                                                            Fresco II Restaurant & Catering Grand
                                                                                            Opening Celebration on November 8, 2010
                                                                                            Above: Adrian Dares, VC Community Affairs, Elena Treat, VC
                                                                                            Membership, Leonard and Lea Graffeo
                                                                                            Left: Leonard and Lea Graffeo rejoice during the Grand Opening and
                                                                                            Ribbon Cutting celebration




                                                        Symvionics Ribbon Cutting                                  Walmart Grand Re-Opening
                                                        October 21, 2010                                                    October 22, 2010
                                                        Symvionics, Inc. celebrated their new IADS            Walmart Supercenter, West Palmdale celebrated
                                                        Commercial Center on October 21, 2010.                  their Grand Re-Opening on October 22, 2010.




                                    AMBASSADORS AT WORK
                                            CHIEF AMBASSADOR REPORT
                                         By Tina DeRienzo, Chief Ambassador

    Wow, has the year gone by fast. The ambassadors have really been busy this year, with all the ribbon cuttings, luncheons, breakfasts,
mixers, and of course our main events, we have put in a lot of hours. Palmdale Chamber is so grateful for your assistance. I want to personally
thank all of you who participated this year. Without your support as ambassadors, our events would not gone so smooth.
    I hope all of you had a wonderful year, and made the best of every obstacle that was in your way, I know I tried to. I want to wish all of you a
prosperous and joyful new year, as well as a wonderful holiday. I know that the holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. We as
a community will have to pull together and be strong, not just for our individual families, but for extended families as well as ourselves. Remember
to smile as we pass one another in the halls, this can bring hope for someone’s day.
      I would like to thank the new incoming ambassadors for becoming a part of our team this year. Those new ambassadors are Ahmed
Castro with Mental Health America, Bruce Haney, Jr. with Lamar Advertising and Lisa Mazzeo with Costco Wholesale. Becoming an ambassador is
a really important part of the Chamber. Being an ambassador for your company gives you a chance to network with many communities, industries,
and socialites along with having some fun while you are networking. Remember an ambassador is a volunteer and volunteers are very important!
Let’s all stay together to help make the new year grand!

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      Luncheon Committee News                                                                        2010 EXECUTIVE BOARD
                                                                            Chris Buchanan, Board Chair ...................................Mental Health of America
     At our December luncheon, Chris Buchanan, 2010 Palmdale                George Rasmussen, Chair Elect ............................... Rasmussen/Farmers Ins.
Chamber of Commerce Board Chair will be presenting the State of the         Tammy Lucas, Corporate Secretary.............................Palmdale Water District
Chamber. For holiday entertainment the Palmdale High School Choir           Michael Richter, Chief Financial Officer .............................Sleep Number Store
                                                                            Elena Treat, Vice-Chair Membership .................................Antelope Valley Mall
will be performing for us. To end the meeting we will be having a gift
                                                                            Frank Garcia, Vice-Chair Ways & Means................. Frank’s Radio Service, Inc.
exchange.                                                                   Adrian Dares, Vice-Chair Community Affairs ............. Financial Risk Mgmt. Inc.
     The luncheon committee would like to thank all of our raffle spon-     Richard Poston, Vice-Chair Governmental Affairs/.......................DJ Debonaire
sors for the year. ADT-Eli Colvin, Code 3 Mobile Notary-Lisa Ballentine,       Econ. Development
Dry Town Water Park-City of Palmdale, It’s A Grind-Phyllis Glass, Mer-      Ralph Vasquez, Immediate Past Chair ........................................... TF Designs
rill Gardens-Mandy Luther, State Farm Insurance-Wendell Cuffy,Union                                     BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bank Lancaster-Coach Pete, Wingstop A.V.-Steve Tucker, Black Eyes           Chuck Church .........................................................Northrop Grumman
Fight Gear.com-Tomas Estrelle, Farmers Insurance-Debbie Munden,             David Collin .............................................. Allstate Information Services
The Palmdale Hotel-Lisa Wilkerson, Walmart - East Lancaster-Lisa            Dave Saltman .......................................................................A.V. Press
                                                                            Don Ryan ................................................ Farmers Insurance-Don Ryan
Mathews, Celebrating Homes-Jackie Don, Farmers Insurance-
                                                                            Laurie Cook ...................................................Embassy Suites Palmdale
Don Ryan, Kaiser Permanente-Virginia Farley, QH Automotive-Doug             Pamela Gaspar ..............................................................Banco Popular
Beimler, A.V. Florist-Chris Spicher, First City Credit Union-Kim Perkins,   Robbie Royster ..................................... L.A. County Sheriff Department
GreenBee Landscape-Brad Hayes, Nadia Cakes, AVES-Tina DeRienzo,             Tammy Bargerhuff ..............................................................Sam’s Club
Frank’s Radio-Frank Garcia.                                                 Todd Porter...............................................................Lamar Advertising
                                                                            Trent Blankenship .................................................WalMart Super Store
     Remember there is a special networking time from 11:15 to 11:30.
For $20 you may sponsor a table and advertise your company. If you                                     2010 COMMITTEE LIST
are interested, please contact Liz De La Cruz 661-273-3598.                 Ambassadors.......................................................................Tina DeRienzo
     The luncheon committee will be looking to topics for the 2011 lun-     Business @ the AV Mall ..............................................................Don Ryan
                                                                            Business Directory/Map...................................................................... Staff
cheon. If you have any topics that you would like us to present at the
                                                                            Bylaws .................................................................................Tammy Lucas
lucheons, pleas email the committee at luncheon@palmdalechamber.org         Christmas Parade .......................................................................Don Ryan
     Please don’t forget to RSVP to the Chamber 661-273-3232. If you        City Council Agenda Review ..................................................... Rich Poston
would like, your name can be added to the permanent RSVP list. Re-          Crab Crack & Dance Party ........................................................ Dave Collin
                                                                            Education ...........................................................................Sheri Tuminaro
member once you are on the permanent list you are included in the
                                                                            Elections ..................................................................... George Rasmussen
head count. If you can’t make it please call and cancel your reserva-       Electronic Communications................................................................. Staff
tion. We hope to see you at our luncheon on Wednesday, December             Ethics ................................................................................. Ralph Vasquez
15, 2010 at 11:15am.                                                        Finance ............................................................................. Michael Richter
                                                                            Fireworks .......................................................................Trent Blankenship
                                                                            Foundation .......................................................................... Chuck Church
2010 Monthly Luncheon Committee                                             Gift Wrapping..................................................................... Pamela Gaspar
Palmdale Chamber of Commerce                                                Golf ..................................................................................... Frank Garcia
                                                                            Installation Banquet...................................................... George Rasmussen
Submitted by Laura Gordon
                                                                            JetHawks Night......................................................................... Pepe Eads
Great Hill Services Inc.                                                    Jt. Business Showcase Expo ................................................ Ralph Vasquez
                                                                            Jt. Military Affairs ................................................................. Chuck Church
                                                                            Legislation .............................................................................. Rich Poston
                                                                            Marketing ............................................................................ Dave Saltman
          Schedule a Mixer in 2011                                          Membership .............................................................................Elena Treat
                                                                            Miss City of Palmdale .............................................................. Rich Poston
    Chamber mixers are designed to showcase the member’s business           Mixers ................................................................................Paul J. Porteus
 to Chamber members and guests, while also providing business               Newsletter ............................................................................Tammy Lucas
 contact opportunities in a relaxed setting.                                Nominating .................................................................. George Rasmussen
                                                                            Palmdale Business Breakfast ........................................ George Rasmussen
    If you and your company would like to host a mixer, please contact      Personnel .................................................................... George Rasmussen
 the Chamber office at 661-273-3232. Provide the office with a couple       Picnic ..................................................................................Tina DeRienzo
 of months you would like to host a mixer and our Mixer Committee will      Policy & Procedures ..............................................................Tammy Lucas
                                                                            Taste of Palmdale ................................................................... Rich Poston
 evaluate your site and determine the dates available.                      Welcoming ......................................................................... Ralph Vasquez
    Chamber mixers are held the fourth Thursday of each month from
                                                                                                       2010 CHAMBER STAFF
 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.                                                                                             Little Miss
                                                                            Interim Chief Executive Officer ........................................Stacia Nemeth
                                                                            Financial Analyst ............................................................ Liz De La Cruz
                                                                                                                    Tori Flores
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                                                                                                                                                                Tina De Rienzo, Chief Ambassador, Chris Carignan,
                                                                                                                                                                Embassy Suites, Randy Keller, Embassy Suites, and
                                                                                                                                                                            Paul Porteus, Mixer Chair.




          Halloween costume
         contestants during the
          Halloween Mixer at
        Embassy Suites, Palmdale.
2010 VISIONARY MEMBERS




                         BUSINESS NAME:                                                            CONTACT:                                          PHONE #:
                         A 24 Hr. Notary ......................................................Don & Vickie Ryan ........................... 661.810.2224
                         A.V. Mall ................................................................Elena Treat ..................................... 661.266.9422
                         Antelope Valley Healthcare ......................................Ann Hill .......................................... 661.948.7501                         AD SIZES
                         D.J. Debonaire .......................................................Richard Poston ............................... 661.267.2895                       Flyer Insertion:
                         Don Ryan Farmers Insurance ..................................Don Ryan ....................................... 661.272.9926                              1 Month – $100.00
                         Donnell Printing .....................................................Beth Hurzeler .................................. 661.942.1449
                                                                                                                                                                                     Full Page:
                         Farmers Insurance-George Rasmussen....................George Rasmussen ......................... 661.942.7240                                               7.5 x 9.875
                         Financial Risk Management ....................................Adrian Dares................................... 661.940.4876                                1 Month – $200.00
                                                                                                                                                                                   1 Year – $2,000.00
                         Frank’s Radio Service Inc. .......................................Frank Garcia ................................... 661.940.3302
                         Mental Health America ...........................................Chris Buchanan .............................. 661.726.2850                                 Half Page
                         Northrop Grumman ................................................Chuck Church ................................. 661.266.5673                           Horizontal: 7.5 x 4.875
                                                                                                                                                                                Vertical: 3.65 x 9.875
                         Prospect Mortgage .................................................Paul J. Porteus ............................... 661.547.1250                1 Month – $125.00 • 1 Year – $1,250.00
                         Prudential Troth, Realtors ........................................Vickie Ryan ..................................... 661.810.2225
                         Sleep Number Bed Store.........................................Michael Richter ............................... 661.272.0682
                                                                                                                                                                                  Quarter Page:
                                                                                                                                                                                     3.65 x 4.875
                         TF Designs Screen Printing .....................................Ralph Vasquez ................................ 805.432.1748                      1 Month – $50.00 • 1 Year – $500.00
                         Wal-Mart Supercenter West Palmdale ......................Trent Blankenship ........................... 661.267.6496
                                                                                                                                                                              Front Cover Banner
                                             2010 Visionary Members: $10.00 good for January - December 2010                                                                     Full Color – 7.5 x 1.5
                                                                                                                                                                                   1 Month – $150.00

                                                                                                                                                                                    Back Cover
                                                                                                                                                                                 Full Color – 7.5 x 7.5
                                                                                                                                                                                   1 Month – $150.00

                                                                                                                                                                                  Business Card
                                                                                                                                                                                        3.5 x 2
                                                                                                                                                                          1 Month – $30.00 • 1 Year – $300.00

                                                                                                                                                                      To
                                                                                                                                                         Miss PalmdaleAdvertise Your Business
                                                                                                                                                                    in the Vantage Please Contact:

                                                                                                                                                         Brittany Troffer Liz De la Cruz
                                                                                                                                                                         661-273-3232

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                                                  Queens’
                                                        corner                     Miss City of Palmdale 2010
                                                                                         Brittany Troffer
                                                        Hello Everyone,
                                                        To those of you I haven’t had the privilege of meeting yet, I am Brittany Troffer your Miss City of
                                                    Palmdale 2010. To those of you I have met, hope you are doing well!
                                                        I am writing this article today to inform you about the community service project that Miss Rancho
                                                    Vista 2010 Katelin Bright and I will be involved in. The title of this project will be: “Project Prom Queen”
                                                    and the goal of this project is to distribute, free of charge, quality and gently used prom dresses to
                                                    girls who are underprivileged. With our tough economic times at hand a service like this is in high
                                                    demand in the Antelope Valley. Prom is a time for a girl to feel like a Queen and no girl should have to
                                                    worry about not being able to afford the “perfect dress”.
                                                        How can you help with this noble goal you ask? Spread the word that we are collecting prom
                                                    dresses to all your friends and if they have dresses to donate you can contact the Palmdale Chamber
                                                    of Commerce office at (661) 272-3232.
                                                        We will be collecting all winter in hopes to have a large closet of dresses for girls to shop through
   Katelin Bright, 2010 Miss Rancho Vista, and      next year. If you would like to assist in any other way, feel free to also call the Chamber office. I thank
   Brittany Troffer, 2010 Miss City of Palmdale     you in advance for your support and help.




                                                    Junior Miss                                                                    Little Miss
                                                  City of Palmdale                                                                Palmdale / AV
                                                        2010                                                                          2010
                                                   Felicia Flores                                                                  Tori Flores




     Well, this year is just flying by!                                                 Hello Antelope Valley,
     I’ve met so many new people, who have just been the nicest!                        Let me tell you what I’ve been up to lately. My book drive for The
     Junior Miss Rancho Vista, Vanessa Blanchard, and I are working on a            Child Resource Center was a success. I collected almost 500 books!
 service project that we like to call the “Jeans and Jacket Drive”. We want         Thank you to everyone who donated. Now I’m working on my next ser-
 to be able to help the people in our communities by giving them a new or           vice project. I’m collecting cans of cat and dog food to distribute to the
                                                                                    Lancaster Animal Shelter to make sure that the animals have a wonderful
 gently used jacket or pair of jeans! We will be continuing this project for
                                                                                    Thanksgiving Dinner.
 a while, so if you would like to donate a pair of jeans or a jacket, you can           I’m looking forward to all of the Christmas Parades. Hopefully, I will
 drop them off at one of our drop-off locations: The Palmdale Chamber               get to see you on one of the parade routes. Thank you everyone. I’m
 Office or The Palmdale Learning Plaza School. If you have any questions            proud to be your Little Miss Antelope Valley/ Little Miss Palmdale 2010.
 about it, feel free to email me at feliciaflores2010@yahoo.com for more
 information regarding our service project!
     I look forward to a fun and eventful rest of the year with my sister
 queens!
     I hope I am serving the community of Palmdale well.


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 Sunday                   Monday                       Tuesday                        Wednesday                            Thursday                             Friday                       Saturday
      Please call the appropriate Chamber/Organization for
    information regarding their events listed in this calendar.
    A.V. Black Chamber of Commerce (AVBCC)                661.946.8780                              4:00pm
                                                                                                                 1
                                                                                     Jt. Legislative Committee Meeting
                                                                                                                                     7:00am
                                                                                                                                                   2
                                                                                                                           Holiday Business Breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                                 3             LCC - Holiday Parade
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lancaster Blvd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4
    A.V. Board of Trade (AVBOT)                           661.942.9581
    A.V. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AVHCC)             661.538.0607
                                                                                        L.A. Co. Fire Training Station,
                                                                                                   Lancaster
                                                                                                                                Hilton Garden Inn
                                                                                                                        1309 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale
                                                                                                                                                                                               enjoyed
                                                                                                                                                                                       GuestsQHCC - Chamber
    Lancaster Chamber of Commerce (LCC)                   661.948.4518                                                                                                                  playing Craps
                                                                                                                                                                                              Christmas Dinner
    Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce (QHCC)                661.722.4811                                                                                                                during the Mixer.
    City of Lancaster                                     661.723.6000




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                                                           7:30am
                                                   Executive Board Meeting
                                                   Camille’s Sidewalk Café
                                                    450 W. Palmdale Blvd,
                                                           Palmdale
                                                                                                  7:30am                                                            9:15am                           10:00am
                                                        5:30pm - 10:00pm               Board of Directors Meeting                                          Luncheon Committee Meeting         William J. “Pete” Knight
                                                      Annual Planning Retreat           Camille’s Sidewalk Café                                             Chamber Conference Room              Christmas Parade
                                                   Larry Chimbole Cultural Center    450 W. Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale                                                                          “A Celebration of Family”
                                                    38350 Sierra Hwy, Palmdale                   11:30am                                                                                   5th St. West starting at Ave. Q
                                                        11:30am-1:00pm                  LCC - Monthly Luncheon
                                                     AVHCC - Monthly Luncheon          University of Antelope Valley
                                                         Hilton Garden Inn




             12                            13                8:00am
                                                                             14                11:15am
                                                                                                             15                     11:30am
                                                                                                                                               16                             17                                 18
                                                   Membership Committee Meeting          Membership Luncheon               Director/Ambassador/Staff
                                                    Chamber Conference Room               The Palmdale Hotel                     Holiday Lunch
                                                                                     300 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale                  TBA

                                                                                         AVHCC - Monthly Mixer                5:30pm-7:30pm
                                                                                             Location TBA                    LCC - Monthly Mixer
                                                                                                                                Location TBA




             19                  11:30am
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                                                                                                                          The Palmdale Chamber of
                                                                                                                                                                              24
                                                                                                                                                           The Palmdale Chamber of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                25
                        AVBCC - Monthly Luncheon                                                                         Commerce office will close          Commerce office will be
                            Hilton Garden Inn                                                                             at Noon in Observance of          closed in Observance of
                                                                                                                                 Christmas                         Christmas




            26                             27                 8:00am
                                                                           28                               29                                30
                                                                                                                         The Palmdale Chamber of
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                                                                                                                                                           The Palmdale Chamber of
                                                                                                                                                                                             Event Dates
                                                                                                                                                                                               & Times
                                                     Finance Committee Meeting                                         Commerce office will close at         Commerce office will be
                                                     Chamber Conference Room                                              Noon in Observance of             closed in Observance of
                                                               11:30am
                                                                                                                              New Year’s Eve                    New Year’s Day               Are Subject
                                                          AVBOT - Luncheon
                                                    J.P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center                                                                                                            To Change

				
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