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					                                                                                                                                         MAY 2009

                                                                                                                               819 Commercial Avenue
                                                                                                                                 Anacortes, WA 98221


The Newsletter of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce

calendar                                        president’s luncheon
                                                The Anacortes Brand Promise
Friday, May 1              12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Brown Bag Lunch Series
    Overcoming Objections
    Chamber Office
                                                P    lease join us for the May 14 President’s luncheon as international
                                                     branding expert, Duane Knapp, leads us in discovering how we can
                                                fulfill the expectation created with the new Anacortes tagline: Coast in.
Thursday, May 7                     11:45 am    Hang out. Once visitors come, how can our actions and the experiences we
    Ambassador Lunch                            provide keep them coming back for more?
    Chamber Office
                                                     Mr. Knapp’s company, BrandStrategy, has advised over 300 brands in
Monday, May 11                        2:30 pm
                                                14 countries worldwide. He is the author of the Destination BrandScience
    Marketing & Promotions Division Meeting                                                                                      Duane Knapp
    Chamber Office                              book which was published by the Destination Marketing Association Interna-
Tuesday, May 12                       2:45 pm   tional. He has advised many leading destinations including Los Angeles, Santa
    Membership Division Meeting                 Monica, Mobile Bay, Tulsa, Tourism Vancouver, Palm Beach County and
    Chamber Office                              Tourism Victoria.
Thursday, May 14           11:30 am – 1:00 pm        The lunch is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate. The cornerstone          Event sponsor
    President’s Luncheon                        of the Windermere brand is their belief in providing exceptional service and in
    Anacortes Lutheran Church                   doing their job well. “We believe people are more important than money and we know our work says
    2100 “O” Avenue
                                                a whole lot about who we are, and we are proud of whom we’ve become.”
Thursday, May 14                      3:45 pm        President’s Lunch is May 14 from 11:30 am–1:00 pm at the Anacortes Lutheran Church—
    Governmental Affairs Division Meeting
    Chamber Office                              lunch is $20. You can now register and pay online for this event at
Friday, May 15                      10:30 am
    Finance/Executive Meeting
    Chamber Office
                                                business after hours
Tuesday, May 19                       3:45 pm   San Juan Passage
    Board of Directors Meeting

    Chamber Office                                   ome explore Anacortes’s newest coastal community at
Thursday, May 21            5:30 pm – 7:00 pm        the May business after hours at San Juan Passage, and
    Business After Hours                        tour their recently launched Seacoast Classics. Four homes
    San Juan Passage
                                                will be open, with two fully furnished models, showcasing
Friday, May 22             12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
                                                striking coastal architecture and timeless interior finishes.
    Brown Bag Lunch Series
    Facebook                                         The after hours is on Thursday, May 21 from 5:30–7:00
    Chamber Office                              pm. San Juan Passage is located near the ferry across from
Tuesday, May 26                       9:00 am   the entrance to Clearidge.
    VIC Meeting                                      To join us for this springtime event please RSVP to the chamber at 293-7911.
    Chamber Office
Thursday, May 28                      4:00 pm
    Economic Development Division Meeting       state income tax proposals
    Chamber Office                                 he following is an article from AWB Presi-       tax would plug a gaping hole in their tax sys-
cornerstone members                                dent Don Brunell. I think he gives a good
                                                perspective on recent discussion in Olympia
                                                                                                    tem. And for years, voters in both states have
                                                                                                    overwhelmingly rejected proposals to adopt the
                                                regarding a state income tax. —M.E.                 other state’s system.
                                                    For years, Washington state reformers               Oregonians will point to their two-legged
                                                have coveted Oregon’s income tax, while their       stool, claiming their property taxes are too high
                                                Oregon counterparts believe adopting a sales        and the (INCOME TAX continued on page 7)
    a message from the director                                                                           Department of Licensing

    A  s I write this, spring has sprung! The sun
       is out, the mood seems a bit more opti-
    mistic, and traffic throughout town has picked
                                                     for his in-
                                                                                                          I  n addition to the many other activities
                                                                                                             we generate, the chamber also oversees
                                                                                                          the Department of Licensing sub-agency in
    up noticeably—hopefully this translates into     themes, re-                                          Anacortes, providing a convenient outlet for
    good things for our business community.          inforcing the                                        local residents. Located in the space adjacent
        Your chamber has been busy over the          importance                                           to the Visitor Center, Kristi Daniels and Mandy
    past several months and I wanted to take a       of buying lo-                                        Murdock provide a variety of vehicle and boat
    moment and catch you up on the highlights.       cally. We will                                       licensing services to the public. These highly
    On the events side:                              be selling a                                         trained professionals will ensure that title
                                                     discount card                                        transfers are done correctly and that the fees
     We inaugurated a successful Spring Wine
                                                     throughout                                           you pay will be kept to a minimum. Please
      Festival in the Port Warehouse, bring-
                                                     May, at the                                          visit us for your future licensing needs. The
      ing in hundreds of out-of-town visitors.
                                                     Waterfront                                           office is open M–F from 9:00–5:00 and on
      Despite the Tulip Festival, April is still
                                                     Festival and                                         Saturdays (Apr–Sept, 9:00–1:00).
      “shoulder season” for Anacortes and this
      event was helpful to restaurants, hotels,
                                                     with pro-
      and merchants.
                                                     ceeds being used to maintain this continued
                                                     marketing. Please support this program to
     Trawler Fest kicks off this week. Over
                                                     the extent possible.
      1,000 boaters will visit Anacortes to
                                                          The Futures Project, a strategic economic
                                                                                                           ChamberMaster Update—
      attend this regional gathering put on
      by PassageMaker magazine. Judging
                                                     development report, was issued late last              Online Credit Card
                                                     month after nearly two years of effort. The re-
      by results from last year, the event will
                                                     port is available on the chamber Web site—I           Payment Option
      generate significant revenue for the city.

                                                     encourage you to take some time and to read                 embers now have the ability to pay
      Thank you to the Port for their efforts in
                                                     through it. There are some great insights into              online for lunches, breakfasts and
      making Trawler Fest such a success!
                                                     our local economy and its direction, as well          membership dues via their credit card.
                                                     as opportunities and threats to the business          The process is simple.
     The following week, the chamber will
                                                     community. I would appreciate any feedback                 For membership dues go to our Web
      stage the 20th annual Waterfront Festi-
                                                     you might have on this.                               site at and click on
      val, bringing together a wide swath of the
                                                          Finally, I wanted to thank Mayor Dean            the chamber member login button located
      Anacortes community, as well as many
                                                     Maxwell for his leadership and Duane Clark            at the bottom of the screen. Once logged
      visitors. In addition to traditional activi-
                                                     (Cap Sante Court Retirement Community) for            into your account choose the pay bills
      ties, a kayak race has been added this
                                                     his organizational skills in helping save the         online option and input your information.
      year. This is a fun weekend—please plan
                                                     international ferry. In addition to cultural ben-          When registering for an event online
      on joining us.
                                                     efits, this run is enormously important to the        either via an email or our Web site calen-
         Our marketing efforts have been produc-     financial health of our city, bringing in at least    dar you will now be prompted to continue
    tive, with a totally revamped Web site and       $4 million annually to the local economy.             to the payment option area at the end of
    tourism brochure, incorporating our new tag      Mayor Maxwell was key in driving this effort.         your registration.
    line and logo. Chamber window clings are in      I appreciate Duane’s willingness to assume                 Thanks to Barry Harter from Central
    evidence all over town—if you didn’t receive     leadership of the ferry advisory committee            Payment Corporation for his assistance in
    one, please contact the office. Advertising      during a very challenging period—he has               working with ChamberMaster and helping
    will be appearing throughout the spring in a     done a wonderful job in this role.                    us better serve our membership. We ac-
    variety of publications, including Sunset, Se-        Enjoy your Spring. As always, if there is        cept Visa and MasterCard.
    attle, Seattle Metropolitan, and AAA Journey.    anything that your chamber staff can do to
         The Buy Close By program has been           help you, please let us know. Thank you for
    launched, with bi-weekly display ads in the      your continued support of the Chamber of
    Anacortes American. Thanks to Jack Darnton       Commerce.                        —Mitch Everton

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member profile

Coastal Realty
C   oastal Realty is a real estate company
    offering their clients a wide range of
highly personalized services. Guy and Sandra
                                                    investment, development planning, sales and
                                                    project marketing. In addition Sandra’s back-
                                                    ground in marketing and advertising adds a
                                                                                                        business scene. Coastal is
                                                                                                        currently in the process of
                                                                                                        building relationships with other local busi-
Davidson started Coastal Realty at the              further dimension enabling Coastal Realty to        nesses offering complementary real estate
beginning of 2009. After working in property        offer clients the means to realize their real       related services such as home staging, house
development and home renovation, Guy                estate goals.                                       cleaning, storage, construction, mortgage
then learned the real estate agent side of the          Before opening their office, Guy and            brokerage and architectural services.
business working as a sales associate with          Sandra looked long and hard for a downtown              For the Davidsons the best part of owning
Windermere for three years. Coastal Realty          location for their venture. They are commit-        this Anacortes business is the opportunity to
unites the knowledge gained over the years          ted to, and believe in, the vitality and contin-    help people fulfill their aspirations. “Owning
by building on Guy’s 20 years of financial          ued success of Anacortes’ central business          a home has always been a part of living the
investment and trading experience and his           district. As a result Coastal Realty is located     American Dream,” says Guy, “and knowing
property development projects to offer clients      at 8th & Q in the very heart of Anacortes           that we can help people find that home is
a full range of services including property         within walking distance of the town’s vibrant       truly satisfying.”

meet your staff

Chamber Staff Serves the Membership
S   tephanie Hamilton is the chamber’s
    program and events director. Her main
focus is on ensuring that chamber and
                                                    dividuals who want to keep Anacortes a great
                                                    place to raise a family,” states Stephanie.
                                                         Mary Talosi is the visitor information
                                                                                                        pose in contributing to this great community.
                                                                                                            Mitch Everton is the chamber’s executive
                                                                                                        director. A native Washingtonian, he grew up
community events run smoothly and that we           and operations director for the chamber. Her        in California, graduating with a BA-Economics
are on the forefront of programming for our         enthusiasm lies with the over 40 volunteers         from U.C. Santa Barbara and an MBA from
members.                                            who are the front door to our community by          UC Berkeley. He moved to Anacortes with
    As the daughter of a retired army colonel,      engaging visitors. Mary also ensures that           his family in 1998 and has been involved in
Stephanie grew up all over the world (most          all aspects of the chamber and the building         a variety of organizations, including serving
notably the Soviet Union during the Cold            are well taken care of, and she is the point of     on the local school board, as well as the ACT,
War). She landed in our state at the end of         contact for our membership.                         Arts Festival, Red Cross, Schools Foundation,
high school and attended Washington State                Mary was born in the Midwest and has           Hospital Foundation, and Manieri Jazz Foun-
University where she majored in public rela-        lived across the United States but has always       dation boards. Most recently he ran Insights
tions, graduating in 1987.                          had a connection to Anacortes. Her first            Gallery with two partners from 2002 through
    With over 15 years of private, non-profit       visit here was when she was two years old.          April of last year. He has been the chamber’s
business experience on either side of the           She graduated from Western Washington               director since July, 2006.
board table, Stephanie is passionate about          University with a degree in Communications              “Anacortes combines the best of many
small business.                                     in 1985. After many years of working in the         worlds—a city of small town values, where
    Stephanie is married to Jack Hamilton—          corporate medical industry, Mary felt the need      you know your neighbors, with scenic beauty,
also known as Mr. Entertainment. They have          to lend her expertise more locally. That vision     miles of parklands, a vibrant business com-
two sons: Caleb, 12 and Geoffrey, 7. The            came true when she joined the chamber staff         munity and a rich cultural heritage--encom-
entire family is committed to community             in 2006. Mary is married and has a son. She         passing art galleries, an excellent newspaper,
through service and is very involved with           is fortunate to live close to her parents as well   bookstores, and great schools.” Mitch and
their church, Christ the King.                      as many family members in the area. She             his wife, Linda, have three children—Elysa,
    “We are blessed to live in a place where        truly feels that living in Anacortes has brought    21, Scott, 17, and Sam, 12—and a recently
everywhere you go there are like-minded in-         her full circle and that she has found her pur-     adopted dog, Spencer, 2.
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    International Ferry Run to Sidney—first run of 2009
    140 Anacortes residents headed to Sidney in an effort to save the ferry

                                                              Top left: Mayor Dean Maxwell and Sidney Mayor Larry Cross; Middle left: Maxwell, Zee
                                                              Hogan, Mitch Everton; Bottom left: Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, Maxwell, Wallie Funk,
                                                              Anacortes Town Crier Richard Riddell and Representative Judy Clibborn; Top: Enthusiastic
                                                              crowd arrives at Friday Harbor en route to Sidney; Above left: Maxwell, Duane Clark and
                                                              Don Wick; Above right: Maxwell addresses Americans and Canadians in Sidney

                                                               save the date

                                                                                        Trawler Fest May 5–10
              Saturday, May 2
           Majestic Hotel Courtyard                              T   his month brings the second visit of Trawler Fest to Anacortes. The annual event is
                                                                     staged by PassageMaker magazine, located in Annapolis, MD and is held regionally in a
                                                                 number of locations nationwide. Trawler Fest incorporates a wide variety of attractions for
             9:00 am - 2:00 pm                                   the boating enthusiast, including an instructional program, a floating boat show, vendor
                                                                 opportunities, and constant networking and social activities. The event this year runs from
                     Plants, garden art, bird houses,            May 5–10, primarily focused on the Boat Haven. Based on last year’s attendance, organiz-
                         hanging baskets, crafts                 ers expect over 1,000 affluent participants to come to Anacortes, in many cases experi-
                                                                 encing our town for the first time. This is a great opportunity to introduce your business
                               Proceeds support
                                                                 to patrons who will return year-after-year. Promotional materials welcoming boaters are
                                Anacortes Flower
                                                                 encouraged—let’s let attendees know how much we appreciate having them in town.
                                  Planter Project.

Waterfront Festival 2009
T   he 19th annual Waterfront Festival is just
    two weeks away—May 16 & 17. Once
again this year, the committee has been put-
                                                  FLEET SPONSORS
                                                  Core Builders, Inc.
                                                  Skagit Valley Herald
                                                  Trident Seafoods, Inc.
ting together an event that truly celebrates
our nautical heritage. From free boat rides       ADMIRALTY
(offered by the Anacortes Yacht Club) to          SPONSORS:
children’s boat building (sponsored by the        Dakota Creek
Fidalgo Island Rotary), from the San Juan           Industries
                                                  Island Hospital
Orca Challenge to Quick and Dirty Boat Build-     Samish Indian Nation
ing—there is something for everyone. There        Tesoro Refining
will be great food, marine-related and arts and     & Marketing
crafts vendor, and lively entertainment.            Company
     Remember that the official Waterfront                                                     FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL:
                                                  VICE ADMIRALTY SPONSORS:                     Anaco Bay Inn
Festival t-shirts are discounted for members      Barrett Financial, Ltd                       Anacortes Yacht Charters
before the festival. Stop by the office and get   Comcast                                      Calico Cupboard
one today. We would love for the entire busi-     March Point Cogeneration                     Cap Sante Inn
ness community to wear the t-shirts every         Puget Sound Energy                           Chandler’s Square
                                                                                               San Juan Lanes
Friday as a way to promote the festival.
                                                  COMMODORE SPONSORS:                          Scott Milo Gallery
     Please check out the Web site for further    Anacortes American                           Star Bar
information—and we’ll see you at Cap Sante        Gere-a-Deli                                  Teriyaki Time
Boat Haven.                                       Hampton Inn & Suites                         Upstage Boutique & Men’s Store
                                                  Holiday Inn Express
                                                  Lakeside Industries
Thanks to these sponsors!                         MacGregor Publishing Company
                                                  Pacific Party Canopies
POSTER SPONSOR                                    River City Screen Printing
Shell Puget Sound Refinery                        Sebo’s
                                                  Transpac Marinas
                                                  Williams & Nulle
Port of Anacortes                                                                                    FULL SERVICE COPY CENTER
                                                  CAPTAIN SPONSORS:
                                                  Horizon Bank                                  •	Fast	B&W	Copies          •	29¢	Color	Copies
STAGE SPONSOR                                     Marine Supply and Hardware                    •	Hot	Laminating           •	Artistic	Giclée	Prints
KWLE—1340                                         People’s Bank                                 •	Wide-Format	Copies       •	Custom	Note	Cards
 the Whale                                        Skagit State Bank                             •	Binding	Services         •	Note	Pads
                                                  Soroptimist International of Anacortes
                                                  Whidbey Island Bank                           •	Fast	Business	Cards      •	Graphic	Design
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    ambassador profile
                                                                                                         new members
    Mark Lione                                                                                            ANACORTES CLEAN!
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    I  very happily arrived in Anacortes from Con-
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    er looked back!! Having spent 20-plus years
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    in the world of intimate apparel in both Los                                                          Janitorial Service
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    for me, the bonus was that it gave me the                                                             Knute Figenshow
    opportunity to travel throughout the world.                                                           Individual Member
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    proximately 100 nights a year in hotels would                                                         (360) 708-4980
    be the training for my next business career                                                 
                                                      Elly—who would rather be hiking
                                                                                                          PO Box 1142
    and the purchase of the Cap Sante Inn. It                                                             Anacortes, WA 98221
    was a natural transition and luckily one that                                                         Johanne Schmidt
    brought me to this most beautiful island!             As a business person in Anacortes, it           Landscape Design & Maintenance
         Personally, I love the fact that we are      is so exciting to be a part of such a vibrant       SUMMIT PARK COVERED STORAGE
    located equidistant between Seattle and Van-      and energetic Chamber of Commerce with              360-588-8800
    couver BC. It allows me the opportunity to        so many talented and active members who             3825 ‘’S’’ Avenue
    enjoy my season subscriptions to the Seattle      eagerly and generously give of their time,          Anacortes, WA 98221
    Opera and the Intiman Theatre. But living         expertise and energy! The Ambassador’s              Andrea McMakin
    in such a vibrant town as Anacortes, I also       group is at the forefront of all chamber events     Mini-storage
    am able to enjoy sailing, hiking with my best     reaching out to both members and the com-
    friend Elly, listening to great music, cooking    munity with a helping hand. It is an honor to
    and entertaining, laughing and, of course,        be a part of such a great group of people who      member renewals
    dancing!!                                         are so committed to our community.
                                                                                                          •	 An-O-Chords
                                                                                                          •	 Anaco	Inn
    thanks...                                                                                             •	 Anacortes	Highliner	Charters
                                                                                                          •	 Anacortes	Lions	Club
                                                                                                          •	 Anacortes	Marine	Electronics,	Inc.
     Thanks to the following members who              •	 Fidalgo	Pool	&	Fitness	Center                    •	 Anacortes	Meats
     donated to the March Sunnyside Up
                                                      •	 Maison	Group                                     •	 Anacortes	Property	Management
                                                                                                          •	 Anacortes	U-Save	Auto	Rental
     •	 Mark	Nilson	Mortgage	Consultant               •	 Mark	Nilson	Mortgage	Consultant                  •	 Art	Shotwell	Web	Design
                                                                                                          •	 Cedar	Creek	Lumber
     •	 Skagit	Island	County	Builders	                •	 McGregor	Benefits
                                                                                                          •	 Elisabeth’s	Cottage	By	The	Sea
        Association                                   •	 Raymond	James	Financial	Services                 •	 Fidalgo	DanceWorks
                                                                                                          •	 Humane	Society	of	Skagit	Valley
                                                      •	 Read	Me	a	Story
     Thanks to these members for donating                                                                 •	 Island	Adventures,	Inc.
     to the March business after hours                •	 Rockfish	Grill                                   •	 The	Kiwanis	Shop
                                                                                                          •	 Lowman	House	Suites
     •	 Buer’s	Floral	&	Gift                          •	 Scribulz                                         •	 Micro	AeroDynamics,	Inc.
                                                      •	 Star	Bar                                         •	 Ponte	Vecchio	Corporation
     •	 Chandler’s	Square	Retirement	
                                                                                                          •	 Thomson,	Blake	A.
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Income Tax                                           Quilt Walk Ribbon Cutting
continued from page 1
income tax doesn’t raise enough money in
                                                     T   o celebrate the
                                                         kick off of the
                                                     Anacortes Quilt Walk
recessionary times. Thus, Oregon needs a
                                                     sponsored by Fidalgo
sales tax.
                                                     Island Quilters Guild,
     Meanwhile, in Washington, where busi-
                                                     an official ribbon cut-
nesses pay more than half of the initial state
                                                     ting ceremony was
and local taxes, reformers believe adding an
                                                     held Friday evening,
income tax can lessen the state’s dependence
                                                     April 3rd in front of
on high sales taxes and the unfair business
                                                     Ana-Cross Stitch.
and occupation tax, a levy on gross income
                                                         Guild members
rather than on profits.
                                                     made 50 quilt blocks
     The bottom line is that while voters hate
                                                     and stenciled a foot-
the tax system they have, they fear change.
                                                     print in each block to symbolize the Quilt Walk.   women and children who seek support from the
There is an inherent distrust about adopting
                                                     The blocks were then attached to a ribbon for      shelter. Their goal is to see that every woman
a new tax because they fear it gives elected
                                                     Mayor Maxwell to cut. After Quilt Walk is over,    and child who comes to the shelter leaves with
officials another way to raise their taxes in
                                                     the blocks will then be made into small quilts     a quilt.
addition to the taxing authority they already
                                                     that will be donated to the Skagit Domestic            Since the Tulip Festival is extending
                                                     Violence and Sexual Assault Center—the Guild’s     through May 3, most of the shops will have
     That’s why the latest attempt to adopt
                                                     main charity. This year the Guild will donate      quilts and garments on display for Quilt Walk
an income tax in Washington doesn’t stand
                                                     over 300 quilts made by our members to the         through May 10th.
much chance even though Sen. Jeanne Kohl-
Welles (D-Seattle) wants to tax only “the rich”
to partially fill the $9 billion revenue hole. She    Anacortes Spring Wine Festival draws a crowd
would impose a 1% income tax on people
making more than $500K annually, single                                                                                       The first annual
heads of households making over $750K, and                                                                                    Anacortes Spring
married couples making over $1M.                                                                                              Wine Festival was
     Even if a 1% flat-rate tax were constitu-                                                                                a rousing success.
tional, it would still require approval by voters,                                                                            More than 650 people
who are the very people expected to pay it.                                                                                   tasted offerings from
Voters have rejected income taxes several                                                                                     24 wineries and six
times before by landslide margins and, in a                                                                                   restaurants. Proceeds
time of job cuts and economic worry, would                                                                                    from the event will
almost certainly do so again.                                                                                                 go to beautification
     So as much as the average Washington                                                                                     projects in Anacortes.
taxpayer hates the current system, it is one
that they are accustomed to and unlikely to
easily abandon. Besides, voters might recall
                                                     save the date
that the original federal income tax was a
“temporary” levy to support the war—the
                                                                      Take a Ride With
Civil War. And when it was made permanent                   Learn about the new service which Skagit Transit will be providing to the residents
in 1913, it applied to only the richest 1% of                                    of Anacortes starting on May 4, 2009.
the population.
                                                             A presentation of the new service will be held at the Anacortes Senior Center
     Times have changed—and so has the
                                                                                     on May 5, 2009 at 11:30 am.
income tax. Perhaps that’s what concerns
voters about adopting a state income tax that               After the presentation residents will have an opportunity to try out the new service.
taxes only “the rich”—for now.                                        For more information call 360-757-8801 and ask for the planner.

vic statistics
Visitor Information Center
                            Mar. 2009    Mar 2008
VISITORS                      796          818
PHONE CALLS                   221          231
INFO REQUESTS                  27           28
RELOCATION REQUESTS            15           16
WEB VISITS                   8,953         n/a
WEB PAGE VIEWS               29,546          n/a

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chamber officers
Executive Board
                                                                                      at the 2009 Waterfront Festival
  Zee Hogan Maison Group
PRESIDENT ELECT                                                                          Kick-off Dinner and Dance
  Mike Trafton Bank of the Pacific                                                 Friday, May 15 at the Port Warehouse
  Jim Clarke John L. Scott R/E                                            Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through EDASC at 336-6114
TREASURER                                                                                                     HOSTED BY:
  Patti Anderson, CPA Williams & Nulle                                                               Anacortes Chamber of Commerce
PAST PRESIDENT                                                                               Economic Development Association of Skagit County
  Robin Pestarino Ponte Vecchio Corp                                                                        Port of Anacortes

Board of Directors
Patti Fisher Seabear, Inc.                                                                                                                          PRESORTED
Kristi Gabrielse Ana-Cross Stitch                                                                                                                   STANDARD
Suzanne Knutson Bunnies By The Bay                                                                                                               US POSTAGE PAID
Mark Lione Cap Sante Inn                                                                                                                          ANACORTES, WA
Heather Miller Read Me A Story
                                                                                                                                                   PERMIT NO. 44
Curtis Payne Curtis Payne Ins. & Financial Services
John Pope Tesoro Refining                                 819 Commercial Ave., Suite F
Joe Schlundt Shell Puget Sound Refinery                   Anacortes, WA 98221
Erik Schorr Anacortes Kayak Tours
Rick Star Rockfish Grill                                 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Peter Whiting Northwest Trawlers

Chamber Staff
Mitch Everton Executive Director
Stephanie Hamilton Program & Events Director
Mary Talosi Visitor Information & Operations Director   Newsletter designed by Linda J. McGuire
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Kristi Daniels & Mandy Murdock Licensing Sub-Agents
                                                        Bayshore copy CENTER
Photography by Steve Berentson                          Inside BAYSHORE OFFICE PRODUCTS
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