Spring is just around the corner!

It was a blustery afternoon in mid February.  As I drove to check out our Chamber mailbox, I saw two ladies sitting at a table in the park with picnic basket and table cloth, another table with a small family and a young man chasing a frisbee. These are signs that Spring is close and new energy is in the wind.  Your Chamber too is feeling new energy as we start our Ambassador program.  Our plan is to first contact all current members to see about their concerns and needs from the Chamber.  Our Ambassador, Sandy Girard, and I will be visiting together as we grow our team.  If you are interested in becoming an ambassador please contact the chamber’s website.  You will have the opportunity to meet new businesses and help them launch a successful ribbon cutting or mixer/coffee.

As we visit businesses in the area, we will also be sharing information on our Professional Development Scholarship.  Information is on our website.  Also on the website is a very easy application to join or renew your Chamber membership.

The date for the Wine Stroll has been finalized to May 13th 5:30 - 8:30 with the theme of Country Western.  Hopefully this will bring us less chancy weather.  The team is working to make some additions to the evening as well.  Watch the website and Facebook for updates.  There is always a need for additional team members, and if that is you, please contact us. 

Testimonial time
Somewhere around 2 AM on a Sunday morning I heard a loud pop and the sound of water gushing.  Outside a PVC pipe had broken and I had a geyser of water in my front yard.  Fortunately, I was able to stem that, but still had a small amount of water still flowing all day Sunday.  Monday morning I texted Robert of Swift Lawn and Garden and he had someone here in less than 45 minutes to solve my problem.  Thank you for wonderful service from a fellow Chamber member. 

Please support fellow merchants and as Always Think Escalon First!

Posted on March 8, 2016 .

Happy New Year Escalon!

As a Chamber, we have so much to be thankful for in the past year.  We added two new events to our calendar, the Farm to Fork Dinner and the Hospice Tree of Lights, and are getting support from new merchants.  So much of what we do could not be accomplished with out the sponsorships from our community.

Your Chamber Board and the members of each Team have helped to make so many things happen and are delightful to work with.  As mentioned in previous Blogs, we are establishing an Ambassador program to begin in January.  They will be responsible for scheduling Ribbon Cuttings for new members and members who have moved or who just want to share their place of business with us. We have set the third Thursday of each month for either a coffee or a mixer.  It will be your choice.  Please email us for your choice of months and type of activity.   

Who in your business needs to update a skill?  Extension classes for Chamber members or their employees are just waiting for someone to apply for.  You sign up for the workshop and we pay your fees.  This is a first come first served opportunity.  Information is on the Website.  www.escalonchamberofcommerce.org.

As you plan your 2016, we hope you have chamber membership at the top of the list of best new opportunity. 

Always Expect Success and as Always, Think Escalon First.

Posted on January 4, 2016 .

Planning, Education and The Holidays!

Did you know that the Escalon Chamber has a scholarship program?  In conjunction with the University of Pacific and San Joaquin Delta Community College, the Escalon Chamber of Commerce has set up a scholarship program for members of the chamber to educate local workforce in skills necessary for thriving competition in a business environment, encourage the accomplishment and growth of local businesses and workforce through new and updated tools, assist new businesses in achieving success by expanding the educational resources available.  

Members of the Escalon Chamber of Commerce will be able to link to the sites of both UOP and SJDCC through the Chamber website,”shop” for classes and seminars that may be beneficial to their business or employees, and sign-up for the classes and seminars through the Chamber.  On a first-come -first-served basis,two applications (tuition and lab fees) will be paid by the Chamber each trimester.  In December - California Real Estate Preparation for Test, Notary Republic Renewal Training or CCDDE Training Courses are examples of what is available.

More did you know:  The Chamber is represented at both the City Council and the City Planning Commission, or that we have outreach to other Chambers in the area through the 120 Adventure.  Events we sponsor or contribute to: Sundays in the Park, the Wine Stroll, Park Fete, Citywide Yard Sale, Farm to Fork Dinner, Christmas on Main, the Hospice of San Joaquin Tree of Lights and Christmas in Grandpa’s Barn to name a few.  We achieve all this with a small dedicated group of volunteers.  If you should like to participate in any of these activities, please contact us at www.escalonchamberofcommerce@gmail.com

This month we are working on our three activities for December by coordinating with the City and other community entities for the Tree of Lights.   Our committees for Christmas activities are well into the preparations for the Parade of Lights and finding vendors for Christmas. If you wish to participate, information and forms are located on our website.  We will also sponsor Santa in Grandpa’s barn on December 5th.

Stay safe as the days grow darker and as always, Think Escalon First.

Posted on October 27, 2015 .

Fall is in the air and there is so much going on!

It just needs to be said that if you missed our Farm to Fork fund raiser last month, you missed out on a wonderful experience.  The orchard was beautiful, the meal delicious and the entertainment super. We send our profound thanks to the local farmers who donated produce to the meal, the local businesses who gave of their time and energy to provide their services and most of all to Lorina’s Edible Garden and Grandpa’s Barn for providing the location and putting all the ducks in a row to make this possible.

Coming up quickly is the City-Wide Yard on October 3rd.  It runs from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm and brings visitors from all over the valley to shop.  Again this year the Chamber will be offering 10x10 spaces in the Main Street Park for $10.00.  Local folks who live outside the city limits love this opportunity to be part of the day’s activity. 

On October 4th we hold the third Annual Sunday in the Park Harvest Celebration.  This fun activity is perfect for taking part a homemade costume contest as well as contests for pumpkin carving and decorating. Pumpkins are provided by the Chamber. New to the afternoon’s entertainment will be a contest for the best decorated Classic Car.

This Holiday season The Tree Lighting Ceremony bringing together the Chamber, The City of Escalon and Hospice of San Joaquin County will be heldon December 1st in the main Street Park.  Check the Website www.escalonchamberofcommerce.org for more information as we firm up the detailsChristmas on Main will be held on December 12th from 3:30 until 8 pm.  Our first meeting is already in the books and look for a few added attractions as we solidify our action plans.  Details will also be posted on the Chamber website and on Facebook.

Fall is always a busy time of year here in Escalon.  Merchants are gearing up for all the busy shopping season and storefronts are moving and businesses expanding.  We too will be expanding our Membership activities with the addition of an Ambassador Team to visit current members to see how we can better serve them and to welcome new businesses into the community.  We anticipate the first visits to start in mid October.  Just another way we help our community. 

As always, Think Escalon First.

Posted on September 28, 2015 .

Ready for an evening under the stars?

Wasn’t school just out!  Back to School activities are already taking place and your Chamber is planning for Fall activities, but first we are holding a first time ever event on August 22nd at 6:30 PM.  We are very excited to be holding a Farm to Fork event at Grandpa’s Barn - 17693 Enterprise Road just a little outside of town.  Tickets are $40.00 and include appetizers, dinner and non alcoholic refreshments.  Wine and Beer Available by the glass.  The menu will include fruits and vegetables from local farms and old fashioned barrel cooked tri tip and chicken.  It will be an evening under the stars with seating in the beautiful orchard.  This is planned to become an annual event and fund raiser for the chamber.  Tickets are available online at lorinasediblegarden.net.  Lorina grew up in Escalon as have her daughters.  She has been very active in FFA and supports the Chamber as our Board Vice President.  Please join us for this fun evening.

Your Chamber was quite active in Park Fete this year hosting the Children’s Corral and the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest.  Member Services Chair Devorie Voral is the Miss Escalon Contest Pageant coordinator and puts on a great event during Park Fete.  We are also looking forward to working with the new Miss Escalon Court.  For you not in the know folk, the girls help us with Ribbon Cuttings, Sundays in the Park, Christmas on Main and other year round activities.  We start planning for Christmas early next month and encourage new participants for the several committees that make this event happen.  We have one more Sunday in the Park which will be our third Harvest celebration featuring pumpkin carving, decorating and a homemade costume contest.  

We are still anticipating our first scholarship application to attend either Delta or UOP for continuing education courses.  The application is at our website and is for current members and their employees.  It is first come first served and a great way to add to your employment skills. We can never have too much education.

Although we are still a small Chamber, and many of the activities we would like to hold are not on the calendar yet, we are ready to grow and continue to add one activity per year.  With more members getting involved, we can do more.  So, as always THINK ESCALON FIRST and join the fun and rewards of Chamber membership.

Posted on August 12, 2015 .

Remembering our dear friend and Loving Escalon

Pete Arellano

Pete Arellano

Growing up in small town has some great benefits.  Just ask the residents who grew up here in Escalon and the several generations who are mourning the passing of Pete Arellano.  Facebook was full of  memories.  Some talked about about the year he taught them sex ed and driver’s training, others spoke about him coaching them in track, but mostly people remember him as the ultimate sports fan. He attended every home sporting event in town that he could manage and worked the Lions Girls basketball tournament for years.  He organized his last golf tournament held June 6th and although he was in the hospital he talked to the golfers by Skype.  The Chamber remembers him as the man who made it possible for his wife Sheila to stay involved in community for years after her eyesight made independence difficult. He was our Grand Marshal for Christmas on Main and just wanted to make sure it was all about Sheila as well.  Stories of Pete and Sheila are what makes us all proud.  Rest In Peace dear friend.

Did you attend Sunday in the Park on June 7th?  If not, you missed a chance to ride in an official London taxi, explore the caboose or check out cars from the Modesto Horseless Carriage Club.  The Oak Valley Art Society had several artists displaying their work and drawing lessons were also available thanks to Dorothy Ghierling and great music was provided by Rich Olds . Children got to plant flowers and take a turn and getting a prize from the treasure chest.  Delta college had a representative to share about about the returning educational scholarships available  through the Chamber.  I understand the store fronts that were open did a amazing amount of business.  During the summer travelers are coming to downtown to take a break and enjoy downtown Escalon.

 The Chamber will be providing support to the Children’s area and sponsoring the Sidewalk Chalk Art event as part of Park Fete.  The Chalk art has been moved to the morning and give the artists a cooler experience.  Watch the Escalon Times for more information.

Please take a few minutes and join the Chamber.  We have two great events coming before the end of the year and committee members are always welcome to join the team for either the Farm To Fork in August or Christmas on Main.  Participation in town events brings your business into the minds of shoppers.  

Coffees are scheduled:

  • July 28th from 8 - 9 AM at Heck of a Deal and HOAD Brothers.  Much to see here, so please join us.  You need to check out what Bay Area collectors have discovered.  Will has great collectibles at affordable prices.
  •  Join the Kiwanis Club on August 4th, 8 - 9 AM at Oak Valley Community Bank as they host our August Coffee.  

 Next Sunday in the Park is scheduled for October.

It is exciting that we have been voted as a great town to raise a family.

As Always Think Escalon First.

Posted on July 8, 2015 .

The Chamber Symposium and Other Events

The Chamber is pleased to announce their first Symposium/Workshop for new and established merchants coming in September!  We are inviting experts on topics important to all businesses large or small.  We will be showcasing 360 Degree Marketing, using Social Media, City Department, Small Business Loans and All About the Chamber.  It has always been our intent to focus on Educational Workshops that will add a new dimension to Chamber membership.  We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to ask the experts!

Other events on our calendar are as follows:

  • Sundays in the Park (Events run from 11am - 3pm in the Main Street Park
  • June 7th Antique Cars, the London Taxi, Art Show and Flower Potting for the young at heart!
  • August 2nd & October 4th, details to follow
  • June 9th Coffee at Escalon Lumber
  • July 11th Chalk Art and Kid's Corral (Part of Park Fete)
  • July 28th Coffee at Heck of a Deal
  • August 24th Farm to Fork Event
  • October 3rd City Wide Yard Sale

Living and working in a small town makes all that we do to support on another quite special.  We work by committee to have the benefit of fresh ideas and new energy.  If you would like to volunteer to help with any or all of these events, email us at escaloncofc@gmail.com!

As Always, Think Escalon First!



Posted on June 2, 2015 .

True Confession Time....

True confession time.  I have a real passion for education as many of my former students will attest to.  As I explore adding an additional tract to my business activities, I have been doing reading on the subject of networking and its power...

Posted on April 8, 2015 .

Let The New Year Begin!

Happy New Year from the Escalon Chamber of Commerce.  As we look back over 2014 we find that many of our goals were completed, and yet it is with excitement that we head into the new year with high hopes to give more support to the community and especially our merchants. 

Posted on January 2, 2015 .

Bring on the Holiday Season!

Here it is, the end of November with lots of activity coming our way.  There is so much hoopla about wondrous sales on television and on the internet that could send any of us into shopping overload.  I want to encourage you to take one day or hopefully more to explore, support and purchase from the merchants here in Escalon.  

Posted on November 25, 2014 .

Goodbyes And New Beginnings

I never wanted to have to write about the loss of my friend and mentor Sheila Arellano.  Sheila was the face of the Escalon Chamber of Commerce in all of its many forms.  The last few years she has acted as Historian for the current Chamber and could tell wonderful stories of the evolution of events and activity led by the Chamber.  

Posted on October 21, 2014 .

The Good Life in a Small Town

What is it that is so special about living in a small town?  Is it walking into a business or a bank and they know you by your first name?  Is it the support given to the service clubs who in turn give thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating seniors each year?  Is it a Main Street that closes down so the Homecoming parade has safe passage?  Is it the twinkle lights that go up on the Main Street trees to decorate the Holiday Season?  Is it having the community turn out in droves for sporting events? 

Posted on September 18, 2014 .

Summer is Upon Us!

Schools are out and travel season begins.  Many of us can remember when summer weekends meant stop and go traffic slowing down most cross-town activities.  The advent of the stoplight is definitely an improvement, although trains can recreate said conditions...

Posted on June 13, 2014 .

We've Been as Busy as a Bee in Spring

The first weekend in May was quite busy for the Chamber and music filled Main Street.  On Friday night we held our rescheduled Wine Stroll.  With a disco theme we were entertained all evening with music from that era provided by Elite Entertainment.  Our guests were treated to an art show, classic cars, and two opportunities to win donated prizes, great food and of course delightful wines.  We appreciate all of the volunteers that came together to help make this a special evening and especially to Annie Gallagher our Team leader.

Posted on May 6, 2014 .

Endless Possibilities

Recently I have been thinking about the question sometimes asked of myself and other Board members, “Why should I join the Chamber?  What’s in it for me?”  I am often stumped in how to answer this question.  For me it is pretty simple to answer.  I get to work with other business people in promoting our town and get to experience fund raising with extraordinary folk.  Over the last couple of years we have raised money to begin a scholarship fund which will be presented to you or someone in your business returning to further their education later this year.  We our part of a multi-county cooperative to promote vising communities along Highway 120 which is already bringing travelers to shop in town.  Are there other things that can be done, of course there are and with additional members, the possibilities are endless. 

Posted on March 28, 2014 .

Welcome 2014

Happy 2014 and here we come!  Last year brought new businesses into Escalon and it looks like we have more to come this year.  January brings with it a time of new beginnings and renewal and of course that means it is time to renew or begin your membership with the Escalon Chamber of Commerce.  I am often asked just what can the Chamber do for me.  I find that a very thought provoking question as to me the power of networking is what it is all about.  When I know what you do in your place of business then I can support you and tell others about you, and when you know what I do…  In her book Networking on Purpose, Beth Bridges, the Networking Motivator, states “Your network is leverage.  It gives you access to resources.  It saves you time in finding solutions.  It provides you with knowledge and ideas.  A network helps you build a foundation for future success.”   That is what a Chamber can do for you.  Consider joining today and we can begin to build a stronger network.

Posted on January 3, 2014 .