July Chamber Chatter


by Carole Smith

Well, looks like we are still somewhat in lockdown up here in Groveland, however some businesses are open for business, including our restaurants.  The Chamber encourages you to patronize these businesses at least once a week if not more to support them in their efforts to stay in business.  In doing so, please comply with the social distancing guidelines.

As you may have heard by now, several local organizations have cancelled their events for this year.  The Chamber Board of Directors (BOD) and the 49’er Festival Committee are discussing the fates of the monthly flea Market and 49er Festival for this year.  The current thinking is to start holding the Flea Market June 6th (the first Saturday of the month) as participation at the event allows for social distancing.

The 49er Festival however does not allow for social distancing which makes the decision very difficult as it is the primary source for funding for the Chamber and our marketing activities.  In the meantime we are planning for the Honorary Groveland Mayor contest and exploring the option of a virtual 49’er Festival.  Please check the Chamber web page and our social media accounts for current updates.

Currently the BOD has canceled our monthly mixers until further notice, while the Board itself continues to meet by video conference each month to discuss business.

We have formed a Magical Village Committee co-chaired by Rae Ann Bozo and Rudy Manzo to coordinate efforts with members of the community to “freshen” the decorations used at Christmas in the town and Mary Laverone Park.  While the activities may not be of the scale we hoped for, the committee will at least get things started.  Again, please see the latest information on our social media pages as efforts develop.

Please stay safe everyone, and as I wrote at the beginning of the article, please support our local businesses.

Carole Smith is the owner of Carron Tax, Income Tax Preparation and Audit Representation. To Contact Carole call: 209.962.6119 or eMail: CaroleSmith@carrontax.com