CEO’s Message

Staff Online BretDecember, 2014

Rising Stars of the Month

Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We at the Vista Chamber of Commerce are proud to be celebrating the Rising Stars of our community who will be changing our world, both locally and abroad!

This fall, the Chamber launched a new program called Rising Stars of the Month. Each month we are honoring six local high school seniors who are making a difference in their schools, families and in our community.  The mission statement of the Rising Stars program is

To bring the community together to honor our local high school seniors for demonstrating character, integrity, love of learning, involvement in school and community activities and/or the ability to overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education. The core of the Rising Star of the Month is the student who makes a difference in their home, school and community with sincerity and passion.

The Rising Star program honors seniors from our local public, private, charter and continuation high schools at a monthly breakfast gathering. The students that are honored receive accolades and certificates of recognition from representatives of our city, county, state and federal elected officials. The students also receive a gift bag of items from local businesses. In May the program will culminate in approximately six to eight scholarships for students who will be honored as our Rising Stars of the Year,  chosen from the pool of students who have been honored throughout the year at the monthly breakfasts.

Each student honored gives a presentation at the monthly breakfasts about challenges they have overcome, lessons they have learned and goals they have for the future. In just two short months we have heard amazing stories from future engineers, doctors, military officers and teachers about overcoming challenges of persecution, health problems, loss of parents and more. A key center piece at the breakfast tables each month has become a tissue box for those of us in attendance. These stories of inspiration have already provided our sponsors, organizers and attendees with optimism and encouragement about our future leaders!

If you would like to participate in this program, the Chamber is seeking sponsors to help build the scholarship fund, cover the monthly breakfast costs and provide gift certificates for the students’ gift bags.  Sponsors are welcome to attend each month and are acknowledged in the program at the breakfast.  If you interested in attending this inspirational program as a potential sponsor, or just as an interested community member, please contact the Chamber office at 760-726-1122.
Come help us celebrate and encourage our world-changers of tomorrow!

Viva Vista!

Bret Schanzenbach
CEO
Vista Chamber of Commerce