Committees offer variety of opportunities to get involved
Joining a committee is a good way to get involved with the Chamber and meet more business people. If you’re interested, call the Chamber office at 760-726-1122 or the committee chair; all committees welcome new members at any time! (Meeting dates are subject to change, please call the Chamber to confirm.) Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Chamber, 127 Main St. (map). Here are the details on our committees:
Ambassador Committee – Organizes Sundowners, attends ribbon cuttings and assists at other Chamber events. Meets first Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Chairman Margo Cobian of EDCO, (760) 727-1600 x111. To see a current list of Ambassadors, click here.
Business Expo Committee – Organizes the Vista Business Expo, typically scheduled for October each year. The Expo features 90 business exhibitors each year, including Vista microbreweries and gourmet food trucks. Businesses can participate by serving on the committee, sponsoring the event, and purchasing an exhibitor booth. Click here for details on the Expo. Meets seasonally. Chairman: Open.
Golf Committee – Organizes annual Golf Tournament, a fun fund-raiser held every summer. Meets seasonally. Chairman: Open.
Government Affairs Committee – Holds monthly meetings with government officials and their staff, takes positions on business issues, organizes State of Community Luncheon and candidate forums. Meets first Thursday of the month, 12 Noon, at Chamber office. Chairman: Amber Ter-Vrugt, Scripps Healthcare: (619) 696-2000.
Christmas Parade Committee – Organizes annual WinterFest Christmas Parade held on the first Saturday of December. Meetings are held seasonally. Chairman open.
Membership Committee – Visits prospective and existing members to explain Chamber benefits. Meets second Tuesday of the month, 8:15 a.m. Chairman Ashley Bedard of Ashley Dawn Realty, (858) 449-5383. To see a current list of members, click here.
Strawberry Festival – Organizes the annual Vista Strawberry Festival that is held on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. In 2013, the Strawberry Festival included such events as the Strawberry 10k, 5k & kids’ runs, Strawberry Pie Eating Contest, Strawberry Idol, Ms. Strawberry Shortcake and more. The event drew over 75,000 attendees. For more information, click here. Seven different sub-committees meet as needed to plan their portion of the event. Chairmen, varied.