It occurs to us (Diana, Leonard, and Sheryl) how fortunate we are to be able to experience such a diverse work week in what appears to outsiders as a small little community. We thought it would be great to share with you what we did this week. Mind you, our offices are open four days a week, but we often work weekends and evenings to be able to serve our members and participate in the community. This week was no different. Our week was one that had a special focus on our future work force, Duarte’s youth.
It was the first full week with our two new volunteers, Jessica Flores from Citrus College, and Casey Carrillo from Duarte High School. These ladies jumped in and are super eager to learn everything from basic office operations, marketing, sales, and all-important customer service. We are thrilled to have them join our team and look forward to seeing the contributions they will make at the Chamber.
Sheryl attended a meeting with fellow chamber executives within the San Gabriel Valley to share our successes over the last month and to learn, grow, and share resources.
Diana and Sheryl split events on Tuesday while Leonard held down the fort at the office. Diana met members for our monthly “Lunch Meet.” This month it was held at Morralitos where the attendees enjoyed 99 cent tacos (Taco Tuesday!) and the casual networking that occurs at this event.
Sheryl went to the Kiwanis meeting and heard from Bernadette Lopez one of the AmeriCorps fellows serving at DUSD District office. She provided information to Kiwanians on the literacy program IHeartBooks she is involved in. Member visits and support occurred thought the day.
Business advocacy is something that is a key function of a chamber. Whether it is taking a stand for or against a proposed statewide change or a local issue, the chamber is there on your behalf. Tuesday evening Sheryl attended the Traffic Safety Commission on behalf of businesses to voice their view of requested parking restrictions along Third between Oak and Highland.
In connection with Duarte Unified School District, we held our annual Principal for a Day event. This year we decided to shake things up changing the format for this five-hour event. And we did so in a grand way. Relaunching as PRINCIPAL FOR A NEW DAY, we went with (?) a group of principals to four of our rebranded schools to experience the dynamic changes that have occurred throughout DUSD this year. Sixteen Chamber members participated in the event and based on the initial feedback, it was worth every minute of their day.
One goal of the day was to have businesses see how the local students are being educated so they are ready to join the changing global workforce or college upon graduation. The ideas on how businesses can assist (and vice versa) are formed here and will be introduced through the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership’s pathways program.
And in case you’re wondering, we had a blast as well riding on the bus from school to school and even busted out in a spontaneous dance off with our chamber principals and the kids. Make sure to look on our website and Facebook page for some great pictures and videos from the day.
Our theme of students continued into Thursday with the Chamber participating in the City of Duarte’s Ground Hog job shadow day. We had three students from Duarte High School who visited us for the morning. When they learned about the diverse ways we service our members and the community, they all said they wanted to volunteer! That’s exactly what the program was designed to do, expose the students to different types of work so that they can experience it and see where their passions lie. They even are going to introduce something new and exciting coming up. Make sure and look on our website and social media to see more next week.
We ended our day with a Taste of Duarte planning meeting. We are gearing up to make it even better than last year! Make sure and look on www.tasteofduarte.com, our website, and social media for more information, sponsors, participants and a fun teasers of what is to come.
So, as you might gather, we don’t stop. We continue to serve our members, sell Route 66 merchandise, serve as a resource for visitors and those relocating, coordinate and lead in various events. Best part of it? We get to do it with all of you. That’s what makes our jobs so incredibly rewarding!