JUNE 2016

Summer Greetings!
I'll make this brief because you likely have a line of visitors waiting to get close to your CTA star and ask you a million summertime questions.
Let's start with words of gratitude for the CTA volunteer efforts from the event directors themselves.
"Thank you Monica & John SO MUCH for helping us at the Strawberry Festival on Saturday!  I truly can't thank you enough; your help keeping things moving during the first two hours was crucial."  -The KGGV. FM Strawberry Festival
"Dear Gisele, Onita, Jean and Mark, thank you so much for all your help on Thursday in the heat at Paradise Ridge. We could not have done our day without all of your hard work. We really appreciate your willingness and to jump right in and attention to detail, I hope you enjoyed the day too. It was pleasure to get to know each of you more and look forward to running into you in the future at other CTA events!"- Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
"The CTA volunteers were fantastic, professional and welcoming.  This was the highest caliber of volunteers we've had at our event."- Press Democrat
Pure Luxury Bus Happiness
The "Go Coastal" tour with Ziggy sold out in a few hours and we have a new tour planned on July 12. Thanks to Jennifer ( again) for providing the busses at no charge. Wow!

Our Growing and Fun Facebook Page
If you haven't joined the Sonoma County Tourism Ambassadors Facebook page, please do. Let's get to 350-plus this issue.
Facebook Themes: 
Our summer theme continues:
Random Acts of Kindness
Please tell us about how you surprised a visitor with the unexpected.
Snap some photos and post to the Facebook page. Keep those suggestions coming.
Yours in Excellent Service, Crispy Radishes and Luscious Green Vines,



Event: Annual CTA Awards
Date:  Thursday, November 10,2016 
Time:  11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Petaluma Women's Club

Registration opens soon. Look for an announcement and link to register in our upcoming edition.

CTA Educational Tour 
"Dare to Explore"

Join Super Ambassador Clark Wolf & Ziggy the Wine Gal for an action-packed tour  from Geyserville to Guerneville to check out the newest venues & off the beaten path visitor favorites in the county.

Tuesday, July 12
11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Virginia Dare Winery & new expansion
Revival Restaurant at Applewood Inn
a fe w other surprises your visitors will enjoy

CTA Exclusive

$15 per person (includes box lunch)
Mo McElroy
Chief Sonomambassador
Sonoma County Tourism


CTA Networking Mixer

Attendees will get to enjoy an exclusive after-hours peek at the Art Museum, History Museum, and Sculpture Garden, while enjoying delicious local wines and hors d'oeuvres. Our Museums are currently featuring an exhibit from the National Guitar Museum, titled "Medieval to Metal: the Art and Evolution of the GUITAR" and stunning large-scale abstract artwork by Berkeley artist, Tom Holland. 

Friday, July 22 nd

Museums of Sonoma County
425 7 th Street, Santa Rosa
Robert Young Estate Winery
Balletto Winery
DeLoach Vineyards
Silver Oak Winery
Twomey Cellars
Hors d'oeuvres by the Union Hotel
And more!

Free to attend, $5 drink bracelets available for purchase at the door.
RSVP for yourself and a friend too:  Click here to register  
Katie Azanza
Operations Manager
Museums of Sonoma County
(707) 579-1500 x 101

CTA Exclusive Art Trails Open Reception

CTAs are invited to a private reception with the artists to sip wine, mingle with the exhibiting artists and learn about the Art Trails experience to share with visitors. 
Event: CTA Exclusive Art Trails opening reception  
Date: Friday, September 23rd.  
Time:   4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. (Prior to the public reception at 6:00 PM)
Cost: $10 per person includes reception
Points: 5 for Education
Registration:  CTAs & you may bring one guest. Please register separately.
Linda Galletta, Executive Director
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Summer Cheese Festival 
Event: Summer Celebration of Cheese with Laura Chenel's Chevre
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Marin French Cheese Company, Petaluma
Points:  5 for volunteering
Shift Times:

2 people  - 9am- 1pm- setup- (assisting vendors with load in, set up at their tables, general last minute event details, working the event)

2 people - noon-5pm- general event assistance- (providing vendors with supplies/water/etc, assisting MFC staff with event operations, break down of event)

2 people - noon- 4pm- CA Cheese Guild tent (help cut cheese, assemble cheese/fruit plates and assist in selling, general assistance to Guild staff)

Perks:Volunteers will get one (1) comp ticket to enjoy the day's event before/after their shift, MFC T-shirt to keep/wear for the event and a fabulous tote bag to carry their goodies home. 

Requirements:  Must love cheese, be capable with knives & cutting utensils, be friendly and quick.

Points: 5 for Volunteering

How to Sign Up:  
Contact Tanya Seibold/Laura Chenel's & Marin French Cheese 
Phone: 707-931-9313. 

Tanya will connect with each volunteer prior to event via email and phone, so please provide your email and mobile number.

Check out the summer discounts
  • Korbel Winery: 25% off purchases of $50 or more
  • Sonoma Canopy Tours: $25 per CTA and 1 family member
  • Sonoma County Whiskey Distillery tour 
For more information log in with your credentials and go to Freebies & Discounts

Employers: Freebies & Discounts Encourage CTAs to Visit Your Venue
Use this site to encourage Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs) to visit your venue - your place of business. Help CTAs discover what you have to offer!

Madrone Vineyards Estate

Position: Tasting Room Associate
Employment:  Part-time

Are you interested in part-time work this summer in our Madrone Tasting Room in Glen Ellen? The position includes weekends, good team, a beautiful setting, and a nice wine discount! 

To apply contact: 
Siobhán O'Connell

Korbel Winery 

Position: Deli Server  
Compensation: $10.50 + Tips
Employment type:  

Korbel is seeking a friendly & enthusiastic person for PT food prep & service in our gourmet deli. Must be avail. to work varying day shifts. Approx. 20-24 hrs./wk. & weekend availability req. Must have current food handler's cert. $10.50/hr + tips. 

To apply:
Please fax resume to: (707) 824-7381, or complete an application in persona at 13250 River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446.
Read a Blog & Earn 5 Renewal Points

Read the latest Sonoma County blog posts and learn the happenings, while earning 5 renewal points per post.

1. Visit www.ctanetwork.com
2. Login using your username and password.
3. On the left side, under your profile picture, click "Record My Points."
4. Click "Update Your Renewal Application" and follow prompts.
5. If you've never recorded points, then it will say "Begin Your Renewal Application."
6. Review your profile information, make changes if necessary, then scroll down and click "Save."
7. For attractions not on the list, you can enter them either under "Attending CTA networking Events/Activities or Attending Educational Programs, Seminars" and get 5 points.


* Explore Sonoma County:   attractions, art events, farmers markets, restaurants, wineries, etc.
* Attend familiarization tours
* Attending CTA networking events
* Volunteer
* Read tourism related books, articles or reports and visit websites
* Attend educational programs or seminars on tourism-related topics