Compass Newsletter
OCTOBER 26, 2017
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
Chamber News

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce nominating committee recently met to review the candidates nominated for the 2018 Chamber Board of Directors. Nine individuals are hereby recommended by the nominating committee to fill the nine open seats on the Board of Directors which will commence January 1, 2018.

Under Bylaw Section 4.06, additional names of candidates for the Board of Directors may be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least 10 percent of the business members in good standing. Such petition shall be filed with the Executive Director within 10 business days after notice has been given to the membership of the names of those nominated, who shall immediately deliver same to the chair of the nominating committee. The determination of the nominating committee as to the legality of any petition shall be final.

According to Bylaw Section 4.07, if no petition is filed within the period designated in Bylaw Section 4.06, nominations shall be closed, and the Board of Directors nominated slate shall be declared elected at the next regular Board of Directors meeting. If a legal petition or petitions present additional candidates, the names of all candidates shall be arranged on a ballot by random draw and sent to each business member in good standing with further instructions.

The organizational meeting of the new Board of Directors will be held with the retiring Board at the December Board of Directors meeting. The new board members term will commence January 1, 2018 for two (2) consecutive years.


The nominating committee is served by board members, Ms. Rachel O'Neill-Cusey, Ms. Patti Short and Mr. Jay Styles.

We look forward to receiving your input.

Kim Tilly
Chairman of the Board, Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is now in the process of decommissioning. We are committed to meeting our responsibilities and doing the right thing for our region throughout this process. Our core principles and values are safety, stewardship and engagement with stakeholders.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
San Onofre Decommissioning education booths available from 4:30pm-5:30pm

Laguna Hills Community Center
25555 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Let us know your favorite places and events in Dana Point!  For the 10th year, Dana Point Times is hosting the Best of Dana Point for residents to let us know the their favorite parts of our beautiful city!

Voting is open until December 10th. Click here to voice your opinion!

Don't forget to vote for the Dana Point Turkey Trot for Best Local Annual Event!

During the Prado West construction, Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado shops, restaurants, and businesses are open!

Visit the Development Pipeline site for updates on development in Dana Point, or give us a call at the Chamber at (949) 496-1555 with any questions.
Chamber Events

Located in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is celebrating its 40th year!  Our flat, scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble.  Join us on Thanksgiving Day and give yourself an excuse for an extra piece of pie!

November 23, 2017 at 6:00AM to 12:00PM
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, CA

Upcoming Member Events
Halloween Costume Donation with Crestavilla

Please bring gently used Halloween costumes to the Crestavilla Senior Living showroom between October 1st-October 27th. All donations will benefit Orangewood Children's Home. You can also drop them off at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce office by end of day October 26th and we will organize a drop-off.

Crestavilla Senior Living
30012 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite A
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Outlets at San Clemente's Candy Crawl

Join Outlets at San Clemente for an afternoon of free Halloween fun and safe trick-or-treating at their Second Annual Candy Crawl. Collect treats from participating stores (while supplies last) and enjoy creepy crawlers, balloon animals, music, a costume contest and much, much more!
The costume contest begins at 3:00 pm and is open to children 12 and under, as well as dogs.

Saturday, October 28
1:00 - 4:00 PM

1st Annual COA Golf Tournament

100% of the proceeds go to Community Outreach Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on providing activities for the youth in our community.

Monday, October 30th
Bella Collina Golf Resort
San Clemente, CA 
Dia de los Muertos at Saddleback College

The Saddleback College Art Department is pleased to present a Día De Los Muertos event.  The event will include a Student Art Sale (ceramic bowls, jewelry, and more), Salsa Competition, Steamroller Printmaking (large scale prints of Dia de Los Muertos themed designs), Print your own Skull T-Shirts & Bags and a public altar (bring items to honor your loved ones). Wine & beer will be available and the Sol Agave Food Truck will be on hand starting at 3pm.  This free event is open to the public and elements will benefit the Mexico Relief Drive. The steamroller prints will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery from November 1st through November 22nd.

Wednesday, November 1st from 12:00pm-8:00pm
Fine Arts Courtyard and Art Gallery, FA 202
Saddleback Community College
Surfing Santa Competition

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents its annual Surfing Santa Competition. Honoring the resort's Community Footprints commitment to supporting worthy causes, this seasonal event supports Surfers Healing, founded by Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz, the original surf camp for children with autism.

This year, Surfers Healing celebrates 20 years this year of what is now #oneperfectday of surf sand, fun inclusion, natural healing and acceptance. The surfers who take the kids out are all hand-picked by Izzy. Some are current pros or former players, but all of them have the heart it takes to be safe and rip up the perfect waves.
Each year, Surfers Healing hosts more than 5,000 children for one-day surf camps in California, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and Hawaii, as well as other locations such as Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. 

Saturday, Nov 18 - Sunday, Nov 19
Salt Creek Beach

Superhero Holiday Boat Parade

BOOM, POW, WOW ....The holidays are just around the corner, and we are gearing up for a "SUPER HERO HOLIDAY" with the 43rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights, December 8, 9, 15 & 16.
Won't you put on your Red Cape and join us in supporting this unique and timeless community event?  I need your Super Powers of Sponsorship to keep this event the BEST and most CREATIVE and FUN boat parade in all of California!!
Please advise me ASAP if you would like to join our Super Hero Team and become a SUPER HERO SPONSOR  for as little as $150.  Contact Kim Tilly at  for more information!
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday October 26th

Friday October 27th

Saturday October 28th

Monday October 30th 1st Annual COA Golf Tournament

Saturday November 4th Farmers Market

Tuesday November 7th City Council Meeting

Friday November 10th Veteran's Day

Saturday November 11th Farmers Market

Veteran's Day Program

Second Anniversary Sale Weekend

Sunday November 12th Second Anniversary Sale Weekend

Friday November 17th Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat

Saturday November 18th Surfing Santa Competition

Farmers Market

Third Annual Tree Lighting

Sunday November 19th Surfing Santa Competition

Tuesday November 21st City Council Meeting

Wednesday November 22nd Dana Point Turkey Trot Health & Wellness Expo

Thursday November 23rd 40th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot

Saturday November 25th Farmers Market

Chamber Seeks Hosts for Networking Events

Looking to get more people through your doors? We are searching for hosts for 2017 Networking at Noon and Third Thursday Mixers, and have already begin to book for 2018! Hosting an event allows you to promote your company/venue to business leaders in Orange County. It is a fantastic networking opportunity and is a great way to showcase your services first-hand to fellow Chamber members.
Donating a raffle prize is also a great way to market your business. When you donate to our Third Thursday Mixer raffle, you will have your logo, linked to your website, featured in our e-blasts!
For more information on hosting an event or donating a raffle prize, please send us an email or call (949) 496-1555
Chamber of Commerce  Scholarship Fund

The Dana Point Chamber members are committed to continued education, not just for current business owners but also for future entrepreneurs.  That's why we've created scholarships for Dana Hills High School students.

Over the past three years we have donated $19,000 to Dana Hills High School students and next year we'd like to support even more students and we need your help! Help us reach our goal of  $5,000 to help five students! Pledge a donation to the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce for the Dana Hills High School Awards Program. Awards are presented at the Dana Hills High School Senior Awards ceremony.
The Chamber is Here to Help!
The Chamber wants to know what you're up to!  We market your business through our website, social media, e-newsletters, phone calls, in-person visits, brochures and flyers.  Update your online profile with upcoming events, hot deals, member-to-member discounts, and more!  If you need help, or simply don't have time, send us your information and the Chamber will do it for you!   
We want to know what you're up to!

-Like us on Facebook and Instagram

-Tag us in your posts and share to our page

-Send us upcoming events, promotions, sales, discounts, etc. 

-Share your "big moments" with us (anniversary, awards & recognition, etc.)

Email Ashley von Gremp your information! 

If you are interested in supporting our business community, join the Dana Point Chairman's Circle! Please contact Ashley von Gremp for more information.

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