Compass Newsletter
SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
Chamber News

Do you envision yourself as a leader? Do you know someone who is a devoted member of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and would enjoy contributing even more?
The chamber's Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors vacancies for 2018.

Directors are elected each year through a single-slate ballot. The committee will present a roster of candidates to the board, which will review the nominees and appoint the new directors, who will serve two-year terms for no more than 4 consecutive terms.

Board member duties include providing leadership, legislative advocacy and information regarding emerging issues in the community, as well as regularly attending the board meetings, which take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Board members also are expected to participate in all the chamber's special events.
If you are interested in a director position, or if you want to nominate someone, please contact Bev Jorgensen, Executive Director at the chamber by October 6.

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

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! 
Upcoming Member Events

Outlets at San Clemente is proud to announce its third annual Shopping Extravaganza charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 7, to benefit 38 local nonprofits. During the event, consumers receive exclusive discounts at most stores, while Outlets at San Clemente donates $25 for every $35 ticket purchased to a local nonprofit organization of the shopper's choice. In 2015, the inaugural event raised $37,465 to benefit 18 local nonprofits. Last year's event raised $42,150 to benefit 25 local nonprofits.
In addition to exclusive discounts, Shopping Extravaganza includes entertainment, opportunity drawings for more 1500 gift cards equaling more than $40,000 and prizes, catered lunch, and VIP wine and cocktail tastings. You Shop. Everyone Wins.

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
To view the list of participating charities, the schedule of events or to purchase a ticket, please visit
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.
This year on the boat parade nights, we are excited to include family fun holiday activities throughout the Harbor starting at 4:30 and providing entertainment and holiday cheer for everyone prior to the boat parade.  We are also excited to partner with the City of Dana Point, County of Orange and the Calif. State Parks at Doheny to provide Trolley service and stops all 4 days of the parade starting at 3:30pm until 10:30pm to help move all our visitors around.
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!
"Laughs for Leathernecks" Comedy Show to Benefit 5th Marine Regiment

A star-studded line-up of national touring comedians are coming together on Monday, October 2nd at the Irvine Improv to host the Fifth Annual Laughs for Leathernecks, a benefit "fun-d raiser" for the Dana Point 5th Marines Regiment Support Group (DPMRSG). 

The public is invited to attend and/or sponsor a Marine for an evening out by visiting the DPMRSG website and purchasing tickets. The DPMRSG goal is to treat 125 Marines and their guests to a night of camaraderie and comedy and are asking members of the community to "Sponsor a Marine" as there are still Marines waiting who would like to attend.  

The evening will also include a Silent Auction and raffle. Doors open at 5:30 pm with the show beginning at 7:00 p.m. The $35 price includes dinner provided by Umami Burger chefs, the show and a donation to DPMRSG; there is a no-host bar. 

Coffee & Conversation with Executive Director Chris Andersen
Join us for a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow.
-Wednesday, October 25th 10:00am-11:00am
Crestavilla Showroom

Lunch & Learn
Friends and neighbors are welcome!
-Wednesday, October 4th 12:00p,-2:00pm
   Doug Graham, The Retiree's Resource
   Network Downsizing Made Easy
El Niguel Country Club

Please RSVP for any of these upcoming events 48 hours prior via e-mail. Click here to send Crestavilla your RSVP or contact to ask any questions!
Hunger Walk 30 Year Anniversary

The Annual FAM Hunger Walk fundraiser is a fun walk beginning and ending at the San Clemente Community Center. The FAM Board of Directors and staff invite you to participate in our Walk by signing up and helping us raise money, becoming an official sponsor or making a donation.

For nearly 30 years this walk has raised funds to help prevent hunger and homelessness in Orange County. In 2017 we aim to gather more people than ever to raise money for those FAM serves. 

Come join our 30th year as we walk to end hunger in South Orange County! 

Sunday October 15th starting at 12:30pm
San Clemente Community Center
iHope Golf Classic

Join us for a charity golf tournament, benefitting our working poor, at-risk and homeless populations.

Monday, October 16th
Bella Collina San Clemente
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 
Rescue to Restoration Dinner

The Rescue to Restoration Dinner is to help us open a home in Southern California to provide safety and security to American children that have been victimized by sex trafficking.

Come hear about our future plans and the care and services that Together Freedom provides for the children we rescue.

November 4th, 2017
Bella Collina Resort
San Clemente, CA 
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday September 28th

Friday September 29th

Saturday September 30th

Sunday October 1st

Tuesday October 3rd
Thursday October 5th
Saturday October 7th

Monday October 9th
Saturday October 14th

Monday October 16th
Tuesday October 17th
Thursday October 19th

Chamber Seeks Hosts for Networking Events

Looking to get more people through your doors?  We are currently searching for hosts for 2017 Networking at Noon and Third Thursday Mixers, and have already begin to book for 2018 as well!  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.

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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