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Table of Contents:
  • November Mixer Hosted by Frog Pond Antiques and Gifts in Georgetown
  • 2015 Membership Project is Really Happening
  • Outstanding Community Volunteers/Outstanding DCOC Volunteers
  • A Message from Sierra Benefit Solutions:  Open Enrollment is Around the Corner
  • El Dorado County Adventure Loop is in Steppin' Out Magazine:  Thank you Elke
  • Thank you Wells Fargo for our great October mixer
  • Have you seen the updates to www.dividechamber.com; DCOC news
  • Ribbon Cutting for Cool sign and more Community Signs are on the Way
  • Safe Halloween Donations; and Daffodil Drive
  • Do You Have a Significant Milestone or Annniversary for Your Business in 2015?
  • Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery has a New Garden
  • Mark Your Calendars for Local Events
  • Government/Business Affairs

Toni and Dave Smoot Frog Pond
Toni and Dave Smoot
Join Us at the November DCOC Mixer at Frog Pond Antiques and Gifts in Georgetown!   
November 4, 5:30-7:30pm, 6271 Main Street, Georgetown 530/333-4860

    Toni and Dave Smoot, owners of Frog Pond Antiques and Gifts, invites all Chamber members and guests to the November mixer at Frog Pond
    Toni and Dave Smoot opened Frog Pond Antiques and Gifts on Main Street about 8 years ago. The shop has something for everyone. There are 11 vendors, including Toni and Dave. Dave creates bird houses that should not be missed! You will find beautiful scarves, Georgetown t-shirts and caps and Woolrich clothing, a line of western apparel and a great selection of cowboy hats. They are an authorized Fiesta Ware dealer, presenting a large array of colorful items. There are plenty of whimsical salt and pepper shaker sets, along with some fun kitchen ware. If you just want a little trinket, there are lots of affordable items. Frog Pond is open 6 days a week, 10am-5pm, closed on Tuesday. Ask about their layaway policy. Additionally, they are very involved in the Georgetown Rotary.
    Please join Toni and Dave Smoot of Frog Pond and the Divide Chamber at the November mixer. Remember to bring business cards and promotional materials. A special extra: Dennis Edwards of Cork & Fork will be providing tasty treats.   (Click the image for Frog Pond's Facebook page)
Members:  after all the promises that the 2015 membership project is coming, it is really going to happen!  Shortly you will see renewal statements coming in your mail.  You will then have the opportunity to reserve your space to have an ad on the back of the Adventure Loop.  This will be first come/first served as space is limited.  Current members will be given the first opportunity to advertise, then it will be offered to new members.  Membership for 2015 continues to be $99 for the year and an additional $49 for the Adventure Loop advertisement.  Nonprofits are $49 for the year.  Questions?  Please reply to this newsletter.  

Divide Chamber's Outstanding Volunteers

A number of our Divide Chamber members were honored at the annual GDRD Outstanding Volunteer event held on October 11 in Garden Valley. DCOC nominated Lesa Dalthorp as our outstanding volunteer. Lesa has given back to the community in numerous ways including many fundraisers and through her philosophy of creating a business community that works together. A number of other DCOC members also had nominees at the event: Judy Habig, American River Folk Society, for chairing the Cowboy Gathering; Sue diSalvo, Greenwood Civic Organization; Jackie Morgan for her contribution to the Georgetown Safe Halloween; and Dave Smoot was recognized for his donation of materials and time spent helping to restore the Greenwood Schoolhouse. We applaud these outstanding volunteer Divide Chamber members.   
Lesa Dalthorp receiving her certificate

Judy Habig receiving her certificate

Others in the photo are members of the Georgetown Recreation District (GDRD) Board of Directors:  L-R from above photo:  Kris Syverson, Ken Spencer, Judy Habig, Aloha Adams and Kim Taylor

Owners of Sierra Benefit Solutions Leah Ann Zogg and Darlene Duco Want You To Know Medical Open Enrollment is Around the Corner (November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015

Leah Ann and Darlene recently co-hosted the September DCOC mixer along with Cool Feed.  They will also be co-hosting the DCOC December Christmas mixer with Hart 2 Hart Vineyards.  

Are you lost in the maze of Health Insurance?  Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or also known as the ACA, Health Care Reform, Obamacare - and there are probably other names out there too) puzzling and confusing to you?  Rest assured, you are not alone.    Sierra Benefit Solutions is a reliable resource you can use to help keep everything straight.  Click here for more information.  

Adventure Loop map
El Dorado County 
Adventure Loop Map

Thank you, Elke Schlosser of Enchanted April Inn, for your gift to the Divide! Elke worked with Steppin' Out magazine to have an article and photos published, including the Adventure Loop.   Steppin' Out magazine reaches throughout Northern California.  If you would like to see the digital edition, click the link below.  Hart 2 Hart Vineyards also has a segment in the magazine.  You can find the articles by viewing the index.    For a better image of the Adventure Loop map, click on the map image to the right.  


Wells Fargo Bank, Cool Branch hosted the October DCOC Mixer.  You all did a great job.  The mixer was catered by Nadia Buchwald.  

Pictured from left to right:  Nadia Buchwald, Zorana Valles,  Rayna Lowry, Jamie Ronco and Tyler Stepnicka

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DCOC NEWS/HAVE YOU SEEN THE UPDATES TO www.dividechamber.com?  

Go to www.dividechamber.com and  you will find some exciting changes making a more user-friendly site.  You will now find two member listings:  one in alphabetical order by business name and the other page in order of business type.   There is a slide show that will be periodically updated with member photos.  Also separate pages have been set up for:  the Divide Business Walk Report; Photos of the Divide (photo gallery); Government Agency Links; Government Publications; and more

Welcome to two new DCOC Board Members Wells Fargo (Cool Branch Manager Jamie Ronco) and Lesa Dalthorp.  Lesa will be our new Community Relations Director.   Thank you Lesa and Wells Fargo!  

Have you wondered what the Divide Chamber has accomplished recently?   Please note that we couldn't achieve results without you and your dedicated membership!   Various accomplishments are the monthly Voice of Business section in the Georgetown Gazette; the regular newsletters posting member information available to all community members; our monthly mixers that are open to the community; the work that our members coordinate with El Dorado County such as writing grants and making appearances before the Board of Supervisors when issues come up that impact the Divide; the Adventure Loop; and more.  For a list of 2014 Divide Chamber Accomplishments please click here.  
Ribbon Cutting for Cool Sign; More Community Signs are Coming!    

The ribbon cutting for the Welcome to Cool sign was October 15.  The next phase of the project will be the "Welcome to Georgetown" sign, a project organized with the participation of the Georgetown Rotary.   The Divide Chamber is now working with Garden Valley, Greenwood and Pilot Hill for welcome signs in those communities.  Thank you Spot-On-Signs for working with the Divide Chamber on this project.   The signs were purchased with an Adventure Loop grant from El Dorado County.  If you have noticed that the area around the Cool sign looks more attractive, you can thank Lesa Dalthorp and Sol Nesbit and their families, along with Linnea Marenco.  They worked diligently to clean up the area around the sign.    

Sol I. Nesbit, Michael Ranalli, Ron Briggs, Linnea Marenco,
Shawna Purvines, Tommy Basham, Carolynne Wright Knisley,
Armida Martinez, Patrick Barrios, and Lesa Dalthorp
(Thank you Rebecca Murphy for this photo!)
Safe Halloween Donations and Daffodil Drive 

Safe Halloween is happening this Friday, October 31st.   Most homeowners on Church Street participate in this exciting and fun community event.  They rely on local donations to be able to give candy to all who come.  If you want to donate candy or money contact Jackie Morgan at 530/333-4171.  Thank you DCOC for the donation of $50 to Safe Halloween.  Jackie is also working on The Divide Friends of the Arts & Historical Society annual daffodil drive.  This is a fundraiser for scholarships.  If you would like more info or a form to purchase the daffodils click here
Do you have a significant anniversary or milestone for your business in 2015? 

Visit California would like to hear about it! You can include one more more if you have it. Please send it to me no later than Friday, October 31 (earlier would insure me including in the submission).   kath@winendinegoldcountry.com

The following information should be included:

* Name, location and date of anniversary or milestone

* Brief description of the anniversary or milestone's significance

* Link for more information
Art on the Divide Gallery has a new garden!  

Stop by Art on the Divide Gallery to view their newly renovated rose garden.  Member David Blonski supervised volunteers from the California Conservation Corps in laying new pavers; and Bear Creek Quarry donated rock.  You can see the new garden when you attend the November 16 reception for the November featured artist, Eva Szorc (see calendar below). 

Eva Szorc painting at AODC Gallery
Mark Your Calendars for Local Events:

October 31st Safe Halloween Main Street Georgetown (some evening street closures)  Some Main Street merchants will be open; stop by KFOK and the Georgetown Library.  The Library will have a haunted house from 5pm-8pm.  Kat Mendenhall will be participating as a creepy child! 
November 8th:  Chicken Pot Pie lunch Georgetown Community United Methodist Church 11am-1pm $5 for lunch; $3 for a slice of homemade pie (the church is on Church Street in Georgetown near the intersection of School and Church Streets)
November 8th:  Georgetown Divide Rotary Club Dinner and Auction at IOOF Hall, corner of 193 and Main Street, Georgetown 5pm; cocktails 5pm; dinner 6pm $22/person; tickets available at Terry's Pizza, Divide Supply, Patti Smith Realty, Buckeye Restaurant, Frog Pond, or from any Rotarian
November 16th:  Art on the Divide Gallery reception for November guest artist Eva Szorc, 2-4:00pm.  Mary Beth Dowd, local pianist, will provide entertainment during the reception.    Art on the Divide Gallery is located at 6295 Main St., Georgetown.  For more info go to www.artonthedivide.com or call 530/333-2787.  Gallery hours 10am-5pm Friday-Sunday.  
December 6th:  Georgetown Divide Healthcare Auxiliary Craft Bazaar, IOOF, Main Street and Hwy 193, 8am-4pm; bake sale; soup kitchen $5 soup; slices of pie; raffle prizes; and more!
December 6th:  Christmas tree raising and parade of lights around dusk in front of Fire Station Main Street Georgetown (some Main Street closures)
Would you like more information about Divide events?  Check www.dividechamber.com and go to community events page.  
Info re: Western Slope El Dorado County events: Go to www.winendinegoldcountry.com home page and click on the newsletter link.  You will find a current free newsletter guide to many Western Slope events!
Government/Business Affairs

El Dorado County, Economic Development Division, has contracted with Grant Management Associates to assist local organizations with grant funding identification, grant writing and grant administration.  There is no charge to the organization for this assistance.  To qualify, you must have a project, and it must be "shovel-ready."  For more information call El Dorado County, Chief Administration Office, 530/621-5595 or go to www.edcgov.us/Economic

Small Business Administration free seminar "Working with Public Agencies" on November 19, 2014.  For more info click here http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/d6f836

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