President's Message
Saint Patrick’s Month!

Thank You EVERYONE who donated, sponsored, attended, and participated in our Annual Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner! Kodiak became a Coast Guard City Sept 2007. I believe we were the 7 th designated city, of the 25 current cities. We do appreciate our Coast Guard, and I believe the community demonstrated this during the recent Federal Government shutdown. Kodiak again demonstrated at the dinner through an outpouring of gifts from the community, every person in uniform received a gift! I think the first time it has come out like that! Aimee Williams did an incredible job as emcee!! Mayor Branson and Mayor Rohrer both gave very eloquent thanks, and Captain Dailey concluded the speeches with an entertaining and informative report on Air Base Kodiak. We would like to thank all the people and businesses that sponsored and support the wonderful event! And Coast Guard? We do applaud you!!

A big thing this month is Tax Free Day!! This is the 10 th year of savings. The first Saturday of each March, the City of Kodiak accepted a resolution, requested by the Chamber of Commerce in 2009, to do this each year! This is a great opportunity to save money and support our local merchants. Many business owner will have additional savings to help you save even more!

Perhaps equally important, Comfish is finally here!! Comfish is March 28-30 at the Kodiak Convention Center and other downtown locations. This is the 40 th year of this long running premier trade show for everything fishing! Every aspect of commercial fishing, vendors, gear, government agencies, non profits any we can to cover commercial fishing. I especially look forward to the public forums! The forums present a wide range of presenters and topics. You can go on the Chamber website to get the schedule and it will be in the Kodiak Mirror as we get closer to trade show.

The Kodiak Morning Rotary Sourdough Pancake Breakfast is March 30 th at the Elks Club. Diana Holt’s family sourdough pancakes will be featured. We will also auction off this year’s Chris McVey quilt! The proceeds of this raffle go to vocational scholarships!

We want to welcome new Chamber Members Steve and Sharon at Orion’s Sports Shop! A wonderful place for all outdoor gear! Warm and friendly, experts to help you!

The Frame Shop upgraded their Chamber membership to PIKE. My Kodiak Athletic Club did that last month as well. Why would we do that? Added Chamber benefits and advertising! Interested? Call Sarah at the Chamber Office to find out more! 486-5557. Consider becoming a PIKE Sponsor!
Lots going on this month, so get out and enjoy being a part of Kodiak!


Lindsay Knight
Our Sponsors
Member Spotlight: 98.7 KVOK & HOT 101.1 (KRXX)
March is here which at 98.7 KVOK & HOT 101.1 (KRXX) means March “Bracket” Madness! Since 2008 our local station has been hosting a March Madness contest, with prizes sponsored by local businesses. For those not in the know, March Madness is a national basketball championship featuring 64 Division 1 basketball teams. This year everyone is invited to come out to their Selection Night, Tuesday March 19 th at Henry’s Great Alaskan Restaurant, your local March Bracket Madness Headquarters. Show up anytime between 7pm and 9pm and enter your name to be one of 64 people drawn to have a team on the bracket winner will receive the grand prize, to be announced on the air by March 19 th .

Listen to KVOK and HOT 101.1 and visit the KVOK and HOT 101.1 websites for more sponsor locations and prizes. Contest takes place between March 18 th to April 8 nd to enter. Be sure to follow KVOK’s Facebook page for updates on where to enter and prize drawings. Business interested in sponsoring the promotion can contact Sam or Ellen at the station, 907 486 5159.

Then in early April, 98.7 KVOK & HOT 101.1 (KRXX) will host their 16 th radiothon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St Jude provides cost free care and housing, giving families peace of mind and freedom from financial worry during a time when they are already deeply burdened with fear and worry about their child’s life. Their mission is to create a world where no child has to die in the dawn of their life. 98.7 KVOK & HOT 101.1 (KRXX) will support that mission through a two-day benefit taking place April 4 th & 5 th . They will play music, share stories of those touched by St Jude’s work, and take telephone donations from the community.

The benefit is part of a nationwide fundraising program called Country Cares founded by Alabama’s frontman, Randy Owen, in 1989. It invites stations all over America to raise money for this important cause. General Manager, Ellen Simeonoff remembers why 98.7 KVOK & HOT 101.1 (KRXX) first got involved in the program.

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is located in Memphis, Tennessee, but all of the work and research they do is shared for free to the benefit of all cancer patients worldwide. The bottom line is cancer affects most peoples’ lives in some capacity, so by supporting St Jude’s we are making a difference in lives both locally and worldwide. St Jude helps save the lives of children affected by childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”

In 2018 98.7 KVOK & HOT 101.1 (KRXX) was able to raise $42,127 dollars an increase of $12,000 more over what we raised in 2017, and they are aiming for a similar goal this year. The program’s success has been achieved through sponsorships as well as a dedicated team of volunteers to work the phone bank. Local businesses or volunteers interested in supporting the Country Cares Radiothon or becoming a St. Jude Partner in Hope, should contact Ellen by email or at the station 907 486 5159.
Crab Fest Poster Winner
Each year, the Crab Festival Committee deliberates over work from some of the finest artists on the Island. This year, the committee had the privilege of selecting one of the most unique submissions to date. Aimee Williams, using one of her own photos for inspiration, spent days intricately pasting embroidery thread for this beautiful work of art. Inspiration for this special piece came about from her daughter crafting with the thread, and trying to find a use for the scraps. Aimee, ever passionate about conservation and using what we have, decided to use the thread to re-create her photo of the harbor.

During Crab Festival, you’ll have the opportunity to view the original artwork in all it’s glory. Then, be sure to buy your very own poster of this work of art!
Business After Hours: Kodiak Athletic Club
Kodiak Athletic Club hosted their Annual Business After Hours and Open House on February 15th with well over 100 in attendance! The evening was filled with networking games, delicious food, deep gym member discounts, great music, and prizes!

By the way, when we say prizes, we mean TONS of prizes! Winners walked away with engergizing power bars and drinks, gym memberships, a Kodiak Hana gift card, the last Crab Festival bag of the year, a Crab Fest poster, and $500 cash!

While not everyone walked away with a prize, everyone left the evening a winner, with full stomachs, new friendships, and a completely entertaining evening!

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is also happy to announce that this event garnered an additional $107 to put toward our Annual Scholarship fund through Split-The-Pot proceeds. To date, we've already received 1/3 of the funds we will need for one scholarship.
Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner - Fun for All!
By: Frank Schiro

The Chamber staff and Kodiak Community honored United States Coast Guard service men and women at the Chamber’s annual “We Applaud You” dinner on the evening of February 23 rd. Nearly 200 guests made up of Coast Guard personnel and supporters were treated to a fantastic evening of food, stories and fun.

Aimee Williams, a Coast Guard veteran and Executive Director of Discover Kodiak, did an outstanding job of MCing the evening. The Girl Scouts Service Unit 764 started the night by presenting the colors and leading the pledge of allegiance. They were immediately followed by students from North Star Elementary leading the room in singing the Star-Spangled Banner and Semper Paratus.

Pastor Shannon Panthin from Oceans Church provided the invocation and then attendees were treated to a fantastic feast of food in a buffet provided by entries from Cost Savers, Aquamarine Café, Best Western Kodiak Inn’s Chart Room Restaurant, the Kodiak High School Culinary Arts Program, and Chef Joel Chenet of Mill Bay Catering. Desert followed with cookies from Subway and an amazing cake, complete with Coast Guard cutters and a helicopter from MeLanies’ Crazy Cakes.

City of Kodiak Mayor, Pat Branson and Kodiak Island Borough Mayor, Dan Rohr shared their appreciation for the Guard through heartfelt remarks. Following that, Barry Shauff and Braxton Grunner recounted the story of the Coast Guard’s rescue of Mr. Shauff after he was injured on his fishing boat in 2018. Captain Bryan Dailey offered Presiding Official’s remarks signifying leaderships’ appreciation for all the Coast Guard members do, especially those behind the scenes that are so important to the Coast Guard’s mission.
The evening concluded with over 80 door prizes, provided by local businesses, being handed out to Coast Guard attendees. After the formal festivities concluded, Elite Sound Entertainment, laid down the beat so people could kick up their heels before heading home.

Our special thanks to event sponsors Matson, KANA and BP and our top-level Partners in Kodiak’s Economy (PIKE) sponsors Best Western Kodiak Inn, Alaska Aerospace and KVOK/Hot 101.1.
Chamber Announces 2019 ComFish Exhibitor List & Forums

ComFish 2019 is coming up fast! In its 40 th year, ComFish remains the largest fisheries trade show in Alaska. There is no entry fee to attend the trade show giving Kodiakians and out of town visitors free access to some of the leading gear vendors. This includes the chance to see new products from both local and visiting vendors. Rounding out the show are government agencies and non-profits that play a role in the fishing industry. ComFish 2019 opens March 28th-30th (Thursday & Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm).

Click links below to learn more about the exhibitors attending this year. Or click  here  to download the Trade Show Map, and start planning your visit to ComFish 2019! Forum schedule can be found here.
Productive Procrastination
In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail.

Board of Directors
President  Lindsay Knight
Past President Stacey Simmons                                  
Vice President Brian Lickfield                  
Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Sanford
Board Members               
Susan Johnson · Ellen Simeonoff · Tyler Kornelis · Julie Bonnie · Alex Turner · Ginny Shank · Sarah Culbertson
City of Kodiak Representative Mike Tvenge
Kodiak Island Borough Representative Michael Powers
USCG Base Representative Capt. Jeffery Good
USCG Air Station Representative Capt. Bryan Dailey
KEA Representative Darron Scott
Discover Kodiak Representative Aimee Williams
Contact Us

Phone: (907) 486-5557
Executive Director: Frank Schiro
Community Relations Director: Sarah Phillips