Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
October 30, 2015
Gene Burrus, 'The Voice of Dana Point' & 
2013 Citizen of the Year Passes Away at 88
We are saddened to announce that Gene Burrus has passed away at the age of 88. Gene, known as the "Voice of Dana Point," volunteered many hours with Dana Point Youth Baseball, the Senior Center and many other organizations. We were lucky enough to honor him as the 2013 Citizen of the Year to thank him for his many years of service. He will be sorely missed.

Burrus had a broadcasting career that spanned more than five decades which included being known as "the voice of Armed Forces Radio" and serving as the public address announcer at the Tournament of Roses Parade in the 10 years leading up to his retirement. He started in radio in 1952 at station KRUX in Glendale, Ariz. In 1958, he moved to television there and then in 1964 returned to California where, after World War II he studied broadcasting at the Radio Engineering School in Burbank and worked at several stations in cities like Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Newport Beach until retiring in 1986. 

Upon retiring, he and his wife Gladys moved to Dana Point where he quickly became an integral part of the community by volunteering for many city programs and events. For his involvement in the local scene Gene Burrus, the voice behind Dana Point's youth baseball games, was named 2013 Dana Point Citizen of the Year by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Burrus, who has announced youth sports in Dana Point for decades, also voiced the Dana Point Festival of Whales annual parade. 

Aside from his dedication to the community's youth, Burrus was also devoted to helping fellow seniors at the Dana Point Community Center. He could be found most days, helping pack meals, working the crowd and leading activities at the center. 

In April of 2014, Gene visited the  Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary and provided more info about himself, his historical family and his love of Dana Point. Do yourself a favor and take some time to watch the video to the right. 

A celebration of Gene Burrus' life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22 at noon on the Gene Burrus Ballfield at Del Obispo Community Park, adjacent to the Dana Point Community/Senior Center.
Member Spotlight: Dana Point Jet Ski
Combine the beauty of Dana Point Harbor with the popularity of watersports and it's no surprise that  Dana Point Jet Ski and Kayak Center has experienced such success the past 37 years. It's the destination for locals and tourists alike to rent or purchase top of the line Jet Ski®, kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUP) with direct water access steps from its showroom. Each summer, the recreational watercraft business also organizes a two-day kayak fishing trip. Setting out aboard an 88 ft. multi-use fishing and expedition vessel loaded up with gear and kayaks, the group travels to San Clemente Island where anglers of all ages seek bass, halibut, whitefish and yellowtail from their very own kayak! 

Michele Zorn, PR & Marketing Manager, provided us with a brief insight on the business:

Can you please tell us a brief history of your business?
Dana Point Jet Ski and Kayak Center was started in 1978 just two years after Kawasaki® introduced the first Jet Ski® to the world. After several moves within the city of Dana Point, the business was relocated to Dana Point Harbor about 16 years ago. Tim and Karen Boyer purchased the business in 2003, added the Hobie® kayak product line and have continually updated and expanded the rental fleet and product offerings. Also added was the ability of kayak purchasers to store their kayak at the facility with easy access to the water.

Why did you join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce? 
To learn from and network with other business owners. 
In what areas of the Chamber are you involved? 
To learn from and network with other business owners. Donations to the Chamber for mixer raffles. We also donate heavily to local schools, the CHOC surf program, harbor cleanup efforts, just to name a few.

Can you tell us a fun fact about your business that most people wouldn't know? 
Fun Fact: during the three-day July 4th weekend this year, we rented Jet Skis® 122 times, kayaks 285 times and paddleboards 193 times. This is the busiest day of the year in Dana Point Harbor. It takes a great, dedicated staff to achieve this level of success. We also host a monthly kayak fishing tournament that is open to the public.

Do you have any piece of advice for new businesses owners? 
Honesty, trustworthiness and respect will help you persevere as an owner and business in your community.
Are You Taking Advantage of Your Member Benefits?
Job Board - Post for FREE until the End of the Year!
Did you know you can post your job openings on the Chamber website? It's just another one of your chamber member benefits!

Our website is viewed by residents, visitors and people looking to relocate to our beautiful city - in fact, approximately 150K unique individuals visit our website every year. Our website is the perfect place to post your current job openings. 

Because we value our members and know that this is an incredibly busy time of year, we invite you to post all of your current or seasonal job openings to our site now for FREE.

To post an opening, contact us and we'll get your listing up asap!

Event Calendar Listings
A new benefit to our Chamber members is our interactive Chamber calendar. 

Hosting an upcoming holiday event? Our members can now feature their events on our Chamber website events calendar! Whether it's a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Holiday party, we invite you to share your event on our calendar with our members and the local community. PLUS, you can subscribe to our calendar's RSS feed and receive up to date information on upcoming events. 

This is a feature for Chamber Members Only. All submission are subject to approval.

Our Ridiculously Good Looking Chamber Members
Olamendi's Hispanic Heritage Month Award Celebration & Reception

Blue Lantern Inn's 
25th Anniversary Celebration

Ribbon Cutting: Amy Elder Fitness
& Dana Point Physical Therapy

Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting: Fitness Together

Ribbon Cutting: FoxLin Architecture

Upcoming Chamber Events
November Membership Orientation
Maximize Your Membership Investment 
Wednesday, November 4th   5:00 - 6:00pm
Brio Tuscany Grille     24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point
Do you know the value of your Chamber Membership? 
Are you looking to get the most of out of your membership?
Come to our New Member Orientation! Join us on Wednesday, November 4th from 5:00-6:00pm at Brio Tuscany Grille
We encourage new members, new employees and current members looking for a "refresher" course to attend this event. Attendees will receive your New Member Packet and plaque, plus you'll get a detailed presentation of your Chamber member benefits. This will be the last membership orientation of the year.

This orientation is your opportunity to meet Chamber staff, Board members, Chamber Ambassadors and fellow new members, while learning about all the exciting opportunities your Chamber membership offers you!  Click here to RSVP.
Lantern District Ribbon Cutting
Join us as we honor the Dana Point City Council and City Staff on the  completion of our gorgeous new Lantern District.
Meet us under the new Del Prado Archway for a ribbon cutting on 
Monday, November 16th at 11:00am.
38th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot
Thousands of runners and spectators will descend on Dana Point Harbor for the 38th Annual Turkey Trot race, held on Thanksgiving morning - and we hope that you'll be one of them! The Dana Point Turkey Trot is Orange County's largest and most scenic Thanksgiving day race and is the premiere trot in Southern California. Experience for yourself the race that was named one of the top 3 destinations in the world for Thanksgiving by Fodor's Travel and a Must-Do 10K by Shape Magazine

Named one of America's best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become a Southern California tradition, attracting more than 17,000 participants, volunteers, friends and family, in its 5K, 10K and Kids' Gobble Wobble. All runners will receive a tech shirt and finisher medal. Festivities include a DJ, on course entertainment, a costume contest, photos with our mascot Drumstick and a health and wellness expo. 

We're currently  seeking vendors for our 2-Day Health & Wellness Expo, individuals or groups to  join our volunteer team of over 400, and as always we are always accepting banners to be placed along the race course promoting your business!  Contact the Chamber team if you are interested in any of the opportunities listed above.

The majority of our 17,000 participants are locals giving YOU a great opportunity to get involved with the South Orange County community! 

Our Turkey Trot is the perfect place to bring your family to run the race before you stuff your face - don't forget to  register you and your family for our 10K, 5K or Kids' Gobble Wobble 1 Mile race. See you on Turkey Day!

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Welcome Our New Members!
Top Broker Network - The Eppel Group
Having lived in Southern California for many years, Lisa Eppel has developed extensive knowledge and an in-depth insight into the Real Estate market in the area, from resale properties to new home construction and design. 

She is committed to customer service, and this transforms the pressures of real estate transactions into stress-free negotiations for her clients, who swear by her competence and understanding of the market. 

Lisa was barely 28 years old when she started her own company - Chronicle Transcripts, Inc., a nationwide healthcare documentation and transcription company that serves small to mid-sized hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, medical and radiology groups and private practices. Chronicle Transcripts seamlessly integrates transcription into EHRs, with structured documentation that is inserted into appropriate fields in the patient's chart. 

Lisa's extensive experience with her company brings a fresh and innovative spin to her Real Estate work, and combines excellent negotiation, honest communication skills, intelligent use of the latest technology (including brilliant marketing and social media skills), very high ethical standards and energetic approach to her successful real estate career. Lisa has also had a very hands-on approach in the running of Chronicle Transcripts, and therefore, has enviable people skills, which go a long way in establishing trust and rapport with her real estate clients, in order to ensure that every client gets the best that she has to offer in the business.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2005

Member Since 2012

Dana Point Yacht Club
Member Since 2001
Member Since 1990

Member Since 2013

Vacation Concierge, Inc.
Member Since 2012
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
October 2015
Arts and Humanities Month
Oct. 30th Taste of San Clemente
Oct. 31st Happy Halloween!!

Farmers Market
November 3rd City Council Meeting
Nov. 4th Connecting Women to Power Business Conference - FREE

DPCC: Member Orientation
Nov. 5th Dana Point Youth Board Meeting
Nov. 6th 2015 South County Veterans Summit

4th Annual Honor the Valor Football Game
Nov. 7th Farmers Market & Craft Fair

Nature Interpretive Center - Nature Tour
Nov. 8th 4 Paws Up for a Yappy Chatty Hour - Presented by Pet Project Foundation
Nov. 9th Planning Commission Meeting
Nov. 10th DPCC: Ambassador Committee Meeting

VFW Benefit Services

DPCC: Finance Committee Meeting
Nov. 11th Veteran's Day Service
Nov. 12th South Coast Water District Board of Directors Meeting

Veritas Lodge No. 855 Free and Accepted Masons of California Weekly Meeting

Science Night
Nov. 13th Sun Salute Yoga Center in Dana Point Present Amrit Desai
Nov. 16th Ribbon Cutting: Lantern District
Nov. 22nd Gene Burrus's Memorial
Featured Events from Your Local Elected Officials
Wednesday, November 4th
9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, November 6th
9:00am - 2:00pm
Don't miss out on this FREE conference - Connecting Women to Power - presented by Diane Harkey (Member, Board of Equalization, District 4).

Hosted by Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, this summit will feature a host of resources and information for local veterans including a presentation about the South County Veterans Research Study; VA benefits overview; veterans resource fair; and breakout sessions.

41st Annual Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights 
to be Held  December 11, 12 & 18,19
Exclusively for Dana Point Chamber Members:
Save Up to 60% at Office Depot
Operating a business can be expensive and costly, especially for a small business. That's why we've launched the Office Depot Chamber Program, allowing you to receive discounts on products and services just for being a member of our Chamber! 
Register for your online Chamber Member business account with Office Depot and start saving online and in stores. You'll save up to 60% on 650 most commonly purchased business essentials, up to 70% savings on copy and print jobs and a 5% savings on most other items. You will also receive fast AND free shipping on orders of $50 or more and a special Store Purchasing Card for in-store purchases. 
This program is FREE to join for all Dana Point Chamber members. Take advantage of this member benefit along with the many savings opportunities your Chamber membership awards you, TODAY!
Cast Your Vote: 8th Annual Best of Dana Point Voting is Now Open!
It's that time of year again! The Dana Point Times "Best of Dana Point People's Choice Lantern Awards" voting has begun! 

To vote, visit the  Dana Point Times website and click on the link on the right, entitled Vote Here: The Best of Dana Point. Make sure to direct your friends, family and customers to vote as well - every vote for your business helps!

Click here to download a "VOTE FOR US" flyer for you to use in your storefronts or in marketing materials to get the word out to all your customers. 

Polls close December 20th, 2015 at midnight.

Also, don't forget about your friendly Dana Point Chamber of Commerce when voting for "Best Customer Service." :)
Thank You to our 2015 Chairman Circle Sponsors


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

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