Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
November 7, 2014
Dana Point Elects Three New Councilmembers
Excerpt from Dana Point Times

Dana Point voters have chosen three newcomers to local politics to fill the three open seats on City Council. 

Attorney and Marine Corps Reserve Lt. Col. Richard Viczorek and property management business owners John Tomlinson and Joe Muller were the top three vote-getters out of nine-incumbent candidates vying for three openings on the council.

They will join Councilmen Carlos N. Olvera and Scott Schoeffel, who each have two years left on their terms.

The three open seats are being vacated by Mayor Lisa Bartlett, who was just elected to the Fifth District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors; Councilman Bill Brough, who has been elected to the California Assembly 73rd District seat and Mayor Pro Tem Steven Weinberg, who is terming out.

Click here for the full Dana Point Times article.
Book your Ad Space in the the Official Dana Point City Map
We are proud to announce that we are producing the Official 2015 Dana Point City Visitors Map and we want to promote your business! We will be printing 50,000 maps which will be distributed to local hotels, visitor centers, new Dana Point residents and will of course be available to our city visitors at the Chamber of Commerce offices.

This is the official map from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and will be full of informational highlights, historical points, things to do, restaurants, shopping, places to stay and much, much more!

Space is limited so act fast. The deadline to reserve space for the January publication is November 30, 2014. Click the link below to learn more about how to reserve your ad space.

Details are available here.
Chamber Member Benefits: Free 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.

Member Spotlight: Hope 4 Kids
It's hard to imagine that there are thousands of children from babies to teens who have been abused, abandoned, and neglected in our own communities. Many of these children have gone without food, shelter, and clothing; and most do not have a family to call their own. Luckily, organizations like our member Hope 4 Kids exist to help place these children in loving supportive homes and find them their forever families. Read on to learn more about this wonderful organization, based right here in Dana Point.

Can you please tell us a brief history of your business?
Len and Peggy Carey co-founded Hope 4 Kids in 1995, the same year they were married on the lawn at the Dana Point Resort. After years of working with groups where policies prohibited significant change in children and families, Len and Peggy decided to start an agency with a vision for a better world. They purposed to correct policies that limited their ability to affect real change, and to create programs more consistent with their vision. This vision included treating all clients, children, and staff with respect, better utilization of community resources designed to help children and families, developing programs that would minimize failed placements, and focusing on permanent rather than temporary solutions. With the help of some reputable community leaders, the engines revved and Len and Peggy sped off on a course to develop their foster care and adoption agency. In 2001 Hope 4 Kids became a licensed adoption agency and in 2013 Hope 4 Kids obtained their international adoption license in the state of Washington.

Why did you join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce? 
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce has offered amazing community support by promoting and advocating our business.

In what areas of the Chamber are you involved?
Hope 4 Kids has been a devoted member of the Chamber, attending meetings and working local events such as the Turkey Trot.

Can you tell us a fun fact about your business that most people wouldn't know? 
Our little agency located in a two room office was one of the largest placing adoption agencies in the state of California.

Do you have any piece of advice for new businesses owners? 
The best advice we ever recieved when we founded Hope 4 Kids was to talk to others who were successful at the same business, they gave the best advice that we still follow to this day.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Help the Dana Point Chamber Welcome New Business to Town!

Ribbon Cutting Celebrations

Monday, November 10th   1:00 PM
34198 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite B, Dana Point
Friday, November 14th       5:00 PM
34150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point
*located inside Bike Religion

37th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot is THREE Weeks Away!

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Welcome Our New Members!
CrossFit Dana Point

As a fitness facility, CrossFit Dana Point has a holistic approach to health; it integrates the goals of CrossFit's functional movements at high intensity, while also providing an environment for education and personal growth in a community setting. The primary service provided by CrossFit Dana Point is group fitness classes, as well as other services including, but not limited to, personal training, specialized programs, nutrition counseling and community events. 

CrossFit Dana Point genuinely cares for our athlete's health and fitness. We recognize each individual's ability and potential and will train and encourage them to achieve excellence. We strive to provide a fun and friendly community while promoting self discovery, sportsmanship and an optimal nutritional lifestyle. We are dedicated to a holistic approach for health, fitness, wellness and personal growth, and we are committed to building lasting relationships and challenging our athletes to pursue better quality of life.

Welcome Express

Welcome Express was founded in 1986 and is celebrating 20 years as Orange County's premier newcomer welcome service. They seek to be a "home plate" for new residents who are ready to touch base with their current surroundings. Welcome Express greets new residents in several ways: 
  1. By distributing civic information about their new community and gifts from various sponsor businesses in their area via a mailed welcome package. 
  2. Orange County has one of the highest per-capita household computer ownership rates in the country. Welcome Express takes advantage of this fact by providing a comprehensive Online Resource Center offering newcomers additional information to facilitate their immersion into the Orange County lifestyle. 
As a local business, they work closely with local civic and community organizations - in addition to the sponsors - so that their total offering adds value for both the new resident and the sponsor. As a result, the Welcome Express package is the largest, most comprehensive package of its type new residents will receive after their move. 

By accelerating the link between new residents, local businesses, city resources, and city leadership, Welcome Express helps foster that all important "sense of community" we all strive for.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
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Community News & Events
Support Local Business: Shop Del Prado Businesses
Honor Our Those Who Have Served at VFW Post 9934's
Veteran's Day Service

Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 and Ladies Auxiliary and the City of Dana Point recognize all Veterans for their service and sacrifices for America. Honor our military veterans by attending the Veteran's Day Service at Strands Vista Park, this coming Tuesday, November 11th at 10:00am

$$ Saving Deals from Chamber Member Restaurants
Brio Tuscany Grille

Jack's Restaurant
Chamber Members Hosting Fundraisers for Local Non-Profits
Bella Collina & San Clemente Junior Woman's Club Host Holiday Fundraiser
Crank & Grind Raising Money for
Challenged Athletes Foundation

Friday, November 7th  
5:30 - 8:30pm

Friday, November 14th
6:00 - 10:00pm

Give Thanks & Eat Deliciously

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Thanksgiving Brunch

Salt Creek Grille Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner 

IlluminOCEAN: 40 Nights of Holiday Lights
The Majestic Sealife of Dana Point Shines Bright in a Dazzling Holiday Display 
The holidays will shine bright this year as Dana Point IlluminOcean debuts 18 large scale lighting attractions for forty nights of holiday lights at the Dana Point Harbor! This wonderland by the sand - created and funded by The Resorts of Dana Point to become an annual winter tradition - features a brilliant spectacle of 18 oversized lighting sculptures with over 225,000 LED lights, and is free to the public for viewing nightly at sundown beginning November 26, 2014.

As the whale watching capital of the world, and proud stewards of the coastal ecosystems which drives most of the destination's tourism traffic, the sea-themed holiday lighting sculptures showcase the city's devotion to ocean preservation.

From octopus and sharks, to starfish and surfers, the dazzling displays are highlighted by a towering glow-motion tree, light tunnels stretching longer than a football field and over a dozen gigantic lighting sculptures - so big visitors can walk through and inside the belly of a glowing 40-foot Blue whale!

As visitors stroll through the colorful collection of immersive attractions, every step is filled with vibrant sights and sounds while roaming street performers entertain crowds, glow merchandise shines and "Whale Eyes" 3D glasses give a must-see holographic look at this holiday spectacle. See the lights. Explore the sights. This year and every year, only at Dana Point IlluminOcean. For additional information, visit IlluminOCEAN.com.
40th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights
Boat Parade by Water's Edge
Friday, December 5; Saturday, December 6; Friday, December 12; Saturday, December 13 at 7:30pm

Holiday in the Harbor Open House 
Friday, Dec 5, 4:30pm - 7:30pm 

Boat Rides with Santa 
Saturday, Dec 6 & Sunday, Dec 7, 10am - 3pm 

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Docks Photos with Santa! 
Friday, Dec 5, 4:30-7:30pm & Thursday, Dec 11 & 18 3-5pm 

Santa Paws 
Saturday, Dec 13, 10am-3pm

Cast Your Vote: 7th Annual Best of Dana Point
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 21st, 2014 at midnight.

Also, don't forget about your friendly Dana Point Chamber of Commerce when voting for "Best Customer Service." :)
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