Chamber News

New Executive Director for the Chamber

It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce Heather Vina as the new McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

We are all sad to see Cindy Harrington go but wish her well on her new adventure.  We realize that Cindy has left big shoes to fill; however we are confident that Heather will pick up right where Cindy left off.

Heather is a native of Arcata, where she grew up.  Her father worked for the Arcata Fire Dept. as an engineer at the McKinleyville Station.

She spent a lot of her childhood in or around McKinleyville; in fact, she was present at the very first Pony Express Days Parade.

She moved to McKinleyville in 1992 with her husband Mike and has lived here ever since, raising their two children Kyle and Megan.

Heather is a past board member for the McKinleyville Chamber and is excited to be able to work with the Board of Directors to promote growth for businesses and the community in McKinleyville.  Please join me in giving Heather a warm welcome to the Chamber!

Kendra Astry
McKinleyville Chamber President

Advertise in the new 2013-2014 McKinleville Visitors & Relocation Guide Today! Deadline April 24, 2013

It is that time again!  Time to advertise your business in the McKinleville 2013-2014 Visitors & Relocation Guide!  Over 15,000 copies will be printed!  It will be included in all relocation packets that are sent out from the chamber.  The deadline is approaching fast.  April 24, 2013.  Contact  James Wilson at the Times Standard ASAP to get your business included in this great advertising opportunity.  You can reach him at 441-0599 or email him at jwilson@times-standard.com.  

2013 Azalea Award Recipients

  The Azalea Award has been a long standing tradition at the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to those who have a history of serving our community and still continue to do so and must currently reside in McKinleyville.  The Azalea Award Winners also serve as Grand Marshals in our Pony Express Day parade.  The 2013 recipients of this honored award are Garth and Linda Sundberg.  They will be honored at the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce's Annual Dinner on March 22nd at Blue Lake Casino.  The dinner is a Murder in Monte Carlo theme and tickets are on sale now.  If you would like to attend please call 839-2449.

Garth and Linda Sundberg were both born and raised in Humboldt  County.  They graduated from McKinleyville High School.  Garth went on to College of the Redwoods.  Linda began a life long career working in her Grandfathers insurance agency as a sophomore in high school.
Married in 1973, they will celebrate their 40th  wedding anniversary in September this year.
Linda has always had a strong and enthusiastic commitment to service and community activity support.  Linda carries a nickname of “Activity Director” by her family.  Serving as a member of the Northern  Humboldt Union High School District board for two terms, as a member of the McKinleyville Senior Advisory Board, Greenwood Cemetery Association, numerous committees for the Arcata Fire Department, and Community Business Advisory Board of Umpqua Bank.
Linda has been a Farmers Insurance Group Agent for the past 32 years, she is proud to be associated with a national company, of which one of the three company founders were from Humboldt County.
Garth spent the first 35 years of his working career for Miller Farms Nursery.  A family owned and operated business.  During his tenure there, he operated as construction manager, serveral parks and subdivisions were developed in McKinleyville. Garth can probably identify underground infrastructure of McKinleyville without calling USA DIG. Presently Garth and his Son, Randy operate GR Sundberg, Inc. a general engineering construction company.   Garth is a member of Trinidad Rancheria.  He became involved in Tribal Government in the early 90’s.  Garth is presently Chairman of Trinidad Rancheria, and has served in that capacity since 2005.  He also is Chairman of the Northern California Tribal Chairman’s Association, a collaborative of Native American  Leaders who have a voice with State and Federal Governmental agencies.   Garth also sits on the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition,  Cal Trans Native American Advisory Council, National Congress of American Indians and the Humboldt County Indian Gaming Committee.
Garth and Linda raised their family in McKinleyville.  They are proud to called Grammie and Papa by their five grandchildren.
The Sundberg’s are honored to say: We are from McKinleyville and No One Could Be Prouder.

2013 Annual Dinner

MURDER IN MONTE CARLO!
Friday March 22nd at Blue Lake Casino in the Sapphire Palace
Wear your best glamour & step into Monte Carlo where high rollers rule the world!  The stakes are going to be high and there is no limit to what could happen.
Join us for an evening of murder, entertainment, games, prizes, award ceremony, auctions and dinner!  Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6:00 SHARP!  Don't be late or you will miss the clues and a chance to win $$ if you can guess Whodunit!
Please contact the chamber office at 839-2449 or email mckinleyvillechamber@gmail.com to reserve seats.  Tickets are 50.00 per person or 400.00 for a VIP table for 8.

Edward Jones Ribbon Cutting



 

The McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce provided a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 17, 2013 during the Grand Opening of Edward Jones in McKinleyville. It is the office of Sara M Goodwin, Financial Advisor and her Branch Office Administrator Cassaundra Burrell. They are located at 1973 Central Ave in McKinleyville. Pictured here in the center is Sara (left) and Cassaundra (right), the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce Board, Arcata Chamber of Commerce Board and community members.

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