Chamber News

Courtney & Weston Kime Named 2017 Azalea Award Recipients

March 2017 - A tradition started in 2001, the Azalea Award is given every year by the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce.  The award is given to McKinleyville community members who have a history of service and continue to serve today.  Past award recipients get together to choose the next years winners.  Cyndi Bainbridge and Bob Wainright last year's award recipients said that they are excited to give the award to the younger generation.  They are hoping that the Kime's example will encourage other young people to volunteer and help in our community.

Weston grew up in Eureka and attended Humboldt State University where he met Courtney who had moved into the area with her family as her father was the Coast Guard's Commanding Officer.  After graduation they moved away for a short time.  The Kimes decided to return to Humboldt County.  Their purchase of A & L Feed and Garden Supply in 2012 was the start of their efforts to support and improve McKinleyville.  They are invested in their community.  The Kimes knew that the A & L Feed building was an icon for the town and deserved to be a hub in more ways than one.
They jumped right in supporting the chamber of commerce, local events, clubs and groups such as 4H.  On any weekend you can see them hosting free workshops or events for the kids to help them learn and raise money.  
Weston says, "It's about bringing the community together, working together and helping everyone learn ways to improve our way of life in McKinleyville."  
Courtney and Weston will be recognized at the Chamber of Commerce annual Members Choice Awards dinner on March 24 at Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace.  They will also serve as Grand Marshals in the annual Pony Express Days Parade.

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Valentine's Mixer hosted by Cloney's McKinleyville Pharmacy

(February 23, 2017)  Cloney's McKinleyville Pharmacy was the chamber's February mixer host.  The evening was filled with networking, fun, great food and winners.  Guests had the opportunity to meet Kavita Reif their new pharmacist.  Did you know that Cloney's is the only componding pharmacy north of Ukian and west of Redding?

Chamber welcomes Red Lion Hotel

(February 2017)  The McKinleyville Chamber would like to welcome the Red Lion Hotel in Eureka. Ranked as one of the best full-service hotels in Eureka, CA, they pride ourselves in offering excellent customer service, 175 immaculate accommodations and practical amenities and services for comfortable stays in Northern California.

Conveniently located just 15 minutes from the Arcata-Eureka Airport, Red Lion Hotel Eureka provides a complimentary airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi, a delicious on-site restaurant, Pacific Bar & Grill, and nearly 6,788 square feet of meeting facilities and banquet space.

Our welcoming lodge-style Eureka, CA hotel is the perfect choice for experiencing the lovely seaport town of Eureka in a family and pet-friendly atmosphere.  

Chamber CEO Graduates from Academy for Chamber Executives

(February 4, 2017)  Heather Viña, the President/CEO at the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce, was among the 32 chamber executives to graduate last Friday from Academy, a professional development program presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).
Academy is an interactive 3-day (three year) training program on chamber management essentials designed for today’s chamber executives and staff professionals.
“We congratulate all of the graduates and their chambers for having the vision to invest in professional development,” said W.A.C.E. President Dave Kilby.
During the three-year Academy program, graduates participated in 18 three-hour classes and must successfully complete additional independent study outside of the classroom.
W.A.C.E is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals designed to promote and enhance professional development. With approximately 830 members from seventeen Western states and Canada, W.A.C.E. is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the United States.