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Dr. Riehl and I just wanted to personally thank you, the Chamber members, and the City of San Marcos for such a rapid approval of our Business Sustainability Loan. It brings us tremendous peace of mind at this otherwise very unnerving time. It has been such a pleasure to become part of the San Marcos business community and the last thing we want is to have to give that up. We greatly appreciate the confidence that the City has shown in our hospital, as well as the rapid, financial assistance. Thank you all very, very much.

 

Dr. Paula Thomas

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo Hills

OCEANSIDE, CA (January 4, 2021)– In the spirit of giving, Frontwave Credit Union sponsored four local military families this holiday season through Camp Pendleton’s Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Secret Santa Program. Frontwave shopped for and purchased gifts on the families’ wish lists and delivered them to the Camp Pendleton ASYMCA, where they were distributed just before the holidays, ensuring each family member had something special to celebrate the season with.

The Secret Santa program was initiated in 2003 to support Marines, Sailors, and their families who are referred to the ASYMCA as needing extra help during the holiday season. This year, 105 local military families, made up of 466 total individuals, were served through program, supporting the ASYMCA’s larger goal of strengthening military families at Camp Pendleton by providing meaningful programs and service events throughout the year.

“This has been a tough year for so many active duty military families, and our Secret Santa Program brought some much needed relief and joy to so many deserving families. We couldn’t do it without our incredible community partners like Frontwave Credit Union,” said Maxine Langdon, Events and Marketing Manager for the Camp Pendleton ASYMCA.

“Having been founded as Camp Pendleton Federal Credit Union in 1952, our military roots run deep, and local military families are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We’re proud to support them as their financial institution and through additional partnerships with organizations like the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA,” said Bill Birnie, President/CEO of Frontwave Credit Union.

In addition to the Secret Santa Program, Frontwave Credit Union also sponsors the ASYMCA’s monthly Neighborhood Exchange, which distributes groceries, diapers, financial advice, and more to local military families in need, as well as special events throughout the year.

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About Frontwave Credit Union

Frontwave Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Frontwave Credit Union provides a portfolio of financial products and services including checking and savings accounts, auto loans, mortgage loans, credit cards, home equity loans, and financial planning. Forged in 1952 as Camp Pendleton Federal Credit Union in Oceanside, California, Frontwave has grown from 8 civil service employee members and $40 in assets to more than 100,000 members and more than $1 billion in assets. Frontwave Credit Union was voted San Diego’s Best Credit Union and Best Mortgage Company in the 2020 San Diego Reader “Best Of” Readers

Poll, and is continuously recognized as a best place to work in Southern California, winning the Peter Barron Stark Award for Workplace Excellence again in 2020. To learn more, visit frontwavecu.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Amber Gabrenas
Marketing Communications Frontwave Credit Union 760.631.8700 x1413 [email protected]

Episode Summary

In our latest episode on the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Podcast we sit down with San Marcos City Council Member, Ed Musgrove to learn about the defining moments that shaped his decision to take a more active role within our community, city, and government.

Episode Description

Today’s Guest: Ed Musgrove, San Marcos City Council Member

Ed is a resident of the Twin Oaks Valley where he lives with his wife Carole and daughters, Cailin and Brooke. Ed is a California native moving from Sacramento to San Diego as a child. After graduating from Poway High School, Ed joined the United States Army where he served over six years including a tour in Germany and assignments in Texas and Colorado. Ed returned to San Diego for a position with the San Diego Sheriff. Ed’s work assignments ranged from detentions, patrol, traffic investigator and detective. Ed supervised at the team level, special investigations, emergency management and was the manager of personnel for the 4000-employee department. He also served two years as the station commander for the communities of Santee and Lakeside before retiring.

After retiring, Ed took a position as the operations security manager for an international non-profit school based in Carlsbad before accepting an offer as a deputy director for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Ed left the transit system in 2017 to start his own consulting business and focus more of his time and energy on our community.

 

Mentioned:

City of San Marcos

Ed Musgrove Biography

San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Episode Summary

Located in San Marcos, Casa de Amparo’s mission is to support those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships. Nicole Chandler, PR & Marketing Specialist is joined by Kate Fletcher, Special Event & Donor Relations Coordinator as they discuss the services that they provide towards child abuse prevention.

Episode Notes

Casa de Amparo has been recognized as a major force in child abuse prevention since 1978 and moved to their current San Marcos location in 2012. Partnering with the greater San Diego community, Casa de Amparo ensures that children and their families receive unique and innovative services for healing, for stopping child mistreatment of any kind, and for ending generational cycles of abuse. The result is a community where child abuse and neglect are not tolerated, and where child abuse awareness and prevention are priorities.

Mentioned:

Casa de Amparo

Mission, Values and History 

Holiday Donation Center

Residential Services

Community Boutique

Follow Casa de Amparo on Instagram

Key Takeaways:

How child placement works

How you can help make an impact on the children and contribute to Casa De Amparo’s mission

The San Marcos Chamber is excited to feature member PlanterSam for this member spotlight!

Who exactly is the “Sam” of PlanterSam?

Meet PlanterSam’s owner, Sam! From plant rescuer to a big time plant mama, Sam is the face of this locally owned small business that specializes in providing house plants, macramés, keychains, wall-arts, pens, and everything plant-related!

“My love for plants started a long time ago when I started rescuing plants because I knew that sometimes within big companies plants would end up in the trash because they have broken leaves. So a few years back we started buying plants. Whenever we’d go somewhere and they had a plant that needed rescuing, we’d rescue it.”

Scroll through the highlights and reels on the PlanterSam Instagram (@plantersam) and you’ll find heart-warming stories, inspiring words, and Sam’s contagious smile and witty humor. It’s no surprise that just under a year into their official launch, their business’ personal brand quickly grew to become a recognized name among housebound plant lovers in San Marcos and adjacent cities.

In a heart-filled message to her plant loving community, Sam shared openly to her audience about the challenges of navigating the pandemic. “I never knew that in the midst of my depression those plants that I rescued and having to take care of them in turn would become something that saved me.”

For many business owners like Sam, interweaving personal anecdotes into their business’ brand has helped business to blossom in a challenging atmosphere for traditional brick-and-mortar businesses. With an increase in consumers turning to social media for connection, empathy, and inspiration for stay-at-home projects to provide relief from the stressors of the pandemic, small business owners can learn a thing or two from the successes of PlanterSam.

“People reach out to me to thank me for bringing this weekend pop-up sale because it has helped them with their anxiety and their depression to come out to get a plant, to be able to take care of something else, to not struggle with their daily struggles,” said Sam.

Follow PlanterSam on Instagram: @plantersam

Follow PlanterSam on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plantersam.shop

Visit PlanterSam’s website: www.plantersam.com

Visit PlanterSam’s pop-up: 791 Trailside Pl, San Marcos, CA

 

VISTA, CA – On Tuesday, December 1st, more than 150 recently homeless parents and their children will walk into a dramatic transformation of the Solutions for Change campus they left just a few hours earlier. Hundreds of volunteers from dozens of local groups sign up a year in advance to be part of this most magical day of the year.

Volunteers “break and enter” into a unit equipped with a personal bio of the family, then deck out the unit with holiday cheer – stocked refrigerators, new handmade quilts, personal notes of encouragement, gifts under a fully personalized and decorated Christmas Tree. Families return to their homes to find them magically transformed into a Christmas wonderland. “Tears flow freely as parents recall past holidays filled with the chaos and disappointments that accompany homelessness, many are overcome by the love of others who they’ve never met. It’s a very special moment here at Solutions that drives home one of our key messages,” says Chris Megison, Founding CEO. “You are part of a larger community, it’s not us and you, it’s all of us together as one us”, he says.

Breaking and Entering was truly magical for my family,” said Shannon Anderson, Solutions program graduate whose family was the recipient of Breaking & Entering in 2018.  “After years of hopelessness, tragedies and heartbreak, I saw the pure joy and delight in their faces.  This was the beginning of our healing process together, and we are forever grateful for Solutions for Change and all the wonderful Volunteers who came together to bless our family. My kids finally felt comfortable and free to be themselves.”

Media Contact: Veronica Baker (619) 206-4000

Date: Tues, Dec 1, 2020   11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 722 W. California Ave. Vista CA

Episode Summary

Jennings Imel is the Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Western Regional Office. The office is responsible for legislative and political grassroots activities in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii in support of the U.S. Chamber’s national public policy goals.

Jennings Imel is the Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Western Regional Office. The office is responsible for legislative and political grassroots activities in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii in support of the U.S. Chamber’s national public policy goals.

Before joining the U.S. Chamber staff in 2013, Jennings worked in Washington, DC at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and at the public affairs firm of Mercury, Clark & Weinstock. Prior to moving to DC, Jennings worked in the California State Assembly; he also managed and worked on several successful congressional and state legislative campaigns, mostly in the Southern California region.

Jennings received a master’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University and bachelor’s degrees in political science and German from the University of California, Riverside.

 

Mentioned:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

San Diego County Election Results

Episode Summary

Today’s episode is a replay of the Power Lunch we hosted on November 5, 2020 where Dr. Ellen Neufeldt shares about how CSUSM continues to tackle the new normal and what it means to be an anchor institution in challenging times.

Episode Notes

California State University San Marcos’ 4th President Ellen Neufeldt joined the university in July 2019. Only seven months later, COVID-19 made itself known to the world, presenting enormous challenges and uncertainties for individuals and organizations across our city and region. Through the crisis, President Ellen Neufeldt is leading the university guided by values of people, innovation, student success and community engagement. In her remarks, President Neufeldt will share updates on how CSUSM continues to tackle the new normal and what it means to be an anchor institution in challenging times.

Resources mentioned:

Dr. Ellen Neufeldt’s Bio
CSUSM as One
CSUSM Innovation Hub
Interview with Rick Gittings, San Marcos City Manager (1983-2006)

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Episode Summary

Dr. Jack Kahn discusses how Palomar College is overcoming the challenges of COVID-19 by helping students and training faculty. Palomar College’s Interim Superintendent/President highlights their Drone Program, Military Leadership Program and shares some exciting information for district taxpayers.

Episode Notes

Palomar College’s main campus is located in San Marcos, which helps make San Marcos the Education Hub of North County. Palomar College enrolls approximately 30,000 full-time and part-time students. At Palomar, students may choose from over 200 associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.

Mentioned:

Palomar College

Military Leadership Assistance Program

Drone Technology Certificate and Degree Programs

Bond refunding to save taxpayers $21.2 million

If you enjoyed this episode, would you consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts? It takes less than 60 seconds and helps to make a difference in getting important news out to our community.

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Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Email Rick at [email protected].

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Discover the benefits of membership with the Chamber: sanmarcoschamber.com

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