Ronn and Virginia Hall
Every month the Santee Chamber of Commerce holds a business mixer, usually on the third Thursday. The mixer, hosted by a different business each time, is an opportunity for the various companies in Santee to get together to chat, network, share, and enjoy good food. This month the mixer was hosted by Ronn and Virginia Hall at the new offices of Ronn Hall Insurance Services and Virginia Hall Realty. This is one nice office – big enough to get things done, but small enough to feel cozy and intimate. And Ronn was very proud to say that everything in the office – furniture, decorations, etc. – was bought in Santee. Oh, and I also should mention that some of the food was provided by Hungry Howie’s Pizza, KB’s Barbecue, and Eccentric International Chefs – all delicious.
I arrived a bit late (I had to do some running around before I could get there), and by then at least two dozen business people and other community members were there enjoying the food and fellowship. One of the great things about these mixers, well besides the food, is the chance to meet and network with others in the business community. Usually the mixer starts about 5:30 pm and then around 7:00 pm there is time for introducing yourself, followed by raffles. Every month there is a 50-50 drawing – this month the winner was Rob McNelis of One Stop Lending & Realty. For me, the best part of the night was meeting a number of Chamber members who would like to be featured in my blog – so I will have plenty of fodder for future posts.
Next time I will introduce you to the Chamber itself and give you a little background on this group.
Welcome to Scouting Santee – a blog about what’s happening in Santee, California. The plan for this blog is to keep you up-to-date on the latest events, openings, and all else going on in this lovely city in eastern San Diego County. We’ll start out with a little background on the area…
The community of Santee began it’s life in the late 1800s when George Cowles bought 4,000 acres in a valley area east of San Diego. The town was first knows as “Cowleston,” and might have remained known by that name, except that Cowles died in 1887 and his widow married realtor and surveyor Milton Santee in 1890. The next year Jennie Cowles Santee began operating the post office under the Santee name, and in 1893 the town offically changed its name to Santee.
The town grew very slowly, numbering only about 2,000 as recently as 1950. Then a relative boom took place, raising the population to over 25,000 in 1970. A Citizen’s Planning Committee was established in 1968 and the process of creating a Santee Community Plan began. A final plan was approved in 1974, but the first attempt at incorporation was voted down in 1976. A second attempt in December, 1980, was successful, and the City of Santee was born.
In the ensuing 27 years the city has made great strides. It has developed a first-class center city retail area and is linked to San Diego by the Green Line of the San Diego Trolley. As with any city, there have been growing pains, and traffic is a problem along the main routes of Mast Boulevard and Mission Gorge Road. But ongoing work on a freeway connector should solve some of the congestion by 2010.
For more information on Santee, check out the city’s website, particularly the About Santee page.