The Santee Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1955, so predates the incorporation of the city itself by about three decades. The Chamber’s stated mission is “to enhance the quality of life by developing a strong economic foundation while
providing exclusive benefits and optimum service to our members through effective communication and leadership.” Believe me, it does all of these and more.
As I mentioned in my last post, the Chamber sponsors a monthly After-5 Mixer for members and guests alike. It also has a monthly Sunrise Santee breakfast, usually held on the third Tuesday of the month. In addition, the Chamber sponsors a business and craft fair in June, coordinates the Santee Day at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, and supports a variety of activities and grand openings throughout the city. For business owners, the Chamber also acts as a clearinghouse for information from various government entities and as a liason with the local city government. For the community, the Chamber is a major supporter of Santee Santas and the Miss Santee and Miss Teen Santee Pagent.
Currently the Chamber is guided by its Executive Director, the irrepressible and indifatigable Warren Savage. Sadly for the Chamber, Warren has given notice that he will retire later this year – however, he will stay on as the Chamber searches for and trains his replacement. But knowing Warren, he will not go quietly into retirement, and he has already indicated that he will continue in some advisory and liason roles.
No discussion of the Chamber would be complete without a nod toward the two women who really keep things going. Warren may be the catalyst of the Chamber, but these are the sparkplugs. I’m talking about Administrative Assistant Nanci Phipps and Office Assistant Kelly Almack. If you happen to stop by the Chamber offices, be sure to remind them how great they are and how much we all appreciate them.
Kelly Almack (l) and Nanci Phipps (r)