The Santee Chamber of Commerce held its monthly After-5 Mixer on Thursday, April 19, at the office of Albert E. Klitzke D. D. S. Inc. As I mentioned in a previous post, this was not only the monthly mixer, but also a fund raising event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). So, first about the mixer, then a little about JDRF.
Dr. Klitzke was a very gracious host, and put on a very nice spread (food is always an important part of any mixer). But above and beyond that, what makes the mixer work is the networking opportunities and the chance to meet other people who are involed in the community. And, of course, this is the real reason for the mixers. If you do business in Santee, or live in Santee and own a business anywhere, please consider joining the Chamber of Commerce.
The Mixer also marked the first Chamber event for the newly-crowned Miss Santee, Heather DePriest, and Miss Santee Teen, Lizzie Lingasin. The two were chosen from a crowded field at the March 14 Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants at Sonrise Community Church in Santee.
This month we had a rather interesting raffle – not in terms of raffle items but in terms of the numbers drawn. The first number drawn belonged to long-time member Richard Jackson; the second belonged to Chamber VP Rob McNelis who was standing to Richard’s immediate left. And it continued on, one by one to the left. After the third ticket people jokingly moved over to get in line, but the joke was that it really did continue on down the line for every raffle ticket. I’ll let the math majors figure out the odds of that happening. The big winners this month were Art Kaliel for the membership drawing and yours truly for the 50-50 drawing. And yes, I was the last in the line of the raffle ticket drawn.
Now, about JDRF. The foundation was started in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 (juvenile onset) diabetes, and has become the leader in fund raising and advocacy for research on diabetes. I never knew before that about 1/5 of Medicare money is spent on juvenile diabetes, or rather Type 1. Dr. Klitzke and his wife became involved 12 years ago when their son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and Dr. Klitzke spoke at length about juvenile diabetes and the role of the JDRF. Also on hand was Alexis Rodriguez, Special Events Coordinator from the local chapter of the JDRF, who spoke about the upcoming Walk to Cure Diabetes coming in October on the UCSD campus. Please check their website for more information on the organization and their activities.
In May the Chamber After-5 Mixer will be May 15 at Hungry Howie’s Pizza, 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. See you there.