Friday, March 20, 2009

YOU Could Be The New Sierra Madre Chamber Of Commerce Executive Director!

Yes, it's true! You could be a very important person in town, and have the job title to back it up! And probably get a business card as well. Of course, it is a small town so the mileage payments won't be all that great, but you will be able to eat lunch at home. They're taking applications right now, so follow the directions below and prepare to move up the ladder to success. Don't delay!

Sierra Madre Chamber Seeks Applicants for Executive Director Position

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce is seeking an Executive Director to manage its office, implement the direction of the Board of Directors, manage staff (one part time assistant ongoing, occasionally a second part-time staffer to assist with specific events), and manage the Chamber's events (including but not limited to Chamber Mixers, The Wistaria Festival, Dickens Village, and a Health and Home Based Business Expo/Taste of Sierra Madre).

As the face of the Chamber and all Sierra Madre Commerce, the qualified candidate will be effective at networking, a relationship builder, and an organizer. Duties will include event and revenue development, as well as evaluation, organization and management of the Chamber office and staff, including record keeping and regularly scheduled reporting to the Board.

The candidate will excel at membership development and retention strategies.

The Chamber's Executive Director will be a pro-active, Pro-Business Advocate, in general and within the Chamber's membership, the local business district, and serve as liaison between the business community and governments and other organizations.

The Executive Director will direct all Marketing and Public Relations and be responsible for all Chamber communication to members, the public, governmental representatives, media, other chambers & numerous business and economic development organizations.

The position requires a person able to work a flexible schedule, available beyond standard business hours, including some evenings and weekends. Weekly hours will range from thirty to fifty hours per week. Applicants can mail their resumes to 37 N. Auburn, Ste. 1, Sierra Madre, CA 91024, or e-mail them to info@sierramadrechamber.com.
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Looks like they're seeking motivated and qualified self-starters with a real go-get-em attitude. Nothing in the notice about forming liaisons with dissident youth groups dedicated to the struggle for smoking liberty, however.

45 comments:

  1. Eek!! Is there that much to do that they need an Executive Director?

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  2. how about scheduling a meeting -- an honest to gawd old fashioned town hall meeting? a debate. citizenry vs the intelligence and wisdom of the chamber of commerce. Who's right? the c o c's ironclad manifesto of forever tying sierra madre to its image as a sinclair lewis sort of place? or that of the citizenary (well, ok, a bare handful of us fools) which never stops lusting for the makeover of sm into a civilized, cultured, hip, modern athens (dream on}? free booze catered at the meeting to guarantee a crowd.

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  3. Didn't Karma Bell have this job at one time?
    I seem to remember seeing her sitting in that little office on Auburn.

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  4. Hmm, the nature of this job is becoming clearer
    to me now that I've read the comments. Free
    booze, Karma Bell, seems it all makes sense.
    Joe's cite of Sinclair Lewis is interesting. Is
    George F. Babbit available? The man is pretty
    much the classic personification of the kind of
    boosterism that makes an organization such as
    the COC sizzle and pop.

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  5. I'm qualified just like I was for one of the commissions but since I am not a dirt....I don't stand a snowball's chance in h%@&!

    It would be a real hoot to apply.

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  6. It is a shame that the Chamber of Commerce in Sierra Madre has become as politicized as it has. I blame the current leadership. In most towns the CoC is an agenda neutral organization dedicated to public service and the well being of its business constituents. Here in Sierra Madre it has pretty much been reduced to being a partisan pressure group.

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  7. How about adding a requirement that the new Executive Director will have actually read Dickens? Therefore he or she might suggest that the "Dickens Village" theme conjures up images of dreadful poverty, abuse and neglect, and change that bleak name!

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  8. Is it true the City subsidizes the Chamber?

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  9. free booze, where do i apply?

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  10. Day,
    Dicken's Village should feature Bart Doyle as Fagan and all the ex-mayors and dirt councilmembers, past and present, all the dirt realtors and their pals should be his gang of "pickpockets"!

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  11. Fabulous!
    Who will be the shocked, young Karl Marx, observing all the horrific misuses of free enterprise during the Dicken era, writing in his single, small room at the Renaissance Plaza?

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  12. Marie "not a dirt" RoseMarch 20, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Pasta, I think you're qualified, too. And until good people like you begin to apply for important positions we won't have brought any real change! Therefore, to all of you, apply for those commission openings! There's a good chance you'll make it with this council! Stop whining and whimpering about "dirts". Be a part of a new "dirt-free" "smoke-free" "congregational blight-free" town.

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  13. Sir Eric,
    put up Marie "not a dirt Rose as the featured best post of the week!

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  14. Somebody accuses somebody else here of "whining and whimpering," and you want me to make it a featured post? Not sure if I'm catching your drift here.

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  15. Marie not a dirt Rose.

    I have found a far better use of my time than being on commissions. I now work to get the best people on the council. I spread the truth to everyone about the good work of Don, Maryann and Kurt and help when and where I am needed. I do not whine about the self named "dirts". I smile about the good which a small group of caring residents workers have brought about. I hope that you are part of this group for positive change.

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  16. Marie not a dirt Rose says:
    Be a part of a new "dirt-free" "smoke-free" "congregational blight-free" town.
    That's a great line.
    Don't think the comment was meant to be a knock.
    Poster obviously likes Pasta....."Pasta, I think you're qualified, too. And until good people like you begin to apply for important positions we won't have brought any real change"!

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  17. I would like to see Stroller Moms on all the commissions!
    I know volunteers could arrange to watch their little kids while they attended meetings.
    We sure need the good sense of people like Sharon Prevsner involved in city leadership.
    Some of the people involved in these commissions now are totally unacceptable, both via qualifications and/or morals.

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  18. Thumbs: Actually 10:33 is a far superior comment than what you're touting. The
    smokers are having the unintended effect
    of bringing a whole new generation of
    Sierra Madre residents into the political
    mix. Could very well turn out to be a
    watershed moment in civic involvement
    here. The cigarette cause is blowing up
    in the faces of the Old Regime.

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  19. Great point Eric.
    Hey, would Sharon consider running for council?

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  20. If Joe Mosca runs for re-election after having voted against downtown smoking restrictions, every stroller mom in town is going to know about it. And stroller grandmas and grandpas as well.

    Got that, Joe?

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  21. Wait a second, has there been a vote yet? did I miss something second?

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  22. i think all the council members will vote for the restrictions because as john said it is a health issue

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  23. Looks like the word "if" has stumped 11:33.

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  24. WHEW!!!!!! Just like standing at the edge of an abyss, tha's what it's like reading responses from good fighting SM residents. One can see how easily you can fall in behind the heroes of "saving the town" ers. Hurray for the good guys! I say "Laugh HA HA HAH at those loosers, marauding(sp?) clowns of injustice, bafoons of boasting. Bullies that believe in themselves with a poor grip on reality vs the legends in their own illusions. Unfortunates ,known as the dirts & a person called susan (notice the lower case letters used appropriately, not as in type o) it is time to replace these harbringers of negativity by thinking of them and saying RIDICULOUS!!! Just like Harry Potter would do & "POOF" BEGONE!!! Remember, this is a time for good to overcome the existence of greed & avarice. That begins with good people believing in themselves not, like the so-called people who are deceiving themselves & any one else they can try to deceive. Honesty always wins. Winning takes hard efforts & work. It makes sense that people are losers when they take the easy way out. the TAKERS. Defiant & jealous, sneaking around the back door , stealing from the oblivious. Grrrrr, snarl, bite bite bite!!!!! those nasty curs. What curious, churly,
    unhappy ner -do- wells, sigh, the....dirts.

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  25. Does anyone know how much the Chamber made last weekend? Remember the city subsidized their permit / police fees. I bet they made a bundle and should have not had a fee waiver.

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  26. I can't think of a more distasteful job. Having to be in the company of Brandley, Bell, Joffe, Henderson, and Colburn is not my idea of pleasant working conditions.

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  27. I think most of what the C.O.C takes in on Vine Day goes to paying for the buses that run the folks up and down the hill, we should be able to find out if there is balance to the plus though.

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  28. Has anyone applied for the job yet?

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  29. I don't know. Call the Buc and
    see if anyone there knows.

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  30. I made some calls and this is what I found out about City money going to the Chamber of Commerce. The City budgets $5,000 per fiscal year for the Chamber. The payment isn't just turned over to them, tho. The Chamber must first seek City Council approval of any spends before getting any of that money. And the Chamber has not asked for any dough since 2006. That was a $3,500 granted request for their website. Last weekend's Wistaria shindig was technically a Chamber event, but like other non-profit organizations they did not pay full cost for public services. For the Wistaria thing the City and the COC split the costs 50/50, with each picking up $4,000. So they do get City $, but the City Council must deem the spend mutually beneficial.

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  31. Dubya:

    5000 tickets at $7 each is $35,000 plus the booth space sales. If they can't make a profit they shouldn't do it.

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  32. I heard that booth space on the street was going for $400 a pop...

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  33. Wistaria tickets are nine-ten bucks a pop, actually. I bought two. Then never used the buggers. All those long and ghastly slow lines to the busses too killer. At one Wistaria fete the old noon whistle whooped by accident, panicing and laying out unfortunate seniors waiting in line by the numbers. Somebody told me that. Is it true or false? Anyhow, I can't understand what's become of the Wistaria or how it benefits city commerce or the imae of sierra madre whatsoever, except for the weed herself. All those vendors huckstering bargain rate bric-a-brac out of their booths are from outside of city limits, or I think most of them are. Are they blocking entrance to local merchants who are c of c members? One local emporium I observed doing roaring business at the Wistaria was the always phenomenal Bucaneer. Hooray! TWO freaking bartenders going full tilt all day long. Surely an unrecognized city landmark, the Buc. Meriting a plaque from cultural heritage at the least. Is the Buc a member of the c of c at all?

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  34. Here's the complete directory of the C of C
    http://www.sierramadrechamber.com/directory/

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  35. A while back somebody posted something about Wisaria Wine. Does that actually exist? If so I would like to hold a tasting.

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  36. E. Waldo Ward has wistaria jelly...

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  37. Mr. Finewine will not eat "jelly."

    Do they make preserves?

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  38. Sierra Madre GirlMarch 20, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Mr, Finewine, thanks for the laugh.
    Anon at 3:22, thanks for the link. I was shocked to see that the SM Congs are NOT in the chamber!

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  39. Mr Finewine, beware! Per Wikepdeia (sic), certain strains of the weed are deadly poisonous. Can't say whether or not our vine is among them

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  40. Sierra Madre Girl:
    The Congs aren't suppose to be a business, they are classified as a "church". Actually, they are a "cult".
    The city should red tag their illegal building.

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  41. Sierra Madre GirlMarch 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    But Old Kentucky, there is a section for Chamber member churches, and two are listed. It made me think that maybe the Congs don't REALLY want to be a part of SM. Maybe when they say "community" they ain't talking about the townsfolk.

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  42. I realize this is off topic, but did anyone else notice the odd broadcasting on Channel 3 last night? Right after the live Planning Commission meeting aired, the title of "Sierra Madre Candidates Forum For City Council March 18, 2006" appeared on the screen. (However the candidate's forum never aired!) After a few minutes of this title, the broadcast changed to the November 12, 2008 meeting. (The council was discussing the possibility of putting the agenda reports on the city's website.) Then, a few minutes later, the broadcast switched AGAIN to the March 10, 2009 meeting! Finally the screen changed to what appeared to be a still shot of a computer desktop. This "still shot" aired for over three hours.

    The residents might think this strange broadcasting was due to the incompetence of someone working at Community Video of the Foothills. But I wonder if it was done on purpose? In other words, maybe the opposition deliberately repeated the same kind of "mistake" that was done last Thursday night. Maybe they did this in an effort to try to convince the residents that someone at CVF is just "incompetent." (This would successfully distract people from thinking that last Thursday night's fiasco was done on purpose.)

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  43. All churches are a "business", but there commodity is eternal salvation, hard to tax that!

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  44. Support the Stroller Mom's fight for clean air for their babies!
    Yes on smoking restrictions in ALL eating places!

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