Blaine Chamber of Commerce
2005 was another great year for the Blaine Community Chamber of Commerce. It seems that as our city grows, so does our chamber of commerce. We were pleased to welcome several new businesses to our membership this year.
In January we helped with the relocation of the Visitors Information Center and chamber office. The office moved from its Blaine Harbor location to right next to the Pizza Factory on Peace Portal Drive. The move to downtown has been beneficial with more people being able to find our office and gain information.
In February, we hosted our most successful Bite of Blaine ever. With record attendance, the people of Blaine got to sample all the tastes that are offered by our local restaurants and food service organizations. This event also serves as the major fundraiser for our Fourth of July fireworks display, so we would like to thank all of the restaurants who graciously volunteered their time and services to help the cause.
The Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration was bigger and better than ever in 2005. We started our day with a pancake breakfast at the senior center, then on to a big parade, car show and shine, street fair, live music, lawn mower races and lots of food. We ended the day with another spectacular fireworks display over Marine Park. A big thank you to Carroll Solomon and her group of volunteers who worked exceptionally hard to make sure this event was a big success. We are also grateful to the city of Blaine, the police department, and the local fire department. Without their cooperation we would not have the kind of success that we enjoyed.
This year’s monthly lunch meetings have been very well attended. We have tried to incorporate more speakers and variety for our membership. The information provided by speakers has proven to be quite relevant and helpful to our membership and we are seeing increased attendance because of it. Just a side note – you do not need to be a member of the chamber to attend these meetings. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Pizza Factory at noon. We encourage all community members to attend.
And finally the city has started construction on the boardwalk street ends and the chamber is looking forward to these improvements. We hope to host some of our functions there in 2006 – it will be a great place for our community Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Thank you again to all the volunteers and chamber members who helped to make 2005 another successful year for the Blaine Community Chamber of Commerce. It has been my great pleasure to serve as the president of this organization.