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Published date: Oct. 26, 2013

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Don Schultz
Donald Schultz began his association with medical care while attending the University of Colorado as a pre-Pharmacy student in 1966 while also working as a laboratory technician at the University of Colorado Medical Center. In 1967 he volunteered and entered active service in the United States Army. After training as a medical corpsman and clinical specialist he served a one year tour of duty with the 4th Infantry Division in Viet Nam providing emergency trauma care to combat causalities. Following discharge from active duty he moved to Tulare in 1972 and started working at Tulare District Hospital as a Registered Nurse in the emergency department and ambulance service. In that capacity he attended the first EMT class in Tulare County, and subsequently taught the EMT program at College of the Sequoias. Almost since its inception he has served on the Tulare County Emergency Medical Care Committee. Until the upgrade to Paramedics he also served on the EMT-II Coordinating Committee. Both of these committees helped ensure high quality pre-hospital medical care in Tulare County. In 1980 he was accepted into the Stanford University Physician Assistant program and graduated in 1983 with certification as a Physician Assistant and Family Nurse Practitioner. Following graduation Mr. Schultz returned to Tulare District Hospital and the emergency department. In 1988 he became the Patient Care Manager with responsibility for the emergency department and ambulance service. In 1994 Tulare District Hospital made the decision to sell their ambulance service and Mr. Schultz successfully purchased the service and started LifeStar Ambulance. Today Mr. Schultz is the President of LifeStar Ambulance, continues to serve on the Tulare County Emergency Coordinating Committee, is a board member of Tulare County Consolidated Ambulance Dispatch where he serves as Treasurer, and servesas a board member of the Ambulance Providers Association of Tulare County. He and his wife Lana have 6 children and 10 grandchildren. The Tulare Chamber of Commerce is honored to potentially have Donald sit on their 2014 Board of Directors.

The Tulare Chamber of Commerce exists to serve its members and the citizens of the Tulare area via the creation of economic opportunity and business prosperity via:
Economic development Promoting the Tulare area, its business interests and free enterprise Facilitating cooperation between government and the business community Enhancement of the communitys quality of life

Save the Date:

November 7 Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) 4pm-5:30pm Tulare Chamber Banquet Room RSVP Required November 22 Christmas Tree Auction Festival of Trees Tulare Hospital Foundation December 5 Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony 5pm-8:30pm

Tulare Chamber of Commerce welcomes the 2014 new board member candidates!
Diane Mathis
Diane Mathis was born and raised in Chico California and attended California State University Chico with a Social Science Major then she attended COS for two years and graduated with an Associates Degree as a Paralegal. For several years Diane worked for Sweets Drug Store then moved on to own and manage two Tee Shirt Shops with a partner. In 1984 she went to work for the Tulare County Court House for Tulare County Law Library for 21 years. She served as President of the Sequoia Paralegal Association in 1992. Diane is married and has five children with seven grandchildren and currently resides in Tulare. Diane has been extensively involved with the Tulare community dating back to the late 1980s and early 1990s. Diane was the Chairman of the Tulare Junior Womens Club which was a very active and civic minded organization in Tulare for many years. She has been actively involved with the International Agri Center for more than 39 years. She was the World Ag Expo, Chairman in 1997 and one of the original volunteers for the Antique Farm Equipment Show and served as the Chairman in 2009. She now serves as the Special Events Chairman for the World Ag Expo. In 1998, Diane was named Woman of the Year by the Tulare Chamber of Commerce. She served as a member of the Tulare City Council from 1990-1998, served six years as Vice-Mayor, and became the Mayor in 1998 of Tulare County. She was a member of the Tulare Soroptomist Club and was honored with the Woman of Distinction Award in 1993. In 2000, Diane was inducted in to the COS Hall of Fame and received a Tulare County Liberty Bell Award for Law Day in 2006. She is an original member of Tulare Cultural Arts Foundation Board and the Tulare Centennial Committee. Diane is currently a member of the Tulare Volunteer Board and in 2012 she received the John Conway Volunteer Award in 2012 and for the pastfour years, Diane has been a member of Community Focus Court Planning Team for Tulare County Superior Court and has participated on countless committees throughout Tulare County. Diane enjoys spending time with her family and friends, loves to cruise, likes reading, and old movies. Mrs. Mathis believes in Tulare, in its potential for economic growth. She believes we need to support the citizens and busi See Mathis/3

December 13 Celebrating the Greatest Gift of All! The Gift of Family Tulare Emergency Aid

2013 Officers
Chairman of the Board Citizens Business Bank
Immediate Past Chair Kohler & Clark Screw Products, Inc

Philip Smith
Art Clark

Chair Elect M. Green & Co.

Crystal Cota

Marie Pinto
Vice Chair of Membership

Vice Chair of Finance Golden State Paint & Body

Mike Watson

2013 Board
Patrick Isherwood
Governmental Affairs Committee Head

Ben Martins

Horswill, Mederos, & Soares

Linda Nogues
Bacome Insurance Manuel Ortiz Ag Real Estate

Tony Cota
Tony Cota is the General Manager for the Best Western Town & Country Lodge in Tulare. He has had the privilege of working at the hotel since 2001 and was promoted to General Manager in 2008. In this role, he oversees each department which includes Front Desk, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Lounge and Sales. Tony grew up in Tulare and attended Tulare Western High School. After graduating, he attended college at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, where he obtained a bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministries. While in college, Tony had to make ends meet, so he took a night audit/front desk position at the Best Western in San Juan Capistrano. Little did he know this college job would eventually turn into his career. It was at a Best Western district meeting where Tony met Jackson Tsai, the owner of the Best Western Town & Country Lodge in Tulare and learned that a position in Sales was available. Excited at the opportunity to move back home, Tony and his wife Laura, decided to leave Southern California and establish their roots in Tulare. Twelve years have now passed. The roots Tony and Laura set out to establish in Tulare are deep as theyve been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters Lily, Evie and Megan ages 11, 9, and 7. Tony has had the privilege of being a part of Kiwanis, a board member of Tulare Community Health Clinic, an ambassador with the Tulare Chamber, current Childrens Director at Tulare Calvary Chapel and now looks forward to the opportunity to serve as a board member for the Tulare Chamber of Commerce.

Tulare Regional Medical Center

Sherrie Bakke

Manuel Ortiz, Jr. Keith Reynolds

TAE Inc.

International Agri-Center

Kerissa Postma-Chapman Crystal Cota

M. Green & Co. Valley Business Bank

Ronald Smith
Sterling & Smith Funeral Homes

Melissa Freitas Shea Gowin

Gowin Green

Lonnie Tiesiera
Will Tiesiera Ford-Mercury, Inc.

Dennis Mederos
Legal Counsel

Golden State Paint & Body

Mike Watson

Professional Staff
Lynn Dredge
President / CEO Office Manager Information Coordinator Marketing and Membership

Linda Howarth
Lauren Rosen

Sherry Carson

Information Coordinator

Megan Mederos

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Ben Martins was born and raised in Atascadero California and attended Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School. He is the youngest of eight siblings and enjoys coming from a large family. Ben opened the Atascadero location of Big Bubbas Bad BBQ Restaurant and fell in love with the Restaurant industry. Ben moved to Tulare in 2005 and opened a Big Bubbas Bad BBQ throughout their opening process. There was an opportunity for Ben to switch careers when he was offered to open a Point Of Sale business in Fresno. Not long after, in 2008, Ben missed the restaurant industry and was hired to re-open Cool Hand Lukes. Ben feels the community outreach and community involvement is very important. Cool Hand Lukes sponsors many different events throughout Tulare year round. He sponsors many different High School programs, St. Aloysius School program, and partners with Tulare Regional Medical Center. In November Cool Hand Lukes hosts Tip-A-Cop and sponsor the Special Olympics raising record breaking sponsorship funds! Ben also partners with the Tulare Chamber of Commerce each year to host the New Teacher Reception as his restaurant. The MS Lock Up is a great event where the Tulare Police Department arrests a guest throwing them in jail at Cool Hand Lukes. This guest must call friends and family to bail them out of jail by sponsoring them. Ben is very active with the World Ag Expo and has hosted the John Deer Reception for the past four years in partnership with Hampton Inn and Suites. He also hosts an employee appreciation night during the Holiday Season to say thank you to his team! See Martins/2

The 2013 Board of Directors presents the following slate of candidates for elections in accordance with section 4.2.4 of the Chamber of Commerce By Laws. Additional candidates may be placed on a ballot as provided for in section 4.2.5. Please contact the Chamber office for additional information.
Crystal Cota (2nd term) Sherrie Bakke (2nd term) Kerissa Chapman (2nd term) Karen Bravo (1st term) Ben Martin (1st term) Diane Mathis (1st term) Don Schultz (1st term) Tony Cota (1st term) Philip Smith (Appointed for the year of 2014)



Have a Jazzy, Jazzy Christmas with us!

The Tulare Chamber of Commerce and Tulare Downtown Association are pleased to announce that we are hosting the 2013 Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting events on December 5, 2013. The lighting of the tree will commence at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of K and Tulare Ave., while the parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. Following the parade will be performances, a Holiday Bazaar with hot chocolate, and live music. The evenings events will conclude at 8:30 p.m. The parade route will begin at San Joaquin and K Street, proceed down K and make a left onto Tulare Ave., make another left onto L street, and end on San Joaquin and L (please see the map at the right for details). We welcome all participants to please complete the Jazzy Christmas Parade form and return it to the Chamber by Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 220 E. Tulare Avenue, or send it in via fax to (559) 686-4915.


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Porterville Adult Day Services
Porterville Adult Day Services (PADS) mission is to provide continuing supportive services for caregivers, AND we serve those adults 18 years and older who cannot stay home alone safely including those with Alzheimers disease and other related forms of dementia preventing premature placement. Porterville Adult Day Services serves the City of Tulare. We have the only California State Licensed Adult Day Program for Alzheimers Disease or other forms of dementia in Tulare County. We have a van that picks up your loved one and after they have had a wonderful day of activities returns them safely home to you at the end of the day. Please join the Tulare Chamber in welcoming the Porterville Adult Day Services as a new member!

Suncrest Bank
Welcome to Suncrest Bank, established in 2008 with branches currently in Visalia and Porterville. We are pleased to offer an outstanding level of expertise to business and agri-business borrowers of all types. Locally owned, we are working to create lifelong relationships in the communities we serve. Our customers benefit from decisions made locally and hometown service that our expert staff provides. Community is the cornerstone of who we are. Please join the Tulare Chamber in welcoming Suncrest Bank as new members!

Smart & Final

Smart & Final is the smaller faster warehouse store where businesses and households find great savings on quality food and supplies. We have everything you need for cooking, entertaining and cleaning-up afterwards. Restaurant chefs and other culinary professionals shop at Smart & Final for our distinct, restaurant-quality product assortment and low warehouse prices. Households shop with us too and get those same great deals and products. Our stores save you time and money. With our convenient locations and smaller warehouse design, you get in and out quickly. Our exceptional combination of low warehouse prices and restaurant quality products provide you outstanding value, and we never charge a membership fee. Our Smart & Final Extra! stores have all the features customers love about Smart & Final plus extra low prices, extra assortment, extra service and more.

Clines Business Equipment, Inc.

Here at Clines we carry a full line of Konica-Minolta Digital Copiers, Printers, Scanners, and office solutions. We are also an authorized Samsung dealer/Service center. We are located in the heart of downtown Visalia, CA, and service a wide area of Tulare & Kings Counties! Whether its a Copier, fax machine or laser printer, we can meet any need large or small. Everything from small tabletop all-in-one copier/printer/fax/scanners to high-end production print machines. We offer new or refurbished, black and white or full color. We can take care of a 1-day rental or a 60-month lease all in house. Clines also works on computers and computer networks - just give us a call! Contact us at 559-733-9354 or visit our website http://www.clinesbe.com/ Please join the Tulare Chamber in welcoming Clines Business Equipment, Inc. as a new member!

Since 2000, Dairy Solutions Inc. has focused on solving the problems facing dairy farms and dairy farmers. Trademark Product Name of Dairy Solutions Inc The company was formed with a mission to develop products and services that address the issues that cause animal stress, resulting in higher costs and lower profits. We also make a strong commitment to animal safety and protecting the environment. We believe that relieving stress and protecting dairy cows with innovative products makes them more productive resulting in more profitable farms. In addition, its key that our products have a low impact on the environment. We accomplish this by reducing waste and runoff, so chemicals and toxins dont get into the soil and affect milk quality or animal health. A win-win situation all around. The Dairy Solutions team also knows the financial implications to dairy farmers, which is why our solutions yield higher profits, shorter payback times and a higher return on investment. The KattleGuard Fly Control and Hoof Care systems fall squarely into this objective. With animal health and welfare top of mind, the results have been remarkable. Not only are dairy farms more efficient and productive, farmers profits soar and they know their prize animals are safe and happy. The KattleGuard Fly-Spray System coupled with our proprietary chemical insecticide is simply the best fly control system on the market today. It unites effective, continuous fly knockdown and protection with simplicity and automation. The KattleGuard Automatic Footbath System is the hassle-free way to keeps cows feet treated seven days a week. Unlike traditional baths, your cows get fresh cleaning solution applied to all four feet each and every treatment. This self-cleaning unit eliminates manure build-up in the system and fights the cross contamination common in traditional footbaths. This unique hoof care solution was called the One of the Best New Products in 2011 by Dairy Herd Management magazine. Although Kattleguard has been in the Central Valley for many years, our business office has recently relocated to Tulare from Raymore, MO. Please contact our owner, John Greeson, at (559) 686-4600 if you would like to know more about our company or would like more information on our innovative products. Or you can visit our website at www.dairysolutions.com.

Smart & Final Extra! stores range in size from 25,000 to 40,000 square feet, much larger than a typical 17,000-square-foot traditional Smart & Final warehouse store. With all that extra space, the stores are able to carry more than 5,000 additional items in family-friendly sizes. The assortment at Smart & Final Extra! includes a greatly expanded selection of products in key categories like produce, fresh meat, frozen foods, dairy, deli and grocery basics like cereal, yogurt, bread and snacks. There are also sections for baby food and diapers and health and beauty care. The stores also continue to carry a large selection of Club Pack sized products for stocking-up and a broad assortment of foodservice, janitorial and other supplies for businesses and organizations. So whether you are stocking up, planning a party or preparing a meal for your family, visit Smart & Final in Tulare, located at 1019 E. Prosperity Ave, Tulare CA 93274. Please join the Tulare Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Smart & Final as a new member!

St. Ritas Catholic Church

The history of Saint Ritas Catholic Church starts back in the 1940s. The need of a mission for the Spanish speaking population that was living in the southeastern area of the city of Tulare was recognized and finally the chapel was erected in 1945. Saint Ritas was elevated to parish status on March 21, 1968 by the Most Reverend Bishop Timothy Manning, the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Fresno. Reverend Charles A. Dorn was appointed pastor and the new parish boundaries were finalized. During 1996 the church capacity was increased to 450. Throughout all this years, Saint Ritas was improved by different pastors and members of this community. Now a day Saint Ritas has a Parish Hall, eight classrooms, a Parish Office, a Religious Education Office and three different parking lots.
Services schedule: n Saturday 5:30 PM English; 7:00 PM Spanish n Sunday 7:30 AM Spanish; 9:30 AM English 11:00 AM English; 1:00 PM Spanish 7:00 PM English n Weekdays Tuesday 5:30 PM Spanish Wednesday-Friday 8:00 AM English n Confessions Thursday 5:30-7:00 PM n Blessed Sacrament Exposition Friday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Currently Saint Ritas serves around 1,400 parishioners and offers services in English and Spanish. Parish Office: Address: 954 South O St.., Tulare, CA Phone: 559-686-3847 Webpage: www.stritacatholicchurch.com Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 AM to 5 PM Friday 9 AM to 2 PM

n Donut Factory #2 n Elements - Interior Design by Michelle Lewis n Lynn & Annette Dredge n Carver Pump Service n Gist Farms, Inc. n Steven & Arlene Hettinga n Iron Grip Gym n L & S Paving, Inc. n Tulare Sunrise Rotary Club n Colleens Services n Cross Street Small Animals Veterinary Hospital n Sunrise Farms n Doug Anderson Real Estate, Inc. n Clarklind Farms n Battery Pro n Vermillion & Associates Insurance Agency n Associated Soils Analysis, Inc. n Pat Loftis Farms SBS AG Cardoza Company Sequoia Beverage Company Supervisor Pete Vander Poel III Kiwanis Club of Greater Tulare Optimal Hospice Foundation Encore Theatre Company Browman Development Kirby Manufacturing, Inc. Avilas Tile & Cabinets Terra Linda Dairy Greg Watt Ranch Penas Disposal Inc. T-Shirt Express Sa Recycling Sign Time COS Career Technical Educcation / COS Farm n LPL Financial n Shannon Brothers Company, Inc. n Mario Simoes Family Dairy n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n


Continued from page 1 Ben has been married for 17 years and his daughter is currently attending Summit College Academy in Porterville receiving straight As. His daughters school focuses on high education and college prep. Ben loves to go white water rafting down the Mighty Kern River, enjoys cooking especially at family events and BBQs. Ben finds the most enjoyment from training and developing employees. He loved educating his team on how to interact with people and sell not just food

but the experience of dinning in at Cool Hand Lukes. Ben believes in the spirit of the Tulare Chamber of Commerce that provides endless resources for employee relations, networking opportunities, and community involvement and progress. He feels strongly about giving back to your community. Community involvement creates a Cinergy that promotes citizens and business owners to work together for the better good of Tulare. The Chamber is the flagship of the community. The Tulare Chamber of Commerce is honored to potentially have Ben sit on their 2014 Board of Directors.

Travel with the Chamber!

Join the Tulare Chamber with Seabound Travel for a trip to

Circles of Excellence
A program of the Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Directors Circle
Farm Credit West International Agri Center Tulare Outlet Center Valley Business Bank JD Heiskell & Company Lagomarsino Group Land O Lakes Res-Com Pest Control Saputo Cheese USA, Inc. Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino Tulare Regional Medical Center Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register


Presidents Circle

Slide Show Presentation

Tulare Chamber Banquet Room 220 E. Tulare Ave. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 9-10 am

Details regarding the trip itinerary Question and answer session Sign up during this meeting and receive an additional discount

Ambassadors Circle
Acclaim Auto & Truck Accessories Bank of Sierra

Citizens Business Bank Educational Employees Credit Union Horswill, Mederos & Soares Law Ofce KJUG Radio Magnolia Health Corporation Merle Stone Chevrolet Sturgeon & Beck Inc. Southern California Edison Will Tiesiera Ford

For additional information, contact the Tulare Chamber 559-686-1547

The Tulare Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize these members who have gone above and beyond membership investment in 2013. Their support is instrumental in the growth of the Chamber.

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Tulare High School District inaugurates new Foundation with 5K Rivalry Run
By Dr. Sarah Koligian

New Education Foundation

The Tulare Joint Union High School District kicked off its new Education Foundation to support the 4 As; Academics, Agriculture, Arts, and Athletics, with the first-ever Tulare 5K Rivalry Run fund-raiser. Each school within the district competed with one another by trying to garner the highest percentage of participants per school enrollment. Participants included staff, students, parents, family members, children in strollers and even pets. The event had over 100 participants and raised over $2000. Tulare Western High School won the perpetual Golden Track Shoe trophy with the most participants this year. The trophy will proudly be displayed at Tulare Western for the rest of the year. The Foundations kickoff extravaganza dinnershow is planned for the end of March. We encourage parents and community members to attend this gala event which will include a delicious first-class dinner followed by a special performance by our high school students. If you are interested in more information, please call Tulare Joint Union High School District at 6882021 or check out the Foundation website link found at www.tulare.k12.ca.us.

Winners: n Female 9 & under 1. Lauren Spellman 2. Rebecca Thomure 3. Gracie Marquez n Female 10 to 14 1. Maria Garcia 2. Mya Hinojos 3. April Mascorro n Female 15 to 19 1. Emily Rising 2. Emily Fonseca 3. Alondra Alcarez n Female 20 to 24 1. Jacqueline Delgado 2. Victoria Cota 3. Brittany Duran n Female 25 to 39 1. Alexis Frost 2. Tamara Dye 3. Sylvia Tena n Female 40 to 49 1. Vicki Leoni 2. Gina Mechigian 3. Jennifer Sousa n Female 50 to 59 1. Sarah Koligian 2. Marie Pinto 3. Tracey Stanley n Male 9 & under 1. Evan Emanuelson 2. Jackson Bonnar 3. Frankie Fernandes n Male 10 to 14 1. Abel Jimenez 2. Kellen Spellman n Male 15 to 19 1. Danny Rios 2. Wade Sousa 3. Andrew Machado n Male 20 to 24 1. Joey Fonseca 2. Max Hobbs n Male 25 to 39 1. Joseph Yaeger 2. Daniel Enriquez 3. Roberto Vaca n Male 40 to 49 1. Dereck Domingues 2. Lucas Jones 3. Jose Perez n Male 50 to 59 1. Randal Searcy 2. Isidro Carrasco 3. Douglas Cardoza

n Female 60 & over n Male 60 & over 1. James Hollman 1. Anne Flood 2. Floyd Van 2. Karen Hamilton 3. Dennis Mederos
Rivalry Run Committee: Janet Stephens Janis Evangelho Marie Pinto Marietta Martinez Scott Pierce Vivian Hamilton Race Day Volunteers: Beverley Nagel Bill Edminster Cadet Corps (crossing guards) Connor Martin (TU ASB DJ) Kiley Atlas (TU ASB DJ) Manuel Correia Mary Lou Correia Theresa Stater Visalia Runners (Timing)

5K Rivalry Run
The Tulare Joint Union High School District Foundation and Rivalry Run Committee would like to thank everyone who came out on September 21st to support the first annual Rivalry Run! Thank you to the following sponsors who helped make this a fun event.

n n n n n n n n n n n n Buckman-Mitchell, Inc. Educational Employees Credit Union Frank Fernandes Fresno Produce, Co. Giottos Alarm Tech Grissom-Wallace Communications Inc. J.D. Heiskell & Company Joe and Marie Pinto Land OLakes Lane Engineers, Inc. M. Green and Company LLP Parul Gupta M.D. Obstetrics &

Gynecology n RESCOM Pest Control n Tulare Community Health Clinic n Tulare Noon Kiwanis n Valley Business Bank n Valley Food Service We also want to thank all of our participants who came out and showed their school pride and were great sports. The official winners for each category are as follows. All results including times by age group and overall are posted on the website at http://ww2.tulare.k12.ca.us/foundation1/fundraisers/.

Rotarians give dictionaries to third graders

Each year the two Rotary clubs in Tulare team up to give out free dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in Tulare and surrounding schools. This year over a three day span in late September Rotarians covered 16 schools and gave out approximately 1300 dictionaries. The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. This program was started nine years ago to promote literacy and education in our community. For additional information, contact person Jennifer Pinheiro of Tulare Rotary Club or Daniel Enriquez of Tulare Sunrise Rotary Club. Email to tularerotary@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook!


Continued from page 1 nesses in this community and the Chamber of Commerce plays a major role in accomplishing this goal. She has been a member of the

Tulare Chamber of Commerce since 1990 and the Tulare Chamber of Commerce is honored to potentially have Diane sit on their 2014 Board of Directors. the parish of St. Rita as the Confirmation coordinator and youth minister. He enjoys reading and playing with his girls.

Valley Business Bank, with five conveniently-located offices, earns a five-star rating
Allan W. Stone, President & Chief Executive Officer of Valley Business Bank is proud to announce that the bank was once again recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank for strength and stability for the quarter ending June 30, 2013 by Bauer Financial, Inc., the nations leading bank rating and research firm. We are once again very pleased to receive this esteemed 5-star rating. We succeed because of the efforts that have been put forth by our employees holding true to their principles of sound banking, and thriving without compromising the banks set standards. Valley Business Bank is very grateful for the opportunity to serve our community, and we have once again proven our commitment by providing a reliable foundation to meet our customers financial needs, said Stone. Valley Business Bank, a full-service banking institution, was established in 1996 and has been serving the banking needs of its friends and neighbors for 15 years. The Bank operates through five conveniently located offices in Visalia, Fresno, Tulare, Tipton, and Woodlake. They can easily be found on the Internet at www. valleybusinessbank.net.

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November 2
Little Kickers Soccer, Garden School, 9 am

2014 state, federal employment posters

You must post a compliant Employment Poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace where all employees and applicants can see it. The poster also must include information about your workers compensation benefits, payday schedule and emergency contacts. You may need to order several to ensure that your business, branches and satellite offices are displaying the poster according to the law. Failure to comply can result in severe penalties and fines by the state of California. If any of your companys workers are Spanish-speaking, you will need to order the Spanish version. 2014 HR Handbook for California Employers Includes color-coded easy reference sections. Required and recommended forms for California businesses available to download using a special URL provided in the book. Required Pamphlets Kit Contains 20 copies of each of five pamphlets that employers must distribute to employees. California Labor Law Digest 2014 Edition This comprehensive, California-specific Digest puts answers to labor law questions right at your fingertips, updated with new case law and regulations. Exporting Guide for California Businesses This comprehensive guide is an easy-touse essential reference for any company or entrepreneur in the U.S. exporting goods internationally. Please reference the order form inserted in to this newsletter to order your 2014 California and Federal Employment Poster TODAY!

November 4
Planning Commission Meeting, Tulare Public Library, 491 N. M St., 7-8 pm

November 6
Tulare United Methodist Church Mens Fellowship, 228 W. Kern Ave., 5-6 pm Tulare Joint Union High School District Veterans Appreciation Day, 755 E. Tulare, 8 am - 1 pm

The Salvation Army serves Food Boxes to Families with Children for Thanksgiving
Families can stop by the Salvation Army, Monday through Friday, starting on November 1, 2013. There are 350 Food Boxes that will be available. They will be distributed on a first come first serve basis!

November 8
4th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Luncheon, Tulare Senior Center, 201 N. F St., 11 am

November 11
Deadline for the Chamber Newsletter, Tulare Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee meeting, Apple Annies, 12-1 pm

November 12
Tulare United Methodist Church Womens Fellowship, 228 W. Kern Ave., 10-11 am Tulare Safety Council meeting, Apple Annies Restaurant, 1165 N. Blackstone, 12-1 pm Police Citizens Complaint Review Board meeting, Tulare City Hall, 411 E. Kern Ave., 5:30-6:30 pm Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Claude Meitzenheimer Community Center, 830 S. Blackstone, 6:30 -7:30pm

AltSys Solar Inc.

AltSys Solar Inc. is a full service solar distributor/installer for the Central Valley and more. Our honest business and tremendous efforts to build exactly what the customer wants and needs has carried the business successfully. Our word of mouth reputation and testimonials pay tribute to the companys endless effort to finish the job right from start to finish, in addition, bring another happy customer to The AltSys Solar Family. As a growing small business, we provide reliable, affordable, and stellar solar systems.

November 16
Little Kickers Soccer, Garden School, 9 am

November 18
Community Game Night Bingo, Twin Oaks Assisted Living Center, 999 N. M St., 6-7 pm Mens Softball, Prosperity Park, 6:30-10pm Planning Commission meeting, Tulare Public Library, 491 N. M St., 7-8 pm

November 19
Ambassadors Meeting, Tulare Chamber Banquet Room, 220 W. Tulare, 8-9 am Co-ed Volleyball, Tulare Youth Center, 7-9 pm

St. Ritas gives thanks and gives back

Saint Ritas Catholic Church is hosting a Food Basket giveaway for Thanksgiving for the needy families of our community. The food basket will contain all the basic food that a family needs to prepare a Thanksgiving Dinner, including a turkey. If you know of any family going through difficult moments financially or if you think that you qualify for this, please go to our Parish Office and ask for a Food Basket Application or get it online at: www.stritacatholicchurch.com. We will take applications until 4:30 pm on Monday, November 18th. In order to apply you will need to bring your photo ID and be the person that will pick up the basket. Qualification is based on the familys annual income. The distribution date will be Monday, Nov. 25th from 9 to 11 AM. Note: We will have a limited number of baskets. If you do not qualify the Parish Office will contact you to let you know.

November 21
Afterschool Soccer Games, Elk Bayou Soccer Complex, 5-8pm

November 22
Christmas Tree Auction, Heritage Complex, 6-7 pm

November 30
Little Kickers Soccer, Garden School, 9 am

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