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Annual Member Meeting: Beautification Update

(L to R) Members Lauree Borup (Realtor), Tonie & John Kiefer (Kiefer Insurance), Laurie James (49er Festival Parade Co-Chair), Jordan Phillips and Skylar Wendel (Plant-Based CBD)

The annual Yosemite Hwy 120 Chamber Member meeting was held last night at the Groveland Hotel. Attendees enjoyed great food, compliments of the Groveland Hotel, and took advantage of the opportunity to meet and welcome one of the owners, Rajvi Shah as well as the Hotel's manager and new Groveland resident, Sarah Rosales.

Results of the strategic planning portion of the meeting will be highlighted in next week's e-Weekly as will special presentations and thank yous. Members and invited guests had an opportunity to learn the progress being made on the Main Street Beautification Project. "We're almost there," said Board Member and Beautification Chair, Patricia Epp, "nearly all of the property owners have been contacted and agreements have been signed for compacting garbage and recycling containers in key locations along Main Street."

Epp explained that it's a real pleasure to be part of this project and to witness the support from members of the business and property owner community. "But," she cautioned, "let's not forget our partners at GCSD who enthusiastically allowed the Chamber to tag on to their own grant submission to improve Mary Laveroni Park and the nearby trail system. Without the spirit of teamwork and cooperation demonstrated by Pete Kampa and his entire team, none of this would be possible. It's an incredible example of private enterprise and a public agency working together for a common goal."

Local artists Melissa Stewart, Dharma Barsotti, David and Christina Wilkinson, Barbara Bussler, and Shirley Horn have agreed to provide locally focused artwork that will 'wrap' the dual garbage/recycling receptacles. Ground planters, custom-designed and fabricated by Romulus Development, along with colorful hanging planters, remain integral part of the Beautification Project.

Interested in helping complete the final phase of the Beautification Project? We'll need volunteers to help plant all the containers. Please reach out to


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