March 2019

Real estate agents are the ambassadors to the city in which they serve. Who better knows the overall picture of the neighborhoods, schools, retail shops and services to the local area? Your hard-working, civic-minded realtor. It is our job to be the real estate expert in the community, the trusted source of real estate information. A good real estate agent knows the area inside and out, and donates back to the community.

This year, I am proud to have been elected the 2018-19 president of the Orange Chamber of Commerce. I am sure it is a result of my community involvement and fundraising trolley tours; my role as former president of the Orange International Street Fair; former president of Pacific West Association of Realtors; and providing the city the highest level of sponsorship available. But one thing is for sure -- I, like many others, give back to, and support, the community.

The Chamber of Commerce promotes our city. We sponsor informative and exciting events. In the next 90 days, a few of the highlights:  

State of City: Mayor of Orange Mark Murphy will host the 2019 State of the City on March 21 at Chapman University Sandhu Conference Center, 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Tickets are $65, including lunch.

Issues and Eggs: A government official will present current issues, questions and answers, one-on-one. March 12, 8-9 a.m. at Ruby’s Diner in the historic train station, every other Tuesday. Tickets are $10, including breakfast.

Business Leaders Group: A networking group for local business people to share and promote their company. March 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Old Crow Smokehouse; every other Wednesday. Tickets are $25, includes buffet. 

Chamber Mixers: A chance to meet city staff, council members and business owners in Orange. March 14, and every third Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m. Old Crow Smokehouse, chamber members free; visitors $25, includes buffet.    

And the biggest surprise of all: the Chamber hosted the May Festival Parade from 1927-1991, and we are bringing it back to Old Towne May 4 from 10 -11:30 a.m. The parade starts at Cambridge/Chapman, goes around the Plaza to City Hall. Free to all. For more information about any of these events, please call the Orange Chamber of Commerce (714) 538-3581.

You may say that this information may not be real estate related, but it is! Realtors sell not only houses, but communities. We don’t just change addresses, we change lives. Events like these make communities a special place to live in which you and your family can build a lifetime of fond memories. Hats off to my fellow realtors who are the true unsung heroes of the communities in which they serve.

Cities need a strong, vibrant Chamber of Commerce!