Foster City Chamber of Commerce offers congratulations to the Peninsula Special Interest Lions Club on their 10 year anniversary:
Congratulations Peninsula Special Interest Lions Club on your 10th Anniversary!!
Over the past 18 months, as we struggled with a worldwide health emergency that tested the very fabric of our communities and economies, the Foster City Chamber was fueled by one singular purpose, to help and support any and ALL members of our community.“ As we all navigate the roads ahead,” says Cliff Berry, Chair of the Foster City Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Council “it is through the tireless efforts of our Chamber of Commerce, its members and partners, that we have seen businesses find new opportunities, and ways to engage, support and restore their communities. ” It was with this focus that the Chamber CARES Initiative was conceived and launched at the onset of the shelter in place in March, 2020.
Over one year later, on May 18, 2021, the Chamber hosted its Annual Meeting and impact!Awards. The hosts, Joanne Bohigian, Chair for Development and Programming, and Dan Demers, Vice Chair of Finance and Administration, invited the voices of those in the community who shaped the Chamber in 2020 to join them in the spotlight. They took center stage sharing their extraordinary circumstances, challenges, and successes that impacted our community and region. And offered their perspective on the continued priorities and needs for recovery.
Peninsula Special Interest Lions Club was among those community partners featured at the Annual Meeting. Eleanor Britter, who had represented the Club at bi-monthly Nonprofit & Community Partners Roundtable Meetings, shared how the club had enthusiastically embraced the Chamber CARES Initiative as another way to expand and grow the resources and assistance that this group could collectively provide to those in need. As an example, the Peninsula Special Interest Lions was able to obtain and distribute much-needed PPE and masks to the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation, Samaritan House and a grass roots campaign by a local resident, Supatra Chowchuvech, to provide PPE to “non-essential” nursing home staff! Additionally, through these roundtable meetings, Peninsula Special Interest Lions Club was able to partner with Samaritan House to provide flu shots and vaccinations at their free clinics.
The work that Peninsula Special Interest Lions does, like so many other of our community partners, is essential in providing basic services to at-risk members of our community. The Foster City Chamber of Commerce was proud to award the Peninsula Special Interest Lions Club with the “Partner” impact!AWARD in recognition of their dedication and service to the community through collaborative efforts with noticeable impact!
As we look to the future, the Chamber seeks to strengthen collaborations and partnerships with the nonprofit & service organizations that play such an important role in the community. Never has it been so evident, that these organizations, largely made up of volunteers and individuals, united by a passion to serve, have stepped up and stepped in to fill voids and gaps that the crisis of a global pandemic had created. What a powerful force, and one perhaps, too little recognized for the incredible impact that they have in all our communities! Seeing the strong network of these groups and the results of their collaborations, the Chamber is excited and ready to work together to build on that foundation.
The Chamber is pleased to congratulate incoming President, Elmer Madrid, and Officers on their installation. Wishing the Board and everyone with the Peninsula Special Interest Lions Club a successful and wonderful year!
Foster City Chamber of Commerce