Posted May 29, 2019 at 5:46 am by

Scott Sluis, Islanders Bank Senior Loan Offi­cer and Cham­ber Board Pres­i­dent of SJI Cham­ber of Com­merce checks in with Cham­ber Chat for May 2019…

Scott Sluis — Con­tributed photo

We hope you all had a great Memo­r­i­al Week­end and got to enjoy a lit­tle bit of it for your­selves! Thank you to the Amer­i­can Legion for your par­tic­i­pa­tion in the parade, what a great turnout we had for it. I was very hon­ored as a Son of the Amer­i­can Legion to be able to car­ry the col­ors for the parade, what an amaz­ing experience.

The Fourth of July is just around the cor­ner and I look for­ward to vol­un­teer­ing again this year and hope you all con­sid­er par­tic­i­pat­ing in some way in the parade, spon­sored by the Cham­ber of Com­merce. It is time to start build­ing a float, or sign up to be a vol­un­teer or what­ev­er suits you. The theme of this year’s parade is “Parade of Stars…past and present.” Parade appli­ca­tions are avail­able at the Cham­ber Office, 165 First Street S. or down­load one,–fireworks.html. The Pig War Pic­nic fol­lows the parade, the Rock the Dock starts at 6 at the Port upper park­ing lot and the grand finale is at 10:00pm, with the best fire­works show put on by Nick Gis­la­son and his crew of vol­un­teers from all of the islands.

The sea­son is get­ting start­ed and the town is get­ting full of our vis­i­tors and I would like to remind you all, not that you need it, but they (our vis­i­tors) are a very impor­tant part of our econ­o­my so when you feel a lit­tle crowd­ed or it takes you a bit longer to get some­where or the park­ing sit­u­a­tion gets a lit­tle frus­trat­ing remem­ber with­out them we would not thrive as a tourist destination.

Please be kind to all and I will see you all out there in the community.

From Bec­ki Day, Exec­u­tive Director:

May Mem­ber Social
Thank you to Lori Ann David, Auro­ra Farms, along with Brien and Bel­la, for host­ing a great sun­ny social for all of us last week. It is an amaz­ing 31-acre farm with a farm stand, where pro­duce & flow­ers are grown, live­stock is raised, farm tours are giv­en and more. Check the farm out at 652 No.2 School­house Road.

Fea­tured Cham­ber of Com­merce Mem­ber of the Month
Cheese­cake Café, own­ers Margie and Emi­ly Aipopo, is our Fea­tured Mem­ber of the month. Margie and Emi­ly are into their 3rd sea­son down on the water­front and hav­ing a great time while feed­ing locals and vis­i­tors alike. It is a great place to meet for cof­fee, break­fast and lunch and if it’s nice grab a bite at the Fish and Brew next to the ferry.

New Mem­bers
We would like to wel­come our new Cham­ber of Com­merce members:

Also, I will be out and about fundrais­ing this next month for the 4th of July fire­works fund. It will be a fab­u­lous show and we couldn’t do it with­out our part­ner­ship with the Kings Market/San Juan Brew­ing Co. and the Town of Fri­day Harbor.

Tax deductible dona­tions can be made at the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, or send to the Cham­ber of Com­merce at PO Box 98, Fri­day Harbor.

If you have any ques­tions please feel free to get a hold of me at

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