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Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Newsletter October, 2012
In This Issue
Miss City of Bishop
Candidate Forum
WorkAbility Program
2012 Christmas Events
Feed Our Fish
Upcoming Events

“It is the mission of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau to promote business, tourism, and greater Bishop for the betterment of the community and its residents.”

The Bishop Chamber is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization and we work tirelessly to sustain and improve our local economy. Membership support helps us to accomplish this mission – thank you!

Not Already a Member?Please consider joining the Bishop Chamber!  We’re a positive and proactive group that works to promote a healthy local economy.  Business membership is just $185 per year and we welcome individual community members to join as “Friends of the Bishop Chamber” for only $25 per year.  For more information, call Rachel Anderson at (760) 873-8405.


Helping Hands Needed! 
The Bishop Chamber has another important project coming up and we’re looking for volunteers to lend a hand…

10/13:  Need volunteers to help set-up, serve & clean-up awards dinner for VCMC Dual Sport Motorcycle RallyParticipants.

If you can help, or call Tawni (760) 873-8405.

Newspapers in Education

The Inyo Register is seeking sponsors for the “Newspapers in Education” program that offers students in our local schools a fresh look at current issues and helps them gain a greater understanding of events that affect our community. Businesses and individuals are invited to become NIE sponsors for just $40 per month.  Click here for more information.

Let’s Do Lunch!


All chamber members and guests are invited to our monthly networking luncheon. Next meeting is Thursday, October 18th.  Great food, great company and raffle prizes.
Lunch is just $12 and you will be automatically entered to win a free lunch for a future meeting -thanks to the generous sponsorship of Eastern Sierra Realty.
Hope you’ll join us and bring a friend!

Inyo Associates 

Next Inyo Associates dinner meeting is scheduled forMonday, October 15th.  This month’s get together will be hosted Jaque Hickman & Friends at Boulder Creek RV Resort in Lone Pine.   6pm social hour/ 7pm dinner.  RSVP
or (760)873-8405

Trunk or Treat

The City of Bishop is looking forward to “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, 10/27. Events will begin at 4pm in the parking lot between Fields 1&2.  Bishop Youth Football will have a fundraiser BBQ, there will be a costume contest for kids 0-10 and tons of fun.  Local businesses are encouraged to participate with a “Trunk or Treat” entry or booth.  For more information, call City Hall at 760-873-5863or click here to see the event flyer. 

Miss City of Bishop Pageant

The City of Bishop is pleased to annouunce the new  Miss Teen/Miss City of Bishop Pageant!  This exciting event and program will give young women the opportunity to learn lifelong skills, prepare them for real world challenges and be both empowered and inspired. 

Over the course of six weeks, contestants will be working hard at preparing for the interview process as well as the pageant.  There will be two winners, one from each age group, (Miss Teen Bishop/Miss Bishop), as well as two princesses. Each will receive a crown, trophy, sash and a goody bag with prizes and awards. In addition, each participating contestant will receive flowers at the conclusion of the event.


Kristina Roberts, Pageant Director, is seeking sponsors to help offset the costs of advertising, awards and associated expenses.  Businesses and individual sponsors are welcome and will be featured in the event program and advertising.


For more information, contact Kristina Roberts (760)742-1439or


Click here to view the pageant sponsor letter.

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Register to Vote!

October 22 is the last day to register to vote in the November 6 Presidential Election.  Voter registration application is accessible

Paper applications are available at the Elections Office, post offices, public libraries, and DMV.


Voters may now find the location of their polling place, view copies of their Sample Ballot booklet or track the status of the Vote-by-Mail ballot on-line at the Elections Department website


If you have any questions regarding voting in this election you are encouraged to contact the Election Department at:760-878-0224.

Dear Chamber Members & Friends – 

Thanks in advance for taking time to read our newsletter, we hope you find the information interesting & useful.

Warren Street Improvement Project

You may have heard already about the major improvement project that will greatly benefit our City’s downtown core.  For many months, City of Bishop Public Works Department has been working with a volunteer focus group to help shape the look and feel of the project and the Bishop Chamber has been actively involved.
In an effort to bring more attention to the project, and to solicit more input from area businesses and residents, we’re hosting a mixer on Warren Street.
IMAH Sierra Thrift Mall
371 South Warren
Wednesday, October 10th
Delicious Fare Provided by Michelle Denault
No Host Bar
Raffle Prizes & Fun
We encourage everyone to stroll down Warren Street to get a better idea of current conditions and what promise this project holds for improving our commercial center!

City Council Candidate Forum
Choosing the right people to serve as local government leaders is one of the most important things you can do for your business!
Three seats are currently up for election on the Bishop City Council and there are five candidates vying for those positions.  The Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is partnering with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary to host a Candidate Forum so that you can get to know each contestant better before casting your vote on November 6th.
Bishop City Council Candidate Forum
Date:  Thursday, October 25th
Location:  Home Economics Bldg., Tri-County Fairgrounds
Time:  5:30-7:30 pm
The candidates will be given predetermined questions, primarily focused on the local economy and business development.  There will also be time reserved for individual Q&A.

WorkAbility Program

WorkAbility is a win-win-win program helping to place high school students with employers for on-the-job training.  Thanks to Federal grant funding, local businesses get the opportunity to help special education students at little or no cost to the empolyer.  The grant pays wages, benefits and workmen’s cost insurance; businesses provide training and mentorship.


Too often students in special education do not develop job skills to help them transition to postsecondary life. The WorkAbility program provides pre-employment training, placement, and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work, independent living, and post-secondary education or training.


According to program director Tanya Zaleschuk, BUHS is hoping to place 30-40 WorkAbility students with small business employers in Bishop this year.  Ms. Zaleschuk attempts to place students in job sites that best match post-secondary interests.  The ultimate goal of WorkAbility is for students to gain skills and become so proficient that employers hire them as their own valued employee.


For more information, please contact Tanya Zaleschuk(760)872-5135 or email


Christmas Is Just Around the Corner!

We realize that it’s only October, but believe it or not, Bishop Chamber staff is already busy preparing for our town’s fun & festive Christmas events!  The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Streets of Lights Party are slated for Friday evening, December 7th.  Be sure to pick up your Streets of Lights map and enter the raffle for dozens of great prizes and $500!

The ever-popular Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 8th.  We are also finalizing plans for the annual holiday mixer and home & business decorating contest.


The 2012 Chamber-sponsored holiday festivities will celebrate the theme “Hooked on Christmas” and we’re hoping that everyone has fun decorating and preparing parade entries to fit the fishing theme.


New “Feed our Fish” Program Puts
Lunkers in Lakes!

A few months back, the Bishop Chamber launched the new “Feed our Fish” program and it’s going remarkably well!
The concept is straightforward – we are asking people who believe that trout fishing is important to contribute funds that we use to purchase and plant Alpers Trout.  So far, we have received nearly $3,000 – the first load of fish were planted the lakes & streams of Bishop Creek Canyon last month and another load will be delivered later this week!
To date, twenty-nine individuals and businesses have contributed $10 to $250 each.  Many local artists donated beautiful works of art for an auction that was held during the press reception and proceeds were added to the fish fund.

“We hope to keep the program going year-round, stocking Bishop Creek Canyon during the summer and Pleasant Valley Reservoir and Lower Owens River in the winter,”
explains Tawni Thomson.  “Of course, we’ll need some more help from people that believe in the importance of fishing here in the Eastern Sierra and any contribution would be greatly appreciated.”
If you would like to become a “Feed our Fish” sponsor, pleaseview the flyer or give Tawni a call at (760)873-8405.

Upcoming Community Events

October 10:  OVRO Astronomy Talk.  7pm at Cerro Coso Community College Bishop Campus.  Dr. Dale E. Gary from the New Jersey Instiute of Technology will present “Tuning in to the Sun.”  Click here for details.
October 11:  Tobacco Sales Class.   Free & important education for retailers that sell tobacco products.  Click here for more information.
October 21:  Golf Tourney for Washington DC Trip.  8th Grade Students from BUES are hosting a fundraising golf tournament to offset costs associated with their annual spring break tour of DC.  Please consider supporting the project by becoming a hole sponsor or playing in the tournament.  For more information, contact Barry Simpson at 760-872-3584 or email Jessic at
October 30:  After Hours Mixer at New Karma Restaurant, 6-8pm.  Enjoy full buffet of delicious East Indian Cuisine.  No-host bar.  Halloween costumes encouraged, but not required – there will be prizes, great food & fun company!
October 30:  SF Munich Trio In Concert.  Presented by Bishop Community Concerts Association.  BUHS Dorothy Joseph Auditorium, 7:30 pm.  For tickets, membership & more information, Visit
November 1:  Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Forum in June Lake.  For more info, visit
November 9 & 10:  Fall Highball Craggin Classic. 

Enjoy REEL ROCK film tour, climbing with pro athlete Matt Wilder, “Adopt a Crag” stewardship program, special reception & silent auction to benefit Western Regions “Live Your Dream Grant.”  For more info, visit

Thanks for your continuing support of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau!
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