• Santee Chamber Weekly Update 13NOV20

  • Hello Santee!
    Veterans Day 2020… where were you? I was here, in Santee, the town we all know and love. But before Veterans day, just last Friday, the Santee Chamber hosted a day on the golf course at Carlton Oaks where we honored local Veterans with sponsors paying for their day on the greens. It has quickly become a favorite workday of mine to be on the course all day and find a way to salute our military heroes in a fun way. I loved having involvement from big sponsors like Lennar to make the day possible, but it was incredibly gratifying to see some of our Santee/San Diego Veteran-Owned businesses step up and pitch in as well. I’d like to give a special thanks to Kyle Steck of Chick-fil-A Santee, Scott Nixon of Copper Collar, Matt Van Vorst pouring beer from Mike Hess Brewing, and Robbie from Liberty Call Distilling/Integrity Bottles. It meant so much more to have you as a part of our day. And on a personal note, my Navy Vietnam Era Veteran dad was able to golf that day as well. It was only five years ago (on Veterans Day 2015) that I first read his DD214 while at a hockey game with him where he and other Vets were welcomed in a full arena by a standing ovation to thank them for their service. My dad’s service was a way to start a career that provided my mom the opportunity to start their family and stay home with us kids - I don’t ever forget our military roots and how much it gave to the wellbeing of our beginnings.
    As for Veterans Day itself, I went to visit the local American Legion/VFW Post in town. Have you ever been? Better yet, are you a member? There are options to join for those who have served and those who just support – I encourage you to stop by one day to see where you can fit in. My visit was to help pitch in serving lunch for Veterans, although it seemed to be pretty dialed by the time I arrived. For the past several years, Dustin Trotter, owner of TDT Construction, has been making it his personal business to see that our Santee Vets get a free meal on their special day. He catered with local business The Oaks Tavern to provide food for anyone who has served in the past or is currently serving. The post also coordinated a blood drive at the same time with the San Diego Blood Bank, making their day that much more impactful. It came to my attention that the operating expenses to keep the post open are more than what they are currently bringing in… for many organizations, COVID has had a huge impact on our bottom line. With our minds on our military heroes right now, I ask for you to reach into your hearts (and your checkbooks) and spare a few dollars for the men and women who have served to keep the lights on in their beloved clubhouse. They are currently in the process of setting up a Go Fund Me page for your considered tax-deductible donation, and I will update this post with the link once available.