Santee Chamber Weekly Update 18JUL19
Since working for the Chamber, we have continued a very common tradition of hosting monthly socials for our members. For most, we know them as “mixers” - a term which my husband now knows means I won’t be home for dinner! Last night, we hosted our monthly Business After 5 Mixer at Lloyd's Collision & Paint Center. The Lloyd family has been hosting a mixer annually for several years now, with the bar set high in terms of guests’ expectations. They always have a lot of food (most famously the lasagna made by Roberta Daniel), fun music, classic cars and a great mix of folks at their place who are friends and customers alike. Although in business since 1984, a few years ago they took over a shop on Mission Gorge Road that used to be Russo’s Autobody for quite some time. Their growth continued and they also took over the building on the corner of Mission Gorge and Edgemoor Drive (which will always be Mr. Levi’s to me though most recently was Haute Pink hair salon before the Lloyd’s acquired it), but even expanded into our neighbor’s town of Lakeside with a second location.
During my time with the Santee Chamber, I’ve been blessed with involvement from the Lloyd family. Ailen currently sits on our Board of Directors and prior to her term, her husband Robert Lloyd (Bob as most know him) was quite involved, making it a little easier to step into our organization. Bob’s involvement with the chamber has been robust to say the least. He’s been so more than a just member, paying annual dues. Bob has served several terms on our Board, given umpteen hours of his personal time (along with family and staff) to multiple Santee Street Fairs, sponsored countless annual events, organized and chaired car shows and black tie galas, hosted business mixers, attended ribbon cuttings, retreats and city council meetings, and he even stepped into the role of CEO as a volunteer without salary. Bob does all of these things with a positive attitude, smile on his face, and compassion in his heart. Not once have I ever felt he was doing this for self-serving reasons or recognition – he’s JUST THAT AMAZING. Bob’s way in the community has not only been something the Chamber is proud of, but something of a legacy for his family as he builds his business with his two sons and their wives. I look forward to many more years of involvement, getting the next generation more involved, and watching those adorable grandkids eventually give me car repair estimates!