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May 2010

  • Crab Fest Madness Friday, May 14th


    Stop by the Chamber on Friday evening
    to pick up all your Crab Festival
    souvenirs and ride tickets!

  • 2010 Torch Run to Benefit Special Olympics



    EVENT:                      2010 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive To Benefit Special Olympics Alaska

    DATE:                         Saturday, May 15th, 2010

    TIME:                         10AM (Race Start)

    REGISTRATION:        9:30AM

    PLACE:                      Downtown branch Wells Fargo, Kodiak

    CONTACT:                Jim Balamaci President/CEO, Cell number 907-250-9535

    The 2010 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive will take place simultaneously in 13 communities across the state, beginning 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15th, when a cadre of law enforcement officers will lead 5K (3.1 miles) family fun runs in the following communities: Anchorage, Barrow, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su Valley (Palmer/Wasilla), Seward, Sitka, and Valdez. It is expected to be the largest simultaneous multi-community running event held in Alaska this year, with a goal to raise about $150,000 for Special Olympics Alaska communities. 

    Orchestrated by the Alaska law enforcement community, the Torch Run and Pledge Drive is open to both law enforcement officers and the general public. Walkers, runners, joggers, strollers and rollerbladers are welcome to join in. "The fun run is a great way for families and neighbors to get out and stretch their legs, get some fresh air and support training and competition programs for over 2000 Alaskan athletes with intellectual disabilities," said Special Olympics Alaska President & CEO Jim Balamaci.

    Other support will come from Wells Fargo and Alaska Magazine.  "The money is really in the pledges and sponsors," said Balamaci. "Participants are encouraged to obtain pledges from co-workers, neighbors, family and others so that they can maximize their contribution to Special Olympics Alaska.  Every dollar goes a long way!"  A 2010 Torch Run registration/pledge form is available at www.specialolympicsalaska.org and pledge on line!

    In Kodiak, registration will begin at 9:30 AM in the parking lot of the downtown branch of Wells Fargo.  The run will start at 10:00 AM and will follow a course up Mill Bay, down Benny Benson, and back up Rezanof  Dr. to the finish line in the Kodiak High School parking lot.  There will be hamburgers and hotdogs after the run.

  • Executive Director Deb King's Farewell

    As many of you know, I will be leaving the Chamber on May 31st.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, coming on board as Economic Development Specialist in 1999, and then moving into the Executive Director position in 2007.  It has been a wonderful journey and I leave with mixed feelings.  I have been very lucky to have worked with some of the finest people in this community.  To the board of directors, Chamber members, and staff, "Thank You" for your friendship and the opportunity to work with you on many Chamber events, projects and programs.


    My husband Bill and I will be relocating to Brunswick, Maine where we've owned a home for several years.  Brunswick is a coastal community dependent on fishing and tourism.  The recently closed Naval Air Station has presented economic challenges and opportunities for this area, and I hope to become involved with its conversion to the private sector.  The experience and knowledge that I have gathered while living in Kodiak and working on economic development issues will be of great value in this endeavor.

    We look forward to plenty of visitors from Kodiak - maybe we can swap some lobster for some crab!

  • Member Spotlight: Martha's Place

    Martha's Place
    Opening Friday, May 14th

    What are the sure signs of Spring in Kodiak? Daffodils and crocuses blooming, Crab Festival shirts showing up all over town, and the annual opening of Martha's Place! Martha Garcia has been treating Kodiak's taste buds to her authentic, Mexican food since the 1986 Crab Festival.

    "Two of my friends thought my gorditas and tacos would be great Crab Festival food," said Garcia. And the rest is history. Martha's is still a familiar booth to Crab Festival goers. In 1997, she purchased a van that became Martha's Place. Martha operates out of the van about 6 months out of the year, serving authentic Mexican food to customers from the Elks parking lot over the lunch hour and from the Sutliff's parking lot in the evening.

    Martha makes her food fresh daily, from scratch, and prides herself on the originality of her recipes. She also caters for private parties. Her menu this year has a few new items in addition to your favorites from year's past. Try the Burrita de Machaca or the Huaraches for a new taste sensation.

    Martha's Place opens Friday, May 14th. Her hours are 11:30am - 3:00pm (in the Elks parking lot) and 6:00pm to 9:00pm (in the Sutliff's parking lot) Monday through Friday. Call in orders are welcome at 486-8133.

  • President's Message by Lindsay Knight

    Greetings Kodiak Chamber Members.

    First and foremost, kudos and congratulations to Chamber Executive Director Deb King, Community Relations Director Pam Foreman, Economic Development Specialist Trevor Brown and Administrative Assistant Nora McRae for hosting a successful ComFish!  Our Chamber won the Chamber of the Year Award at the State Chamber Awards banquet last year and it is mainly because of our staff. The staff is bringing their award winning style and flare to this year's Chamber projects and events.

    Community Clean-up was Saturday, May 1st.  Thanks to all who participated in the clean-up this year. The Chamber is always a driving force in getting our island spring cleaning off to a great start. When you start to flick that piece of paper out the car window and think, ‘it is only a small piece of paper', think about this, ‘how big is a snow flake?" Help keep our island clean year round. Big thanks to Dan and the gang at Subway for sponsoring Community Clean-up again and to President Mike Brown and the Lions Club.

    Always an exciting time, we have Crab Fest coming up at the end of May! Pam Foreman and the Crab Festival Committee have everything on schedule and well in hand. Crab Fest '10 looks to be a most entertaining community celebration. Get involved,  participate and don't miss out on any fun!

    A special thanks to Henry's Great Alaskan Restaurant for their continued Chamber support with their pull tab operation!! Remember, when you play pull tabs at Henry's part of the proceeds helps support your Chamber of Commerce!! Grab a bite to eat while you are there!

    Your Chamber of Commerce is for you, the members. And I believe EVERYONE should be a member of the Chamber. But we are also a community Chamber of Commerce. We are here to serve our members AND our community.


    Lindsay Knight
    Chamber of Commerce

  • Thank You to Our New and Renewing Members

    Welcome aboard to our New Members!

    Alaska Meat Company
    Nathan Mudd.
    .Acosta Rentals, LLC
    Dawn Acosta
    Certified Carpet Cleaners
    Juanzetta Eads.


    A Big Thank You to our Renewing Members!

    .Ed Randolph
    State Farm Insurance
    Jeff Steele
    Steele Management, Inc.
    Jesse Glamann & Cara Eastman
    Mack's Sports Shop.
    Trevor Jones
    Kodiak Baptist Mission
    Larry Taylor
    Larry's Plumbing and Heating
    Sami Gloscott
    Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
    Jennifer Ryan
    Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
    Stephen Lesko
    Hope Community Resources, Inc.
    Gina Luckey
    ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.
    Jay Stinson
    Pelagic Resources, Inc.
    Deb Kennedy
    Wilderness Beach Lodge
    Bob Stanford & Olivia Terry
    Island Air Service
    .Patrick Stelzer
    Kodiak Boat Repair
    .Ronald & Gladys Kutchick
    Grand Slam Toys & Cards
    Toby Sullivan
    Kodiak Maritime Museum
    David Bradbury
    Kodiak United Pentecostal Church
    Blaine Ashcraft
    Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
    Jillyan Webb
    Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce
    Steven Gray
    Law Offices of Steven P. Gray, P.C.
    Dan Rohrer
    Subway of Kodiak
    Sharon Anderson
    Spruce Island Development Corporation
    Walter Davis Scott Pillans
    Scott's Heating & Plumbing Service
    Joseph M. Sullivan
    Mundt MacGregor, L.L.P.
    Matt Moir
    Alaska Pacific Seafoods
    Andy Schroeder
    Island Trails Network
    Dennis McMillian
    The Foraker Group
    Monte Hawver
    Brother Francis Shelter
    Chris Lynch
    The Rookery
    Carla Beam
    BP Alaska
    Jason Brune
    Resource Development Council
    Dr. Murat Balaban
    Fishery Industrial Technology Center
    Danielle Adkins
    Alaska Marine Highway System
    Jeff & Angie Johnson
    Kodiak Veterinary Clinic
    Nick Szabo
    Szabo Marine Services
    Carolyn & Joe Floyd
    Darlene Turner
    A Smiling Bear Bed & Breakfast
    Bill Roberts
    Kodiak Appraisal Company, Inc.
    Kevin O'Leary
    Sunrunner Alaska Corporation
    Carol Ann Lindsey
    Harbor Enterprises, Inc. dba Petro Marine Services
    Vern & Debra Hall
    Rondy's, Inc.
    Al & Barbara Large
    Cost Savers dva Nickel & Dime
    Jack & Judy Johnson
    Best Western Kodiak Inn, Inc.
    Richard Romer
    Boeing Company
    Arnold Tweten
    Kodiak Rental Center
    Tony Chaco & Dan Armstrong
    Odom Company/Coca-Cola
    Jeffrey Barnhart
    Alaska Salmon Leather Company