Candidates, new businesses topics at fall luncheon

By C.J. Barbre

About 35 local businesswomen attended the Myers Businesswomen's Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Mt. Whitney Place.

As there were no luncheons over the summer, founder and pre-need coordinator for Myers Funeral Service, Gloria Scott, said the agenda was to catch up on what's new in town and hear about any special activities, summer vacations, or whatever had happened since they last met.

On behalf of the City of Lindsay, Mayor Pro Tem Pam Kimball came with computer generated art mounted on foam core, showing the architectural design of the new Lindsay Library and the museum/cultural arts center to be built on the vacant lot at the southeast corner of Samoa Street and Mirage Avenue.

She also had a map of the three-year plan for street improvements. On down the list, Kimball shared:

  • The city is in the process of changing to alternative fuel vehicles.

  • The apartment complex behind Save Mart will be completed in six to nine months.

  • Several businesses have applied for Storefront Treatment Enhancement Program funds to upgrade their facades.

  • The city is averaging two calls per week from people outside the area interested in relocating in Lindsay.

  • Renovations to the Moore Building will begin in three to four months.

    Around the room, women offered additional input.

    Brenda Altermatt, secretary of the Lindsay Cemetery said a Christian film is being made in the area this month. Frank Ludlow with Signal Hill Pictures is filming "The Visitation" a thriller based on a novel by Frank Peretti in late October or early November in locations in Strathmore, Lindsay, Woodlake, and Exeter. For more information check out their website at

    Teresa Serna who volunteers time at the Lindsay-Strathmore Coordinating Council said the council is having financial troubles (a story on this subject will be in next week's Gazette). She said if they have to leave their present location, it would affect a lot of people. Serna observed that her church, Sacred Heart, takes a special offering monthly to help support the coordinating council.

    Wanda Ishida thanked the women for "all of your wonderful support on behalf of Allen." She reminded everyone that her husband is running for District 1 Supervisor. "Please remember to vote on Nov. 2," she said. Wanda had brochures, bumper stickers and yard signs to pass out. Readers know that present District 1 Supervisor Bill Sanders is retiring and has endorsed Allen Ishida for District 1 Supervisor.

    Sharon Dimmitt, who is managing the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, said, "The Chamber is in good hands. We're doing fine. We're busy, but that's how we like it." Dimmitt said the Friday Night Farmers Market is averaging 85-90 vendors every Friday. The city has 140 pop-ups, or booth covers that are all rented. "At this point in time we were hoping to have 30 vendors. We are where we thought we would be in two years. We're now in a holding pattern." Dimmitt announced that the chamber's annual Halloween costume party for children will start at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 at Sweet Brier Plaza.

    Gloria Scott said that Yonok Warson has been elected by chamber ambassadors to further assist the chamber in organizing ribbon cuttings and other activities. She also introduced Sophia Davila, the new manager of the Lindsay branch of Bank of America.

    Diane Bucaroff, Community Development Manager for the City of Lindsay, shared that she got to go to Australia this summer, an 18-hour flight, to visit her daughter who married an Australian boy. "She's very happy," Diane said. She also announced that her other daughter is making her a grandmother for the fith time.

    Suzi Picaso, proprietor of Picaso's Passion on Elmwood Avenue, offered everyone in the room a complementary makeover (a $25 value). She told a bit about her upscale boutique and makeup salon which carries the latest fashions and accessories. Suzi has a fun new hairdo since she appeared in a front page story in the Aug. 4 Gazette introducing her new business.

    Lupe Ward, who manages Mt. Whitney Place apartments said she took a class in finances and management in Oakland this summer, to help her better do her job.

    Raynell Silva, proprietor of Lindsay Print and Copy said she got to go to South Dakota, where she and her husband purchased two horses. "The United States is awesome," she declared. The trip took them through New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and other states.

    As the luncheon came to a close, Pam Kimball took the podium again, this time for Ingoldsby's Nursery and Floral, which had donated the drawing gift basket. "We got a lot of new merchandise this summer," Kimball said. In the basket was locally produced Can Can Gourmet Cranapple Pearberry jam, potpourri, a scented candle, rosemary vinegar, locally produced olive oil and a floral touch. Kimball said Ingoldsby's is the place to order wonderful gift baskets. She also reminded the women to vote for her in the upcoming election, as incumbent city councilmember. Teresa Serna won the basket.

    In closing, Gloria Scott asked for a second round of applause for the food preparers including Marilyn Davis and Kim Sikes from Orange Belt Supply, Rachel Hill from Palmer Insurance<$> and Jean Hill representing the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce.

    Scott passed out "The Women's Business Lunching Directory" which contains the names, addresses and phone numbers of the 54 businesses and organizations that have participated in the luncheons to date.

    And last, she announced that she, along with Cindy Castro, and Gloria Anderson are opening Consigning Women's Elegant Attic in the small business incubator at Sierra Vista Plaza next month. The women are looking for upscale consignment clothing. "Our goal is to provide a fun and pleasant atmosphere where our customers can shop for high quality, reasonably priced fashionable clothing," it said in a handout. Scott also passed out coupons for a $5 store credit with the first consignment of three pieces or more brought into the store.

    The next businesswomen's luncheon will take place in November.

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