Takin’ Care of Business 6-6-2024

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June 6, 2024

Catch ‘The Dude’ on July 22

The local community radio station is bringing an iconic movie to an iconic theater, when 97.3/107.9 FM The Rock hosts a special fundraiser screening of  “The Big Lebowski” the Bay Theater in Morro Bay.

The Big Lebowski is set to show at 6 p.m. Monday, July 22 and is part of a fundraiser for the commercial free, non-profit radio station, run entirely by volunteers and supported financially by listeners and residents of San Luis Obispo County. The Rock reaches radio listeners in Cayucos, Morro Bay and Los Osos (97.3 FM), as well as Paso Robles, Atascadero and Templeton (107.9 FM). 

They’ll also have “a fabulous Silent Auction, Rock Merchandise for sale, and a special drawing for a Dude Inspired, one-of-a-kind prize,” organizers said in a news release. Lebowski-ite attire is encouraged, “but please, leave your Marmot at home.”

The event is another partnership between the Bay Theater’s new owners and the community. Theater owner, Cameron Wilson, said, “This is a perfect movie for us to partner up and support the Rock, a unique, freeform, non-commercial local radio station, it’s kind of like the rug that ties the Community together.”

The Wilsons have also hosted special screenings of the documentary, “Morro Bay ‘Once’ the Abalone Capital of the World,” benefitting the Maritime Museum; hosted the Morro Bay High School Student Film Festival; and more.

The Big Lebowski is a 1988 independent film by Joel and Ethan Coen (Coen Brothers) and stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a major slacker in a bathrobe, and avid bowler who is mistaken for someone else with the same name. That leads to a series of wacky events involving assaults, kidnapping, and more. Co-stars include John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Turturo and the late-Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 

The film has become a cult classic beloved for its eccentric characters, comedic dream sequences, a great soundtrack, and general oddball quirkiness.

The Rock Community Radio, FM 97.3 and FM 107.9 is a non-profit organization operated and supported by listeners and residents of SLO County. 

“The Rock connects the Central Coast with hyper-local, engaging, creative community-based FM radio and online programming,” The Rock said in the news release. “We also provide public safety programming, emergency preparedness education, and emergency alert announcements for Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Los Osos, and Cayucos.”

Tickets to The Big Lebowski fundraiser are $15 a person, tax-deductible, and available now online at: my805tix.com or at RockCommunityRadio.org. There will also be tickets available at the door (if it doesn’t sell out first).

SLO Chamber Receives 2024 Advocacy Champion Award

The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce has received a 2024 Advocacy Champion Award from the California Chamber of Commerce. This is the second year the award has been given to recognize chambers for excellence in business advocacy.

“We spend countless hours each week immersed in information gathering, sharing and discussing issues impacting our members and region as a whole,” said Jim Dantona, President/CEO of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored to be recognized for our advocacy efforts in such an impactful way.”

Advocacy Champions published vote records of their state legislators on key business issues, joined coalition efforts to let state elected officials know about community sentiment on issues of interest to members, voiced the local chamber’s position at legislative policy committee hearings and met with state elected officials on important policy issues.

“Communities look to their local chambers to be problem solvers for the community,” said Nick Ortiz, Cal Chamber vice president of local chamber relations. “The Advocacy Champion chambers stepped up to the plate in a big way.”

Building an Effective Nonprofit Board 

Join Spokes, Resources for Nonprofits, for the Zoom meeting 10 Steps for Thoughtful Recruitment & Selection.

It’s easy to get excited when a willing candidate is identified for an open board position. But much like employee selection, there are important advance steps to take to increase the likelihood that the individual will meet your expectations over the long term. By tapping into the science of organizational psychology, a nonprofit boards and its organization’s staff can work together to select, onboard and retain engaged, impactful board members.

The instructor is Kellie Conn, an organizational development professional with 30 years of experience in coaching, organizational design, communication, and culture. She has served the community as a board member, volunteer, and/or consultant for The SLO Film Festival, Coastal Performing Arts Foundation, Ecologistics, Rotary Club of Los Osos, CASA, and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Kellie currently co-leads People and Culture Leadership Group, a coaching and culture consulting group specializing in leadership and career coaching, nonprofit culture consulting, and meaningful time away programs. She holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology and is certified as a senior professional in human resources by the HR Certification Institute.

This class will cover:

• The Pre-Work: Aligning on your board member competencies, essential functions (responsibilities), and expectations

• Building a candidate pool of qualified and diverse board members

• The Selection Process: Screening and interviewing board candidates (including painting a realistic picture), using a structured format, pre-briefing and debriefing, and looking for specific skills and parallel experience

• The Post-Selection Success: Celebrating, onboarding, and checking in

• Creating ideal conditions within your board to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to foster engagement and retention

Tickets are $25 for Spokes members ($10 for additional participants from same member organization) and $40 for non-members June 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. Register at https://bit.ly/3R9y7Gl.

Are you or a neighbor Taking Care of Business. Is your business, including non-profits, supporting our community? Maybe you’re launching a new business, or you’re making updates to your current business model, or re-opening. Perhaps you have a job opportunity, or have been doing some volunteer work, or are collaborating with another business or a non-profit. Or maybe you know someone who is. Submit your awesome local efforts for publication to Editor@EsteroBayNews.com.

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