“Happy” Spring might not seem like an appropriate greeting in these dark, challenging and frightening times, so we at the Rio Dell-Scotia Chamber of Commerce will merely wish you health and financial survival until better times come.
Attached is a 2-pager shared by our chamber president, Nick Angeloff, which he received from a professional development organization to which he belongs, with information about the financial package passed this week in Washington. Attached as well is a communication from the Humboldt County Tourism Bureau with some ideas and information about dealing with the effects the pandemic is having/will continue to have on tourism.
The North Coast Small Business Development Center offers a special Covid19 website and invites people to explore/share the information there: https://www.northcoastsbdc.org/covid19
The chamber office at 406 Wildwood in Rio Dell has been closed to all activities and will remain so for an indefinite period until stay at home restrictions have been lifted. Our monthly board meeting, typically held on the first Friday of the month at noon in the chamber office and open to the public, is being moved online this month. Please email us with any questions, concerns, or topics to discuss, and check our minutes online at our website for recent topics we have been addressing. They can be seen here:
Our April newsletter is out at the places open in our communities – the grocery stores, post offices, and pharmacy – and as always online, here:
Read about the first dispensary in Rio Dell, now open (and staying open as a necessary business during the closure) at 116 Wildwood; a feature about Goble Mortuary of Fortuna, a chamber member (not meant as a Grim Reaper message for troubling times – the story was prepared before our current crisis took hold) and some of the many plans the chamber has to enhance the communities after health concerns are lifted.
Many other things are in the works – chamber members together with the City of Rio Dell and the Community Resource Center, which is funded by St. Joe’s, are providing delivery of free food to elderly persons in the city and Scotia . . people wanting to name someone to receive a bag of food should call City Hall during business hours at 764-3532. Availability of free food and delivery depends on supplies and necessary volunteers (for whom protective gear is provided). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help with the distribution.
Stay well, stay safe, and our sincerest best wishes to your family, friends and neighbors for successfully navigating this turbulent and troubling time.
Tracy O’Connell, Secretary,
Rio Dell Scotia Chamber of Commerce