time to join the Atwater Chamber of Commerce
Please ask your
friends, neighbors, and business associates to join the
Atwater Chamber. Besides businesses, we have a number of
clubs and organizations, schools, clergy and churches, non-profits,
retired people, government employees, elected officials,
agencies, and, individuals. For membership information,
call President Don Borgwardt, 769-3685 or Board Member Louise
BIG Thanks to our Chamber Members who hosted events this
3rd and 4th- Thank you to the Atwater 4th of July Committee
for working with the Chamber to host a Margarita Booth.
Wonderful entertainment on the evening of the 3rd at Ralston
Park, as vendors and volunteers prepared for annual festivities
at the Park on July 4th.
3rd- Thank you to the City of Atwater for hosting "National
Coffee with a Cop". Interim Chief, Drew Bessinger,
greeted our Chamber members. City personnel were in attendance
also talking with attendees and answering questions.
9th- Thank you to the Atwater Elementary School District
for hosting a Coffee. Appreciated the update on District
activities. Wonderful representation of ALL the District
12th- Thank you to the Atwater Historical Society for including
Atwater Chamber members at its annual Holiday Open House
at the Bloss Home. Festive decor and refreshments made this
a wonderful holiday event.
26th- Thank you to the City of Atwater for again hosting
a coffee. Police Chief Michael Salvador was introduced to
our business community. Again, much support from our friends
at the City of Atwater.
20th- Thank you to the Merced School Employees Federal Credit
Union for all their hospitality hosting a wonderful coffee
for Chamber members. Great representation from this organization.
Proud and involved supporter of local events.
10th- Thank you to Farmer's Insurance, Annissa Fragoso Agency
for hosting a coffee at the Chamber office. Great turnout
and we appreciated members of the Merced County Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce joining the fun at this coffee.
1st- Thank you to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for hosting
an evening mixer. We also appreciate the assistance that
the Ebony Socialites provided with refreshments. These ladies
did an outstanding job educating our members about recognizing
scams and misrepresentation of services, especially, over
the telephone. Great public service information.
22nd- Thank you to Atwater High School for hosting a morning
coffee. Principal Torrin Johnson and his Team of educators
provided an informative program and wonderful refreshments
for our members.
in hosting a Chamber Coffee/Mixer? Please call Louise Farley
and schedule this fun event for your business. Louise Farley-
Chamber of Commerce members are mourning the loss of local
businesswoman Kathy Derby, 66, who passed away on May 31
after experiencing a massive heart attack in Tokyo, Japan.
She had traveled to Japan with husband John Derby to attend
of the Merced County Times and other area newspapers, the
Derbys were avid sailors, spending time in Merced and at
their residence in Baja Mexico. Kathy Derby was born in
Merced to Otha and Wanda Hooper and raised in El Nido, attending
schools in El Nido and Merced. At one time, Kathy ran a
plant store in downtown Merced called the Plant Depot.
met her husband John 40 years ago. The couple became successful
newspaper owners, surviving and thriving in a competitive
media environment, owning the Merced County Times, and a
half dozen other Mid Valley Publications, including newspapers
in Atwater, Winton, Hilmar, Hughson, Denair and Waterford.
Kathy was the head of the graphics department during a time
when offset newspapers were put together by the "cut
and paste" process. When newsrooms began converting
to computer systems, she was responsible for integrating
Radio Shack computers so that the reporters could set type
directly to go into print.’
1998, the Derby’s main office and press plant burned
to the ground. However, the Derbys picked themselves up
and continued printing the newspapers. Kathy gathered the
layout staff and proceeded to lay out the papers on the
coffee table of her living room.
her husband John, Kathy was a member the Lake Yosemite Sailing
Association and an active sailor, helping to navigate a
32-day voyage around the tip of Baja, Mexico, and up into
the Sea of Cortez, which became the location of the Derby's
A wake for Kathy, who will be missed by all who knew her,
was held for friends and family at the Lake Yosemite Sailing
Clubhouse on June 19.