Atwater Chamber Calendar


Host a Morning Coffee

Click on the above calendar for available Wednesdays at 8:00am.
Morning coffees are a great way to publicize your business or organization.

How do you host?

1. Email the chamber at
2. Provide the location where your morning coffee will be held**
3. Provide coffee, pastries, fruit, etc.
4.. Provide two raffle prizes.
5. Have fun and start networking !!!!!

**If your business or organization does not have a location the coffee can be held at the chamber office.

Have an Event?
Please remember to send event news and to get your event flyers posted on our website and Email Marvin Hanneman at



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It’s 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 Farley, 564-6261.



BIG Thanks to our Chamber Members who hosted events this last year:

July 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.

Oct 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.

Oct 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 campuses.

Dec 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.

Feb 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.

Mar 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.

April 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.

May 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.

May 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.

Interested in hosting a Chamber Coffee/Mixer? Please call Louise Farley and schedule this fun event for your business. Louise Farley- phone 209-564-6261



In Memoriam

Atwater 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 a wedding.

Publishers 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.

She 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.’

In 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.

With 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 second residence.

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.



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