East County Chamber CEO leaves, First Friday Breakfast on March 1

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Scott Alevy, its president/CEO since early 2011, is no longer with the organization.
A letter sent to chamber members said, “To guide our Chamber of Commerce through these challenging economic times, your Board of Directors has concluded, after months of careful debate, that it is necessary to restructure our Chamber staff. To remain the strongest and most viable Chamber in East County, the Board has voted to eliminate the salaried position of President/CEO. This will free up crucial financial revenues that are needed to better serve our membership. The Board is confident that this is the best and most fiscally responsible course of action for our Chamber to take in the current economic climate.”
The letter was signed by Becky Burgstiner as acting president/CEO. Burgstiner, who works for AFLAC, also is immediate past board chair. Marcel Becker, president of JCI Metals in Lemon Grove, is the Chamber’s 2013 board chair.
Alevy is the third Chamber staff to leave in recent months. Jarryd Davis, vice president of events and marketing, left in mid-February. Sherral Bearss worked for the Chamber as vice president of membership and development from 2009 to late 2012. Bearss returned to PennySaver Publications as a senior account executive earlier this year. She spent 23 years with the PennySaver from 1986 to 2009.
Meanwhile, the Chamber will host its First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, March 1 at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. Cost to attend is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. Breakfast sponsor is Team KIA of El Cajon, offering the all new 2012-2013 Kia Forte, Optima, Sedona, Sorento, Soul and Sportage. Breakfast will be provided by Bekker’s Catering. The program will include networking and announcements. For more information, contact the Chamber at (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org.