La Mesa resident named treasurer of Better Business Bureau board

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.

East County Biz with Rick Griffin

La Mesa resident Chris Sichel, president/CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, has been elected treasurer of the San Diego Better Business Bureau’s 2012-2013 board of directors. Sichel has served on the BBB board since 2007.
Since 2005, Sichel has overseen Make-A-Wish Foundation operations in San Diego and Imperial counties. With 13 staff members and more than 300 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants more than 200 wishes annually to children with life-threatening medical conditions. He also is active in national Make-A-Wish leadership projects, and previously served as a chapter representative to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America’s Board of Directors.
In addition to the BBB, Sichel serves as an active committee member with the San Diego Bowl Game Association, and is a longtime member of the San Diego Rotary Club. Over the past 20 years, he has served in leadership roles with the United Cerebral Palsy Association, the City of San Diego and STAR/PAL, San Diego’s Police Athletic League.
A native San Diegan and fifth generation Californian, Sichel and wife Coleen, a registered nurse, have three school-aged children. He enjoys spending time with family, paddelboarding and is an avid backpacker. He earned a bachelor’s degree in recreational administration with an emphasis in therapeutics from Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo.