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San Martin Chamber of Commerce Building Community to Protect San Martin’s Rural Heritage Present Day, Nostalgia and History S an Martin, ‘The Jewel of South County,’ nestled between Gilroy and Morgan Hill, is a charming rural community with a population of 7,200 residents. It is a quaint little town, but not a sleepy one. With a history rich in farming, family heritage and numerous businesses, it only made sense to establish a Chamber of Commerce. Established in 2017, the San Martin Chamber of Commerce (SMCoC) has grown to over 50 members. The Chamber was off with a sprint and jumped right in to support South County nonprofit Cecelia’s Closet. In just a few short months volunteers collected canned goods, helped at the Octoberfest clothes drive and collected barrels of Christmas gifts for South County children. In January 2018, the efforts to keep San Martin “Clean and Green” brought a reward to the Chamber with a Commendation from Santa Clara County with the office of Supervisor Wasserman as co-partner. Supervisor Wasserman acknowledged the Chamber for its joint efforts on the November 2017 Trash Bash. Together with the San Martin Neighborhood Alliance (SMNA), Greenwaste, and volunteers from San Jose to San Benito County, tons of trash were collected from rural roads and waterways (photo upper right). With the success of the first Trash Bash, and encourage- ment from the community, it was determined that this would be an ongoing event. The Chamber hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the March 2018 Trash Bash event. When the scissors failed to cut the ribbon, the crowd erupted into a roar of laughter. Sometimes it takes something like that to bring a crowd together! The SMCoC happily accepted the request of Charter Member, South Bay Airstream Adventures, to support its Grand Opening event (photo right) in May with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Given the fact that the customer base for this business is somewhat nostalgic, it is a good business fit in San Martin. Welcome to our newest member, Fitz Place, offering the comfort and charm of an English Country Inn with private event space for large groups and weddings. And thanks to Frantoio Grove for maintaining our San Martin farming heritage with the release of Frantoio Grove's Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 36 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN News Flash!! Charter Member SunPower has partnered with the SMCoC to save energy and provide an opportunity for San Martin residents to save energy AND receive a $500 refund (after tax rebate). In addition, SunPower will donate $500 to the Chamber for each system contract. San Martin residents should look for information coming in their mailboxes soon. There was a lot of interest in the Chamber’s first annual “San Martin Harvest Moon Festival” but the Chamber opted to delay the event until the Summer of 2019. Watch for the announcement for next summer! South Valley Internet has offered to host the next Chamber Mixer on October 17, 2018. Save the date and watch for news and updates on the San Martin Chamber of Commerce at sanmartinchamber.org. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 gmhtoday.com