Notes from Oct. 9 White Center Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Chemo’s

Martin Salinas of Chemo’s Mexican Restaurant.

by Margaret Ryan

Led by Aileen Sison in the absence of Chamber President Mark Ufkes, the agenda for the Oct. 9 meeting included the following announcements:

  1. The White Center Hero Luncheon on December 4. Nominations are being sought for a person or group that has gone ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ to benefit the White Center community. The luncheon will be held at the Salvation Army. Additionally, the Chamber will be sponsoring a “Toys for Tots” drive in conjunction with the Salvation Army. Contact the Chamber on their new website,
  2. The new Chamber website, features 250 local businesses and non-profits. Businesses are still being added, so use the website to add or correct information about your business.
  3. Ongoing Chamber projects include the tree lighting ceremony in December. Volunteers are needed to help with this seasonal event. Use the new website to contact the Chamber.
  4. Vera Johnson of Village Green Perennial Nursery would like to sponsor a Garden and Arts Spring Festival next year. Contact Vera through her website if you are interested.
  5. The mural at Saar’s Super Saver Grocery, sponsored partly by the Chamber, was announced, and has been covered elsewhere on this site.
  6. Katherine Buckley of United Way announced that the agency will be holding free tax preparation appointments and is looking for a space in White Center large enough for 10-12 volunteers to meet with clients.
  7. White Center Food Bank Dinner Auction will be Oct. 20 at the Barkey Center at SSCC. Rudy Garza of NAVOS announced the grand opening of the new Mental Health and Wellness Center at 1210 SW 135th Street in Burien on October 25 from 11am to 1pm. He also distributed a survey to luncheon attendees about their awareness of the drug and alcohol issue among neighborhood youth.

The luncheon host, Martin Salinas of Chemos, told about the history and the offerings of his restaurant. Besides authentic Mexican recipes which his family has acquired over the years and proudly serve, Chemos presents Salsa lessons on Friday nights, with Salinas himself doing the instruction. The restaurant is a family business, with children, grandchildren and of course, Grandma Bernadita.

The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

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