Chamber members take charge in their community

By: Robin Trimble, Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO
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One of the top priorities for the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce is to equip its members with the leadership skills and experience needed to serve in local communities where they can make an impact. Through the chamber’s leadership program, networking sessions and guest speakers, a number of Rocklin Chamber members are using the knowledge they’ve gained to actively serve in leadership roles on boards, commissions and committees. Franklin Burris of Connect Realty in Rocklin, is a good example of a chamber member who is actively involved in his community. A Rocklin Chamber member since 2006, Burris has served on a number of Rocklin Chamber committees and is a member of the board of directors. Burris serves as the chairman of the city’s Redevelopment Advisory Committee. This five-member board advises the city on redevelopment projects, giving direction and cautions from their perspective as area residents, business people and property owners. Burris was drawn to this particular committee because of his experience in community development and his desire to see the downtown revitalized. “I live in the redevelopment area of downtown and see the opportunities for a better future every day as I drive through,” Burris said. “As a member of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, I appreciate the opportunity to use my leadership skills and development background to become actively involved in the community in an area that I am passionate about.” As the voice of business, the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce continues to promote opportunities to serve both in the Rocklin Chamber and in the local community. Currently, several members of the Rocklin Chamber are serving on community boards, commissions or committees, reinforcing that Rocklin Chamber members are leaders in the community. Rocklin Chamber members are serving on the city council, RUSD school board, Redevelopment Advisory Committee and Recreation Committee to name a few. City Council members Kathy Lund, Brett Storey, Scott Yuill of Scott Yuill Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. and Mayor Peter Hill are all chamber members. Paul Ruhkala of Ruhkala Granite & Marble Co., Inc. and Diana Ruslin of Best of Broadway Benefit Productions, are both commissioners with the Rocklin Recreation Commission. “I’ve had the pleasure of participating in Leadership Rocklin, the leadership class that the Rocklin Chamber offers, which has provided me with an outstanding opportunity to use what I am learning first hand,” Ruslin said. “The class has provided me with some fresh perspectives on leadership and new ideas to apply in business and in my involvement with the city.” The RUSD board counts four of its current board as active Rocklin Chamber members, including Todd Lowell, owner of Lowell Development, Inc., Greg Daley, owner of Daley Visual Development, Wendy Lang and Steve Paul. Daley is another example of a Rocklin Chamber member who is actively involved in the community. Daley has been a Rocklin Chamber member since 2004 and is well known in the community for his tenure and leadership on the board of the RUSD and for his volunteer efforts for the Rocklin Police Department and the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce. “Rocklin is a very close-knit community and most of the people that live here are active and get involved,” Daley said. “I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to serve on the Rocklin School Board and at Rocklin Chamber functions and appreciate all that the Rocklin Chamber does.” For more information on how you can become involved in Rocklin Chamber or city of Rocklin boards, committees or commissions, or joining the Leadership Rocklin program, contact the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce at 624-2548 or visit the Web site at Robin Trimble is the CEO of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 624-2548 or