What did you do this summer?

By: Robin Trimble, Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO
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As many of you are aware, my husband Jim is the principal at Rocklin Elementary School. When our children were growing up, just before the start of every new school year, Jim would mortify our children by asking their friends, “What did you do this summer?” Our kids would always roll their eyes and snicker with embarrassment. But after a while, the question of “What did you do this summer?” became a family tradition of sorts. Our children are grown adults now and we recently became proud new grandparents to Sam. After his birth, and with summer giving way to fall, I began to consider that very question, “What had I done this summer?” A review of the Rocklin Chamber calendar reminded me of all of the great things that we accomplished during the summer. Some of the events were new to the business community and were developed in response to member input; others were annual favorites steeped in rich tradition. Some of the summer Chamber activities included: Looking to present additional networking opportunities for members, the new Late Lunch with the Chamber was launched in June to showcase restaurant members and provide additional networking options. The lunches were a huge success and sold out consistently. Partnering with Pete Guisasola, chief building/code enforcement official with the city of Rocklin and Mark Posnick, an associate principal with architectural firm Williams + Paddon, Inc., the Chamber hosted an Americans with Disabilities Act seminar to educate the business community on ADA accessibility compliance. Supporting the Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation in their efforts to raise money and support for the Rocklin schools by organizing and hosting the Trash Bash gala event. In partnership with the Sac Metro Chamber, the city of Rocklin and Placer County, the Rocklin Chamber embarked on the first ever interactive Business Walk in Placer County. The Rocklin Business Walk was the largest business walk in the Metro Chamber’s Business Walk series with the walking teams visiting 274 local businesses in one day. The Chamber hosted five Evening in the Park events in conjunction with the city of Rocklin and recorded the best attendance in the history of this annual concert series. In cooperation with the newly formed Rocklin Area Chamber Political Action Committee, the Chamber supported Measure A, which asked Rocklin voters to extend the current Park Maintenance and Development Act. The RACPAC played an important role in the successful passage of Measure A by providing the campaign with the resources and information needed to reach out to voters in a strategic way. Celebrated the 16th annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars event with record attendance that supported economic development in downtown Rocklin. When I look back over the activities and accomplishments of the summer, it makes me realize what a thought-provoking and profound question, “What did you do this summer?” really is. Maybe Jim was on to something after all. Now, I just wonder how our grandson, Sam, will feel about it! Robin Trimble is CEO of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at