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Wayne 6riffin, president and CEO of the Chamber announces retirement STAFF REPORT Wayne Griffin, president & CEO of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has announced his decision to retire, effective November 30, 2014. His decision was announced to the Chamber's Board of Directors at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20. Griffin has been CEO of the Catalina Island Chamber for 26 years. He leads a team of seven with a budget of $1.5 million in marketing the City of Avalon and Catalina Island as a year-round island resort destination. "It has been a true honor to serve the Chamber for the past 26 years," Griffin said. "Working together with great team members and hundreds of volunteer leaders over the years, the Chamber has made a significant contribution to Avalon's economy and our Island lifestyle. I am very proud to have played a role in that contribu- tion." Griffin started his Catalina Island Chamber career in January of 1988, the same month the first cruise ship arrived in Catalina. Over the years, cruise ship visita- tion has increased 36% and with Wayne Griffin the arrival of a second cruise ship this year, it is expected to increase even more. During Griffin's tenure, Chamber membership has increased 85% to 250 members. The Chamber's marketing bud- get to promote the Island has increased 341%, mainly due Griffin's efforts to create a part- nership with the City of Avalon that allocates 22% of Transient Occupancy Taxes to marketing by the Chamber. The City of Avalon ordinance allocating the market- ing funds was approved by Avalon voters in 2000. During 1998 and 1999, Griffin and Chamber volunteer leaders worked with the City of Avalon to find a solution to Catalina Island Medical Center's annual deficit. Griffin and then City Manager Rob Clark led the effort to seek voter approval of a percent increase in the local sales tax to erase the Medical Center's oper- ating loss and keep the facility open. The ballot measure passed in 2000 by an 86% margin. During his professional career, Griffin earned the Accredited Chamber Executive designa- tion (A.C.E.) from the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) in 1995 and was reaccredited in 2000, 2005 and 2010. Griffin is one of just 47 chamber executives in 18 western states who has earned this professional designation. He served as W.A.C.E.'s Chairman of the Board in 2008 and is a recipi- ent of W.A.C.E.'s Russell E. Pettit Excellence in Leadership Award. Griffin is the co-founding Chair of W.A.C.E.'s Academy, a profes- sional development program for chamber executives and staff. The Western Association of Chamber Executives is the largest associa- tion of chamber professionals in the country, with over 800 mem- bers in 18 western states. Griffin is also a past Chair of the California Travel Association (CalTravel), having led that orga- nization in 2001-2002. During his period of leadership, CalTravel became California's only state- wide organization representing the "collective" voice of advocacy for Travel, Tourism & Hospitality. Griffin is a frequent presenter at chamber and tourism industry events, and is a facilitator of stra- tegic planning sessions for organi- zations and businesses. In Avalon, Griffin has served on the boards of the Catalina Island Medical Center and the Catalina Island Museum Society. He is a two time past president of the Rotary Club of Avalon and has been the organist/cantor at St. Catherine's Catholic Church for almost 30 years. He has been married to his wife, Susie, for 43 years and has two daughters and four grandchildren. In retirement, Griffin and Susie plan to spend a lot more time with those grand- children. Kevin Strege, chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors, will lead a committee of the Chamber's Board to begin the pro- cess of finding Griffin's successor. The process is expected to take several months. "Griffin's profes- sional leadership of the Chamber and his stature within the indus- try has greatly benefited both the organization and the Island. His retirement has been well earned by his many successes. Finding a successor to measure up will be a challenge," Strege said. Jennings From page 2 Woman to California State Senate and Rotary Club Citizen of the Year in 1999. Neva is survived by her two daughters Victoria Smith (Gerald) and Valerie Rohrer (Larry). Grandchildren; Leanne and Steve Souisa, Danielle and Patrick Perez, Jennifer and Darin Sioussat, Jeannine and Jeffrey Walker and Annie Coates. Eleven great-grandchildren. The family would request that in lieu of flowers you make dona- tions to the Catalina Island Human Society at 310-510-1900. Neva will be truly missed and was so loved by all. As Neva would say 'SO MAY IT BE!" Memorial will be at 1 p.m. on March 28, at the Avalon Memorial Cemetery. Calalina Islander's Recre:llional Summar' MEET, EAT & GREET ANN H. "Anni" MARSHALL Candidate for MAYOR Sat. March 8th 3:00-6:00pm ON UPPER DESCANSO STREET Bring your own beverage & dish to share if you like. Azlhm', .Kcven I):r, [:trcca,t Friday ...... Saturday ...... Sunday .. Monday . 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Unseasonably mild weather prevailed in the northwestern United States. Today we will see cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers, high temperature of 61 , humidity of 67%. 1 The record high tempemtare for today is 83 set in Fri 1967. Expect cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance Sat of showers, overnight low of 54 . . The record low Sun for tonight is 33 set in 1951. Saturday, skies will be Mort mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers, high Tue temperature of 60 , humidity of 72%. Skies will be Wed mostly cloudy Saturday night with a 609'0 chance of Thu showers, overnight low of 54 . Expect partly cloudy skies Sunday with a slight chance of showers, high temperature of 61 . Skies will remain partly cloudy Monday with a slight chance of showers. AM PM 11:16-1:16 11:46-1:46 12:41-2:41 12:11-2:11 1:34-3:34 1:04-3:04 2:26-4:26 1:56-3:56 3:18-5:18 2:48-4:48 4:08-6:08 3:38-5:38 4:59-6:59 4:29-6:29 Avalon Fri 8:12 am 2:07 am 9:.03 pm 2:52 pm Sat 8:58 am 2:54 am 9:.39 pm 3:28 pm Sun 9:44am 3:40am 10:16pm 4:04pro Mon 10:31am 4:28am 10:54pm 4:40pro Tue ll:20am 5:19am ll:34pm 5:16pm Wed 12:17pm 6:15am None 5:54pm Thu 12:19am 7:24am l:34pm 6:38pm Catalina Harbor Fri 8:17am 2:15am .08pm 3:00pro Sat 9:.03 am 3:02 am 9:.44 pm 3:36 pm Sun .49am 3:48am l.21pm 4:12pm Mort 10:.36am 4:36am 10:.59pro 4:48pm Tue ll:25am 5:27am ll:39pm 5:24pm Wed 12:22pm 6:23am None 6:02pro Thu 12:24am 7:32am l:39pm 6:46pm Snnr   Mnt 6:21 a.m. 5:49 p.m. 5:40 a.m. 5:31 p.m. (A" Full 6:20 a.m. 5:50 p.m. 6:22 a.m. 6:39 p.m. \\; 3/16 6:18 a.m. 5:51 p.m. 7:01 a.m. 7:45 p.m. 6:17 a.m. 5:52 p.m. 7:41 a.m. 8:49 p.m. New Fri 3/1 Sat Sun Mon i i First 'f Tue 6:16a.m. 5:53 p.m. 8:20a.m. 9:51 p.m. [( Last 3/8  Wed 6:15 a.m. 5:53 p.m. 9:01 a.m. 10:51 p.m.  3/23 Thu 6:13 a.m. 5:54 p.m. 9:44 a.m. 11:47 p.m. NEWPORT SEACH TO CATALINA 800"830-7744 Catalinainfo.com s ' 81 Friday, February 28, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER