Feature of the Week
February 27, 2020
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Jessica Ross – Growing a local design business Retired CHP Emmons gets sentimental RP City Managers then and now Cotati-based Yuba Bikes - Leader in the cargo bike industry Astronaut has high hopes SSU ranked as U.S. News ‘Top Public School’ Royal King, Freedom Rider In Memoriam Jud Snyder (1925-2018), Cantankerous Newsman RP Public Safety Dept. and Cotati Police Dept. promotions RP honors Sister City’s Ambassadors from Japan This is the zodiac speaking High school counselor retires again Field retires from Special Education Nafe Nafe, a seasoned performer I just make bowls! Factory and trades training facility at SOMO Village Harmony’s Joel, Cotati storyteller Brian Harvey’s love for cars Scott Goree, Executive Director of the Accordion Festival Rohnert Park’s Balldude, Leff Brown Lonnie Mack, a longtime barber and musician A roving community nurse in Cotati From farmland to vineyard Avila collects tokens A spirited heart with compassion A sports doctor putting players together Covering a multitude of braces in the local community Bringing positive to a negative world Celebrating 42 years of business in Cotati Friendly greetings at The Studio salon About Artful Arrangements JT Henley, a non-profit supporter Rohnert Park students get schooled in kindness Every day 22 veterans commit suicide RCHS alumnus moves on to the bigtime A Cub reporter’s first scrapbook Recognition of Oliver Fraenkle’s excellence in teaching A special class for children with autism The Cotati Fairy Tale dance brought out the best Grant helps City of RP prioritize creek clean up New gym dedicated and named after Henry J. Sarlatte A Reflection on Women’s History Month 35 years an educator Kindness and generosity comes from many corners of the world Cotati’s Veronda/Falletti Ranch Gegan, an educator of 32 years retires Peace Park at Rohnert Park’s Burton Center Local author tells her story Keeping the faith for 45 years From a garage to an authentic art studio Kitty Collins, an animal whisperer with passion 40 years in real estate and still going strong Cheryl Nixon and Friar Tucks Larry Phan, Living the American Dream Ferrari Salon Celebrates 34 Years Straightening spines for almost forty years A proud Cotatian A repair man with humor Hot cars and good-looking women A Swedish and German lass in Rohnert Park The Stones go to printing A dedicated Sonoma County gentleman Starting the 74th year of the Miss Sonoma County competition Morrow and baseball A night of pride for the Devil Pups “One Cold Night” raises money for SAY Pet peeves that irritate me (an article of opinion) Cotati Police Officer takes on new role Mastering the art of dance Nonn’s poetry inspired by RP Creeks Students help with rebuilding efforts Cotati’s tree lighting Marionettes at the local library Local Girl Scout Troops receive grant A walk on spot for Barbato RP grant to help host 2019 One Planet Summit 140 years of Japanese American History in new exhibit in Cotati Orion greets the public A new face at the school district office "Streetcar named Desire” stops at 6th St. Playhouse Flying Frog to sponsor upcoming Parkour Competition SSU to help with Mi Futuro Youth Healthcare Credo High’s reprisal: “The Aretha Tribute” Stories matter: Judson Snyder Physics in action at Technology High School Tech High Titans undefeated champions How to do origami Annual Holiday gift and toy drive kicks off The Zschach’s and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang SSU launches ‘financial literacy’ project with Redwood Credit Union Spreckels’ ‘Nutcracker’ ---Precision, color and elegance A day of wood and amazement Ensure holiday packages don’t get stolen DA’s office and Social Advocates for Youth selected to receive grant City of Rohnert Park celebrates Veterans Nov. 11 Change of seasons can be stressful Experience Credo High School Faith Ako: Creating “A Wonderful World” Tech High’s warm clothing drive huge success Get musical instruments back into homes Donaghey has new career after retirement

Cotati Chamber of Commerce celebrates 60 years

  • Officers of Cotati Chamber of Commerce about 1955, seated left to right, Sophie Gwerder, William O'Brien (president), Mrs. Howard Sisk. Standing left to right;Elmer Chadwick, Mrs. John Hahn, Sam Smith, C.C. Macklin, Dr. Robert Quimby, Harold Taylor, Howard Sisk and Robert VanBreen.

  • Cotati Chamber's float in the Santa Rosa Rose Parade

By: Irene Hilsendager
September 14, 2018

Years before Cotati became a city, its main developing force was its Chamber of Commerce which had begun its life in the early 1900s.Then known as the Cotati Promotion Club was changed during World War I to the Cotati Chamber of Commerce. 

The chamber had many ups and downs during the 30s however, a newly organized Lions Club jumped in and took over most of the civic functions.

In the mid 40s after World War II was over, many family farms began to dwindle and businesses were becoming more diversified, The Cotati Chamber of Commerce sprang into action. When farms were being sub-divided, builders did not want to construct new homes in an area without water and sewer service, the chamber started to press for public utility services.

In January of 1948, the Cotati Public Utility District was formed with donated land for a water tank on a hilltop above Cypress Ave. Work began on laying the town’s first water lines. The district went on in ensuing years to provide a sewage system and to take over the responsibility for street lights. All of the projects had been advocated by the Cotati Chamber of Commerce as necessary for continued development of the community.

Not only was the chamber a main moving force in Cotati’s progress, its meetings were also major monthly social events gathering at the Cotati Inn or the Green Mill Inn for banquets. The chamber boasted that Cotati was “The Hub of Sonoma County” and delegations from Cotati were active in a group called Associated Chambers of Commerce of Sonoma County. 

This amalgamated organization met monthly in the county’s various communities and carried considerable political clout.

Cotati made sure it stayed in the center of public attention. The chamber entered every parade within driving distance during the 50s and one which stood out was the Rose Parade in Santa Rosa being held at the fairgrounds with a huge fireworks display.

Even with all of the events going on, organization members still found time to sponsor carol singing and a visit from Santa Claus which is still happening. The chamber also gave leadership in improving the plaza through a combined community group called the Cotati Civic Improvement Club.

Some of the chambers functions were answering inquiries about the town, manning an information booth at area fairs and publishing town maps and brochures. The Cotati Chamber of Commerce also mounted an extensive publicity and lobbying campaign that resulted in the location in the late 50s of Sonoma State College on what had previously been known as the Forest Benson ranch on Petaluma Hill Road.

In the fifty some years since the incorporation of the City of Cotati, the Cotati Chamber of Commerce has not had to serve as Cotati’s voice on the political front and parades are few these days, but the chamber is still actively promoting Cotati and is a leader in numerous community activities such as the annual June Music (Jazz) Festival and the Oktoberfest.

The Cotati Chamber is a volunteer member organization of business people and individuals that promote the economic well-being of the City of Cotati.

The Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 60th anniversary and are inviting all members past and present to the chamber office at 216 E. School St. Tuesday, Sept. 25th from 5-7 p.m. The theme of the party is celebrating their members. There will be raffle prizes.

Information received from Cotati Chamber of Commerce