News in Arnold, The Heart of the Sierra~GABA Newsletter

New Leadership & New Ideas for GABA in 2017
GABA is forging into 2017 with a renewed spirit of service to its members and the community.
Several roles have c2017 GABA Directorshanged for 2017. Bob Doten, a local realtor and GABA president for 2012-2013, resumes the helm as president while Arnold Postmaster Linda Baker takes the job of vice president.

Continuing as treasurer is Debbie Bertini, co-owner of Bertini Mechanical and P&D Builders. Owner of Dorrington Realty Linda Payton has assumed the duty of secretary.
Baker remarked, “As president for 2016, it is my honor to transfer the leadership to Bob. GABA has made tremendous efforts to develop marketing events in Arnold and as president, Bob will bring new vision and direction to maintain and expand on these goals.”

Ongoing directors include owner of Above & Beyond Travel Maureen Dinnocenzo, local home designer Mike Borean and marketing professional Tami Schaner. In addition, Arnold Ace Home Center Manager Bruce Rohrer has rejoined the board. There remains a vacancy for a ninth director.

“We reorganized the board ina way to better capitalize on each other’s skills and the time they have to engage in their respective duties,” said Doten. “We also selected Tami to serve as communications director, tackling the sometimes daunting task of managing, our newsletter and social media.”

Summer concerts, the annual car show and the Independence Day parade will continue this year and the website is being overhauled to be mobile-friendly. is a site from which visitors have been discovering where to stay, play, shop and dine. About 80% of the people that use access it from the San Francisco Bay Area. Because of that, the site has been particularly beneficial to local businesses that have little or no presence on the internet.

“About 70% of the homes in Arnold, Dorrington and Camp Connell are second homes or rentals, which illustrates that ours is a family vacation community,” notes Doten. “We will always strive to serve our business members, yet we also want to collaborate with the entire community toward making the greater Arnold area more attractive for visitors.”

Need Help Finding Qualified Employees?

Tired of job smljt-logo-head-tabeekers arriving underdressed, less-than-prepared and oblivious to your business or what you need? Here comes relief. The EDC and Mother Lode in Job Training created a referral program. MLJT prepares job seekers with vital skills your business needs.

This is more than a “dress for success” program – graduates learn skills ranging from basic arithmetic to proper language and how to make customers feel welcome, make a purchase and return again to your business. When you have qualified employees, your turnover is lower. You spend less time training and more time selling. You make more profit.

The MLJT Calaveras Career Center is located at 700 Mtn. Ranch Rd., Suite A in San Andreas. Visit their website at or call them at (209) 754-4242.

Love the Forest Concert at Outer Aisle on February 18

lovetheforest2017Mark your calendars for the 15th annual Love the Forest Concert at The Outer Aisle in Murphys, Saturday, February 18, beginning at 7pm. A host of local musicians including Cantamos with Michela Macfarlane, plus The Bill Welles and the Distractions. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance from one of the following outlets: SNAC in Arnold, Sustenance Books, SNAC & Murphys Music Company in Murphys and Aeolian Harp in Angels Camp. This is a fundraiser for Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. Click here for details.

What’s Happening at Next Meeting – Monday March13
GABA will not have a membership meeting in February while finalizing our summer events, mixers and more, but you are invited to join us for the first General Membership Meeting of 2017 on March 13th. We are resuming the town hall format with guest speakers and presentations that are guaranteed to make you glad you came.

The meeting will be helmeeting-reminder-clipart_651-359 (2)d at the Ebbetts Pass Fire Station at 1037 Blagen Road in Arnold, starting at 6:00 PM. We’ll meet in the training room, accessed from the rear parking lot. Hope you can make it!



Contact Your GABA Representatives
Bob Doten, President • (209) 795-7352
Linda Baker, Vice President • (209) 795-1006
Debbie Bertini, Treasurer • (209) 795-2935
Linda Payton, Secretary • (209) 795-4455
Mike Borean, Director • (209) 728-8415
Maureen Dinnocenzo, Director • (209) 795-3226
Bruce Rohrer, Director • (209) 728-7709
Tami Rakstad-Schaner, Director • (209) 795-3530

Greater Arnold Business Association
PO Box 2385, Arnold CA 95223
(209) 795-GABA