By the Bay

Volunteers help promote Oktoberfest

judysalamacha@gmail.comOctober 21, 2012 

The Los Osos/Baywood Chamber of Commerce continues to offer valued services to members, visitors and the community at least six days a week.

“Due to today’s economy, we have been an all-volunteer-operated chamber for the past year, and board members and volunteers have really stepped up,” said chamber President Jim Stanfill. “Individuals like Joe Asire, Silvia Sawyer and Boyd Lowe have provided office support for years, and recent volunteers like Mimi Kalland are providing new ideas and energy.”

The 2012 board of directors has been actively reviewing operations, activities and how to best provide the services the community and business members need from their chamber.

“Your chamber membership is like a membership to the gym,” Stanfill said. You must use it for it to do any good.” He added, “We love to see the entire community to work together. Collaboration will bring out the best in all our organizations and projects. Everyone is invited to participate and share ideas as we move forward.”

This Sunday marks the 34th Oktoberfest in Baywood on Second Street with an expanded beer garden and the seventh annual car show spreading into adjacent streets. The beer garden will offer more food vendors and unique stage performers. Die Morro Musikanten will provide traditional German beer garden music. The Claddagh Dance Company will perform Irish dancing, and Suspended Motion will amaze with human aerial contortions. Add in some funk, jazz, acoustic and Zumba, and the stage will rock all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Prudential/Hunter Realty agent Ron Roundy continues to lead the four-mile run that benefits the Morro Bay High School track team. Registration is onsite at 7:30 a.m. Expect a uniquely designed T-shirt and lots of prizes gathered by the athletes.

Jason Paul, owner of Bear Metal Kustoms, continues to build the “car show by the bay” that he started. Nearly 100 cars are expected to be on display, including customized stock cars and vintage antiques.

Joe Asire, vendor coordinator, has signed up more than 50 community-based food, business and nonprofit groups offering information and products.

Asire has worn many hats for the Oktoberfest, including chairman for several years. Formerly a Cuesta College chemistry instructor, he moved from Santa Maria to Los Osos in 1969. When he retired in 1995, his wife, Donna, suggested the chamber needed him, and he’s been in the office or planning a project ever since. He joined the Los Osos Kiwanis about the same time, and because he was leading the Oktoberfest for the chamber, he became the representative for both groups.

For more details about Oktoberfest or how to get involved with the Los Osos/Baywood chamber activities, check out long-time board member Dawn Rodden’s newsletter and website at

Judy Salamacha’s column is special to The Tribune. Reach her at or 801-1422.

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