Rose LaVine, an agent at her husband Paul's insurance office in Galt, has taken over as chairwoman of the Galt District Chamber of Commerce. LaVine, who will turn 52 on Jan. 9, takes over for Ann Ullrich, who chaired the chamber's board of directors for the past two years.
LaVine recently answered questions via e-mail from News-Sentinel reporter Ross Farrow.
Q: What are your plans for the chamber this year? Anything new?
A: Focus on networking with chamber mixers and complimentary ribbon cuttings. We are also open to other avenues to increase visibility to our members. The much-improved Web site and a monthly newsletter are great ways to stay informed as to what is going on in our business community. We are also committed to work with the city of Galt to help our business visibility in any way we can.
Q: What are your thoughts about the possibility of Wal-Mart coming to Galt?
A: After polling our membership, it was determined that we are split 50-50.
Q: Should Delta Greens be built on Twin Cities Road? How would traffic be addressed if it is?
A: The Delta Greens project is not in the city limits or on their project list at this time. Twin Cities Road is already a traffic nightmare. With a new high school and proposed Wal-Mart, it will only get worse before it will get better.
Parents: Immigrated from Holland in 1953.
Background: Moved to Fairfield at age 5 and graduated from Armijo High School in 1974. Moved to the Galt area in 1980 and became a waitress at the Golden Acorn Restaurant, on the grounds of Dry Creek Ranch Golf Course.
Family: Married Paul LaVine on Oct. 23, 1982. They have one son, Robert LaVine, 22, who is an agent with LaVine Insurance.
Occupation: Agent and bookkeeper for LaVine Insurance and her husband's district manager's office for Farmer's Insurance.
Source: Rose LaVine.
Q: When and why did you become involved in the chamber? How long have you been on the board?
A: Our office has been a chamber member since I can remember. I got involved in 2005 as a board member.
Q: Do you belong to any other organizations?
A: Besides the chamber, I am the treasurer and secretary of BNI, a business networking group in Galt.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Why?
A: Golda Meir. I watched a bio on her life and really admired her. She became the prime minister of Israel in 1969. She was a strong woman and ahead of her time.
Q: If you were on a desert island, what three CDs would you take along?
A: Tom Jones, Dwight Yokum, Pure Moods.
Q: Which celebrity would you most like to meet? Why?
A: Tom Selleck. He doesn't take himself too seriously and seems really grounded. I've had a crush on him for years. My husband likes to kid me about it.
Q: Describe your ideal vacation.
A: Sitting on a beach in Mexico.