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Sanger District Chamber of Commerce

The Visitor Center for the City of Sanger

The Sanger Chamber of Commerce provides the membership and community with a strong, well-implemented program of action – a package of services, activities and projects that directly and indirectly meet the special needs and challenges of the business community and the city of Sanger as a whole. Preserve those unique qualities which we value and which make Sanger a very place in which to live and work.

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The Chamber of Commerce is a partnership of people working together to build a better community. Collaboration is at the heart of all Chamber Activities. Successful partnerships with all levels of government and with community organizations make it possible for us to accomplish great goals. Chamber members are in the unique position of making decisions that will shape Sanger’s future. The Chamber provides opportunities to get to know, and exchange ideas with, representatives of Business, Government, and Education. The more a business is involved with the community the more it benefits from the community. The Chamber continuously seeks ways to attract more customers into the area for local businesses.

The Sanger Chamber of Commerce is proactive, customer-oriented organization that serves 1,000 businesses, of all types and sizes, throughout the City of Sanger and Fresno County. The benefits of membership are real and valuable. They are designed to help you promote your business and attract customers, help you cut costs and save money, provide you with important business and community information, and grow your local marketplace and customer base. In addition to our member benefit programs, the Chamber consistently pursues a wide variety of other programs that serve and support members and the community. The Chamber organizes numerous meeting sand special events that provide opportunities for involvement and networking. All in all, the Chamber is a highly active organization, involved extensively in local community affairs and in helping make Sanger the best place to live and work. Be a part of our Chamber family and start reaping the benefits of Chamber membership today!

The Sanger Chamber directs almost all major community events in Sanger and is constantly trying to include more each month. We are responsible for the Toyland Parade, Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree, 4th of July, Farmers Markets, Awards Banquet, monthly mixers, bus tours and more! Please check out our Event Calendar.

Please give us a call about when our event meetings are. We would love to have you drop by! This is also a great chance to get community involvement hours for high school or college students. Volunteers will help with set up and break down, selling items, and organizing our events. There are some great perks for volunteering! Stop in or give us a call about how you would like to participate.

We host 15 or more events a year. The Chamber is always looking for businesses to partner with for each event. In every publication about the event, we will announce your sponsorship. Display of your business name during the event will also be done for advertisement. Please check our Event Calendar to see which event you would like to sponsor!

It’s simple! Find the level of investment based on your business type and how many employees you have. We will have you fill out the form for membership and we collect your dues! We also offer personal memberships!

The General Grant Tree wasfittingly named the Nation’s Christmas Tree because of its age and size. It stands in Grant Grove of the Kings Canyon National Park.This monarch in both age and stature hasstood for an estimated 2,000-4,000 years and has grown to the height of 267 feet. The General Grant Tree was officially dedicated as the Nation’s Christmas Tree on April 28, 1926 by the United States Department of the Interior.

On October 1, 1949, Sanger, California was recognized by the Post Office Department as the Nation’s Christmas Tree City. Because of such dedication, and because of the work done and interest shown by the citizens of Sanger, California,the Nation’s Christmas Tree has become known nationally and internationally.

Congress, by public law 441, made the General Grant Tree a National Shrine on March 29, 1956.Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, personal representative of the President of the United States, officially dedicated this tree on November 11, 1956 as a perpetual shrine to our nation’s war dead, during a special ceremony at the base of the tree.

The first Christmas service at the base of the tree was inspired by R.J. Senior-then President of the Sanger Chamber of Commerce and Charles E. Lee-then Secretary of the Sanger Chamber of Commerce, in 1925. In 1924 R.J. Senior was wandering through the Grant Grove area.He approached a huge tree, stopped, and stared in awe at the enormous tree. As he stood looking at nature’s masterpiece, a small girl approached.After a moment of complete silence she said, mostly to herself, “What a lovely Christmas tree that would be.”

She then turned and ran off into the grove. They never learned her name, but they couldn’t forget her words.

The following Christmas, Senior,Lee, and some friends trekked over what was then a snow covered dirt road to the park. They placed some flowers beside the tree and held a short service.

Upon returning home Lee wrote a letter to President Calvin Coolidge.Four months later, on April 28, 1926, the president adopted Lee’s suggestion and officially designated the General Grant Tree as the Nation’s Christmas Tree.

Ever since 1926 these services have been an annual event. The service concludes the Christmas Festival Celebration in which the citizens of Sanger and people from all over the world join in stimulating the spirit of “Peace on Earth, Good Will To All Men”. Each year the crowds gather, they sing, pray, and pay tribute to this wonder of nature.

The members of the National Park Service join in the services by placing a wreath at the base of the tree. During the war years, when travel was restricted due to gas rationing, there were no official services. However, a member of the National Park Service walked to the tree and placed a wreath at its base.

The massive giant is large enough to produce enough lumber to construct thirty-five, 5 bedroom homes. The tree stands 267 feet high, its lowest branch is 130 feet above the ground, and the circumference of its trunk is 107 feet.

The service IS ALWAYS held on the second Sunday in December at 2:30pm at the base of the General Grant Tree in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Bus services are available from the Sanger Chamber of Commerce. All buses will have a host/hostess on board and coffee and pastries will be available before boarding. For bus options, bus prices, reservations or information please call the Sanger Chamber of Commerce at (559) 875-4575, or fax to (559)875-0745, or write to us at 1789 Jensen Ave., Ste. B, Sanger, CA 93657 Jensen Ave., Ste. B, Sanger, CA 93657.You can e-mail us at sangerchamber@gmail.com. Please check with us on November 1st for the exact prices of the bus trips. MasterCard, VISA, checks, or money orders are accepted.

Due to the heavy traffic in the Park and very limited parking space at the tree, it is strongly suggested that you come to Sanger and ride the chartered buses up to the park.For weather and road conditions please call the Park Service at, 559-565-3341 ext. 941 or 942. Chains may be required at any time so please be prepared for winter weather conditions. Bus reservations will be taken starting November 1st and can be made by calling the Chamber office.

There are plenty of ways to advertise with the Sanger Chamber of Commerce. With your membership, you have full access to our membership database. You also have free advertising on our online newsletter and Chamber Facebook. We give you low rates for our Electronic Sign, whether it’s for 48 hours or a whole month. We have ad space on our website that will give you maximum visibility. Sponsorships of events will also give advertisement. We host 15 or more events throughout the year, each with sponsorship opportunities. The Chamber has a printed directory that can be updated with your business ad. Remember, the Chamber office is now your office! Feel free to drop by with any printed graphics for advertising in our front office.