Legislative luncheon set for Thursday

Kevin Wilson

Clovis’ Rotary Club will be talking business and legislation Thursday.

The club’s regular meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, set for noon Thursday, will also be the site of a legislative luncheon hosted by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation.

The luncheon cost is $12, with RSVPs accepted through Monday at the Chamber of Commerce (763-3435).

Chase Gentry, executive director of the CIDC, said there will be a report from Tres Amigas Quality Assurance Manager Frank Barbera. If weather allows, Brian Sperber, president of Beauty Health and Science Innovations, Inc., will also be on hand to discuss a proposed plant opening in Clovis.

Gentry has said the cosmetic supply manufacturer could bring 350 jobs over a five-year period, and 120 in its first year. It should be operational sometime in the first three months of 2012.

The format will, for at least this year, replace the Legislative Breakfast that normally takes place in conjunction with a chamber meeting.

The time change was an opportunity to involve Rotary, which would offer a somewhat different audience, among other changes.

“We just talked about something a little bit different,” Gentry said.

No matter the time or place, Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos said, the purpose is the same.

“The focus,” Kos said, “is just to hear from our legislators that are available and get their insights on what they expect on the legislative session in January.”

Another purpose will be to have legislators well-versed on upcoming economic development projects the CIDC is handling.

Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, might have to take a lot of notes for her colleagues.

She said Rep. Dennis Roch and Sens. Clint Harden, Stuart Ingle and Gay Kernan have prior commitments, and she’s still waiting to hear back from Rep. George Dodge, D-Santa Rosa.

“I might be the Lone Ranger,” Crook said with a laugh.