As we close out 2016 and look ahead to 2017 as a fresh new start, we must realize that we need to learn from the past. For we’ve been taught the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So many of us will challenge ourselves to become better fit through nutrition and exercise, but what about our minds? We must challenge our minds to accept change. The older we get the harder it seems to be for us to change. The business environment changes with new laws on any given stroke of a pen. Usually, the laws and regulations challenge us on how to keep our doors open. The same guidelines go with our Chamber of Commerce, the decisions the board of directors makes effect relationships with fellow business owners on the growth and success of Yucaipa. We will continue to partner with the City of Yucaipa on the many joint ventures such as the Music and Arts Festival which kicks off the Certified Farmers Market in May to the Autumn Fest in the fall and the Holiday Boutique & Winter Fest on Small Business Saturday in November. I am looking forward to 2016 and am honored to serve as the chairman of your Yucaipa Valley Chamber of Commerce, and will be happy to meet with anyone who may have questions or concerns about the chamber. Michelle Riggs Crafton Hills College