We celebrated empowerment! Thank you to all people who joined us for this breakfast network! We had a great time and it was very inspiring hearing our speaker Maria Martinez CEO of @borderfcu and her successful history! BFCU was our main sponsor as well! Thank you to all the people who made this possible and all our empowered members for supporting us!
My name is Maria De La Luz Lichlyter, I’m a wife and mother. For the past 14 years I have had the opportunity to work in different places serving our community in various capacities and roles. All of them are different from each other, but uniquely impactful in its program goals and outcomes. Professionally, I have worked at BCFS (Health Human Services) as a Facilitator in the Domestic Violence Program, Parental Liaison at Del Rio Middle School, and currently as the City of Del Rio WIC Program as Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.
The special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides support from pregnancy, to deliver, to raising a toddler and up until your child’s 5th birthday. WIC offers free Breastfeeding and Nutrition Counseling. Also, WIC’S Online Classes make it easy for you to learn about a variety of nutrition and Breastfeeding topics. As a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor my goal is for Mom’s Reach their goal and be healthy. The City of Del Rio also has a World Breastfeeding Week celebration at the Civic Center where many local agencies support the event, providing free guidance and resources to citizens of our community. It is a very impactful event and it’s a perfect example of how the community comes together for a good cause.
I’m honored to serve as the Director of Woman Issues on Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
As a woman, I feel the empowerment in every job that I have served. I feel that I have a voice to make the difference, but together we can rock the world!
In March we celebrate the International Women’s Day. Empowering women is the fundamental right of women. All women have equal rights to participate in education, society, economics, and politics. Empowering women have numerous benefits both for women themselves and society as whole. For example, studies have shown that when women are economically empowered, they are more able to support their families, contribute to their communities, and invest in their own education and future.
When women have access to education and job opportunities, they are also able to reduce poverty and inequality. In addition, when women are represented in political decision-making, their voices are heard, and they can advocate for policies that benefits their communities.
Women’s empowerment also leads to improved health and well-being. When women have access to reproductive healthcare and education, they are much prepared to make informed decisions about their bodies, which can lead to improved health outcomes, including an improved maternal health.
There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise to the occasion. Every Woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re Strong when we cheer each other on!
December 7, 2022 - Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio - Presented a Certificate of Recognition in appreciation for outstanding generosity and dedication to community service through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): Carmen Gutierrez, Tina Martinez, Mary Mota and Dora Alcala, received a certificate for their community service hours through many activities in our community. The DRHCC was also recognized as an organization that facilitates RSVP members to do community service.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce provides your business with all sorts of different and added values, like our Monthly News Letter, and our Social Media Promotions on both our Web site and Social Media Pages.
Every week our Social Media Post is an excellent way to obtain free publicity to promote all aspects of your business.
The very best part is that Membership with all the perks is available to you for as low as $120 a year depending on the number of employees.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is also a member of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and also of TAMMACC. So as a member of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce you also have access to huge amount of resources through both organizations the state and national organizations. Both organizations are ready to help your business grow.
I am, Javier A. Martinez co-founder and member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since 1986.
As a former co-owner of a radio station that grew to be one of the city’s most popular and successful I then started the Texas Times Publication in 1981. A Monthly Magazine with circulation in Del Rio, Bracketville, Uvalde as well as Acuña, Zaragoza and Coahuila, Mexico.
In association I started a Media Agency knows as Pam American Advertising to promote local and area businesses with exposure throughout our area and areas like San Angelo, Eagle Pass and Northern Mexico.
In 1997 I started a Talk Show on KWMC Radio, AM 1490 called “Town Talk Live” and even though I may not anchor the show anymore but I still contribute in my Semi-Retired state. Yes, that show remains on the air to this day.
I have remained an active member of this chamber since them as well as an active member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church.
As Director of Membership, I would like to make a special invitation to those businesses or individuals that have not yet become part of this organization.
DRHCC is here to assist you and utilize our platform in any way to make your business successful.
For the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an honor to have you here with us, as a valuable member. The past year 2022, has been full of challenges but also of satisfaction and we would like to let you know that we are working hard to give our members the best experience. We want you to get involved in all of our activities! We would like to start this new year 2023, by giving you this collection of memories from 2022, in which you will find beautiful moments we enjoyed with our community, board of directors, friends, and of course you, our members. We will keep collecting these moments and we would like to have you with us and be part of all of them. Thank you very much for your support and for being a valuable member.
DRHCC MASQUERADE BALL 2022
On December 31st, Del Rioans enjoyed our first Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Masquerade ball. We welcomed the new year dancing with the music of Nightlife Orquestra and enjoyed a great time with friends, family, and some of our board members. Thank you again, Del Rio, Texas for your support in our events, and thank you to our main sponsor Jesco for always supporting us. We wish you a year full of blessings, good health, and quality time with your loved ones. Happy new year 2023!
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of love, family, and friends during the holiday season. Our daily routines that encompass a multitude of activities throughout the year, are making it harder to find enough free time to spend with loved ones. During this time of year, it is easy to get pulled into commercialism and forget about what is really important. However, the holidays are a perfect escape from the demands of everyday life and a chance to make priceless memories that last a lifetime.
Sharing pre and post-holiday happiness is a benefits of spending time with family. For some, planning holidays in advance stimulates the brain to produce more “happy” hormones. This results in a cheerful, more positive attitude that increases performance and lasts for a couple of weeks after the holiday. Disconnecting from the digital world is an additional benefit that highlights the importance of face-to-face conversations with family members.
While the holidays are about spending time celebrating the season, giving gifts and indulging in delicious foods, the spending on get-togethers, holiday events and gift exchanges adds up. The good news is that there are affordable ways to spend quality time with family this holiday season. A few suggestions include attending holiday markets and events, evening walks, baking cookies, making homemade decorations for the Christmas tree, special breakfast pancakes and family photos. A unique idea on family togetherness is creating a family time capsule. Choose a time this holiday season for everyone in the family to write out things they are grateful for and include a small item representing who you are this year. Put the notes and items in a small box or keep the time capsules together in one bigger box for everyone to look back on each year.
One tradition my family and I have is selecting an ornament that has a significant meaning from the current year. Our gathering includes sharing the meaning of each ornament and hanging them on the Christmas tree. No matter what your age, the holidays are a special time when you can feel loved and supported. Make it a point this season to enjoy the company of those you care about most. It will make your holidays that much brighter!
DRHCC WOMEN'S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY
Empowerment: Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day! We had and activity to honor our empowered members. Their histories on how they started and made their business grow is really inspiring for all of us and teach us that if we work hard, we can achieve our goals. They don’t only have the business women role, they also are mothers, wives, friends, daughters and help their community. Thank you for sharing with us such amazing success histories. Congratulations! A big thank you to our sponsor Laura Rojas, Realtor- Keller Williams Del Rio
DIA DE MUERTOS CELEBRATION
On November 2nd, we had the honor to be present at the “Dia de muertos celebration” at Plaza del Sol Mall We were invited by Consulado de México en Del Rio and we sponsored the Catrina and Catrin Contest. This year, the altar was in memory of Alfredo “Fred” Cervantes. Thank you Consulado De Mexico in Del Río for the invitation to this wonderful activity. We would like to thank as well to Vice- consul Carlos Quiló from Consulado de Guatemala en Del Rio, TX and Mary Mota Director of cultural events from the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber for being two of our contest judges. Traditions like this, keep on our memory and heart our loved ones who left this earth but whose souls live among us.
Let me start off by stating that I am happy and excited to return as a member of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Secretary! As I write this short Article for this issue of our Newsletter, I am thankful to be part of this dedicated board; all volunteers who dedicate their time and effort because they truly believe in the mission, which is to promote the interest of small businesses, especially minority and women owned enterprises.
So, as I reminisce about all the events and activities of our past 16 years of existence, I am amazed at all that has been accomplished by a small group of dedicated volunteers and loyal members. In the early days of our existence, we relied on our parent organization, the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) to provide support and encouragement with their workshops conducted for small businesses in our community. Today we can count on many local organizations, such as the Whitehead Museum, the International Good Neighbor Council and La Casa De La Cultura for support. However, one of our major allies is El Consulado de Mexico with the Honorable Consul General Paloma Villasenor at the helm.
Although we participate in many local events and activities, our focus is directed at supporting and assisting small businesses, so when we were asked to help out with a Dia De Los Muertos event at Plaza Del Sol Mall, we were there! Not only did we learn of the importance of celebrating this Mexican tradition honoring our departed loved ones, we also became aware of the importance of educating our youth about our culture and traditions by including them in the program. It was amazing to see their joy and enthusiasm as they performed traditional Mexican dances incorporating themes from el Dia de Los Muertos.
We were also impressed with their creativity in creating and modeling amazing Catrina costumes. This tradition has now become very popular in many Southwestern states. We now realize that this Mexican tradition is taking on a new meaning of not only celebrating our culture and traditions, but also capitalizing on the opportunity to assist the business community. This tradition has now become very popular in many Southwestern states. In case you missed this year’s celebration, you also missed viewing a beautiful Exhibit of the Monarch butterflies. Save the date, there’s always next year!