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OCT. 8 ELECTION BOARD POSITIONS: PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT DIRECTORS: • FINANCE • CULTURAL ISSUES • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • MEMBERSHIP • HEALTH CONTACT – PAULO PACHECO 830-734-1555 FOR INFO.
Upcoming DRHCC Board of Directors election.
Positions are for a two year term : October 2015 – October 2017.
Note = Board candidates must adhere to term limits requirement. Cannot serve more than six consecutive years – 3 each two year terms.
Visit www.delriohispanicchamber.org for a review of the current By-laws. Please review and submit nomination form by 5 p.m. August 17, 2015. Email submissions are welcome.
Paulo Pacheco, Nominating Committee Chair– Please ask prospective nominees to begin attending Board and monthly meetings so they can become orientated and decide if they would like to and can commit to the duties of the position they may assume if elected.
Remember 2016 is the 10th anniversary of our Chamber.
Judith is our new administrative assistant. Judith has a wealth of administrative experience having experience in working with the Del Rio Housing Authority. In addition, her customer service skills were developed in the years she managed the Photo Department at WalMart. She has a creative background that will be very useful in our weekly email blasts and newsletters. She is also the proud parent of Lizbeth Montalvo. Judith was a tremendous help at the recent TAMACC Business Expo and Convention at the Austin Airport Hilton. She will be introduced at the August Membership meeting being hosted by the Consulado de Guatemala. We will also have an informal meet and greet in the coming weeks. Welcome to the DRHCC family Judith!
Rezoning of elementary school campuses was a hot topic of discussion at the last DRHCC Monthly Membership meeting hosted by SFDRCISD. Dr. Carlos H. Rios noted that over time various elementary schools were experiencing overcrowding due to population growth. SFDRCISD faced with these tough challenges were forced to give up some specialized rooms for art and science labs and use them as additional classrooms, request waivers from the Texas Education Agency, address increase problems with traffic safety, while focusing on student achievement. Two key initiatives were also implemented: 1) to reduce the number of non-resident students and 2) reduce the number of students assigned to campuses outside of their residential zones by limiting the number of transfer requests. Statistical data showed that the difficult decision of rezoning would also need to take place to address population growth and safety of students, particularly at Garfield and Buena Vista Elementary schools. In addition future plans recommended by a Citizens’ Committee include building two additional elementary schools with a K-6 environment and repurposing San Felipe Middle School as a 6-8 STEM Magnet School. Upcoming changes included a "blended academy with a focus on career counseling" for 8-12 at risk students, early College High School, Career and Technology Education Center, and Laughlin Elementary Magnet School. You may have already seen some improvements at RAM Stadium and construction ongoing at the Del Rio Freshman School addition of air-conditioned concession/restroom facilities. Also presented were the changes to the former Del Rio High School building on Griner Street. This facility will be the SFDRCISD Student Activity Center and administrative center with a capacity for over 500 guests in a state of the art facility. Dr. Rios also mentioned that the decision for campus rezoning is not a school board decision and is left to the discretion of the Superintendent by the State to avoid political influences. Dr. Rios also introduced his administrative cabinet. This was a very informative presentation with many photos to support vision of "Building Success for the Future." The membership meeting was also an opportunity for our members to introduce new staff. Andrew Scarbo of Doc Holliday’s introduced Eva Solis as the new marketing manager. Del Rio City Manager Henry Arredondo introduced the new Economic Development Director Oriana Fernandez.
Thank you Del Rio community for your awesome support. Knowing that all this money is being invested in our community makes it extra sweet and special!!!! Thank you GOLD sponsors: IBC, Roman Allstate, SWTJC & Rio Grande College, Judge Victor R. Garcia, Silver Eagle Distributors. Also, to everyone who purchased a table reservation -- our Silver Sponsors, gracias for paying a little extra. Mayor Garza and our guest speakers, Councilman Ray Lopez from San Antonio, Congressman Will Hurd, Hector Barreto from the Latino Coalition (our Member Host) and Miguel Gutierrez for delivering such inspiring and motivating words to our community. Oh WOW -- Happy Balloons did a great job with the gold/black/silver décor. Beautiful, elegant, and most importantly affordable. So many fine folks who helped, our Member Mr. Nañez did the sound for the bands, Mr. Rodriguez from Banquetes Rodrigues, Leo Cumbias and brother at the bar, Silver Eagle with ice cold beer and ice buckets, Dave Galindo, Del Rio Police Department and everyone including our Board Directors, who lent a hand. Our scholarship committee comprised of Delia Ramirez, Director of Education (RGC), Alida Helgerman (BFCU), Leslie Herrera (TCB), Janie Garcia (HEB), and Michelle Guajardo (also our event’s emcee), did a great job with the scholarship drive and planning the presentation. Having our guest speakers along with SWTJC Derek Sandoval and SRSU Rio Grande College Dr. Paul Sorrels present the Certificates of Scholarship made it memorable for the recipients. This year’s recipients include Daniela Velazco, Wendy Maldonado, Mariana Solorio, Emmanuel B. Odin, Briana L. Rubio, Dezirae K. Cardenas, and Niko Leonardo Hernandez. Remember that this scholarship requires community participation through DRHCC events. Special thanks to Dave Galindo of Del Rio Buzz for posting photos of the event on his website. To all who attended, you were an awesome and happy bunch. Looks like everyone had an enjoyable time.
By Carmen Gutierrez - Chamber President Strengthening our community’s ties with Laughlin AFB has been an ongoing effort for many years. This past year, Wing Commander Col. Hastings met with community leaders and various organizations to develop a strategic approach to Del Rio’s commitment to safeguard Laughlin’s position in our community. The goal in this “P4 initiative” is to have Laughlin become a more integral part of our community. Several concepts were identified as key and include: Quality of Life, Safety and Emergency Response, Grow Your Own/ Training and Education, Public Works, and Business and Economic Development. Committees were formed to tackle concerns or issues in each concept. Your Del Rio Hispanic Chamber, the Del Rio Chamber, and the Texas Workforce Commission have been working on the Spousal Employment Program (Quality of Life issue). All committees met monthly to report share ideas and report their progress. Implementation phase of these ideas has begun such as “Hosting an Airman for the Holidays” and although there was a change in command for the 47th Flying Training Wing, the end of June, we know the good work will continue. Welcome to Del Rio Col. Thomas Shank.