Not even the really cold temperatures could keep folks away from the November Membership Meeting hosted by Sylvia Davila and Rachel Draeger of IBC.
The Membership Meeting focused on the positive changes and growth of the Career and Technology Education (CTE) program at the Del Rio High School. Roger Gonzalez, CTE Director outlined various accomplishments and noted the increased levels of certification. Gonzalez announced a new $10 million CTE Center would most likely be built at the old North Heights school location.
Gonzalez also stated that presently 4259 students are enrolled in the CTE program with programs starting as early as the 6th grade. A media presentation detailed the 13 Career Clusters. Gonzalez noted 947 students received Career Certifications in 2013-2014 school year.
Student Ambassadors Reymundo Reyes and Carlos Dinkle spoke on their personal experiences with their respective programs.
Cristina Zamarripa, DRHCC office assistant also shared her personal experiences and certification achieved while in the program. Gonzalez stated the success of this program is also due to the dedication of the instructors and the support of the local community.
Rachel Draeger also shared some examples of how IBC is a strong community partner, participating and promoting various projects. Fellowship amid the DJ sounds of Sergio Diaz before and after the meeting created a networking and warm ambience.
Congratulations to the newly elected 2014-2016 Board Officers:
Paulo Pacheco- Secretary, Irmarie Mercado – Treasurer, Alejandro Garcia – Director of Legislative & Government Affairs, Delia Ramirez – re-elected Director of Education, Carmen Christina Gutierrez – Director of Women’s Issues, and Maggie Roman – Director of Public Affairs who were sworn in by Municipal Judge James Bayne.
As the anticipated results were being tabulated, members participated in a fun exchange of information in a MEMBERS’ BINGO – having to find—scavenger –other members to find the answers to the Bingo. Prizes were awarded and refreshments provided by HEB were enjoyed by all.
HEB was officially welcomed to membership and outgoing officers Secretary Anna Chapman and Director of Women’s Issues Alida Helgerman were recognized and thanked for their service to the Hispanic Chamber.
I am Alejandro A. Garcia, P.E., and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas with a current registration. I am a graduate of Texas A&I University of Kingsville, Texas (now known as Texas A&M at Kingsville) and have over 44 years experience as an Engineer.
I am also a Veteran having served in the US Army Reserves from 1958 to 1962 and served active duty during Vietnam Era in the US Air Force 1962 to 1966. I retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers and a few years back, I retired from the City of Del Rio from the position of City Engineer and Public Works Director. It was my pleasure to have served with the City under the direction of three different Mayors. I have much experience in the public arena and am a Director with the Border Federal Credit Union and Chairman of the Val Verde Appraisal District Appeals Review Board.
High on my agenda for legislative affairs are 1. Creation of a Groundwater Conservation District 2. Working with legislators for a 4-lane Highway from Del Rio to Uvalde, 3. Re-establishment of an SS Office in Del Rio and 4. Other matters affecting our City and Region. I will strive to serve all in this capacity as Vice Chair in this important position. My wife is Yolanda D. Garcia and we have three sons, two living in Atlanta, Ga and another in Troy, Alabama. God bless the USA and Del RIo, Texas