At the June Membership Meeting, two new members joined the Hispanic Chamber. The membership welcomed Joel Langton, individual and United San Felipe. The USF (United San Felipe) is a non-profit organization working on a project to celebrate the Barrio of San Felipe and the contributions that its inhabitants have made to our country through their achievements. San Felipe is located in the historical part of Del Rio where this community began. The organization is working on an ‘Arch of Pride’, which will span across Cantu St. on Brown Plaza’s northwest corner. “What began as a dream is becoming a reality as friends and former residents of our barrio are becoming part of this unique and deserving project”, said Raul G. Padilla, project architect. USF is in the process of sending Corporate Sponsorship Packets across Texas and across the country informing former Del Rio business people of the project and asking for their participation, United San Felipe has already raised $20,000.00 but still needs the strong support of the community to reach their goal.
On June 27th the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its membership meeting. It was hosted by Silver Eagle Distributors. Vice president Mr. Ayala presented our guest speaker Mayor Bruno Lozano. Mayor Lozano spoke about his hopes and plans for Del Rio. Being able to work as a community to put Del Rio on the map to be able to bring new business is one of his goals for our city. Our president Otila Gonzalez presented Mayor Lozano with a tourism t-shirt from the Hispanic Chamber and a bag of promotional items. The nonprofit group United San Felipe gave a short presentation about the arch that they are in the process of building at the entrance of San Felipe to commemorate the historical barrio. Afterwards the guests enjoyed networking and door prizes were raffled during the networking hour following adjournment.
The Connie Mendoza Administrators Luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 25th. This event was in honor of Ms. Maria Consuelo “Connie” Mendoza. Connie was the Finance Director of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce before her untimely death. She had a dream of hosting an event to show appreciation to the Administrative Assistants who play an important role in the success of the businesses in Del Rio. This year, we made her dream a reality. Mr. Gilbert Granados from the John Maxwell Team was the keynote speaker. We also presented the Administrative Assistant of the Year Award to Paola Rocha who is the Administrative Assistant at the HEB business office. The money raised will go to a scholarship in Connie’s honor.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their Monthly Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 12th, the IBC Bank hosted. Our guest speaker, Samuel Mqtash, who stepped in for Kevin Buford presented about opening a business and its challenges. Being new to the Del Rio area, Mr. Mqtash has to start from the ground up in our small town. Now a year later after facing challenges his business Orange Designs is successful. After Mr. Mqtash’s presentation about his business, attendees enjoyed light refreshments. Door prizes were donated by Ramada, Cripple Creek, Robert’s Jewelers, IBC Bank and Ueta. Door prize winners included Mr. Scarbo and Tina Martinez .
FREE Networking and Workshop Opportunity
Texas Community Bank - 2411 Veterans Blvd
April 25th from 6-8PM
Light refreshments will be served
For details or to RSVP (830) 765-2775 or stop by the
DRHCC Office at 305 South Main - Monday-Friday from 2-5PM
We invite you all to our “Connie Mendoza Memorial Luncheon”. It will be held on April 25, 2018 at the Ramada Grand Ballroom from 11AM to 1 PM.
All proceeds will go to our nonprofit chamber. This event is in honor of Ms. Maria Consuelo “Connie” Mendoza.
Connie was the Finance Director of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce before her untimely death. She had a dream of making an event to show appreciation to the Administrative Assistants who play an important role in the success of the businesses in Del Rio. This year we have made her dream into a reality.
During the luncheon we will present the Administrative Professional Employee of the Year award. The nomination form can be filled out electronically on our website or on a paper copy and turn it in to the office.
In addition to the luncheon, we will also have a free networking and a workshop for the community’s business owners “Let’s Play with a Plan”. It will be presented by the speaker Gilbert Granados who is a certified John Maxwell Team member at the Texas Community Bank at 6PM.
On March 8th, Texas Community Bank hosted our Monthly Membership meeting.
Ms. Dora Alcala secretary of DRHCC introduced our guest speaker Chris Ryan, Amistad National Recreation Area Superintendent. The National Park Service has been temporarily managing the Diablo East and Rough Canyon Marinas until they get someone to manage them.
Ryan talked about the process that the National Park Service is going through to get someone to lease the marinas. He emphasized that it is their hope that an interested party will step up to manage one or both of the marinas, which is necessary if they are going to keep them.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce had their Valentine Business Social on Thursday February 8th, 2018. It was hosted by BFCU and co-hosted by Silver Eagle Distributors.
Everyone was very festive in Valentine colors and hearts. The social started with a fun icebreaker of a Valentines questionnaire called ‘Can I Get Your Autograph?’ It was followed by a guessing game of how many kisses in the jar. Door prizes were raffled later in the evening. The winners included Silvia Owens from Texas Community Bank, Mary Mota, and Maria Martinez from BFCU.
All who attended had a great time having fun and socializing. Everyone can’t wait for next year’s Valentines social.
“Take 90” is an initiative promoting communities on Highway 90 from Castroville to Fort Stockton. It is a campaign to encourage travelers to take Highway 90 instead of Interstate 10. In order to explore the small communities along Highway 90 and all they have to offer.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their first monthly membership meeting of the year at city hall on Thursday January 11th. The City of Del Rio sponsored January’s meeting and gave a small presentation of the citywide projects that were completed during the previous year.
City Manager Henry Arredondo highlighting several projects during his presentation stated that the city repaved 16.1 miles of roads throughout the city. The Civic Center received a new roof and improvements to its landscape. New sidewalks were built on North Main Street and over 8,000 feet of new gas pipes were installed throughout town.
“Our main objective is to provide basic services (to the city)” said City Mayor Robert Garza.
According to Arredondo the city is preparing to renovate the Paul Poag Theatre and the San Felipe Creek this year.
Attendees enjoyed light refreshments. Door prize winners include Alejandra Calderon owner of Classic Cuts, The Hair Studio, Raphael Garza and City of Del Rio worker Margie Montez.