The 4th of July two-day event was a success. It was great to see the community come together to celebrate our nation’s birthday. We have received an abundant amount of positive feedback from both locals and visitors who participated. The City of Del Rio would like to thank all the sponsors, food vendors, and workers who made this momentous event possible. We hope all those who attended the 5K, parade, golf tournament, car show, and concerts enjoyed themselves. We look forward to the next one! Ori Fernandez, MBA - Economic Development Director - City of Del Rio
On April 14th, Silver Eagle Distributors hosted our Monthly Membership Meeting with guest speaker, Honorable Judge, Robert Cadena, of the 83rd Judicial District. Members and guests enjoyed beverages donated by Silver Eagle, as well as light appetizers provided by Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant.
Two plaques were presented to incoming members Melissa Perez (realtor) and David Scabo. Ms. Otila Gonzalez opened the event with a warm welcome to everyone in attendance and an expression of gratitude towards all our sponsoring member businesses. Shortly after, Judge Cadena gave an inspirational speech about his “Passion for Justice”. Judge Cadena spoke of physical improvements that had been done to the Judicial Court, as well as new technological advances being implemented to improve on accuracy and efficiency.
We of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber would like to again thank Silver Eagle Distributors, Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant, and Judge Cadena for their contribution to the success of our meeting. If you are a member business and are interested in hosting a meeting, co-sponsoring, or presenting as a guest speaker, please feel free to call our Hispanic Chamber office at 830-488-7422.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon in honor of Administrative Assistants Day at the Ramada Ballroom. While the celebration was in recognition of the role that Administrative Assistants play daily in every business in town, special recognition was given to the memory of Ms. Connie Mendoza who served as Director of Finance for the DRHHC up until the tragic accident that took her life. Hispanic Chamber immediate past president served as Mistress if Ceremonies and shared memories of our departed friend.
The event was a sold out event, enhanced by the presentation by guest speaker Ms. Shayla Rivera, former NASA engineer and now motivational speaker and comedienne, who kept the audience engaged in “food for thought” through humor. Door prizes were abundant and the meal fit the occasion. - Otila Gonzalez.
Local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce representatives attend TAMACC Quarterly meeting in Seguin, Texas February 18 & 19, 2016.
The city of Seguin hosted the most recent meeting of The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce which meets on a quarterly basis in different cities in the state. Attending from Del Rio were Otila Gonzalez, President, and Paulo Pacheco, Parliamentarian. The two day gathering consisted of one day of workshops, with the official meeting of the group taking up the second day. Participants received training in the importance for employers to maintain Employee Eligibility Forms, I-9 forms for all employees; Factors to consider for you and your business in the application of the Texas Open Carry Law; and Board of Directors and Staff responsibilities in running an effective Chamber Organization
The TAMACC is an organization that provides legislative advocacy for the Hispanic business community in Texas and is the most active state Hispanic organization in the country. TAMACC focuses on Legislative Advocacy, Procurement Programs, Training and Development of its members.
The Annual Convention of the organization will be hosted by the city of El Paso on August 4,5,and 6, 2016. El Paso has an ambitious program of activities, workshops, tours and more planned for attendees. The convention is a great opportunity to promote your community and to learn about what other businesses throughout the state are successfully doing. Let’s plan to attend.
In the month of February more than 100 people attended DRHCC’s annual Valentine Business Social hosted by member business, Border Federal Credit Union at their Bedell branch.
Sponsors included Silver Eagle, HEB, Happy Balloons, Doc Holiday’s, and Robert’s Jewelers. Over 20 door prizes were raffled to guests in attendance and four plaques were presented to new incoming members (Tula’s Juicery, Wright’s Steakhouse, Dismas Charities, and Ana M Diseno & Confeccion).
DRHCC would like to thank everyone for attending and/or contributing to the success of this event. Our business socials and monthly member meetings are tools for you to network with the faces behind local businesses.
If you haven’t already attended one of our socials, we encourage you to join us! Our events are also opportunities for prospective members to become acquainted with our organization and our members.
For more information on becoming a member of DRHCC, contact Leslie Herrera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOTH CHAMBERS CONGRATULATE CRIPPLE CREEK
They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, and we can attest to that! Cripple Creek is now open for business and we couldn’t be happier. On January 7th, DRHCC joined forces with the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce for the grand re-opening of the popular steak house located off of HWY 90. The restaurant was filled with familiar faces that evening, including Father Henry Clay Hunt who presided over the prayer that evening. Owner, Polo Del Rio, gifted $10.00 off coupons to all those in attendance. DRHCC extends a special thanks to Polo for his generosity and for allowing us to be part of this event.
"The collection of toys to assist Niños Navideños was a great success thanks to the generosity of our members and friends who donated toys for this worthy project. We appreciate your participation. You helped make Christmas special for many children."
We would like to thank all our sponsors Whitehead Museum, Escamilla Catering, DJ Sergio Diaz, IBC Bank, Allstate Roman Insurance, Money Concepts, Val Verde Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Falcon Bank, and Brown Automotive Center.
Door prize sponsors: Speedy Cash, Dora Alcala, Ramada, Gatti’s Pizza, Val Verde Winery, Otila Gonzalez, Ruben Gutierrez and West Central Net. Halloween costume contest winners: 1st place, Carmen Gutierrez, 2nd place, Juanita Diaz and Lorena Gonzalez and 3rd place, Dora Alcala.
Despite the rainy weather and storm sirens in the background, a wonderful turnout was present to vote on by-law revisions and elect new Board of Directors for DRHCC. While the votes were being tallied, everyone was treated to a special performance by the Varsity Cheerleaders under the direction Andres Vasquez, Head Cheerleader.
HEB brought a wonderful array of edible delights which included sandwich trays, vegetable trays and other goodies. Silver Eagle Distributors provided spirited drinks to the thirsty crowd. Dave Galindo of Del Rio Buzz delighted the crowd by taking dozens of beautiful photos. It was a busy agenda with Las Vegas Raffle Winners being drawn: $1000 Value 1st Prize to Gaby Ramirez, Holiday Inn Express Stay 2nd Prize in Eagle Pass to Juan Mendoza and $100 Visa Gift Card 3rd Prize to Isaul Garcia.
DRHCC thanks all who purchased tickets in support of our projects and events (operations). Carmen Gutierrez in her last official acts as President passed the torch (chancla) to the incoming President Otila Gonzalez and presided over the swearing in ceremony. Carmen also gave a State of the DRHCC Annual Report outlining the various projects completing and pending completion, highlighting the purchase of three billboards to promote tourism. Finance Director Connie Mendoza and Cultural Events Director Michelle Guajardo presented the outgoing officers with beautiful engraved CROSS pens from Robert’s Jewelers.
All members received a DRHCC designed key ring supporting Rams and Queens Athletics. DRHCC thanks all for participating!