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 email@example.com.
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!
DRHCC Vice President Dora Alcala was the guest speaker at the recent American G.I. Forum Scholarship Presentation. Dora’s inspiring words encouraged these future community leaders to persevere and stay focused. Jesse Campos, son of DRHCC Director of Public Relations Maggie Roman was amongst the scholarship recipients. American GI Forum Commander Jose Martinez, Regional Women’s Chapter President Tina Martinez, and local Women’s Chapter President Mary Mota were in attendance with all the GI Forum officers.
Your Del Rio Hispanic Chamber was proud to accept 2015 Small Chamber of the Year Award at this year’s annual convention held in Austin, Texas. President Carmen Gutierrez thanked the Board of Directors, the membership, and TAMACC’s leadership and guidance since DRHCC was first established in 2006.
Eighteen Hispanic Chambers were represented at the Expo and Convention which started with a legislative reception on Thursday night, workshops, Latina Empowerment Luncheon, and Business Expo on Friday, and the annual convention in which member chambers elected a new President and Board of Directors and Saturday evening Awards Banquet.
DRHCC would like to thank all our business members for providing promotional items for the Business Expo and to Councilwoman Liz Elizalde for representing the City of Del Rio in support of our award winning program of work. Participating in the Business Expo promoting Del Rio/Val Verde tourism included Director Otila Gonzalez, Member and RSVP Volunteer Ruben C. Gutierrez Jr., Administrative Assistant Judith Montalvo, and President Carmen Gutierrez.