Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving weekend is the start of the Holiday Season in our country and in our community. We have so many things for which we are thankful, and it is my wish that your entire holiday season and the coming year be filled with abundance of family, food, football and shopping. The joyful celebration that is ahead is a special time of giving and receiving and it is at this special time that I take the opportunity to thank the individuals that make up the Board of Directors of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for all the giving of themselves and their time to serve our membership and our beloved community. Many thanks also to our membership for their faithful support and participation in our promotional activities. We give a special word of gratitude to the Del Rio City Council and the City Administration for their support of our efforts as we work to promote and strengthen local businesses and the local economy. Thank you also to our office assistant and our student intern for the many hours of work that they dedicate to our organization.
May all of you have a very blessed Christmas and a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year!
Otila Gonzalez - President
A Happy and Prosperous New Year 2017 to all! As we start 2017, we look forward to the schedule of work ahead of us in the coming months. Our last project of the year was a great success because of commitment on the part of everyone who participated in it and I personally thank you for it. We look forward to the progress that our leaders have planned for our community and we see some of that progress in the infrastructure projects developing throughout the city. We look forward to a new administration in our country and hope for a stimulated economy to improve workers’ wages that, in turn, will circulate many times through large and small businesses alike. As we look forward to better lives in a peaceful world, we look to see what our individual roles will be in the scheme of things. We all can make a difference somehow! The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce can use your talents! As a member of the chamber, please consider our mission, consider your abilities, and consider serving in some capacity.
“The mission of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to lead the efforts that strengthen and support small, minority’s and women-owned businesses; stimulate and advocate for business growth, development and opportunities; promote excellence in education; promote awareness and preservation of the Hispanic Heritage.”
Let’s make 2017 the greatest of years for Del Rio!
Congratulations to Mr. Polo Del Rio on the re-opening of his restaurant Cripple Creek! It was a long-awaited event and it finally happened in January. A special thanks goes to Mayor Robert Garza and his staff for hosting the January meeting and for presenting the State of the City report and all the progressive projects that are being explored, modified, or implemented to make our community a better place in which to live and do business.
February is a month filled with special days celebrating special people past and present. February is the month of our Valentine’s Social at Border Federal Credit Union, Black History is celebrated all month long and this year there is an extra day to celebrate as 2016 Leap Year. Ground Hog Day, Lincoln’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, Washington’s birthday, Levi Strauss (what would we do without jeans?). We hope that the days leading up to February 14th businesses will enjoy a large volume of traffic as it is probably the first big business day of the new year. Please allow us to work with you to promote your business, keep sending information for the Weekly Blast and the Newsletter
Congratulations to all our new member businesses that received their plaques in January. We look forward to your partnership and your participation.
Otila Gonzalez - President
On behalf of the DRHCC I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous new year! As we begin the year 2016, we look forward to monthly calendars filled with activities to promote our member businesses and our community in general. While we were shocked and saddened by the tragic accident that claimed the life of one of our directors and injured three others, we rejoice in the recovery of the survivors and look forward to their involvement in 2016.
The schedule of meetings for the Hispanic Chamber will remain as in the past. Membership meetings will be held the second Thursday of each month. The Board of Directors will continue to meet on the last Monday of the month unless it falls on a holiday. We will strive to bring to you interesting and informative presentations from dignitaries and leaders from within our community and from our surrounding areas. With your cooperation and participation we hope to have a successful event in April and the very important Gutierrez Scholarship Dance event in June that will enable us to give more scholarships to deserving students this year.
We encourage you to continue to use the weekly Blast and the monthly Newsletter to promote your businesses. The Newsletter will feature one of our directors each month so that you may get to know and call upon us. We look forward to serving you during the coming year.
Otila Gonzalez - President
Greetings to all and my sincere wishes of joy and prosperity as we enter the 2015 holiday season! In our last issue of the newsletter we welcomed the newly elected directors to our board. Having some vacancies that had yet to be filled, it is now my pleasure to introduce our newly appointed Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs, Mrs. Cristina Guerra Valdez. Mrs. Valdez serves as an administrator for the Val Verde Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and brings to the new position a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler.
The new Director of Economic Development and Small Business is Mr. Juan Gallegos. Mr. Gallegos brings to the organization his experience from Sul Ross University-Rio Grande College Small Business Development Office.
We are fortunate and happy to have these talented individuals committed and ready to serve you. On behalf of the board of directors we look forward to the opportunity to work for you in an effort to help make every business member a successful and prosperous one.
A very Merry and blessed Christmas to all from your Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you for braving the stormy weather Thursday, October 8th to attend the Annual Membership Meeting and for your participation in the election process.
Your participation and your contribution to your Chamber are needed, encouraged and vital to our mission and, in turn, to our community.
To all the retiring members of the Board of Directors, because of term limits of personal choice, I offer my sincere gratitude for your commitment to growing this Chamber of Commerce and for diligently dedicating your time, talent and your all to give life to the mission of the organization. Your tireless efforts are an expression of how much you care to see our community prosper!
Retiring president Carmen Gutierrez, Vice President Dora Alcala, Secretary Paulo Pacheco, director of Economic Development Sergio Diaz, Director of Membership Reina Diaz, and Director of Health Issues Javier Martinez, I know you will continue to be actively involved because you are caring individuals. The amazing accomplishments under your leadership speak to your dedication. Thank you!
To the new and returning members to the Board of Directors, WELCOME and thank you for your willingness to share your wealth of experience, your many and diverse talents and especially, thank you for your valuable time. I look forward to working with you to make a difference for our membership and for our community.
Connie Mendoza Director of Finance (returning member)
Michelle Guajardo Director of Cultural Affairs (returning member)
Leslie Herrera of Texas Community Bank, new Director of Membership
Hatali Breckenridge of VVRMC, new Director of Health Issues
In just one month, you and I will be electing a new Board of Directors and voting on Bylaw Revisions. Please save the date – October 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Silver Eagle Distributors to voice your vote and take an active role in your Del Rio Hispanic Chamber.
We will have a fun activity to network as ballots are being tabulated. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedication and loyalty of current board members who have reached term limits and will be off the board for at least 1 year.
The list includes Vice President Dora Alcala, Parliamentarian Al Cervantes, Director Sergio Diaz, and Secretary Paulo Pacheco. These four individuals have served in various capacities and have been directly responsible for setting our direction of growth and establishing a strong and diverse board. It has been an honor and privilege for me to have served with them for the past six years and I thank them for allowing me to complete my term as President.
We have had so many wonderful board members throughout the years, and I thank each of you for accepting the challenge and making a difference. To all our present and previous board members – know that you make a difference.
Look around and feel proud of what we all have accomplished with the support of our wonderful membership. I have also reached term limits and will miss the daily interaction with you. However I will remain in support of the new board and look forward to helping our community continue to grow.
I treasure the fond memories of all our activities and our members who always responded positively on my calls for help.
God bless all. Carmen Gutierrez
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