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 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 .
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.
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.
Val Verde Regional Medical Center was host to the November Membership meeting of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 PM. Director of Health Issues Elaine Trevino welcomed the members accompanied by Angela Prather and Xochil Hurtado, the hospital’s CEO.
Those in attendance weathered the cold to go and listen to the very interesting and informative presentation by the hospital’s new surgeon, Doctor Olutayo Sogunro. Doctor Sogunro spoke on breast cancer detection and colon cancer. Doctor Sogunro’s presentation was enthusiastically received by the Membership and guests, with many of those in attendance lining up after the presentation to ask personal questions. The group also visited with Cecilia Lozano on eligibility criteria for colon health services. CEO Xochil Hurtado spoke of the staffs efforts to improve all services that the hospital offers in their quest to achieve excellence in patient care.
After the business session, the president of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Otila Gonzalez welcomed Buford Marketing as newly joined member of the chamber. Attendees then enjoyed a spread of shrimp, bacon wraps, sandwiches, fruit, and sweets. Val Verde Regional Medical Center continues to be a gracious and generous host that we at the DRHCC appreciate very much.
Robert’s Jewelers, Jennie Roe, and Blanca Campbell were the hosts for the September 12th Membership meeting of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Members were regaled with a colorful spread of finger food and Mexican confections in celebration of the Diesiseis de septiembre celebration going on in the city. Margie Montes and her staff gave information on the new toll booths at the port of entry and the service amenities that are in place and forthcoming at the new location, amenities that will make for a more fluid movement of traffic for everyone, but in particular for workers who must make the crossing daily. A generous number of door prizes were raffled off with many of the 25 attendees going home with nice gifts provided by Jennie Roe, Ramada Inn, Ashley Furniture, the Campbell family, Del Rio News Herald.
Thursday, August 10th was the monthly membership meeting of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The gracious Host business for the evening was the Border Federal Credit Union at its Bedell location. DRHCC president Otila Gonzalez welcomed the membership and thanked them and the host business. Following, President Gonzalez announced that the announced guest speaker for the evening, our State Representative the Honorable Poncho Nevares could not attend at the last minute.
In the absence of a featured speaker, Annual Masquerade Gala chairperson, Ms. Alida Helgerman reported on the progress of preparations for the October 28th event. Table sales are ongoing and tickets are ready for sale at this time. She encouraged everyone to reserve their table and/or purchase tickets early. As in 2016, the Gala will also feature the raffle of a Holiday Basket and will include a Silent Auction with many beautiful items donated by local businesses.
The honorable Robert Garza, Mayor of the City of Del Rio joined City Manager Henry Arredondo in updating those in attendance about the various ongoing infrastructure projects and the important role that airline service plays in the economic development of our community. Mayor Garza announced that a delegation formed of members of the city’s Bridge Board, the local chambers of commerce, a contingency of Ports to Plains, and members of the Ciudad Acuna chamber and city administration will travel to Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico to promote and advocate for getting some of the movement of Asian market goods to come through our port of entry. The increase in truck traffic through our international bridge will add revenue to the city’s coffers for local infrastructure improvements.
The presentations were well received, the meeting was adjourned and the social hour continued..
Reducing backlog of cases was among the numerous improvements to the 63rd/83rd District Attorney’s office cited by D.A. Michael Bagley at the August DRHCC Monthly meeting hosted by Texas Community Bank.
D.A. Bagley, who represents Val Verde, Terrell, and Kinney Counties recognized and credits his staff, the team who helps him accomplish the goals he set out for the District Attorney’s office. One such goal was improving professional relationships with the law enforcement community by conducting various training seminars. Establishing a professional appearance of the elected office is also of utmost importance and the reason for being accessible to the public, having a sign placed on the D.A.’s door, and increasing staff without increasing costs to the counties were also Bagley’s informational and often motivational speech, new membership plaques were presented to Texas Parks and Wildlife and MG Photography.
Membership announcements included HEB Unit Director Janie Garcia stated curbside shopping coming to Del Rio in August! IGNC President Dora Alcala announced the much anticipated Vegas on the Border event on July 28 will help raise scholarship funds for Miss Del Rio Court winners. President Otila Gonzalez announced the Amistad Ambassadors will be under the new direction of Mary Mota.
Anyone interested in serving on this committee should contact the DRHCC office or Mary Mota. Texas Community Bank and event host Executive Vice President Sylvia Owens gave an update on the construction of the new TCB downtown branch and also announced various types of home mortgage financing is a new service available at Texas Community Bank.
DRHCC thanks Door Prize sponsors Texas Community Bank, Malinda’s Restaurant, Cripple Creek, Border Federal Credit Union, and Ramada.
Please join us at the next DRHCC Membership meeting on Thursday August 10th with State Rep. Poncho Nevarez providing a legislative update with Border Federal Credit Union hosting this event.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its May membership meeting at the Imperius Events located on highway 90W by the lake. Presenters for the evening were Maria Martinez, CEO of the Border Federal Credit Union and Elizabeth Vela- Serrano of Damsel In Defense. Both presenters shared information on the products that their businesses offer to the public and invited the public to visit them. We at the chamber very much appreciate their participation.