As my Chair term comes to a close, I spent some time thinking about what DRHCC has accomplished in the past two years. For one thing, our efforts in promoting our small business with free weekly membership blasts, through the newsletter, and inserts, helped us earn the title of TAMACC’s Small Hispanic Chamber of the Year for 2012.
Our attendance and interest has grown at the monthly membership meetings because of excellent guest speakers who bring important information to our members and the community and also because everyone enjoys the meet and greet time held just before and after the meeting. I sincerely thank all the businesses who hosted us this past year.
Our very first Speed Networking event was a lot of fun and huge success. DRHCC Membership had only minutes to market their product or services to each other. It was a wonderful networking event that will be held again soon. I am very proud we had the opportunity to help provide airline support letters, grant support letter for the Whitehead Memorial Museum and provide input on the City’s Economic Development Task force. I enjoyed working with Blanca Larson and the folks of the Del Rio Chamber in dual ribbon cuttings, Candidate’s forum and most recently on the Washington delegation team.
I am excited about bringing a new event to our community. The DRHCC Fiesta Fun Ride and Claim to Fame Cook-off with a Charreada, bands, and wonderful entertainment lineup will bring the community together in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month and get us in the mood for Fiesta de Amistad. Food and Vendor booths are quickly selling out. The Claim to Fame cook-off features Menudo, Beef Fajitas, and Beans. How’s that for variety? I also had the pleasure of working with such a giving group of dedicated community leaders on the DRHCC board, that support our work in the community. I don’t say goodbye - as I wil remain on the Board in a different capacity. I look forward to continued progress in our community as DRHCC celebrates its 7 year anniversary in October.