“Take 90” is an initiative promoting communities on Highway 90 from Castroville to Fort Stockton. It is a campaign to encourage travelers to take Highway 90 instead of Interstate 10. In order to explore the small communities along Highway 90 and all they have to offer.
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.
The commencing phases of the project are ongoing as the Hot Tax Committee for the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, who is spearheading the project, held their most recent meeting on Monday December 18, 2017 at City Hall.
An overview of how the app is to be constructed was presented during the meeting by OnCell Project Manager Alaura Jacobs via teleconference.
Jacobs gave a detailed explanation of how the contents is to be added to the app, as well as the various features that could be included to make it more visitor friendly.
The vision behind the app is to try to increase tourist activity within the city said Hot Tax Committee chair Carmen Gutierrez. The DRHCC funded the project through its yearly Hot Tax collection, which is provided by the City of Del Rio. Gutierrez said that the bulk of contents that will be put into the app were shared by the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce. A list of ongoing events throughout the city will also be posted on the app. The city of Del Rio, who has partnered in the project, will be in charge of transferring the content into the app.
Visitors will be able to download the app on their smartphones through the city website. They will be able to view and locate various attractions throughout town using the app’s directory. And a major feature in the app will be the accessibility of Google Maps with the included markings of all the restaurants and attractions. Local businesses will benefit from the app as users can be directed to their websites.
Silver Eagle Distributor manager and Vice President Carlos Ayala hosted this year’s Ugly Sweater Social on Thursday December 14th. DRHCC President Otila Gonzalez was the sponsor of the event.
Everyone came out with their most festive Christmas sweaters and ready to have a good time. The social began with a feast of tamales and chili, which was then followed by Christmas Conga lead by Mayor Dora Alcala. Musical Chairs winner Sam from Orange Designs was awarded a bottle of wine from the Val Verde Winery. Clinic Manager for United Medical Center Lidia Prieto was awarded as the winner for the Ugliest Sweater Contest.
All the members enjoyed themselves and can’t wait for next year’s December Social.
Orlando I. Vicuna is currently working in the family businesses alongside his father Juan Vicuna and brother Adrian Vicuna. Orlando is the sales and marketing representative for both The Spot Skating Rink and The Pro Shop Custom Signs & Wraps. The Vicuna family moved to Del Rio in 2006 after purchasing the local skating rink, which has since expanded to include their signage shop known as The Pro Shop.
Prior to moving to Del Rio, Orlando was born and raised in Southern California where he graduated high school in 2007 from Canyon Springs High in Moreno Valley, California. After graduation he relocated back with his parents in Del Rio to help run the family business. He has since attended Southwest Texas Junior College and will be transferring to Sul Ross Rio Grande College to complete his degree in English.
From 2012-2015, Orlando has work for The Del Rio News Herald as a local reporter, where he has covered everything from local social events to school functions and hospital board meetings.
He is happily married to the former Patricia Lee Gonzalez and they have two daughters together, Abigale Mae Vicuna and Sadie Sai Vicuna. They are currently expecting their third daughter.
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
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.
Miss Beatriz Villarreal was born and raised in Del Rio, part of the graduating class of 2016. While in high school she was an active member of the Health Science Club, Student Council, the debate team, UIL persuasive speaking, senior editor of the literary magazine, drama club and became CTE Pharmacy Technician Nationally certified. She was accepted to the University of Texas at San Antonio to study biology. After a year at UTSA she realized that she didn’t want to be a doctor and realized her passion for public relations. Beatriz is currently attending South West Texas Junior College and later wants to transfer to the University of North Texas to major in journalism with a concentration in public relations.
Dr. Sogunro joins VVRMC from Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio where she was honing her skills as a surgeon. She covers the full spectrum of general surgery but specializes in breast cancer surgery, colon surgery and endocrine (thyroid and parathyroid) surgery. “I will be ready to see new patients starting August 1st,” she said.
Dr. Sogunro is well traveled. She was born in Nigeria, moved to Edmonton, Alberta as a young child and then went to high school in Connecticut. She attended Medical School in Blacksburg, Virginia and completed her residency in Ohio.
Her love of science and her desire to help people be well drove her to medicine. “I love anatomy,” she said, “I love discovering new things. I want to help people feel better.”
Falcon International Bank was the site of an exciting and enjoyable monthly membership meeting. A Fiesta theme welcomed everyone to the festive event. First order of business was the election of new Board of Directors whose terms are up every odd year. New Board Directors for 2017-2019 include Director of Finance Alida Helgerman, Director of Small Business and Development George De Leon, Director of Membership Roxanna Soto, Director of Cultural Events Jaime Chapa and Director of Health Issues Elaine Trevino. They were installed by Justice of the Peace Tony Faz and welcomed by Board Vice President Carlos Ayala, Secretary Dora Alcala, Treasurer Mariana Zuniga, Director of International Affairs Roberto “Bobby” Fernandez, and Director of Education Gregorio Arrambide.
As everyone waited at times impatiently for the ballot results, guest speaker Val Verde County Clerk Generossa “Janie Ramon” gave a brief overview of the various operations conduction at the County Clerk’s office. Ms. Ramon also briefed everyone on the upcoming election and noted she had brought sample ballots. Ms. Dora updated and encouraged everyone on the various IGNC Fiesta de Amistad activities.
Special thanks to Ms. Silvia Garcia and Associates of Falcon International Bank for hosting the meeting and providing the antojitos which included delightful tapatios, mouth watering tamales, and a wide array of traditional fiesta foods. We invite you to visit Falcon International Bank with a Northside location on Amistad Blvd and main branch on South Main. They have for banking features such as Snapshot Deposits, Free Business checking and a special Valet Banking Card which you can turn off and on as you need for fraud protection, spending control or other business uses. If you would like to host a membership meeting, please contact Director of Membership Roxanne Soto at 830-774-2328.