FREE Networking and Workshop Opportunity
Texas Community Bank - 2411 Veterans Blvd
April 25th from 6-8PM
Light refreshments will be served
For details or to RSVP (830) 765-2775 or stop by the
DRHCC Office at 305 South Main - Monday-Friday from 2-5PM
We invite you all to our “Connie Mendoza Memorial Luncheon”. It will be held on April 25, 2018 at the Ramada Grand Ballroom from 11AM to 1 PM.
All proceeds will go to our nonprofit chamber. This event is in honor of Ms. Maria Consuelo “Connie” Mendoza.
Connie was the Finance Director of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce before her untimely death. She had a dream of making an event to show appreciation to the Administrative Assistants who play an important role in the success of the businesses in Del Rio. This year we have made her dream into a reality.
During the luncheon we will present the Administrative Professional Employee of the Year award. The nomination form can be filled out electronically on our website or on a paper copy and turn it in to the office.
In addition to the luncheon, we will also have a free networking and a workshop for the community’s business owners “Let’s Play with a Plan”. It will be presented by the speaker Gilbert Granados who is a certified John Maxwell Team member at the Texas Community Bank at 6PM.
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.
“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