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.
The April 6, 2017 membership meeting of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was hosted by the City of Del Rio at the Del Rio Airport. Oriana Fernandez, Economic Development Director for the City of Del Rio partnered with Juan Carlos Onofre, Airport Manager, to inform those in attendance of the sequence of events undergone to finally re-establishing passenger air service to the community and the surrounding area.
The work and assistance given to this community by Representative Will Hurd in reaching this milestone was acknowledged, as well as was the work and perseverance of elected officials and staff who understand the importance that this service has to any community. The ability to expeditiously connect with the world physically as well as electronically is vital to any economy large and small. Information was provided on outgoing and incoming flight schedules and price of one way and roundtrip tickets. We hope that the citizenry will avail themselves of this service, as the more successful it becomes the better chance we will have of enhancing the service.
The thirty people in attendance in the baggage area of the airport were treated to a variety of finger foods and cold drinks. Ms. Fernandez also shared, with each attendee, a spacious tote bag containing various promotional items. Door prices were provided by Raquenel Suday of Wright’s on the Lake Steak House who donated two $25.00 gift certificates. The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber gave two tickets to the upcoming May 27th Scholarship Dance.
The SFDRCISD was host to the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce March Membership meeting. The DRHCC was joined by the International Good Neighbor Council members at the new Administration Building on Griner Street for the important presentation by Dr. Carlos Rios. President O. Gonzalez welcomed the group and presented plaques to new members the IGNC group, represented by its board members and to The Khoury Group represented by Ms. Norma Floyd.
Dr, Rios presented the plans of the district to propose a Bond Election in May of this year to take build two new elementary schools and to restructure the attendance areas to better serve our student population. The proposed Bond Package is for $60 million dollars of which the State of Texas will pay 55%. Mr. Manuel Pacheco, local businessman, spoke in favor of the passage of the Bond package and presented the pros to getting approval by the community.
The hosts provided a spread of sandwiches, fruit, chips and light refreshments for forty in attendance. The gathering was a success and provided ample opportunities to network before and after the business session. The DRHCC sincerely thanks the hosts and those in attendance.
The January 12, 2017 Membership meeting of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was hosted by the City of Del Rio. The presentations by the City Manager Mr. Henry Arredondo and the Honorable Mayor Robert Garza were well received by those in attendance. An overview of all major projects presently in progress is an indication of the positive development that is taking place in our community. Mayor Garza also spoke of the importance and the impact that having commercial air service out of Del Rio has for attracting potential businesses and commercial enterprises.
As a Chamber of Commerce, we understand the need for improvement projects that make our community attractive to commercial as well as to residential growth. As individual citizens, our power and responsibility are to support progressive municipal undertakings and realize that today’s inconveniences represent improvements for tomorrow.
On July 14, Texas Community Bank hosted our Monthly Membership meeting. Members and guests enjoyed an exquisite traditional Mexican dish, Green Chicken Pozole that was prepared by Irene Garcia Vice President /Financial Services Officer from TCB. Mr. Carlos Ayala Vice President of DRHCC introduced our guest speaker Chris Ryan, Amistad National Recreation Area Superintendent.
Superintendent Chris Ryan presented us with varies poster size pictures and maps of our very own National Park. He’s committed to improving and bringing more tourism to our Amistad Lake. Sylvia Owens, TCB Executive Vice President spoke in regards to the status of the Field of Dreams grant application. She also presented us Explore Del Rio the Oasis of Texas book . Mrs. Sylvia Owens introduced the editor of the Explore Del Rio Book Mr. Sergio Aviles. Mrs. Dora Acala spoke on The International Good Neighbor Council’s “Vegas on the Border” fund raiser event. IGNC also gave away three Vegas on the Border Tickets. Other door prizes were bottles of wine donated by Texas Community Bank. Wright’s @ the Lake Steak House sponsored two $25.00 gift certificates.
DRHCC would like thank to Texas Community Bank for their outstanding hospitality.
On April 14th, Silver Eagle Distributors hosted our Monthly Membership Meeting with guest speaker, Honorable Judge, Robert Cadena, of the 83rd Judicial District. Members and guests enjoyed beverages donated by Silver Eagle, as well as light appetizers provided by Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant.
Two plaques were presented to incoming members Melissa Perez (realtor) and David Scabo. Ms. Otila Gonzalez opened the event with a warm welcome to everyone in attendance and an expression of gratitude towards all our sponsoring member businesses. Shortly after, Judge Cadena gave an inspirational speech about his “Passion for Justice”. Judge Cadena spoke of physical improvements that had been done to the Judicial Court, as well as new technological advances being implemented to improve on accuracy and efficiency.
We of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber would like to again thank Silver Eagle Distributors, Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant, and Judge Cadena for their contribution to the success of our meeting. If you are a member business and are interested in hosting a meeting, co-sponsoring, or presenting as a guest speaker, please feel free to call our Hispanic Chamber office at 830-488-7422.