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Chamber Chimes

February 2014

 Texas Treasure Business Award

Kautsch True Value has been award the Texas Treasure Business Award. This Award recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years. Created in 2005 by Senate Bill 920 authored by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio and sponsored by Rep. Charles Anderson of Waco, the program pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

The Kautsch family has been in business for over 80 years.  

 

 

Annual Banquet

Recognition of outstanding individuals, along with a call to “lead with honor” marked the 2014 annual Alamo Chamber of Commerce banquet held Jan. 30. Cielo Banquet Hall. Social hour was sponsored by Memorial Funeral Home. The event was chaired by Klarisa Espinosa.

After the welcome by President, Dick Wright, the invocation was given by FR. Jose Rene Angel, JCL. of Resurrection Catholic Church. The introduction of guests was given by Maria del Pilar Garza, Mayor Pro-Tem, as Mayor Diana Martinez was ill. The Chamber’s award of “Friend of the Chamber” went to Klarisa Espinosa. Three “Winter Texan” Awards were given out to Winter Ranch nominee, Dale Loerch; Bibleville, nominee, Don Price; and Royal Palms nominee, Devona Slater. Idolina Vela was received the “Citizen of the Year”. The business portion of the program was opened by Chairman Gloria Espinosa for the purpose of inducting the new board and the adoption of the proposed revised By-Laws.

Annual banquet winners are pictured with city officials and dignitaries. From left: Commissioner Trino Medina,  Winter Ranch Dale Loerch; Royal Palms  Devona  Slater; Speaker Justice Gregory T. Perkes; Fr . Jose Rene Angel, JCL; Special Chamber Award recipient, Lynne Showers; “Citizen of the Year”, Idolina Vela; President, Dick Wright; “Friend of the Chamber”, Klarisa Espinosa; Bibleville, Don Price; Mayor Pro-Tem, Pilar Garza; and Commissioner Robert De La Garza

Lynne Showers part-time Alamo Chamber of Commerce, employee, in charge of membership, of the Alamo Chamber was recognized for outstanding contribution of many unpaid hours she put in to make the  first Okoberfest a great success.  Seen here with Lynne is Treasurer Keith Hackland, who presented her the award. Thank You Lynne!


Justice Perkes remarks to the Business Community  By Herb Moering

Chairman Gloria Espinosa introduced the speaker at the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Justice Gregory Perkes, Texas 13th Court of Appeals, Place 3, explained how the Rio Grande Valley shaped his sense of community and how his family instilled in him the values of hard work and civic involvement that he still carries on.

The graduate of nearby Mc Hi, who went on to gain  degrees at the University of Texas in Austin  with a BA in 1983 and St Mary’s University School of Law in 1987. Noted his most lasting experience was earning the Eagle Scout award, because it taught him not only leadership skills but more importantly to be a leader who gives back to his community. His background included having his own law firm where he learned to focus on solutions, not problems.

Perkes went on to win an appellate court position and is one of six justices in the large 13th District, seeing that due process is given each plaintiff by interpreting the laws of Texas and the Constitution in civil and criminal case hearings conducted at courthouses in Edinburg and Corpus Christi. He churns out about 450 legal opinions annually of cases that are reviewed by him and two other judges.

The justice believes business people are natural civic leaders and communities need those with vision for seeing the potential for improvements.  He sees them as problem solvers and should use their talents to help others.  He cited the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie as leading with honor, who gave some $350 million away for colleges, schools, trusts, institutions and for construction of more than 2,500 free public library buildings.

He also shared 10 things leaders can do to make one’s community a better place: 1)serve others, 2)lead with integrity, 3)show respect to everyone, 4)agree to disagree… without being disagreeable, 5)take all things into account before making a decision, 6)listen more and talk less, 7)reward and discipline as necessary including helping those who are poor performers, 8)treat everyone fairly, 9)become an expert at what you do and 10)lead a balanced life by making family and spiritual life as important as your career.

He closed noting that leading with honor encourages civic responsibility and invited anyone who happens to be in Edinburg to stop at his courthouse office for a cup of coffee.

 

Alamo Palms Scholarship Fund Raiser

At least four $1,500 scholarships will be given out to graduating seniors from Memorial High School. Alamo Palms RV Park recently had a “Hobo Stew Supper” where they served 327. The scholarships are based on need, academics, and extracurricular activities.

Students who helped serve from back row: Jonathan Mireles, Habraham Lopez, Christian Reyes, Angel Arciva,  Jacob Mendoza, Aisha Martinez, Raul Trevino, Anthony Rocco-Frank. Front Row: James Arredondo, Kayhla Bocanegra, Rebecca Perez, Rosalina Viramontes, Samantha Rodriquez, Eunice Rodriquez, Viridiana Juarez, Angela De La   Cerda.

 

Scholarship Chicken Dinner Plates

There are still tickets available for the scholarship chicken plate dinner. Alamo Chamber gives out 5 scholarships. We are looking for donations of boxes of chickens to help defray the expenses. A box of chickens cost $65. The more dinner tickets sold the bigger the scholarships. Call the office at 787-2117 for special arrangements on delivering.  Pick up is on March 1, at the corner of 9th and Main Street between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Take home or eat there and enjoy the parade.

 

Miss Alamo Pageant

Wow!  It was hard to believe that the young ladies that participated in this year’s Miss Alamo Pageant were high school students. They showed so much poise and maturity. Every year this pageant gets better. Directors Arturo and Gloria Espinosa and daughters Kristina and Klarisa did an wonderful job of organizing and arranging this program. It is a hard job but they make it look easy. 

There were 9 participants this year and it was a difficult decision for the judges but they did an excellent job of picking the girls to best represent the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Alamo.

The 2014 Miss Alamo Court starting with Alamo Duchess Rachel Islas sponsored by Alamo Birding Services at Alamo Inn B&B; Alamo Princess Yanett Badillo sponsored by the Alamo Volunteer Fire Dept.; and Miss Alamo 2014 Kelsey Medina, sponsored by Commissioner Trino Medina.  One young lady from last year’s court always serves as ambassador to help with advice and direction to the new Miss Alamo Court.  This year Miss Ambassador is Stephanie Lerma, Miss Alamo 2013.

This year the directors choose as master of ceremonies, Aaron Lozan, who is a teacher at PSJA Memorial Early College High School. He did an excellent job of making the girls feel at ease. The first duties of the new 2014 court will be attending the Chamber of Commerce Golf tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22, followed by the Winter Texan appreciation event on Feb. 26.

 

The Royal Miss Alamo Court 2014 from left, Duchess Rachel Islas, Miss Alamo Kelsey Medina, Pricness Yanett Badillo, and Ambassador Melina Lerma.

 

 

This is just a very small sampling of the angels that were donated by Shirl and Paul Pfieffer for the planed Angel Museum.

 

 

Angel Museum

Dr. King the Superintendent of Schools for the PSJA District has given the Chamber permission to move 1,500 angels to Bowie school as the first step in establishing an Angel Museum.  This incredible collection was donated to the city by Alamo residents, Shirl and Paul Pfeiffer. The Chamber and Visitor Center will be the care takers of the museum during the development stages and after the museum is open to the public. Volunteers will be needed to make sure there is an accurate inventory on the computer, set-up and possible making of the displays for the angels.

Phase two will probably be in the fall of 2014. Call the chamber office if you have an interest in this project or have experience in the above mentioned areas. New contributions can be made after Jan 2015. This will be a great asset to the city.

 

Along with the angels, Fire Chief Roland Espinoza has been the official keeper of the Alamo historical items, newspapers and pictures of the City of Alamo. The Chamber has voted to help him in the process of gathering and packing up these items to be brought to Bowie school also. Both of these museums will be in the same area of the school.

 

Education

Excerpt from the Dallas Morning News.

Washington - Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams signaled his support for improving Texas preschool educational  allowing high school students to earn college credit during a GOP event in Washington D.C. Speaking at an awards luncheon for three prominent African

American Republicans, Williams lauded a program at Pharr-San Juan Alamo ISD in the Rio Grande Valley that lets students take college level courses while still in high school.

Williams said that he was not announcing any concrete plans, but did add after the event that he is in “regular conversations” with the state’s commissioner of higher education and the chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission to create an initiative modeled on the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo plan.

Kudos to Dr. King and his vision

for the PSJA School District.

 

 

 

New look on Main Street.

What was recently Fun Time Restaurant is now going to be Mac-O-Rita Grill. Renovations are in progress for areas for games, eating, and a bar. There will also be  a room for private parties. This will be a place for families to gather for food and games.  There will be an outdoor patio for customers to enjoy, which will be a prime location to watch any of the festivals and parades that the city has planned.  Owner and CEO Marco Cagigal says, the early hours are meant for families and later on in the evening there will be a place for those who love to dance.



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