What an evening of excitement, good food, great entertainment, recognition of special guests, Above & Beyond Volunteers & celebration of The New Executive Board Officers for 2009.
They are: Debbie Homeier, President, Marcy Westcott, Vice President, John Stults, Secretary, Pat Caufield, Treasurer, Jon Brieger, Past President
The prior Board Members, Carolyn Zbytovsky, Trudy Adams, D’Lynn Elrod, Greg Wessels, Fred VanAken & Ralph DeLeon, were recognized for their services and presented custom Mesquite Wood Pens made by local artisan Roger Felps. Jon Brieger was given one as the outgoing President.
The 2009 Board Members, Jennifer Oines, Mark Tidwell, Karen Roets, Liz Waller, Rick Sebenoler, Charlotte Lovett & Honorary Member Russ Whitlock were introduced.
With a record crowd of 102 people in attendance, the Chamber recognized the Sponsors of the 2009 Banquet:
Gold ($500) Blanco County Inn – Ralph DeLeon
Gold ($500) ERF Wireless – Gary Busby
Silver ($250) Blanco National Bank – Mark Tidwell, Pres.
Silver ($250) United Country-J. Myane Realty – Jerry Myane
Silver ($250) Uptown Blanco Restaurant – Carolyn Zybtovsky
All Printing Donated by Westcott Graphic Print – Marcy Westcott
A big thanks to these Sponsors and to all the individuals and businesses that supported the Chamber by their presence.
John Stults recognized special Guests, Mayor Jim Rodrique, State Representative Patrick Rose, City Councilwoman Tina Gourley, Planning & Zoning Commissioners Ralph DeLeon & Brad Farbstein, & Blanco Historical Commission Chair Linda Howard..
The Guest Speaker, Art Roberts, Director of Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, presented a very enjoyable and informative program, “An Effective Chamber in a Demanding Age”. Art praised the Blanco Chamber and city for all of their accomplishments and improvements in Blanco in the past 5 years (since his last visit) and especially the past year.
John and Debbie recognized the “Above and Beyond” Volunteers, Doris Collins, Alan Cooper, Marcy Westcott, Carolyn Howe, Deborah Kasbeer, Pat Vallone and special recognition to Executive Director Julie Dill. Also recognized were Jon and Jan Brieger for the Texas Association of Business 2009 Small Business Award nomination.
President Debbie Homeier thanked the Non-Profit Organizations who had displays in the foyer. They can also use your support in Membership or Volunteering in their work around Blanco.
Debbie recognized & praised Executive Director, Julie Dill, for her dedication and the outstanding job she is doing for the Chamber. Julie brings her expertise in Business, Marketing, Economic Development etc. to guide and direct the Chamber.
President Homeier talked about the Vision and Goals for 2009. She thanked the Business and Individual Members, for their help and support in the past and as we go forward in this New Year. Some of the topics being discussed and considered are different types of Sponsorship Packages, upgraded Web Site, and Tourism & Weekly Articles in the Blanco County News. They will be written by Board Members or other volunteers. Homeier also talked about a new Volunteer Program that will extend the hours of the Chamber past 1:00 P.M. This is becoming more important as we have more visitors to Blanco, and as we host more events and the existing ones grow. The Lavender Festival is just around the corner and vendor participation has already grown from last year. Many new and exciting things are planned for this years Festival and the Farms. Watch the Blanco County News for the details coming in the next months. Debbie emphasized the Theme of the Banquet, “Watch What We Do Next”! It should be an exciting and fulfilling year.