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N. Camp St., or from any Chamber Ambassador. Preview Night tickets are
advance sale only. Show Day tickets will be available at the door.
Businesses interesting in participating in Showcase are invited to call the
Chamber at 379-6382 and sponsorships are available. Early commitment will
allow your business optimum exposure.
Showcase Seguin trade show will feature businesses, seminars and food!
Spring! It’s great to see all the green that pops up in the Spring. But green
also has another ‘meaning’ and for the folks planning Showcase Seguin
(formerly Business Showcase), the green movement and Showcase seemed
like a perfect fit.
The 2009 version of Showcase will feature businesses (banks, retail stores,
physicians) as it has in the past, but it also will add a home and garden-type
component, featuring businesses that cater to homeowners and folks who
enjoy the great outdoors.
Showcase Seguin’s Preview Night is scheduled for Thursday, March 12,
with lots of food and drink and a sneak peak at the exhibits. Show Day is
Friday, March 13, from 1 to 8 p.m.
The event also has expanded to fill up the Colisieum, the Women’s Building
and the Dance Slab at the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds. Seminars, handson activities, door prizes, and more excitement will fill the day.
Tickets are on sale now at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce, 116
Entry forms available for 39th Central Texas Golf Fest
26 and includes a Thursday night welcome
reception in New Braunfels and Saturday
social in Seguin. Entry fee covers three rounds
of golf and practice rounds, the socials &
For more information, visit www.centraltexasgolffest.com, the Seguin Area Chamber of
Commerce, Starcke Park Golf Course or The
Golf Club of Seguin, or call 379-6382.
Capital Campaign Super Star donors were recognized at the Chamber’s
Open House Jan. 27. From left are, Mark Long of First Commercial Bank,
Craig Donegan, Lisa Leopold of CMC Steel Texas, Bernie Mueller of
American Bank of Texas, Robert Haynes of Guadalupe Regional Medical
Center, Rick Arnic of LCRA, and Stephen Finch of Seguin Rotary Club. Not
pictured is Gino Inman of Republic Plastics.
Golfers grab your shoes and clubs and hit the
links to practice for competition in the 39th
annual Central Texas Golf Fest.
The tournament - sponsored by the
chambers of commerce in Seguin, New
Braunfels and San Marcos - is held over three
days and on seven courses.
Traditionally held the last weekend in April,
this year’s tournament is set for April 24-
Thursday, Feb. 12 ~ 5 to 7 p.m.
LUV Homes, 655 IH 10 E.
Membership Drawing $200 PLUS $100 from Starcke Furniture
Thursday, Feb. 26 ~ 5 to 7 p.m.
78155 Athletic Club,
1199 E. College St.
Membership Drawing to be determined
~ Mark Long, in his toast to the Chamber
Here’s to our Chamber ...
May it bring prosperity to our
community, growth to our city,
and be a shining star
for years to come...”
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We’re Here For You!
Shanta Kuhl . . [email protected]
Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
Sherry Nefford . . . [email protected]
Kendy Gravett . . . [email protected]
Events & Communications Director
Dana Overstreet . . . [email protected]
Michelle Morris . . [email protected]
CVB Services Assistants
Amanda Gold . . . . . . [email protected]
Annette Valdez . . . . . . [email protected]
To promote commercial, industrial, educational,
tourism and agricultural development
and to enhance the overall quality of life.
Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 710, Seguin, Texas 78156
(830) 379-6382 www.seguinchamber.com
Saturday, March 7
Tickets can be purchased at the following
Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce,
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and
JP’s Qwik Stop & Bakery
Teatro De Artes
De Juan Seguin
24th Annual Noche De Gala
Competencia de Vocalistas
Toast to Texas, a joint program with the
Sebastopol State Historic Site, Daughters
of the Republic and Texas and the City of
Seguin. An afternoon of patriotic speeches
and music is capped by a toast to Texas’
A community event for 21 years and once
again Sebastopol House State Historic Site is
privileged to host the tradition.
The Texas Declaration of Independence
was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos
on March 2, 1836, declaring the Republic of
Texas a free state, independent of Mexico. In
the patriotic and civic spirit of early Seguin,
we invite you to join us in honor of the people
who forged the Lone Star State.
Join us in renewing our pledge to Texas on
Monday, March 2, at 1:30 pm. No fee.
Mark Your Calendar!
Toast to Texas – Monday, March 2
Sebastopol State Historic Site, 1:30
with a production in Wupperman Little Theatre.
The evening will feature readings, poems and
skits and will be free and open to the public. Both
events are free.
Activities for students during the month will
include films, speakers, and special events to
build cultural and historical awareness.
The TLU Black History Month celebration is
sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha, the Black Student
Union, Phi Alpha Theta, and the Division of
Student Life and Learning, and Phi Alpha Theta.
Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce • February 2009 • Page 7
In February, Texas Lutheran University will
celebrate Black History Month with a public
lecture, Gospel Fest, and a number of events
for students celebrating African-American
history and heritage.
Black History Month began in 1926 and is
celebrated in February in the United States. Each
year TLU commemorates the month, and this
year’s celebration is entitled “Black in America:
The TLU Experience 2009.”
On Feb. 3, Burundi native Jean-Marie
Ngendahayo, visiting scholar in residence at TLU,
will present a public lecture, “The Perception of
the USA in Africa.” His presentation will begin at
9:30 a.m. in Jackson Auditorium and is free and
open to the public.
Ngendahayo has held positions in the Burundian
government including minister of foreign affairs
and international cooperation, senior political
peace negotiator, minister of communications,
and Member of Parliament. He has escaped
assassination attempts, lived in exile, and returned
to Burundi where he served in Parliament until last
summer when government turmoil again sent him
into exile, this time to Texas.
Two other events are open to the community.
Gospel Fest will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday,
Feb. 20, in Wupperman Little Theatre. The event
will be a night of praise and song by various
groups. Black History Month will end on Feb. 28
TLU presents Black History
up at Vinnie’s Belly Laugh Club for the final talent
competition. A ventriloquist with moving lips, a
foul mouthed stand up comedian, a baton twirling
bimbo, the flamboyant owner of a lip synching
poodle, a chanteuse with a questionable accent
and a hypnotist with a twitch all fight to win the
grand prize. When Vinnie turns up dead, they’re
all suspects and the audience has the time of its
life grilling them and fingering the murderer.
Show dates are Feb.12-15 and 20-22 at the
Palace Theater in downtown Seguin. Tickets may
be purchased at the box office or advance tickets
at Gift and Gourmet.
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Marketing Seguin for Tourists!
The new year started out with a bang in
promoting Seguin for leisure and group travel
to Seguin. CVB staff and volunteers have sold
Seguin at trade shows in McAllen, Austin, and
The McAllen International Travel & Leisure
Show held Jan. 9-10 at the McAllen Civic Center
had an attendance of 12,000 people. At the
Seguin booth, we registered 1,912 individuals with
many more stopping by for information. The show
is attended predominately by Winter Texans.
Next stop on the tour was Austin for the AAA
Travel & Cruise Show held Sunday, Jan. 18.
Attended by AAA members the CVB distributed 50
Seguin promotional packets.
The following weekend Sunday, Jan. 25, the
AAA Houston show was held at the Marriott
Westchase hotel in Houston. The CVB staff visited
with attendees sharing information on Seguin and
distributed 450 promotional packets.
The month of travel concluded Tuesday,
Jan. 26, with the Harris County Precinct Show,
attended by group travel planners in Houston
with access to free bus transportation for groups
by the Harris County Transportation Department.
The majority of the group travel to Seguin is from
Harris County. Staff visited with trip planners and
distributed 475 group travel itinerary books.
At each of these shows brochures for
attractions, local hotels, downtown shopping
and dining guide, Mid Texas Symphony, Seguin
Specialty Shops and Dining Guides were made
available to booth visitors.
Special thanks to Sophie Valenta, Fanny
Harkins, Wilton and Virginia Woods for assisting at
the McAllen International Travel Show.
Seguin ART Center presents
Knock ‘Em Dead
Comedy by Tom Oldendick and Will Roberson.
This unique comedy/murder mystery has six
different endings! All hell breaks loose and the
laughs fly when five outrageous contestants show
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with GVEC’s Roger
Bading and GBRA’s
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 4 2009
City of Seguin Update
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
RSVP for early bird pricing $10 until 5 p.m. Feb. 2
After that and at the door - $12
A Big Celebration
At left, Jeremy Roy, Director of Pastoral Care
at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, chats
with Mr. and Mrs. Stan McKenzie during the
Chamber’s Grand Opening Celebration. Roy also
offered a blessing for the building celebration.
Below left, a wall of honor recognizes donors in
the Super Star, Five-, Four-, Three- and Two-Star
Below, some distinguished gentlemen greeted
visitors to the Grand Opening Celebration - Jim
Blair, Stanley Mark and Jack Linden served
martinis to guests.
Special thanks to these recent supporters of
the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Shop Chamber Members First!
For all your help planning the Chamber’s Grand Opening
Celebration: Linda Dietz of Century 21 United D&D Real Estate,
Debi Germany of Guadalupe Healthcare Network,
Patt Linden of Mid-Texas Symphony, Nancy Seidenberger, and
Kelle Sullivan of Sullivan Contracting.
Also big thanks to Harry Dietz of Dietz Flower Shop, Celeste
Koepsel of Catering by Design, Mike Heckmann of All
Occasions Catering, and our volunteer waiters Jim Blair,
Jack Linden and Stanley Mark and the staff of You’re So Crafty,
including Sharon McCallister and Tammi Murphy, as well as Jerry
and Tavie Murphy. Joe Tocquigny of Green Gate Nursery was
instrumental in making the exterior of the new building colorful and
full of life with some gorgeous Gerbera daisies
For your assistance with Leadership Seguin in January:
All Occasions Catering, TLU, St. James Catholic School,
Seguin ISD, Navarro ISD and Central Texas Technology Center
For your help with our Blue Santa aprons Athema Schmidt at Li’l Bugs
Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce • February 2009 • Page 3
Mission Pediatrics - Michele Lopez-Glynn,
Phones & More Inc.
San Anthony Jewelry
Seguin Assisted Living
Seguin Conservation Society
Seguin Spa & Salon
Seguin/Guadalupe County Senior Citizens
Sodexho at Texas Lutheran Dining Services
Sonic Drive In #1
South Texas Sleep Diagnostics
Texas Ski Ranch
The UPS Store
Toothtime Family Dentistry
Workforce Solutions Alamo
Zachry Holdings, Inc.
Realtor Requests- 5
Subdivision Requests- 2
Individual Requests- 2
Census Request- 1
Information Distributed to Tourists
Walk in- 22
Phone Books- 7
Visitor Packets- 3
True Women Info- 2
Here’s a tally of the telephone calls and walk-in traffic at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce and Seguin Convention & Visitors Bureau in December
Social Security- 4
Tri- County A/C & Heating- 2
Texas Greyhound of Seguin
Workforce Solutions Alamo- 2
You’re So Crafty
Central Texas Golf Fest
General Membership Meeting
March 12 & 13
Showcase Seguin Spring into Green
General Membership Meeting
Advanced Concrete Restoration & Design
Willie & Brenda Bloch
Cancer Care Centers of South Texas
Consumer Credit Counseling Service
Continental Automotive Systems
Cross United Church of Christ
Crossroads Legal Video
Trina Eastwood - REMAX-Hill Country
Eden Home, Inc.
Gloria Elder - Karen McMillan Realtors
Sue Ann Engbrock - Karen McMillan Realtors
Hartman Insurance Agency Inc.
J&J Spirit Shoppe, LLC
JC Penney Company
Maldonado Nursery, Landcape & Irrigation
Marion Band Boosters, Inc.
McQueeney Baptist Church
Moore House Reservations- 3
Planning & Zoning- 8
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce- 2
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce- 3
Seguin Activity Center- 2
Seguin Community Dental Clinic
Seguin Housing Authority
Seguin Youth Services
County Clerk- 2
Department of Public Safety
Everything Jesus Farm
Heritage Museum- 2
Human Services- 2
Joe’s Italian Grille
Rising Stars Learning Center
1465 E. Court St., Seguin, TX 78155
78155 Athletic Club
Apex Glass and Mirror
Auto Recycling (Green Leaf)
Better Business Bureau
Caterpillar - from England
Caterpillar- 8 / SEDC - 24
Christmas tree farms
City Inspector- 2
Clock Repairs- San Anthony
CMC Steel Texas
Community Council of South Central Texas
855 Jefferson Ave., Seguin, TX 78155
Restaurants/Clubs Fast Food
Thursday, Feb. 26
78155 Athletic Club, 5-7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20
3:30 p.m., Chamber
Thursday, Feb. 19
Setting Your Financial Records
Straight Seminar & Breakfast,
9 a.m., Chamber
Showcase Seguin Committee,
5 p.m., Chamber
Tuesday, Feb. 17
Board of Directors Meeting, Noon,
Thursday, Feb. 12
After-Hours Mixer, LUV Homes,
Day Care & Child Development
Eliodoro “Lolo” Martinez
Remodeling - Repairs
233 River Rd., Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-1388 Fax: 830-386-4199
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Governmental Affairs, 7 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
General Membership Meeting &
Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Coliseum
Showcase Seguin Committee,
5 p.m., Chamber
Thursday, Feb. 5
Education Partnership Committee,
5:30 p.m., Chamber
Monday, Feb. 9
Ambassadors Meeting, Noon, Casa Sol
Tuesday, Feb. 10
Economic Development Committee,
4 p.m., Chamber
Freedom Fiesta Committee,
5:30 p.m., Chamber
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Executive Committee Meeting,
7 a.m., Chamber
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Mr. and Mrs. Roger Betchler work on hanging the artwork Betchler
created for the main wall at the Chamber office. In addition to this
custom work, several members of the Oakwood Art League have works
on display (and for sale) at the Chamber, 116 N. Camp St.
Open House and
Night for Stars!
A huge martini glass filled with
limes and an arrangement
by Dietz Flowers was a
showstopper as a centerpiece
on the food tables for the
afternoon Open House and
evening donor celebration.
Below, Charlie Koehler
congratulates the Chamber on
its new location; Kathy Seeger
of Alamo Title and Jim Blair of
Century 21 United D&D Real
Estate enjoy the shindig; and
below, celebrating a toast led by
Mark Long of First Commercial
Bank are Kathy Pullin of
kathypullin.com, Steve Johnson
of Kirby’s Korner, and AJ
Martinez of OHM Electric.
Building on the Past
Preparing for the Future
To date, donors are:
Community supports Chamber’s Capital Campaign
Super Star - $15,000+
The Donegan Family
Seguin Rotary Club
Five-Star - $10,000 - $14,999
Seguin Chevrolet Inc.
Finish Line Construction Services, LLC
Four-Star - $7,500 - $9,999
All Occasions Catering
Wells Fargo Bank
Seguin Assisted Living
Schertz Bank & Trust
Alamo Group Inc.
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Sullivan Contracting Services
The Koehler Company
Guadalupe Blanco River Authority
Three-Star - $4,500 - $7,499
Bill & Rose Mary Ermel, Sharon Bettis,
Dale Dyess Realtors, Ray Simecek DDS,
Five Star Title, CAVCO Homes of Texas,
John Hudson DDS, Phil Rinn,
Craig Rinn & Mary Ann Frisbie, Doris Rinn,
Hampton Inn, Schroeder Beverages Inc.,
Johnny’s Bar-B-Que, Sonic Drive-In No. 2,
Springs Hill Water Supply,
Kirchner Erection Co.,
Arnold Zwicke, Steve Koehler,
Orthodontic Specialists of Seguin
US Health Group
Membrane Filtration Products, Inc.
Fabio’s Inc. (dba San Anthony Jewelry)
Betty Ann Matthies
Seguin Fabricators, Ltd.
Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union
Alamo Title Company
Masters Electrical Company
James C. Lee, MD
Tri-County A/C and Heating, Inc.
Robert C. Pfullmann Jr., Attorney at Law
Hartman Insurance Agency, Inc.
Dr. Melanie Carreon
Seguin Animal Hospital
Andrade-Buck, Inc. (Subway)
Seguin Ford Mercury
Broadway National Bank
The Oak Tavern
Dr. Dean Zincone
True Blue Entertainment LLC (Country Cabaret)
Ingram Readymix Inc.
Starcke Furniture Co.
Goetz Funeral Home
The First National Bank of Beeville
Two-Star -$3,000 - $4,499
One-Star - $1,500 - $2,999
State Farm Insurance, Mark Herbold
Carter’s Tire Center, Inc.
ZDT Amusement Center, Ltd.
Shanafelt Auto Co. Inc.
Seguin Electric Company, Inc.
King Properties & King Ranger Theatre
David Baenziger, Harold Baenziger
Black Castle Construction, Ltd.
DEW Properties, LP
William G. Brown CPA PC
James S. Frost Law Office
Menn & Associates
Cascades Gift Shop
Texaco Xpress Lube/ Xpress Truck
Law Offices of Stephen D. Finch
Angel Pest Control
Tres Hewell Mortuary
State Farm Insurance - Leroy Alves
Nesbit Living & Recovery Center
Karen McMillan Realtors - Terry Wells
Mickey Ferrell Realtors - Keith & Helene
The Ledbetter Group &
Ledbetter’s Dependable Cleaners
78155 Athletic Club
The 78155 Athletic Club celebrated its opening at 1199 E.
College Street with the help of Chamber Ambassadors. Call
379-9266. 78155 is hosting an After-Hours Mixer Feb. 26.
The wing experts in Seguin - Wingstop has opened at 1465
E. Court. Owner John Ortiz and Manager Gregoria Gutierrez
invite everyone to stop by 11 a.m. to midnight to enjoy some
chicken wings in a variety of flavors. Call Wingstop at 3797400. Also pictured with Ambassadors is Ben Dimicelli.
Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce • February 2009 • Page 5
NUYU ... a new version of you
Tom Raetzsch, MD, and Marilynn Mujezinovic-Womack, FNP-C, celebrated
the opening of NUYU, 109 E. Cedar. NUYU is a full medical aesthetic practice
offering Botox, Juvederm, laser hair removal, spider vein treatment, weight
loss, Swedish massages and photofacial rejuvenation, in addition to continuing
to provide medical care to patients. NUYU office hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30
p.m. weekdays and phone is 830-433-4311. Also pictured with Chamber
Ambassadors are Ally Long, RMT; Jennifer Price, LVN; Nancy Tatum, Lois
Elley, Angela Esparza, Julia Herrera, and Amanda Juarez
Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza
Owner/Manager Christian Kopp welcomes everyone to Papa Murphy’s at
1346 E. Court St. Also pictured are co-owners Robyn and Jason Ragsdale,
who, with Kopp, also own the New Braunfels location. Papa Murphy’s is the
5th largest pizza chain in the country and is located in the HEB shopping
center. Papa Murphy’s is a take ‘n’ bake pizza shop and was voted Best
Pizza Chain in America six years in a row by the Restaurant & Institution
magazine. Call them at 379-7272.
Seguin Manor Apartments
Chamber Ambassadors assisted with the ribbon cutting at Seguin Manor Apartments, 800 N. Hwy. 123 Bypass. A 501(c)-3 complex, the mission of Seguin
Manor is to assist families and their children achieve social and economic stability by providing affordable housing, community support and educaiton. Melody
Kammerer is the director of Seguin Manor, which is managed by Wedge Management/Housing & Community Services.