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  • 12 Nov 2019 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every night we take bets on whether the weather man/woman is going to get close to correct on the next days temperatures.  The term "climate change" literally means the weather is gonna change. 

    And we live in Texas! So it can change multiple times in a day and we know that having a coat, blanket, and flip flops in the car are a necessity. We are prepared for anything that may happen. Blue northers are probably the biggest extreme we face in Giddings.  And if you are like me, you look forward to it so that you can pull out the Big Pot and make soup, stew, or chicken and dumplings. 

    At our house we always make a huge pot of deer chili.  Ask daughter number 2 about chili at our house.  She still hates it today! That makes me smile a little bit. 

    NEW MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT -

    Janda Monument Company joined the Chamber! We want to welcome Jacob Janda, owner to the Chamber family. We look forward to the open house and ribbon cutting on November 26th. More details to follow!

    Have a wonderful week, and stay warm!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 01 Nov 2019 10:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Temperatures are cooler than planned in our area.  The weather has been a little crazy and not predictable. It sure did make Halloween costumes much more comfortable than wearing something that is too hot and scratchy.  The local businesses got into the spirit of the season.  If you saw local citizens in costume it was because they were competing for best costume. The Nitsche Group always does a great job of keeping things interesting. The creativity and imagination that goes into their costumes is amazing. Surfer Bob and Tarzan were having a great time.

    It seems hard to believe but it is time to Fall Back from Daylight Savings Time.  We have become so used to the days being longer and it is light when we get off work. Next week will be a huge adjustment as the days are shorter and it is dark when we leave work. 

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    This weekend the traffic will become backed up through town and the deer hunters will be heading to the hill country and their deer leases.  Please be patient at the red lights, in restaurants, and around town. There are several things that are happening this weekend.  Circuit of the Americas, deer season opens, college football and our local businesses are ready to help you find the trophy sales you have been searching for around town. Check out Ashley's Attic and Gourmet Divas this weekend. They are ready to help you find your trophies!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 24 Oct 2019 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Greetings

    The flags are flapping in the wind today as the atmosphere gathers energy for the upcoming storms.  We still need the rain and we hope it is gentle and slow so the ground can soak it up. Our prayers go out to all those people around the Dallas area who were hit by the tornadoes and high winds. 

    Finally, you have probably realized that we only have nine more Saturdays before Christmas! That means the Christmas decorations will start showing up and the shopping for gifts will become less leisurely and more selective.  Check out all of our local businesses for those unique and special gifts. Shopping local is one of the best ways to support your community, helping to ensure all of our businesses can continue to support our non-profits, youth, and other civic organizations. Take the time to visit businesses in and around Giddings to find exactly what you are looking for in a gift. 


    Have a great day!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Events

    Schultz Texas Properties and State Farm Open House and Client Apprecitation Mixer - 246 E. Austin, October 24, 4:30pm

    St. Margaret's Catholic Church Fall Festival - October 27 at the Silos on Hwy 77. Serving begins at 11:00am

    Lee County Youth Center Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser - $10 per dozen. Order by October 27. 542-4100
    Pickup on October 29 from 7-10am

    Personnel Services Lunch & Learn - DISC Assessment by David Deviney. RSVP by Monday, October 28, email Donna@psstaffing.com. Lunch and Learn October 30, starting at 11:15am at Blinn College, Room 120.

  • 21 Oct 2019 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings!

    Kelita and I have had a super exciting and challenging week.

    • Tuesday - Met with Andrew Ross from Congressman McCaul's office. We discussed a possible visit in the future and some other opportunities to visit with their office. 
    • Wednesday - Celebrated Support Your Chamber Day 
    • Thursday - Took a location scout from The Walking Dead TV series all over town to photograph some empty buildings(Lee County Peanut Mill, old hospital, etc) to have in case any of our cool old buildings might work for a scene or the series. We gave lots of history and talked about all the films that have been done here in the past. His comment - WOW, the streets are very wide here! He is a cool guy!
    • Friday - Doug Giddings and his family were here for a short visit and lunch over at City Meat Market.

    If you have a chance drive over to the parking lot behind City Meat Market and next to The Secret Garden...

    The City of Giddings Street Crew was over there clearing and making it look nice. The City Street crew does a great job and we are very thrilled with their efforts.

    We also noticed the the Courthouse has started putting the Christmas Lights out. We will start dragging out our stuff soon! 

    Sip & Shop Christmas Market is over 75% sold on booth spaces.  We are well on our way to maxing our sales out for the show. REminder - We will need help that morning to set up. You can sign up now or later. It is always fun to see a new venue come to life. 

    Hope you have a great weekend!


    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

  • 09 Oct 2019 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are so excited to see the cooler temperatures and it will surely help us to get into the mood for Pumpkin Spice coffee, or tea, or other beverage of choice. We have a couple of things happening this week that you don't want to miss.

    In other news the Houston Astros are still in the playoffs. We are rooting for our Stros!

    And finally you may have heard about the Lee County Youth Center selling some Krispy Kreme Donuts for a fundraiser. They $10 per dozen and we can deliver the donuts if you order 10 dozen or more. You will want to order the donuts! I love these darn things and don't want to eat the whole thing.

    We have order forms at the Chamber or talk to any Lee County Youth Center board member. We are excited about this fundraiser.

    Have a great week and enjoy the cooler weather.


    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM
    Executive Director

  • 23 Sep 2019 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Greetings Vendors, Craftsmen, and Artisans,

    We are excited to announce the new and improved Sip & Shop Christmas Market which will be hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at The Silos on 77!

    Lori Hamff and Team have graciously joined forces with us to create an event that will attract more shoppers.

    This year we are adding the Sip & Shop with the opportunity to have a cold beverage while shopping. Also new this year will be Santa's Workshop where we will have arts & crafts for the kids to take home.

    Your going to want to sign up early because all the vendors from last year have a chance to register for this event first. We will start reaching out to the community at large and regionally to attract some new vendors. 

    We do have a page on our Chamber website under the Events tab that will take you to the online registration. 

    Let us know if you have questions.

  • 03 Sep 2019 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings

    We are very excited to announce the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Daricek Insurance. 

    Join us on Friday, September 6th at 10am at the new office of Daricek Insurance.  We are excited to see the new place. 

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  • 30 Aug 2019 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our office received a phone call this morning from a lady who wanted to tell us about her experience in Giddings on Monday.

    She had a blow out on Hwy 290 going to Houston.  She was 6 miles out and trying to make it into Giddings.  An Altman Plants employee stopped and helped her get back on the road. 

    She was so amazed by the kindness of the man and his willingness to help her and get her back on her way.  She repeatedly told me how blessed she was by this seemingly bad event. She made me cry with her description of the man helping her. Good crying! It made me so proud of our wonderful community and all the amazing people who live here.

    Thank you to each and everyone of you for all you do in our community and for leading your company employees to be wonderful people. 

    WE ARE BLESSED!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

  • 13 Aug 2019 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings,

    We are currently under a BURN BAN for the whole county.  Please share this information with your staff, family, and friends.

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    The temperatures are very warm and make us thankful for air conditioning. Please stay hydrated this week and pray for rain.

    We do want to also make you aware of an upcoming TRAFFIC SITUATION at the railroad tracks starting on Monday, August 19th  at 10pm and continuing until 10am on Tuesday, August 20th to upgrade the tracks and railway crossing arms. Please use Hempstead Street as a detour, or stay east of Highway 77. See attachment. 

    There are several upcoming events that are sure to put a smile on your face.  If you need information or tickets let us know.  We can help.  

    Watch for news about upcoming ribbon cuttings, open houses, and Chamber Mixers. 

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

  • 02 Aug 2019 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are happy to see the weekend rapidly approaching! There is so much to be thankful for today.  We have another little kitten that showed up this week.  We have him ready to go home with someone who is looking for a baby kitty. SWEET LITTLE BABY kitty.  

    We are also getting ready for our 97th Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.  We have a great group of folks receiving awards on Tuesday night at the American Legion Hall. These are local citizens who have given their time, talent, and treasure over the years. We are blessed to be able to honor them with a small token of appreciation. We have sold out of tickets this year and are so excited to see everyone. 

    DID YOU KNOW SCHOOL STARTS IN TWO WEEKS? Where did the summer go?  

    Check out the attachments to find out the dates and times of the local upcoming events.

    Just got a phone call from the Judge's office.  We are under a County Wide EMERGENCY BURN BAN!

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    Statistical Info about Lee County - Unemployment 2.9%

    Census 2020 is right around the corner.  

    census.gov


    Texas

    2018 Population Estimates

    28,701,845

    Source: Vintage 2018 Population Estimates

    Median Household Income

    $ 57,051

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Persons in poverty, percent

    14.7 %

    Source: 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

    Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher

    82.8 %

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Persons without health insurance, percent

    18.2 %

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Median Housing Value

    $ 151,500

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Total Housing Units

    10,611,386

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Number of Companies

    2,356,748

    Source: 2012 Survey of Business Owners: Company Summary

    Male Median Income

    $ 34,914

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Female Median Income

    $ 22,238

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Veterans

    1,482,871

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Percent of households with a broadband Internet subscription

    76.8 %

    Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Have a great weekend!

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Giddings Chamber of Commerce
183 E. Hempstead
Giddings, TX 78942
Located in the Lee County Museum, off the Courthouse Square

Contact:  (979) 542-3455
Chamber email:  chambergiddings@gmail.com
Tourism email:  giddingschamber@gmail.com



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