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  • 10 Jun 2016 12:31 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    As you can tell from the subject line, we have had enough of this incessant rain!  The mosquitoes are starting to attack, the humidity is making my hair curl to a new level, enough already! 

    But in happier news, we have a lot going on during June and we want you to join us!


    Congratulations to Hunan Chinese Restaurant our June Chamber Business Member of the Month. They support many of our community organizations throughout the year. We recognize our member to thank them for their many contributions. Annie and the whole Vo family know and love their customers just like they are family. According to Annie, "this is so much more than just a restaurant, we are part of the community and their lives." We are very lucky to have Annie and her family as part of our Chamber family.

    Relay 4 Life - Friday, June 10th -



    Relay For Life of Lee County

    “Race to a Million”

    Friday, June 10, 2016


    Giddings High School, Buffalo Stadium


    Join us for a night of celebrating, remembering and fighting back! This free event is open to the public—we’ve all been impacted by cancer in some way.


    Survivor Lap—6:30pm

    Caregiver Lap—Immediately following

    Luminaria Ceremony—9:00pm


    We’ll have several activities/games, a silent auction, raffle items, live entertainment along with great food—turkey legs, snow cones, fried fish, kolaches, tamales and more!


    Visit  or call 979-776-1464 for more information.


    Ribbon Cutting - Saturday, June 11th at Jigsaw Weaponry. More details to follow.


    Cruise Night - Thursday, June 16th - More info to follow. Cool cars, old cars, vintage cars, and bragging rights(1991 and earlier)! Downtown from 7-9pm. For more details call Chuck Crane - 281-814-4081.


    Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening - Friday, June 17th Join us at the Chamber office at 4:30 for a Ribbon Cutting for LRG Ranch and Range, Amier Gantt, owner. We are excited for our new member and look forward to hearing about his project.


    Juneteenth Parade - Saturday, June 18th hosted by the Lee County Juneteenth Committee in downtown Giddings. Contact the Giddings Public Library for parade registration forms.


    Quilt Show, June 24-25 Details to follow.


    Lee County Youth Center Fundraiser Dance - June 25th 3rd Annual Dance at the Depot with the Black Cat Choir. See attached Flyer.

    2nd Annual Senior Expo - June 28th at Sons of Hermann Hall from 10 to 2. We have attached a flyer. Businesses may want a table at the event. Contact the Chamber for more information.


    11th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament - Thursday, June 30th See the attached flyer.


    Lots of fun things to do this month and we would like for you to share this email with your family and friends.

    Thanks for your continued support of the Chamber!

    Nominations for our Community Awards are now open. 

  • 07 Apr 2016 2:06 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)
    We hope you are having a wonderful week!  This weather has been so nice with the cool mornings and the warm afternoons.  The bees have started visiting the bottle brush out back and the roses are magnificent!

    We have been posting our rose photos on our Facebook page so we can share the beauty. Share your too if you get a chance.

    The next couple of weeks are going to be BUSY! 

    Starting tonight is the Rodeo Giddings slack, which will begin competition tomorrow night.


    • Rodeo Giddings - April 8th & 9th at 7:30pm. Admission $10

    • Concord Christian - 2nd Annual Women's Conference
      Saturday, April 9, Breakfast from 8:30am-9:30am. Conference starts at 9:30am.
      Sunday, April 10, 8am worship service, 11am worship service
      Location: Concord Church at 124 W. Bellville, Giddings

    • Beautification Committee Work Day - Keep Texas Beautiful project will be held at Lee County Heritage Center from 9am to noon. The Lee County Youth Center volunteers will be painting the picket fence. Thanks to First National Bank for sponsoring this work day.

    • Martin Luther Lutheran Church Walk In Coffee - April 12th from 10am to 1pm

    • First United Methodist Church BBQ on Bun - April 19th from 1:30am to 1pm

    • An Evening with Chad Prather - April 22 at the Landmark Event Center
      Happy hour starts at 6:30pm. Dinner at 8pm. Individual tickets are $50, space is limited. To purchase call the Chamber 542-3455 or email:

    • Lee County Youth Center Volunteer Luncheon - Join the staff and students of the youth center as we recognize our hardworking volunteers on April 29th from 11am to 1pm.

  • 22 Mar 2016 10:40 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    The bluebonnets are blooming and my pecan tree has decided to begin to bud out.  Heard we may get some cool weather, but maybe it won't freeze anything.

    We are happy to send out reminders about upcoming events and activities that you will want to add to your calendar. Also, just a thought - WARNING - Dates in calendar are closer than they appear.

    Next week -


    • Easter Week - Friday, March 25th - Good Friday and Sunday, March 27th is Easter Sunday.

    • Tuesday, March 29th - Achievement Now with Craig Krause from 11am to 1pm at First National Bank Business Center. Highly motivational and energizing Lunch N Learn. Let us know if you are coming so we can order lunch for you.

    • Thursday, March 31st - California Wine Country Trip - Chamber Trip to the Wine Country is a fun 5 day excursion with food, wine and several special visits.  

    • Monday, April 4th - Country Music Monday-Lone Star Opry

    • April 7-9th - Rodeo Giddings - Lee county Sheriff's Posse CPRA Rodeo at the Arena.

    • Saturday, April 9th - Keep Texas Beautiful/Keep Giddings Beautiful in Giddings includes opportunities to help with local service projects and clean up activities.

    • Tuesday, April 12th - Martin Luther Lutheran Church Walk In Coffee from 10am to 1pm.

    • Tuesday, April 19th - First United Methodist Church BBQ on Bun Fundraiser


    The Chamber will be closed on Good Friday. HAPPY EASTER!

  • 15 Mar 2016 9:02 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Get Ready for Lee County Fair

    The Lee County Fair starts on Thursday evening after school. The arts & craft vendors begin setting up and the Youth Fair board has worked for at least a week hanging flagging, banners, cleaning buildings, setting benches, and picnic tables; all in preparation of the Lee County Fair & Charcoal Challenge BBQ Cook-Off.

    The community wide event brings together the best of bbq cooking, Texas Country Music, arts & crafts, The Mighty Thomas Carnival, competitive beer and wine making, hot sauce, cobblers, and Senior Citizen activities.

    Thursday -  Gates open at 4pm: Arts & Crafts Vendors, BBQ Cook-Off teams are setting up.  Free to enter the fairgrounds. Carnival opens at 6pm with two for one armband specials.  The Mighty Thomas Carnival has rides for all ages. This carnival has been coming to Giddings for the past five years. The Elite Cheer Competition team will perform under the big pavilion their Spring Show.  Then local DJ Jason will take over.

    Friday-  Senior Citizen Day is the favorite activity for Friday because we kick off the day with Bingo, followed by LaGrange Roadrunners Square Dancers and Polka Music. Seniors can pick up great information from the sponsor tables that are located around the grounds. BBQ plates are served for a fee of $3. The meal is sponsored by Oakland Manor and LCRA.

    Saturday - Starting with the Parade in Giddings around City Park and then continuing out at the Fairgrounds for a fun-filled day.

  • 09 Mar 2016 2:27 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    The Keep Texas Beautiful and Great Texas Trash-Off are coming up on April 9th.  Our office is registered with Keep Texas Beautiful. We received trash bags and gloves for any group that would like to pick up trash in Giddings.

    We also have a list of activities that we will receive credit for if we record our community doing the activity.

    Let our office know what your group will be doing to help Keep Texas Beautiful.  We are so excited to be a part of this program.

    Your group or organization will be recognized by the Chamber and our community for their efforts.

  • 02 Mar 2016 3:34 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Cooler temperatures have returned to give us a small respite from the hot, muggy Texas Spring.  We have some wonderful events coming up in the next week or two that should get you out and about!



    Thursday, March 3-5th is the Lee County Junior Livestock Show and Sale located at the Lee County Sheriff's Posse Arena and Livestock Show Barn.

    Thursday, March 3rd is the Community Blood Drive at Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE! 8am to 2pm and bring your ID, remember to eat a meal before donating.

    We count on your donations!

     Giddings Community


    08:00 AM -02:00 PM

    Immanuel Lutheran Church

    Fellowship Hall

    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    299 North Leon
    Giddings, TX 78942

    CLICK HERE or call (512) 206-1316 to schedule your appointment!

    For questions contact:

    Debbie Malinak

    (979) 542-7960


    Friday, March 4th is the Dedication of the Jeff Dock Child Development Center(formerly Head Start)

    Saturday, March 5th is the Emmett Hannes 5K sponsored by the Rotary Club of Giddings

    Sunday, March 6th is the American Legion BBQ

    American Legion Barbecue
    Sunday, March 6, 2016
    at American Legion Hall, 1502 S. Hwy 77

    Meat by the pound at 10:00am
    beef and pork

    Serving begins at 11:00am
    Adult plate dine in - $9.00
    Child plate (under 12) dine in - $4.00
    All to-go plates - $9.00
    Dessert included

    sponsored by American Legion York Post #276


    Monday, March 7th is Country Music Monday - Lone Star Opry at the Giddings High School Cafetorium

    Tuesday, March 8th is the Retired Teachers meeting

    Friday, March 11th is the Chamber Luncheon featuring Roy Burger, movie producer, actor, stuntman. Giddings Downtown Restaurant at 11am. Bring your business cards and be ready to talk about your business. We will meet in the new meeting room.

    Saturday, March 12th is the Special Olympic at Buffalo Stadium



    Tuesday, March 29th is Achievement Now Seminar with Craig Krause.  He always brings fun and learning to our Lunch N Learns.

    Thursday, March 31st is your chance to learn about the Chamber Tour to the Wine Country with Mayflower Tours! Come hear about this great trip and book your tour.


    Hope you have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!

    Denice Harlan, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 16 Sep 2013 3:16 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    We are already half way through September! Gosh the time just flies by…

    We are happy to announce that this promises to be a quiet week! Just in case you were wondering what to do in the next few weeks, we have included a couple of events that are just around the corner.


    ·       Tues. Sept. 17th – Special Called EDC Board Meeting at 5pm in Council Chambers at City Hall

    ·       Wed. Sept. 18th - Wine Down Wednesday at El Charro T  – sponsored by Giddings Residence and Rehabilitation

    ·       Thurs. Sept. 19th – Rotary Club of Giddings, regular lunch meeting at Los Patrones

    ·       Sun. Sept. 22nd – Wendish Fest at Serbin St. Paul Church & Picnic Grounds starting at 8:30am for German Church

    ·       Mon. Sept. 23rd – SHSU-TWC Youth/Employer Banquet at Giddings Public Library at 6:30pm

    ·       Mon. Sept. 23rd – City Council Meeting at 7:00pm in Council Chamber at City Hall

    ·       Wed. Sept. 25th – Thrivent Financial Event at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 6pm

    ·       Thurs. Sept. 26th – Giddings High School Higher Education Career Fair at 8:30am

    ·       Sat. Sept. 28th – Brain Power Five & Dime Fun Run/Walk sponsored by New Horizons Lions Club



    Let us know what you are planning so we can let the community know in our next email blast. Also remember that the Community Digital Sign is available for a small fee.



    "Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."

    undefined Harry Truman
  • 27 Aug 2013 4:11 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    It is that time of year again! School has started, football is on the horizon and the Texas Word Wrangler Festival is coming to Giddings!

    September 12th and 13th the Giddings Public Library will welcome 21 authors to town for this wonderful, culturally rich event.  Grab your book bag, your reading glasses and library card for a day filled with all kinds of interesting topics. The list includes books for every age and every interest.  Some of the authors will visit the local schools to talk to the students about the writing process and the making of a book. We are fortunate to have Dr. Jeff Kerr with his new book about Austin. He was featured in the Austin American Statesman over the weekend.  Plenty of great authors for every type of reader!  You decide who you would like to visit with at this event.

    As an added bonus, we are accepting coupons to go in the sponsor bags from Chamber members.  We will even pick your coupons or brochures to make sure we get everything in time.  Coupons, brochures or promotional items are great reminders to our visitors about all the great things to see and do while they are in Giddings.

    The Gala event is on Thursday night at the Library! Meet and greet all the authors before for the public event on Friday! Tickets are available at the Giddings Public Library. All proceeds benefit the library programs.





    Book Title



    Zyanya: Always and Forever



    The Cowboy's Cousin



    Phoebe Clappsaddle  Books



    Hug-A-Bug Travels to Greece



    Fat Fannie's Fudge Factory



    No One Else to Kill



    The Fork



    Little Acorn's Big Fall

    William III


    September 11



    The Black Pony

    Dr. Jeff


    Seat of Empire (book about Austin)



    The Best Season- The First 90 Games



    Ringold Rebel



    Bobby Jay: Stick and Stack Are Alive



    Journeys and Getaways

    Patricia Davis


    Cherries Jubilee



    The Heroes of San Jacinto

    Dee Pipes and Charles Yates


    Ravening Wolves



    If Horses Could Talk



    New Angle, New View

  • 10 Jul 2013 2:22 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    This event has been postponed and will not occur this Thursday. We will post updated news when we receive it. Thank you!

    Deal to direct more funds back to parks

    Published in The Bryan Eagle
    Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 12:00 am

    Officials from three Brazos Valley counties are poised for a big announcement this week regarding an overhaul of the operation of Lake Somerville that could potentially generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for the rural areas.

    Representatives from Burleson, Lee and Washington counties will join with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday to sign a cooperative joint management agreement. The agreement, which has been five years in the making, will shift responsibility for some management from two Corps parks touching the lake, Rocky Creek Park and Yegua Creek Park, to a nonprofit group created by the counties -- the Lake Somerville Resource Management Partnership.

    The Corps will retain maintenance duties at the park, but the nonprofit will operate the gates and collect the revenues that previously went to the federal government. The agreement will also allow the nonprofit to tap new areas to increase tourism, such as advertising for the parks and contracting with third-party vendors.

    Burleson County Judge Mike Sutherland said he expects the nonprofit to take in $500,000 to $600,000 in annual revenue through the agreement. Officials hope that figure will grow even more with extra amenities and advertising. They also plan to expand the nonprofit organization's operations into Burleson and Lee counties.

    The money, officials said, will have to be spent on the parks from which the fees are collected.

    Some of the initial ideas for park improvements kicked around by Sutherland include educational centers, bathroom improvements, courtesy docks and horse rentals.

    The signing ceremony will be open to the public and will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Corps offices at the Lake Somerville Dam. The management transition will go into effect on Oct. 1, and will not affect the nearby parks operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

    Doug Cox, regional partnership program manager for the Fort Worth District of the Corps, said a similar management agreement with a nonprofit group has only been arranged once prior in the district -- a 2009 agreement with the nonprofit Our Lands & Water Foundation for four North Texas lakes.

    He said the agreement will result in more park funds being directly spent on the park.

    "It's the wave of the future to keep these parks open and operating," Cox said.

    Similarly enthused is Clint Kolby with the Brenham Economic Development Foundation.

    "We really take pride that we're taking a regional approach to this," said Kolby, who serves on the nonprofit's board.

    He expects the funds to create a ripple effect through the participating counties that will help drive tourists, and their disposable incomes, to Washington, Burleson and Lee counties.

    "I think this a good model to use for other places for creating that public-private partnership to work together to create a positive impact on many areas," Kolby said.

  • 05 Jul 2013 5:15 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    Just a few reminders for the weekend and upcoming week –

    Tuesday, July 9th at 6pm – Lee County Transportation Workshop featuring CARTS is at the Giddings Public Library, 276 N. Orange(FM 141). Explore Our Services and Help us plan for the future. CARTS is a non-profit transportation system for Texans. Anyone can use CARTS. Call for a ride – 1-800-456-RIDE(7433) or check us out on the web at

    Thursday, July 11th Rotary Club of Giddings will host their annual Golf Tournament at Giddings Municipal Golf Course.  Contact Mark Johnson to register.

    Saturday, July 13th – Festival Hill will host their finale concert of the Summer Institute in Round Top.  This is the most beautiful place to hear music and hope everyone has an opportunity to attend.

    Tuesday, July 16th Regular Chamber Board of Directors meeting is held every Third Tuesday of each month. Members are welcome. We are still accepting applications for board members. Board elections will be held the first week of August.  Any member in good standing is eligible to run for a position on the board.  Contact the Chamber office for details.

    Friday, July 19th Entrepreneurial DNA Lunch N Learn featuring Jana Owen.  We will meet from 11am to 1pm at Giddings Downtown Restaurant.  Dutch Lunch allows everyone to join in and keep it simple.

    ARE YOU IN? How do you spread the news about your products & services?  Join us for the greatest networking opportunity around! Intentional Networking is the process of learning who is doing business in your community. The better acquainted you are with your local business owners and operators, the better you will be able to refer customers to them.  As we all know today, it is not what you know, but who you know.  Your customers are actively searching for the products and services you provide, but when you don’t have what they are looking for, you can make a huge impact on them by sending them to someone you know and trust.  That means, when you refer them to another local business that carries the product they want you are making your customer happy and creating a friend in the industry. Let us help you be part of the IN crowd.  Attend one of our networking events and meet fellow business owners you need to know!


    Today's Inspirational Quote:

    "Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now."

    -- P. T. Barnum


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

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