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  • 21 Sep 2012 2:44 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Greetings Friends & Neighbors!

    We have a full schedule of events and activities for you to put on your calendar.  You have to only look around this great community to find something to suit your taste!  We are fortunate to live in an active, thriving city that supports many organizations and groups.  We hope you find something fun today as we blast into FALL!  SO EXCITED IT IS COOL!


    September 22 – Lions Club Brain Power Five & Dime 5K/10K Run Walk for Alzheimer’s Research at the Giddings Municipal Golf Course starting at the clubhouse at 8am.

    September 23 – Wendish Fest in Serbin at the Serbin Picnic Grounds. Church service starts at 8:30am and begins the day’s festivities.

    September 25 – the vendors will begin rolling in for the Round Top Arts & Crafts events that will bring 1000’s to Giddings


    October 2 – Walk IN Coffee and SO Much more at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 9am to 1pm.  These ladies can cook!

    October 2 – New Horizons Lions Club of Giddings will celebrate their 25th Anniversary at the Lion’s Den. Tickets available from Denice Harlan.

    October 4 – Community Blood Drive will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Sponsored by the New Horizons Lions Club.

    October 5-6 – Dime Box Mini Marathon and Black Bridge Festival

    October 6-7 – Tough Mudder in Paige

    October 9 – The Pink Ribbon Affair benefiting the Lee County Area Cancer Resource Center will host their annual event at the

    American Legion Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm.

    Shop local and support Giddings & its many unique events & activities!

  • 10 Sep 2012 5:09 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    It is very busy this time of year! Thank goodness for the cooler weather and a nice breeze.  We have been visited by hummingbirds and butterflies here at the office.  It is so wonderful to look out the window and see the beauty of our world taking time to smell the flowers.

    We will have the Circus this week and the Texas Word Wrangler Festival and then on Sunday there is the Bull Ball in the Fall out at the Rodeo Arena.  There is the Fire Department Golf Tournament and a Water Forum too. 

    Busy, busy, busy.  And don’t forget the Rotary Club of Giddings is sponsoring a golf tournament, we have the Family Crisis Center Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening, and the Brain Power Fun Run.

    September 11th – Patriot Day - GVFD Golf Tournament – Sept. 11th at Giddings Public Golf Course (all day)

    September 12th – George Carden Super Spectacular Circus at the Lee County Fair Grounds(Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Arena) 5pm and 7:15 performances

    September 13th – Texas Word Wrangler Gala at the Giddings Public Library at 7pm

    September 14th – Texas Word Wrangler Festival at the Giddings Public Library from 9am to 5pm. 25 Texas authors will be on hand to visit, talk about books and sign copies.

    September 16th – Bull Ball in the Fall Bull Fighting at the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Covered Arena, Gates open at 4pm.

    September 18th – Water Forum in Bastrop at 7pm

    September 20th – Rotary Club of Giddings Annual Golf Tournament at the Giddings Public Golf Course.

    September 21st – Ribbon Cutting for Family Crisis Center in their newly renovated facility.(the old sheriff’s office)

    September 22nd – Brain Power 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk. Sponsored by the New Horizons Lions Club at the Giddings Public Golf Course.

    September 23rd – Texas Wendish Fest at the picnic grounds in Serbin all day long.

    We want to remind you about the upcoming Wendish Fest that is held annually out in Serbin.  The Wendish Fest is a traditional Wendish festival with all the activities that you would have done as a family back in the early days.  Join the Serbin community as they celebrate their history and heritage.


    Texas Wendish Fest



    8:30 am English Service

    9:30 am Bible Class & Sunday School

    9:45 am Noon meal ticket sales begin

    10:00 am Welcome & Table Prayer

    10:00-2:30 Silent Auction

    10:00-3:00 Easter Egg Decorating

    10:30 am German Service

    11:15-2:15 Kovanda’s Czech Band

    12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 pm Church Tours

    1:30 pm Noodle Making at the Pavilion

    1:30 pm Children’s Coloring Contest

    2:00 pm Sausage Stuffing at the Pavilion

    2:00 pm Washer Pitching

    2:30 pm Snack Booths Open

    3:00 pm Special Entertainment

    4:45 pm Cross-Cut Saw Contest

    Other Events & Demonstrations:

    *Quilting *Stone Ground Corn Meal *Sauerkraut Making

    *Old Farm Equipment *By-Gone Years *Blacksmithing

    *Central Texas Old Iron Collector’s Tractor Exhibit

    *Classic Auto Display *Train Rides by SLCVFD

    *Moon Walk *Face Painting

    *’’Kletternpfosten” (Greased Pole Climbing) *Stick Horse Races

    *Sale of Heritage or “pass along” plants

    Hope you have a great week!


  • 27 Aug 2012 10:14 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)
    Real Estate Center Online News

    August 24, 2012
    Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Material herein is published according to the fair-use doctrine of U.S. copyright laws related to non-profit, educational institutions. Items attributed to sources other than the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University should not be reprinted without permission of the original source.


    SAN MARCOS (Austin American-Statesman) – Texas State University plans to expand its research and teaching related to drought, rivers, springs and other water matters under a $10 million plan.

    The university's River Systems Institute will get a new name, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, in recognition of a $1 million donation from the Dallas-based Meadows Foundation.

    The $1 million gift is to endow the center, and the foundation expects to make additional endowment gifts during the next few years for a total of $5 million, said Bruce Esterline, its vice president for grants. Texas State will seek other philanthropic gifts as well as state funds earmarked for emerging research universities to achieve the $10 million goal.

    "Establishing the center is a critical step toward our goal of preserving a sustainable supply of water to support the needs of Texas' residents, wildlife and natural habitats by providing scientific research on which to base sound water management policies in Texas," said Linda Perryman Evans, president and CEO of the Meadows Foundation.

    The $10 million plan is intended to underwrite graduate student fellowships, research projects and endowed faculty positions in environmental flows, watershed management, environmental education, and water conservation and sustainability.


    AUSTIN (Inside Self-Storage) – In what represents one of the largest self-storage portfolios sold in the United States this year, World Class Capital Group LLC has acquired a 12-property self-storage portfolio from Sovran Self Storage.

    The portfolio includes more than 8,000 units totaling almost one million sf. The units are in Houston and Dallas.

    World Class has planned a multi-million-dollar capital-improvement project for the self-storage facilities. The investment firm will rebrand the properties under its Great Value Storage flagship brand.

    Sovran operates under the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage brand.


    COLLEGE STATION (Center for Retailing Studies) – The 2012 Retailing Summit will be Oct. 11–12 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in uptown Dallas.

    This year's program includes speakers from H-E-B, AT&T, GameStop, Southwest Airlines and Toys 'R' Us.

    The conference is sponsored by the Center for Retailing Studies, part of Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. Proceeds will fund educational programs for students pursuing retail studies at Texas A&M University.

  • 22 Aug 2012 2:43 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    We are pleased to keep you up to date on the events & activities that are happening in Giddings.  Just a reminder to all of our Chamber businesses – we are looking for coupons, business cards and brochures to put into our visitors and hospitality bags for our many visitors. This is one of the promotional benefits our local businesses can enjoy when they join the Chamber.

    Local Events & Activities in Giddings ~

    Giddings Swap Meet – Aug. 24-26th at Firemen’s Park from 9am to dark

    Fedor Fish Fry – Saturday, Aug. 25th

    Grace Lutheran Pipe Organ Dedication Ceremony - Sunday, Aug. 26th at 4pm located at Grace Lutheran Church –

    ·       Grace Lutheran Church ELCA will dedicate its newly refinished and restored pipe organ on Sunday, August 26th at 4:00 P.M. Grace is located at 1123 North Orange (Hwy 141) in Giddings. The organ was a gift to the church by Jeffrey Arnold who will be the special guest at the dedication program. At the organ will be Aaron Garcia, Bachelor of Arts in Organ Performance, and Master of Sacred Music.  

    The program will consist of hymns in which the attendees will participate, interspersed with organ voluntaries. In addition five Master Musicians from the University of Texas will present several compositions composed by Mr. Garcia. Mr. Arnold will present a history of the organ. Refreshments will follow the Dedicatory Program. All are invited with no ticket required and no offering taken.

    Anytime Fitness Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening – Aug. 28th from 10am to Noon. Come tour the facilities and meet the staff at our newest 24 hour fitness center.

    Writers Seminar – Sept. 8th from 9am to 4pm at the Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center featuring

    Texas Word Wrangler Festival –Friday, Sept. 14th at Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center from 9am to 5pm. Join us for a day filled with stories, books and meet 26 Texas authors.

     Hope to see you in the neighborhood!

  • 20 Aug 2012 6:17 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    The Chamber held the annual Community Awards Banquet Tuesday Aug 14th at the Landmark Event Center.  The community turned out in force as we had a sold out show!  It was a great event with a costume contest, hula hooping and bubble gum all around.  Our guests were treated to Giddings Downtown Restaurant roast beef, baked chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad and rolls that would rival any grandma we know.  Ice Cream floats of every flavor were available for the guests after the wonderful meal.  Thanks to our sponsors we were able to have a wonderful evening.

    Thanks to all the local civic organizations for their willingness to give their awards out at our banquet.  It gives our community a chance to see great community volunteers honored for their hard work!

    Banquet Chairwoman, Dinah Breeden did a great job with the decorations and was very instrumental in directing the overall theme of the night.  You can thank her for the ice cream floats, because it was her wonderful recommendation.  I think the Triple XXX Root Beer was a big hit too, thanks to Jonathan Socha!  Of course you can’t have floats without ice cream and soda which was provided by Brookshire Brothers.  Thanks Mr. Pitts! 

    Our social hour is always sponsored by the Chamber Board of Directors each year.  We always have a wonderful selection of tasty snacks to choose from on the appetizer table.  THANK YOU CHAMBER BOARD MEMBERS!

    Our social hour is also sponsored by our local beverage companies and we appreciate their continued support.  Thanks to Mike Hopkins, Saunders and Wright Distributing for coming to our event and putting a smile on our face!

    One thing that was apparent last night at the banquet was the love and admiration our community has for its awards recipients.  There were smiles and tears as each recipient received their award, but the presenters were also affected by the awards and who was receiving them.  You know you are doing something right when you see so many standing ovations during a community event such as this.

    Thank you so much for your support and participation in our local community.  Thank you for continuing to support your Chamber of Commerce!

    We are still accepting nominations for new board members.  Elections will be held soon!  You or someone you know would be a great Chamber Board member.  Contact the Chamber office for details.


    Thank You to our Banquet Sponsors


    First National Bank - Platinum

    Classic Bank - Silver

    Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative - Bronze

    LiveAir Networks - Bronze

    Breakfast Lions Club - Bronze

    Giddings Noon Lions Club - Bronze

    Giddings New Horizon Lions Club - Bronze

    Rotary Club of Giddings - Bronze

    Insurance Network of Texas - Bronze

    B & N Oilfield Equipment Services - Bronze

    Morgan Petroleum Testers - Bronze

    Stoney’s Liquor - Bronze

    Mike Hopkins Distributing, Inc. - Bronze

    Saunders Distributing, Inc. - Bronze

    Wright Distributing, Inc. - Bronze

    Lee County Peanut Company * Brookshire Brothers * The Ice Box


  • 08 Aug 2012 3:22 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    The summer days are warm and seem to be keeping with tradition.  No rain, lots of sunshine and all the usual complaints for this time of year.  HEY! It’s August in Texas! It is supposed to be hot! 

    We have a great story to share with you.  Take time to read a story about Giddings that is being circulated by the Texas Downtown Association & the Rural Conversations Newsletter.  We have had some great interns over the years and this year was no different.  We were lucky to have Lauren for about 4 weeks.  It was great to have her here and she learned a lot.  We can say that it is always interesting for our interns because every day is different and exciting.

    We hope you enjoy the story as much as we did.

    An Intern Experience - Giddings and Nocona
    Rural Conversations
    Memories from interns participating in the Texas Rural Internship Program in Giddings and Nocona.

    REMINDER- Chamber Banquet tickets are going fast!  We only have a few tables left for Tuesday night.  The banquet will be held at the Landmark Event Center at 6PM, Tuesday, August 14th.  We will honor our citizen of the year, lifetime achievement award winner and several others at this event.  Join us in congratulating all of our honored citizens. Tickets are $25 per person, at the Chamber office.

  • 06 Aug 2012 12:59 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    Reminder – Country Music Monday-Lone Star Opry is every first Monday of each month.  Join the Rotary Club of Giddings tonight, August 6th for some great country entertainment at the Giddings High School Cafetorium.  The Rotary Club does provide curb service so that the walk  from the parking lot does not keep the guests from attending.  Also, hamburgers are being served by the Breakfast Lions Club at the concession stand to make it a complete evening of food and entertainment.  Tickets for the show are still only $5!

    • •·       Meet & Greet and Ribbon Cutting for Texas Disposal Systems will be held at the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce in the Red Brick Depot on Tuesday, August 7th from 10am to 12pm.   Come meet our newest member and hear all about the benefits of residential recycling.  We are pleased to host this meet and greet for a member that does not have a bricks & mortar building.  We want them to feel welcome in our community.  Bring your business cards!  This is a great chance to network with other like-minded business owners.



    Everybody wants to have written a book, but not everyone knows how to start, finish or what to do next. It is exactly these challenges that the seminar FROM WRITER TO AUTHOR: The Lonely Years (What You Didn’t Want To Know But Have To) addresses.  Come join 19 other aspiring writers in a hands-on workshop led by mystery author Dee Wilbur (Dee Pipes and Charlie Yates).  You will leave with a clear roadmap for your journey from writer to author. 

    The lucky 20 will meet Saturday, September 8th from 9-4 (lunch included) at:

     The Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center

    276 N. Orange

    Giddings, Texas 78942


    The cost is $45 in advance or $55 at the door. Sign up now at the Giddings Public Library!


    Check out Dee Wilbur at or at  Participants from earlier seminars have completed their drafts, submitted manuscripts, and published books.

    You will receive your pre-work for the seminar after you register. We’re going to have fun, so bring a friend. 


  • 30 Jul 2012 5:02 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    We are so excited to announce the Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of the Landmark Event Center.  Our friend & neighbor, Fred Jones and his wife Dee, owner of Giddings Downtown Restaurant will welcome the community to their newest venture. Please join us for tours and refreshments at 289 N. Main, Giddings, Texas.

    Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

    August 2, 2012


    Join us for refreshments!

    Welcome Fred & Dee Jones in their new venture!

    Tours will be available.

    Remember we will have the Chamber Banquet at the Landmark on August 14th at 6pm.

    Other community reminders:

    • •·       Country Music Monday, August 6th, 7:30 P.M. at the Giddings High School Cafetorium on Highway 77 North of Giddings. Tickets $5.00 food available.  Performers: Sally Carlson, Tom Morris; Terry Moore, Jeff Kimey, Rick Weiss, and the regular Country Music Monday Band.
    • •·       Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Texas Disposal Systems – August 7th at 10am at the Red Brick Depot.  Join us at the Chamber office for refreshments and help us welcome our new member and learn about their award winning recycling program and the new community trash management company.

    Let us know how we can help you and your business grow!

  • 27 Jul 2012 8:46 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)
    In September Texas Monthly will be hosting their 3rd Annual BBQ Festival. Participating this year will be our City Meat Market!

    The City Meat Market owned by Gerald Birkelbach, is listed among Texas Monthly's top 50.


    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    12 p.m. – 5 p.m.: VIP admission
    1 p.m. – 5 p.m.: General admission



    The City Terrace at the Long Center

    Overlooking beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. 701 W. Riverside Drive (at the corner of S. 1st Street) Austin, Texas

  • 27 Jul 2012 8:40 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Continued activity in the oil and gas industry made the state’s mining and logging industry first in job creation in June, according to the Real Estate Center's Monthly Review of the Texas Economy.

    The leisure and hospitality industry and the other services industry ranked second and third.

    Odessa ranked first in job creation followed by Laredo, Texarkana, Corpus Christi and San Angelo.

    The Texas economy gained 231,000 nonagricultural jobs from June 2011 to June 2012, an annual growth rate of 2.2 percent compared with 1.3 percent for the United States. The state’s private sector added 281,800 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3.2 percent compared with 1.8 percent for the nation’s private sector.

    Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7 percent from 8.1 percent. The nation’s rate decreased from 9.1 to 8.2 percent.

    All Texas industries except the information industry had more jobs, but the state’s government sector continues to lose jobs.

    All Texas metro areas except College Station-Bryan, Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Abilene and Wichita Falls had more jobs.

    The complete economic review, written by Dr. Ali Anari and Dr. Mark Dotzour, is available on the Center's website.

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

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