lodging, events, community


  • 30 May 2012 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We hope you are looking forward to a wonderful summer season.  We are busy here getting ready for the many wonderful activities that happen over the next several months.  Please take time to put these items on your calendar. Let us know if we missed an event that you are aware of in our community, but hasn’t been put on the list.  We look forward to advertising and promoting our community.


    Welcome Home to Master Sergeant Dan Sherfy

    Love, Your Family!


    This Week:

    • •·      May 31st - Community Blood Drive is Thursday, from 8:30am to 2:30pm at Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall. 
    • •·      June 1st - Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Stoney’s Liquor, located at the former Jambalaya property at 3:00pm on Friday.  Food, fun & networking will be going on all afternoon.

    Month of June

    June – Texas Ten Pin Tournament is going on all month, every weekend.

    * June 4th - Country Music Monday & Lone Star Opry is Monday, at 7:30pm.
    * June 4th - Ribbon Cutting for Lee County Youth Center at 5:30pm on Monday.
    * June 12th - Constant Contact Seminar from 9:30am – 2:30pm.
    * June 8-9th - Relay for Life Event at 7pm at Buffalo Stadium
    * June 9th - City of Giddings Golf Tournament at Giddings Municipal Golf Course on Saturday.
    * June 14-16th -  AAU Track Meet at Buffalo Stadium, with 2500 youth track runners & their families.
    * June 19th - Giddings Chamber Board of Directors meeting at CNB meeting room at noon.
    * June 24-26th - TCCE Annual Conference –in Bastrop at Lost Pines Conference Center
    * June 26 - Get Listed University. Learn how your business can use the web to get more customers!
    June 29th & 30th - Quilt Show at Giddings High School  

    • * July 2nd – Country Music Monday
      July 4th – Giddings Volunteer Firemen’s Annual Celebration at Firemen’s Park/Fireworks
      July 7th – Wounded Warrior Mud Run at Lee County Fair Grounds
      July 7th – Jammin’ July Championship Rodeo & Josh Abbott Concert at Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Arena
      July 8th – Festival Hill BBQ Banquet at the Depot Dock for Festival Hill Institute Students & Faculty
      July 14th – Lions Club Golf Tournament
      July 28th – Booster Club Golf Tournament
      August 10th - Rotary Club Fun Night at American Legion Hall
      * August 11th –South Lee County Fire Department BBQ followed by Live Auction.
      August 14th - Chamber Banquet at Landmark Event Center
      August 21st – Chamber Board of Directors Meeting
      August 24-25th – Giddings Swap Meet at Lee County Fair Grounds
      August 25th – Denim & Diamonds Gala Fundraiser sponsored by the Giddings New Horizons Lions Club


    I Might Be A Cracked Pot!

    As a manager I hope you find this story of value.

    There was once a man who had two large clay pots which he hung on the ends of pole he carried across his neck when he went to fetch water from a stream. One of the pots had a small crack in it while the other was perfect. The perfect pot always brought home a portion of water while the cracked pot returned home barely half full.

    For years the man returned from the stream with only one and a half pots of water. The perfect pot was very proud of its accomplishment; however the cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection and felt terrible that it was only able to accomplish half of what it was intended to do.

    One day while kneeling by the stream to fill his two pots the cracked pot spoke to the man "I am sorry Sir and want to apologize to you." "Why? asked the man "What are you sorry about?" "Because of my flaw, I only give you half a load – never have I given you what you expected" said the cracked pot.

    The man remained quiet and continued to fill both his pots. When he put his pole over his neck with his two pots attached he looked at the cracked pot and said "Today as we walk home I want you to look down at the path as we walk home". As they walked home the cracked pot did what he was told; he looked down at the path. When they arrived home half the water in the cracked pot had leaked out and it was feeling sorry for itself.

    When the man put down his pole he asked the cracked pot, "Did you notice anything along the path on our way home?” “Yes” replied the cracked pot. “I noticed beautiful flowers grew along our path.” "You're right" said the man "flowers do grow along our path. However did you notice they only grow on one side of the path and not the other?

    You see I have always known about your flaw and I decided to take advantage of it. I only planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day as we walked back from the stream you watered my seeds. Because of you we have always had an abundance of beautiful flowers to decorate our home and share with friends. Without your flaw I would never have had this all beauty in my life”.

    Remember we all have employees - just like the cracked pot. They have their flaws. Rather than lament their imperfections maybe we acknowledge their flaws and take advantage of them. Our goal should be to use our resources to make our organizations better.

    Have a Great WEEK!

  • 24 May 2012 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The news is out!  Fred & Delores Jones have taken on the awesome task of opening the Landmark Event Center to our community for banquets, weddings and such.  We have secured the facility for our August 14th Chamber Banquet.  Please congratulate the Joneses on their new venture.  We will support our local small business owners by using this awesome facility. 

  • 23 May 2012 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Here is a clipping from College Station regarding Texas jobs that we thought you might find interesting.


    COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – All Texas industries had more jobs in April 2012 than in April 2011, according to the Real Estate Center's latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, but the state’s government sector continues to lose jobs.

    The decrease for the 12-month period was 2.9 percent, which translated to 54,500 government jobs.

    The state’s mining and logging industry ranked first in job creation, adding 32,500 jobs, followed by the leisure and hospitality industry (43,800) and the other services industry (13,900).

    Texas’ economy gained 212,500 nonagricultural jobs during the period, an annual growth rate of 2 percent compared with 1.3 percent for the United States. The state’s nongovernment sector added 267,000 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3.1 percent compared with 1.8 percent for the nation’s private sector.

    Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in April 2012 from 8 percent in April 2011. The nation’s rate decreased from 9 to 8.1 percent.

    All Texas metro areas except Wichita Falls, Abilene, College Station-Bryan, Victoria and Longview had more jobs in April 2012 than in April 2011. Odessa ranked first in job creation followed by Laredo, Corpus Christi, Tyler and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown.

  • 18 May 2012 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Giddings, Texas
    May 17-19, 2012
    Firemen’s Park, 2495 W. Hwy 290

    13th Annual Lee County Fair & Rodeo featuring Stoney LaRue and Kevin Fowler along with several opening acts including Texas Unlimited Band, The Original Triumphs, Mark Muniz & the Carter McKay Band.  Friday is Senior Citizen Day at the Fair which includes Bingo, Horseshoes & Washer Pitching Contests, great music and entertainment. Other musical acts that will be at the fair this year include Chris Rybak, Red Alert, Central Texas Sounds, T.J. Funk and Wild Card DJ Service.  The Great Giani, mentalist, hypnotist, and mind illusionist will perform several times.

    Saturday there will be a contest sponsored by the Lee County AgriLife Extension, Home Economics division featuring homemade wine, All American Pie and homemade salsa at 1pm.

    Saturday there will be a full military display at the Giddings Airport located on CR 205. Static displays will include vintage WWII Korean Era Aircraft, military vehicles and equipment. DPS helicopter, Star Flight and National Guard helicopters. The 57th Signal Battalion will be here from Fort Hood. There will be a ceremony of honor at 12 noon with a 21 gun salute as well as a tribute to recognize veterans and active military.

    Hat Trick Exotic Petting Zoo with the Guinness Book of World Records smallest living buffalo will be available all weekend. The Mighty Thomas Carnival opens Thursday night with a two for one armband special.  The Antique Hobby Horses will be open Friday and Saturday for the kids.  The infamous Charcoal Challenge BBQ Cookoff is at capacity again this year. The Rodeo tickets are available online or at the gate.  Fair passes will be sold at the gates.

    The Lee County Fair & Rodeo is proud of the $140,000 that have been distributed to high school seniors through the scholarship program.  Each year high school juniors and seniors are selected to serve as Youth Fair Board members to learn the inner workings of the fair and all its activities.

    Thursday Night admission is a canned food item for the Giddings Food Pantry.  Day passes are $12 and Season Passes are $25 at the gate.

    Call the Chamber for more info or visit the website at www.leecountyfairtx.com

  • 09 May 2012 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great information for you today!  We are seeing positive upticks in our own sales tax reports and want you to have access to this free public information.

    May 9, 2012

    Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $633 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

    (AUSTIN) undefined Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today that state sales tax revenue in April was $2.07 billion, up 10.9 percent compared to April 2011. 

    “Sales tax revenue has now increased for 25 consecutive months. Recent strength in sales tax collections continued in both business and consumer spending categories,” Combs said. “Growth was led by the oil and natural gas-related sectors, while significant gains also came from retail trade and restaurants.”

    Combs will send May local sales tax allocations totaling $633 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 5.5 percent compared to May 2011.

    Local Sales Tax Allocations (May 2012)


    May 2012

    Change from
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    Special Purpose Taxing Districts









    The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in March as well as January, February and March sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.

    For details of local sales tax allocations in May to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

  • 25 Apr 2012 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are so pleased to bring you the events & activities list for your enjoyment.  Please try to come out for the many exciting things that are going on in our community.  Our small businesses and civic organizations work hard to provide enjoyable activities so that you and our guests will have great memories.

    This weekend there will be a Crawfish Boil Saturday 28th at Harv’s Hideout located on FM 141 north of Giddings.  Starts at 5pm and lasts til they run out. Price is $9.75 for approx 1 pound of crawfish and all the fixins!
    Check out Harv’s Thursday through Saturday. They open at 4pm and close after midnight. 

    The Lee County Youth Center is hosting an online auction as a fundraiser to help generate funds that will be used for the upcoming summer and fall programs.  Your donations can help.  You may be ready for that Spring Cleaning.  We know you have lots of great items to donate.


    Lee County Youth Center Online Auction & Fundraiser

    The non-profit Lee County Youth Center (LCYC; future home of the Boys and Girls Club), which will provide summer and after-school academic support and activities for county youth, is having an on-line auction to raise money for the LCYC.  The on-line auction will be on Couchbidder.com, a local on-line auction service. Items are being accepted for inclusion in the auction. Items that sell well include: decorative items, house wares, light sports equipment, camping equipment, antiques, pictures, children’s toys, entertainment items that work, small furniture, glassware, kitchenware, bikes, jewelry and collections.  We also welcome tickets to sports events or entertainment packages.  These items do not sell well and therefore will not be accepted: upholstered furniture, sofas, beds/mattresses, books and VHS tapes, heavy equipment and clothing.  If you’d like to be recognized (name included on-line) for your donations, please label the items with your name.

    Donated items can be delivered to the auction site, the former Giddings Elementary School, on Sunday, April 29 from 1-4 pm.  If you need to make other arrangements for delivery, please call Sandy Birnbaum at 979-542-4100 and leave a message or contact your church/organization LCYC representative. 

    The auction will be posted on Couchbidder.com on May 14th. A public preview of the items will be held on May 19th from 1-4 pm at the school.  Merchandise that is purchased through the on-line auction will need to be picked up on May 26th from 9-3.  In order to bid, you must register on-line with Couchbidder.com. If you need step-by-step information, see “How to Participate in On-line Auctions” in the toolbar at the top of the page.


    We hope you have a wonderful week.


  • 05 Apr 2012 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    We had a great question today from one of our members and thought we would provide a little help to get your ready for tax season.

    Businesses get requests many time throughout the year from churches, non-profits and other legitimate organizations for donations to be used for auctions, prizes, raffles and gifts.  That small business owner is responsible for keeping up with the donations to these organizations for tax purposes.  All legitimate non-profits and churches are issued a tax id number that identifies them to the IRS.  As a small business owner, you may want to require that those organizations requesting a donation provide a W-9 with the tax payer id number. This gives the small business owner a record to put in to their files to prove that they gave a legitimate donation.

    All legitimate organizations will gladly give a copy of the flyer, advertisement, W-9 and business card for the files.  All small business owners need to be aware of the potential for scams. Always ask for as much information as possible.

    We have included some additional information for your benefit. 

    Qualified organizations

    In order to qualify as a legitimate deduction, contributions must be made to a legitimate, public charity. Public charities include organizations such as religious organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies, publicly supported organizations, and private foundations.

    Most legitimate charitable organizations – particularly publicly-supported organizations, educational institutions, and private foundations – operate under a federally-approved designation, e.g. a 501(c)(3). A 501(c)(3) designation ensures that the charity is genuine and that it is accountable to rules that regulate nonprofit activity. It's a good idea to ask whether the organization has obtained a 501(c)(3) designation before you contribute. If they haven't, then the deductibility of your donation may be in jeopardy, not to mention the fact that the organization may not be as legitimate as they seem.

    Cause-related Marketing

    Strictly speaking, cause-related marketing does not necessarily qualify as a charitable deduction for tax purposes. However, it does qualify as a marketing expense deduction which is just as good. Even better, it can be a way to stimulate sales for your business.

    Here's how it works: Suppose your own a donut shop. In an effort to do something good for the community, you agree to team up with a local nonprofit to help them raise funds for their annual giving campaign. To do this, you decide to advertise that 10% of the proceeds from every donut sold will be given to the nonprofit to help them achieve their fundraising goal.

    The benefits of cause-related marketing are two-fold. First, your business plays an important role in raising funds for a cause you believe in. In addition, your store gets a boost in sales from customers who also sympathize with the nonprofit's cause. Even though they might normally buy donuts from the competition, if they believe in the nonprofit's cause they will give you their business – both now and in the future.



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  • 03 Apr 2012 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Walk In Coffee on the schedule for Tuesday, April 3rd from 10am-1:30pm. We hope you will come out to support the ladies.  They always have wonderful homemade sandwiches, salads and desserts.  We will see you there!

    Also, 290 Grind is open for business. Stop by between 6am and 4pm to try out their wonderful pastries, smoothies, coffee, sandwiches and salads.  Ashley Johns, Executive Chef has developed some fantastic flavors for your enjoyment.

  • 02 Apr 2012 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    290 Grind opened their doors this morning, April 2nd at 6AM.  They will be serving a full menu with coffee, smoothies, pastries, sandwiches and more!

    We hope you will stop by to give Ashley and all the 290 Grind staff a big grin!  We are glad to have them open in Downtown Giddings.

Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce                               Phone: (979) 542-3455
Mailing address: PO Box 52, Giddings TX 78942      

Temporary physical location: H&R Block office, 761 E. Austin (Hwy 290), Giddings TX 78942

Chamber email:  chambergiddings@gmail.com            Tourism email:   giddingschamber@gmail.com

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