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  • 28 Jun 2012 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Local Chambers from across the state of Texas convened Monday night June 25, 2012 for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) Annual Excellence Awards. Our Giddings Chamber came away with three awards that night.

    Giddings took third place in each of the following categories:

    Outstanding Chamber Brochure
    Outstanding Directory or Magazine
    Excellence in Social Media Marketing


    The overall competition had more than 200 entries from which the best were judged by panels of experts. We are honored and thrilled to have been recognized at this event!
  • 28 Jun 2012 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Greetings,

    The great quote was from one of the awesome speakers we met at our annual Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference this week.  We were so excited and re-energized by the whole event that we wanted to share the love with you, our members!

    Kelita and I met Chamber execs from all over the great State of Texas.  One of the things that really struck me is that all these people are HAPPY!  Chamber people are happy people. They love their jobs, their communities and how their lives impact those of the members.  Over and over the message we heard was that “Impossible is Nothing”, and in the Chamber business that is usually done on a daily basis.  We love to help our members find solutions to their problems.  We try to know everything and stay abreast of the latest news, but we need your help.  Send us your event listings, let us know about your events and remind us about your events.  We want to spread the word every chance we get. 

    We hope you have a great week.  Just a few reminders about the upcoming events that are happening in the area.  We hope you to see you in the neighborhood!

     

    “Any time you exceed a customer’s expectations, you both win.”

    ~ Glenn Shepard

    Friday & Saturday, June 29-30 – Keeping America in Stitches Quilt Show from 9am to 5pm for $5 for a two days. It will be held at the Giddings High School Cafetorium. Free Parking available.  Lots of vendors with cool stuff!

     

    Saturday,  June 30, 2012

    St. John Lutheran Church

    Will sell Beef, Pork, and Chicken by the pound

    Ready at 9 AM at Walch Store

    Also available Potato Salad, Beans, Sauce And Bake Sale

    All proceeds to benefit the School Assistance Fund

     

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    GVFD Celebration at Firemen’s Park – New Auction Time at 4PM!  See the attached flyer for all the details.

  • 08 Jun 2012 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings,

    We are pleased to bring you information about the upcoming parade.

    Join the Lee County Juneteenth Association as they celebrate Juneteenth next Saturday with at Parade around Veteran’s Park. Get your float, trucks & trailers ready!

    June 16th at 10am.  Judging is at 9am. We have attached the applications, route and letter for your benefit.  Please share with all your staff and employees. 

  • 08 Jun 2012 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings,

    We want to cheer on the Relay for Life Teams that will take the field on Friday for the fight against cancer!  We are so proud of our community and their never ending efforts to stop cancer in its tracks!  Join the teams at 7PM for the Survivor Walk.  You will be touched.

    On another note we have a couple of really exciting things coming up!  The AAU Track meet is coming into town next Friday and Saturday! BE PREPARED to be BUSY!  You will have a lot of customers sometime during the day.  Traffic will increase substantially also. So be patient.  Smile and let everyone see our HOMETOWN HOSPITALITY!

    This weekend there is going to be a lot of traffic coming through Giddings because of the ROT Rally in Austin.  Be patient. 

    This weekend is also Auction weekend at Mayer Auctioneering!  Check out all the cool stuff.

    MAYER AUCTIONEERING

    FARM, RANCH AND CONSTRUCTION AUCTION

    SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH 2012 AT 10:00 AM 

     

    THIS IS JUST A PRELIMINARY REMINDER FOR OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED AUCTION FOR THIS SATURDAY JUNE 9TH. OUR REGULAR NEWSLETTER WILL BE E-MAILED LATER TODAY WITH MORE DETAILS FOR THIS AUCTION.

     

    WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS THROUGH FRIDAY UNTIL 6:00 PM FOR THE AUCTION.

     

    WE WILL BE FEATURING ITEMS FROM THE CITY OF BASTROP, THE COLO VISTA GOLF COURSE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, AND 2 ESTATES.

     

    ITEMS FROM THE GOLF COURSE AND THE ESTATES WILL BE SELLING ABSOLUTE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.  

     

    FOR A PARTIAL LIST OF ITEMS AND PICTURES ALREADY CONSIGNED PLEASE GO TO www.mayerauction.com  AND FOR ITEMS THUS FAR RECEIVED TO BE OFFERED FOR LIVE INTERNET BIDDING, PLEASE GO TO www.proxibid.com/mayer

     

    SHOULD YOU HAVE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS AUCTION PLEASE CALL RUDY AT 979-716-3148 OR DEB AT 979-212-1515.

     

    ONCE AGAIN PLEASE LOOK FOR OUR FINAL NEWSLETTER SOMETIME LATER TODAY.

     

     

    SINCERELY, 

    RUDY AND DEB MAYER

    MAYER AUCTIONEERING

    RUDY A MAYER, AUCTIONEER TXS12271

     

     

     


    Friday and Saturday the Giddings Food Pantry will be open to serve our community.  Check in is at 8AM at 191 North Harris. 

    And, registration is still open at Lee County Youth Center, 1010 E. Industry.  Students 4-8grade are welcome to come from 1-5PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to enjoy fun, fellowship and activities that will enrich the mind, body and spirit.  Call the Center for more information – 542-4200.  The fee is $10 per child for the Summer Program!

    The Giddings Independent School District is also serving lunch daily at the Giddings Elementary from 11:30 to 12:30 each day. All School Age Children are welcome!

    We hope you have a great weekend. 

  • 08 Jun 2012 8:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You hear a lot that Texas is the economic leader.  So how do we really compare?  Here are the latest numbers, and they are impressive, especially the fact that Texas accounts for almost nine percent of the nation's economy. 

    Bill Hammond
    President & CEO
    Texas Association of Business

    Texas Is the Future

    By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

    Some interesting tidbits about the economic health of the 50 states, from the government’s annual estimate of growth by state, released Tuesday:

    Six state economies shrank last year.

    While the nation’s gross domestic product grew by 1.7 percent in 2011, economic output shrank in five states: Wyoming, down 1.2 percent; Alabama, down 0.8 percent; Mississippi, also down 0.8 percent; Maine, down 0.4 percent; New Jersey, down 0.5 percent; and Hawaii, down 0.2 percent.

    Only one of those states, Wyoming, also declined in 2010.

    Manufacturing is the past future.

    Increased production of durable goods was the largest contributor to growth in 26 states. Oregon benefited most. The state’s economy expanded by 4.7 percent last year undefined and more than 80 percent of the growth came from manufacturing.

    In Michigan, manufacturing accounted for half of the 2.3 percent expansion.

    Resource extraction is the future.

    Excepting Oregon, fuel states posted the strongest growth. North Dakota’s economy expanded by 7.6 percent; West Virginia’s, 4.5 percent; Alaska’s, 2.5 percent.

    Or maybe Texas is the future.

    The Texas economy grew 3.3 percent in 2011, and the growth was broad-based. Not just oil, not just manufacturing. Texas now accounts for 8.7 percent of the nation’s economy, up from 7.4 percent a decade ago.
  • 05 Jun 2012 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings,

    We want see you out in the neighborhood this week so check out the calendar of events that is full to the brim with exciting activities for you to see and do!

    • •·       Monday – June 4th, the Lee County Youth Center will cut the Ribbon and host a Grand Opening for their Summer Youth Program.  It starts on Tuesday, June 5th and will be held on Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday each week until Aug 2nd.  This program is for all 4-8th grade(completed) and is only $10.  Registration tonight at the Ribbon Cutting! Call the center today for information.
    • •·       Monday – June 4th is also Country Music Monday-Lone Star Opry night at the Giddings High School Cafetorium at 7:30pm. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Giddings. Tickets are $5, assisted parking and food available. Two new guest performers Briana Adams, a music major and voice teacher and Jake Kellen from Lee County now based in Austin. He has more than 500 shows to his records and great acclaim as a Country Music Artist. Added to these are Ken Brothers and the regular Country Music Band.
    • •·       Wednesday – June 6th, Giddings New Horizons Club meets at noon at Giddings Downtown Restaurant.
    • •·       Thursday – June 7th, Rotary Club of Giddings meets at Los Patrones Mexican Grill at noon
    • •·       Friday – June 8th, Relay for Life of Lee County will be held at Buffalo Stadium.  The Survivor Walk starts at 6PM and there will be festivities throughout the evening and night.  Ends at 8AM on Saturday, June 9th.

    •o   June 9 @7:30 pm Opening Orchestra Concert (Festival Concert Hall) Claude Debussy “Nocturnes” (Nuages & Fêtes) Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43 Claude Debussy “Images” (Gigues, Iberia, Rondes de Printemps) Texas Festival Orchestra Pascal Verrot, conductor James Dick, piano

    • •·       Monday – June 11th, Giddings Economic Development Corporation meets at the Giddings Municipal Building at noon in the Council Chambers.
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    • •·       Tuesday – June 12th, Constant Contact Workshop at the Giddings Public Library Community Room from 9:30AM to 2:30PM. The workshop is free, but call to reserve lunch for $8.  We will have Reba’s Catering.  Everything you ever wanted to know about Constant Contact!  Using Constant Contact to connect to customers. Register for the workshop at this address - http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5yyfoob7e1047d3&llr=dbevbseab  

    •·        The Power of Email Marketing for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Professionals: Learn how to build relationships that are the key to success of your business with easy, inexpensive and highly effective email marketing. We will explore the basics of what email marketing is, why it works so well, how easily integrates with social networking sites, and how to use it in your business planning and marketing strategy to achieve special goals. 

    •·        Social Media Marketing Made Simple: Learn how to turn social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter into powerful business tools. In this introductory session, we cover strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities.

    •·        Getting Started with Constant Contact: Learn how to start using this easy and user friendly application and get started with your first email marketing campaign. In this session you will have the opportunity to learn how to open an account, how to start growing up your contact list and how to build your first newsletter or email.

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    • •·       Thurs. Fri. Sat., June 14-16th: Lee County Express Track Club will play host to the 2012 Summer AAU Track Meet at Buffalo Stadium. 2500 tracksters, coaches, parents and extended families will be here all weekend to compete in these games. Contact Tony Francis for more info.

     

    And remember, the Texas 10 Pin Tournament is still going on all month at Leesure Lanes in Giddings.

    Lots of great information for you to share!  Let us know if you have something to tell our community about today!

  • 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.

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    Welcome Home to Master Sergeant Dan Sherfy

    Love, Your Family!

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    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!
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    June 29th & 30th - Quilt Show at Giddings High School  

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

    STATE GOVERNMENT JOB CUTS CONTINUE

    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


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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