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Bastrop Chamber of Commerce

Banquet & Annual Report 2016-2017

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of Social Hour 6:00 - 7:00 PM Welcome & Opening Remarks ········································································································· Becki Womble, IOM - President / CEO Presentation of the Colors ···········································································································Bastrop County Veteran’s Honor Guard National Anthem ············································································································································· Caden Casey, Sophomore - CCHS Pledge of Allegiance ······································································································································LTC, USA William M. Piña, Retired Invocation ···············································································································································Ben Hitzfeld, Bastrop Christian Church Brief Business Meeting·········································································································· Joann Harkins, 2017 Chairman of the Board Christine Files, Attorney at Law Dinner ····················································································································································································Piney Creek Chop House Silent & Big Board Auction Closes Live Auction ····················································································································································Heather Kaspar, Buck Up Auctions

Introductions & Retiring Directors ···························································································· Becki Womble, IOM - President / CEO 2016 Accomplishments··················································································································································· Jami Haney, Past Chair 2017 Focus on the Future ········································································································································ Joann Harkins, 2017 Chair

Red Carpet & Award Hosts·········································································· BHS Junior Mia Hernandez & CCHS Senior Caleb Zuniga Award Presenter ·······················································································································································································Dan Hepker

Non-Profit of the Year Emerging Business of the Year Small Business of the Year Large Business of the Year Man of the Year Woman of the Year Award of Distinction Lifetime Achievement

80th Banquet & Annual Meeting February 17, 2018


Evening Sponsored by Printing by G & C Printing Floral Arrangements by The Bastrop Flower Shoppe Walk of Fame Stars by Stick It Designs Papparazzi & Bastrop Letters by Cedar Creek High School Construction Tech Department

Social Hour Sponsors

Brown Distributing - Capitol Wright Distributing - C. Mondavi & Family Loyalty Sponsors

Lowe’s Home Improvement - Fuzzy’s Taco Shop - Living Room Bookstore Table Sponsors Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative City of Bastrop Roscoe State Bank Bastrop Economic Development Corporation Garner & Riley Physical Therapy The Oaks RV Park / Bridges Real Estate Family Health Center of Bastrop Prosperity Bank Bastrop Independent School District Bastrop County Independence Title First National Bank LTC, USA/Retired & Mrs. William M. Piña H-E-B Plus Grocery

The Kevin White Group - Keller Williams

Chick-fil-A Bastrop Advertiser Bastrop Lost Pines Nursing & Rehab Center Lower Colorado River Authority State Farm Agency - James Allen / The Nitsche Group Brown Distributing YMCA Ladd’s Coin & Jewelry, Inc. Medack & Oltmann, LLP Sherwin-Williams Do More Bastrop / Cripple Creek & Co. Bastrop Property Group / Lost Pines Art Bazaar Maxine’s Café & Bakery Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa


Executive Board

Joann Harkins

Jolene Jaehne

Jami Haney

Lenel Tamez

Tina Fucile

Chairman Prosperity Bank

Chair-Elect Sente Mortgage

Past Chair The Oaks RV Park

Treasurer Classic Bank

Secretary Independence Title

Directors

Jonah Beyer

Johnny Burns

Mission U-Too

Family Health Center of Bastrop

Jennifer Long

Jill Lube

Bastrop Property Group

Bret Farris

Tim Garner

Garner & Riley Physical Therapy

Bastrop River Company

Kevin Plunkett

Jimmy Ta

Kevin White

Old Town/Piney Creek/The View

Chamber Staff

LegalShield

The Corporate Camera

Rick Gullikson Vanessa Lindsley Becki Womble, IOM Troyanne Bush, IOM

Communications & Events

President / CEO

The Kevin White Group

2016 Retiring Board Members

Michal Hubbard

Membership Development

Lee Harle

Chick-fil-A

Business Manager

Johnny Sanders Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

Thank You for Your Dedication to our Chamber & Community!


Bastrop: The SUPERSTAR! The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce has definitely experienced some changes in the last few years. This is an exciting time for Bastrop, Texas. In 2016, over 94 single-family homes were approved for construction along with 15 new commercial projects, setting a five-year high. Studies are predicting this type of growth to continue for the next five to ten years. For 2017, our plan includes: 

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Strengthen our partnerships with the City of Bastrop, Bastrop EDC, Main Street Program, Bastrop ISD and Bastrop County to assist in discussions and decisions towards this growth in order to serve the needs of the membership and the community. Improve communication and encourage our members to participate by attending our events, serving on our committees and taking advantage of numerous networking opportunities. Maintain and improve our overall financial health.

Joann Harkins Prosperity Bank

The Chamber Board of Directors, the active Committees, and the Chamber staff and you, as our members, are a vital part of keeping the work of the Chamber on the right path. The job belongs to all of us! The Chamber Committees will direct their 2017 Plan of Work with the guidance of the Strategic Plan. With strong Chairs in place, they have a very active role in the journey of the Chamber. I am looking forward to a great journey in 2017. On behalf of your Board of Directors, I encourage you to take this journey with us by joining one of the working Committees. Together, we can make Bastrop the SUPERSTAR in the Central Texas area.

Bastrop – Can’t Stop the Feeling!

Becki Womble, IOM

The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is always a time to look back at what has been accomplished over the past year. In fact, it is a celebration of many accomplishments going back 95 years. Within the pages of this report you will find past awards winners and past board chairs. These are the men and women who have given of their time and talents to make our Chamber, and our community, the strong and vibrant place that it is today. You will also find a list of current board members and investor businesses who are continuing the good work begun way back in 1922, when the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce was founded. Notwithstanding this proud history, 2016 was a significant year for our Chamber. And you can see the long list of accomplishments within this report which bear witness to this fact.

President / CEO

As 2017 gets started, we see many great things in store for Bastrop. New development is everywhere – from residential to commercial. It is time to really focus on our future and work together. We are in constant communication with our community partners like the Bastrop EDC, Main Street Program, City of Bastrop, Bastrop ISD and Bastrop County to make wise decisions about the growth that is coming. Our Strategic Plan will guide our efforts for the next 2 years because you “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that is Bastrop! People all over Central Texas are seeing it. The visionary board members and talented staff leading our Chamber into the future is one of the best you could hope to assemble. I am tremendously proud to be part of such a dynamic organization. As our community continues to face the challenges of growth in a time when continual change is the new normal, a united voice from our business community in Bastrop is vital to maintaining our economic vitality. The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce is that voice. Your voice.


2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982

Jami Haney Johnny Sanders Drusilla Rogers Amy Bruder Debbie Denny Drusilla Rogers Larry Lynn Patricia Weiss Donald Williams Susan Morgan Steve Spicer Henry Biar Diana Johansen-Jack Terry Orr Tommy Higgins Ashley Mutschink Kay Wesson Rick Bluntzer Richard Howells Jeff Laceky Herb Boon Stacy Adams Judi Hoover Wilfred Navarro Joe Townsend David Goertz Allan Pape Norman Hansen Pat Mitchell Gerald Wagner Gerald Wagner Dr. Steve Best Clara Maynard Clara Maynard

1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1969 1968 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 1959 1958 1957 1956 1955 1954 1953 1952 1951 1950 1949

Robert Miller Tony Jackson Byron Kibby Ruby Griesenbeck David Matejowsky David Matejowsky Ray Long Ray Long Ray Long Calvin Hunnicutt James Sharp James Sharp Harris Koch Harris Koch A. A. ''Sugar'' Sanders Earl Denson Jack Griesenbeck Jack Griesenbeck Adrian Long Henry Bell Carl Cederholm W. B. Townsend Sterling Hardt Cecil Long C. W. Eskew Henry Bell Earl Erhard Robert Sikors B. P. Allbright J. V. Ash

* We are looking for the names of Past Chairs back to 1922 when the Bastrop Chamber was founded. If you have any of this information, please share with the Chamber staff.


Man of the Year

Woman of the Year 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994

Molly McClure Debbie Moore Dorothy Skarnulis Jennifer Long Diane Newsom Terry Lyne Moore Terri Knop Debbie Denny Delores Hestdalen Karen Halladay Barbara Wilson Peggy Colbert Diana Johansen-Jack Violet John Betty Gurwitz Dr. Desmar Walkes Kay Wesson Joyce Wiginton Kay Wesson Robbie Sanders Adlinie Rathman Bettie Drake

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994

Citizen of the Year

Business of the Year 2015 2014 2013

HEB Plus Roadhouse First National Bank / Ladd’s Coin & Jewelry

Emerging Business of the Year 2015 2014 2013

Art Connections Gallery Piney Creek Chop House Lost Pines Toyota

Non-Profit of the Year 2015 2014 2013

Mission U-Too Bastrop County Board of Realtors Bastrop County Historical Society

Awards of Distinction* 2015 2015 2014 2011 2011 2008 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006

Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape Emergency Manager Mike Fisher Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team Firefighters of Bastrop County Susan Nogues, Norm Jones, Tom Scott Friends of the Environment Chester Eitze, Bastrop Opera House Federal Correctional Institution Bastrop State Park Downtown Business Alliance Boy’s and Girl’s Club

Bill Owens Steve Venzon Johnny Sanders William ‘Willie’ Piῆa Steve Murray Steve Dewire Frank Huffman Dick Smith Reid Sharp Tim Shuminsky Mike Helmick Al Mouton Otis Jackson Ashley Mutschink Tommy Higgins Bill Anderson Tom Scott Bill Crawford Gary Workman Mark Rose Ray Long Cruz Galvan

2013 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994

Christine Files Robbie Sanders Chief of Police Michael Blake Fire Chief Henry Perry Mayor Terry Orr Sheriff Terry Pickering Emergency Mgr. Mike Fisher Judge Ronnie McDonald Drusilla Rogers James B. Kershaw James Allen Bastrop Sportsmen Committee Jimmie Ann Vaughn Gene & Karen Jo Castillo Terry Orr Sam Arhelger Monty Blackmon Les Appelt Dr. Neil Gurwitz Ronnie McDonald & Mark Rose Richard Howells Evelyn Weilert Dr. B.J. Marshall Reid Sharp Rev. Robert Long

Lifetime Achievement* 2015 2014

Reid Sharp Dr. Neil Gurwitz

* - not awarded every year


Membership Tenure

Membership by # of Employees - 714 Members Non-Profits 12%

Other 7%

10-19 yrs 22%

20-50+ yrs 2%

<1 yr 24%

1-5 45%

Individual 8% Associate 2nd 3% Business 1% 51-400+ 3%

6-9 yrs 16%

11-50 9%

1-2 yrs 19%

6-10 12%

3-5 yrs 17%

2016 Revenue Breakdown - $319,765.34 Rentals, 3.00% Advertising, 7.50% Programs, 9.00%

Fundraisers, 7.50%

Dues, 47.00%

HOT Funding, 4.00%

Events , 22.00%

All numbers on this page reflect January 1 through December 31, 2016 Luncheon Attendance Statistics

2016 Website Statistics

250

Unique Users: 68,567 (69.71% first time users)

FY 2015 FY 2016

200 150

Page Views: 175,055

100

Member Web Referrals: 303972

50

Click Thru to Member Websites: 6856

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Mar

Apr

May

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Aug

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Oct

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 First Annual Report created for distribution to the membership and general public.  Launched the BastropVotes.com initiative to ‘Promote the Vote’ in Bastrop County to educate voters about upcoming elections and candidates running for office.  Held Four (4) Primary Candidate Forums and another Two (2) General Election Forums in partnership with the City of Bastrop and live streamed and produced with the assistance of BISD students.  The Chamber was a driving force in moving Bastrop towards setting up a Designation Marketing Organization (DMO).  Hired a Membership Development Manager to recruit new members, educate them on the value of membership and engage them in the activities of the Chamber.  Adopted amended Chamber Bylaws to reflect updated and current operations of the Chamber of Commerce.  Bastrop Chamber was listed as #7 on the Book of Lists from the Austin Business Journal based on membership and budget size.  The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce topped 700 total memberships.  Initiated a 12@12 Lunch Program as part of our Retention Plan. 12 members are randomly invited to come to the lunch to discuss their business concerns and the needs of the community.  Adopted a restated Certificate of Formation (formerly known as Articles of Incorporation), which had not been updated since their filing on January 14, 1922.  Launched the Past Chairman Annual Luncheon on October 21, 2016 to honor and recognize the past leadership of the Board of Directors and the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce.  Hosted a Disaster Preparedness Workshop with 41 attendees and 8 vendor booths from across 5 counties (Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee, Fayette and Gonzales).  Successful BISD Bus Tour showcasing the programs, teachers and students of BISD to our Business Community.  Conducted training with 8 people in attendance at the Office of Emergency Management to help in the event of future disasters in the county.  The Governmental Affairs committee finalized work on a Public Policy Guide.  Bastrop Young Professionals group formalized and scheduled kick off in January 2017.  The Chamber has stepped in to facilitate the continuation of the Bastrop County Character Education Program started by Evelyn Weilert.


Platinum Investors  Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative  First National Bank  H-E-B Grocery  Ladd's Coin and Jewelry, Inc.

Gold Investors

Silver Investors

Bronze Investors

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Prosperity Bank Seton Smithville Regional Hospital Independence Title Wells Fargo Bank Bastrop Power & Light RE/MAX Bastrop Area - The Frank Rainosek Team The Lodge at Lost Pines Apartments Greater Texas Credit Union LTC, USA/Retired & Mrs. William M. Piña Chick-fil-A David Weekley Homes Kevin White Group - Keller Williams Realty Bastrop Lost Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Lost Pines Toyota Texas Boot Company Frontier Bank of Texas

 Roscoe State Bank  Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa  Wal-Mart Supercenter  AQUA Water Supply  The Colony HOA  Bastrop Economic Development Corporation

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Classic Bank, N.A. Texas House of Representatives John P. Cyrier Vitalogy Skincare LCRA The Oaks RV Park Sames Bastrop Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Spectrum Business Class Bridges Real Estate Group Austin Title Maxine's Cafe & Bakery A+ Federal Credit Union Texas Resale Group, LLC Family Health Center of Bastrop Texas Aggregates, LLC Austin Telco Federal Credit Union St. David's Emergency Center YMCA AMM Insurance Agency, Inc. Roy Milam Painting RE/MAX Bastrop Area - Janis Penick Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance IBC Bank The Nitsche Group


Communications  

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Chair: Brittany Rogers, Roscoe State Bank

Meeting Time: 3rd Thu. of the month @ 11:30 AM

Chair: Kevin Plunkett, Piney Creek Chop House, Old Town, The View

Meeting Time: 2nd Tue. of the month @ 8:00 AM

Chair: Jolene Jaehne, Sente Mortgage

Meeting Time: 2nd Fri. of the month @ 8:30 AM

40 ‘We BELIEVE in BISD!’ Campus Visits 2 billboards Advertising ‘We BELIEVE in BISD!’ Initiative

Resources   

Meeting Time: 3rd Thu. of the month @ 11:30 AM

6 Candidate Forums (4 Primaries, 2 General Election) City Council County Commissioner County Sheriff State Representative Created Public Policy Guide

Education  

Chair: Larry Lynn, Centex Image Designs

714 Individual & Business Memberships Member Retention Rate of 89% 50% of Membership using Member Information Center on BastropChamber.com 26.3% Membership revenue increase in 2016

Business/Governmental Affairs 

Meeting Time: as needed

154 New Member Visits 46 Ribbon Cuttings in 2016

Membership    

Chair: Debbie Denny, Debbie Denny Media Solutions

10 Mixers B.E.S.T. Countywide Mixer 8 Business After Hours ‘Mingle & Jingle’ Holiday Mixer Chamber Banquet February 20, 2016 383 Attendees 10 Chamber Luncheons 1224 Attendees

Ambassadors  

Meeting Time: 3rd Thu. of the month @ 11:30 AM

2016 Membership Survey Facebook 2299 Likes - Bastrop Chamber of Commerce 855 Likes - We BELIEVE in BISD! 109 Likes - Bastrop Young Professionals Twitter 523 Followers Email 1965 contacts in email distribution list Average open rate of 33.2%

Hospitality 

Chair: Michal Hubbard, The Corporate Camera

Chair: Jami Haney, The Oaks RV Park

Disaster Preparedness Workshop with 41 attendees Office of Emergency Management Training with 8 attendees Database of At-Risk Businesses during flood & fire

Meeting Time: 2nd Thu. of the Month @ 12:00 PM


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