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Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce 600 E. Depot PO Box 880 Brownwood, TX 76804

June 10, 2011 Volume 6, Issue 6

Your June 2011 Monthly Chamber Newsletter I NSIDE T HIS I SSUE PAGE 2 • Luncheon PAGE 3 • Leadership Class • New Director PAGE 4 • INew members PAGE 5 • Ribbon Cuttings PAGE 6 • New Community guide PAGE 7 • Rodeo Parade PAGE 8 • What is the Brwnwood Store?

Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Phone: (325) 646-9535 Fax (325) 643-6686 membership

Check out our up coming events on Page 6.

The Brownwood Juneteenth celebration is scheduled to take place on June 17 & 18 and will offer loads of fun for all ages. The event will take place at Cecil Holman Park at 1100 Hall Street & the Bennie Houston Community Center at 505 Cordell in Brownwood. This year’s event features a free concert by the Rob Holbert Group. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities. Nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend. For more info, visit 2011 Juneteenth Schedule Friday June 17, 2011

Saturday June 18, 2011

4:00 pm Booths will open 3:00 pm DJ will be on the Park 3:00 pm Kiddie land will open * Cards and Dominoes 5:00 UNITI Concession Stand will open 8:00-12:00am Rob Holbert Band will play

9:00 Concession Open 9:30 am Baseball Game will start TBA 3 on 3Basketball game in The Center 12:00 Kiddie Land will open 12:00 DJ will be on the park all day 12pm-1:00 Free Hotdogs for Kids only 2:00 Wii Tournament 4:00 Free Watermelon for kids only 5:00 Water Balloon Battle Dance Marathon

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Luncheon to Feature Security Essentials for Business Sponsored by Bruner Auto Group The Chamber’s Monthly Luncheon will be Friday, June 17 at the Brownwood Country Club from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. The luncheon, which is open to members and guests, will feature an interesting program and will also include door prizes, introduction of new members and a Cash Drawing—which currently stands at $508.

Our topic this month will be presented by four security specialists:

Brent Bush Emily Gore Basic Business Disaster Preparedness

Matt Krischke Improving Cyber Security

George Caldwell Intruder Crisis management

Brent Bush has lived in Brown County since August 1979. Brent began working for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Brownwood in February 1981 as a Communications Operator and remained with DPS until September 2006 when the local DPS Communications office was closed. Brent has been the Emergency Management Coordinator for Brown County since April 2008. Brent’s wife, Janice, works for Early ISD as secretary to the Early High School principal and is also a member of the Early City Council. Brent and Janice have lived in Early since 1990 and have three grown sons and three grandchildren. Matt Krischke is the new Network Administrator and Information Technology Specialist for Brown County, including the Courthouse and Sheriff’s Office. A native of Brownwood, he holds a degree in Accounting from Abilene Christian University and is a Microsoft Certified Professional as well as Dell Certified in Enterprise Architecture and Storage Solutions. Matt has spent almost 10 years in the industry and has spent a majority of that time working with small businesses and their technology needs, including serving local businesses in Brownwood for the last 3 years. He lives in Brownwood with his wife, Leslie, and 11-month-old daughter Ella. George Caldwell has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He served 23 years with the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office and retired in 2008 as Lieutenant overseeing the training academy and crime prevention divisions. George holds a master peace officer certification and is also certified as a crime prevention practitioner, firearms instructor and certified law enforcement instructor. George taught law enforcement students at the Brazoria County Law Enforcement Academy and Brazosport College. George bought property in Brown County in 2006 and moved here in January 2009 after retirement. George accepted a part time position with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office in June 2009 as court house security and training officer. This month’s luncheon is sponsored by The Bruner Auto Group. Door Prize Sponsors are: American State Bank, Brownwood Music, Elliott Electric Supply Company and Spa on the Creek. The cost of the luncheon is $10 per person to be paid at the door. Anyone interested in attending the luncheon is urged to RSVP to the Chamber by calling 325-646-9535. You can also register online on the Chamber’s website: ""

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Leadership Brownwood Class of 2011 And Plans for the Coming Year Whether they were life-long residents or relative newcomers, our participants told Chamber staff that they enjoyed the program, made new friends from among the participants and learned new things about the community in which we all live and work. Plans are already underway for the 2011-12 Leadership program. The first session (to be held on September 1 from 9 AM to 3 PM) will feature a discussion of leadership, examples and even some activities to demonstrate the principles. The invited speakers are: Former Mayor Bert V Massey, II—History of Brownwood and Community Leadership Putter Jarvis, owner of Landmark Life Insurance Company—Business Leadership Dr. Reece Blincoe, BISD Superintendent—Leadership Development

On Friday, May 20, the Leadership Class of 2011 officially graduated and received their completion plaques during the Chamber’s Monthly Luncheon. This year’s graduates included: Steve Cantrell—3M Mike Corley—Brownwood Police Chief Marnita Guinn—Ranger College Nursing Donna Harris—Salvation Army Amber Harris—TexasBank Ken Harriss—Oncor Lane Jones—Schwan’s Beth Meadow—Larry Pullin-State Farm Insurance Greg Nelson—3M Janet Ogden—TexasBank Jessica Railsback—Central Texas Farm Credit Carole Smith—Green Mountain Energy Network Codie Smith—Avalon Custom Homes Paul Smithson—Apollo Computers Hilary Stegemoller—Congressman Mike Conaway Judy Stenger—SMK Fabricators Sam Stewardson Ray Tipton—Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce

Brownwood Country Club Business After Hours Thursday, June 16th 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Leadership Brownwood features nine sessions, each with a specific topic and location. Sessions are generally held on the first or second Thursday each month from September through April from 9 AM to 3 PM. The Cost is $395 and includes transportation to tour sites and lunch. Members who are interested in participating in the Leadership Brownwood program are urged to call Chamber CEO Laura Terhune at 325-646-9535 for more information and registration details.

Brian Kight Joins Chamber’s Board of Directors Brian Kight was recently appointed to serve the unexpired term of Jan Cate who resigned citing work and scheduling conflicts. Brian’s term will expire March 31, 2013 and he will be eligible for election to a full three-year term, if desired. Brian was born at Camp Zama Japan in 1958 but was primarily raised in Virginia, later living in France, back to Virginia and then Slingerlands, New York. He moved to Texas in 1983, where his family had ties. From 1985-1995, he was an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves assigned to the 980th Engineer Battalion as a Battalion Signal Officer, then as the Battallion S-1 (Personnel Officer), and finally as a Company Commander. Brian graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Computer Science and a concentration in Applied Math. After college he worked for 12 years as a computer programmer and system analyst in Breckenridge, Texas, including 2 years self-employed doing computer training/support. For the past 15 years he has worked for TSTC West Texas and currently, for the past 3+ years, has served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment at the TSTC West Texas campus in Brownwood. His family consists of one brother who is a professor in the French department at Haverford College ( just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ). Hobbies include hiking and camping, photography, soccer, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, and the History Channel. Previous community involvement has been approximately 10 years as coach, referee, and board member of the Stephens County Soccer Association, board member and secretary for the Breckenridge Library and board member of the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce. His current community involvement is as a founding member of the Brown County Education/Workforce Solutions Committee. When asked why he is interested in serving on the Chamber Board, Brian quoted first Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." In addition, he subscribes to this Arnold Hiatt quote: "Our nation will succeed or fail to the degree that all of us citizens and businesses alike are active participants in building strong, sustainable and enriching communities.” Please join us in welcoming Brian Kight to the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

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NEW MEMBERS Central Texas Opportunities – Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. was established in 1965 and began providing Head Start as a summer program in Coleman, Brownwood, and Winters. CTO, Inc. now serves seven counties; Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, and Runnels. These counties cover over 7,019 square miles with a population of over 111,000. CTO, Inc. has 14 Head Start/Early Head Start centers in the seven counties. They are funded for 396 three through five year old children and forty 0-3 year old children as well as pregnant moms. This program is designed to give pre-school age children a “head start” in socialization, education, health/nutrition, family and community relationships and help them to achieve school readiness. For more information visit their website at, give them a call at (325) 625-4167 or visit their office located at 2302 Commercial Avenue in Coleman. Bayou City Broadcasting, DBA KXVA-TV – Bayou City Broadcasting, L.L.C. was founded In January, 2008 by DuJuan McCoy and purchased 7 television stations from Sage Broadcasting Corporation of West Texas: KXVA 15.1 FOX Abilene, KIDY 19.1 FOX San Angelo, KIDZ-CA 42 MNTV Abilene, KIDU-CA 17 MNTV Brownwood, KIDV–CA 34 MNTV Albany, KIDB-CA 35 MNTV Sweetwater and KIDT-CA 44 MNTV Stamford. For more information visit Heart of Texas Paranormal Research Society – The Heart of Texas Paranormal Research Society, located in Brownwood, Tx, is a group comprised of individuals who share an interest in the paranormal. This group was formed in order to gain understanding of the unknown and to research through investigation. Whether an investigation reveals true paranormal phenomenon or debunking, the Heart of Texas Paranormal Research Society's mission is to protect the integrity of this field of research. All investigations will be approached on skeptical bases until proven through scientific methods, to be haunted in nature. Any learned knowledge of each investigation will further strengthen the foundation of paranormal research and provide results and sources for future investigations and other fellow paranormal societies. For more information and to learn how to become a member, visit Factory Connection – Factory Connection, located inside Heartland Mall, specializes in providing “Fashion Forward, Name Brand” merchandise for customers in small to medium size markets. Now with over 240 stores in 10 states, Factory Connection offers a wide selection of the latest Juniors, Missy, Plus Size and Men’s fashions along with accessories and shoes. Buying direct from the industry’s leading fashion manufactures allows Factory Connection to offer name brands and specialty retail store brands at 25% to 70% off department store prices. Stop by their store inside Heartland Mall, for Fashion at a Fraction of the Price! Race Day Event Services – Race Day Event Services is a full-service race event timing and Production Company, founded by Kate Denning, and is exclusive to the Central Texas area. In addition to specializing in IPICO chip timing’s innovative technology for the world's fastest, most accurate, and reliable event timing available anywhere, they’re ready to handle any and every aspect of your run/walk events in virtually any distances, including 5K, 10K, 15K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, or any custom distance desired. Services include everything from initial event concept through event day completion. For more information on how Kate and her crew can help plan and implement your next event visit or call (325) 330-0860. Cross Classical Academy – Cross Classical Academy is a Christian based private school, offering classes to school age children, Kindergarten through 5th Grade with aspirations of becoming a 12 year school. The new academy is located inside Union Presbyterian Church, 700 Fisk Avenue. For more information contact Mandi Moore at (325) 642-3995.

A Special THANKS to the following businesses that renewed their Membership in the month of May. We appreciate your continued support of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brownwood Community. Aldersgate Enrichment Center American State Bank Bangs Flower and Gift Shop Burns Ranch Charlie’s Appliance F & M Bank Hope For Tomorrow Lemons Bar-B- Q Moore Printing Company New Horizons Office Furniture Specialist

Pate’s Hardware Progressive Insurance Roselawn Bed and Breakfast Songbird Lodge Staples Steven Beal Texas State Technical College Twisted Sisters TXIW Company Waldrop Construction West Texas Rehabilitation

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Brownwood Chamber Welcomes Factory Connection

Dazzling Diva’s Celebrates New Membership with Ribbon Cutting

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Factory Connection on Thursday, May 26. Factory Connection, located in Heartland Mall, offers name brand clothing for juniors, misses, plus and men. New inventory arrives weekly to offer the latest selection in the store, providing affordable clothing with the latest fashions and designs. Store hours are Monday - Saturday 10 AM to 9 PM Sundays 1 PM to 5 PM. For more info, call them at (325) 646-4218.

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Dazzling Divas on Thursday, May 19th. Dazzling Divas is a brand new clothing store located in Heartland Mall, owned and operated by Brittany Edwards. They carry a full line of woman’s clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry & fashionable accessories. They offer clothing and accessories for a wide range of ages and sizes. Dazzling Divas is open Monday –Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Sunday. Give them a call at (325) 643-2564.

Union Presbyterian Joins the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce

Triple T Grill Celebrates Membership with Ribbon Cutting

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Union Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 18th to welcome them as a new member of the Chamber. First Presbyterian and Austin Avenue Presbyterian Church joined together in 1967 to form Union Presbyterian Church. Today, members and friends of the church volunteer their time and talents to numerous local, state, and national organizations. Union Presbyterian Church of Brownwood is a connectional church and is a member of the Palo Duro Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Union Presbyterian Church offers Sunday Proven Community School classes at 9:15am and worship services at 10:30am each Sunday mornPartner ing. Child care is available on Sunday mornings. For more information about Union Presbyterian Church, contact them at (325) 646-8569 or visit their website at

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 10th to welcome Triple T Grill as their newest member. Triple T Grill, located at 1411 Indian Creek Drive in Brownwood, serves a full menu for lunch and dinner offering hamburgers, a full grill menu, cold drinks, Blue Bell ice cream, and much more. Food is available for dine-in or carryout with a convenient drive-thru window. Their spring and summer store hours are Monday-Saturday 10:30am – 9pm. Call 325-646-8619 for more info or to place an order.


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Calender of Events

Brownwood and Early Chambers Of Commerce to Publish New Community Guide and Membership Directory The Brownwood & Early Chambers of Commerce are pleased to announce that sales for their upcoming community guide and membership directory are now underway. The guides are on target to print this winter, and will be distributed throughout Brown County. The forthcoming Brownwood & Early community guide and membership directory will act as an ideal community reference guide with the ability to serve as an informational relocation publication and exceptional Chamber membership recruitment tool. This customized publication will feature a refreshing writing style, coupled with eye-popping design and colorful pictures - grasping the distinct character of the community. In addition to the profile portion, the publication will include a complete Chamber membership directory and/or comprehensive buyer's guide (category listing). Advertising in the community guide and membership directory has unrivaled advantages. The multi-platform advertising bundle goes beyond the traditional print publication to include: a community website and downloadable NewView eBook®, which convert the publication's editorial, pictures and design elements into a digital format; on-the-go wireless access via various web-enabled devices; and the searchable® Business Directory Portal, featuring the Chambers’ entire membership directory, available wirelessly, 24/7. Since 1996, the Village Profile® website has seen over 250,000,000 hits from Internet locales around the world and from all manners of users. This considerable traffic will prove beneficial to the entire community. The site totaled 8,187,392 hits in 2010. In addition, as of 2010, a user-friendly Smartphone app--accessible via the iPhone and Android--is made available to the Chambers as an extension of Village Profile's enhanced connectivity not offered anywhere else in the Chamber publishing industry. All of these elements come together to offer the Brownwood Area and Early Chambers of Commerce, participating advertisers and the community valuable added exposure to a global audience. This technologically advanced, royalty-generating publication is produced at NO COST to the Chambers. This leading-edge publishing program is made possible through a partnership between the Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce and Village Profile® - an innovative Chamber publisher. For publication and advertising information, contact the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535.



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9-11 Brown County Rodeo Earl Q. Wilson Arena 11 Brown County Rodeo Parade Downtown Brownwood 11 Brown County Rodeo Dance Brownwood Coliseum 9-12 The Lyric’s Production of “Steel Magnolias” Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center Auditorium 16 Business After Hours Brownwood Country Club 17 Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club 17-18 Juneteenth Celebration Cecil Holman Park & Bennie Houston Center 17-18 BHS Classes of 76 & 81 Reunions 18

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USPS “Every Door Direct Mail” Workshop Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce

14-17 The Lyric’s Production of “My Fair Lady” Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center Auditorium 21 Business After Hours Brown County Farm Bureau 21-24 The Lyric’s Production of “My Fair Lady” Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts CenterAuditorium

August 18 19 27

Business After Hours Spa on the Creek Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club 2nd Annual DJ Allen Memorial Bull Riding Brown County Fair Grounds

First Saturday of Every Month is Family Day Lehnis Railroad Museum

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Brownwood Rodeo Parade Set for Saturday, June 11 The 48th annual Brown County Rodeo is underway, and a major component to the event is the annual Rodeo Parade. This year’s parade is scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 11th at 10am and will travel through Downtown Brownwood. Participants in the parade should begin lining up at 8:30am for award judging at the Brownwood Coliseum. Awards will be presented for best in-town float, best out of town float, riding club awards, best decorated vehicles, best antique vehicles, best horse drawn vehicles, and best bikes/unicycle. Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes will also select one entry for the Mayor’s Choice Award. Brown County Fair Association (BCFA) announced that Barbara Boyd Stewart has been chosen as the 2011 rodeo parade grand marshal. Barbara has been involved with the BCFA since 1973 where she has served in many different capacities through the years both on and off the board of directors. This year’s Brown County Rodeo will take place June 9, 10, and 11 at the Earl Q. Wilson Arena and is produced by Terry Walls featuring Slim Garner as this year’s rodeo clown and Randy Turner as announcer. The Brown County Rodeo Dance will take place Saturday, June 11th at the Brownwood Coliseum and will feature the Josh Abbott Band and the Zack Edwards band. Go to: for all the details.

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Building Partnerships for a better Community Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership 219 Early Blvd. Early, TX 76802 (325) 646-8023 Accu Screen 2201 Coggin Avenue Brownwood, TX 76801 (325) 646-7828 Blaylock Funeral Home 1914 Indian Creek Road Brownwood, TX 769801 (325) 203-4027 Brownwood Bulletin 700 Carnegie Brownwood (325) 646-2541

Camelot Apartments 2001 Slayden Brownwood, TX 76801 (325) 643-4591 Depot Liquor 1001 Vine Brownwood, TX 76801 646-3500 Southside Village 2801 4th St. Brownwood, TX 76801 (325) 646-1749

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Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2011-2012

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Dr. Don Bostic, Chairman Ranger College

Gregg Rice, Past Chairman 3M Company

Steve Weckwerth

Howard Payne University

Brian Kight TSTC

Ray Garza TexasBank

Chance Barr Individual

Ken Harriss Oncor

Michael Richardson Farmers Insurance

Priscilla Monson West Central Texas Valuation Services

Eric McNeese Brown County Abstract

Toni Hill McCoy’s

Debbie Morelock Star of Texas Bed & Breakfast

John Stegemoller Stegemoller Realtors

Sam Waldrop Waldrop Construction

CHAMBER STAFF Laura Terhune, Executive Director Sunni Holloway, Tourism Manager Ray Tipton, Marketing Manager Missi Malone, Membership Director Martha Faetche, Receptionist; Visitor Center & Brownwood Store Manager Dawn Norway – Office Manager

WHAT IS THE BROWNWOOD STORE? It is a much larger than expected gift/souvenir shop located inside the Chamber of Commerce that specializes in Texas and Brownwood items. Along with free maps, brochures, and phonebooks, you will also find exclusive Brownwood Blend Coffees, postcards, Texas and Brownwood mugs, magnets, car decals, caps and T-shirts (some even dyed with REAL Texas dirt!) We have pocket reference guides for anything from birds, to cattle, to snakes and fish. There are regional books, children’s toys and books, Texas history books, books on travel, courthouses, Texas humor and lingo, and bestselling and local cookbooks. There are also books about Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls, Robert E. Howard, and Candy Barr. Then there are our VERY special Cloisonné ornaments. In our cupboard, we have Perini Ranch steak rub, pecan Bar-B-Q sauce, sweet hot jalapenos, and Texas dips and nuts from Comanche. You’ll find Fredericksburg jelly made from prickly pears, mesquite beans, wild plums, agarita berries, mayhaw, and of course peaches. Our soaps and lotions are made in Roundtop with the real Texas wildflowers. We carry Dublin Dr. Pepper items, Roadkill candles from Sterling City, and everything from caps to wineglasses painted by Ted and Martha Shelton. Plus more, more and MORE...ALL made in Texas.

Stop in today for a Texas Frendly experience!

Hours are 8-5 Monday - Thursday and 8-4 Fridays

The Brownwood Store & Visitors Center

inside the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce offices. 646-9535 •

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Brownwood Chamber Newsletter June 2011  

The monthly newsletter for the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce