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

November 12, 2010 Volume 5, Issue 11

Your November 2010 Monthly Chamber Newsletter I NSIDE T HIS I SSUE PAGE 2 • Chamber Luncheon • 5k Run PAGE 3 • Christmas Festival • HPU concerts PAGE 4 • Shop at Home! PAGE 5 • Ribbon Cuttings PAGE 6 • Light it Up! • New Members PAGE 7 • Choo Choo Christmas PAGE 8 • What is the Brownwood Store

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

Check out our up coming events on Page 6.

Holiday Arts & Crafts — and Corvettes The Brownwood Rotary Club is pleased to announce that this year’s annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show (to be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14) will have a new component added to the event: Corvettes. Rotary Club member Laura Terhune, Chairman of the Arts & Crafts Show, stated, “Each year, as we set up for the show, we create aisles for the vendors, draping off the extra space around the perimeter of the coliseum. This year, we decided to do something with that wasted space that would be fun and interesting for the attendees of the show.” Terhune noted, “I am working with Wayne Creel and the Heartland Cruisers. Wayne and I thought it would be fun to have a couple of Corvettes from each of the past decades—a total of 10-12 cars in all.” Most of the cars will be inside the coliseum with 2 or 3 in the parking lot to catch the attention of passing drivers. Vendors from the Brownwood area and other parts of the Central Texas area will be set up in the front portion of the coliseum with the car show toward the back.

According to Terhune, there are still a few vendor spaces available, but she expects they will all be filled by show date. Terhune added, “We have plenty of jewelry vendors but there are also clothing, metal art, crosses, wood crafts and much more.” A unique feature of the Holiday Arts & Crafts Show is that the Rotary Club gives away a television to a lucky attendee. Each person who pays the admission of $2 will receive an entry form to enter the drawing. In addition, attendees receive additional entry forms with each purchase during the show. The drawing is held just before the end of the show on Sunday afternoon. Terhune concluded, “The timing couldn’t be better for early holiday shopping. Now, folks can also enjoy a fun Corvette show.” Show hours are Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 11-4. For more information see the event listing on the Chamber’s website: or call 325-646-9535.

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How Education is Adapting to Meeting the Needs of Business The Chamber’s Monthly Luncheon will be Friday, November 19 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. Michael Brown is an internationally recognized Skills & Competence Framework architect and workforce futurist, with 20 years experience in developing frameworks for large scale, complex systems for Public and Private Organizations. In the early ‘90’s he served as President of Project Bluebonnet which performed the first Texas telemedicine and distance learning projects and under his leadership

Bluebonnet established the State Telecommunication Infrastructure Fund (TIF). He serves on numerous accredited skill/competency standard working groups, designed the initial job profiling system for Oklahoma, Kansas, Hawaii, and served three years on the Texas Skill Standards Board. His research was used to establish first generation human interoperability framework for US Department of Defense via the Navy’s 1.3 million worker population. His “End-to-End Skills and Performance learning” model has provided a roadmap for forward leaning organizations and several European Leonardo da Vinci projects and working groups.

He currently serves as Co-Chair IEEE Competency Working Group, Member of Ontology Outreach Advisors, and co-designer of Japan ICT Skills System via Open Management Group (OMG), is codeveloping the European Union’s skills and competency library to support the Education Qualification Framework (EQF) and the EuroPASS portability documentation system, and is building the Texas Talent Grid and Skills Articulation framework for business and education. The cost of the luncheon is $11 per person to be paid at the door. Attendees may choose to charge their meals to their personal country club account. Anyone interested in attend-

1st Annual 5K “Fun Run” Added to Christmas Festival “Santa’s Sleigh 5K” The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the addition of a 5K “fun run” to be held in conjunction with the Christmas Under the Stars Festival, December 3rd and 4th. “Santa’s Sleigh 5K” will take place at Riverside Park on Saturday, December 4th. Registration and warm up will be at 7:30 AM with a shot gun start promptly at 8:00 AM. Registration forms are available now through December 3rd at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office and can be picked up Monday through Thursday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM and Friday’s 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Entry fee for the “fun run” is

only $20 if paid by December 3rd; otherwise the fee will be $25 the morning of the race. T-shirts will be available to the first 150 to register for the race, so sign up early! Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall winners to be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held during the Christmas Under the Stars Festival at Howard Payne University, 5:30 PM the evening of December 4th. All runners are encouraged to dress in Christmas costumes to show their Holiday Spirit! So hop in “Santa’s Sleigh” and join the elves and reindeer for a fun run in the park! For more information contact Missi Malone, Director of Member Services at 325-646-9535.

ing the luncheon is urged to RSVP to the Chamber by calling 325-646-9535 or email:

Past, Present & Future Tour of Downtown Churches The 2010 Past, Present and Future Tour of Downtown will explore some of the historic churches in the heart of the city. The event, developed by members of the Downtown Brownwood Inc. board of directors, will begin at 6:30pm on Thursday December 2nd and conclude around 8:30pm. The tour will include First Baptist Church, Union Presbyterian, St. John’s, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Guests on the tour will also get to see drawings and plans for upcoming expansions and hear of the churches that are no longer in the downtown, but were prominent in their day. Buses, provided by City and Rural Rides , will board at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center Plaza parking lot. Tickets, costing $5.00 each, are limited but will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 600 E. Depot inside the Depot complex. Refreshments will be served at one of the churches. The tour will open a series of community events scheduled in December, which will continue Friday with the annual Lighted Parade, and Friday and Saturday with the second annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival from 48 pm. Call 325-646-9535 for more information on this year’s

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Christmas Under the Stars Festival

Coming December 3rd & 4th

The 2nd Annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival is shaping up to be better than ever with the addition of new events, attractions, and some great holiday fun. This year, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Howard Payne University to offer some of these new and unique activities for all ages on Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th. The main festival will take place on Howard Payne University campus under the bell towers where non-profit agencies will offer fun activities such as letters to Santa, face painting, making reindeer food, pet bowl decorating,

HPU Concert Choir and Symphonic Band to Present Christmas Concerts The Howard Payne University Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present Christmas concerts on Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4, in conjunction with the Brownwood Chamber’s “Christmas Under the Stars” weekend event. The concerts, which are free to the public, will be held at 8 p.m. each night in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. The HPU Symphonic Band, under the direction of Corey Ash, will perform Christmas selections including “Russian Christmas Music,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Festival Prelude on Adeste Fidelis.” The groups will combine to perform “Many Moods of Christmas,” featuring guest soloist Dr. Diana Ellis, and “The First Noel.” The HPU Concert Choir, under the direction of Monte Garrett, will perform “Mary, Did You Know?” For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Christmas story time, and Guitar Hero, a scavenger hunt, and much more. An entertainment state will also be featured during the festival where local talent can showcase their skills in front of a live audience. Acts will rotate every 15 minutes and will feature the BHS Choir and some Christmas Karaoke. Saturday of the event will feature the announcement of winners in the Santa’s Sleigh 5K Fun Run that will take place that morning at Riverside Park. Commercial vendors will also be on hand offering some great holiday shopping ideas including jewelry, food & drink, home décor, arts & crafts and more. The event will be capped off

with a free community Christmas concert by the HPU Concert Choir and Symphonic Band in Mims Auditorium. The concert will run from 8pm-9pm on December 3rd and 4th. The Lehnis Railroad Museum will also be hosting Christmas festival activities during the event. Kids can enjoy pictures with Santa, mini-train rides, Choo-Choo Christmas, and the premier of an all new attraction called “Buster World.” A shuttle will be available for transport between Howard Payne Campus and the Railroad Museum. Come and enjoy great activities, fun, and a lasting family memory at this year’s Christmas Under the Stars Festival.

Christmas Parade to Light Up Downtown Brownwood This year’s Spirit of Christmas lighted parade will be one of the largest ever in its history. The parade takes over 120 volunteers to organize, produce and operate the over 100 entries and 1,000 participants. Horses, Buses, Semi-trailers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Marching Bands, Rock Bands, Walking Milk Shakes, Clowns, Vintage Automobiles, Fire Trucks, Police Cars, Ambulances, Cheerleaders and Nationally Ranked Division 1 University Booster Club support trailers all help to make up the annual lighted parade that winds itself through the Historic Downtown District of Brownwood. There are over 15 Floats/Entries that are awarded special recognition for their creativity and “Spirit of Christmas.” When last year’s parade ended the very next week the coordinating team from Southside Church began to review how we could make this year’s parade even better. We are now looking for entries into the parade. Interested groups, businesses and individuals can go to our website at and click on the link provided to register. We are also securing $100 Award Sponsorships. If you are interested in one of these Sponsorships you may call Eric Evans at 325.646.0844 for additional information. The parade is scheduled to take place Friday, December 3rd at 6pm (alternate date December 4th)

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Chambers Launch Shop at Home Campaign

As the holiday shopping season approaches, local businesses are looking for their busiest time of year. The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce want to remind area residents that they can make a difference in keeping the local economy strong by spending their shopping dollars at home. They are launching a holiday shop-at-home campaign this year once again called “Keep the Home Fires Burning”. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the importance of keeping local dollars local and how it affects public

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services, local business, jobs, and community activities. “Each time you make a local purchase, you support local jobs,” said Laura Terhune, Director for the Brownwood Chamber. “During tougher times like these, spending those dollars at home makes an even greater impact on the local economy.” Terhune said sales tax that is generated by local purchases goes to fund important city departments such as fire, police, parks, library, and senior services. Businesses also support and sponsor local events and activities that

make Brown County a great place to live. “We realized that not everything is available in Brown County stores, but we want to encourage local shoppers to look here first before making a trip out of town,” said Early Chamber Director Wanda Furgason. “Shoppers will often save time and money by shopping locally instead of taking a long trip.” Residents can expect to see and hear local advertising in the coming weeks through a variety of sources to heighten awareness of the importance of shopping locally.

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Caring Family Network Joins Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce

Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes HODE Internal Medicine The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 7th to celebrate the opening of HODE Internal Medicine. HODE Internal Medicine’s physician is Henry Ejere, MD, MS. Dr. Ejere is a board-certified Internist practicing both inpatient and outpatient medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York State. Dr. Ejere has a broad scope of experience having practiced as both a hospitalist (inpatient medicine only) and a practice based physician. Dr. Ejere seeks to provide every patient total quality medical care and believes the relationship between healthcare provider and patient should be interactive as this provides for more successful treatment outcomes. HODE Internal Medicine is a patient-centric practice that places individual focus on each person ensuring that our patients receive compassionate, timely and quality care. For more information, contact HODE Internal Medicine at 325-641-9300 or visit their website at http://www.hodeinternalmedicine.

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Caring Family Network as one of its newest members on Tuesday, October 4th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Since 1992, Caring Family Network has provided loving, nurturing and healing homes to abused and neglected children of Central Texas. They specialize in foster care and adoption services as well as therapeutic care for children and families involved. For more information about their services, contact their office, located at 1 Center Avenue (in the Bank of America Building), at (325) 6463228. More information is also available on their website at

CARE Nursing and Rehab Celebrate New Ownership with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for CARE Nursing and Rehabilitation to celebrate their new ownership. CARE Nursing and Rehabilitation is a skilled nursing facility that offers both short term and long term care. During their Senior Health Fair event, they offered free screening booths and support services to seniors who attended. CARE Nursing and Rehabilitation is located at 200 CR 616 which is just one mile past Heartland Mall. Call them anytime at (325) 646-5521.

Bob’s Fuels Celebrates Chamber Membership The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 6th to celebrate Bob’s Fuels becoming one of its newest members. Under new ownership of John Gordon and Vann Stewart, Bob’s Fuels is a provider and distributor of propane to Brownwood and the surrounding area. They also deal in septic tanks, concrete, grilling accessories, and lease U-Haul vehicle and trailers. Bob’s Fuels also recently won the “Best Overall Booth” award at the Chamber’s Business Showcase held in September. Bob’s Fuels is located at 1107 W. Commerce in Brownwood and they can be reached by calling 325-6467571 during their business hours of Monday –Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-noon.

Ribbon Cutting for Strong Business Solutions, LLC The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon Friday October 29th for one of Downtown Brownwood’s newest businesses, Strong Busineess Solutions, LLC. Owner Tiffany Rumfield has a BA in Accounting/Business Management and worked for a CPA for 9 years. She is a Pro-advisor for QuickBooks products and services and skilled in other software. Her business offers bookkeeping and other business services. Stop by her beautifully remodeled office located at 310 Center Avenue or call (325) 646-8969 for more information about services offerred by Strong Business Solutions, LLC.

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IT WON’T BE LONG NOW... until the switch is flipped and all of the beautiful displays help set the mood for the start of the Holiday season. Thanks to Derek Little, Raquel Rios, and TSTC, arrows will light the way to the Christmas Under the Stars Festival and Trail of Lights on the Howard Payne University Campus. This year the displays will be along Austin Avenue at Old Main Plaza.

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Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Manager Sunni Holloway shows off one of the newly constructed arrow signs.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Webb Plumbing Company - The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Webb Plumbing Company as one of its newest members! Owner, Mike Webb has over 30 years experience in plumbing and A/C services and is willing to help you get the job done! Webb Plumbing Company services both commercial and residential plumbing and A/C needs. For more information stop by today at 1611 Coggin Avenue, Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, or give them a call at 325-641-2662. Strong Business Solutions, LLC – The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is excited about its newest member, Strong Business Solutions, LLC. Owner, Tiffany Rumfield holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and worked for 9 years for a local CPA and continues to be subcontracted by the same. Tiffany is open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM to meet both commercial and personal book-

keeping needs and business services. She is a certified Pro Advisor for QuickBooks and has significant experience with Word/Excel programs and software. To inquire about how Tiffany can help you or your business, stop by her new office, located at 310 Center Avenue, or call 325-646-8969 today!


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Century Graphics & Sign, Inc. - The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome, Century Graphics & Sign, Inc.! Owner, Marshall Fox has specialized in screen printed and embroidered apparel and promotional items Since 1990. Now located at 111-B Early Blvd., he continues to provide custom screen printing & embroidery services, as well as logo design, signs and banners. For all of your screen-printing, embroidery, signs or banner needs stop by and visit with Marshall Monday – Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM or visit for more information!

Art Center Demonstration Brownwood Art Center Brownwood Arts and Crafts Show Brownwood Coliseum Grand Reopening/After Hours Holiday Inn Express & Suites Presentation on Highway Funding State Rep. Drew Darby City Council Chambers Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4Corners Annual Christmas Open House — 4Corners BALOS presents Sarah Getto Victory Life Church Auditorium Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club Silver Spur Gun and Blade Show Brownwood Coliseum HPU Thanksgiving Dinner HPU Mabee Center

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HPU Christmas on the Plaza/ Campus Lighting Ceremony HPU Campus Lighted Christmas Parade Downtown Brownwood Christmas Under the Stars Festival HPU Campus and Lehnis Railroad Museum HPU Concert Choir and Symphonic Band Concert — Mims Auditorium Santa’s Sleigh 5k Fun Run Riverside Park Chamber Luncheon “Diversity in the Work Place” Adams Street Community Center HPU Commencement Brownwood Coliseum Brownwood Choirs Christmas Concert Dorothy McIntosh Auditorium Christmas With Santa Lehnis Railroad Museum Boys and Girls Club New Year’s Eve Party Home Economics Bldg at Fair Grounds

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Mah Jong Made Easy Brownwood Art Association Brown County Youth Fair Brown County Fair Grounds BALOS presents Temple Jazz Orchestra Victory Life Church Auditorium “Attitude” Workshop Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Board Room

First Saturday of Every Month is Family Day at the Lehnis Railroad Museum

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Have Yourself a Very Choo Choo Christmas! The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum will be celebrating a "Choo Choo Christmas" again this December. We’ll have lots of Christmas decorations, music, and special model train layouts.

On Friday, December 3rd and Saturday December 4th, the museum will open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the Christmas Under the Stars Festival. Santa will be seeing children in the Kress depot, and families can get their

Christmas photos with Santa for just $3 each. The big train will be outside running families between the museum and HPU campus, the two sites of the Christmas Under the Stars Festival. We’ll have Choo Choo Tim the Singing Engineer, picking his Q-Chord, story telling and whistle blowing, as well as giving rides on his little choo choo train.

“Have yourself a very Choo Choo Christmas” at the Lehnis Railroad Museum on the first three Saturdays of December from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each week. Santa Claus will be in the Kress Depot to talk with children, and photo opportunities will be available for that special gift for family and friends. Model railroad club members will be running all of the model layouts and toy trains each Saturday. In addition the club is holding a drawing for a Lionel train set worth $160. Chances are $2 each or 3 for $5 and the drawing will be held on December 18th, just in time for a Christmas present! Last year a very happy 8 year old boy took it home.

December 3rd is the Grand Opening of the new exhibit “Buster World – For the Kid in All of Us” Santa in the Kress Depot

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Choo Choo Christmas will include the new American Flyer Model Train exhibit “Buster World – For the Kid in All of Us”. It is the most kid friendly interactive model train in Texas! It has five sections: Circus World, Oil Field, Frontier Land, Future Land, and Fantasy Land. Kids can push buttons that will make toys move, play music and sounds, and burn log cabins to the ground! Not only that, but kids of all ages can crawl under the table and come up in two places in domes, right in the middle of the trains! And a camera has been placed in the “Miss Mary” locomotive and the flat screen TV


shows what the “engineer” on the little locomotive can see. There’s nothing like it! Admission for the museum December 3 and 4 evenings and each Saturday in December before Christmas will be $2 per person age 5 and up. Weekdays (Tuesday through Friday) will be $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors & $2 for children 5 - 12. Children under 5 are always free. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 4, and any day you visit in December will be a Choo Choo Christmas! Make it a part of your Christmas traditions every year!

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Steve Weckwerth Subway

Michelle Thomas Aldersgate Enrichment Center

Dr. Don Bostic Ranger College

Dr. Bill Ellis Howard Payne University

Jan Cate Girl Scouts

Ray Garza TexasBank

Jill Locke Chance Barr Individual

Ken Harriss Oncor

Michael Richardson Farmers Insurance

Priscilla Monson West Central Texas Valuation Services

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CHAMBER STAFF Laura Terhune, Executive Director Sunni Holloway, Tourism Manager Donnette Carmack, Business Manager Ray Tipton, Marketing Manager Missi Malone, Membership Director Martha Faetche, Receptionist; Visitor Center & Brownwood Store Manager

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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 Friendly experience!

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The November 2010 issue of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter