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

March 11, 2011 Volume 6, Issue 3

Your March 2011 Monthly Chamber Newsletter I NSIDE T HIS I SSUE PAGE 2 • Chamber Luncheon • Hill Country Spotlight PAGE 3 • Campaign Update PAGE 4 • Ribbon Cuttings PAGE 5 • New Board Members PAGE 6 • Indoor/Outdoor Show PAGE 7 • New Members PAGE 8 • New Arrivals

Annual Chamber Banquet Presented by Landmark Life Insurance Company Every member of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraged to attend the Annual Banquet on April 14, 2011. The celebration will be held in the Coliseum with the Reception at 6:30 PM, dinner at 7 PM and the awards presentation slated to begin about 7:30 PM. According to Chamber CEO Laura Terhune, “The Outgoing Chairman of the Board (Gregg Rice) and I want every member to make plans now to attend this annual celebration.” Terhune continued, “The components of the banquet will be very similar to last year’s successful event: a Reception will be followed by the Banquet and concluding with Awards Presentations.” The Presenting Sponsor of the 2011 Annual Banquet will be Landmark Life Insurance Company. Other sponsors include: Small Business of the Year Award Sponsor - Jones Carpets

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

Medium Business of the Year Award Sponsor – Ag-Mart Large Business of the Year Award Sponsor – TexasBank Ambassador of the Year Award Sponsor - Kyle Kirkland, DDS Professional of the Year Award Sponsor - Western Bank Man of the Year Award Sponsor - Woman of the Year Award Sponsor - Auto Glass Magic Groner Pitts Award Sponsor - Dr. Robert Goodwin

Check out our up coming events on Page 6.

Good Neighbor Sponsors: Jennifer Newton Broker Associate Coldwell Banker – Realtor; Insurance Specialist; Caring Family Network; Mid-Tex Cellular

For more information about sponsoring an award or to reserve a corporate VIP table for 8, see a Team Member of the Total Resource Campaign. Individual ticket prices will be $32 per person and can be purchased at the Chamber starting March 11.

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Luncheon to Feature Commander of 21st Cav The Chamber’s Monthly Luncheon will be Friday, March 18 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. COL Morgan M Lamb graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York after serving as a enlisted soldier and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Aviation in May of 1985. COL Lamb also holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. COL Lamb’s command assignments include: Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron 7th United States Cavalry in Germany; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, XVIII Airborne Corps (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, XVIII Airborne Corps (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina and 3rd Battalion, 3d Aviation Regiment (Attack), 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia and Iraq. He is currently the Commander of the 21st Cavalry Brigade, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas. Some of his other assignments include: Scout Platoon Leader, Attack Platoon Leader, and Operations Officer, Aviation Company, 3rd Squadron 7th United States Cavalry in Germany; Tactics Subject Matter Expert for

the TRADOC Systems Manager for the Longbow Apache, Fort Rucker, AL; 1st Aviation Brigade S3/Operations Officer, Fort Rucker, AL; Battalion S3/Operations Officer, 1st Squadron 6th United States Cavalry Brigade , Camp Eagle, Korea; Brigade S3/Operations Officer, 6th United States Cavalry Brigade, Camp Humphries, Korea; Senior Aviation Observer Controller, Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Chief of Training and Exercises, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Chief of Training for the United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. COL Lamb’s military education includes: Aviation Officer Basic Course; Aviation Officer Advanced Course; Combined Arms Services Staff School; Army Command and General Staff College; and the United States Army War College. COL Lamb is joined by his wife, Cynthia and their three children; Kyle (21) a senior at the United States Military Academy, Tyler (19) a sophomore at the United States Military Academy, and Marissa (17) who is a senior at Harker Heights High School. The cost of the luncheon is $11 per person to be paid at the door. Attendees may charge their meals to their personal country club account. 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:

Brown County Featured in Hill Country Magazine

The spring 2011 issue of Hill Country Magazine has just been released which features Brownwood and Brown County. The cover story focuses on Brown County being officially recognized as a part of the Texas Hill Country by the state. The issue also gives a brief history of the area and focuses on several points of interest. Photos of the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum, Lyric Theatre, Brown County Museum of History, Depot Civic and Cultural Center, Lake Brownwood, Howard Payne University, and 3M are all part of the article. Copies of the issue are available at newsstands and at the Brownwood Store inside of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce offices.

Community Partners for Progress • 325-646-2541

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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

Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign Update In February, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce launched a bold new project designed to help members take advantage of sponsorship opportunities in a unique way. During the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign (TRC), volunteers are selling sponsorship opportunities to local businesses for events and promotions offered through the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. The TRC is designed to give Chamber members an array of opportunities to become more involved with the organization through greater public awareness of Chamber programs, projects, and events. Over a sevenweek period which began February 8, dozens of volunteers have been working in teams to help businesses design customized sponsorship plans for the entire year. Volunteers selling these sponsorships can earn cash prizes as well as an iPad and a trip to Las Vegas. TRC Chairman Bert Massey said ”I think folks in Brownwood will find the Total Resource Campaign to be beneficial in meeting their needs.” So far, teams have been very competitive with the Go Gators team, and Team KOXE/KBWD leading the way. Several great sponsorship opportunities are still available including presenting sponsor for the 2011 Business Showcase, the Chamber’s Shop-at-Home campaign, Christmas Under the Stars Festival, website sponsorships, and much more. These sponsorship opportunities will not be available after March 29th!!! Visit for all of the available sponsorship opportunities.

Depot Liquor 1001 Vine Brownwood, TX 76801

Southside Village 2801 4th St. Brownwood, TX 76801 (325) 646-1749

Team Standings Go Gators










Girling Health Care


Oak Ridge Manor

Support these local Chamber Members. Davis-Morris Funeral Home PO Box 356 Brownwood, Texas 76804 325-646-5555

McCoys Building Supply Center Toni Hill 3605 Hwy 377 S Brownwood, Texas 76801 325-643-2658


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RIBBON CUTTINGS Chamber Welcomes New Member Laura Johnson, Mary Kay Independent Sales Director The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, February 24th to welcome Laura Lacey Johnson, Mary Kay Independent Sales Director as their newest member. As an Independent Sales Director, Laura chooses to provide education, leadership and motivation to other Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and offers her customers high-quality Mary Kay® products and complimentary custom makeovers. Mary Kay is one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world. In 2009, Mary Kay Inc. and its international subsidiaries achieved $2.5 billion in wholesale sales worldwide. Mary Kay® products are sold in more than 35 markets worldwide. To learn more about Mary Kay, visit Laura’s website at

Maurices Celebrates Grand Opening at New Location

Ribbon Cutting for Stewart Street Storage

Maurices celebrated the relocation of their new store to Commerce Square in Brownwood last week with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting. The new store offers over 5000 sq ft of shopping space to help offer a wide range of new merchandise. Maurices offers a large selection of women’s fashion accessories for sizes 1-24. They also offer several special services to their customers. Maurices joins Burkes Outlet and Bealls as some of the newest additions to Commerce Square in recent months giving customers more shopping choices. Maurices is open Monday through Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm. Give them a call at (325) 641-8245 for additional information or visit them at their new location 519C W. Commerce in Commerce Square in Brownwood.

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, March 2nd for Stewart Street Storage located in Brownwood. The company provides climate controlled storage units for personal use as well as for businesses. The indoor units are heated and cooled and available in a variety of sizes. They also offer indoor and outdoor boat, RV, and auto storage. The facility is secure with an array of surveillance cameras to monitor the grounds. Stewart Street Storage is located at 1800 Stewart Street. For more information or to rent a unit, call 325-217-8236.

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NEW CHAMBER BOARD MEMBERS Toni Hill Toni Hill was born in Harbor City, California. Her mother was a native of Sweetwater and her father was from Long Beach, CA. She moved to Texas in 1983—first to Albany and then to Brownwood. Toni is married to Leonard Hill, who is retired from 3M Company. They run a cow/calf operation in Brown and Mills Counties. Toni has worked for McCoy’s for 17 years, starting as a part-time cashier. Over the years, she worked in the yard and as a delivery driver; she moved inside to work in sales until being selected as the Store Manager in June, 2005. Toni said, “The best thing about my job is the people that I work with and the customers I serve—and the friends that I have made.” She continued, “I truly

believe that I still learn something new every day. I enjoy each day, from solving the smallest plumbing problem to building a new house from the ground up.” The Hills attend the Shiloh Church near Richland Springs. Toni has two sons and two stepdaughters, eight grandchildren and one great grandson—with another on the way. She enjoys riding horses, sewing, reading, canning and riding motorcycles—and watching the grandchildren grow, especially while keeping them on weekends. Toni noted, “One of my favorite days off is working with cows with Leonard.” She concluded, “When I retire, I would like to teach young kids how to ride and the responsibility that goes with caring for animals.”

Eric McNeese Last year, Eric McNeese was appointed to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. That term will expire on March 31, 2011, and now McNeese has been re-elected to the Board for a full threeyear term. Eric McNeese was born in San Antonio. He is the son of Larry and Judy Ehrke of Blanket and Robert and Olinda McNeese of San Antonio. He graduated from Early High School and from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Economics. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary's University School of Law and was licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in 2003. Eric has worked in the land title industry since 1993 in numerous capacities (title examiner, escrow officer and general counsel).

Debbie Morelock Debbie Morelock graduated from Odem High School and then attended HPU, Stephen F. Austin and finished her degree in Holistic Nutrition with a Ph.D. from Clayton College. Debbie and her husband Don own Star of Texas Bed and Breakfast. She teaches yoga and does nutrition counseling. Debbie serves on the Tourism Advisory Committee for the Chamber and is also on the Board for the Texas Bed & Breakfast

Since 2008, he has practiced law in Brownwood as an Attorney for Massey & West, Attorneys, and also serves as Vice-President of The Brown County Abstract Company, Inc. He is a member of the Brown County Bar Association, the Independent Title Agents of Texas, and the Texas Land Title Association of Texas. He is also serving as Texas Underwriting Counsel for Alliant National Title Insurance Company. For several years Eric has served on the “Rates, Rules and Forms Committee” and the “Legislative Committee” of the Texas Land Title Association. Eric is married to Sarah Massey McNeese and has three children; Cora, Liam, and Rory. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brownwood.

Association. Debbie serves on the Military Affairs Board for the Chamber and is part of the Military Family Support Group locally. She has been involved with the Brownwood Reunion for 10 years and is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Debbie loves to camp, fly fish, kayak and garden, and spend as much time in and around Texas Rivers as possible.

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4th Annual Indoor/Outdoor Expo –


“Picnic in the Park”


Presented by Home Depot

Come enjoy a “Picnic in the Park” at the 4th Annual Indoor/Outdoor Expo – Presented by Home Depot on Saturday, April 9th at the Brownwood Coliseum!

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Spring/Summer Indoor and Outdoor needs. From 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM you will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from Home Depot, Bob’s Fuels, Pate’s Hardware, Sue’s Backyard, Beds & More, Leland’s Portable Buildings, Oncor and many, many more all under one roof! As you plan your day at the Expo, don’t miss out on the How-To Demonstration’s that will run each hour beginning at 11:00 AM Demonstration Topics Include: “Staging Your Home to Sell” – Presented by Coldwell Banker & Associates “Spring Gardening Tips” – Presented by Weakley-Watson, True Value Hardware “Home Improvement Tips” – Presented by Home Depot “Archery Demo” – Presented by The Sportsman Center And a “Sneak Peak” Fashion Show featuring a new and hip Boutique coming soon to Brownwood/Early! Door prizes will be given out each hour, compliments of participating vendors and at the end of the day; visitors who play Expo BINGO will be eligible to win the GRAND DOOR PRIZE! Don’t miss out on this fun filled day, for only $2 Adults can enjoy all of this and more, children 10 and under get in for FREE! Save Gas, Save Time and Shop for spring at the 4th Annual Indoor/Outdoor Expo on Saturday, April 9th! Don’t Miss It!

Brownwood Country Club A great place to golf, swim, relax and socialize. Whether it’s making new friends or maybe all you want is a great meal in a beautiful setting then come to the Brownwood Country Club and enjoy some of the finest food and fellowship that a private club has to offer. Call today for information on membership.



BALOS presents Cristiana Pegoraro Victory Life Church Auditorium 18 Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club 18-19 Bluebonnet Relays Gordon Wood Stadium 25-27 Become an Outdoor Woman Texas 4H Center

April 3

Brownwood Bass Club Open Tournament Lake Brownwood 7 BALOS presents the Legacy of Floyd Cramer featuring Jason Coleman Victory Life Church Auditorium 9 HPU Fest Howard Payne University 9 HPU Stinger Daze Howard Payne University 9 Indoor/Outdoor Expo 2011 Brownwood Coliseum 14 Chamber Annual Banquet Brownwood Coliseum 15 Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club 16 Bowl for Kids Sake Academy Lanes 27-1 Life Guard Training & Instructor Course American Red Cross 29-30 Brownwood High Class of 1961 50 Year Reunion Texas 4H Center 30-1 Heart of Texas Quilt Show Brownwood Coliseum

May 11-15 Life Guard Training and Instructor Course American Red Cross 12 BALOS presents Jim Witter – Piano Man Victory Life Auditorium 19 Dr. Pepper Bottlers Business After Hours Dr. Pepper Company – Milam Drive 20 Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club


646-9789 100 North Main • Brownwood

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

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Big Country Health Care Services – The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Big Country Health Care Services. Big Country Healthcare has been a Licensed Home Healthcare Agency serving the “Big Country” area since 2006. Big Country Health Care serves a 20 county region including; Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, Throckmorton, and Young. For more information visit, call (325) 649-9600 or stop by the new Brownwood office located at 807 Center Avenue. Mary Kay Cosmetics – Laura Lacey Johnson – The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Laura as the newest member of the Chamber. Since 2007, Laura Lacey Johnson has provided the Brownwood Area with the highest quality skincare and cosmetics from Mary Kay Cosmetics. Give her a call anytime at (325) 642-8793 or visit her website Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers - The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers was founded in 1982 and operates as a non-profit organization giving rewards for information of criminal activity, cash reward for anonymous information on criminal activities. For more information about this valuable organization, visit or contact Dennis Jackson at (325) 451-4046. Fitness Fusion – The Brownwood Chamber welcomes Fitness Fusion, the newest fitness experience in Brownwood! Susan Oliver and her staff of certified and licensed instructors, offer Classes in Pilates, Turbokick, Zumba (beginner, advanced, and Gold), Yoga, PiYo, and Hip Hop. All classes are suited for

adults at every level of fitness! Fitness Fusion offers group fitness only; no personal trainer available. There is NO membership fee--pay only for classes you attend. Class sizes will be small and limited, so you must pre-register for classes by calling 325-6428885, email your contact information to: or just stop by 1516 Austin Avenue and give it a shot! Brownwood Insurance Center – The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Mickey Stanley and Brownwood Insurance Center as a new member! Stop by and visit with Mickey about your insurance needs, he has the experience and knowledge to ensure you get the best deal. Brownwood Insurance Center is located at 301 North Center Avenue, across the street from the Brown County Courthouse, stop by today or give him a call at (325) 6436100. Tilt Shift Studios – The Brownwood Area Chamber is pleased to welcome Tilt Shift Studios and owner Kim Hurt. Kim specializes in wedding, portrait, fine art and commercial photography. Check out her latest work by logging onto or give Kim a call for more information, (325) 200-6404. Desires – The Brownwood Area Chamber is pleased to welcome Desires and owner Jessica Bradley. Desires is located in Heartland Mall and offers a collection of Home Décor items, suitable for any taste! Visit Desires seven days a week, Monday through Saturday – 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday’s 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. For more information call Jessica at (325) 641-1790. Stewart Street Storage – The Brownwood Area Chamber proudly welcomes Stewart Street. Stewart Street Storage is the newest storage facility in the Brownwood area and features climate controlled units for self stor-

age, as well as RV and Boat Storage units and mini storage spaces. Located at 1800 Stewart Street, the facility offers various size units priced as low as $68 per month. For more information on how to receive ONE FREE MONTH, call Libby Pritchett at (325) 2178236. Shear Chaos Salon & Boutique – The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the newest and chicest Salon & Boutique to the Brownwood area. Shear Chaos, located at 117 North Fisk, offers Brownwood residents a high class salon that features a consignment boutique where individuals are welcome to bring clothing to resale. For more information call Laura George at (432) 230-4997. Tarleton State University SBDC – The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the Tarleton State University Small Business Development Center to the Chamber! The Tarleton State University Small Business Development Center, located in Stephenville, provides business counseling, technical assistance, training workshops, and business plan development for small businesses in a 9 county area. The SBDC strives to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and improved management for small business. For more information visit or call Randy Thomas at (817) 5737681. The Red Raiders of Central Texas – The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome The Red Raiders of Central Texas. The Texas Tech Alumni Chapter was founded in 2004 to offer financial support to up and coming Red Raiders! The chapter organizes and hosts several event fundraisers to help raise money for college scholarship for area high school students. For more information contact Bryce Harris at (325) 998-1984.

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Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2010-2011 Gregg Rice, Chairman 3M Company

Dr. Don Bostic, Chair Elect Ranger College

Stephen Haynes, Past Chairman Haynes Law Firm. P.C.

Stan Crawford Remax

NEW ARRIVALS! Texas Books perfect for a spring break or summer outing! For Children: Bubba the Cowboy Prince Cindy Ellen-a wild western Cinderella The Legend of the Bluebonnet Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse L is for Lonestar Cowboy Things to Make and Do Texas Coloring Book RoundUpa Texas number Book Texas Stampede Daddy's Shoulders Hank the Cowdog series Texas Word searches Cherrios Cookbook

Becky Jones Jones Carpet

Steve Weckwerth Subway

Michelle Thomas Aldersgate Enrichment Center

Dr. Bill Ellis Howard Payne University

Jan Cate Girl Scouts

Travel Guides: Fun With the Family-day trips with the kids Haunted Texas- a travel guide Bikers Guide to Texas Weird Texas- local legends and best kept secrets Paddling the Guadalupe Why Stop?-guide to Texas historical markers Pocket guides to wildflowers, birds, trees, snakes, fishes, stars, cattle, and animal tracks

Ray Garza TexasBank

Jill Locke Oak Ridge Manor

Chance Barr Individual

Ken Harriss Oncor

Michael Richardson Farmers Insurance

Priscilla Monson West Central Texas Valuation Services

Eric McNeese

Just Good Readin' : Outlaw Tales of Texas Elmer Kelton's Shotgun Spooky Texas Texas Indian Trails Cowboy Values: Recapturing what America once stood for The 5 books by Harry Marlin Greatest Texas Sport Stories You've Never Heard Captured- a true story of abduction by Indians on the Texas frontier And many more ...

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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

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Brownwood Chamber of Commerce March 2011 Newsletter  
Brownwood Chamber of Commerce March 2011 Newsletter  

The monthly newsletter from the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce in Brownwood Texas.