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August 2012

Community helps local students Our local citizens once again show their support of education in our community by giving to students in need. The time has come for Montgomery County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts and Constable Rowdy Hayden’s 5th annual School Supply Drive benefiting elementary school students in

East Montgomery County whose families are struggling to provide the required supplies.

and can be dropped off at the Precinct 4 Courthouse (Judge Metts’ office) Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Judge Metts says the school supply drive always serves as proof of what can be accomplished when everyone contributes whatever they can spare. MIKE SMITH FROM FARMERS INSURANCE AGENCY

New Members




Texas Tan Etc. 20875 FM 1485 New Caney, TX 77357 (281) 979-4805 Tanning Salon Uncle Tony’s 23690 Hwy 59 Porter, TX 77365 (281) 354-5515 Restaurants

Individual Brandy Goodson Conroe, TX 77306 713-306-3645


Postal Annex + 2261 Northpark Drive Kingwood, TX 77339 (281) 312-4355 Shipping & Mailing Service


“Every year I’m touched to see how many people reach out to help these students, even if they don’t know or have any school age children in their families,” he said. “With the current economy, there are many families who cannot afford school supplies and would have to do without necessities to pay for them if it weren’t for the generosity of others.” Constable Hayden said he was glad to be a part of the drive again this year. “Times are hard for a lot of families right now, and this is something we can all do to help ease their financial burden,” Hayden said. “I have children and my wife and I have been fortunate enough to be able to provide for them, but not everyone has been blessed in that way, so we want to do whatever we can to help give them what they need for a brighter future.” Donations in any amount are welcome

They will be accepted from now through early September, when the supplies will be delivered using Constable Hayden’s Tactical van to the seven elementary schools in Precinct 4, which includes Splendora and New Caney Independent School Districts, along with a portion of Conroe I.S.D. For more information, call 281-577-8970. United Way BACK TO SCHOOL Socks and Undies Drive The 8th annual Socks & Undies Drive is underway. Kids who need to get clothing from area resale shops to start back to school would rather have new socks and underwear. This is your chance to give a child the confidence they need to start back to school with success! The drive has expanded to Splendora, Conroe and The Woodlands. Drop off locations include the EMC Chamber Office and First Bank & Trust East Texas - Splendora.

Drive ends August 10. Email: Summer@ if you would like to participate in the drive as a business or group.

President’sMessage by Andy Dill

A Lasting Legacy Have you ever thought what your legacy might be? How others will remember you or your business? Most likely most of us haven’t but we all should. A legacy can apply to our business just as well as it can to our personal lives. I started thinking about what my legacy might be this morning after attending the memorial service for a good friend’s twenty-four year old son who died suddenly from an aortic dissection. During the memorial service it was very clear to me that this young man, in just twenty-four years, was leaving behind a legacy that would last for years to come. As evidenced by the wide range of ages of those attending the service, from teenagers to seniors, he had obviously touched the lives of many people. He was a partner with his Dad in the family business and many of those customers were there to say their final goodbye to him. He had touched them and they appreciated him.

In business we must understand that what we do and how we take care of our customers is what will either make us or break us. Even though we might not realize it, we are creating our legacy- how others will remember us. It is what they will share when someone asks them if they know a good place to buy a particular product or service. Over the years many of us have been involved in different careers or jobs and we probably don’t think about the impact we are really having on others. We all need to take a step back and take a look at what we have been doing and determine if it is really how we want people to remember us. Are we taking a short cut to make a sale? Are we treating each customer with the respect they deserve? Is that new customer we just sold something to going to tell his family and friends about us? Now is the time to take an inventory of what we are doing and how we are doing it. My hope for each person who reads this is that your legacy (and your businesses legacy) will be one as great as my friend’s son. A legacy that will last forever!

In memory of Benjamin Craig Bradford, 1988-2012

Delilah’s Notes Have you ever thought about breaking down the cost of your membership per day?

Probably not… But Andy did! I asked him if I could share this with you all because it is quite interesting. What does an investment in your local Chamber of Commerce cost? Here are the results: Individual or Non-Profit $100 $0.274 / Day Associate $125 $0.342 /Day Business $250 $0.685 / Day Bronze $550 $1.507 / Day Silver $800 $2.192 / Day Gold $1,050 $2.877 / Day Diamond $1,550 $4.247 / Day Platinum $2,550 $6.986 / Day A typical 12 ounce canned Coke/Dr. Pepper at a convenience store costs at least $0.89. A 20 ounce bottled drink is $1.50 or more. I have no idea what a Starbucks coffee costs but it sure isn’t $1.50! For less than a canned Coke/Dr. Pepper you can be a member of the Chamber for a full YEAR! For about the same price as a 20 ounce bottled drink you can be a Bronze Investor. For about what a Starbuck’s coffee would cost you each day you can be a Diamond Investor in your local Chamber of Commerce! Why not consider an investment in your local Chamber! The Return on your Investment is much greater than that canned drink or cup of coffee. Now how can you say no to that? And what better way can you get your business out in front of the community than through your Chamber?

Delilah Lewis Director of Membership/Special Events


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Chamber News a vendor table 281-689-4303

I-69 Segment Committees Complete ReportsThe five, citizen-driven I-69 Segment Committees have completed their final reports, recommending that existing freeway sections along the study route be designated as I-69 Texas. TxDOT is reviewing more than 200 miles of highway along US 59, US 77, US 83 and US 281 as the first step in the designations. To date, six miles of US 77 between I-37 and SH 44 in Robstown and 35 miles of US 59 between I-610N in Houston and the Liberty County line have been officially designated as I-69. In addition to the common recommendation, each segment committee established priority recommendations for developing the interstate in their regions. The I-69 Advisory Committee will use the local recommendations to compile a blueprint for continued development of the interstate. Read more about I-69 planning Âť

Goody Bag Items Sought for New Teachers Contact Delilah at Chamber to provide items for goody bags. Or, space available if you would like to attend personally with a table (contact school below to rsvp). SISD New Teacher Orientation will be August 15, 2012, 8 AM at the High School Campus. They have 27 new teachers. Call Mrs. Alvarado if they would like to have 3 

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NCISD Community Expo & Orientation - Come join us as we welcome all new staff to East Montgomery County August 16, 2012 New Caney ISD Annex - Cafeteria 22500 Eagle Dr. New Caney, TX 77357 The Community Expo is an opportunity for your business to meet and greet approximately 100 new customers. Vendors are asked to bring a door prize. Please park in the back of the annex. The expo will run from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Businesses can begin setting up at 10:30 AM Please RSVP by August 10, 2012. For more information, contact Dori Roberts at 281-577-8600 or

Leadership EMC accepting applications Applications are being accepted at the Chamber for Leadership East Montgomery County, class of 2013. Applications are available at the Chamber or can be emailed to you upon request. The deadline to turn in your application is August 10th. Leadership East Montgomery County is a program of the Chamber giving participants an opportunity to learn about our

community and develop lasting leadership skills that can be used in their business, home and volunteer work. The eight month program begins September 6th with the opening MANDATORY session and continues monthly through April.

Sessions are held on the first Thursday of each month from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Attendance requirements must be met in order to graduate. For more information contact the Chamber at 281-3540051, email us or stop by and pick up an application.

2013 Directory Kickoff

Members of the Community Chamber of Commerce of EMC, have the exclusive right to advertise in the 2013 Community Guide & Membership Directory. 5,000 copies are distributed throughout the community and to newcomers. Print rates and ad specifications here.

Sponsor & Player Registration Form 8 am Registration – 9 am Shotgun Start – 2 pm Lunch by Texas Roadhouse in Clubhouse

Sponsorship Teams  Double Eagle Sponsor $2,000 12 Players, 12 Lunches, 6 Golf Carts, Green Fees & Driving Range, 2 Hole Sponsors, Company Logo on all event Publicity. $1,500  Eagle Sponsor 8 Players, 8 Lunches, 4 Golf Carts, Green Fees & Driving Range, 1 Hole Sponsor, Company Logo on all event Publicity. $1,000  Birdie Sponsor 4 Players, 4 Lunches, 2 Golf Carts, Green Fees & Driving Range, 1 Hole Sponsor, Company Logo on all event Publicity.

Promotional Sponsors * all sponsorships are offered to previous year’s sponsor first.

 Cart Sponsor * SOLD


Your company name on sign on each golf cart.

 Beverage Sponsor  Ball Drop Prize Sponsor SOLD  Tent/Table Sponsor

$500 $500 $250

Chamber Members only, promotional display at clubhouse or on the course.

 Hole Sponsor

SPONSOR INFORMATION Name to be printed on signage: _______________________________________ Email logo to PLAYER INFORMATION TEAM 1 Player #1 Name __________________________ Player #2 Name __________________________ Player #3 Name __________________________ Player #4 Name __________________________ TEAM 2 Player #1 Name __________________________ Player #2 Name __________________________ Player #3 Name __________________________ Player #4 Name __________________________ Total $_______________


Your Name or Company Name printed on Hole Signage placed on the course.

Non-Sponsor Players  4 Player Team

 Individual Player

PAYMENT INFORMATION  Check Enclosed: payable to Community Chamber of Commerce of EMC


Four Players, 4 Lunches, 2 Golf Carts, Green Fees & Driving Range


One Player, 1 Lunch, shared Golf Cart, Green Fees & Driving Range

Extras  Mulligan $10 each Limit 4 per player _____ X $10 = $ _______  Eagle Drive $20 per team Limit one per team $_______  Ball Drop Tickets $10 each 6 for $50 = $ _______ 12 for $100

Crazy Golf Pant Contest

Win a prize for wearing your ‘loudest’ golf pants!


BILLING INFORMATION Company ________________________________ Address _________________________________ City ___________________ Zip ______________ Phone ___________________________________ E-mail ___________________________________ Contact Name_____________________________

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 Master Card  Visa  Discover  AMEX CCV Code_____ Billing Zip Code for Card __________ Card # ______________________________ Exp._____ Name on Card _________________________________

Fax registration form with payment info to FAX # 281-354-0091 or mail to Community Chamber of Commerce of EMC 21575 Hwy 59 N. #100 New Caney, TX 77357 or Call 281-354-0051 for information. Door Prizes Welcomed.

Distinguished Investors Platinum Level Members East Montgomery County Improvement District Yellow Rose Reception Hall Diamond Level Members Hallett Materials TDG General Contractors, Inc. Walmart - Supercenter Gold Level Members Backyard Paradise Pools Commissioner Ed Rinehart Entergy Texas Inc Kingwood Medical Center Memorial Hermann Northeast The Signorelli Company Silver Level Members Alamo Hydraulics of Houston, Inc. Conroe/Nacogdoches Coca Cola Sales Center Friendswood Development Co. Hearst Media Services Rosewood Funeral Home

Bronze Level Members Allied Power Mart Inc. Amegy Bank of Texas American Fixtures Cabinet Co., Inc. Buster Brown Propane CenturyLink Champion Rentals, Inc. Commercial State Bank of El Campo Constable Kenneth ‘’Rowdy’’ Hayden EGA Printing First Bank & Trust East Texas - Splendora Flagship Car Wash & Lube Center Fred Haas Toyota World FWM Tubular & Equipment Corporation Harley Davidson - Kingwood Healing Therapeutic Massage Hydra Tan Joiner Partnership, Inc. Joslin Texas Living Earth LJA Engineering, Inc Lone Star College-Kingwood Marks Richardson PC, Attorneys at Law Mike Harris, CLTC,CSA My Fit Foods-Kingwood

Chamber members who go the extra mile in their support of the chamber. Observer Newspapers Pace Stancil Funeral Home Plains State Bank Porter Kwik Kar Republic Waste Riverside Waste Service Salons At The Loft Shank Wealth Management Spirit Exposition Service, LLC Starplex Cinemas TIGER Texas Industrial Gas & Equipment Rental, Inc. Wells Fargo Bank of Texas

CommunityCalendar • Aug 1 Chamber Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon @ EMCID 11:30 am - 1 pm, $15 Speaker - Joe Turner / Lake Houston Wilderness Park

• Aug 6 Concerned Citizens Meeting

Monthly meeting @ RB Tullis Library 7:30 pm, Speaker - Judge James Metts

• Aug 7 Rotary Club of EMC • Aug 8 R.B. Tullis Library Monthly Book Club • Aug 8 Observer Networking Lunch 11:30 am @ Hofbrau in Porter $10

• Aug 16 NCISD Community Expo • Aug 16 EMC Fair Assoc. Meeting • Aug 20 Splendora ISD Trustee Meeting • Aug 21 Rotary Club of EMC • Aug 21 EMCID Board Meeting • Aug 22 Golf Committee Meeting

• Aug 9 Business Development Committee

• Aug 28 Rotary Club of EMC

• Aug 9 Congressman Kevin Brady Town Hall

• Aug 31 Breakfast Connections

Registration required, light lunch served. Location: East Montgomery County Improvement District complex. 21575 Hwy 59 N. New Caney, TX 77357 RSVP to 281-354-0051

• Aug 9 Twin City Lions Club 12pm @ Hofbrau in Porter

• Aug 13 Education Committee Meeting

Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Build your business by making new connections and building relationships... Join us on the last Friday of each month for a free, hot breakfast while you network with other business owners. Bring your business cards and get ready to talk about your business. Sponsored and hosted by Kingwood Medical Center.


• Aug 14 Rotary Club of EMC

• Teacher of the Year Luncheon on September 5th.

• Aug 15 RIBBON CUTTING - Postal Annex +

• Chamber Golf Tournament October 18th

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 2261 Northpark Drive Kingwood, TX 77339


(281) 312-4355 Join us for a Ribbon Cutting as we welcome our newest member.

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• Principal of the Day Program on November 15th.



One Year Appointees 2012

Angela Allen, Allied Power Mart…..............Chairman of the Board Kevin Kennedy...................Kennedy Fabricating Scott Brady, Joiner Partnership……..…........................Chair-Elect Guy Hancock.....................Guy’s A/C & Heating Rob Burgess, Community Print & Copy….........…..........Secretary Gary Southard, RISING STAR People Concepts…..........Treasurer EX-OFFICIO DIRECTORS Gary Gardner, FBTET-Splendora.………........Immediate Past-Chair Frank McCrady…………………..EMCID Ed Rinehart………………………Montgomery County Pct 4 TERM Expires 2014 Kenn Franklin……………………New Caney ISD Judy Hayes…………........ RE/MAX Rewards Dr. Thomas Price…………….......Splendora ISD Katie Paris...............................Embody Fitness Vikki Munoz……………………..City of Patton Village Juanita Popowitz......................Yellow Rose Reception Hall Floyd Jackson, Jr………………....City of Roman Forest Dr.Rebecca Riley......................Lone Star College - Kingwood Dorothy Welch…………………..City of Splendora Chuck Cardoza………………......City of Woodbranch Village TERM Expires 2013 Brandon Creighton………………State Representative District 16 Scott Brady..............................Joiner Partnership John Otto………………………..State Representative District 18 Rob Burgess………………….Community Print & Copy Tommy Williams…………………State Senator District 4 Megan Marietta……………...Kingwood Medical Center Kevin Brady……………………...U S Congress District 8 Leonard Rogers………………Let’s Mechanical


TERM Expires 2012

Andy Dill……………………President Angela Allen…………………Allied Power Mart Delilah Lewis……………......Director of Membership/Special Events Gary Gardner………………..First Bank & Trust East Texas-Splendora Rhonda Behnken……………Administrative Assistant & Webmaster Mike Harris………………….Long Term Care Partners Tonie Jones.............................Clerical Assistant Gary Southard…………........ RISING STAR People Concepts


To promote the economic well being and quality of life of East Montgomery County.


The purpose of the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County is to provide leadership that encourages community involvement, economic growth and promotes local business development and an enhanced quality of life.


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RenewingMembers Gold

Backyard Paradise Pools Kingwood Medical Center


Associates Level

Amegy Bank of Texas Champion Rentals, Inc. Lone Star College - Kingwood


Pearson Carpet Care Porter Ready Mix Trout Tire Center, Inc. Wal-Mart Distribution Center

Active Development Therapies, L.L.C. Allied Power Mart Inc. Best Publications LLP Candlewood Suites Kingwood/Humble/IAH Carino’s Italian Conroe Welding Supply Cypress Woods Retirement Community Deggs Service Enterprise, Inc. EFG Insurance Agency Inc Geotech Engineering and Testing Hereford Lynch Sellars & Kirkham P.C. Jewelers Bench Kingwood Tire & Automotive Max Bowl Park Plaza Dental

First America Homes, LTD Legion Road Mini Storage The Dumpster Guys, LLC


Dean Kerne Leonard Schneider Ricky McDonald / New Caney MUD


East Montgomery County Fair Association Faith Family Baptist Church Heaven’s Army of Resources & Recreation C Literacy Volunteers of America-M.C. Montgomery County Republican Party New Caney Shrine Club The Salvation Army

Ambassador of the Month (June)

Katie Paris 30 Points Embody Fitness Center

Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors

Katie Paris- Embody Fitness, Judy Hayes- Re/Max Rewards, Juanita Popowitz- Yellow Rose Reception Hall, Jackie Barnard-Barnard Architects, Sandy Seelye-EMCID, Mike Harris-Mike Harris CLTC,CSA, Kim Province-Kingwood Signs, Carole Newton-Parkway Family Insurance, Mary Evans-Amegy Bank-Porter, Sheila Hebert-Hebert Photography, Vern Reichert-Texas Fast Track, Gary Southard-Rising Star People Concepts, Barbara Egan, Isidor Ybarra

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Member Spotlight

Lone Star AC Joseph Aldridge 25634 E Holly Ln Splendora, TX 77372 (281) 399-0952 Q. What does your company produce or what service do you offer to customers? Residential and Commercial air conditioner sales and service. We offer discounts to chamber members, seniors, government and county employees, school employees and the military.

Watch You Tube Video for more information about Lone Star A/C. Q. What one tool or resource do you rely on the most in the marketing and operation of your business? Our website, and word of mouth referrals.

Q. How do you differentiate your business from the competition in your market? Our goal is to offer an affordable option in the A/C business here in the EMC area.

Q.. What does the potential new economic development in EMC mean for your company? We hope the new development in this area gives us more opportunities to grow.

Q. What do you enjoy most about running your business? Being able to give back to the community. We sponsor at the EMC Fair, Little League football and baseball and Founders Day.

Q. What kind of challenges are you facing? The government and the economy and the rising cost of freon.... more people are repairing instead of installing new systems to try to save money.

Aug 2012 Community Connections  

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