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Chamber News: July 2008
Posted 07 - 02 - 2008
“Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious
but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.”- Andrew Jackson (1767 - 1845)

And the winner is …
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce won two prestigious awards in its division in the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) 2008 Media Contest. The Chamber’s “Live It Up, Retire In Nacogdoches” retirement brochure won a first place award, and the 2008 Official City & County Street Map won a second place award.

The awards were presented on June 24 during the TCCE Annual Conference in New Braunfels. The Nacogdoches County Chamber was recognized by the 300 Texas chamber of commerce executives attending the conference. The trophies will be proudly displayed in the Chamber lobby, but the recognition will span state-wide.

Nacogdoches chosen for 2010 TCCE Annual Conference
Nacogdoches also came back with the ultimate prize – the conference itself. The 2010 TCCE conference will take place in the Oldest Town in Texas. Many thanks to Melissa Sanford and Sherri Skeeters of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mary Roan and Rebecca Frazier of the Hotel Fredonia for their winning bid package and presence at the conference. “We bid several times in the past for this conference, so this win was a sweet victory,” said Chamber President Bruce Partain. “Part of our presentation involved teaching the other Chamber executives the ‘Nacogdoches, Yes, Yes, Yes’ song. I think they can spell Nacogdoches now.”

Cut costs, save time and stay competitive with Lean Transformation
George Nelson with Cooper Industries will present “Lean Transformation: The Key to Competitiveness” at the Chamber’s Fourth Friday Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., July 25 at The Hotel Fredonia.

According to Nelson, Lean Transformation serves customers better by eliminating waste in business and production processes. Lean principles can be applied universally to increase performance in service and manufacturing industries.

Nelson has practiced and taught the Lean Manufacturing process for six years. He joined Cooper Industries in March 2006 as plant manager of the Nacogdoches transformer operations.

The information presented is vital for all local businesses, and the luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. Attendee RSVPs are required. Please call 560-5533, or fax in a form, 560-3920, available at Lunch is $15 at the door. Save two dollars by paying at the Chamber by Thursday, July 24.

Chamber membership continues to grow
The following joined the Chamber between Feb. 28 and Jun. 25. Be sure to welcome all as new Chamber members. More information about all Chamber members may be found in the online directory at

Aesthetic Concepts - Caroline Hurst
BodySculpture MediSpa
Charlie’s Catering, Inc.
Community Collision Center, LLC
Durango’s Canyon
East Texas Video
Sam B. Hayter Trust – Mill Creek Farm
Impact Cowboy Church of Nacogdoches
J.T. Hammond Ministries
Jack Backers College Bookstore
Martinez Tree Service
Mary McKinnon
The NanoTechnology Group, Inc.
PHI, Inc.
Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
PineCrest Retirement Community
Pineywoods Detachment 1189, Marine Corps. League
SFA Driving Jacks
Soundhaus Entertainment
Texas AgriLife Extension
Terri Thompson-Sayler
VIP Cleaners, LLC
Vital Fitness

Celebrate new beginnings for historic hotel
The ribbon cutting for Hotel Fredonia & Convention Center is set for 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 18, at the hotel; 200 N. Fredonia St. Owner Susan Reents invites all to join the celebration during the grand opening event. The Nacogdoches High class of 1955 will be returning to the hotel, too, for reunion. too, the year the hotel opened. Light refreshments will be served.

Important dates to remember
Jul. 15 - deadline for submitting applications for the 2008-09 Leadership Nacogdoches program.

Aug. 1-9 – Members of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, the Sawyers, will be visiting local businesses and selling SFA Spirit Flag subscriptions. The purple Spirit Flags that are seen on special SFA event days are installed, retrieved and maintained by the Sawyers. SFA Alumni donated $1000 for initial materials and the program is maintained by the SFA-Chamber Connection committee.

Jul. 22 and 29 – Meet & Greet SFA Parents, 9:40 a.m., downtown near Visitors Center.

Aug. 21 – Leadership Nacogdoches Alumni Reunion and New Class Welcome, 5:30 p.m., Liberty Hall, 805 E. Main St.
Aug. 25 – Fourth Friday Luncheon, Hue Adams with Diamond Decisions, noon-1 p.m., Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center

Aug. 28 – Back Lot Bash, 6 p.m., behind William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Sept. 30 – The 87th Annual Chamber Banquet will be held in Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center. The 2008 Citizen of the Year and business excellence award recipients will be recognized, and the 2008-09 Chamber Board of Directors will be inducted.

Oct. 24 and Dec. 19 – Fourth Friday Luncheon
For more information about these events and all other Chamber activities, please visit

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