February 2010 Newsletter
Posted 01/28/2010



2516 North Street            Nacogdoches, Texas 75965             (936) 560-5533  


Chamber News:  February 2010 

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” 

- Abraham Lincoln 


Summit brings Austin and Washington to East Texas

The third Lone Star Legislative Summit is set for February 17 and 18 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The event kicks off with the Lone Star Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hotel Fredonia.


Summit sessions begin with an early breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 18 on the second floor of the Stephen F. Austin State University Student Center. Sessions run through the afternoon.


Topics include Transportation, Education, Water Resources, and Property Rights.

Texas Governor Rick Perry will speak on legislative challenges and opportunities across Texas.


“We have invited Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to present her views of the national legislative landscape,” said event chair John Ruckel. Senator John Cornyn’s staff is also interested in the conference.

U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert will highlight federal activity on healthcare, homeland security and other major issues.


Rep. Wayne Christian and State Senator Robert Nichols are co-hosting the event and will welcome fellow legislators to their ‘home territory.’ Senator Nichols’ District 3 covers 16 East Texas counties. He is also a former TxDOT Commissioner.  Rep. Christian’s District 10 includes Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine, Sabine and Jasper Counties.

The transportation discussion will be moderated by Senator Nichols and includes Texas Department of Transportation Assistant Director of Engineering John Barton and Rep. Allen Fletcher.  Rep. Fletcher’s District 130 covers part of Harris County.

Chairman of the House Education Committee Rob Eissler leads a panel that also features Rep. Jim Jackson. Rep. Eissler’s District 15 covers part of Montgomery County. He was just named to the Select Committee on Public School Finance. Rep. Jackson’s District 115 covers part of Dallas County.


“Water, Water, Everywhere … is there enough to Drink?” is the title of a panel moderated by David Alders of Nacogdoches. Rep. Allan Ritter and Rep. Brandon Creighton will participate with Jerry Clark, executive vice president of the Sabine River Authority.  Rep. Ritter is the Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources. His District 21 covers part of Jefferson County. Rep. Creighton’s also serves on the Natural Resources Committee. His District 16 covers part of Montgomery County.  An agribusinessman, Mr. Alders serves on the East Texas Region I Water Planning Group for the Texas Water Development Board.

Cost for the Wednesday reception is $25. Thursday breakfast is $15 and luncheon is $25. A combination registration for all ticketed events is only $50.

The event is produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.

Go to to view the agenda and register online. Check the site daily for updates.


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Luncheon gives SFA and Sugar Land insights

Chairman, SFA Board of Regents and Mayor of Sugar Land, James A. “Jimmy” Thompson will present “Leading Sugar Land, Leading SFA” at Fourth Friday Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 26 at the Fredonia.


A business owner, Mr. Thompson has served a leadership role in successful organizations in the government, education and business sectors.  He will discuss his insights into Sugar Land and SFA as regional leaders and his role on the leadership teams of both organizations. Parallels in developing Nacogdoches are sure to be discussed.


Lunch is $16 and attendee RSVPs are required by Thursday, Feb. 25. Register and pay online – go to for the registration link, or complete and fax the registration form to the Chamber, 560-3920. All attendees may enter the $50 drawing. All Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing, but you must be present to win. Both drawings sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas.


Chamber and SFA Athletics plan to Cram the Coliseum

Chamber members get free admission tickets for Cram the Coliseum events in this mailout! A very limited number of extra tickets are available at the Chamber, 2516 North St., or ask a Chamber member for tickets to these two SFA basketball games in SFA’s William R. Johnson Coliseum:

  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24:      Ladyjacks vs. Texas State.
  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27:           Lumberjacks vs. Corpus Christi.

“If you’re a little dribblers coach or a children’s group leader or youth group leader, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a university athletic event for free,” Athletics Assistant Director John Branch said.

Click to connect on new Chamber web site

The newly designed Chamber website has a fresh look to complement the 2010 directory and map.

 “The all-new has been overhauled from front to back,” said Michele Peck of Point A Media. “An entirely new content management system makes the site easy to update by chamber staff, and will improve referral results for chamber members. The new site also increases chamber member referrals through search engine optimization.” The site’s membership directory includes a search feature for finding Chamber members by name or category. Each member has a place on the site with contact information including a link to take viewers directly to the member’s web site. Site visitors who subscribe to the chamber’s free RSS feeds will receive updated news and registration information delivered directly to their desktops, PDAs or phones. “Members should contact the chamber for details about a 2010 members-only Web badge to post on their business and personal Web sites,” Peck said. “ also offers advertising exclusively to chamber members.”


Event calendar


Feb. 2                     Ribbon Cutting -11:30 a.m. Happy Skin, 310 N. University Dr. (located inside Head to Toe Spa Salon) Kristine Enrile, Owner and new Chamber Member.


Feb. 5                     Ribbon Cutting -4 p.m. Women’s Shelter of East Texas, 4610A North St. (formerly Goody’s Department Store), Operations Manager Lisa Jackman.


Feb. 9                     Ribbon Cutting -11:30 a.m. Cowboy Custom Golf Carts, Chamber lobby, 2516 North St.,            Steve Justice, Owner and new Chamber Member. 


Feb. 23                   Ribbon Cutting - 11:45 a.m. Practitioners on the Go, 3312 N. University Dr., Ste. H,

Rhonda Schmidt, RN, FNP-C, Owner and new Chamber Member.


Feb. 25                   Ribbon Cutting – 1:10 p.m., Signature Smiles, 3205 N. University Dr., Ste. A,

Beth Samford, Owner and new Chamber Member.


Mar. 1                    NOBLE Banquet – SFA Student Center.


Mar. 29                  Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet.

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