Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce "chat"

A couple of weeks ago, I met the Chamber's 2000 Student of the Year, Amanda Holmes.

She is a very happy, pleasant young woman who will graduate from Police Academy this December. She wanted the Chamber members to know that she is very grateful for the scholarship she received in 2000, and that the funds were a big help to her in completing her education. I hope that makes your day!

We had a wonderful time with the businesses at Canyon Lake Plaza who co-hosted our September After Hours Mixer. We welcomed ten new businesses to our Chamber at the Mixer; Canyon Lake Fitness Center dba C U R V E S, Dorothy von Friewalde; Canyon Lake Breakfast Lions; Canyon Lake Tree House, Sara Norton; GONZOGEEK, Pat Dalberg; Premier Health & Fitness Center, Shannon Payne; Reasonable Health Care, Jim Smith; Rock Bottom Automotive, David Auch & Debbie England, Dorothy N. Remy; and Georgiann Smith, Prudential Alamo Realty.

Also at the Mixer, we honored the Canyon Lake Times Guardian, Don & Pearle Johnson as our Member of the Month; Robert Maxwell Case as our Canyon Lake Friendly, and Lou Howie as our Volunteer of the Month. These fine folks have contributed much of their time, talents and energy to the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, and to the Canyon Lake and Guadalupe River community. We congratulate them!

The Chamber's motto is, "Our Business is making your business better." We are taking that motto seriously; and one way that we do so is by publicizing ribbon cuttings for our new members. Little Ranger Day Care is hosting a ribbon-cutting on October 22, at 12:00 noon, at their center on Canyon Bend in Startzville (right behind the Dairy Queen). They are very eager to have everyone from the community stop by to see their childcare center and will kick off Grand Opening events on Friday. So mark your calendars and join us on the 22nd.

September and October are traditionally busy months at the Chamber's Visitor Center, and this year is no exception. We are promoting and participating in events for local non-profit organizations, advertising our area lodging, restaurants and businesses and planning for our community Christmas activities. We have seen only a small decrease in the number of visitors that come to the information center since summer ended, and even a smaller decrease in phone calls. Area organizations and businesses are active and busy in the community and it is showing.

The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that Tracy Collette has joined the Chamber's office staff, and she and Terry Cappetta are sharing the duties of tracking membership dues, volunteer staffing, bookkeeping, and general office work for the Chamber members and board. Maintaining our busy Chamber office and the Visitor Center takes the combined efforts of many staff and volunteers; it is a dedicated effort. We all appreciate their hard work and selfless contributions of time and energy!

In closing, I'll remind our chamber members to vote and turn in their ballots for the 2005 Board of Directors. All members should have received a ballot in the October newsletter, and a web ballot is available on our site at

Also on our website are lake and river updates, chamber members directory, lodging, restaurants, shopping, information about our sponsorship involvement with Randolph Air Force Base Honor Guard, boat ramp information, parks information, and much, much more.

We invite you to join the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and we've made it easier than ever for you to do so online at, or, you can call me at 830-964-2223, if you would like more information about the Chamber's promotional and networking benefits.

Please keep our military men and women in your thoughts and prayers, and we wish you all the very best for a happy, healthy and prosperous October.

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