Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce l April Newsletter online


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Dear Chamber Members:
Spring has sprung and the strong southerly winds can testify to that fact. Spring Breakers and Winter Texans are on their way home and businesses are gearing up for Holy Week and Easter.

The Chamber office is busy preparing for our annual Awards Party. We encourage all of our members to attend as we honor the many individuals and businesses who have contributed so much to our success. For more information on this event, please see the related article in this newsletter.

We will also soon begin advertising sales for our 2010-2011 Visitors’ Guide, which has proven to be a tremendous success. We hope you will continue to support this project.

As always, we encourage you to contact our office with any suggestions or questions you might have about the services we provide to our membership. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Betty Wells
President

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Ambassadors Maria Salinas, Sandy Sabin, Peggy Green, Caroline Farrell, Carolyn Hauschildt, Linda Garrett, Dolores DuBois, Ruth Husmann, John Sabin, Betty Daniels, Cecilia Bliss, Erle Daniels and Ron Bliss pose in front of the Lighthouse Keeper Cottage in Port Isabel. Not pictured are Mike Garrett, Larry Husmann, Kitty Ayers, Mary Ann Brown, Dorothy Dymit, George Paterson and Richard Garza. Press Photo.

American Wind Symphony Orchestra Coming to Port Isabel

The American Wind Symphony Orchestra will make its third appearance in Port Isabel on May 21st.

The Port Isabel performances will launch the 53rd season of the floating orchestra and afford spectators the rare opportunity to hear performances by students from the Julliard School of Music. More than 4,000 people from across the Valley attended their last performance in 2007 and were treated to the sights and sounds of the open air band shell that unfolds upon its traveling barge.

The performance is sponsored by the El Paseo Arts Foundation and is under the direction of Conductor Robert Boudreau. According to El Paseo Board member Joann Evans, support for the event is being solicited from area businesses and individuals. Persons interested in  contributing may contact El Paseo at 943-4700.

Annual Awards Party Set for April 16th

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Awards Party on Friday, April 16th.

Scheduled to be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at Black Jack’s Galley next to Pirates Landing, the banquet will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Live entertainment will be presented by Tom Wayne. There is no charge to attend the event.

“We’ve changed the format of our awards party to a more casual atmosphere and are inviting members to attend at no charge. In part, this change was implemented due to economic conditions in the area. But we also wanted a more fun and relaxed environment,” said Chamber President Betty Wells. “We hope our members will join us as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments so many of them have made to our community.”
For more information on the Awards Party, please contact the Chamber office at 9943-2262.

Merchants Committee Plans Block Party

The Port Isabel Merchants Committee has planned their first ever Block Party for Friday, April 23rd from 4-6 pm.

The event is the premier event in a series of Block Parties that will feature Chamber members within Port Isabel’s eight districts. The first is scheduled for the Lighthouse District and is open to businesspeople and visitors at no charge. Businesses within the District will be offering special promotions as well as providing refreshments. Live entertainment is also planned.
“The Merchants Committee plans to host at least two block parties a year,” said Chairwoman Linda Garrett. “Our mission is to promote local businesses and we think this is a wonderful opportunity for the business community to come together. It will also be a lot of fun.”

Businesses interested in participating are encouraged to attend the Merchants Committee meetings, which are held the second Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. For more Chamber office at 943-2262 or Linda Garrett at 943-8080.

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Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce l March Newsletter online

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Check out the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce March newsletter at: http://portisabel.org/newsletter/march2010.pdf

Letter from the President
Dear Chamber Members:

The month of March will bring tens of thousands of Spring Break visitors to our area and, hopefully, warmer weather. Our Winter Visitors will be starting their trek back home and we want them to know how much we appreciate their visits.

In that light, the Chamber hosted its first Winter Texan Cajun Shrimp Boil. More than 200 Winter Texans were treated to the seafood meal, live entertainment and the new venue at The Garden (next to Designer Consigner).

I’d like to remind you that our regular All Member meeting has been set for Friday, March. 5th  at 8:30 am at Pirates Landing. I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Betty Well
President

CHAMBER HOSTS WINTER TEXAN SHRIMP BOIL

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce hosted a Winter Texan Shrimp Boil on Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 3-5 pm.

The event was designed to show the Chamber’s appreciation for the Winter Texans. Tickets were limited to the first 200 tickets sold and the event was been sold out shortly after tickets became available.

The shrimp boil was held in The Garden—the new patio area just opened next to Designer Consigner and operated by Glenda Stafford. “We really appreciate the way area businesses came together to make this event such a success,” said Chamber President Betty Wells. “We are looking forward to making this an annual event.”

The shrimp boil featured a Cajun shrimp boil meal, refreshments and live entertainment by Tom Wayne.

SCORE SEEKING BUSINESS COUNSELORS

Phillip Rathbun of SCORE will be the guest speaker at the March All Member meeting of the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. The meeting is set for Friday, March 5 at 8:30 am at Pirates Landing.

SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business”, is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the US Small Business Association (SBA).

SCORE has 364 chapters in locations throughout the US and its territories with 12,400 volunteers. Both working and retired executive and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

According to Rathbun, SCORE is seeking more business counselors and will host a luncheon at the McAllen Country Club, 615 Wichita, McAllen on April 6 at noon. For more information or to register for the luncheon, go to www.rgvscore.com and click on “volunteer”.

MUSEUMS OF PORT ISABEL HOSTS MEXICAN REVOLUTION & INDEPENDENCE EXHIBIT

On exhibit now through the winter of 2010, the Port Isabel Historic Museum will feature Mexican Revolution and Mexican Indepen-dence images, artifacts and documents as part of their temporary exhibits. The Historic Museum is housed in the Champion Building on Railroad Ave.

Thursday, February 25th’s “Telling Our Stories” by Rod Bates kicked off the Museums’ celebration of the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the Bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico. Bates illustrated the impact both wars had on Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area with a variety of images and maps to a packed house in the theatre room in the Champion Building. The image above left, one used in the presentation, is an example of those taken during what came to be known as the Border Occupation. Taken in front of the Champion Building, this sepia toned image portrays three soldiers stationed in Point Isabel enjoying some leisure time.  The two boys to the left were local aquadores who delivered water to residences. Seated on their donkey is a soldier with a fresh box of cigars purchased in the Champion store. Images such as this one are part of the Mexican Revolution and Indpendence exhibits at the Museums of Port Isabel.

Additionally, video of the Rod Bates presentation at the Telling Our Stories will be playing in the theatre room of the Champion Building. For more information call the Museums at 956/943-7602 or email jrivera@copitx.com. Exhibit info: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/2010/02/27/museums-of-port-isabel-hosts-mexican-revolution-independence-exhibit/

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Chamber Members:
The month of March will bring tens of thousands
of Spring Break visitors to our area and,
hopefully, warmer weather. Our Winter Visitors
will be starting their trek back home and we
want them to know how much we appreciate
their visits.
In that light, the Chamber hosted its first
Winter Texan Cajun Shrimp Boil. More than 200
Winter Texans were treated to the seafood meal,
live entertainment and the new venue at The
Garden (next to Designer Consigner).
I’d like to remind you that our regular All
Member meeting has been set for Friday, March.
5th at 8:30 am at Pirates Landing. I look forward
to seeing you there!
Sincerely,
Betty Wells
President

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce l February Newsletter online

\"\"Check out the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce February newsletter at: http://portisabel.org/newsletter/february2010.pdf

Letter from the President
Dear Chamber Members:
One month of the new year is already gone and our Winter Texan visitors have been arriving in good numbers.
Our 26th Annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk was a success in spite of the colder weather with a total registration of 2,654. For results and photos, please see other news in this issue of our newsletter.
The Chamber is starting to plan for its annual awards banquet and will also host a Winter Texan Shrimp Boil on February 24th. For more information on Chamber programs and activities, please contact the Chamber office.
I’d also like to remind you that our regular All Member meeting has been set for Friday, Feb. 5th  at 8:30 am at Pirates Landing. I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Betty Wells
President

26th Causeway Run A Success
More than 2500 participants competed in the 26th Annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk, held Saturday, Jan. 9.
“It was successful year for this event,” said Chamber President Betty Wells, “and it went very smoothly in spite of cold weather conditions.  We registered almost 1,000 competitive runners and over 1500 serious walkers.”

The event began at 10 am at the Port Isabel Community Center. Walkers finished their course at the base of the Queen Isabella Causeway on South Padre Island. Runners continued to Louie’s Backyard on the Island, where an awards luncheon and ceremonies were held. The top three overall male and female runners received cash prizes of $1,000, $600 and $400 respectively. A complete list of winners can be found at the Chamber website at www.portisabel.org.

The date for the 27th Annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk has been set for Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.

Chamber to Host Winter Texan Shrimp Boil
The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will host a Winter Texan Shrimp Boil on Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 3-5 pm.

The event is designed to show our appreciation for our Winter Texans and will be limited to the first 200 tickets sold. Tickets are priced at $5 per person and are available at the Chamber office.

The event will be held in The Garden at the Lighthouse—the new patio area just opened next to Designer Consigner and operated by Glenda Stafford. “We really appreciate Glenda allowing us to have this event at her new facility,” said Chamber President Betty Wells. “It is a perfect venue for this type of activity.”

The shrimp boil will feature a Cajun shrimp boil meal, refreshments and live entertainment by Tom Wayne. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 943-2262.

Museums of Port Isabel Plan February Fundraiser
Viva la Revolution! is the theme for the annual Museums of Port Isabel fundraiser.

Scheduled to be held Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 pm at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, the celebration features food, drink, music, an auction, and special Mexican Revolution exhibits and presentations. A highlight of the celebration will be the live opening of a Mexican Revolution era safe. Register your guess of what’s in the safe at participating businesses and you could win a prize to be awarded at the event.

Area restaurants and merchants have donated an array of items for the fundraiser, which is the 13th annual Essence of the Laguna Madre celebration. Tickets are priced at $50 per person and all proceeds benefit the museums.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the museums at (956) 943-7602 or email jrivera@copitx.com.

City of Port Isabel to receive TPW Grant for Boat Ramp Repair and Improvements
Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega, Commissioner Memo Torres and City Manager Edward Meza returned Friday from a trip to Austin with news that the City of Port Isabel had been awarded $388,330 to renovate and improve the Pompano Park Boat Ramp located on Pompano Street in the Modern Venice area. During a January 28th meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in Austin a total of $2,545,249 in grants were awarded to 10 Texas projects for which local governments will operate and maintain the ramps in their communities.

Pompano Park Boat Ramp will have renovations and improvements to the boat ramp, parking area, bulkheads, restroom, utilities and lighting area. Funds received will also cover new construction for a courtesy dock and fish cleaning table.

Mayor Vega, Commissioner Torres and City Manager Meza expressed a sense of accomplishment with the news that the City Docks will soon be back in commission. “Fishing is such an important part of what Port Isabel has to offer and having the boat ramp and parking facilities back in business will make access to the Laguna Madre Bay and the great fishing we are known for so convenient for visiting anglers. We appreciate the partnership with TPW on this new project,” Mayor Joe Vega added.

Museums of Port Isabel “Telling Our Stories” Encore Causeway Collapse Presentation
Due to the response of Thursday’s Telling Our Stories’ “Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse”, two more presentations have been scheduled. February 4th at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. the Museums of Port Isabel will again be hosting the story of the day the bridge collapsed. Speaker, Valerie Bates.
For more information, contact the Port Isabel Museum at 956/943-7602.