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December 21st, 2008
"Adelante" – 12/22/08

Quote of the Week:” I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet
The words repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men! ”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

OBAMA PICKS REP. HILDA SOLIS AS LABOR SECRETARY

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen California Democratic Representative Hilda Solis as his Secretary of Labor. Representative Solis is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant father and a Teamster’s Union Steward. Her mother, born in Nicaragua worked on as assembly line. That upbringing shaped Solis 51, into a tenacious advocate

For worker’s rights and set her on the path toward becoming President-elect Barack Obama’s Labor Secretary. The third of seven children and the first in her family to attend college, Solis has been the only member of Congress of Central American descent. She represents a heavily Hispanic district that includes portions of East Los Angeles County and East L.A.

TAMACC LEGISLATIVE AWARDS GALA

The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce TAMACC, will hold their annual Legislative Awards Gala on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009. 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards. The Hyatt Regency Hotel is this year’s site, located at 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas. For ticket information

(512) 444-5727.

WANTED: BI-LINGUAL INDIVDUALS A TO ASSIST IN BUSINESS SURVEY

Individuals who speak Spanish fluently and would like to participate in taking surveys over an eight-hour period should contact the Hispanic Chamber office at 353-1104. Participants will be compensated.

NAVIDAD “PARA LOS NINOS” LUNCHEON A GREAT SUCCESS

Despite the cold, gray and gloomy weather last Tuesday, the annual NAVIDAD “PARA LOS NINOS” LUNCHEON was nice and festive inside. Hosted by the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber and sponsored by WALMART * AND * CENTRAL TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER the San Marcos business community came out to support one of the biggest children’s fundraisers of the year. BLUE SANTA & BROWN SANTA were as jolly as ever and received hundreds of toys and contributions of money. One example was Grande Communication’s employee group called the PASSION & COMMITMENT INVESTMENT CLUB donated $1,100 to both Blue Santa & Brown Santa. The audience enjoyed the Gary Job Corps Choir and were entertained by Mr. Eddie Villarreal, also a medical student at the Gary Center. Mr. Villarreal was an American Idol finalist this past year and is currently signed to recording contract. The San Marcos Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors wishes to thank the following firms and individuals that contributed to the success of this event.

Special Thanks to:

Event Sponsors:

Wal-Mart Super Center

Central Texas Medical Center

Table Sponsors:
Time Warner Cable

Sheriff Allen Bridges

San Marcos C.I.S.D.

Grande Communications

McCoy’s Building Supplies

Butler Manufacturing Company

Blue Santa- San Marcos Police Department

McCoy’s College of Business-Texas State University
Sac-N-Pac
Servpro
Wells Fargo Bank
Contributors: Gary Job Corps, Servpro, Cuauhtemoc Hall, Rev. Samuel Acosta, The Palm Café #2, Gary Job Corps Chorus & Eddie Villareal, Brown Santa & Blue Santa, Tammi Guinn (Salvatore Ferragamo), Michele Nehez (La Perla San Marcos), The Pepsi Bottling Group, Rebekah Tabor-Cantu, Elvira Medina, Randolph Goodman, Donna Hill (Time Warner Cable), Molly Ann Garcia (Grande Communications), Lya Rainosek (G & L Communications/at & t), Prime Outlet Mall, Sac-N-Pac.

BLUE SANTA & BROWN SANTA are joined by numerous attendees and contributors to the annual “Navidad Para Los Ninos” Luncheon on December 16th at Cuauhtemoc Hall. The annual event was hosted by the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by WAL-MART SUPERCENTER, and the CENTRAL TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER. Congratulations! to the San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff’s Department for making this happen. A world of thanks to all the volunteers who make this tradition possible for the many people and families of need in San Marcos and Hays County.

BLUE SANTA and BROWN SANTA admire some of their work during the annual

” Navidad Para Los Ninos ” Luncheon. These two law enforcement organizations work in the City and Hays County providing food, toys for children, and other public assistance to needy families and individuals. The number of children on this year’s list increased substantially over last year. Thanks to the many who contributed. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
LBJ MUSEUM OF SAN MARCOS A COMMUNITY LEGACY

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos joins Texas State University in its extended celebration. “Remembering LBJ and His Legacy: Local Recollections – AN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT EXHIBIT” will remain on display throughout this academic year. The exhibit includes audio clips from interview with 48 people, along with photographs and memorabilia. Museum hours are Thursday, Friday & Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10a.m.- 5 p.m. The Museum is located at 131 N Guadalupe on the Courthouse Square. Group tours can be arranged by calling Museum Director Scott Jordan at 353-3300, or contact them at www.lbjmuseum.com Free Admission.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

The San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce can help: Existing or Start-up businesses, assistance with HUB Certification, and overall assistance in every phase of the business cycle. Direct referrals to lending sources or referrals to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can be obtained for you. We offer these services in Spanish. Hablamos Espanol. For more assistance, call the Hispanic Chamber Office at 353-1103, or e-mail kthomas@sanmarcoshispanic.com

CALENDAR

December 24-25, SMHCC Offices closed

December 31- January 2, 2009 SMHCC Offices closed

by RICHARD H. GARZA
President – Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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