February 2013
Chamber Spotlight

New Members

Lois A. Rockefeller
Messer, Rockefeller & Fort, PLLC
Join Date: 01/08/2013

Isla Carpenter
Lone Star Ag Credit
Join Date: 01/15/2013

David Cain
David Cain Construction
Join Date: 01/18/2013

Scott Howard
McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C.
Join Date: 01/30/2013

Rebecca Taves
Taves Enterprises dba Golden Chick
Join Date: 02/04/2013

March Mixer

The March Chamber Mixer will be at Eastland County Museum, 114 S. Seaman St. on Monday, March 4th from 5pm - 6:30pm.  Refreshments, door prizes, and fun for all!  Be sure to bring your business card for a chance to be chosen as Eastland's Business of the Month for March 2013!


Passers-by were doing a double-take on Friday, after AlphaGraphics put this image on the front window of the Chamber office at the Connellee Hotel!  Very nice job, Cary!

Upcoming Events

Your Chamber is working to put together some very interesting events in the near future.  
On February 28th, we'll have the annual Golden Deed Awards reception at First Baptist Church Multi-Purpose Center at 405 S. Seaman St.  This year, the theme will be "Mardi Gras!", and festivities will start at 6:00pm with music by the Doc Rockin' Band and a strolling magician who will perform close-up illusions for the audience.  The reception-style event will be similar to last year's event, which is informal, and will be catered by the Eastland High School FCCLA class.
Admission is FREE, and tickets may be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce office.  We will also have a silent auction, with some great items that you can take home at reasonable prices.  We'll have award ceremonies for outstanding students of the year, Business of the Year, Community Service Award, and of course, the prestigious Golden Deed Award.  Eastland Fire Department will also be presenting the Greg Simmons Meritorious Service Award.  You won't want to miss this one!

On March 5th, we have arranged for Master Storyteller/Singer Bob Sawyer to put on two presentations at the Majestic Theater.  The performances are entitled "Old Songs for New Ears".  He performed for many years at Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore, and other venues.   Bob tells the history of our great Nation in story and song, and has received rave reviews of his folk song performances.  He'll perform at 2pm for high school students, then at 7pm, he'll perform for the general public.  Again, admission is FREE, but you'll need a ticket to get in.  Tickets are available at the Chamber office.

On March 15th, we'll have our very first "Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt".  This will be limited to 50 contestants who will collect clues from 20 merchants in Eastland and unscramble the clues to reveal the location of the "Pot of Gold".  The lucky winner will receive 250 gold-colored $1 coins.  Again, no charge to play... but you must register at the Chamber of Commerce before March 8th to participate.

And the first annual "Rip's Ribs Cook Off" will be Saturday, April 13th.  Thirty cooking teams will compete for the first prize of $1,000, 2nd prize of $750, and other prizes of $500, $250, and $150.  We have some great music lined up starting at noon, vendor booths, games, a meal for ticket holders, and a street dance with music by Marley Prase!  Meal tickets are $15 but there is no admission charge for the events of the day.  Entry forms for cooks and vendor booths are available online at www.ripsribscookoff.com, or at the Chamber office.

Chamber Mixer

The February Chamber Mixer was hosted by Cary Meeks, CEO of Victor Cornelius, Inc./AlphaGraphics on Monday, February 4th at 400 W. Main Street.  Cary and his crew prepared refreshments for the attendees, and provided a guided tour of the facility, which was opened in 1936.  

The 20's were discovery years for many in West Texas. The "Oil Patch" was new - a magnet for entrepreneurs and those with the courage to grab hold and make something happen.

Born the seventh of seven, Victor Cornelius knew what it was to fight for a place. Call it courage, tenacity or downright stubbornness, if fortune favored the bold, Victor would have his.

As a young sign painter plying his trade, Victor refined his graphic skills and salesmanship working from the Gulf Coast to the Texas panhandle. Having his eyes opened to the opportunities cafes and restaurants presented, Victor set up a nickelodeon circuit of jukeboxes and pinball machines. Then, patenting a display for attaching movie advertising to the side of cafe napkin holders, Victor built a national company printing and selling theatrical-movie advertising.

A key to Victor's success was knowing how to reach his customers. Opening his own cafe, Victor became frustrated with the process of having his first menu printed. He recognized the menu as the single most important "point of sales" tool a restaurant could offer. Sure of his own abilities and seeing a niche opportunity, Victor bought out the menu printer. That was his way.

At Victor Cornelius, Inc., menu design and printing has come as a natural progression of learned skills and an awareness of opportunities. We've never lost sight of Victor's earliest lessons, of how we got here, or where we're going. We think Victor would be proud.

Be sure to visit their website at www.vcornelius.com to see the many products and services they have to offer!

February Business of the Month

At the February Chamber Mixer, Comanche Electric Cooperative Association was chosen as "Business of the Month" for February 2013.  

We Love Our Linemen


"Comanche Electric Cooperative lineworkers don’t work alone on our power lines. Whether they are climbing poles, restoring power or clearing tree limbs to prevent future outages, they are never far from the hearts of the women and men who love them.

"At this time of year, stores seem flooded with hearts, candy and cards professing true love. But to be honest, those sentiments pale in comparison to the bonds of love we see every time a storm sweeps through our area.

"If the lights go out, our lineworkers’ families send their loved ones out into the elements. When other electric cooperatives are in trouble after devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and floods, our lineworkers have traveled to bring the lights back on for complete strangers. Each time these brave men and women leave home to help those in need, their families are left behind, praying for a safe return.

"Working with high-voltage electricity, lineworkers find themselves in life-or-death situations on a regular basis. That’s why CECA focuses on safety first. Our safety program includes daily briefings, monthly meetings and ongoing training to ensure that our team performs its job safely. We know the folks who love our lineworkers appreciate the time we take to make sure our employees get home safe every night.

"Marrying into this profession isn’t easy. Lineworkers are often on call and must be ready to respond at a moment’s notice if their community needs them. This makes children’s sporting events and family get-togethers hard to pull off sometimes. But the crews who keep your power flowing do so because they know that without their commitment, many of the things we’ve come to expect—hot meals, lights, entertainment—wouldn’t be possible. By devoting their lives to working on utility lines, they connect all of us to a better way of life.

"This Valentine’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to thank the families who support and love our team of lineworkers who brave the elements and work long hours to keep power flowing to our homes each and every day. Thanks for putting your love on the line—we’re committed to making sure the lineworkers you love return home safely."

Congratulations to Comanche Electric Cooperative Association for being selected as Eastland Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Month" !

CTO Offers Rental Assistance

Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that applications to participate in the Tenet-Based Rental Assistance and Homebuyer Assistance Programs will be available to eligible applicants living in Brownwood, Bangs, Clyde, Cross Plains, Coleman, Comanche, Deleon, Cisco, Eastland, Ranger, Brady, Ballinger and Winters Texas. 

Applications may be obtained and downloaded from CTO’s web site, www.ctoinc.org, or may be picked-up from any of the following Community Outreach Centers:

Community Outreach Locations      Phone # Office Hours
Brady – 1000 S. Wall St.               325-597-3566
Tuesday- Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brownwood – 1500 Dublin             325-641-9180
Monday – Friday  8:00 am –5:00 pm
Clyde – 601 South 1st Street         325-893-0066
Thursday- Friday 8:00 am –5:00 pm
Coleman – 2302 Commercial Ave.  325-625-4167
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Comanche – 1005 South Austin     325-356-3651
Tuesday- Thursday 8:00 am –5:30 pm
Eastland – 300 North Lamar          254-629-8775
Monday – Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Winters – 601 West Pierce           325-754-4443
Monday – (Even) Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The application process will begin on February 1, 2013 and will remain opened until filled.  Office hours for each location to receive and/or submit applications are listed above.  Please contact your local center to schedule a time to return your completed application. 

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide affordable housing assistance and services to low-income families. 

The Tenet-Based Rental Program (TBRA) offers rental assistance for up to 24-months per household, utility deposit assistance, and security deposit assistance.  To qualify for assistance, eligible households must meet specific income guidelines, participate in a self-sufficiency program, occupy the assisted property as the primary residence and sign a lease.

The Homebuyer Assistance Program (HBA) offers down payment and closing cost assistance for homebuyers and rehabilitation for accessibility modifications of single family housing units.

Special accommodations may be made for elderly and/or disabled applicants who are unable to reach the application site or for applicants who rely on public transportation.  To request special accommodations, please contact Central Texas Opportunities’ Administration Office at 325-625-4167.

Eastland Chamber of Commerce - February 2013

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