WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

A message from your Chamber
    Wow! The banquet was a blast!
    Starting with an amazing meal from Morales Catering and then the program by Williamson County Dee Hobbs, it was high energy and interesting from stem to stern.
     Cliff and Kaitlin Olle took home the Chamber's top award with Old Taylor High being named the Business of the Year for 2019. Their work to breathe new life into the school on Seventh St. has been  astonishing to watch. We know they have more additions coming this year and we are excited to learn about them.
     Matthew Munoz with HEB was given the Chamber's Customer Service of the Year award. Matthew saw Irene Michna falter in the parking lot and rushed to her aid. He stayed with her to ensure she was full recovered before leaving her side. Matthew is a shining example of service beyond expectation.
    The final award from the Chamber of Commerce went to Richard Stone of RTS Connect, who won the Ambassador of the Year award. Ambassadors are the heart and soul of the Chamber. They are responsible for volunteering at Chamber events and for hosting ribbon cuttings, networking events and choosing the monthly Business and Customer Service Award winners. Ambassadors get points for their activities including recruiting new Chamber members and serving on committees.
     The Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors, Diana Phillips, gave her Chair Award to Nancci Burgess for help securing the Chambers Accreditation with Four Stars from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
    The evening would not have been possible without the support of sponsors including the Taylor Independent School District, the City of Taylor and the Taylor Economic Development Corporation. The Chamber thanks the following businesses for their support of the banquet.
  • Platinum sponsors: Baylor Scott & White Hospital and Valero
  • Gold sponsors: Taylor Rodeo Association, Williamson County Republican Party, Ella Jez, Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs, City National Bank, SPJST Senior Living, HDR Engineering, Citizens National Bank and the McCrory-Timmerman Restoration Project
  • Silver sponsors: Texas Beer Company, Coppera, Linebarger Law Firm, S&D Plumbing, FloydCo, Taylor Press, Old Taylor High, Sirloin Stockade, Taylor Rotary Club and Holiday Inn Express and Suites.

   This year, many Chamber supporters offered unique experiences as silent auction items. Following is a list of those items and their winners (who we also VERY MUCH appreciate).

  • A Garden Party at the Farm hosted by Julie Downs and Emily Smith and won by Denise Solbach
  • A Country Brunch hosted by Ella Jez and the 2020 Chamber Board of Directors won by Keith and Marcia Hagler
  • Moody, Music & More hosted by Nancci and Joe Burgess, 2nd Street Commercial Kitchen and Eduard Benevides won by Richard and Tia Rae Stone
  • Scavenger Hunt and Pirate Party hosted by Pecan Manor and RTS Connect and won by Judy Blundell
  • Longhorns and Leisure hosted by Keith and Marcia Hagler and Jordan and Sydney Grier and won by Rhonda Dowdy
  • Hayride, Hotdog and S'mores hosted by Sam and Rhonda Dowdy and won by Judy Hobbs
  • Coupland Weekend donated by Coupland Inn and won by Jammie Mattocks
  • Four night Staycation donated by Holiday Inn Express and Suites and won by Tom Ford
  • Derby Day Brunch hosted by Diana Phillips, Ella Jez and Deborah Parker and won by Rosemary Fellows
  • Child's Tea Party with a 1968 Pink Shasta Trailer hosted by Regina Jo Carlson and won by Denise Solbach.

Community award winners
     The Chamber wasn't the only group handing out awards at the Jan. 14 banquet. Taylor Association of Businesswomen and the Rotary Club of Taylor honored local citizens.
     TAB President Lisa Whisenant presented the Outstanding Woman of the Year award to Julie Downs for her contributions to many organizations including TAB, the Chamber and the Taylor Garden Club. TAB has been giving this award since 1950.
    Rotary Club of Taylor has been naming the Citizen of the Year since 1943. This year, President Regina Jo Carlson announced that Councilman Robert Garcia was the winner. Robert, was out of town and the award was picked up by his wife, Leslie, on his behalf. Robert has donated his time for car shows, the BoBo clean-up project and is an officer at the American Legion.

MLK March
     I hope to see you all Monday morning at the Dickey-Givens Community Center at Fannie Robinson Park for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community March.
    Lineup begins at 8:45 with walkers hitting the path at 9 a.m. You can join us at the park at 903 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. or park at City Hall and ride the shuttle over. The March will end in Heritage Square Park at the corner of Porter and Main streets.
    If you can't make the March, please consider joining up for the celebration program that begins at 10 a.m. It will include a short play by the Taylor High School Drama Department, an art display by THS students, and a recitation of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech. The winners of the essay/art contest will also be announced.
    This is a wonderful day in our community. I know you won't want to miss it.

Chamber News & Calendar 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 22, noon -- Programs & Services: Meeting: Noren Thermal Solutions, 205 S. Edmond
  • Monday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m. -- Ambassador meeting: Sirloin Stockade -- NEW TIME & LOCATION
  • Monday, Jan. 27, noon--Chamber Luncheon featuring the Taylor Housing Authority: Sirloin Stockade
  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:30 a.m.--Funding Meeting: Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m.--Tourism Committee: Chamber
  • Monday, Feb. 24, noon--Chamber Luncheon:
  • Thursday, Feb 27, 7:30 a.m.--Funding Meeting: Chamber

Member News and Events
  Run for the Roses
    Taylor Garden Club will host the 7th annual 5K and10K to benefit the Taylor Garden Club at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in Murphy Park.
   Taylor Garden Club provides scholarships for youths who are pursuing careers in ecology , horticulture, landscaping, arbor and forestry studies and other career fields relating to growing things. 
   Awards will be given in various categories including "Top Dog" for the first three canines that cross the finish line and special awards for the first three strollers (with human passengers) to finish the race.    

Tales from Taylor's Storied Past   
      Come for a tour. Stay for the tales. The Dan Moody Museum is hosting free guided tours Jan. 18 from 6-7 p.m. Stay for the storytelling at 7 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. 

Chili supper
    The Taylor Lions Club will host its annual Chili Supper 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Taylor SPJST Hall. Eat inside or take it to-go. Tickets are $10 each, available in advance or at the door. Contact Griffin at 512-680-7525 for advanced tickets. For more information about the Taylor Lions Club and the services it supports, go to  www.TaylorLionsClub.com .

EAT to support Taylor classrooms
    The Taylor Educational Enrichment Foundation provides thousands of dollars every year to local teachers who have innovative ideas for their classrooms. Last year, they gave away $25,000.
    Food Dudes is a fun way to support the TEE Foundation and fill your belly at the same time as men from across the community prepare, serve and compete with their appetizers, main courses, sides and desserts.
    Tickets are $50 available from TEE Foundation board members. 
Volunteer  to help prepare taxes
   The W illiamson County United Way is looking for  volunteer tax preparers, translators and greeters for  their free tax preparation services offered in   Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill and Taylor.  Please contact Jodee O'Brien at 512-255-6799 or  jodee@unitedway-wc.org  

Volunteers needed
    From 9 a.m. - noon Monday, Jan. 20,   more than 200 volunteers are needed to share their  time and energy. United Way of Williamson County  volunteers will join with hundreds of thousands of  volunteers across the United States to serve their  local community. This planned day of service will  leverage the strength of local citizens to advance  Dr. King's dream of opportunity for all.  For more information, visit www.unitedway-wc.org   or call 512-255-6799.

Beer and Bible
   Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at Taylor Steak and Seafood, 200 W. Lake Dr.  All are welcome at 5 p.m on Saturday evenings for worship at First United Methodist, 907 W. Lake Dr. For more info call 512-352-2593

Hops for Houses Craft Beer Festival and Fundraiser 
    Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is hosting a craft beer festival and fundraiser 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Leap Day, Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Williamson County Expo Center.
    Early bird tickets are on sale through Jan. 29. Ticket sales are limited so  advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets or learn more, go to  https://williamsonhabitat.org/hopsforhouses/ or call  512-863-4344

Entertainment calendar
    WilCo EXPO: Click here to look at what's going on out at the Expo Center.
    American Legion:  Click here  or here for upcoming events.
    SPJST Post 29:   January's schedule is here and February's is here.
    Taylor Station Bar: Click here for upcoming events.
    Texas Beer Company: To keep up with everything going on at TBC, click here.
    Marshall's Tavern: Marshall's events are here.
    The Loose Screw: See their events here.

Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
1519 N. Main St.  Taylor TX 76574
512-352-6364          www.taylorchamber.org          president@taylorchamber.org