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The ladies of WIN gathered together at Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care for a Dine & Discuss luncheon this week. Each table had a different topic of discussion over lunch, with enough time to network and get to know each other. Keep an eye out to register for the next luncheon on August 23 on our events calendar because seats go fast! For more pictures from the event, visit our gallery here.

(L to R): Dara Holland, Vulcan Information Packaging; Rhea Jackson, Sedona Productions; Nikki Maucere, BluPrime Promotions; Pam Stoker, SRG Creative, LLC
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Frog Fever Forever: Fresh off another fantastic season and semifinal finish of TCU's baseball team in the College World Series, it's time to think football. TCU football, a Top-25 preseason pick despite losing six players from last season's team to NFL training camps. Head coach Gary Patterson, a near unanimous Top-10 college coach in polls, is a key 2017 returnee, especially for this Chamber event July 12. Starting his 17th season as head coach, Patterson again will give a scouting report on this year's team during the Sports Series luncheon in the Champions Club at Amon Carter Stadium. Lydia (what's behind door No. 3) Hall threw a perfect spiral that included seats for four B2B Insider readers.

Night to remember: B2B Insider buddy Lauren Brown, director of sales at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth/Medical Center, has a tough job that she handles very well. She sells room nights, filling as many as possible 365 days a year. In her spare time, she answers every online review of the Hilton Garden Inn. Most comments are good, maybe sensational. What's unanimous among the comments is the excellent staff, the inviting community areas and the amenities. Lauren's inviting one B2B reader, too, for a one-night's stay.
        
Putting down steaks: Lucas Sawyer left South Bend, Indiana to spread the sports gospel of Notre Dame in Fort Worth. OK, maybe not. He left the family market there -- Sawyer Meats -- to spread the gospel of ... banking? Heck, yeah! The veep at Worthington National Bank returns home often and "loves to work a full shift in the market" with family. This is a 100-year-old business, an incredible milestone. "100 years doesn't happen by accident," Lucas said. "Our family is proud to celebrate four generations of serving the best meats at family gatherings." Lucas came back to Fort Worth with a case of 12 bottles of Sawyer's Steak Sauce.

Austin powers: The Jim Austin Open, a golf fundraiser July 24, features Jim Austin, will be covered extensively by jimaustinonline, have Jim Austin tees and golf balls, hats and shirts, and could finish the evening with a dinner at the Jim Austin Events Center. OK, some of that is a birdie, some a bogey. The actual star guest celebrity is former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson, who rocked the hated Philadelphia Eagles fans during the 2017 NFL draft night. Golf starts with a 9 a.m. shotgun at Tour 18. Proceeds benefit the local multi-cultural museum founded by Austin in Fort Worth. jimaustinonline has a playing spot for one reader.

Congratulations to the June 21st Prize Winners:
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  • Justin Dittmar, Fulcrum Group
  • Lisa Boyd, Brackett & Ellis
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  • Jennifer Flynn, Meals on Wheels
  • Julie Wright, Painting With a Twist
  • Meghan Parker, Priority Power Management
  • Rocky Martinez, Hawk Security
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Secrets from an elite athlete: Elizabeth Northern is probably Fort Worth's premier female distance runner. The Buxton analyst says her favorite pre-marathon ritual is ice cream the night before a race. "I go out of my way to find and buy a pint of something to munch on while I get my gear ready. Nothing scientific about it, just a weird and delicious habit." She and husband Will (Northern Realty Group) are halfway into their second pregnancy with a November due date, which is when daughter Penny will be just one year old. Yikes, run!

Green with envy: Just in time for grilling season, Chris Handy of Thinkhandy bought a Big Green Egg and is raving about the smoker. Asked how long it took to put together, Chris said, "Just three or four beers."

Fore! After 18 months and approximately $5 mil, the re-constituted city of Fort Worth's Rockwood Park Golf Course re-opens Friday. The course originally opened in 1938. The par-72 has four sets of tees with course lengths ranging from 5,400 to 7,053 yards.

Copy that: Dan Claterbaugh of UBEO Business Services says some clients still haven't caught up with the firm's name change. "They won't until they get their first quarterly bill," he said.

A real lead-er: Robert Yarbrough of Tom's Mechanical, who heads Cowtown Leads Exchange, a Chamber group that meets Thursdays, asked members to talk about their "life-changing" business moment. A brilliant idea led to thoughtful discussions about mentors, perseverance, hustle and more.
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Frosting on the cake: Meghan Phillips, Director of Catering & Special Events for the Fort Worth Club, wrote to yelp about the recent Nothing bundt Cakes giveaway. "We had the bundtinis in place of a groom's cake and I'm pretty sure everyone left with a frosting addiction. How can you not? So, so good!"

Coupon divas: Remember when color prints and photos cost gazillions more than black and white? Member NovaCopy has an offer on the Chamber website of a color multi-function printer for the same price as b&w (still manufactured?) You, too, can post a coupon/discount here to all 2,200-plus Chamber member companies.

Re-telling history: A fascinating and free Fort Worth-during-World War 1-exhibit opens Sunday July 9 and runs through Oct. 19 at the Fort Worth Central Library. "Cowboys to Doughboys" World War 1 was put together by area museums, archives and historical groups led by Jim Hodgson of Fort Worth Aviation Museum.

Kudos: Sedona Productions has deals to provide concessions at Grand Prairie Airhogs Stadium and The Depot, Cleburne's new Railroaders baseball stadium.

Better than using your teeth: Pepper Sims of Pepper-L Specialties has uncorked a new promotional item -- a coaster with a built-in bottle opener.
 
  
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