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The Chamber welcomed more than 70 new members at Ridglea Country Club May 4. Membership 101, led by the Action Ambassadors, is a bi-monthly event which gives new members an opportunity to network and learn about ways to get involved.

L to R: Marnie Stites, Guardianship Services, Inc.; Pepper Sims, Pepper-L Specialties; Michael Davis, Go Higher Internet Marketing; Pat Aspan, Spectrum Painting; John Porhamer, Cowtown Insurance

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Free? Or do I have to caddy? The Chamber's Colonial preview luncheon is May 16 and -- usualleeeee -- attendees leave with a gift of a one-day grounds pass. So, if you win these two grounds passes for the FULL WEEK of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational courtesy of Dennis Roberson at Colonial Country Club, can Mr. B have your one-day pass?  The two grounds passes are good for access to everything on course, such as the Monday and Wednesday pro-ams, the kids clinic, four days of defending champ Jordan Spieth (not guaranteed), the Frost Bank shindigs, the best golf this side of Topgolf and shopping the namesake's delicacies from the on-course store.

Your inner Peter Pan: Dwight Miller. Remember that name. Might very well be your new best friend. Dwight flies high at iFLY Fort Worth, which actually is in Hurst. iFly is the sensational indoor recreation company that creates vertical wind tunnels to simulate skydiving conditions. This is high-flying fun and Dwight has soared in B2B Insider fav rankings with a Spread Your Wings for two package. It includes pre-flight training, your flight suit, two flights each for two people, flight certificates and video clip of your flight sessions.

Go with the (Sherry) Flow: Ken Spain has more saddles than Donnie Gay has bulls. Much of his collection, along with Charles Goodnight's JA Ranch Herd's "Old Blue" lead steer bell, highlight the re-opening May 18 of The Cattle Raisers Museum. Founded in 1981 by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the vital history of the cattle industry. When it re-opens on the second floor of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, you'll be able to see cattle breeds come alive through animation in the Hall of Great Cattle. And if you have this one-year membership from Sherry Flow, you will get free admission any time, free admission to the neighboring National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, free parking, merchandise discounts AND daily free grounds admission to the 2018 Fort Worth Stock Show.

Add this to my plate: It would be quite the achievement (luck?) to win a plate full of dining experiences, maybe even to Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, The Capital Grille, Grace Restaurant, Bob's Steak and Chop House, McDonald's for all-day breakfasts and even a cheesy dessert factory. Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail is selling ticket packages for its Golden Ticket raffle; four grand prizes will be awarded June 3, each valued at $1,000 in restaurant gift certificates. It's a Sunny day in newsletterland because Mrs. Erasmus at J.A. is spoon feeding us an 8-pack of tickets for two readers. 

Congratulations to the May 3rd Prize Winners:
  • Emily Miller, Nothing Bundt Cakes 
  • Levi Fisher, Higginbotham
  • Nate Calzada, Trinity Habitat for Humanity
  • Abby Slayton, There's No Place Like Home
  • Brandon King, HUB International
  • Carol Bane, Advantage Supply
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Prime time data: Chris Briggs, Chief of Staff at customer analytics great Buxton, says the company works with economic development departments in more than 600 U.S. cities. Interesting stat: 42 percent of U.S. households have a gun; 52 percent of U.S. households have an Amazon Prime account. Interesting note: Buxton won the national Gold Stevie Award in the Marketing App & Mobile Website category of this year's American Business Awards.

Extra pep this day: John Fletcher of his namesake communications company is off soft drinks, chips, mashed potatoes and chocolate cake, his "four basic food groups." Instead, he is eating lots of sunflower kernels out of one of those condiment-like bottles. After breakfast one morning last week, he left the coarse black pepper on the table. Working later that day, he absent-mindedly took a swig of the sunflower kernels. Oops! It was the black pepper.

Fits him to a T: Hank Strittmatter of the Independent Electrical Contractors has one letter five times in one of his names.

Well schooled: Mike Steele, founding president and chief executive officer of Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County, graduates to retirement Friday during the nonprofit's luncheon to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Lindsey Garner moves up from development to replace Steele as CEO and Cory Henderson has been hired as vice president of development.
                                                                                          
Heads or tails: Mike and Jen Langenberg, owners of Log Hill Design, try to be everywhere the Chamber is. That is difficult when you have a two-year-old. Said Mike, jokingly(?): "We flip the baby to determine who does what."   
" (Got) the wife a shovel for Mother's Day so she can plant her own flowers."
                                                -- Tim Watts
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A very cuke item: The Tarrant Area Food Bank has a monthly "Harvest Series" during which the nutrition team conducts free demonstrations on growing, cooking and flavoring a healthy veggie of the month. Mr. B is eyeing eggplant in July.

With a sider of Ranch: The Schisslers, franchisees for Chicken Salad Chick, are clucking that their business has legs, with a second location coming in the fall to Hurst.
 
With icing on top: Great line from Chamber Annual Meeting speaker Johnny Cupcakes. "I started a business -- yard sales. When my family wasn't home, I sold its stuff." The June 1 luncheon is presented by Dannon and will honor GM Financial with the Spirit of Enterprise Award sponsored by BNSF. Click here for sponsor and ticket info.

Can do Peru:  Mr. B was peru-sing the Chamber's website and realized, "Oh, my," the early-bird deadline to register and save $$$ for the Chamber's fall trip is May 12. The tour to Peru is Oct. 23-31. There is a daily breakfast and a few other meals. Airfare, rooms and most every fee are included. Tours and guides, too. Seats are going fast! Go here for all the details.

Scholar dollars: Manav Lamichhane, a student at the Northeast campus of Tarrant County College, won the 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The former owner of the Washington Redskins, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings left a fund that pays up to $40,000 per year to cover tuition, living expenses, books and fees.
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North Area Council Social Hour at Rudy's Barbecue
5-16


Colonial Preview Luncheon presented by Ciera Bank
6-1


135th Annual Meeting presented by Dannon







Vision FW Events  (Chamber programs for 20-40 year-olds) 
5-17


"Table of 10" Mentoring Lunch
5-20


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Order a copy for only $95 (members only) from our eCommerce store here. Members need to login with member ID to receive member pricing on all publications. Email Christine Gores or call 817-338-3332 with questions. 

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