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June 17, 2020

Girls Scouts at every level are pitching more than cookies while we endure the effects of COVID-19. The  Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains  have taken it upon themselves to serve others.  Audrey, 6 (pictured), is a Daisy Girl Scout in Troop 01241.  She saw shelves empty at stores and worried about people who didn’t have food. She gathered food from the Girl Scouts pantry and got donations to start a pantry in a 200+ apartment mail room. She started a small movement that has grown since March, adding gently used clothes. There has been baby formula, wipes and diapers; snacks, cereal and fresh veggies.   Bryanna, 11,  from Troop 5708, has made and donated more than 50 masks to people unable to get their own.
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24-hour relocation: It’s not a fabrication to say that vacation and staycation are the top two words on your mind, the implication being that you need further extrication from Shelter-in-Place. Our daily Groundhog Day replication has finally reached the point of demarcation…ENOUGH, MR. B, WHAT’S THE GIVEAWAY? Sales Manager Andria Williams to the rescue with a VIP Night's Stay in a standard guest room or King Studio Suite with free parking at the (not related to Lionel) Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown. And did she mention the free hot breakfast that could include the award-winning, fresh-baked waffles? Other amenities aren’t all possible in one day, but choose from the exercise facility, the swimming pool and business center (no, not that!). Bring your pet for a beautiful walk as the Water Gardens and Sundance Square are nearby.
Covered Soup to Nuts: Katherine (Soup) Campbell is the Director of Membership for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Fort Worth Botanic Garden. That basically means you can’t go west of University from I-30 to Casa Mañana Theatre without Soup’s permission. She’s a great Partner, though; her $80 membership for a family (2 named adults and any slew of kids) receives admissions and much more, including reciprocal admission to 300+ gardens, including Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden; subscription to Better Homes & Gardens or Martha Stewart Living magazine; invitations to events and members-only days; discounts at local nurseries, BRIT and Garden gift shops and the Garden plant sale; discounts with cultural district partners; early registration/discounted community education classes, family programs and camps. Through June 30, there are special members-only hours. Soup’s on for one membership.
Pooling resources: July 4th in Texas…you had better be near water. A lake, a river, a waterfall, a Pulliam Pool. And for those of you wondering, the CDC has asked Mr. B to pass along that a facemask is NOT a substitute for your COVID-19 mask. Twenty-three years ago, Mr. B asked Debra Smith to build a miniature replica 3-foot - x- 4-foot Pulliam Pool for his kids. She sent along a basket of July 4th goodies, too. The kids are gone, so Mr. B has the pool to hisownself. Debra again sent a big Pulliam Pool basket for July 4th . Your party will have plates, bowls, towels, patriotic flags, cups, chip clips, Chapstick, Kool-Aid and much more.
Congratulations to the June 10th
Prize Winners:

  • Ambra Cole, Express Employment Professionals
  • Katia Gonzalez, Alliance For Children
  • Nathan Draughn, Truist
Is this too cheeky? Unfortunately, if this were on your Father’s Day shopping list, the Reusable Leather Toilet Paper for $1 million offered by Saddleback Leather is sold out, wiped clean; there was a crack in the supply chain. Dave Munson says he can notify you when it is in stock. Try to have a Happy Father’s Day, nonetheless.
Camp fun: Cathy Sheffield, prez of ThinkGiving, and husband, Scott, have volunteered for Camp Sanguinity, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders about 15 years. It’s near Meridian, TX. Cathy also is on the board of Camp John Marc, which hosts medical camps all summer. “Camp is more than a place… it is a state of mind,” Cathy said. “Kids play with others with similar conditions. And, they make memories and friends that last a lifetime.” This summer, camp will go on … online only, but memories just the same.
Painting you a picture: Jennifer Smith says the newest giraffe at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is named Vincent (take your Van&Go). A recent Sunday had a whopping 822 cars visit.
Never go hungry with this job: Trail Drive Management Corp., which runs Dickies Arena, has a posting on the Chamber’s job site for Executive Administrative Assistant—Food & Beverage. Under benefits: All you can eat.
Job opening: B2B Insider will be looking for a new Mr. B when CEO Bill Thornton retires July 7. Yes, he’s finally admitting he ghost writes Mr. B. You can apply now and it helps if your name is something such as Ben, Beverly, Bernard, Bernice, Bill, Brandom, Brenda, Brooke … B2B Insider has no money to change the monogramming.
“This is my wife's favorite place...and therefore, my favorite place.”

--Ronnie DeManna
PlainsCapital Bank
For future Charles Schwab Challenge brochure? Zach Johnson is a 12-time PGA winner, including twice at Colonial Country Club:
  • On playing at Colonial: “It’s absolutely perfect. All the top players would say it’s one of the top tournaments. Has everything you desire—a golf course that holds lots of drama, and a great community that always takes ownership and takes care of you like family.
  • On his playing schedule: “Lot of factors determine where I play…and it all begins with my wife.”
Read, Fort Worth! In the 2nd grade, not-yet Mr. B wrote The Beautiful Peanut, a compelling story of a peanut dropped from its bag that tries not to get trampled at the circus. Mr. B brings it up only because he thinks it should be required reading during the 2020 Mayor Price Is Right’s Summer Reading Challenge, which endures through July 31. Mr. B’s favorite published novel is Green Eggs & Ham and he has petitioned the Mayor and Zoom to offer his narration to a city-wide audience during July. The Summer Reading Challenge is for families and all you have to do is register at the Fort Worth Public Library website.
👍👍👍: Facebook has put quite a bit of cash into this community during a volatile 2020. In addition, Andrea Puente, the site coordinator for Facebook, has restaurants delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner meals EVERY day. Chamber member beneficiaries include Chadra Mezza and Z’s Café.
Funster punster: More from Netty Matthews, the Chamber’s veep of verbiage: “Tequila may not fix your life, but it’s worth a shot.” And: “Every time I try to eat healthy, a chocolate bar looks at me and Snickers.”
How often does perfect happen? An outside, independent agency surveys MedStar Mobile Healthcare “customers.” The billing office scored 100%. MedStar’s overall rating was 97.85%.
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our in-person programs are currently on hold. Please see our upcoming virtual resources below.
Friday, June 26
Virtual WIN Roundtable -
Change and Workplace Demands
Tuesday, June 30
Virtual Business After Hours
Thursday, July 9
TCU Preview
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