WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

A message from your Chamber
     Directors on the board of the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce worked hard at their annual board retreat last weekend at the home of Rhonda and Sam Dowdy of S&D Plumbing.
    The theme of the Chamber's 2020 year is Soaring to Success. Board members performed SWOT analysis to determine the organization's goals for next year. 
     Realtor Julie Downs taught the group an acronym to help them remember the Chamber's mission statement: READS (to provide business recognition, education and advocacy through dynamic services and programs.
    The event mixed fun with lots of hard work under the direction of board chair Diana Phillips who began her second year as chair.
    Our thanks to all of our board members, the Dowdy's and to Scott Morales Catering for providing lunch.
Luncheon changes
   Beginning Monday, Feb 24, the monthly Chamber meeting will be held at Holiday Inn Express, 180 NW Carlos Parker Blvd, and will feature a local Chamber-member restaurant/cater each month.
     The meeting will begin at noon with a blessing and pledge followed by buffet service and the program. It will cost $15 per person.
     Reservations must be made in advance either on the Chamber's website or by calling 512-352-6364.  A notice of the February program and caterer will be included in next week's newsletter along with a link where reservations can be made for the upcoming and for all future luncheons. 
    Monthly meeting sponsorships will be available for $100 (a $130 value) and will include two lunches, time to talk about your business and advertising on table tents, etc. Call us at 512-352-6364 to learn more.

Serve your community on a board
     The City of Taylor is looking for residents to serve on its boards and commissions that offer direction to City staff and council on topics ranging from the airport and animal control to parks, trees, the arts and planning and zoning.
     Click HERE to learn details about each board and commission and HERE to download an application.
Chamber News & Calendar 

The Williamson County Fair and Rodeo Association held a ribbon cutting Tuesday and announced that it will hold the first WCFR  Oct. 22-24 at the Williamson County Expo Center in Taylor. It will include a PRCA rodeo, carnival, county fair with youth and adults and live music including a performance by Tracy Byrd. Learn more about the event by clicking here.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, noon--Advocacy Meeting: Chamber
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Monday, Feb. 10, 5:15 p.m. -- Board meeting: Sirloin Stockade
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m.--Tourism Committee: Chamber
  • Monday, Feb. 24, 11:15 a.m. -- Ambassadors meeting: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 
  • Monday, Feb. 24, noon -- Luncheon: CARTS is the program with Luigi's Italian Restaurant  catering, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 180 NW Carlos G. Parker Blvd.
    RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Click here to sign up.
  • Thursday, Feb 27, 7:30 a.m.--Funding Meeting: Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Thursday, Mar 5, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Monday, March 9, 5:15 p.m. -- Board meeting: Sirloin Stockade
  • Tuesday, Mar 10, 4 p.m.--Tourism Committee: Chamber

Member News and Events
Chili Supper
   Tenth Street United Methodist Church will host its annual chili supper 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb.  1. The event offers take-away only with drive up service on Hackberry for $10 with dessert. For tickets or information call 512-352-2244  

Black History Month Banquet
Blackshear/O.L. Price Ex Students will host "Sharing the Past and Uniting the Future," a celebration of Black History Month, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the TISD Main Street Event Center, 3101 N. Main. Pastor Tommie Garner will give the keynote address with presentations by the Gospel Singers, Zelma Neil, Judy Arnold and Margie Meeks. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children 5 and under are free. To learn more, call 512-296-6109.

2020 Markets in Perspective
    The world has swung from optimistic to cautious amidst a slowdown in economic growth, geopolitical risks, and more. What's in store for financial markets in the first half of 2020? Join us for an insightful seminar discussing market themes we believe will define the beginning of 2020 and strategies that may best position you for success. The event is free of charge at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.12, at 109 W. 3rd St. For more information call Carol VanderDys at 512-352-6604.

Public performance
    Richard and Tia Rae Stone will perform a readers theater production of Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the American Legion. Admission is $10 at the door.
    The objective of the performance is to help gauge public support of a community theater group.

Drink beer, build homes 
    Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is hosting a craft beer festival and fundraiser 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Williamson County Expo Center.    Ticket sales are limited so  advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets or learn more, go to williamsonhabita.org/hopsforhoses/ or call 512-8634344 

Ballgowns & Bubbly
    Grab your bffs, coworkers, friends & neighbors and play dress-up for a good cause. For a $20 donation, you can help young people across our community look great for prom and other special events. This event puts you in the spotlight as it runs 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Old Taylor High, 410 W. 7th room 214.
    Your donation allows you to peruse and try on gowns in the collection with the help of Cinderella's Closet's fairy godmothers. Pros will be there to help with your hair and make-up while you enjoy hors d'oeuvres and bubbling beverages. 
    Tickets are limited and available from any fairy godmother, online HERE, and, if there are any left, at the door.

Entertainment calendar
    WilCo EXPO: Click here to look at what's going on out at the Expo Center.
    SPJST Post 29:   January's schedule is here and February's is here.
    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