WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

A message from your Chamber
      With lots of help from local stores, the Chamber sent out its first LOCAL gift guide yesterday. Please feel free to post it and share it with your friends and neighbors. Shopping local benefits all of us.
     If you missed it, you can find it with just a click right here. If you are a Chamber member (or want to become one) and want to be included in the next one, please send a photo, item cost and information and your logo to president@taylorchamber.org. Our next ones will focus on general and hometown gifts. 
    We plan to do other gift guides before Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and at least one other time in the year. We would love for your business to be represented.

Thanks to all who helped with the parade 
including Covert Chevrolet of Hutto!

     Last weekend was so much fun in Taylor! 
     Many thanks to Tammy Eulenfeld, Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance and all the volunteers and vendors who made the holiday fair, Christmas tree lighting and the 108-entry parade such a wonderful experience.  Those volunteers included, of course, Santa, Mrs. Claus and a dapper elf who stopped by the Chamber to pick up their sweet ride for the parade.
    I would be remiss if I failed to mention Covert Chevrolet of Hutto for loaning the Chamber the immensely cool red '20 Camero SS for me to ride around in the parade. It was amazing vehicle and we had so much fun in it.
   Finally, thanks to Janna Redding and athletes from the Taylor High School basketball program for escorting the Chamber's duckling mascot and reminding everyone to Shop Taylor at the beginning of the parade.
    There are still many holiday events going on. 
  • Tomorrow is Second Saturday so you KNOW there will be great finds around town!

  • Santa is in his hut Fridays and Saturdays from now until Christmas AND he will be in residence on Third Thursday, Dec. 19. That night is also a FABULOUS time to wrap up your holiday shopping.
  • The Taylor Public Library's Rudolph-inspired party is Saturday.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church's live nativity is coming up.
  • First United Methodist Church and many, many others also have special programs planned to celebrate the season.
    You can learn more about some of these later in this newsletter.

LEAD Taylor
    The City of Taylor is recruiting citizens who want to learn more about their city for the 2020 LEAD Taylor program. The program is a community-focused, collaborative program that provides participants an in-depth look at government operations, community planning and awareness, and the opportunity to learn about civic culture from the inside. Applications are being considered through Dec, 15. The first class will begin on Thursday, Jan. 16. 
    The 2020 class schedule will consist of a total of six five-hour classes offered on the third Thursday of each month from January through June at the Taylor Public Library. The Class of 2020 classes will include information about how City government works, the operations of the various City departments and the Taylor Independent School District. Classes will also cover civic organizations, the History of Taylor, the Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the Taylor Economic Development Corporation, Main Street, and Downtown Businesses. Participants who attend all six courses will graduate from the program on June 25, 2020.
    To qualify for the program, applicants must reside in the City of Taylor, be at least 18 years of age by the date of the first class on Jan. 16, 2020, and be willing and able to attend all six classes. 
Click HERE for an application. For additional information, contact Rocio Lopez at 512-352-3774 or   Rocio.lopez@taylortx.gov.

Chamber Chat is Dec. 16
    December's monthly Chamber luncheon is dedicated to our members. We want you to know about what we do and, moreover, we want to know what you WANT us to do.  Our member surveys delivered some clear messages and we need your help fine tuning those. Please plan to join us at noon Monday, Dec. 16, at Sirloin Stockade. The meeting is free but if you want to eat, you will need to pay $10 at the door.

Chamber News & Calendar 

The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce is delighted to recognize Holiday Inn Express & Suites and General Manager Zona Sweeney for outstanding service to the Chamber and the Community. You were nominated for your proven commitment to this community. When you learned that residents of a local apartment complex needed shelter for a few very cold days, you sprang into action and called the Chamber. Because of you, the Chamber was able to reach out to its community partners to ensure there were enough local hotel rooms set aside to house all the residents in need.  You can reach them at 512-352-3300.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Business of the month you can either call 512-352-6364 or email info@taylorchamber.org

 Chamber Calendar
  • Monday, Dec. 16, noon--Chamber Luncheon: Sirloin Stockade
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, noon--Programs & Services: Noreen Thermal Solutions, 205 S. Edmond St.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25, CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1, CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Jan 7, noon--Advocacy meeting: Chamber
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m.--Chamber Awards Banquet: Wilco Expo Center. Click here to learn about sponsoring a table. Tickets currently available online or at the Chamber for $45 each.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 7:30 a.m.--Funding Meeting: Chamber
  • Monday, Jan. 27, noon--Chamber Luncheon featuring the Taylor Housing Authority
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, noon--Ambassador Lunch: Gatti's Pizza

Member News and Events
Chili supper
    The Taylor Lions Club will once again 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 .

Christmas music & more
   Join First United Methodist Church on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Chancel Choir will present choruses and several arias from the The Messiah. 
  • Sunday. Dec. 15 there will be a Birthday Party for Baby Jesus at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. enjoy a Mother's Day Out Christmas Program. 
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. will be a service of healing and hope with a Christmas Blue Service. For more information on things happening here please visit www.fumctaylor.org or call 512-352-2593
Christmas at the library
    The Taylor Public Library will show the classic cartoon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
    They will host a Rudolph Christmas Party with coloring, crafts and refreshments 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Seats for this event are limited so reservations are required. Make them by calling 512-352-3434.
    Santa will arrive at the end of the Christmas party. These events are free of charge at the library, 801 Vance. St.
Live nativity
    Immanuel Lutheran Church will host its annual Pilgrimage to Bethlehem Live Nativity 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15. The church is located at 411 County Road 401.

The Census has jobs! 
The US Census provides important information that can help Taylor receive federal and state funding so an accurate count of everyone living in Taylor is essential for our community. We have learned recently that they are in particular need for people to help in our area. If you would like extra income, flexible hours and training apply online HERE or call 1-855-562-2020.

Woman of the Year
    Taylor Area Businesswomen are looking for a person who has shown dedication to the Taylor community to win this year's Woman of the Year award. Click   HERE for guidelines and to learn how to nominate someone. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 27.

Citizen of the Year
    The Taylor Rotary Club is searching for its next recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award.  If you know someone you would like to nominate, download the form   HERE  and inform Regina Carlson of your intent. She can be reached at  512-365-0068. Nominations should be sent via email to bgraypcb@sbcglobal.net or by mail to Regina Carlson, P.O. Box 289, Taylor, TX 76574 by Dec. 27

Volunteer Tax Preparation needed
   The W illiamson County United Way is looking for
 volunteer Tax prepares, 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  

United Way Annual Day of Service
    From 9 a.m. - noon on  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.


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:   November's schedule is here and December'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