WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Nov. 22, 2019

A message from your Chamber
      My goodness, it's been a busy few weeks at the Chamber! I know it has been for you, too, as we all get ready and set for the holidays.
     Here are just a few things you might want to know about.
  • We were delighted to have a part in thanking Chisum Pierce and his family for their donation of the land that is now home to the skatepark. It was cold but hearts were warmed by the story of Thomas Floyd Pierce and his service to his country and community.
  • I had a wonderful conversation with Michael Cooper, chief of staff for Williamson County Commissioner Pct. 4 Russ Boles. He told me about the work their office is doing to help the cities on the east side of the county especially regarding their ability to know when the County is going to be selling equipment that they might need. 
  • Cooper and I also talked about flood mitigation. The Chamber hopes to partner with him to move forward a flooding plan that includes representatives from all along the Brushy Creek watershed. Once we have those plans, we hope to have them included in the State's flood mitigation plan that is being developed under the recently passed Proposition 8 and then, possibly, for project funding by the State.
  • We met with members of Congressman John Cornyn's office. We were able to tell them of our concerns about rural infrastructure issues, funds for school safety and economic development.
  • Dave Marsh with CARTS met with us and some City officials to talk about plans for that program. We were encouraged about some changes they are making and hope that Taylor residents will see increased ability to use that transportation as we move through 2020.
  • Finally, my thanks to Carol Guthrie for letting the Chamber and its member businesses take part in mock interviews. It was encouraging to meet our next wave of labor. They were an impressive group of students.

   Please remember to get your membership dues in by Dec. 1 to be included in the Visitor Guide. We need your partnership to have an effective Chamber and we don't want you to miss out on this opportunity.

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 

Ambassadors for the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce awarded Gloria Felder with the lab at the Baylor Scott & White Clinic this month's Customer Service of the Month winner at a presentation Nov. 19.
Felder's nomination letter told how she views the people who come to her window. Her patient's birthday was a couple of days away and she, in advance, had a birthday card to give when the patient checked in for their lab work. "You are not only just pleasant, but thoughtful as well," the letter said. You can contact Baylor Scott & White at 512-352-4000 or www.bswhealth.com/taylor.

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

 Chamber Calendar
  • Thursday and Friday, Nov 28-29--Chamber Office Closed
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. -- Christmas Parade of Lights: Want to be in the parade? Download this information.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m.--Ribbon Cutting: Marshall's Tavern
  • Monday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.--Chamber Board Meeting: Sirloin Stockade
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m.--Tourism Committee: Chamber
  • Monday, Dec. 16, noon--Chamber Luncheon: Sirloin Stockade
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, noon--Programs & Services: Chamber
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25, CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1, CLOSED
  • 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.

Member News and Events
Red Cross installs smoke detectors
    This past weekend the American Red Cross partnered with the Taylor Fire Department to install 24 free smoke alarms for homeowners! This was done as part of the Home Fire Campaign program, which helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms for homeowners, while providing home fire safety tips. We know that a working smoke alarm reduce fire deaths and injuries, in fact this program has saved over 600 lives since it started in 2014. More information can be found by clicking this link. If you would like to support this program or learn more about volunteering for the Red Cross, please contact matthew.bisacca@redcross.org or call 512-718-6001. Residents can also register to have smoke alarms installed by visiting the following link: https://rdcrss.org/2oUwbYk.    

Community Thanksgiving Service
    The Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance will host a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov 24, at 6 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. 111 W. Rio Grande St. It is open to all the public and the offering will go to support Shepherds Heart Food Pantry. 

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.

Mistletoe Market 


    The McCrory Timmerman group and Art Off Center will sponsor its second annual "Mistletoe Market" 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7,  in the gallery spaces of the McCrory Timmerman building at 112 W. 2nd Street (between Curb Side Coffee House and Texas Beer Company).


    The Market will feature Texas based artisans and craftsmen with two floors of holiday shopping, so check some great handmade items off your list before Santa checks off his! The vendors will include jewelry, ceramics, glass, housewares, botanicals, prints, metalwork, fiber work, and photography.
    The first two hours of the event, will feature "First Treasure" shopping time for teens and littles with gifts priced under $15. It's a great way for your youngsters to shop for unique holiday gifts that don't break the bank!

A jolly holiday
  You'll want to get your tickets early for a horse-drawn trolley ride through the neighborhood around the Old Taylor High on Saturday, Dec. 21. The event will include hot chocolate and carolers at Pecan Manor, sightings of Santa, photo-ops, yummy treats, and holiday fun. Tickets for a 20-minute carriage ride are $6 per person and can be purchased at Plowman's Kitchen or by phone 512-352-0055 beginning 9 a.m. on Dec. 1. Rides begin at 5 p.m. and a limited number of seats are available. Payment is needed at time of purchase to secure your reservation.

United Way Holiday Open House
Join the United Way for a holiday open house 9-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at 1111 N. IH-35 Suite 220 in Round Rock. Please RSVP by calling 512-255-6799

Be in the parade
   Don't miss your chance to get into the fun and represent your business, organization, family or church as Taylor welcomes the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 7. Click   HERE  for registration information and rules for parade entries.

Christmas Bazaar
    The Taylor Main Street Association will host the annual Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at City Hall and Heritage Square Park. Click  HERE to learn more and download a vendor application.

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.

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