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                                                                             … By Joe Johnson


Feb., 2010 – February is the month featuring Valentine’s Day, Love, Black History Month, and the Lancaster Chamber’s Annual Awards Luncheon! … This year we will be presenting several awards to deserving businesses and individuals, such as Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, the Rocky Strickland Community Service Award, and perhaps The Golden Gaither Award. … The Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will be held in Grand Hall of the Recreation Center on February 11, 2010.  Outback Steakhouse is our caterer and will bring us those delicious steaks, potatoes and salad!


“If you don’t know where you are going,

you might wind up someplace else.”

                                                             - YOGI BERRA


The Mayor’s “State of the City” address on January 14, 2010 got our Lancaster Chamber Luncheons off to a great start as 120 listened to Mayor Marcus Knight and ate Dallas Ave Diner’s food. … The Mayor said he was not sure if the people came to hear him speak, or for the food. … Our Chamber committees ramped up their 2010 meetings, including Ambassadors FunGroup, Education Committee, NCA5 Networking Team, Shop Members First Committee, and Auction-Gala Committee.  … We had 21 attend the first Better Business Breakfast of the year on January 22nd, with Jeff Wallace/Express Tax bringing a program on “Tax Tips for Small Businesses”, hosted by Bienvenidos Restaurant.


    “If you do what you’ve always done,

You’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

                                               -- TONY ROBBINS



In February we’ll resume our Business Retention and Expansion Program (BREP) with a visit with a large, local manufacturing, commercial or retail entity in Lancaster. … The BREP team consists of the mayor, city manager, economic development director and chamber president, who meet with the head of the large business being visited. … Our Manufacturing and Logistics Roundtable quarterly meetings will resume on Friday, February 26, 2010, hosted by ONCOR’s SOSF plant on Hwy 342 in Lancaster.  Mike Rourke, plant manager at Brenntag Southwest will be coordinating these meetings for 2010. … This is a great opportunity for all the plant managers, owners, or presidents to meet together to discuss their own agendas. … Thanks to Chuck Luke, AMREP, for coordinating this program in 2008-09 and to Cassandra Mitchell at LEDC for bringing sandwiches.            



Auction-Gala Time


Doug Hunt (Access Self Storage) and Vivian Chastain (Bienvenidos Restaurant) are chairing this year’s Auction-Gala on April 24, 2010, which promises to be a fantastic event! … If you want to be a part of something big, give Doug or Vivian a call. …


From the “Where are they now department”, I ran into Paul Sermas at Chubby’s Restaurant in Duncanville the other day – standing behind that podium just as he had done for years at Paul’s Porterhouse on Composite Dr. in the old restaurant row off I-35E. … Seems as though he is teaching a class in culinary arts at a Dallas County Community College, and his class team was working that Chubby’s for a certain number of weeks. … Then he moves to the new Bobby Knight Pavilion in D’ville to open an eatery. … Steve Martin, D’ville’s chamber president, obviously has been going to Paul’s Porterhouse longer than I have, ‘cause Steve is rounder and older than me. … That’s all for now folks!  And we’ll see you

                                                         Around and About!

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