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Join us for the Lemonade Day Galveston County Kick Off and Step Up For Education Expo on Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Join us for the Lemonade Day Galveston County Kick Off and Step Up For Education Expo on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Register for 2016 Lemonade Day Galveston County and Learn About Educational Opportunities in our Region

 LemonadeDay_GalvestonCountyGALVESTON, TX January 6, 2016 – Calling all Young Entrepreneurs! The 2016 Lemonade Day Galveston County Kick-Off and Step Up For Education Expo will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 5 – 7:30 PM at Central Middle School Media Arts Academy, located at 3014 Sealy Street, Galveston. This event is free and open to families and students in the Galveston region.

 

The Step Up For Education Expo takes place from 5 – 6:30 PM and offers information about educational offerings and opportunities throughout our region, from schools and lessons to summer camps and fun activities. The Expo is open to all schools, businesses and organizations that serve families and students. Participation in the Expo is free but advanced registration is requested by emailing Gina Spagnola at gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com.

 

The Lemonade Day Kick Off Event will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the main auditorium with a program including great Lemonade Day Galveston County prizes, school performances and more.

 

Food and refreshing lemonade will be served in the school cafeteria. Students will be able to register for Lemonade Day Galveston County and pick up their backpacks, workbooks and t-shirts for the duration of the evening. Registration forms will be available but students must have a caring adult with them to sign up. Registration is free and food and refreshments will be served in the cafeteria.

 

“This is a chance to register your lemonade stand, pick up your backpack, workbook and t-shirt and find out more about great educational opportunities in our region,” said Gina M. Spagnola, President and CEO of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lemonade Day Galveston County Director. “We want all schools, organizations and groups that lend a hand to education represented so that families can get a look at all there is to offer!”

 

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce established an education committee in 2010 as a broad based community partnership.  The committee has united every educational institution both public and private on the island in an unprecedented alliance to enhance the quality, accessibility, choice, and usefulness of education for all students and to support the economic, social, and political viability of Galveston Island.  The Education Committee felt that Lemonade Day was the perfect collaboration of business and education to help achieve their goals, and with their support the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce purchased the licensing fee to bring Lemonade Day Galveston to our community in 2012.

 

The Galveston Regional Chamber rallies the business community to support producing the event with cash and in-kind sponsorship, and we involve the help of key local and regional media outlets to promote Lemonade Day Galveston County. However, our most effective promotional tool are the relationships we’ve created with the schools and youth organizations via the Chamber’s Education Committee. With their buy-in of the program, our Lemonade Day Galveston County team has performed countless kickoff events at area schools and youth organizations to spread the word about Lemonade Day Galveston County. These kickoff events combined with our annual Lemonade Day Kick-off event, Build a Stand…Spark a Dream event, Best Tasting Lemonade Contest, Spirit Night and Lemonade Day itself have exposed our Chamber to thousands people, most of who were not previously involved with our organization.

 

For complete information about Lemonade Day Galveston County, visit www.Galveston.Lemonadeday.org. To register your school, business or organization for the Step Up For Education Expo, email Gina Spagnola at gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.

 

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About the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is To Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development.  Founded in 1845 it is Texas’ first chamber of commerce.  For more information about the Galveston Regional Chamber, visit them at the corner of 23rd and Mechanic in Historic Downtown Galveston.  You can also check them out at www.GalvestonChamber.com, like them on Facebook – www.facebook.com/GalvestonChamber, follow them on twitter – www.twitter.com/GalvChamber, share with them on instagram – www.instagram.com/GalvestonChamber and watch them on YouTube – www.youtube.com/GalvestonChamber.  Don’t forget to download MyChamberApp on your smart phone so you can access the Galveston Regional Chamber membership directory, upcoming event information and more anytime, anywhere

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to Speak at Galveston Regional Chamber Annual Meeting and Gala

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to Speak at Galveston Regional Chamber Annual Meeting and Gala

Lieutenant Governor to Commemorate Chamber’s 170 Years of Advocacy and Promoting for Business

 

GALVESTON, TX December 9, 2015 – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce that Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will speak at its 170th Annual Meeting and Gala on Friday, January 15th, 2016.

 

“When we set out to create an event ‘as big as Texas’ we knew we had to involve our local, state and federal elected officials,” said Gina M. Spagnola, President of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We are so grateful that our Lieutenant Governor is joining us to commemorate 170 years of advocacy and promoting for Texas business.”

 

Dan Patrick was elected lieutenant governor of Texas in 2014, winning the general election by almost 20 points, including historic levels of support from female and Hispanic voters.

 

A principled and committed conservative, Lt. Gov. Patrick continues to lead the fight to secure the border, reduce property and business taxes, protect our Second Amendment, defend innocent life and address our state’s infrastructure challenges to ensure that Texas continues to flourish economically.

 

In his first term as lieutenant governor, he led the reform of the Texas Senate’s 21-vote rule, provided an unprecedented $800 million to help secure our Texas/Mexico border, and provided lasting property and business tax relief for homeowners and businesses. Under his leadership the Senate passed school accountability legislation and championed efforts to pass open carry and campus carry legislation into law.

 

Dan Patrick is a former Texas State Senator, a successful small-businessman and radio host. He is also a former TV anchor, sportscaster, musician, as well as an award-winning Christian author and movie producer. He has raised over $16 million for children with disabilities through his radio show and started the first seminary in a Texas prison to train long-serving inmates for the ministry.

 

Patrick has been married to his wife Jan, a former schoolteacher, for 40 years. Their son Ryan is a Harris County Criminal Court District Judge in Houston. Their daughter Shane is a registered nurse. He is also the proud grandfather of four grandchildren.

 

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is celebrating a very special occasion at this year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Gala: the 170th Anniversary of the Chamber, which was established in 1845 and is Texas’ first chamber of commerce. The Annual Meeting will celebrate “Texas,” and honor local, state and national leaders as well as the chamber’s 170 years of advocacy. The event will take place on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Moody Gardens in Galveston.

 

Tickets to the event are $125 for members, $150 for future members or a Big Tex Sponsorship table of 8 can be secured for $2,500. For additional information about sponsoring the event and securing tickets, please contact Elizabeth Rogers Alvarado, Director of Special Events, at ealvarado@galvestonchamber.com or (409) 763-5326.

 

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About the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is To Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development.  Founded in 1845 it is Texas’ first chamber of commerce.  For more information about the Galveston Regional Chamber, visit them at the corner of 23rd and Mechanic in Historic Downtown Galveston.  You can also check them out at www.GalvestonChamber.com, like them on Facebook – www.facebook.com/GalvestonChamber, follow them on twitter – www.twitter.com/GalvChamber, share with them on instagram – www.instagram.com/GalvestonChamber and watch them on YouTube – www.youtube.com/GalvestonChamber.  Don’t forget to download MyChamberApp on your smart phone so you can access the Galveston Regional Chamber membership directory, upcoming event information and more anytime, anywhere.  

 

Galveston Regional Chamber Launches Vivian Rose Hernandez Junior Ambassador Program

Galveston Regional Chamber Launches Vivian Rose Hernandez Junior Ambassador Program

Chamber to Name Junior Ambassador Program After Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway Coordinator

GALVESTON, TX November 24, 2015 – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will launch its latest educational and advocacy initiative at 9 AM on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Ball High School. The Vivian Rose Hernandez Junior Ambassador Program will consist of outstanding high school students from Galveston County who donate their time to assist the Chamber in various activities.

This program benefits the students by providing increased networking opportunities, an opportunity to connect one-on-one with businesses and Chamber members and gains an insider’s perspective of the local business community. Students have an opportunity to meet local business and community leaders and help the community and show community pride.

With nearly 30 years of education experience, Vivian Rose Hernandez is the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway Coordinator for Ball High School in Galveston, Texas. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and her master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.

“I love being an educator! It brings me joy and I believe that I can make a difference in the lives of many students,” said Hernandez. “I can and do impact the future by producing individuals who are critical thinkers and responsible citizens, as well as caring friends and confident achievers.”

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club is a committee of goodwill representatives whose objective is to promote the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and maintain strength within the membership. Ambassadors are responsible for welcoming new and expanding businesses to the Chamber at ribbon cuttings, luncheons, personal visits and special events. Ambassadors continue to represent the Chamber while conducting business for themselves in the community.

“The Chamber is looking to grow the next generation of business leaders within our region and the Junior Ambassador Program is an opportunity to pour into these young entrepreneurs and introduce them to the business community,” stated Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce President Gina M. Spagnola. “Vivian has always been a leader in our educational initiatives and her role in encouraging entrepreneurship was a natural fit to name this program.”

The Vivian Rose Hernandez Junior Ambassador Program will be officially introduced at a ceremony on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Ball High School in the Library at 9 AM. For additional information about the Chamber’s Ambassador or Junior Ambassador program, please contact Lindsey Serrette, Director of Membership Development, at lserrette@galvestonchamber.com (409) 763-5326.

 

My Galveston Weekend Brings Awareness to Island Living September 5–7, 2015

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My Galveston Weekend Brings Awareness to Island Living September 5–7, 2015

Campaign Celebration Highlights Positive Perceptions and Aims to Increase Population


GALVESTON, TX September 2, 2015 – Galvestonians love their city so much they want to invite others to live here, too. My Galveston is a volunteer movement started by the C-Crewe, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group, to promote Galveston Island as a great place to live.

 

“We see Galveston Island as a thriving city where people choose to live and work,” explained Gina M. Spagnola, Chamber President and C-Crewe creator. “The My Galveston campaign goals are clear: increase the number of people who call the island home and promote positive perceptions and facts about island living. Galveston is a historical, coastal community with a diverse array of neighborhoods, career opportunities, outdoor recreation, arts and entertainment.”

 

The C-Crewe invites the public to join in celebrating the first annual My Galveston Weekend, September 5-7. This weekend, residents, visitors, and businesses are encouraged to share their My Galveston testimony, using the #MyGalveston on social media and in their place of business, on marquee signs and any medium that can share the passion for island living.

 

“My Galveston identifies the perception issues that hamper the island’s growth,” said Erin Yarbrough, My Galveston Campaign Co-Chair. “We offer a fresh, positive message based on facts about Galveston living to combat those misconceptions.”

 

The My Galveston campaign started in 2011 when members of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe recognized a major need to promote the city of Galveston and push positive perceptions to those who either commute to the island to work, those who visit, and those who live off the island. MyGalveston.com comes after countless hours of volunteer work by active young professionals who seek to showcase the island and move it in a positive direction. My Galveston won best committee at the 2015 Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce awards.

The My Galveston committee is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to build a long-range, sustainable campaign that will include presence at local events and a large-scale advertising campaign throughout the Texas and Louisiana region. The committee plans on raising public and private funds while bringing together Galveston’s major employers, civic organizations, and educational institutions to drive its singular message: Galveston Island is a wonderful place to call home. For more information, please visit www.mygalveston.com or www.facebook.com/mygalveston.

 

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About the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is To Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development.  Founded in 1845 it is Texas’ first chamber of commerce.  For more information about the Galveston Regional Chamber, visit them at the corner of 23rd and Mechanic in Historic Downtown Galveston.  You can also check them out at www.GalvestonChamber.com, like them on Facebook – www.facebook.com/GalvestonChamber, follow them on twitter – www.twitter.com/GalvChamber, share with them on instagram – www.instagram.com/GalvestonChamber and watch them on YouTube – www.youtube.com/GalvestonChamber.  Don’t forget to download MyChamberApp on your smart phone so you can access the Galveston Regional Chamber membership directory, upcoming event information and more anytime, anywhere.  

 

Ready to Tee Off? Network at the Best Business Golf Tournament in the Region!

Ready to Tee Off? Network at the Best golftournament_logoBusiness Golf Tournament in the Region!

Galveston Regional Chamber Golf Tournament Scheduled for September 14 at Moody Gardens Golf Course

GALVESTON, TX July 14, 2015 – It is golf tournament time for the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and this is your chance to network at one of the best business tournaments in the region! Mark your calendars for Monday, September 14, 2015 at Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston, Texas and enjoy a day of golf, business networking, delicious food and drinks and exciting new details.

“We are proud to present the 26th annual Chamber Golf Tournament to the business community,” said Howie Bentley of Classic Auto Group Galveston, Chair of the Golf Tournament Committee. “There’s a reason that businesses come back to this tournament year after year. The quality of the networking, the fun times and the amazing courses make this a tournament you won’t want to miss.”

Sponsorship opportunities have been released with options for every business need and value. Businesses can choose from a variety of levels to include teams, tee box and hole ownership, signage, meal underwriting and more. To secure your sponsorship level today, email Elizabeth Rogers Alvarado, Director of Special Events, at ealvarado@galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.

Moody Gardens Golf Course is a seaside course with a tropical feel. A premiere public golf course, Moody Garden Golf Course underwent a $16 million dollar renovation in 2008, by renowned course architects Jacobsen Hardy. The course still features the best historical aspects of the original layout, while significantly improving certain holes and overall course flow. The course offers 18 holes meandering through upland and lowland native areas, natural wetland habitats of beautiful Sydnor Bayou, and over 500 palm trees.

To secure sponsorships or for more information, click here. You can also email Elizabeth Rogers Alvarado, Director of Special Events, at ealvarado@galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.

 

My Galveston Launches Website to Promote Island Living

My Galveston Launches Website to Promote Island Living

MyGalveston.com Showcases Island for Potential Residents and Employees

GALVESTON, TX July 6, 2015 –   MyGalveston.com is here. The site, developed by members of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe, a group of young professionals, aims to promote Galveston Island as a great place to live and work. The site will continue to grow to become the primary website for anyone potentially moving or working on the island. Information on MyGalveston.com will eventually include resources to housing, schools, nightlife, arts and culture, and more.

“We are extremely proud of the work our committee has accomplished in promoting Galveston as a premiere location to live,” said Johnston Farrow, co-chair of the My Galveston committee. “MyGalveston.com presents our city the way Galvestonians see it – a vibrant, safe, unique beach community filled with people that care about each other, great educational options, and plenty of jobs. We believe this site will help recruiters, realtors, and employers when attracting people to the island.”
The My Galveston campaign started in 2011 when members of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe recognized a major need to promote the city of Galveston and push positive perceptions to those who either commute to the island to work, those who visit, and those who live off the island. MyGalveston.com comes after countless hours of volunteer work by active young professionals who seek to showcase the island and move it in a positive direction. My Galveston won best committee at the 2015 Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce awards.

The My Galveston committee is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to build a long-range, sustainable campaign that will include presence at local events and a large-scale advertising campaign throughout the Texas and Louisiana region. The committee plans on raising public and private funds while bringing together Galveston’s major employers, civic organizations, and educational institutions to drive its singular message: Galveston Island is a wonderful place to call home.

For more information, please visit www.mygalveston.com or www.facebook.com/mygalveston.

Galveston Regional Chamber Cuts Ribbon at Galveston Community Sailing Center at Public Celebration on July 18

Galveston Regional Chamber Cuts Ribbon at Galveston Community Sailing Center at Public Celebration on July 18 Learn About Community Sailing – Enjoy Food, Refreshments, Boat Tours, Activities, Fireworks and More! GALVESTON, TX June 15, 2015 –   The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will cut the official ribbon of the Galveston Community Sailing Center (GCSC) atContinue Reading

Sunshine Center Chosen as 2015 Celebrating Women Conference Recipients!

This year the Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit conference has chosen the Sunshine Center as it’s charity for the 2015 conference! We are asking for the items from their wish list to be brought to the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce office at 2228 Mechanic before the event (between April 1 – April 13) orContinue Reading

Chamber Restates Position On Committee, Commission, and Board Appointment Policy

On March 13th the Chamber sent the following letter to Mayor & Council Members for the City of Galveston restating our position the recently passed Galveston City Council Committee, Commission and Board Appointment Policy. Mayor Yarbrough and Council Members, Please find attached a copy of the resolution from the Board of Directors of the GalvestonContinue Reading

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