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The topic for the February 10 class day for Youth Leadership was “Health & Wellness” sponsored by CHRISTUS SANTA ROSA HOSPITAL-NEW BRAUNFELS and facilitated by MELISSA KRAUSE (LNB Alum). CHRISTUS provided breaks and lunch and arranged presentations and panel discussions and tours of hospital departments. VP/Administrator JIM WESSON (LNB Class of ’09) of CHRISTUS SANTA ROSA HOSPITAL-NEW BRAUNFELS also addressed the class. YLNB Chair RODNEY FISCHER of MIDTEX OIL, INC. joined in the day's activities. The next class is set for March 10 with the class visiting the Capitol and Texas History Museum at a “Day at the Legislature”.
The topic for the February 17 class day for Leadership New Braunfels was Volunteerism – Civic and Government, facilitated by LNB Alum KELLIE STALLINGS of CONNECTIONS. Sponsor for the Day was EDEN HOME INC. represented by Janet Mack (LNB Alum). The morning session included a presentation on Volunteerism in the Chamber by Chair of the Board MARIAN BENSON and President Michael Meek and a speaker’s panel of local non profit agencies and a presentation on the Leadership NB Alumni Association by ROB CLARK of VICKREY & ASSOCIATES (Chair and LNB Alum). Dr. Richard Cheatham, Dean of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State University, presented Leading through Effective Communication. The afternoon session included lunch at the COMAL COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER (ROBERT LOPEZ, LNB Alum), a tour of CONNECTIONS, a presentation “Taking time to volunteer and meeting formats and ethics” with Comal County Commissioner JAN KENNADY and a participatory exercise by Mike Fitsko of SF Communication Consultants. The next class day “Health & Social Services” is set for March 25.
The annual LNB Alumni fundraiser will be held on February 28 at Mission Valley Bowling Club. LNB Alum and the LNB Class of ’09 and guests are invited to bowl and socialize at the event benefiting the Youth program. LNBAA will host a candidate’s forum on April 9, prior to early voting for the City Council positions and CISD & NBISD board of trustees’ election.
Another tool to assist small business owners and managers is the Business Advisory committee’s NB Business University seminars. The first NB Business University seminar for 2009 “Navigating the Minefield – How to keep your business from blowing up!” by Brad Hunt of the WHY Group was presented on Thursday, January 8. More than thirty business owners and managers attended. On February 12, repeat speaker Independent Consultant Keith Hughey presented “Fear Factor…Don’t let fear get in the way of staff effectiveness” to more than forty attendees.
The topic for the March 26 NB Business University “The Paperless Document Society” will be presented by PABLO REYNA of ON-LINE COMPUTERS AND INTERNET SERVICES. Registration is available online at www.nbcham.org. Reserve your place now.
Chamber Chair of the Board MARIAN BENSON and Military Affairs Chair SONYA CHAPA-WEBER will attend the Team Randolph Air Force Base Annual Awards Ceremony on February 26 when the Airman of the Year 2008 will be selected. Military Affairs committee member BEN WEHMAN attended the Team Randolph Quarterly Awards Ceremony on January 22 when the 4th Quarter Airman of 2008 was selected. Military Affairs committee members met on February 20 to plan the New Braunfels reception for both honorees. 2009 begins the 41st year partnership between the Chamber and Randolph Air Force Base.
The Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Committee is set to meet on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 am in Honors Hall. This will be their first meeting of 2009, and Chair Chris Douglas is pleased about the challenging work ahead. Committee Vice Chair Aja Edwards and Douglas want to set new programs in place for the BEP. The primary project for the first quarter is preparing a bag to be given to parents of young children ages 1 – 4 years. This bag will contain children’s books, activities parents can do with their children that are free or inexpensive, and a brochure filled with people and agencies where families can look for help to care for and to educate their children before they enter kindergarten. The bags will be available this spring at local schools, doctors offices, and many of the county offices and non-profit agencies that provide family support and assistance. Call Rusty Brockman at 830-625-2385 for more information.
The NBMA will hold its regular monthly lunch meeting on Tuesday, February 17 at Mamacita’s beginning at 11:45 am. The group will be treated to a special “State of the City” program by Mayor Bruce Boyer. The officers for the NBMA in 2009 are President Barry Brittain of the Coleman Company, Vice President Al Ronzan of Detex, and Secretary/Treasurer Paul Webber of Star Manufacturing. Visit their website.
The NBPD's E-Business Crime Watch program will soon be unveiled to Chamber-member businesses via a new partnership between the Chamber and NBPD. There will be no cost and emails will not be shared. General information will be provided related to crime prevention and community issues.
Second, NBPD has developed a focused e-notification system to communicate business-specific information related to crime trends, active suspects, current scams/fraud and preventive information to assist targeted business segments. Businesses will need to send an email to an address provided to be included in this service.
Lastly, they are looking for partnerships/volunteers by area to assist in hosting informational meetings and to make sure the NBPD fully understands the areas of concerns of business with these crime issues. Chief Ron Everett was the guest presenter at the Chamber board meeting Monday, February 16.