Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so happy Thanksgiving week is here!!!  Our college kiddo came home last night, the kids are all requesting their favorite dishes, and I have so much to be thankful for!

As I was driving in to work this morning, I was thinking about the first Thanksgiving.  I started thinking about the early settlers and how they had a plan, tools, and supplies, yet their encounter was SOOOO unpredictable! I thought, ‘Isn’t that true for us today? OUR encounters are unpredictable!’.  Even in our businesses, we never know what challenges we will face.

How did the early settlers succeed???  They had leaders… they had workers… they had investors… and… they were willing to give back!

The Chamber acknowledges and is thankful for the leaders, workers, investors, and consumers in Breckenridge.  We are especially thankful for your willingness to give back to the community! Thank you to those who do business here, to those who serve the community, participate in activities, and for building relationships that make this town strong.

I hope we continue to attract new settlers and to build with determination!  I am personally thankful for way too many things to list; however, professionally, I am thankful for the amazing people I have been blessed to work with.  I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Now taking nominations!

It’s time to honor those deserving folks in our community! It takes YOU to get them noticed and nominated. Read below for a full list of previous winners!

Business of the Year
2003 Stephens Memorial Hospital
2004 Jonell, Inc.
2005 Karsten Homes
2006 Ray’s Grocery & Market
2007 Raydon, Inc.
2008 J & J Electric
2009 Sandy Creek Marina
2010 Texas Tank Trucks
2011 First National Bank
2012 Breck Operating Corporation
2013 Ernie’s Spanish Kitchen
2014 Texas State Technical College
2015 Ezell Aviation
2016 R. E. Dye Manufacturing Corporation

Citizen of the Year
1964 Lester Clark
1965 L. W. Brooks, Jr.
1966 Marvin A. Naylor
1967 W. W. Rogers
1968 Ed H. Rogers
1969 Virgil E. Moore, Jr.
1970 William A. Craig
1971 Frank Pellizzari, Jr.
1972 E. P. “Skeet” Fambro
1973 J. B. Brannan
1974 Paul Williams
1975 Mrs. Ben “Gwen” Dean
1976 Ben W. McKinnis
1977 Mrs. Nadine Taylor
1978 Larry Parker
1979 James C. Rominger
1980 Mrs. Margaret Hallauer
1981 John G. Davis
1982 Mrs. M. O. “Maude” Allison
1983 Joe C. Hanna
1984 Mr. & Mrs. Lester Clark
1985 Jouquine Baxley
1986 Mr. & Mrs. O.H. Reaugh
1987 Reverend Chas A. Hamilton
1988 Doris Fambro
1989 John Connally
1990 Scott Harris
1991 King C. Hoermann
1992 Bruce Curry
1993 Dr. Edwin Goodall
1994 James Shelton
1995 Lance Kitchens
1996 Margie Veale
1997 Becky Downing
1998 M. O. “Shorty” Allison
1999 Johnny Miller
2000 C. J. “Jack” Eden
2001 Calva Holland
2002 Carroll A. Magers, Jr.
2003 Grady Fox
2004 Bill Arnot
2005 Martha Sullivan & Beatrice Moore
2006 Paul Prater
2007 Reverend Andy Channer
2008 Kevin Simmons
2009 Stan Carstens
2010 Lee Olson
2011 Sherry Strickland
2012 Bob Sims
2013 David Duggan
2014 Jon Jackson
2015 David Sullivan
2016 Virgil & Elaine Moore

Ag Citizen of the Year
1969 Mrs. C. M. “Mattie” Wright
1970 Jack Fambro
1971 Floyd Ray Vick
1972 T. C. Harris, Jr.
1973 John Lockhart
1974 Billy Sam Fambro
1975 J. Quincy Corbett, Jr.
1976 C. O. Thompson, Jr.
1977 Howard A. Swanson
1978 Dale Harbison
1979 F. J. “Toad” Copeland
1980 Bob D. Turner
1981 Bobby & Pat Knight
1982 Charles A. Taylor
1983 Rusty Robertson
1984 John R. Cook
1985 Mrs. A. R. “Burnelle” Knight
1986 Robert Langford
1987 Mrs. Joe “Toppy” Jackson
1988 Hurley Boles
1989 Ward Veale
1990 Carroll Williams
1991 Cecil Brown, OD
1992 Miller Tuttle
1993 Dr. D. C. Pitts
1994 Ray & Kay Meadows
1995 Kenneth & Freda Mitchell
1996 Monroe Pugh
1997 Darcy Turner
1998 Tommy Hailey
1999 Mrs. Jerry Corbett
2000 Monte McIntire
2001 Don Pendleton
2002 Maxine Hoff
2003 Robert Joe & Dena Jackson
2004 Tom Cyprian
2005 Neil Fambro
2006 Johnny Corbett
2007 Roger Tonne
2008 Glenda Knight
2009 Gary Fambro
2010 Mitchell Sullivan
2011 Tom Echols
2012 D.C. “Button” Sikes
2013 Mike Colbert
2014 Justin Hopkins
2015 Roy Russell
2016 Mike Fields

Golf WINNERS and a BIG thank you~

Congrats to Saturday’s winners at The Johnny Bates Memorial Golf Tournament!

1st 1 Andy Channer Carl Everett
1st 2 Thomas Tennison Bryan Ringo
1st 3 Brandon Kidwell Riley Hillard
2nd 1 Chris Heidelberg Aaron Brown
2nd 2 Marvin Chaney Kevin Chaney
2nd 3 Tommy Wolfe Easton Wolfe
3rd 1 Gary Anderson Sammy Fade
3rd 2 Mike Tennison Jeff Griffin
3rd 3 Randall Reid Clay Parker
4th 1 Cory Crenshaw Billy Hitchock
4th 2 Buck Fade Jimmy Boster
4th 3 Gabriel Perez Elliott Perez


And THANK YOU to our Sponsors! 

**Corporate Sponsors**
Breck Operating Corp.
Copperleaf Properties
Dr. John Lee, DDS
In Memory of O. D. Woodward
Breckenridge Interbank
Jonell Filtration
The Prickly Patch
Reyes Logistics
Ridge Oil Company
Turner Seed Co.
United Supermarkets

**Golf Towel Sponsors**
Arnot Oil Company
David L. Clark
Ernie’s Spanish Kitchen
First National Bank
Graham Savings & Loan Fa-Breckenridge Division
Integrity Plumbing Services
L & L Family Restaurant
Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home
Rustic Charm Trading Co.

**Door Prizes**
40 Something Cowgirls, Headquarters
Baxley Auto Lube & Tire Center
Brush Creek Bait Tackle
Bunkhouse Divas Boutique & Co.
Canyon Road Barn & Grill
Carstens Motor Company
Crystal Car Wash
Dairy Queen
Double M BBQ
Ernie’s Spanish Kitchen
Family Eye Clinic
Hibbett Sports
Higginbotham Brothers
Hometown Brand Center
Main Street Floral And Gifts
MLR Graphics
Pate’s Hardware
Production Meter Testing
Ridge Motel
The Rusty Rooster
Jenny Coffee State Farm Insurance Agent
Su Casa Cafe
Suzy Q’s Auto Detailing
The Vintage Butterfly
The Water Store
Walmart Supercenter Breckenridge

Please make sure and thank these business for their support! Profits from this event will be used for 2018 BISD Scholarships.

The VOTE is IN! It was a unanimous “YES” so save the date: May 26th & 27th.

We estimated a total of 8,559 attendees over the weekend.

Check out a teaser of our weekend!

Video credit: Mark Magin

Changes in the 2017 Calendar of Events

It has come to our attention that we need to address our changes in the 2017 Calendar of Events. Namely, the lack of mention of Boomfest. It was decided in September of 2016, after months of discussion and event financial review, that Boomfest 2017 would be canceled. In an effort to (1) better utilize Chamber funds for events and (2) not over tax our membership by seeking additional sponsorship, the Board of Directors made the tough decision to remove Boomfest from the 2017 Event Calendar.

Weighed into that decision was the $1,000 a minute price tag, trash issues with the lake itself, low-paying attendance and the reality of seeking sponsorship in Frontier Days, Breckenridge Airshow and then Boomfest, all within a 90-day span. Along with that, we considered the mission statement of the Chamber of Commerce: The Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce is an organization of businesses and individuals that work to promote the area by developing a strong and vibrant economy through business advocacy and leadership, thus creating a better quality of life.

The decision was made prior to the Breckenridge Airshow’s success; however, the Breckenridge Airshow is helping Breckenridge, Texas gain nationwide notoriety. I challenge you to google Breckenridge Airshow and also to check out YouTube before being unkind to the 2017 Board of Directors; a Board of volunteers who give up their time and energy to try and bring commerce to our community.

The life blood of our future is dependent on bringing in new customers, commerce and, hopefully, residents. This decision was not made lightly and we appreciate your continued support of the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce.

Frontier Days is here!

Join us for the Breckenridge Frontier Day’s Bob Drake Memorial Chuckwagon Cook-off THIS WEEKEND! This festival consists of 2 days of entertainment, vendors, food booths, and a carnival fun zone! Check out the Schedule of Events below!