Haskell Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Update

By Mary Jane Buerkle, IOM, Vice President of the Board of Directors

Welcome to summer! These past few weeks have been unbearably hot, but we are grateful for the rain we have received this week! We hope to get timely precipitation throughout the rest of the growing season so as to ensure the best potential for our crops.

As the annual Texas Sales Tax Holiday approaches (August 10-12), during which most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks sold for less than $100 will be tax-free, we want to reflect upon what makes our community strong – our businesses. We know how easy it is to click-click-click and make purchases online or leave Haskell to shop in bigger cities, but we want to encourage everyone to stay and shop in Haskell as much as possible. We are fortunate to have a thriving business community with so much to offer! Please keep Haskell merchants in mind when you’re making your purchasing decisions – it’s vital that we support each other!

Speaking of our thriving business community, we’re proud to welcome a new member to the Haskell Chamber and congratulate a member business on their ownership change! The Chamber hosted ribbon cuttings for Kaleidoscope to celebrate their new owners, and at Texas Star Antiques, a brand-new business, both of which are located on the square. It is great to see people believing in Haskell as they launch their businesses, and we certainly wish them the best!

We have several activities coming up for which to prepare. We’ll have our semi-annual City Wide Garage Sale in October, and we’re planning to do another “Sip, Shop and Stroll” during the holiday season. We also already are making preparations for our Christmas Parade – we now have less than five months until Christmas! As warm as it is now, we’ll soon be trading that for cozy blankets, pumpkins, fall leaves and eventually (we hope!) a little snow!

As always, we thank you for your support of the Haskell Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. We encourage you to stop by the Chamber and visit with our manager, Amanda Hernandez, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the office on the east side of the square or call her at (940) 864-2477.

 

 

 

Volunteers, the Heart of the Community

 

By Mary Jane Buerkle, IOM, Vice President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors

Hello from your Haskell Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center! Summer is upon us, and even though we don’t have any immediate upcoming events, we still have plenty to do.

We hope you’ve had the opportunity to meet our new Chamber Manager, Amanda Hernandez. She has done an amazing job of representing our members and developing key relationships within the community in the short time she’s been with us. Amanda and board member Christina Isbell attended a “Chamber Best Practices” seminar a couple of weeks ago in Abilene with the Texas Midwest Community Network. They gathered a ton of great ideas, and we’ll be implementing as many of those as we can.

However, our board and staff cannot take on all these projects alone. In addition to a renewed focus on our membership, we’re going to work to build volunteer committees for events and initiatives. An organization is nothing without volunteers who share a passion for their community. Volunteering with the Chamber allows you the opportunity to network with others and tell them about your business and have a lot of fun doing it! Plus, you get to give back to Haskell and the surrounding area while gaining valuable experience and building not only your connection base but your resume. Volunteering also can pave the way for leadership development.

The bottom line is – we need you to help Haskell prosper! If you’re interested in volunteering with a Chamber event or initiative, or if you have any questions about the Chamber or becoming a member, please call Amanda at 940-864-2477.