Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weslaco Area Chamber March Events

Info On The Web
Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce E-News
Chamber Logo 

So much is happening with our great organization!  We are excited to offer our members and the community opportunities to meet the leaders of the Mid Valley!


Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce
301 W. Railroad St., Weslaco, TX  78596
(956) 968-2102 office  (956) 968-6451 fax

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Texas, McAllen firefighter groups endorse Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for state representative


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Texas, McAllen firefighter groups endorse Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for state representative

(McAllen) - Noting his strong support for public safety and working families, the McAllen Fire Fighters Association and its statewide organization, the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, have endorsed Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for State Representative, House District 36.

House District 36 includes Granjeno, Hidalgo, southern McAllen, most of Mission, Palmview, Peñitas, and Pharr.

"We, the 139 members of the McAllen Fire Fighters Association Local 2602, are proud to present you with this letter of endorsement," Amado Cano, general president of the area group, stated in its support for Muñoz. "We feel that with your personnel beliefs, education and experience you will be a positive influence to the State Representative Office and the citizens of District 36.  We look forward to working with you during your campaign and would like to offer our assistance, as well as our endorsement."

Mike Higgins, the chief-of-staff and legislative director for the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, said the local support for Muñoz also brought a statewide endorsement from his group, which represents more than 15,000 professional fire fighters and 169 affiliate locals.

The statewide show of support reflects the legislative policies of Muñoz, a successful lawyer and Palmview Municipal Court Judge, to be "a strong supporter of public safety and fire fighters across Texas,"

Higgins said.

The Texas State Association of Fire Fighters was established in 1938 and it is Texas's only professional, career fire fighters organization.

The Texas State Association of Fire Fighters is affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Muñoz said he was grateful for the endorsements, noting that protecting the public is one of the most important responsibilities of the Texas Legislature.

"Fire fighters, like police, emergency medical service personnel, and other law enforcement professionals have my highest admiration – these are the brave men and women who rush into danger to save our lives, our homes and our businesses," said Muñoz. "I look forward to working with them on all major legislation that helps and protect them, because that will help and protect all of us."

By David Diaz

Political announcement paid for by Sergio Muñoz, Jr., – Óscar Elizondo, Jr., Treasurer – 1110 South Closner Boulevard, Edinburg, Texas 78539.

NOTE: RGV LIFE does not receive any compensation for posting. It is posted as a public service. 

HUB City Toastmaster Meeting Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dear Toastmaster Members & Guests,


The schedule for tomorrow's meeting (Wednesday, February 17th) will be as follows:


Toastmaster:  John Lopez

Speaker No. 1: Luis Bazan

Speaker No. 2: Lupe Chavez

Speaker No. 3: Cyndi Hopkins

Speaker No. 4: Mickey Steib

Tabletopics Master: Arlene Hernandez

General Evaluator:  to be determined

Timer: Katrin Miovski

Grammarian/Ah Counter/Word of the Day:  to be determined

Evaluators:  to be determined


Hope to see you all tomorrow!!! 




PLEASE NOTE: The HUB City Toastmasters meet each Wednesday at 12.00 Noon at the Pharr Chamber of Commerce, 308 W. Park.   This news letter is being sent to members and to guests who have visited or may be interested in visiting our meetings.  If you do not wish to continue receiving these newsletters, just click reply, type cancel and send.   Thank you. 


Weslaco Chamber: February and March at the Chamber

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We are WESLACO!  There's a lot going on...and we want to keep you informed!


Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce
301 W. Railroad St., Weslaco, TX  78596
(956) 968-2102 office  (956) 968-6451 fax

Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce | 301 W. Railroad St. | Weslaco | TX | 78596

Press Release: Rep. Gonzales Earns Perfect Score for Environmental Voting Record from Texas League of Conservation Voters

February 16, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ricardo Lopez-Guerra
Rep. Gonzales Scores an A+ on Environmental Record from the Texas League of Conservation Voters
McALLEN--- State Representative Veronica Gonzales earned a perfect score for her voting record on environmental legislation in the 81st Legislative Session from the Texas League of Conservation Voters (TLCV).
"Texas is a beautiful state blessed with many natural resources and I believe that the laws we pass should protect and preserve our air, water and land for future generations," Rep. Gonzales said. "My votes reflect that belief and I am proud to earn the League of Conservation Voters' support."
TLCV is a non-partisan organization that advocates environmental protection and conservation.  At the end of each legislative session, TLCV  issues a scorecard grading lawmakers on a wide range of votes and issues including renewable energy, green technologies, recycling and waste disposal. 
Gonzales was one of only 53 of the 150 member House members to earn a perfect score on her votes for 12 bills that addressed a variety of issues including: green state building standards; cleaner vehicles for state agencies, a trust fund to help low- income residents weatherize their homes;  creating financing districts for developing renewable energy sources and increasing public beach access. The league also endorsed each House and Senate members who earned an "A" on the scorecard.
The TLCV 2009 Legislative Scorecard is available online at

Mission Chamber: Explosion Dance & Fitness Ribbon Cutting Today

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce

                     Please join us today to celebrate with Explosion Dance & Fitness!

Explosion Dance & Fitness Center
Ribbon Cutting
Date:  Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Time:  6:00 P.M.
Location: 900 S. Stewart Rd. Ste. 13
                 Mission, TX
                * Gifts, raffles, special promotions, refreshments and more
                * Come and join us in this wonderful celebration

Michelle Romero, Membership Director
The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce | 202 W. Tom Landry | Mission | TX | 78572

News from Hidalgo County Democratic Party

Hidalgo County Democratic Party
Hidalgo County Democratic Party ALERT

Dear Fellow Dem,

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Could you be an ELECTION JUDGE, CLERK, POLL WATCHER, OR A TEMPORARY PRECINCT CONVENTION CHAIR MARCH 02, 2010, ELECTION DAY? If so click on the following link, fill out the information and fax it back to us at (956)581-0330 or contact our PRIMARY DIRECTOR, ROSALIE WEISFELD at (956)793-5814.

EARLY VOTING has begun and will continue till FRIDAY February 26, 2010!
PLEASE HEAD OUT TO A POLL LOCATION NEAREST YOU!!! Remember that you may VOTE at ANY polling location during the early vote period. FOR A LOCATION LIST CLICK THE LINK BELOW.

Candidate Forum TODAY, Come Join US!
Rene Ramirez Swearing In Hidalgo County chapter of Texas Democratic Women (HCTDW)
&  Stonewall Democrats of the Rio Grande Valley

                      Candidate Forum
         2010 Democratic Candidates with Contested Races
                        Tuesday, February 16, 2010
                            6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

                                          South Texas College (STC) - Pecan Campus
                                                     3201 W. Pecan Blvd., McAllen
                                     Ann Richards Administration Building Auditorium
                             Plenty of Parking all around the Administration Building and accross
                             the street in the new Cooper Building Parking Lot

Nineteen candidates have confirmed participation in the "2010
Democratic Primary Candidates Forum":
Felix (Rodriguez) Alvarado
Representative for Farouk Shami
Representative for Bill White

Commissioner of the General Land Office
Representative for Hector Uribe

Lieutenant Governor
Linda Chavez Thompson

U.S. Representatives
Doug Purl
Representative for Ruben Hinojosa

Hidalgo County Judge
Ramon Garcia
Eloy Pulido

County Commissioner Precinct 4
Oscar Garza, Jr.
Joseph Palacios

District Attorney
Alma Garza
Rene Guerra
Fidencio Guerra, Jr.

State Representative District 36
Sergio Munoz, Jr.
Sandra Rodriguez

State Representative District 39
Armando "Mando" Martinez
IMPORTANT DATES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Rene Ramirez Swearing In DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION (can vote only at your poll)

Tuesday, March 2,
7:00 A.M. -- 7:00 P.M.

                                                 PRECINCT CONVENTION at your Election Day POLLING LOCATION

                                                 Tuesday, March 2, 2010
                                                 7:15 P.M.

                                                 DEMOCRATIC COUNTY/SD CONVENTION
                                                 Saturday, March 20, 2010 time & LOCATION TBA

                            CALL (956) 784-VOTE (8683) or 318-2570 for GENERAL INFORMATION and
                            ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS

                            CALL 956.519.8683 OR 956.793.5814 for INFORMATION on the DEMOCRATIC

Check websites for updates:
Hidalgo County Democratic Party
Hidalgo County Election Administration
Texas Secretary of State Election Division

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Hidalgo County Democratic Party | 305 (B) N. Shary Rd. | Mission | TX | 78572

McAllen Tea Party: Early Voting Starts Today!!!

Early Voting Starts Today!
Dear Shaine,

Early voting begins TODAY.  We sent out sample ballots for both the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as polling places for Hidalgo County.  If you did not receive the newsletter, let us know and we will resend that information to you.   You can also go to the Secretary of State's website at:
 for your county's information.
If any of you would like to see more on the firestorm between Col. Ray adn Eddie Zamora, we will be sending a link out in the next day or two from The Advance Newspaper in Pharr.  Greg Wendorf, the editor, says they have interviewed both Col. Ray and Eddie Zamora, as well as an article written by Tom Haughey, Republican Party Exec. Director.
Stay tuned for more on our signs.  Juan has a Spanish translation of Reagan's quotes and we have some signs from other patriots that we will send along.  Now, we just need a sign-making party!!!
McAllen Tea Party Aassociation

 Starr County

 Someone asked for information for Starr County.  The only polling place I found was in Rio Grande City at the courthouse:
Starr County Courthouse
401 North Britton Avenue,
Rio Grande City 78582
County: Starr

 Nancy Pelosi Coming to Laredo This Friday!!!

Eric Cabello at Laredo Tea Party sent this email from Chris Bowling to tell us that Nancy Pelosi is coming to Laredo this Friday.  The Laredo Tea Party is planning to meet her as she arrives.  LTP isn't a large group, so I'm wondering is there are any of us here in the RGV Tea Parties that would like to go up to Laredo and help them greet her.  If so, let me know, so I can tell Chris we have some RGV patriots coming to join them.  Here's his email:

ATTENTION...........Speaker of the House NANCY PELOSI will be in LAREDO, TX. on Friday at 6:00pm at the Caballero Reception at the Laredo Civic Center on 2400 San Bernardo Ave. 
Laredo TEA Party will take the lead on this welcoming rally!  I will be in contact with other organizations as I encourage others to spread the word and they will be contacting Chris Bowlin to shepherd this flock. 
Please meet immediately to plan the "Welcoming Rally".  We will need everybody's input.  Call the McAllen TEA Party, Call the Boerne TEA Party, Get in touch with every TEA Party in Texas.  In Laredo, we are few, but we are fierce and not afraid to let our voices be heard.  This is the PERFECT opportunity to try to help open the eyes of fellow Laredoans.  Laredo is a CONSERVATIVE town but somehow is run by the Democrats who are kow-towing to their liberal leaders.  Don't count on the media covering this "Rally".  We need to have our own documentation of pictures and video.  Please call Chris Bowlin @ 956-500-6601.

McAllen Tea Party Association 

5111 N. 10th St., Box 298 

McAllen, TX 78504



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Rio Grande Valley Tea Party Association | 5111 N. 10th, #298 | McAllen | TX | 78504

Reminder from Rep. Gonzales: Early Voting Begins Today

February 16, 2010
Early Voting Begins Today
Dear Friends:
I wanted to remind you that Early Voting Begins TODAY for the March 2 primary election.  You can vote early until February 26, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at substations in Hidalgo County. There are many important state and local races on the ballot and every vote counts. Make sure to remind your friends and family to go to the polls and vote.
Early Voting Substation Locations in District 41:
Elections Annex Bldg.                                                UTPA Library
317 N. Closner "Rear"                                                1201 W. University
Lark Community Center                                             McAllen Tax Office
2601 Lark Ave.                                                           311 N. 15th Street
Palmer Pavillion                                                          Palmview Community Cneter
301 E. Hackberry                                                        3401 Jordan Ave.
Mission City Hall                                                        Mission Fire Station #3
1201 E. 8th Street                                                       1804 N. Shary Rd.
For a complete list, visit the Hidalgo County Elections Department website here. Mobile polling locations are available here or call the Department at (956) 784-8683. 

A Day Surfing at South Padre Island

Join the 2010 Democrat Candidate Forum on Texas Democratic Women

Of Hidalgo County
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Hidalgo Co. Tx Dem Women has invited you to the event '2010 Democrat Candidate Forum' on Texas Democratic Women!
Please save the date! Don't forget to take a friend.

2010 Democrat Candidate Forum Time: February 16, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: STC Pecan Campus Administration Building Auditorium
Organized By: Hidalgo Co. Tx Dem Women

Event Description:
Come and meet the Candidates for 2010 elections.

This event is open to the public.

Presented by: The Hidalgo County Texas Democratic Women and Stonewall Democrats of the Rio Grande Valley.

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Monte Bella Mountain Bike Race #2 Series

Unlimited Sports Adventures Announcement
Monte Bella MTB Series Logo
November 8, 2009 #1
February 21, 2010 #2 (new date)
March 7, 2010 #3 (new date)

Monte Bella Trails Park
West Alton Gloor
Brownsville, TX

$15 Early Registration
$20 Late Registration

For Flyer download, race details, and rules: Click here

City of Brownsville Parks & Recreation Department
Dr. Oliver Achleitner M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
McAllen Sports
Bicycle World Fitness Systems of the Valley
Mercy Rehab for Kids
Academy Sports & Outdoor

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Bachelor/Bachelorette Politician AUCTION...!

You are invited this Friday February 12th...!
Politician & Bachelor/Bachelorette AUCTION for a lunch date - "For the LOVE of Politics" by National HELP.
At KAI on 17th Street McAllen
from 7:00pm-10:00pm
Please forward and invite all your friends. This is going to be a really fun event.
Best, JC Cervantes


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hidalgo County Candidates Fail To Maximize Your Campaign Contributions

I have a bone to pick. I see our candidates wasting the money that is being donated to their campaigns. If they keep this up, as a donor you should demand they make immediate changes to their campaign. Those changes are:


Your candidates are failing to make the most of the money they spend on their websites, signs, TV ads, radio ads, push cards, t-shirts, and other collateral. If your candidates are on flickr, Youtube, Twitter, or Facebook and don't put their web address on their campaign material, then why bother with the social networks?

What happens is that they end up friending people online who would vote for them anyway. Isn't the idea of having a social media campaign to reach out to voters who have not decided who to support? It's like having a campaign event where only your family and closest friends show up. The idea is to get the public to attend, isn't it?

It's like running for an office in Hidalgo County and putting all their signs outside the county line. By not putting their website address on their campaign materials, their social media efforts are out in a dark corner of the internet where only their friends know to find them.

By advertising the website, your candidates can reach those voters who want to know more about the candidates. That campaign collateral can drive traffic to the candidate websites where they will click the photos, read the material, watch the videos, and maybe even make a donation.

Without driving traffic to their sites, the social media campaign is wasted time and money because your candidates are preaching to the converted.

Donors, talk to your candidates so they can go thump their campaign managers on the head. Ask them to do these things:

Posters: put the website address and twitter handle
Pushcards: put the website address and twitter handle
Banners: put the website address and twitter handle
Lawn signs: put the website address and twitter handle
Website: link to the social networks and twitter handle
Youtube: link back to the website and twitter handle
Twitter: link back to the website
Facebook: link back to the website
Flickr: link back to the website
Television commercials (all videos): put a link to the website and twitter handle
Radio commercials: mention the website and twitter handle

If your candidate does not do these things, then demand that they stop wasting time and effort on the web; send them block walking instead. Demand a return on your investment.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Free Dance featuring Special Guest Sandra Rodriguez

Hidalgo County Young Democrats GOTV Event

Rep. Veronica Gonzales Ladies Valentines Day Celebration and Fundraiser

2010 Democrat Candidate Public Forum

Mission High School choir students advancing to state UIL

 Mission High School (MHS) had 41 students recently compete at the UIL Region XV Vocal Solo and Ensemble contest.  39 students received 1st Division (superior) ratings for their performances and two received 2nd Division (excellent) ratings.  Of the students who received the superior rating, five also qualified to advance to the State Solo and Ensemble competition to be held in Austin in late May.  Those five students are: Victoria Vielma, Patty De La Garza (pictured front row left to right) and Stephanie Robles, Elianna Perez, Joucelyn Franco (pictured back row).

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      The MHS choir students earning high honors for their performances at the regional UIL contest are:
Bottom row (L-R):Alex Salazar, Deanna Pollard, Melissa Arce, Maria Valerio, Iris Mireles Anna Pollard, Victoria Vielma, Claudia Cueva, Patricia De La Garza, Kassandra Villarreal, Joselyn Quintero.  Middle row (L-R): Gabby Gall, Anna V. Hernandez, Cassie Pereira, Jessica Aleman, Stephanie Robles, Mariagna Nunez, Joucelyn Franco, Alez Alaniz, Megan Mercado, Crystal Castillo, Gabby Vela.  Top row (L-R): Liza McKenna, Yessica Perez, Theresa Alaniz, Julie Barrera, Ivan Cortes, JeNeva Jimenez, Danielle Valdez, Victor Alonzo, Jon Inman, Alain Escamilla, Brittany Castillo.  Not pictured are: Claudia Alaniz, Mariela Cedillo, Sabrina Hernandez, Nacho Ochoa, Elianna Perez, Zeke Chapa, Marco Jimenez, Markus Silva.
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Contact:  Craig Verley, Director of Public Relations and Marketing
1201 Bryce Drive, Mission Texas 78572

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Mission CISD Campus Teachers of the Year Announced

    Each Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) campus has announced their selection for Teacher of the Year at their school.  These top teachers have now been entered into the Mission CISD Teacher of the Year program.  It is from this program that one elementary and on secondary teacher will be selected to represent Mission CISD in the Regional Teacher of the Year contest.

      Last year, Rosa Blanton from Leal Elementary School was selected as the District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Everardo Castellano from Mission High School was the Secondary Teacher of the Year.

      The 15 elementary campus Teachers of the Year for this year are: Dolores Reyna, Alton Elementary School; Sonia Salinas, Bryan Elementary School; Fernando Perez, Cantu Elementary School; Roxann Martinez, Castro Elementary School; Yvonne Perez, Cavazos Elementary School; Gracie Rodriguez, Escobar/Rios Elementary School; Elizabeth Adkins,Leal Elementary School; Eduardo Martinez, Marcell Elementary School; Sandra Rios, Midkiff Elementary School; Sara McCormick, Mims Elementary School; Norma Garcia,Newcomers Academy; Antonio Urrabazo, O'Grady Elementary School; Lauro Flores, Pearson Elementary School; Nancy Cardenas, Salinas Elementary School; Nora (Terry) Gomez,Waitz Elementary School.

      The seven secondary campus Teachers of the Year are: Mary Solis, Alton Memorial Jr. High School; Norma Carrera, K. White Jr. High School; Val Rossi, Mission Jr. High School; Belinda Hinojosa, R. Cantu Jr. High School; Josefina (Josie) Flores, Mission High School; Liz Montes, Veterans Memorial High School; Miguel Fraire, Roosevelt Alternative School.

      Each of these 22 teachers is now filling out a questionnaire used in the Texas Teacher of the Year program.  The questionnaires will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected from the community.  These judges will make the final selection of the two teachers to represent Mission CISD in the regional competition.  The judges' decision will be announced at a special Teacher of the Year luncheon to be held on National Teacher Day, May 4.  Each campus Teacher of the Year will also be honored by the district administration and Board of Trusteesduring this special luncheon.

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Contact:  Craig Verley, Director of Public Relations and Marketing

1201 Bryce Drive, Mission Texas 78572

Office: (956) 323-5530•Fax: (956) 323-8103

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