Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fireworks, too

The deadline is noon tomorrow — Friday, June 27 —to order your tickets to Wharton Chamber Night at the Sugar Land Skeeters. The game will be played Friday night, July 12. There will be a fireworks show after the game at Constellation Field. Call us (979-532-1862) to get your tick-ets. Tickets are just $8 each.

Party Under the Bridge: Amanda Gonzales, who is coordinating this event, posted a question on the chamber Facebook page: What food trucks would you like to see at the Second Annual Party Under the Bridge? You answered. Some 30 suggestions. She will try to deliver on those that got the most votes. The Party Under the Bridge will be Thursday, Oct. 24, at Dino-saur Park, though I am not sure how to spell the word “dinosaur”. (BTW: Find us on Facebook at

Seventh Annual Membership Appreciation Fish Fry: Members should get their tickets in the mail within the next week. It will be Thursday, Aug. 22.

Second Annual Snow on the Square: We absolutely will be having this event. Why? We just signed the contract with the company that will deliver at least t20,0000 pounds of snow to us on Friday, Dec. 20. We would like to hire more pounds of snow, and some more amenities, but that will depend if we have sufficient contributions or sponsors. Help!

Thank you. Wharton accomplishes more together than apart.

—Ronald K. Sanders

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Skeeters, golf, parties, snow, parade, fish, and more

We are heading into another busy season of chamber events and activities.
It’s Chamber Night at the Sugar Land Skeeters on Friday, July 12. There will be fireworks after the game, too. Come by the chamber office to buy your ticket. They are just $8 apiece.
Planning is under way for the 11th Annual Wharton Chamber Golf Tournament. Thanks to all of our supporters, last year’s tournament set a record. Abby King, past board chair, is tournament chair once again. The tournament will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at Wharton Country Club.
The 7th Annual Membership Appreciation Fish Fry will be Thursday, Aug 22 (new date!), at the KC Hall. We will be mailing two complimentary tickets to each chamber members.
We are about to start making all the plans for the Second Annual Party Under the Bridge, which will be Thursday, Oct. 24. Thank you to Paul and Cindy Webb for being our underwriters.
Now, let’s go to even later in the year, to the holiday season. We will have our 39th Christmas Holiday Parade on Tuesday, Nov. 26; our 12th Annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, Dec. 6; and our 2nd Annual Snow on the Square on Friday, Dec. 20.
Thank you! We do this together. We cannot do it apart.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Yes, thank you

This is the blog of the big “thank you.”
As we get things done around here, it can’t get done without an army of volunteers. 
Do I say thank you enough? No. So, here is a partial list of the volunteers who should be thanked very often.
John and Jane Bard. Jane was the first chair of the wine festival. John and Jane  conceived and have lead the Citywide Garage Sale every year since inception, for more than a decade. Thank you.
Michael Limas. He is our chamber board chair. He also chaired the 100th anniversary banquet. He leads. He leads with enthusiasm and smarts. Thank you.
Amy Morales. She conceived and executed the Texas Salsa Showdown and many other chamber events. She gives her all. She helps the chamber in so many ways. Her work on the wine festival a couple years ago clearly opened a window into what is possible. Thank you.
Abby King. She is a past board chair who continues to chair our annual golf tournament. Organized is her middle name. She is someone you can count on. It’s hard work to keep up with her hard work. Thank you.
Linda King. She has been involved in the chamber for years, and chaired the wine festival for many years. She gets it done. She’s made of tough material. You can count on her. Thank you.
Danny Moses. Danny, we have not forgotten you. Danny conceived and executed the golf tournament for many years, before Abby took over. Thank you. 
Mary Lee Ondrias. Do you know whose idea was to do a wine fair in the first place? It was hers. Thank you.
Our chamber board committee chairs, Stacie Hoyt, Jacob Roberson, Kaytee Cenko and Bill Wallace. They are the future. They take their responsibility seriously. Thank you.
And the rest of the chamber board, Chad Faucett, Traci Knight, Laura Reyna, Fred Johnson, Steven Roberts, Cody Sweat, Melanie Carlson, and Jacob Hinze. Thank you.
And last but not least, a great chamber staff, Kim Peikert, Victoria Heffner, and Amanda Gonzales. Thank you.
For those of you who think or wish this blog installment is my swan song, forget it. Lesson of the day: You don’t need to be smart, you just have to learn from people who are smart. Thank you.