The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Harvey House in Brownwood.
The building currently houses the offices of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum, but this historical location next to the Depot was originally a restaurant offering a fine dining experience.
Opened by the Fred Harvey Company in 1914, this Harvey House was a hub of activity through World War II. The beautiful 2-story structure was renovated in the 1990's and donated to the city of Brownwood.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will be unveiling a plaque on December 15 of this year bearing the names of supporters through the Centennial Club.
To join the Harvey House Centennial Club and have a name inscribed on the plaque costs $100 and is limited to the first 100 participants. All funds raised will be put back into the preservation of the interior of the Harvey House.
Tours of the Harvey House are also available.
United Supermarkets will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, July 28th at 8:30 AM for their future location in Brownwood at 300 E. Commerce.
Representatives from United Supermarkets will be on hand to discuss their brand, the scope of the project and their timeline for completion.
Community leaders from the City of Brownwood, Brownwood Economic Development Corporation and the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will also speak during the event.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is now taking applications for the 2014/2015 class of Leadership Brownwood.
The program is dedicated to educating, developing and empowering current and future leaders for the community and motivating them to serve civic, charitable and business organizations. Spanning eight months starting in September, Leadership Brownwood is designed to increase individual and community leadership skills. The beginning retreat focuses on individual leadership styles and techniques and gives the participants and opportunity to get to know each other. Starting in October, the class then spends one day a month (typically 9 AM to 3 PM) examining specific aspects of the community such as education, area government, local business and economic development, health and human services, the criminal justice system and tourism.
Leadership Brownwood participants benefit from a broad-based education about the community in which they live and work, while developing valuable communications networks among civic, business and educational leaders. They also develop lasting friendships over the course of the year, and personal and professional skills that increase their effectiveness within their community and business environment. Businesses whose employees participate in Leadership Brownwood gain not only a knowledge of the inner workings of the city, but also personal skills that increase their effectiveness in their professional environment.
In the opening session, Dick Hammond, director of "Leadership on the Move," will facilitate class discussion of the Five Characteristics of an Effective Leader (Based on the book: The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner).
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Maurices on Friday, June 27th to welcome them to their new location in Brownwood.
Now located at 519 C West Commerce in Commerce Square, Maurices gives customers a place to express their individuality and feel good about who they are. With styles that match the budget and the occasion – and sizes 1-24 – the fashions always fit.
Brownwood Regional Medical Center officials, community and civic leaders and former patients gathered on June 26 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Walker Cancer Center in Brownwood.
The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the event and to display the newest upgrade of the Linear Accelerator.
The Walker Cancer Center was named in honor of a long time physician James B.N. Walker who practiced in Brownwood and surrounding area from 1934 until his retirement in 1968.
Walker Cancer Center is the only facility within an 80 mile radius that offers both Radiation & Medical Oncology services. After a recent upgrade to Linear Accelerator, IGRT or Image Guided Radiation Therapy is now offered. The upgrade provides a newer treatment service and the staff is pleased to be able to offer this to their patients.
Since 1994 Walker Cancer Center has provided over 24,000 Chemotherapy Treatments utilizing 6 Chemotherapy Suites and over 96,000 Radiation Treatments with the Linear Accelerator.
There are currently 18 staff members including Radiation Oncologist – Allan Cass, MD who has practiced at BRMC Walker Cancer Center since July 2001 and & Medical/Hematology Oncologist- Victor Hirsch, MD who has been practiced at BRMC since February of this year. Dr. Hirsch previously practiced at the Abilene Cancer Centers.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Tiny Tots Trunk on Friday, June 20th to welcome them to their new location in Brownwood.
Now located at 1208 Looney Street near Wal-Mart, Tiny Tots Trunk is a family owned specialty boutique for infants and toddlers to size 2T for boys and size 6/7 for girls. They also carry tween clothing for girls up to size 14-16.
Their new location offers expanded space for inventory through a variety of brands as well as custom-made items.
The Young Leaders Of Brown County will host their 2nd Annual Summer Mixer on Thursday, June 26th at the new resort style pool and cabana at the Brownwood Country Club from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Anyone living in the area between the ages of 22-35 is welcome to attend and enjoy refreshments, a game of horseshoes, music and the beautiful pool. The first 20 people to register will receive a complimentary beverage and a chance to win one of several door prizes.
This special event is presented by TexasBank, Brownwood Economic Development Corporation and the Brownwood Country Club.
The purpose of the Young Leaders Of Brown County is to provide young adults ages 22 – 35 living in the area, opportunities to network with other young leaders, establish relationships to build a career and an enjoyable lifestyle. Throughout the year the group will host special events to facilitate the development of leadership skills and partnerships with business and community leaders, necessary to grow as a young leader in the community.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will feature "Summer at Lake Brownwood" as their June luncheon topic which will outline the fun side of the lake from several different groups in the area.
The presentation will highlight the recreational opportunities available at Lake Brownwood. Presentations will feature the Lake Brownwood State Park, the Heart of Texas Baptist Camp & Conference Center and the Texas 4-H Conference Center.
The luncheon will be held Friday, June 20th at the Brownwood Country Club. The buffet opens at 11:30 AM and the program will begin at noon. Cost is $12 per person payable at the door for the lunch. The luncheon is open to chamber members and the general public.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored Western Week for the second year in a row to help promote the 51st annual Brown County Rodeo. This time honored tradition leading up to the Brown County Rodeo had slowly faded away until it was revived last year.
Businesses around the community were encouraged to decorate their buildings and storefronts to show support for the Rodeo. First, second, and third places were awarded to the “best decorated” building that was registered in the contest. Winners received a trophy and will get media recognition, a spot in the parade, and will have their names announced during the rodeo.
First place was awarded to Hamilton's (pictured above is Brenda, Cindy, Jessie, and Susan from Hamilton's receiving their award from Brownwood Chamber Tourism Director Sunni Modawell)
Second Place was awarded to Brownwood City Hall (pictured is Sunni Modawell, Brownwood Chamber Tourism Director; Emily Crawford, BEDC Executive Director and Assistant City Manager and Christi Wynn, City Secretary. Not pictured is the Brownwood Fire Department and Sunny McGinn who helped put together the decorations).