Chamber Chat: Aztec announces new board member

Vangie Garza Neil
Aztec Chamber of Commerce
Vangie Garza Neil

Board appointment

The Aztec Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert J. Taylor to our board of directors.

Rob is the administrator of Good Samaritan Society – Four Corners Village in Aztec, licensed Nursing Home Administrator, director of an 86-bed skilled nursing facility, 12-unit assisted living and 12 independent living apartments. Rob holds a master's degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., as well as a master's degree in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, Atlanta, Ga.

The appointment follows our announcement to add board members to the chamber as part of our strong commitment to support growth in the community.

On behalf of the Aztec Chamber of Commerce, we welcome and congratulate Mr. Taylor on his appointment.

Chamber office

Moving to a new location does not come easy but our delays have become a blessing for the chamber. Recently our internet was connected as well as our phone system and donated furniture was delivered to the new site. Our goal is to offer our members Wi-Fi services, offices to hold meetings, work areas, copying services and an array of other services. We will keep you posted to let you know when our doors will open.

The time has now come to move the contents from the old location at the Visitor’s Center to our new location in Downtown Aztec. We anticipate a move sometime in November. If you are interested in lending a helping hand call the chamber at 505-334-7646 or look for the chamber newsletter for the moving date. Your assistance will be greeted with open arms! Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Aztec sparkles

For the past two years Aztec Sparkles has been an overwhelming success helping to bring new business to downtown Aztec along with increased sales. This year Aztec Sparkles will take place Dec. 10 with many other events taking place Dec. 8 through 10!

Our Santa Dash brought out participants to our first annual run last year and what a sight it was.  The flash of red and white running (and walking) down Main Street was greeted with excitement as 99 participants dressed in Santa costumes raced each other for the win. This year we hope to top 100! For more information on the Santa Dash visit the Aztec Chamber of Commerce newsletter and/or website. You can also download the application to enter the race.

We are already planning hay wagon rides and other amusement for all ages. If you are an artisan, skilled in arts and crafts, or have something unique to offer to sell, we invite you to participate in this Four Corners “Holiday” Destination! You can also download the vendor application from our website or newsletter.

Other events include the Boys & Girls Club Festival on Dec. 8, the Evening of Lights on Dec. 9, and also on Dec. 9 is the Aztec Library’s Holiday Event, and don’t forget the parade! We are in need of many volunteers. If you possess creative talents, organizational skills, if you are a worker bee, or if you have time on your hands to contribute to this festive event, visit our website or look for your November chamber newsletter for more information. Don’t forget, there will be no cancellations due to weather!

Annual banquet

The Chamber will hold its Annual Banquet April of 2017 with a location to be announced in December. As we begin to plan for this event we will celebrate Aztec’s 2016 heroes with the presentation of awards to our Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, and Citizen of the year as well as bring our membership together and share 2016 accomplishments.

As with any event, birthing a successful one takes approximately nine months to complete the planning, coordination and staging. It does take a village to stage this banquet and our needs are great. If you are interested in working on the meal planning, decorations, entertainment, sponsorships, table sales, our Aztec Hero Awards, and/or the silent and live auction, contact the chamber at (505) 334-7646. Committees are open to anyone interested in volunteering their time. Thank you in advance for your time and commitment to continue to help the chamber grow.

Ribbon cuttings

We are pleased to announce that we have several ribbon cuttings planned for November. If you are a chamber member and wish to join the board to acknowledge and welcome new members, call (505) 334-7646 to learn about times and locations for these events.

Was this interesting to you? If so, please share this with your friends, co-workers and nonmembers to offer them an opportunity to learn more about the Aztec Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for helping Aztec “move forward!”

A special thank you to all our members for your continued support and don’t forget to “Shop Local!”

Vangie Garza Neil is the vice president of the Aztec Chamber of Commerce.