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					         May 2006

Dog Days
    May’s luncheon speaker
    runs Guide Dogs of Texas
   The executive director of Guide Dogs of
Texas will address Chamber members at the
May luncheon on the training and skills of
guide dogs for the vision impaired.
   A native Texan, Michael Mason began Guide
Dogs of Texas, Inc., in 1989, following his
retirement after a 28-year career with the state’s
Department of Human Services.
   The luncheon is Wednesday, May 3, at
Water Street Oyster Bar in Lincoln Heights.
Networking begins at 11:30 with the lunch
and Mason’s address to follow at noon.
   A graduate of Lamar University, Mason
incoporated Guide Dogs of Texas on
Valentine’s Day in 1989 and received certifica-
tion as a non-profit organization in June of
that year.
   Administrative offices and the training
annex are located here in San Antonio, Texas.
The first two years were devoted to creating
working relationships with local blind service
organizations and developing the Puppy
Walker Program (raising puppies from 8 weeks
                                                           Bob Burney helps a contestant with the “high striker” at the Chamber’s booth
to 14 months of age).
                                                                       at Alamo Heights Night at the beginning of Fiesta
   The second phase consisted of raising suffi-
cient funds to hire a professional Guide Dog
Mobility Instructor (GDMI) from one of the            Chamber’s newsletter offers advertising bargains
guide dogs schools in the U.S. Until an instruc-
                                                         If you’re looking for an affordable way to   reach more than 100 businesses and their
tor was hired, dogs graduating from the Puppy
                                                      promote your services to an audience of like-   executives on a monthly basis.
Walker program were donated to Guide Dogs
                                                      ly customers, you’ve found it.                    For further information, please contact
of America in California. Those dogs were used
                                                         The Chamber’s Update newsletter offers       Michelle Eastman at pakmailsanantonio
                              Continued on Page 3     space at reasonable rates, allowing you to or call her at 804-1725.

Page 2                                            Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce                                      Update/May 2006

     Members introduced to ‘barter shop’

    Speaker Cheryl Knox of Tradebank             Victoria Rich of Prime Time Newspapers visits    Licensed Professional Counselor Michelle
     International with new member                      with President-Elect Steve Hays          Vasquez, left, with Polly Welmaker, owner of
  Robert Potter of Lone Star Capital Bank                  of Steven Hays Insurance                 Bella Villa Home Furnishings Market

                      Trading Places
 The Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce members at April’s
   luncheon learned about barter/exchange programs from
     Cheryl Knox, who owns the San Antonio franchise of
                  Tradebank International.

In photo at right, Brian Cisarik of Austin Highway Self Storage,
                   does a little networking with
         Debbie Myers of Deborah Myers Real Estate,
          and Bill Wittman of Primetime Newspapers

   Michelle Vasquez visits with one of the         AHCC Board members Beverly Moore, left,       Real estate professionals Bette King of King
     Chamber’s most senior members,                      and Barbara Henderson                   Realtors and Amy Massey of Deborah Myers
             Barbara Mansell                                                                        Real Estate engage in some shop talk

                                               BUSINESS SUCCESS TIP FOR May
 1) Network constantly. Be on the lookout wherever you go for            2) Find an efficient way of communicating with established and
 potential business associates and people who can give advice, assis-    potential customers, including E-mail, fax, voice mail, or post.
 tance, or funding; and be ready for them to call on you for the         Utilize your preferred method to make business transactions and
 same.                                                                   also for appreciation notes and perks.
Update/May 2006                                        Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce                                                                               Page 3

Board solicits your input                                                                                               June speaker helps
on speakers, other issues                                                                                               find college funds
                                                                                                                           The Chamber’s June speaker will discuss
By David Clapp                                       everything. Thanks                                                 ways to approach the cost of college fund-
President                                            to everyone who                                                    ing.
  The Board of Directors met April 12,               helped work the                                                       Alisa LeSueur is an independent business
2006. We will continue to find the best              booth: Birdie San-                                                 owner who was previously involved in the
available speakers for our monthly lunch-            chez, Steve Hays,                                                  sale of securities. During the course of her
eons. As a matter of fact, we encourage the          Jeff Carrell, Lara                                                 career she has discovered that most people
membership to offer suggestions. Some of             Thompson, Char-                                                    are overwhelmed by the task of funding a
                                                                                David Clapp
our members may not have received a mem-             lie Gerdes, Angela                                                 college education. For most, it seems to
bership plaque. This is an oversight and if          McFadin, Bill Wittman, Dea McCall, Jose                            jump on them unexpectedly; so much so
those affected will let Birdie know, we will         Calvillo and Cecily Macdonald.                                     that they consumea personal savings, then
get that plaque to you right away.                      Helping is not only good for our                                try to recover right before their retirement.
  The board reevaluated the annual budget            Chamber, but it’s also good for you. In the                           That’s why Alisa created ICS College
in light of Alamo Heights Night. The rental          course of helping out we naturally get to                          Funding. She consults with families to cre-
of a “high striker” was approved for use at          know each other more closely. We also                              ate customized strategies for financial aid.
our booth. Remember, that’s the carnival             develop better contacts for our pipeline of                        Alisa has made it her mission to help every
device that you hit with a large mallet to dis-      business. The more you know someone the                            family find the money to pay for college.
play your strength to either your girl friend        better that contact, or eventually, that cus-                      She is a Certified College Planner and a
or the adoring crowd. Nonetheless, this              tomer. One more thing, customers will fire                         member of the National Institute of
venue proved to be a smashing success.               you from time to time, friends never fire                          Certified College Planners and National
  Bob Burney did a great job coordinating            you.                                                               Alliance of Financial Aid Practitioners.

Two more firms join                                  Guide dogs on agenda AHCHC hosts Mixer
  The Chamber is pleased to introduce two            Continued from Page 1                                                 Alamo Heights Chiropractic Health
new members.                                                                                                            Center will host the Chamber’s May mixer.
                                                     to fulfill the school’s waiting list and were
  Please welcome:                                                                                                       Since 1985, Dr. Sandra Carrell has grown
                                                     not returned to Texas.
                                                                                                                        her business because of her ability to adapt
                                                        In 1997 Guide Dogs of Texas hired its
SeniorBridge                                                                                                            to changing demands. More than a clinic
                                                     first guide dog mobility instructor from the
Contact Person: Philip Dooling                                                                                          practicing chiropractic therapy, AHCHC is
                                                     Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in
4040 Broadway, Suite 522 • SAT 78209                                                                                    now recognized as a premier center for fit-
                                                     Britain and initiated a formal guide dog
210.822.9494                                                                                                            ness training.
                                                     training program. In order to qualify for                                                                                                  Come see the new “Power Plate.” With
                                                     one the Guide Dogs of Texas’ animals,                                                                                                    this recent acquisition you can gain more
                                                     applicants must be residents from of the
                                                                                                                        strength in just three 10-minute sessions
                                                     state of Texas, legally blind and at least 17
Lone Star Capital Bank                                                                                                  than in three hours of conventional train-
                                                     years of age when applying.
Contact Person: Robert Potter                                                                                           ing. You’ll also enjoy unbelievable increases
                                                        The first guide dog, “Harley,” was placed
1514 Austin Highway • SAT 78218                                                                                         in flexibility. Visit AHCHC at the May
                                                     in November of 1996 in the Houston area.
210.496.6116                                                                                                            Mixer (5:30-7 p.m. May 18) and learn
                                                     Since that time fourteen more dogs have                                                                                                      more about their new equipment and their
                                                     been placed with visually impaired Texans.
                                                                                                                        training expertise.

                                                                                                                         Here’s your license to save.
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Page 4                                     Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce                                     Update/May 2006

    — AHCC Calendar —                                                   Chamber Officers, Directors
         — May 2006 —                 — June 2006 —                                          President
                                                                David Clapp           Edward Jones Investments           824-0369
Monthly Luncheon                Monthly Luncheon                                          President Elect
Wednesday, May 3                Wednesday, June 7               Steven Hays         Steven Hays Insurance Agency        829-5141
Water Street Oyster Bar         Water Street Oyster Bar                                     Treasurer
Speaker: Mike Mason on          Speaker: Alisa LeSueur on       Lara Thompson           Commerce Title                   829-8991
“Big Guide Dogs of Texas”       college financing mechanisms                        Immediate Past President
Networking at 11:30 a.m.;       Networking at 11:30 a.m.;       Jeff Carrell Alamo Heights Chiropractic Health Center    828-9211
Lunch at noon                   Lunch at noon
RSVPs requested by 5 p.m.       RSVPs requested by 5 p.m.                             BOARD MEMBERS
Tuesday, May 2: 822-7027 or     Tuesday, June 6: 822-7027 or    Rick Berchin            Creative Chocolates             824-2462   Bob Burney           The Aggie Chimney Sweep            737-1534
                                                                Michelle Eastman             Pak Mail                   804-1725
Board Meeting                   Board Meeting                   Michael Flores          Huntleigh at Home               826-6969
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10     5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14    Barbara Henderson       Real Estate Investor            367-6948
Deborah Myers Real Estate       Deborah Myers Real Estate       Kari King             American Cancer Society           595-0212
1812 Nacogdoches                1812 Nacogdoches                Beverly Moore       The Heights Assisted Living         828-9396
(In the Carousel Court)         (In the Carousel Court)         Cecily Macdonald        Nautical Adventures             521-9207
                                                                Debbie Myers         Deborah Myers Real Estate          821-6441
Mixer                           Mixer                           Diane Thomas            Diane Thomas, CPA               824-8483
5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 18    5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 22   Bill Wittman          Prime Time Newspapers             823-1535
AH Chiropractic Health Center   Austin Highway Self Storage     Ed Zuzula           Alamo Heights Office Supply         822-9671
7201 Broadway, Suite 200        Hosted by Brian Cisarik
Hosted by Jeff Carrell                                                   Chamber Coordinator • Birdie Sanchez 822-7027

       P.O. Box 6141
  San Antonio, Texas 78209
     P.O. Box 6141
San Antonio, Texas 78209