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
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 @sbcglobal.net or call her at 804-1725.
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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
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
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
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
email@example.com Come see the new “Power Plate.” With
one the Guide Dogs of Texas’ animals,
www.seniorbridge.net 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
firstname.lastname@example.org more about their new equipment and their
been placed with visually impaired Texans.
Here’s your license to save.
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Alamo Heights Branch
5631 Broadway @ Austin Highway David J. Clapp Emory Jones, AAMS discounts, you can drive off with big
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— 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
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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