04 Apr Annual Houston Metropolitan Chamber Golf Classic
Spring is here and that means it is time for the Annual Houston Metropolitan Chamber Golf Classic, May 7 at Hermann Park Golf Course, 12 pm registration, 1pm shot gun start. The first Classic was held in 1989, forty years after the Chamber organized and had their first meeting in August 1949. There is a lot of history in this event, that’s one of the reasons the Golf Committee headed by Madison Garrison and Michael Board, chose Hermann Park Golf Course, a jewel nestled in the heart of the Bayou City since 1922. After check in golfers will try their hand at the Beater Truck Contest and try to accomplish the impossible by landing their golf ball in to the truck bed.
This year will be a start studded line up for our golfers. Raquel Fatiuk, Ms. Houston, will sing the Star-Spangled Banner right before the shot gun start, NFL Player Brandon Lafell with Cincinnati Bengals will be there to sign autographs and auction sports memorabilia, the new Rugby Team, the Saber Cats will be there, along with Recording Artist Roger Creager who is playing in the tournament. Our Title Sponsor Joel Rogers Classic Chevrolet of Houston, will be there with a brand-new car or truck for the Winner of the Hole in One. Along with a silent auction, lunch and dinner, this tournament promises to be a great day for our golfers and our volunteers. Great networking opportunity for all our members and guests. There are many different levels of participation, call 713-836-8405 and find out more.
We all saw the heroes come out in our communities in droves, to help their neighbors and even strangers when the flood waters raged during hurricane Harvey. Reports are that the hurricane did 60- 70 billion dollars of damage with 9 billion in lost output. Mattress Mack, and JJ Watt, were the super stars and rightly so; they are tireless, energetic givers. What some people may not know, is how Chambers of Commerce support each other. The first call I got was from a Chamber in Jackson Heights, New York, the Queens Chamber of Commerce. They were checking on how the members of the Houston Metropolitan Chamber were coping with all the water and the destruction it brought. The second call I received was from Toms River, New Jersey from the Toms River Chamber, asking if they could help in anyway. Those calls were soon followed by Chambers from Dallas, Austin, Grapevine, Oklahoma and the Texas Association of Business. The day after Christmas, I walked in to our Chamber, to receive a huge donation from Tom Grech, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. Not one day goes by since December 26, 2017 that I don’t thank Tom Grech and the good folks in his Chamber.
Chambers are amazing and a part of the American fabric. They serve as trusted organizations that the community can reach for to become motivated, inspired, informed and connected. I am proud to be the President, CEO of the Houston Metropolitan Chamber. I am proud of the work the Chambers do.
It takes one to know one sometimes. Having owed a small business and worked for small business, you have a sense of where the small business person is coming from. When a small business is shuttered, sometimes people exclaim, ‘I can’t believe they went out of business, I haven’t been here in months and all of a sudden, they ‘re gone’. Some small businesses do go out of business because they
weren’t structurally sound in the first place, yet many close because they just don’t have the patronage.
Yearly campaigns like Small Business Saturday raise our awareness of the importance of buying goods and services from small business, however that is not enough. Join the Houston Metropolitan Chamber and support small business daily. Make it a conscious habit. Visit our directory next time you go shopping. Shop small business. If you have ideas on how to support small business and would like to share them, give us a call at 713-836-8405.