• Committees & Volunteers

  • Committee involvement is a valuable way to create lasting connections and establish you and your business as a community leader. The Chamber provides opportunities to support the East End community, learn from peers, connect with community leaders and influencers and gain visibility for potential customers.

    If you would like to be involved directly with the Chamber, contact us for volunteer opportunities available in events, office support and marketing. To join a committee, please fill out the form available below. 

  • Membership Committee

    Chair: Kenny Barhanovich
    The Membership Committee works to recruit new members, corporate members and assist new member engagement.

    • Help recruit new members and provide leads to chamber
    • Call and welcome new members
    • Territory visits to help close leads
    • Visit inactive members as part of retention
    • Participate in membership orientation quarterly
    • Attend networking events and promote membership

    Directory Subcommittee: This is a committee works with Membership Director to secure advertisements for the directory. Committee will meet twice a month August-January and once a month February-July. Committee will meet 1 hour, once a month throughout the year and twice as a month as needed. 


    Ambassadors

    Chair: Rolando Flores, BB&T

    • This is the Public Relations Division of the Chamber with committee members attending ribbon cuttings, chamber breakfasts, luncheons, after hours and special events. Members also visit members on a regular basis to ensure membership retention. Committee will meet 1 hour, once a month throughout the year. Meeting scheduled for last Wednesday of each month.

    Luncheon Committee

    Chair: Todd Stewart
    The Luncheon Committee plans and implements Chamber Luncheons, Education Symposium and Port Appreciation Day. This committee will select a Chair Person for each luncheon and on the following:

    • Plan and review event program/timeline
    • Recommend & secure speakers
    • Solicit corporate sponsorships
    • Assist with check-in and greeting
    • Prepare updates for Board meetings
    • Solicit support from Board of Directors Committee will meet twice a month, 3 months prior to a Luncheon.

    Committee Chair will meet with staff weekly 1 month before a luncheon is to take place.  


    Golf Tournament Committee

    Chair: Andrew Arizpe 
    The Golf Tournament committee will host the 2017 Annual Golf Tournament. Board members are responsible for assisting with programming and silent auction.

    • Program – Assist with coordinating the program for the Golf Tournament. This includes selecting the venue and helping with the agenda.
    • Sponsorship – Responsible for selling 2 hole sponsor and or 1 foursome.
    • Honoree – Help select an honoree
    • Chair Selection – Help nominate and select the Committee Chair
    • Catering – Help with selecting a lunch caterer
    • Dinner cocktails – Help secure a sponsor for cocktails
    • Raffle – Help promote and sell raffle tickets 

    Silent Auction Subcommittee: This committee will be begin submitting requests for Silent Auction Items from new & existing donors, as well as current chamber members. Committee will meet 1 hour, twice a month from December/January and weekly thereafter through day of event. Committee will meet 1 hour, twice a month from December/January and monthly through day of event.


    Economic/Business Development Committee

    Chair: Sidney Lacey

    1. Economic Development /Infrastructure: Committee will assist the Chamber in its pursuit of new business and also work with existing business to develop financial incentive programs to assist with expansion in cooperation with the State of Texas, City, County and other key partners. Committee will meet 1 hour, quarterly.
    2. Business Development Committee: Committee will focus on creating business relationship, member participation and member retention. Committee will meet 1 hour, quarterly. 

    East End Celebration Committee

    Chair: Becky Rogers
    The East End Celebration committee will plan the 2017 Awards Celebration. The East End Celebration will be held at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on Friday, October 13, 2017. The celebration is held to raise funds for the Education Foundation, celebrate the Chamber, and recognize the East End Heroes in the community.

    1. Program & Logistics Subcommittee: Committee will plan the 2017 Awards Celebration. This committee will meet to determine and coordinate the catering, photography, entertainment, master of ceremonies and all day of event logistics including program of events. Will also be in charge of securing host and celebration chairs. Committee will meet 1 hour, once a month until June. Committee will meet twice a month, July through August, and weekly in September through day of event.
    2. Sponsorship/Attendance Subcommittee: This committee’s main focus will be attendance and sponsorships. In addition, this committee will contact the Sponsors of the Chamber to secure guest lists and seats. Committee will meet 1 hour once a month until June. Committee will meet 1 hour, once a month until June. Committee will meet twice a month, July through August, and weekly in September through day of event.
    3. Silent Auction Subcommittee: This committee will be begin submitting requests for Silent Auction Items from new & existing donors, as well as current chamber members. This committee will also plan, coordinate and execute the silent auction process for the day of the event. Committee will meet 1 hour, once a month until June. Committee will meet twice a month, July through August, and weekly in September through day of event.
    4. Decoration & Setup Subcommittee: Shall be in charge of planning & executing decorations for the event according to theme chosen and set budget. These committee members will serve as the host/hostess for the night of the Celebration. Committee will meet 1 hour, once a month until June. Committee will meet twice a month, July through August, and weekly in September through day of event.
    5. Nomination Subcommittee: Discuss and create criteria for East End Hero Awards. Create timeline to request nominations, decide on winners, coordinate awards, and award presentation. Meet 1 hour a month until September. Committee will meet twice a month in September and October. 

    VIVIR-Family Wellness and Career Day Committee

    Chair: Frances C. Dyess

    Committee will plan the 2017 Vivir-Family Wellness and Career Day. Vivir, founded in 2017, is a family engagement initiative that strives to showcase, promote, and encourage families to consider different approaches to careers and health to have a wholesome life.

    1. Logistics Subcommittee: Committee will plan the 2017 Vivir-Family Wellness and Career Day. Vivir is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 28. This committee will meet to determine and coordinate logistics of the event, all day of event logistics including program of simultaneous activities. Committee will meet 1 hour, twice a month until October. The Subcommittee chair will meet 1 hour, twice a month until June with the Vivir Head Committee, and weekly thereafter through day of event.
    2. Sponsorship Subcommittee: This committee’s main focus will be to assist in reaching out to local businesses interested in sponsoring Vivir communicating that we are looking to provide attendees with an experience. In addition, this committee will contact all potential and past sponsors to secure their sponsorship early. The goal is to have all major sponsors secured no later than May. Committee will meet 1 hour, twice a month until July. Committee will meet once a month, July through August, and twice a month in September through day of event. The Subcommittee chair will meet 1 hour, twice a month until June with the Vivir Head Committee, and weekly thereafter through day of event.
    3. Wellness Subcommittee: This committee will be coordinate the wellness aspect of Vivir. They will be in charge of reaching out and securing a variety of wellness booths for our festival. They shall also determine who shall receive comp vendor booths. Committee will meet 1 hour, twice a month until October. The Subcommittee chair will meet 1 hour, twice a month until June with the Vivir Head Committee, and weekly thereafter through day of event.
    4. Workforce Subcommittee: This committee’s main focus will be to determine and secure more interactive activities for the attendees in the Workforce Zone during the day hours of the festival. This committee will also be in charge of coordinating and executing all day of event logistics for the Workforce Zone. Committee will meet 1 hour, twice a month until October. The Subcommittee chair will meet 1 hour, twice a month until June with the Vivir Head Committee, and weekly thereafter through day of event.
    5. Main Stage Subcommittee: This committee’s main focus will determine and coordinate the Main Stage Experience at Vivir. Committee will meet 1 hour, twice a month until October. The Subcommittee chair will meet 1 hour, twice a month until June with the Vivir Head Committee, and weekly thereafter through day of event.
    6. Volunteer Subcommittee: This committee’s main focus will assist in the recruitment of volunteers for Vivir. In addition, they will determine the benefits we will offer to volunteers to make it more enticing to volunteers. They will also be in charge of coordinating and executing all day of event logistics for the volunteers including food, drinks, t-shirts, and volunteer schedule. Committee will meet 1 hour, once a month until May. Committee will meet twice a month, June through August, and weekly in September through day of event. The Subcommittee chair will meet 1 hour, twice a month until June with the Vivir Head Committee, and weekly thereafter through day of event.