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Chamber Chatter
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 • Posted May 26, 2010

Hello from the Mason County Chamber of Commerce. We are starting once again to write monthly articles to keep you, the readers, updated on things happening at the Chamber of Commerce.

Our spectacular wildflower season has kept us busy. We had over 1500 visitors come into the Chamber the month of April and numerous calls and emails wanting information on where the best drives, trails and loops were. We had a great group of wildflower advocates that were sending many visitors our way. We truly appreciate them all, especially Mr. Rick Smith from the San Angelo Standard, who went above and beyond.

Our visitors seemed very impressed with Mason’s beauty and hospitality and will make it a priority to visit again soon.

The board of directors invited our new City Administrator, John Palacio and Mayor, Brent Hinckley to our May meeting to become more acquainted and discuss the important relationship between the chamber and the city. We came up with a few plans that should make our relationship much stronger and, in turn, be able to promote Mason and it’s businesses much better. We enjoyed the visit and got a lot of questions answered. We thank John and Brent for taking their time to meet with us and appreciate their kindness and enthusiasm. We look forward to working together as a team.

The Chamber has cooperatively joined forces with Comanche Creek Golf Course, Hill Country Inn, A Storybook Cottage, Apple Cottage, Bickenbach Guesthouse, Ft. Mason Outpost, Little Red Retreat, The Strand Haus and Sisters Catering to help promote a rural golf tour that is featuring our local golf course. The focus is to bring golfers and their families to Mason to play a few games of golf and then relax in the Hill Country visiting our local businesses, lodging facilities, restaurants and attractions. The website promoting Texas Tee Golf is still under construction, but you can visit and track its progress at.

We are currently in the process of restoring 2 small replicas of Ft. Mason. They were, at one time, featured on one of the Round-Up floats. They would be ideal for little historic playhouses once they are complete. We may have an auction or raffle to give them a home at an upcoming event, but have not solidified a decision yet.

The Mason COC now has candle souvenirs. These are wickless soy candles that will smell up to 15 weeks. They have a picture of the beautiful courthouse on the front and are packaged in the perfect size travel tin for a Mason keepsake. Please come by the office and check them out. They sell for only $7.50 with a portion of their proceeds going to research ‘Cri du Chat’ syndrome.

We are gearing up for Round-Up Rodeo Weekend. Applications for parade entry and Jackass Race entry will be going out soon. I also have them available at the Chamber of you can request and electronic copy of either by emailing

This years Jackass race will have a new addition. We will be holding "The Best Jack in Town" contest which the winner will be asked to dress up from head to toe in donkey gear and be one of the participants in the Jackass Race. YOU GOT IT! Your favorite Jack or Jackette will be putting on a show while galloping around the courthouse square in a donkey costume. About one month before Round-Up Rodeo Weekend the nominations will begin. Start a campaign, round up friends and start thinking of who you would like to see dress up as a donkey and compete in the race. The Jack or Jackette with the most donations made within that month will be the "winner". The only way to keep yourself from winning is to donate to another Jack or Jackette or match the monies that were assigned to you to remove yourself from the race. Come on, it will be fun! Get your wheels turning and look for more details in the paper coming soon!

We have a new face at the Chamber! Dakota Wawrzyniak will be working part time to help out with the busy summer months and activities. Dakota is a 2010 graduate from Mason ISD and is very active in the tennis program.

Please know that the Chamber is here to try to help in any way. Members, if you have any brochures, cards, or advertisements, please bring them by or email them to help us promote your business or organization. Keep us updated with your happenings and we will do our best to circulate and promote the information.

Please contact the Chamber with any questions or concerns at 325-347-5758 or email us at

Have a great week!

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