Chamber news and updates are shared below. Check this page for minutes from Chamber board and member meetings, future plans, and helpful news and resources from area partners.
Looking back, the 2020 International Festival of Owls was Houston's last big hurrah for the year. As you know, many events following looked different or just didn't happen at all.
The Lawn Chair Concert Series, Houston Hoedown, craft fairs, and the Chamber's annual Block Party were cancelled, but we were able to enjoy a virtual Root River Triathlon experience for the first time in the event's history, do some distanced business trick or treating over Halloween, and watch City Park light up for the holiday season.
Overall, we admit the year was pretty quiet, but we'd still like to recognize a few great developments and accomplishments:
Chamber became the fiscal agent of the Houston Hollidazzle.
We received multiple crisis marketing grants through Explore Minnesota to help stimulate tourism where possible.
We created a 2020 Senior Recognition program for mini awards to Houston High School's graduating class.
We may not have had a Lawn Chair Concert Series, but we were able to help Sponsor Mollie B. and the Jim Busta Band for a performance at Valley View Nursing Home.
In lieu of funds being used on other events, we donated $1,000 to the Houston Food Shelf for supplies to be purchased from Houston businesses.
Going into the next year, here are just a few things in the works:
Update our Houston brochures to support the increase in visitors Houston Nature Center and area outdoor recreation opportunities have seen,
Look at fundraising options for the Chamber and to support Houston's new community center,
Explore virtual events and other online opportunities to showcase Houston,
Continue to support tourism and feature our businesses and organizations in area publications and online.
Board meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month unless scheduling conflicts arise. Meetings are open to the public and members are encourages to attend. As of now, meetings are generally held virtually; contact the Chamber to request a meeting link.
January 2020 - All Member Meeting
February 2020 - Special Meeting for Approval of Bylaws Updates
February 2020 - Board Meeting
March 2020 - Meeting Cancelled
April 2020 - Board Meeting
May 2020 - Board Meeting
June 2020 - Board Meeting
July 2020 - Board Meeting
August 2020 - Meeting Cancelled
September 2020 - Board Meeting
October 2020 - Board Meeting
November 2020 - Board Meeting
December 2020 - Board Meeting
January 2021 - Meeting Cancelled
February 2021 - Board Meeting