June 2015  


June is commonly known as the wedding month. Have you ever wondered why? There are a few reasons. The first is because of the Roman goddess Juno who was the protector of women in all aspects of life, especially marriage and childbearing. June is popular also because of the temperate, sunny, warm weather...obviously these folks have never been to a June wedding in Texas!! The last reason June is historically the most popular month for weddings is strange, to say the least. Way back when, people would take an "annual bath" around the months of May and June. Many young couples decided to take advantage of that sweet smell of opportunity and get hitched! Rumor has it, the bride also carried a bouquet of fresh flowers to hide her body odor. Whatever your favorite tradition is, we wish all of our NACE members and partners success in this most popular wedding month.  

Check out what's going on this month in the Alamo NACE Chapter news!


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Welcome New Members

Let's celebrate the June anniversaries of current members:
  • Angie Forrest with Anthony Armstrong Agency- 7 years
  • Shannon Dewey with PSAV- 2 years
  • Gloria Pais with The Party Staff- 2 years
  • Brady Yecker with Brady's Bloomin Barn- 2 years
  • Donna Kahn with Simply Magnolious Catering- 2 years
  • Ditto Sturchio- 1 year
  • David Martinez with Iron Cactus- 1 year
  • Kimberly Straughan with Barriba Cantina & County Line- 1 year
  • Mesha Millsap with Pearl Brewery- 1 year
  • Lindsay Holliday with Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls- 1 year

Membership Referral Savings!

Is your Alamo NACE membership coming up for renewal? Want to save $50? It's easy, REFER A FRIEND! For every person a NACE member refers, they will receive $50 off their renewal.  If you refer enough friends, it is entirely possible to pay for your entire membership through referrals! Have questions? Email our Membership Director, Traci Maricle for more details!


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Monthly Meeting Recap

Thanks to the DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Airport for hosting the June meeting and thanks to Goen South for providing the beautiful table arrangements. For June, member photography company Moments & Milestones Wedding Planning and Photography took some great photos of the meeting. For event photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page and make sure to tag yourself! The total estimated value of the June meeting was $7,963 and the value of the meal including appetizer, entree, drinks and bar was estimated at $132.76 per person. Wow! What a value!!!

Lastly, a special thanks goes to our wonderful speaker Robert Felder for engaging and enlightening NACE members and guests with exciting ways to recharge our enthusiasm. Robert's infectious enthusiam and zest for selling the hospitality and tourism industry gives us all something to strive for. 

Thank you to our June Partners:



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Experience! News

THERE IS STILL TIME! Register now for the NACE Experience! 2015 Conference and Expo!  Be a part of the most premier industry event in the nation, featuring world renown speakers, the best in trends and techniques, and valuable networking opportunities to help drive your business.  Register Here!

The Experience! Conference will have two great keynote speakers--Colin Cowie presenting "New Trends in Design" and Jackie Huba who will present "Loyalty Lessons from Lady Gaga." These two are just the beginning! We will also enjoy educational sessions from David Caruso, Doug Sandler, Kate Patay and many other NACE rock stars! To take a peek at the events, speakers and sessions, click here for the mini brochure. 

If you will be attending, please let Michelle Moon, Alamo Chapter President, know so that she can request to have you seated with the Alamo Chapter of NACE at the Awards Gala on Tuesday, July 14.  Email her at

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Meetings - Save the Date!

July Meeting- ISES/NACE/AAHA Industry-Wide Family Fun Day    



Sunday, July 19, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Rio Cibolo Ranch
1101 Ulrich Road
Marion, TX 78124


Join us on Sunday, July 19th for the ISES/NACE/AAHA Industry-Wide Family Fun Day at Rio Cibolo Ranch! The Family Fun Day festivities start at 1:00 PM and include a Western Round-Up meal with brisket and BBQ chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, and beans. For dessert we'll have icy cold watermelon slices and crispy sugared bunelos with whipped cream, strawberries & chocolate sauce! There will be games, river barge rides, air bounce, roll-a-rope, hay rides, country music, dancing, a photo booth and fun for the whole family. Tickets are $35 for adults and teens and $20 for children ages 6-12. Children under 5 are free. Registration at the door is $40 for adults/teens and $20 for children. To purchase tickets, click here!



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Gala News

10th Annual Presidents Gala RFP Winner!

The NACE Gala Committee is proud to announce this years' caterer for our Gala this fall - Fresh Horizons Catering. Remember to save the date November 10th to experience this year's theme - "Bienvenue a Versailles" An Evening of Parisian Elegance. Thanks to all who submitted their bid for the gala this year! Interested in donating your services for the gala? Email Sarah James at for information              


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Membership Referral

Elite. Exclusive. Top-Knotch. Upper Class. Out of this world. World-Class. Choice. Super-duper.

These are all words that describe the Alamo NACE Members. The Alamo NACE Membership is comprised of event professionals, photographers, venue managers, caterers, decor specialists, bar services, audio visual companies, event planners and more! We love our members and we want to share the love by providing a list of those members to our friends and colleagues. Attached is a list of Alamo NACE members broken down by each business category. Use this to reach out to potential vendors and future business partners. Share the love and the business and refer an Alamo NACE member today!

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Community Service

ALAMO NACE CARES is an initiative for NACE Members to make a positive impact in their community through contributions to local organizations. The goal is simple…give. As Event Professionals and Caterers, our members love to give back.  Giving is easier than ever when you bring your item to your NACE meetings each month. Bring your item, support your community. As an added bonus - you'll get a raffle ticket for every item you bring! For more information, contact Micki Moore at!


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Thank you to everyone that donated items to the NACE Cares donation drive for the months of March, April & May. Our generous membership donated over 62 pounds of food for the San Antonio Food Bank in March and over $200 worth of snack items, toiletries and goodies for the Soldiers Angels program in April & May. 




We will not be collecting donations at the July meeting at Rio Cibolo Ranch as it is a joint event with ISES & AAHA. Please hang on to your donation items and bring them to the August meeting at The Tobin Center. 

August 11th Meeting – School Supply DriveItems to include: notebook paper, #2 pencils, pens, folders, notebooks, School bags/backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, youth scissors, washable markers, dividers, box of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, supply boxes.


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Fundraising News

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015


Major FUNdraising event at Howl at the Moon. More details to come! 




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