October 2016  


Dear Alamo NACE,

Happy Fall!  I don’t know about you, but I am sure enjoying these cool crisp mornings that we’ve been experiencing.  I know that October will prove to be a busy month for us all.  As we ramp up for the last quarter of the year, we are excited to be moving forward with preparations for 2017.  The first step is the membership election that will be held on October 11, 2016 during the monthly meeting. This is considered our annual mandatory membership meeting for Alamo NACE.  If you are a member, we urge you to attend as we will be voting on the Board of Directors for 2017.  We need your vote!  Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Information regarding each candidate and the positions they are running for will be provided prior to the meeting.  There WILL be contested elections for President Elect, VP of Membership and Director of Hospitality positions.  President Elect and VP of Membership are key roles that are required by NACE National and serve as the Officers for the Board of Directors.  Your vote counts.  Please plan to attend this meeting on October 11.

Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Industry News

Join ILEA San Antonio, Alamo Area Hospitality Association and Alamo NACE at the 2016 Antonian Awards on Wednesday, October 5 at Sunset Station. Alamo NACE has been nominated in two categories. Come cheer on your industry friends and family as they compete for top industry honors. Visit for more information or to get tickets. 

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Upcoming Meetings



October NACE - Food Trends: Top Catering & Beverage Innovations

October 11, 2016
5:30PM - 9:00PM
Wyndham Garden Riverwalk
103 9th Street
San Antonio, TX 78215


Join guest speakers Paula Fenner and Zach Byther at the October meeting as they discuss top food trends, catering and beverage innovations. 

Paula Fenner, CPCE is the Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Adolphus in Dallas, TX. A regular speaker at Catersource and NACE Experience, she brings her expertise direct to us in an evening that focuses on the latest food trends.  Zach Byther is the National Account Manager for Hotels with Republic National Distributing Company, and he'll chime in with his latest liquid knowledge to help make this a great "pairing" of a presentation.  Brush up on the latest your clients will be asking for at their next big event!

Program Flow

6:00pm - 6:45pm
Registration & Networking
Open Bar

6:45pm - 7:30pm
Opening Annoucements
Plated Dinner

7:30pm - 8:15pm
Education Program

8:15pm - 8:30pm
Closing Annoucements
Event Concludes

Register by Friday, October 7th at NOON to ensure your seat
Members: $35
Non-Members: $45
Walk-Ins will be taken as space allows

RSVP'S after Friday at Noon and Walk-Ins:
Members: $45
Non-Members: $55


Don't forget to bring your donation items for the October NACE Cares group, Missy's Haven San Antonio Canine Rescue. We'll be collecting dog collars, harnesses, food, treats, towels, pet pads, kiddie pools and more! (See graphic in NACE Cares section for more details)

Thanks to Our Sponsors:


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NACE Cares

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Calendar of Events


11th Annual Alamo NACE President's Gala 

November 11, 2016

Scottish Rite Theatre & Grand Ballroom

It’s November 1942 and servicemen are lining up as the doors open to the WWII Canteen Dance.  The boys have one night before they depart for their tours overseas—so it better be a night to remember! Inside you can hear the sounds of the Glen Miller Orchestra and Andrews Sisters, while the classic stars and stripes décor finishes the mood. Beautiful hostesses line the entrance to welcome soldiers, sailors and Marines. Guests of the evening will enjoy classic Americana-style food, patriotic décor and show-stopping performances. The Alamo NACE 11th Annual President’s Gala is proud to present “The Victory Tour Canteen!” 

11th Annual NACE Presidents Gala- The Victory Tour Canteen
November 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Scottish Rite Theatre and Grand Ballroom
308 Avenue E
San Antonio, TX 78205
Click here to purchase tickets TODAY!


$85.00 Member Ticket
$95.00 after 12:00 pm November 6

$85.00 Guest Ticket
$95.00 after 12:00 pm November 6

$110.00 Member Ticket VIP
$120.00 after 12:00 pm November 6

$110.00 Guest Ticket VIP
$120.00 after 12:00 pm November 6

$1,100.00 Table Sponsorship

$2,600.00 Bar Sponsorship

$5,000.00 Title Sponsor

$40.00 NACE Gala Raffle Ticket (1 Entry)

$100.00 NACE Gala Raffle Tickets (3 Entries)


Thanks to our wonderful sponsors: 


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Chapter Board

October's meeting is a mandatory annual membership meeting with the Board of Directors election to be held at the meeting. There are three board positions that are contested, President Elect, Vice President Membership and Director of Hospitality.  Votes will be cast at the October meeting and the new Board of Directors will be announced at the NACE Gala in November. Members, please do your best to attend.

Below is a list of candidates and their nominated positions for the 2017 NACE Board of Directors:

  • President nominee - Sarah James, CPCE
  • President Elect nominee - Christina Alvarado-Morales, CPCE
  • President Elect nominee - Karen Bippert
  • Vice President of Membership nominee - Traci Maricle
  • Vice President of Membership nominee - Micki Moore
  • Secretary/ Treasurer nominee - Stephanie Olivares
  • Immediate Past President nominee - Michelle Moon, CPCE
  • Director of Programs Education nominee - Carl Ziegler
  • Director of Programs Events nominee- Kimberly Straughan
  • Director of Community Service nominee - Kacie Michalek
  • Director of Marketing/Communications nominee - Jean Marie Peak
  • Director of President's Gala nominee - Sonya Villarreal
  • Director of Fundraising nominee - Amy Riggle
  • Hospitality Director nominee - Cali Kenway 
  • Hospitality Director nominee- Rebecca Newman
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Welcome New Members

At Alamo NACE, we love to celebrate! Especially when it's welcoming new members and celebrating anniversaries. Thanks for your support and congratulations on your membership!

Congratualtions to October Anniversaries!

  • Tina Sturchio with Sturchio Entertainment- 23 years
  • Maureen Riebel with Elegant Events by Maureen - 14 years
  • Sara Wilson with St. Anthony Hotel - 12 years
  • Nicole Garza with Hyatt Hill Country Resort - 10 years
  • Michelle Moon with Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - 9 years
  • Ryan Reese with Events by Reese - 6 years
  • Kelly Clemens with Saltgrass Steakhouse - 3 years



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Fundraising News


The most fun FUN-Raiser of the year took place on September 22, 2016 at the beautiful Granberry Hills Event Center. The 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle Fun-Raiser was an amazing success and we could not be more proud of our members and partners that "sung" their hearts out at the event. There were 8 total performers with 4 performers competing in the final round. The grand prize winners were the Madames for Mayhem who did two spectacular performances that blew our minds! The FUN-Raiser raised a little over $2500 for educational opportunities for the NACE Alamo Chapter. 

A big thanks also goes out to our industry celebrity judges who had the hard job of judging the superlative round. Thanks to Dan Holman President of ILEA San Antonio, Laurie Rush with the Alamo Area Hospitality Association and our very own President, Michelle Moon. 

Thanks also to our amazing sponsors and partners that pitched to make this event a success including: Granberry Hills Event Center, Saltgrass Steakhouse, Bartenders 4You, Cutting Edge Entertainment, Laurie Rush Photography, Illusions Rentals, Vision Lounge & The Lounge Concept. 

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Monthly Meeting Recap

The September meeting took place at San Antonio's newest event venue, Magnolia Halle. The beautiful venue is an urban barn settled on 3 acres with numerous patios, fire pits and an awesome beer garden. September guest speaker Sheila Dunn, informed guests on insights on how to stay current with marketing trends for brides and how to communicate effectively.  Thanks to Magnolia Halle for hosting the September meeting and providing our guests with a delicious meal. Thanks also to sponsors Reese Events Group for the beautiful decor and Sun Gold Photography for the amazing event photos. 

For more fun photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page. Make sure to tag yourself in the photos, share and like them! 

Thanks to our September Meeting sponsors!


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Alamo NACE Chapter President’s Gala News




We're looking for a few good soldiers to provide some tantalizing auction items for the 11th Annual NACE President's Gala Silent Auction. This year, we'll be doing things a little bit different. We'll have a traditional silent auction where you can bid on fabulous auction items including Staycation packages and elegant gift baskets, but we'll also be doing a fun Chinese-style auction where guests can purchase "ration" tickets to put in the bucket of an amazing prize. 

We'll also be raffling off a fun-filled trip to the "Windy City" of Chicago, IL. BONDS, aka raffle tickets, can be pre-purchased on the Alamo NACE website at We'll be selling the BONDS at the October meeting on October 11 and the Gala on November 10th.  

 The Silent Auction Donation Request letter is attached as well as the donation form. See you at the "Victory Tour" on November 10th!


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