September 2016  


Dear Alamo NACE,

This is an exciting time for us!  This month we will open up nominations for the 2017-2018 Alamo NACE Board of Directors.  Are you passionate about the future of the local chapter?  Do you want to get involved and have a larger voice when it comes to fundraising, programs and educational planning?  If you said yes, then we encourage you to nominate yourself or a friend who you think would like to serve as a leader for the Alamo Chapter.  A formal call for nominations will go out later this month immediately following our September 13 meeting.  Begin thinking about who you think would be great candidates and encourage them to run for a seat on the 2017-2018 Board. 

We have a great month planned for you in September.  We will host our next meeting in a brand new venue, Magnolia Halle.  Alamo NACE will be the official first event in the venue!  You do not want to miss seeing this gorgeous new venue just outside of I-10 off Huebner Road.  Our speaker, Sheila Dunn will be enlightening us on marketing strategies relevant to today’s bridal market on September 13.  Then, later this month, we will hold our 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle on September 22 at Granberry Hills.  Join us for a high energy evening with food, drinks and live entertainment brought to you by the best lip syncers in town!  Your vote will matter, so come support your friends as they compete to take home the coveted trophy!

Hope to see you this month!

Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Upcoming Meetings



September NACE - Is Your OLD Message Reaching NEW Brides?

September 13, 2016
5:30PM - 9:00PM
Magnolia Halle
10319 Huebner Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78340


With nearly 20 years of experience marketing to South Texas brides, Sheila Dunn is a regular speaker at Bridal Show Producers International, Wedding Market Expo and American Marketing Association. At the September Meeting, you will learn insights on how to be up to date on current marketing trends for brides, and learn how to stay on message with today's brides and best ways to communicate to them.

Join us at San Antonio's newest event venue - Magnolia Halle! This urban barn is settled on over 3 acres and is full of amenities including a beer garden, patio and fire pits. Come see it!

Program Flow

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

6:45pm - 7:30pm
Opening Annoucements

7:30pm - 8:15pm
Education Program

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

Register by Friday, September 9th 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


This September, NACE Cares will be collecting for Guardian House. Guardian House protects children in San Antonio whose parents are going through divorce, separation or family conflict by providing monitored exchanges, supervised visitation, parenting education and counseling. Let's help get them some great items for their children's playroom, office and clients. Bring your donations to Magnolia Halle.


Thanks to Our Sponsors:


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NACE Cares

This September, NACE Cares will be collecting for Guardian House. Guardian House protects children in San Antonio whose parents are going through divorce, separation or family conflict by providing monitored exchanges, supervised visitation, parenting education and counseling. Let's help get them some great items for their children's playroom, office and clients. Bring your donations to the September meeting at Magnolia Halle. Here's a few items that the kiddos at Guardian House could use:


Children Playroom Needs: DVDs, flat screen TVs (23"+), Wii games, board games, art supplies, puzzles, toys, 

sports equipment, outdoor toys (dump truck, wagon), riding toys/bicycles

Client Incentives: bus tickets, gift cards, snacks, bottled water

Office Needs: white and colored copy paper, locking filing cabinets, supply cabinet, organizational supplies, 

batteries (AA & AAA), Home Depot/Office Depot gift card




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Fundraising News

Upcoming FUN-Raisers


The most fun FUN-Raiser of 2015 is BAAAACK! Join us for the 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle Fun-Raiser on Thursday, September 22 at Granberry Hills. Sign up today to "sing" your heart out for the coveted trophy and bragging rights. Contact Fundraising Director, Stephanie Olivares to be an event sponsor OR sign up to battle. 

Members and guests pay only $35. Registration includes admission to the event, food from Saltgrass Steakhouse, drink tickets and vote tokens.  Click here to get your tickets TODAY! 

The Rules: The rules are simple.  There will be a maximum of 12 Lip Sync Performers.  All acts will perform during the preliminary round, with the top 4 performers selected by audience vote performing in a final round which will determine the winner of the entire contest. 

The Votes: Every person that attends the Lip Sync Battle will receive five voting coupons in which to vote for your "lip syncer" of choice.  Additional coins may be purchased for $1 for one vote or $5 for 6 votes. Additional votes may be purchased in advance or at the event.

All proceeds benefit the Alamo Chapter of NACE to raise funds for us to continue to provide educational experiences, great monthly programs, speakers and scholarships for our members to attend the annual Experience! Conference.

Thanks to our Amazing Sponsors:





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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!

Welcome to the NACE Family!

  • Rose Taylor with Plaza Club
  • Deborah Ayala with Tobin Center Catering


Congratualtions on September Anniversaries!

  • Miguel Perez with Aramark at St. Mary's University - 13 years
  • Barbara Gabaladon with Hilton Palacio del Rio - 7 years
  • Nicole Maldanado with Guenther House - 5 years
  • Christina Alavardo-Morales with Great Events & Rentals - 4 years
  • Amelia Nieto with San Fernando Cathedral - 3 years
  • Micki Moore with Allied PRA - 2 years
  • Lara Smedley with Valero Alamo Bowl - 1 year
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Calendar of Events


Top Catering & Beverage Innovations with Paula Fenner & Zach Byther

October NACE Meeting

October 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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 a National Account Manager at Republic National Distributing Company, the 2nd largest Fine Wine and Spirits Distributor in the U.S. Zach has been working with the hotel, catering, and event businesses for over 5 years. 

Paula and Zach will talk about how a caterer and a beverage professional can partner to create exciting menu pairings, drink development, batched cocktails, craft  beer and wine bars along with wine and spirits on tap.  You will also learn the newest trends in Catering.  Get creative to win more business consistently!

October's meeting will be hosted at the Wyndham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk. If you haven't had a chance to see this fantastic hotel near the Pearl, now is your opportunity! Boasting a 4,000 square foot ballroom and beautiful outdoor terrace space, this gem is a must see. Goen South will be providing the beautiful decor and floral and Mark Thomas Photography will provide the photos. 

Tickets available soon! 


Thanks to our meeting sponsors:   




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Monthly Meeting Recap

The August meeting was held at the beautiful McNay Museum in the Leeper Auditorium. Catering was provided by True Flavors Catering team and it was absolutely fantastic. Our speaker for the evening was Leah Hawthorne with Dine Like a Dipolmat--a detailed training which helps prepare guests for world class dining experiences. We hope that all attendees learned a few tricks and will take that expertise back to your front line staff. Thanks to the McNay staff for providing an enjoyable experience. Thanks also to Great Events and Rentals and Goen South for setting up the beautiful room, complete with linen, silverware, chargers and dramatic centerpieces. 

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 August Meeting sponsors!




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Alamo NACE Chapter President’s Gala News


Plans are underway for the 11th Annual NACE President's Gala. This year we will be celebrating and entertaining the troops with The Victory Tour Canteen. The event venue and caterer have been selected and we are proud to announce that this year's gala will take place at The Scottish Rite Theatre and Grand Ballroom. The caterer selected for this year is none other than Page Barteau Catering. We cannot wait to see what kinds of delicious dishes Page and her team will whip up! 

"The Victory Tour Canteen" is throwback to the 1940s when the USO would entertain troops before going off to war. This year's gala is going to be all about entertaining the troops of Alamo NACE. So save the date, Thursday, November 10, 2016. Speaking of saving the date, keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks as a special correspondence is on the way!

Interested in donating your services for the gala? Care to sponsor the Bar or Entertainment? For more information, check out the sponsorship options attached, or contact Gala Chairperson, Sarah James,, (210) 518-1051. 



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Chapter Board

Nominations for the Alamo NACE 2017-2018 Board of Directors will be accepted after the September 13 meeting at Magnolia Halle and will be accepted until October 1. If you would like to nominate a candidate for the Alamo NACE Board of Directors, you must be a current Alamo NACE member in good standing. A formal call for nominations will be sent after the September meeting with the job descriptions and a nomination form. 

Once we have received all of the nominations forms, the Nominations Committee will reach out to prospective Board of Director nominees and discuss their nomination. At the October monthly meeting, the candidates for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors will be announced and a vote will take place. Only members in good standing will be eligible to vote. 

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