By Lindsay Starr Platt
In the rolling hills of Florence, Belton and Temple Chamber of Commerce had a member appreciation party on Thursday at the Vineyard of Florence. More than 60 members showed up to try Texas wines and tapas
“A great collaborative mixer with Temple and Belton doing a member appreciation for us,” said Michelle Moore, member.
“This is my first time here. This is beautiful architecture and is very Tuscan looking. You could get lost in the atmosphere. It feels like you are transported to another time and place.”
“Overall this was a great success to come together as two chambers and to celebrate our members and tell them “thank you” for their memberships. This gives our members a chance to come together as East Bell County,” said Mark Arrazola, President, Belton Chamber of Commerce.
Members sipped wine and nibbled on cheese as they talked about their businesses and networked with other chamber members. The Vineyard at Florence also donated two gift bags for a raffle. Winners of the raffle were able to take home some wine and new glasses and a gift card to enjoy on their next visit to the winery.
“This is an excellent way to celebrate our collaborative chamber in a relaxed environment. Not only the location but the importance of the chambers and the vital nature of working together,” said Rod Henry, President, Temple Chamber of Commerce. “An exciting step forward.”
“I own a barbecue restaurant. Big LL’s BBQ. I am meeting a lot of people,” stated Brian Lehman.
“Staying involved and staying engaged is that what is what a chamber of commerce is all about,” commented Henry.
Many members had never been to the Vineyard of Florence, it was a great way for attendees to sample foods from the in-house restaurant. They had prepared meatballs in marinara with cheese served on bread. They also provided their “cheeseboard” which was a sampling of a wide array of cheeses, cured meats, nuts, and fruit.
“I am encouraged by the continued partnership of the Belton and Temple chambers of commerce. What a better location than the Vineyard of Florence to celebrate out Central Texas members,” said Matt Taylor, General Manager, Dead Fish Grill.