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December 2013 Newsletter1


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December 2013 Newsletter1

  1. 1. Giving Thanks for you! ‘Tis the season to be thankful for our many blessings. The Fiesta® San Antonio Commission is appreciative for its hundreds of hard-working volunteers, its many marvelous members, its stunning sponsors, its fabulous Board of Commissioners, and the always awesome San Antonio community it serves. We here at the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission are grateful for you, our out- standing volunteers. Thank you for all your service in support of all we do at the Fiesta® Commission. We appreciate your hard work joining our efforts to raise money for local nonprofit organizations throughout the South Texas community as San Antonio’s “Party With a Purpose.” We are a largely volunteer-run organi- zation, and we could not do it without your help. We are also grateful for our many Commission members, Board of Commission- ers, and sponsors, all of whom lend backing, leadership, and enthusiasm. Your assistance and passion enables the Commission to thrive and grow, and we are looking forward to a fantastic 2014 Fiesta® thanks to your help. We appreciate each and every one of you, and we are featuring some holiday events to say, “Thanks!” As a way to thanks the San Antonio community, the Fiesta® San Antonio Com- mission will be collecting unwrapped toys for Elf Louise on December 11th-13th, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Please bring your toys to the Fiesta® Commission for drop off, and visit our Fiesta® Store to pick up the perfect holiday gift while you are here! The Fiesta® San Antonio Commission Staff will be heading out to wrap holiday gifts together at Elf Louise on December 6th as a way to give back, so our offices will be closed that day. We look forward to celebrating the next few weeks with you and expressing our gratitude in person. Thanks again for all you bring to the Fiesta® experience. Gracias, Mary Yearwood Volume 1, Number 4 Volunteer Papel November 27, 2013 Editorial Support by Ruby Camarillo
  2. 2. Fiesta’s economic, social impact on city is great of the money raised by the individual organizations. The Commission is working to complete an updated study and the charitable impact of Fiesta®. Fiesta® is a jewel for San Antonio. It has helped define the city in regards to celebrations and is a treasure of our country. As the Fiesta® Commission moves forward with our strategic plan, we want to share the Fiesta® spirit and the spirit of the community throughout the region, nationally, and internationally. Fiesta® is something to be proud of – it has many layers and family traditions. It is something that should be savored and enjoyed as it has helped define the community and the city. We look forward to helping shape San Antonio in the years to come. Viva San Antonio and Viva Fiesta®! By: JOHN MELLEKY AND JACK HEBDON, FOR THE EXPRESS-NEWS Festivals are important to the life blood of any community. It is a chance for the community to gather together to celebrate. According to Audrey Shalinsky of the University of Wyoming, festivals offer “a unified focus for learning about history, government, community, social interaction, traditional values, and social change.” Fiesta®SanAntoniohasallofthesecomponentsand more in its impact to San Antonio. Fiesta® started in 1891 with the Battle of Flowers parade. This makes this parade the third oldest in the country, behind Mardi Gras and the Tournament of Roses. Fiesta® has its roots in history since the Battle of Flowers honors the heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and also the Alamo. In 2014, we will be celebrating the 123rd year of Fiesta, meaning that in 2016, it will be the 125th anniversary. As Fiesta® has grown over time, it has embraced the various cultures of San Antonio and the country. As Mardi Gras has various kings, Fiesta® created royalty to represent society. There are nine official royalty now and they represent the various cultures of San Antonio. The various Fiesta® events are run by individual nonprofits, and the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission is the umbrella organization that oversees the marketing, sponsorships and overall logistics for the festival. Each nonprofit runs their own event and, with that, retains all of the proceeds from that event. This makes Fiesta® unique in the world – it is the only festival that has 100 different nonprofits benefit from the festival. Also, those nonprofits then use the proceeds to go back into the community, whether it is for their programming, operating budget, or scholarships. The royalty raises money and awareness for their organizations and the community. This impact has been a part of San Antonio for a number of years. While gathering the community together to celebrate the history, culture, and heritage of San Antonio, Fiesta® also has a large economic impact on San Antonio. In 2007, we estimated that the economic impact of Fiesta® to the City of San Antonio was $284 million dollars. In 2013 dollars, this would be over $313 million. When the study was done, it did not even include the charitable impact
  3. 3. We need your help! Event Coordination Group Special Events/As-needed This group will be made up of volunteers who are able to contribute hours during the day and evening to help set-up, coordinate, and prepare for special events for the Fiesta® Commission throughout the year. Volunteer Phone Group Flexible Hours The goal of this group is to maintain constant contact and encourage volunteer participation throughout the year. This committee will serve as a phone bank for other program needs such as membership, outreach, and more. You can participate in your off-hours from home or at Fiesta® Commission offices- whatever you choose! For additional volunteer opportunities in operations, office administration, leadership, marketing, and more, please contact Mary Yearwood at 227-5191 x 115 or Support for the Fiesta Store® Monday- Saturday 10:00 am-1:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm The Fiesta Store® has some cute new merchandise in (calaveras, papel picado, jewelry, and more!). Mari needs help pricing the merchandise so we can put it on the shelves in time for the holidays. These items will make great holiday gifts and you will get to see them first! Retail experience is not necessary. We appreciate having helpers who can come in on a regular basis. Fiesta® Speakers’ Bureau Flexible Hours The goal of the Speakers’ Bureau is to tell the Fiesta® Story. Most people don’t know why we celebrate, how we prepare year round for Fiesta®, and the charitable impact that the events have on our community. This is your opportunity to serve as a “face” of Fiesta® and help tell that story! Members of the Speakers’ Bureau will be required to attend training sessions. ThankyouallforyourtimeanddedicationtoFiesta’smissionandthe“PartyWithaPurpose”thathasbeenhelping San Antonio nonprofit organizations and community needs for over 100 years. We have some upcoming events for which we will need volunteers, so please feel free to call or email me to sign up for one or more of the follow- ing opportunities! I look forward to working with you. Thank you again for your support. VIVA FIESTA®! -Mary The Fiesta store® hours Normal store hours: Monday- Saturday 10 am-5 pm Closed Sundays Holiday Store Hours: November 27th 10 am-3 pm November 28th- December 1st CLOSED December 24th-29th CLOSED December 31st-January 1st CLOSED Be sure to visit The Fiesta Store® for unique, handmade gifts for your loved ones. Please take note of our holi- day hours and remember the Fiesta® Store is loaded with brand new merchandise that is going fast, so don’t miss out and stop by today!
  4. 4. Miss Fiesta San Antonio® Miss Fiesta San Antonio®, Victoria Flores, rode on the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission float for Fiesta de los Veteranos in the San Antonio Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 9th. The float featured veterans from VFW Post 76 and local Vietnam veterans. Thank you for showing your support for our San Antonio Veterans! Victoria also participated in Career Day at Gilbert Elementary School in Harlandale ISD. Victoria spoke to students about staying in school and the importance higher education plays in reaching their goals. She also discussed how to live a healthy lifestyle, including eating fruits and vegetables and exercising daily. 2014 member Holiday EVENTS The hoildays are known to bring families together and we at the Fiesta® Commission consider all our members to be part of our Fiesta® family. As a thank you to our Fiesta® family we will be hosting some holiday events for our members! The Annual Member Holiday Party will be at the Hard Rock Cafe on December 10th from 6:00- 8:00 pm. Join us for a night of fun complete with hors d’oevres, a cash bar, and river boat cruises to see the holiday lights on the Riverwalk! 2014 Annual Member Holiday Party Tuesday, December 10, 2014; 6:00-8:00 pm Hard Rock Cafe, 111 West Crockett, San Antonio, TX 78205 The Fiesta® Store will also be featuring Member Night on December 17th from 6:00-8:00 pm. This exclusive shopping event will give you an opportunity to take a break from the crowds and use your 15% member discount to buy some festive holiday gifts such as jewelry, shirts, posters, calaveras, and much more! We will provide light hors d’oevres and wine for your enjoyment. To become a member and enjoy these events along with other benefits, please follow this link:
  5. 5. Volunteer Birthdays! December Josie Acuna James Allen Blue Alvarez Johnny Balencia Jesse Balleza Mark Becker Cassandra Castaneda Ursella Castaneda Chloe Collins Gary Doriott Jeanette Espinoza Brenda Fernandez Frank Galindo Tiffany Galvan Josie Garcia Paulette Goodman Dominic Gutierrez Steve Hange Sascha Kaster Mark Morales Toni Morrell Mary A. Morton Dwayne Naiser Maggie Oniell Chris Orencia Mary Beth Owen Gratches Propps Joshua Job Reyna Suzanne Rodriguez Kandis Salazar Vivian Sample Bonnie Saucedo Heather Sharma Yolanda Triana Robert Vargas III BY: Ruby Camarillo This month’s Volunteer Spotlight is Brenda Fernandez. Brenda has traveled from Natalia, Texas several times a week to volunteer with the Fiesta® Commission for over six years. You can find Brenda working in the Fiesta® Store most often, but she has also logged in many hours volunteering at Fiesta® events, parades, and occasionally crafting items for the Fiesta® Store. Brenda enjoys volunteering the most during the Fiesta® season when, “there are big crowds and lots of energy.” Her favorite Fiesta® tradition is collecting medals and her favorite medal is one gifted to her by King Antonio in 2005, the day her grandson was born. We have enjoyed working with Brenda throughout the years and would like to give her a huge thank you for her continued support and dedication to the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission. volunteer spotlight: Brenda Frenandez crafting updates Thank you crafters for your hard work and dedication to creating beautiful handmade items for our Fiesta® store. While the rest of the city is decorating Christmas wreaths, at the Fiesta® Commission ‘tis the season for Fiesta® wreaths! Mari has created instructions so that wreath-making is easy and fun. We understand that volunteers cannot always complete one piece in a single volunteer shift so we will now provide you with tags to mark your progress. Please take note of the changes to crafting hours as they have changed slightly in observance of the holidays. Lastly, crafters who plan to volunteer on Saturdays should contact our Volunteer and External Relations Manager, Mary Yearwood, to ensure we have coverage. holiday Crafting hours Tuesday 10:00 am-1:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am-1:00 pm Thursday 3:00 pm-6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm Please note there will be no crafting November 28th-December 1st, December 24th-29th and December 31st-January 1st.
  6. 6. Fiesta®SanAntonioCommission VolunteerNewsletter Fiesta® San Antonio Commission, Inc. 2611 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78215 MaryYearwood VolunteerandExternalRelationsManager (210)227-5191x115