August 21, 2019

Archives for January 2014

Attention Chamber Mobsters

mobsters-01By Jo Mixon

Attention Chamber Mobsters – Cash Mob Alert!

Who are the Chamber Mobsters? And what is a Cash Mob? Glad you asked.

Last November at the quarterly chamber membership meeting we rolled out a new program designed to be a member helping member program. The idea is to give a financial boost to members.

There are two categories to the Chamber Mobsters Program.

The first category: The Cash Mob-ee

It is for members only. Any member who would like to have a Cash Mob visit their business signs up.

The second category: The Cash Mob-ers

This includes anyone, member or non-member, who wants to participate in the actual Cash Mob. These people all agree that when a Cash Mob is called, they will show up at the business who has been selected and spend at least $20.00 in their establishment. More if you are so inclined! The idea is to benefit the mob-ee financially. (Please note that mob-ees all agree to be a mob-er, too.)

The plan: We put the name of every member in the Mob-ee category into a hopper and choose a name, at random, every few weeks. We will then contact the winner and ask for the best day a cash mob may visit their place of business. Next we will contact all of the Mob-ers with the Business name, the date, and time frame the cash mob will happen. They agree to go to the business anytime during the official Cash Mob time frame, spend their $20.00 and wish the business well!

Johnese and I placed our “Mob-ees” in the hopper and asked our Fed-Ex driver, Robert, to draw a slip of paper.

So the first cash mob will be…….DRUM ROLL



You are invited to patronize All Things Twisted Cash Mob between the hours of 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Come and go! Spend at least $20.00!

When: Friday, January 24, 2014

Where: 3407 Centro Plaza



Local Ski & Snowboard Clinics

afrLocal Ski & Snowboard Clinics

When: Wednesdays – January 8 to February 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Cost: $199.00 for 8 weeks

Includes wine & cheese party at the Club personalized video movement analysis and a complimentary intro to Nordic Skiing Session. Must be 21 years of age or older. All abilities. Call 575-377-4383 to book. Lift ticket and rentals not included.


When: Thursdays – January 9 to February 13, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cost: $149.00 for 6 weeks

Call 575-377-4488 to book. Includes equipment rental.

Saturday Night Race League

When: January 18 to February 22, 2014

Cost: Only $160.00 per team

6 races. All proceeds benefit Team Angel Fire, a local, non-profit ski and snowboard organization. For all ages, skiers and snowboarders, community businesses, schools and resort departments. Get your teams together.

For more information visit

Angel Fire Chamber Lighted Skier Fund

lighted-skier-fundFor all those who generously donated to the Angel Fire Chamber Lighted Skier Fund, this is how awesome it looks attached to the light post outside of our office at Centro Plaza!

Thank you again, we are certainly enjoying the view.

Photo courtesy of Stuart Hamilton.

The Institute For Organizational Management (IOM)

iom-01By Jo Mixon

First Year Class of Chamber and Association Executives

I was privileged to spend last week in Tucson, Arizona attending the winter session of the Institute for Organizational Management. It is a higher education program for Chamber of Commerce and Association professionals offered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This Institute has been educating leaders since 1921. Held at five colleges and universities across the nation, it is a four year program that requires participants to attend at least one week of instruction per year. The person may however fast track and attend more than one session a year to achieve the credits needed for graduation. Graduates of the Institute receive the IOM Certification signifying they have completed 96 hours of course instruction. It is also a stepping stone to earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation.

The week was intense, in-depth, and extremely educational. The classes I took included governance, finance, legal issues, human resources, membership, economic development, board and committees, sponsorships, media training and more. My brain was on overload! But I can say it was one of the better experiences I’ve ever had in higher education. Plus, the networking opportunities with other professionals from all over the United States was, in itself, incredible!

There I am in class at the far back of the photo. And I bumped into a friend and colleague I haven’t seen in years. More than fifteen years ago she recruited me into the Lubbock Texas Chamber Ambassador Group and now we are both Executive Directors at Chambers in different states! I’m in New Mexico (TRUE!) and she is at a Chamber in Idaho. Another great thing about last week; I walked through an orange grove on my way to classes. Real orange trees with fruit on them!

Now the fun begins. I’ll be setting a schedule for myself to implement what I have learned to better run the Angel Fire Chamber. I appreciate the investment our Board has made by sending me to Institute. And I want to say thank-you to the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association for awarding me a scholarship to offset most of the expense.

Now how many of you, who haven’t yet signed up to serve on an Habla Tamale committee, are ready to commit? It’s time! Please call the office, 575-377-6353, we need you!

1st Annual Habla Tamale Cook-Off Festival

tamale-festivalWe are still needing more people to volunteer to serve on committees for the Habla Tamale Festival.

Please call or stop by the Chamber office to see how you can get in on the ground floor of this exciting new Annual event! 575-377-6353, 3407 Mountain View Blvd.


It will take place in Angel Fire June 28-29, 2014

Enter your tamales in the tamale cook-off contests, enter the tamale eating contest, sign-up to be a vendor on site. (Arts and crafts, musicians, food vendors, drink vendors, etc. etc.)

Happy Holidays From The Girl Scouts

girl-scoutsGirl Scouts of New Mexico Trails

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” -Hellen Keller

Happy Holidays from our Girl Scouts family to yours!

H2 Uptown 50% Off Appetizers

h2-uptownCasual Fine Dining Full Service Restaurant

50% Off Appetizers

  • Crab Mac N Cheese
  • Black & Tan Beer Battered Onion Rings & Mushrooms
  • Elk Sliders
  • Bacon Shrimp Brochette
  • Plus More!

Our liquor license has been approved! Now serving beer and wine.

48 North Angel Fire Road
1st Floor of Trailhead Building (Old Roasted Clove)


We’re open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Happy New Year From The Computer Guy

computer-guyThe Computer Guy wishes you and yours a HAPPY NEW YEAR and best wishes for 2014, the year of the Horse.

Angel Fire Computer Guy
15 Halo Pines Terrace
Angel Fire, NM 87710


New Administrative Assistant

annetteI want to say welcome and introduce you to Annette Velarde, the newest member of our staff at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. She will be serving as the Administrative Assistant. Her background is in sales and marketing with a strong commitment to customer service. Her career spans numerous years in the real estate arena where she actively sold and marketed real estate, and managed properties; additionally her background includes planning and executing marketing and personal events, and developing press and media interest in companies and services. She is presently completing her degree in marketing. A native New Mexican, Annette left New Mexico for a brief time to assist in opening a real estate company in Southern California; she returned to New Mexico and successfully sold real estate and insurance. Annette relocated to the Guadalupita area, close to the home of her paternal family in the Mora area. Her interests include music, singing, the arts, and the outdoors. We are pleased to have her join our team.

Jo Mixon

A Letter From The Executive Director

happy-new-yearAs we head into this New Year so many issues are foremost in our minds; Politics, (both at home and at state and government levels), Affordable Health Care, the water-shed, fire prevention, is there more snow in the forecast…etc. And normally this is where I would reminisce about all the local happenings and look back at the year 2013. But today I have something different on my heart. This Holiday season I have been reminded many times over what should be the happiest time of the year is often the hardest time for many people struggling to cope with heartbreak, loss of loved ones, financial difficulties, or distance from family. This distance can be simply geographical, due to military deployment, or estrangement caused by disagreements, divorcee or alcohol and drug addictions. I think of the single parent struggling to make ends meet, the elderly, and the lonely. Hardships are very real everywhere around us. My New Year’s wish for this 2014 would be that we slow down and take the time to pay attention to those less fortunate than ourselves. People who may be “fine” on the outside but are slowly dying on the inside. I’m reminded of the “Pay it Forward” actions. This should become our mantra in the Moreno Valley. Do something for someone who can never repay you. Be spontaneous in your generosity. Maybe it’s only a smile, a cup of coffee, a touch, a hug, a ride, a few dollars, or a listening ear. You never know the difference you can make in that person’s day or life unless you reach out and extend a simple kindness. I can promise you one thing, you will be the benefactor! Have a great and blessed New Year!

Jo Mixon