History of the Seguin Guadalupe County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The articles of incorporation of the Seguin Guadalupe County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. was filed and signed on March 15, 1989.
The purpose for which the corporation was organized were:
- To promote civic responsibility and awareness of community needs;
- To promote business involvement in the community;
- To promote charitable and cultural events in the community
- To promote educational projects that involve civic, patriotic, charitable, and economic development for the benefit of the community;
- To transact any or all lawful business for which the Chamber may be incorporated under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act.
The name of its initial registered agent was Leonardo Molina. Other founding incorporators were Ruben (Rocky) Contreras, Janie Trevino, Louis Reyes, III, Marie Trevino, Paul Castillo, Louis R. Ramirez, Sr., Adrian H. Hernandez, Gregorio Contreras, M. Mono Hernandez, Jr., Pete Acevedo, and Johnny G. Trevino. In the beginning years, the formation of the Hispanic chamber was resented by the City Council, the original Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce and many residents as a whole. However, the then president of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, Mr. Joe Morin, attended many meetings with the directors of the Hispanic chamber to garner support for its existence. The Hispanic chamber received and contracted with the City of Seguin in 1991 and began to receive a percentage of occupancy tax funding.
From the beginning the Seguin Hispanic Chamber sponsored two cultural events annually. They were Fiestas Juan Seguin is June and Fiestas Patrias in September. The motivation to sponsor these events came from a desire to raise funds for the chamber’s operational and administrative costs and to raise awareness of the rich Hispanic heritage in this community. Fiestas Juan Seguin honors Juan N. Seguin, the celebrated Texas Revolutionary War hero for whom the City of Seguin is named and Fiestas Patrias, celebrating the tradition of Diez Y Seis De Septiembre.
The Hispanic Chamber bought a building in January 29, 2007, for its administrative office at 971 West Court Street in Seguin, Texas. The chairman of the board of directors was Urbano “Urban” Rodriguez. The following board of directors approved the resolution to purchase the property. They were Olivia A. Lozano, Mary Louise Gonzales, Elidoro “Lolo” Martinez, Cindy Aguirre Herrera, and Jo Ann Ybarra.
In November of 2011, the board of directors hired Louis R. Ramirez, Sr., as its President/CEO. Executive committee members who recruited charter member, Louis R. Ramirez, Sr.. were Christina Rios Krueger, Chairwoman; Barbra Peterson, 1st Vice Chairwoman and Director, Joe Polanco. The Seguin Guadalupe County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has earned the respect and support of the community at large and occasionally participates with the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce in some of the ribbon cuttings and the Shop Local Shop Seguin campaign.