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June 2014
Letter from the Chairman

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year...next to Fall, Winter and Spring!  Okay, I admit it, there are not many times of the year that I can't find something positive about. As our June luncheon speaker, Stephanie Lewis with Dale Carnegie explained, Emotional IQ plays a major role in how we perceive our surroundings and how improving our Emotional IQ can positively effect our productivity levels.  Although everyday can't be sunshine and rainbows, how we approach those stormy days directly correlates to how we get back on route to improving our Emotional IQ!  
Thank you to all of the members that joined us at the Members Only Mixer held at Barriba Cantina. We had a wonderful time and look forward to doing more events like this in the future. 

David Uminski, CTA
2014 Chairman
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

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Join us for the 2nd Annual Alamo Area Hospitality Association (AAHA) 5K Fun Run & Walk. The Fun Run & Walk will raise money to provide scholarships for students at St. Philips College, seeking a career in the hospitality, culinary and events industry.


The event will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Mission Reach Trail in San Antonio, Texas. The event will kick off at 8:30 AM at the Blue Star Arts Complex with the 5K Fun Run & Walk following. 


Hurry, hurry! For a limited time, until July 15, registration is only $20! Don't miss this great opportunity to network with your favorite AAHA buddies, explore the Mission Reach AND get in a workout! Join us!


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Valero Alamo Bowl Hosts Youth Football Clinic
Fun for kids from 5-14

For the sixth consecutive year, the Valero Alamo Bowl will host the Free Shining Star ENERGY Youth Football Clinic on July 18th from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at the Alamodome. A coaching staff with more than 325 years of collegiate experience will run the clinic for over 400 youth ages 5-14. This is a chance for youth to experience the thrill of playing on the turf in the Alamodome!


Coaches from UTSA, Trinity, TLU, UIW and Texas State will be working with the youth.  The youth football clinic is part of the Valero Alamo Bowl's youth initiative to promote college football to those that dream of playing the game. Youth will participate in offense, defense/agility and tackling/blocking drills run by university coaches. In addition, the Head Coaches will address participants about the fundamentals of being a good football player and great student-athlete, on the field and in the classroom.


Youth participants will receive a goodie bag including a Shining Star ENERGY Youth Football Clinic t-shirt as well as a to go lunch at the conclusion of the event courtesy of Whataburger.

For questions regarding the clinic please contact Lara Smedley




Get Paddling!
46th Annual Ford Canoe Challenge Aug. 2


The Paseo del Rio Association invites you to participate in the 46th annual Ford Canoe Challenge on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The Corporate Race begins at 9:15am, while participants compete for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Awards. What a great opportunity for a little sportsmanship on the River.


The Ford Canoe Challenge starts at the Chamber of Commerce building, heads east toward and through the River Center Mall lagoon, and returns along the extension of the River Walk back to the Chamber of Commerce. 


The race participation fee is $100 for members and $150 for non-members of the Paseo del Rio Association. For more information or to join a team, please contact Rachael before July 21st (210) 227-4262. Below is a link for the official registration form. Scan & return before Monday, July 21st. 


46th Annual Ford Canoe Challenge  

Natural Bridge Caverns celebrates 50 years in business


On Thursday, July 3, Natural Bridge Caverns held a ceremony to celebrate 50 years in business. What began 50 years ago as a voyage into discovery itself, resulted in the designation of a National Natural Landmark, a State Historic Site and now a Texas Treasure Business Award. Congratulations to our friends and AAHA members at Natural Bridge Caverns. We salute you and wish you many more years of success!

Good times had by all at Members Only Mixer!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the AAHA Members Only Mixer on Tuesday, June 24 at Barriba Cantina. We had a great time enjoying each other's company, listening to great country music provided by Sturchio Entertainment, taking silly photos with the Laurie and the Goen South crew and eating some tasty food from Barriba Cantina! Special thanks to our awesome board member Stephanie Farias with Texican Gifts for setting up all of our guests with some really cool goodie boxes! You rock! Thanks also to all of the goodie box sponsors listed above. We couldn't do it without you. 



June Luncheon Pics
Here's some pics from the June Luncheon at Aztec Theatre.
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Way to Go!
AAHA Board Members get new gigs


Congratulations to Kimberly Straughan and Tara Valdez for their new jobs. Tara is now the Sales & Catering Coordinator at Fresh Horizons Creative Catering & Jingu House at the Japanese Tea Gardens and Kimberly will be taking over at Barriba Cantina and County Line as the Events and Community Manager. Congratulations, ladies!


Their new contact info is below:


Kimberly Straughan: kimberlys@countyline.com


Tara Valdez: tara@freshhorizons.com

July 2014 Luncheon
Enjoy lunch along the Riverwalk!

Join us on Thursday, July 17 for a beautiful lunch catered by Paesanos Riverwalk. The luncheon will be held inside Paesanos Riverwalk in the main dining room.


The program and luncheon begin at 12:00 PM.  Our guest speaker is Ryan Salinas who will delight and inform our guests on "Time Saving Tools to Maximize Your Day." 


Thursday, July 17, 2014
11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM

Paesanos Riverwalk

111 W. Crockett Street

San Antonio, Texas 78205

(210) 227-2782

Member Fee  $25.00
Member to be Fee  $35.00 

The luncheon invitation will be sent out this week. If you do not receive, please contact
Tara Valdez.  


Pre-registration is encouraged. Those not pre-registered by Monday, July 14 will be charged an additional $10 for on-site registration.

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