The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce hosted a special gathering of the Former Presidents and Chairman of the Board recently.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce has a rich history of serving the Edinburg business community since 1934, the year the Chamber was chartered. Since then, a diverse group of business and civic leaders have led the organization that has taken on several major projects contributing to the growth of the city.

"Throughout the Chamber's history, the leaders of the Chamber and members of the board of directors have contributed their time, financial resources and energy for the growth of our community," said Bob Almendarez of Compass Bank (chairman 2001-2002).

According to Chamber President, Letty Gonzalez, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce was the organization that led the push to approve the 1/2-cent sales tax for economic development projects in 1989.

"Increasing taxes is never a popular subject, but in the end, the community came together and approved the 1/2 sales tax that has proven to be one of the best resources that has allowed Edinburg continued growth and prosperity," said Gonzalez.

The Former Presidents and Chairman of the Board gathered to discuss current community business affairs and to elect a new committee chairman. Mitch Roberts, (President 1997-1998) outgoing chair, expressed appreciation for the group's support during his tenure. Elva Jackson Garza, with Edwards Abstract and Title Co. (Chairman of the Board 1999-2000) was nominated and elected to lead the committee effective immediately. They will meet on a quarterly basis. Any Former President and Chairman of the Board are welcome and invited to attend. Please contact the Chamber office at 383-4974 to provide your current contact information.