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Story Time at Library

Mar 11, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

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Story Time meets every Wednesday

10-11 am at the Community Center Library. Free snacks provided and we run on donations. Thank you!

Spring Fling, Art Fest & Hilliard/Museum Egg Hunt

Mar 10, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

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Spring Fling, Art Fest &

Hilliard-Van Oil Museum Egg Hunt

April 19, 2014 – 10 AM – 4 PM at the Van Oil Museum-

Kiwanis/Van ISD Drama Club – Pancake Breakfast at  Community Center

7 AM to 10 AM.  Tickets are $5 for 13 and under and $7 for 13 and over.  Tickets will be available prior to the breakfast at Dwayne Wheeler Insurance, Vandal Store, Texas Bank and Trust or from any of the Kiwanis members.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Van ISD Drama Club and the other portion to the Eliminate Program with the Kiwanis.

– 5 K Run

– Annual Egg Hunt – Once again sponsored by Hilliard Hardware – 10:30 AM –  Catagories :  ages 3 and under; 4 -5 ; 6-8  – prizes

– Vendors – Food,  Arts & Crafts,  Fund Raisers

Entertainment – Local Talent such as Chase McClanahan and Middle School Choir and others.

– Watch for more information and activities as they are planned for the Community for a fun day to celebrate the Season.





Annual Chamber Banquet tickets & silent auction

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The Van Area Chamber of Commerce

Annual Chamber Banquet

Celebrating 85 Years as the Van Area Chamber of Commerce

sherlock holmes Theme:  Mysterious History

Banquet and Silent Auction (silent auction items are welcome from all who care to donate.  You can bring by the Chamber office at 170 West Main during the hours of 1pm – 4pm, work days)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sky Ranch Oak Haven Dining Hall

Speaker:  Ann Everett

An East Texas Author noted for her novels and short stories.  Her writings are mysteries with a humor.
Tickets: $25 ea
We will celebrate the Teachers of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.
Tickets are available at the Chamber office beginning Monday, Feb 17,  between the hours of 1 PM and 4 PM during the work week.  Or call any one of the directors listed on the Van TX website at  They will be happy to help you.  
Each table seats 10.  If you wish to reserve the whole table for your business or family, please let us know at the time of your ticket purchase.  

If you wish to donate something for the Silent Auction, you are welcome to do so Please contact Pat at 903-368-4015 if you are.  We need to have them by the 17th, so we can get the signs and bid sheets ready.

You are welcome to call 903-368-4015 for questions.


“Great Pumpkin” Growing Contest!!!

Mar 7, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

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The Van Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the

“Great Pumpkin”  Growing   Contest

Seeds are available for sale NOW at the Chamber office – 170 West Main!
Instructions and registration form:

Click here:  pumpkin contest registration

The Contest will run through October 11, 2014 for the Van Oil Festival where the huge pumpkins will be on display with winners announced at that time.

Any Questions—please contact Kevin Costner, Special Events—903-571-6200




2 Ribbon Cuttings – March 8

Mar 6, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

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2 Ribbon Cuttings – Saturday, March 8

Diamond S Creations  @- 10 AM

DJ Auto Detailing @- 11 AM

Van area Community Welcome to be there to welcome the new businesses to Van.


Kiwanis Weekly Meeting- March 6, 2014

Mar 5, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

Best Town Near Dallas, TX | The City of Van Kiwanis Club

Kiwanis regular scheduled meeting this week is Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12 noon.

The meeting will be held at the Van Community Center on Chestnut Street.

Our program speaker is going to be Kiwanis International Lt. Gov. Joanne Wisdom. Wisdom is going to speak on Kiwanis International Youth Guide Lines.

The meeting is open to the public and lunch will be served. We invite you to come be our guest.

Important: Chamber Monthly Meeting- March 4, 2014

Mar 4, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

van chamber.jpgThe Chamber Monthly meeting for Mar 4 at Tele’s has been cancelled…  Van ISD is closed today.  Also the Van Community Ministries who was our speaker for today is also closed.  We encourage everyone to stay warm and safe.  However, if you can get out for a few minutes, please take time to VOTE……………….
The Van Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging every eligible voter to take time on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 to vote in the US Senate/Representatives, State Offices and Van Zandt County Primary’s.  There are also several referendums/amendments you need to vote on.   Your vote counts!   Know  before you go!
Be sure to take your Van Zandt County Voter ID card with you along with another identification.   Your Precinct number is on your voter registration card in the center just above your name on the left hand side of the card.  Check the Voting Locations information below.

Click here:  2014 Primary Voting Locations

Click here: Democratic Primary Pct 1

Click here: Democratic Primary Pct 4

Click here: Republican Primary Pct 1

Click here: Republican Primary Pct 4

2nd Amendment Guns & Ammo & All American Technology

Mar 3, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

gun shop logo-1 2nd Amendment Guns and Ammo. & All American Technology
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Jeff or Krystal Miller invite you to their new location at 2858 I 20 W (next to Dairy Queen) in Van.
Hours are Tuesday – Friday – 9AM – 6 PM  and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
Phone – 903-963-1500

Up coming event you may be interested in is the 2014 Texas Big Tusk Hunt.

Click here for Rules: 2014 Texas Big Tusk Hunt – Rules

Click here for Entry   2014 Texas Big Tusk Hunt – Entry Form-1

Call Jeff or Krystal for more information.



Kiwanis Weekly Meeting- February 27, 2014

Feb 26, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

Best Town Near Dallas, TX | The City of Van Kiwanis Club

Kiwanis regular scheduled meeting this week is Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12 noon.

The meeting will be held at the Van Community Center on Chestnut Street.

Our program speaker is going Dwayne Wheeler, President on the State of the Club Address.

The meeting is open to the public and lunch will be served. We invite you to come be our guest.

Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Feb 25, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

van chamber.jpgChamber membership is an investment in your business and as individuals in the community where you do business.  The Van Area Chamber of Commerce offers several opportunities throughout the year for you or your business to be involved.  Members build a better life for their communities through involvement and dedication.
Customer Referrals Volunteers are available every week day – 1 PM – 4 PM – to take any phone calls or walk ins at the Chamber office at 170 West Main.   The volunteers are able to refer and recommend our member’s businesses.
Chamber Publications – The Chamber publishes and distributes a number of in-house publications to keep the community informed regarding activities and events in our area.
The Internet as a Business Resource – The Chamber maintains a searchable listing of its members on the website.  The website is used to email upcoming activities and events to the community and maintains a community calendar of events to keep all informed.  There is also a Van Chamber Facebook page.  If you haven’t ‘liked’ us as yet, please do so.  This is a great way to obtain information regarding events that are happening in your community and your chance to participate.
New Businesses in Town – The Chamber will be happy to do a Ribbon Cutting for any new businesses to help the community know the news.  We have two coming up in March and April.
VolunteersThe Chamber is dependent upon volunteer support for its success.  That  support is manifested in two ways – time and money. Volunteer your time or your investment.  Either will show a sense of pride and personal satisfaction in the achievement of goals set for the Chamber in making the Van Area a better place to live and do business.
Events you will want to know about for 2014…. (there are a couple other ideas we are considering)
  • 2nd Annual Shoot Van Photo Contest – Theme “What’s in Your Garden – starting Feb 1 – April 11
  • Huge Pumpkin Raising Contest – watch for details on the web site or store window signs – seeds for  planting  will be ready soon.
  • The Annual Van Area Chamber of Commerce BanquetMarch 25 – Sky Ranch
  • Listen to KMOO every 4th Thursday morning from 8:45 – 9:00 AM.
  • Spring Fling – Easter Egg Hunt with Arts & Craft vendors – April 19 – Van Oil Museum
  • 35th Annual Oil Queen Pageant – October 4 – Van ISD Auditorium- Have invited all past queens to come and enjoy the Van Oil Festival on October 11.
  • Holly Berry Holiday Bazaar – November 8
  • Spirit of Christmas & Oil Derrick lighting December 6
  • Van Area Chamber General MeetingsEvery first Tuesday – Noon @ Tele’s
  • Be sure to read the Van Banner – each week a business from our membership list will be featured on the Bulletin Board.
  • Currently doing our Membership Drive for businesses and individuals.  We have brochures for anyone that is interested and have not signed up yet for 2014.
  • Let us know if a Ribbon Cutting or Anniversary Celebration for your Business is needed.

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