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Eyes on H-E-B: Four stars of excellence for H-E-B chamber

Past H-E-B chamber board chairs Deborah Paganelli, right, and Brent McIlvain display the accreditation certificate.
Past H-E-B chamber board chairs Deborah Paganelli, right, and Brent McIlvain display the accreditation certificate.

If Mary Frazior, the president and CEO of the H-E-B Chamber of Commerce, has stars in her eyes lately, it’s for a good reason. The organization was recently awarded a nationally recognized accreditation with four stars for excellence in chamber planning and performance.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsors the accreditation process — the only program of its kind — to facilitate excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America.

To win the award, chambers are evaluated “on quality programs, clear organizational procedures and effective communications in operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology.”

“This is the first time the H-E-B chamber has applied for accreditation, and we are honored to have received four-star accreditation,” said Frazior. “It is our privilege to offer programs and services that benefit local businesses and the community.”

Past board chairs Deborah Paganelli (Texas Health Harris Hospital H-E-B) and Brent McIlvain (Edward Jones) assisted in the application process. Current chairman is Michael Land.

“With this designation, the H-E-B chamber now has an elite status of being in the top 3 percent of chambers in the United States,” writes chamber spokeswoman Marlea Maschmeyer.

If you have questions, contact the chamber at 817-283-1521 or

Family Life Center in Euless has much to offer

Have you visited the Family Life Center at 300 W. Midway Drive in Euless? If not, Suzanne Hendrickson, a manager in the city’s Parks and Community Services Department, wants to spread the good word about the sprawling facility and encourage everyone to come check it out.

Hendrickson says she sometimes worries that this gem in the heart of the city is the best-kept secret in town. “It’s amazing the number of people who live in Euless and don’t know that it exists,” she said.

The center boasts a recreation center, fitness center, senior center, natatorium and aquatic park. The senior center was built in 2010 in conjunction with the total makeover of the recreation center, and the natatorium opened last year. All of the facilities are connected in Midway Park to form the Family Life Center.

An indoor track and racquetball and basketball courts are key features in the rec center. The 5,000-square-foot fitness center is filled with the latest fitness equipment, and the natatorium sports a walking resistance river, three lap lanes, a splash area and a slew of classes. It even has a party room available for rental.

The 22,000-square-foot senior center offers a library, media and computer rooms, classrooms and a catering kitchen. A lazy river, tot pool, play area, three slides and a main pool are attractions in the aquatic park.

“The Euless Family Life Center has a little bit of everything,” Hendrickson said. “If people will stop by for a tour and see what we have going on, they’ll be glad they did.”

Individual memberships range from $10-$50 per year, and family memberships range from $45-$225 annually. Three-month and nonresident memberships are also available.

Events at a glance

▪ Dances at the Hurst Senior Center are slated for Thursday (Doc Gibbs variety and Big Band music); May 14 (Pete & Patti country music) and May 28 (Now & Then Band rock ’n’ roll and country).

“The Metroplex aged 55 and over is invited to have a fun night of dancing, listening and making new friends at Hurst Senior Center, 700 Heritage Circle in Hurst,” said center director Linda Provence. “A big wooden dance floor and light refreshments for $5 per person is waiting for you.”

▪ MasterWorks Concert Series has three shows coming up in the H-E-B area. The shows are presented by the Arts Council Northeast in partnership with cities. All concerts are free and open to the public. Visit for a complete concert schedule.

Flutissimo! flute choir will perform Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road.

Zack King will perform Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane, playing blues and Southern rock.

Live 80 will perform April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane, covering ’80s favorites.

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