Using a gavel deemed unbreakable, which once belonged to former Vice President John Nance Garner and was on loan from the University of Texas-Austin’s Briscoe Center, outgoing board president John Dodson opened a meeting of the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce Friday night during the annual banquet and awards ceremony.
“When we’re talking about centennial, we’re talking about connections. I’m going to talk about connections. We’re here to celebrate connections over the century. Obviously we kind of drove that point home tonight, we managed to get a Uvalde-born famous person back home to speak in front of you, and that’s one heck of a connection,” Dodson said, referring to surprise guest speaker Matthew McConaughey.
The Uvalde-born star brought along his mother, Kay McConaughey, who used to teach at St. Philip’s Episcopal School, and his brother Mike “Rooster” McConaughey and the trio answered questions and offered anecdotes about Uvalde.
“In 1920, a group of businessmen got together to promote the business of their community and 100 years later, look what that’s grown into. It is my hope and my belief we will continue this legacy and keep these connections growing. It’s been an honor,” Dodson said.
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