The Chamber Connection
by Meredith Caddell
January 19, 2012
Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting for CANHelpers
CANHelpers is the new thrift store located inside the CANHelp building on Gilmer Street. Students from the Connections program have sorted through and displayed everything so it is easy to shop and find special treasures. CANHelpers will accept donations Monday-Friday. The will take gently used items such as clothes, bedding, coats, shoes, toys, furniture, jewelry, etc.. For more information please call Adam Teer at 903-885-9797.
Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting for Renegade Limousine!
John Berry along with Danielle and Jaegar rolled up to the Chamber of Commerce in their beautiful hummer limousine. Renegade Limousine service can accommodate 14 passengers in their limousine for $115/hour with a 3 hour minimum which includes driver tip and all fuel charges. They also offer a car service that will seat 6 passengers. Book early for all major events. For more information, call John Berry or John Heilman at 903-885-8882.
“Greatest County on Earth”—The 86th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet-February 9th
Mark your calendars NOW for the “Greatest Show on Earth” honoring the “Greatest County on Earth” The Chamber of Commerce will host the 86th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 pm at the Civic Center. The theme this year will be a circus theme so everyone can dress as though they were attending a circus. And of course, as you can imagine…you never know what you will see Under the Big Top. Tickets are available now at the Chamber.
Have you honored the important Veteran in your family? If not, the deadline is March 1, 2012
Work on the downtown Square is speeding up, and demolition of the fountain and elevated concrete stage just south of the Courthouse has cleared the way for construction to begin on the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial with an expected completion and dedication date of July 4, 2012. The impressive memorial design will serve as another jewel in the crown of our downtown area. The addition of the memorial, along with the other major improvements being made, will enhance the value of an already historic and cultural area, attracting visitors from both near and far.
Hopkins County's veterans will be genuinely and permanently honored in a classic and beautiful way, and more people from outside our area will visit, bringing with them dollars to be spent with local merchants.
You may bring your completed application to CNB in care of Sam Johnson or to Pam Elliot at 220 Connally Street. All names that are sponsored and submitted by March 1st will be placed on the wall in the first engraving. It is very important that everyone visit www.hcvm.org to check to see if their loved one is listed and also that all of the information is correct. If you don’t have a computer, you may call either Ruth Davis at 903-885-4260, Clayton McGraw at 903-885-1551, Robert Carpenter at 903-885-2410 or Leesa Toliver 903-885-8965 and they will help you. Also, they would like to encourage everyone to “like their Facebook page as a way to keep up with the progress on the memorial. www.facebook.com/pages/Hopkins-County-Veterans-Memorial.
If you want to honor a veteran who has no direct connection to Hopkins County, or just to show your support and appreciation, consider buying a customized brick "paver" for the walkway for $300. You determine what goes on the paver, the committee can provide a certificate suitable for framing to give the honoree, and the funds raised help build the memorial.
Shadow Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center will host a Hold’em Tournament, Friday 1/20
Shadow Ranch will host a hold’em tournament, Friday, January 20, 2012 from 6-10pm at the Pine Forest Church to raise money for the Therapeutic Riding Center. A $50 donation to buy in with 1 $10 upgrade at initial donation and 1 additional donation available. Pot will be split 50/50 between top 4 players and Shadow Ranch. Complimentary soft drinks and food will be provided with raffles going on with tickets @ $3 each or 6 for $15. For more information, please call Brittany Wilson at 903-461-9215 or Marion Cox at 214-604-8005.
Are your business cards and brochures on display at the Chamber of Commerce?
If you are a member of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, we will gladly display your business cards or brochures in our office so that all of our visitors may see them. If you would like more information, call us at 903-885-6515 or just drop them off at our office at 300 Connally Street.
Chamber of Commerce Banquet Nominations
Many other awards are presented at the Chamber of Commerce membership banquet (February 9th, 2012). Aside from the awards mentioned above, nominations are also being accepted for:
Citizen of the Year—Echo Publishing Company—P.O. Box 598, SS, TX 75483
Lady of the Year—Beta Sigma Phi Organization—P.O. Box 72, SS, TX 75483
Caregiver of the Year—The Pilot Club—PO Box 145, Brashear, TX 75420
Community Pride Award—Adult Leadership Class—P.O. Box 347, SS, TX 75483
Agriculturist of the Year—Professional Ag Workers—c/o AgriLife Extenson, P.O. Box 518, SS TX 75483
Each of these nominations should be submitted in writing and mailed to the above mentioned address.
Several children from Sulphur Springs are involved in a mission project to help provide clean water for the kids and families of Chadirac, Haiti and they need your help. You may purchase an adorable book called “Clean Water Elirose” written by Ariah Fine and illustrated by Don Robb for only $5…or more if you would like. The books are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Plain & Fancy, Guaranty Bond Bank and CNB.
Don’t Miss These Opportunities
1/20-Shadow Ranch Hold’em tournament, 6-10 @ Pine Forest Church
2/9-Chamber of Commerce Banquet
2/18-Kiwanis Pancake Day-7a-2p @ civic center
That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!