The Chamber Connection
February 2, 2012
by Meredith Caddell
Get your banquet tickets by tomorrow for the “Greatest County on Earth” Banquet
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 for only $20 which includes a catered meal of pork tenderloin, brisket, potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert. Please call the Chamber at 903-885-6515 to order tickets. There will be limited seating so get your order in today! The deadline is Friday, February 3rd.
Don’t miss the Kiwanis Pancake Day, Saturday, February 18th from 7am-2pm at the Civic Center
Have you honored the important Veteran in your family? If not, the deadline is March 1, 2012
Hopkins County continues to rally in support of the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial with donations.
Local Professional Engineer J.W. Burnett of Dynamic Engineering has donated approximately $11,000 of in-kind structural engineering design services, thereby reducing the project cost by that amount.
The Veterans Memorial committee has already raised well over $400-thousand. Construction of the Memorial is expected to be finished by July 4, 2012. If you or your company or group is considering making a donation, NOW is the time to financially help put the project over the top! Contact Tommy Allison 903-885-0867, Clayton McGraw 903-439-7410, or Pam Elliott 903-439-8753.
The names to be engraved on the Veterans Memorial are those of honorably discharged veterans who were born in, are buried in, or lived in Hopkins County for any significant period of time. If you want to honor a veteran who does not meet the basic requirements or just generally want to support the project, a great way to do so is to purchase a $300 customized "brick" or "paver" for the walkway. You determine the message of up to 80 characters on the "paver," the committee can provide a certificate that is suitable for framing for you to give, and the purchase supports the project. Examples of paver messages include:
Honoring 5 generations of the Smith family in service to America
God Bless America and our Veterans -- John & Jane Doe
In honor of Stanley "Blackie" Arnold -- Eula & Angela
God Bless America! First Baptist Church
The Jones Family
Thursday, March 1st, is the deadline for the list of Veterans' names that will be engraved first. If you want your Veteran's name to be among the first, you must submit the name with supporting documentation (proving honorable discharge) by March 1st. Other names will be added at a later date if submitted after the first deadline.
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.
The Chamber will be distributing a new map, published by Liberty Marketing.
We have had many phone calls, so I wanted to let you know that Judge Brown has commissioned Liberty Marketing to create a new Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Como/Pickton and Cumby map. Liberty Marketing is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, so we will be distributing these maps at the Chamber along with the city/county map from Echo Publishing. If you have any questions, please call us at 903-885-6515/
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
2/9-Chamber of Commerce Banquet
2/18-Kiwanis Pancake Day-7a-2p @ civic center
That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!