The Chamber Connection
by: Meredith Caddell
February 16, 2012
Thank you to everyone who attended the Greatest County on Earth Chamber Banquet!
A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
First of all I would like to thank our door prize sponsors: Sulphur Springs Dodge for the animal crackers. Clay
& Heather Johnson for a $200.00 gift card; ABC Autoplex, frontporchnewstexas.com and Judy Gregg for each giving
a $100 gift card.
Secondly, I would like to thank the chamber banquet committee: Glenda Bassham, Scott Brown, Judy Gregg,
Lynda Hager, Bobby McDonald, Carolyn McKinney, Jackie Thornton, Bob Weaver, Mike Horne, and Dana
Wilhite, along with all the other board members and ambassadors....and their families who helped to make the
Also, many other people helped make our jobs easier, Boy Scout Troop 66, Grocery Supply Company,
Guaranty Bond Bank, Karey Brice, Kim Baxter, Latson's, Lydia Walden, Matheson Tri-Gas, Rodney & Reese
Harred, SSISD, The Lodge, Sulphur Springs Floral, Sulta Manufacturing, First United Methodist Church and
Don't miss the Kiwanis Pancake Day, Saturday, February 18th from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m., at the Civic Center.
Saturday is the perfect day to stop by the Civic Center and have some yummy pancakes and help support the
Kiwanis Club. $7.00 get you all you can eat pancakes, meat, and drinks! Children under 6 are FREE! You may
buy your tickets from an Kiwanian or at the door.
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 Veteran's Memorial with donations.
Local Professional Engineer, J.W. Burnett of Dynamic Engineering has donated approximately $11,000.00 of
in-kind structural engineering design services, thereby reducing the project cost by that amount.
The Veteran's Memorial Committee has already raised well over $400,000. 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 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 $300.00 customized "brick" or "paver" for the walkway. You determine the meassage of up to 80
characters on the "paver," the committee can proved a certificate that is suitable for framing for you to give
and the purchase supports the project. Examples of paver messages are:
Honoring 5 generations of the Smith family in service to America
God Bless American 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 (proveing
honorable discharge) by March 1st. Other names will be added at a later date if submitted after the first dealine.
2012 Membership Directories are available at the Chamber of Commerce NOW!
If you have not picked up you 2012 Membership Directory, you need to stop by the Chamber of Commerce
and pick one up. This directory is full of useful information including most frequently used telephone numbers,
a city map, along with the names and phone numbers of all Chamber of Commerce members listed by category
The Chamber will be distributing a new map, published by Liberty Marketing.
Whe 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
Don't miss these opportunities:
2/18 - Kiwanis Pancake Day - 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. @ Civic Center.
That's all for now...have a GREAT week!