The Chamber Connection
by Meredith Caddell
March 8, 2012
Don’t Miss the Rotary Club Spelling Bee, TONIGHT, March 8th at 5:00 at the SSHS Cafeteria
The Rotary Club 7th Annual Spelling Bee will be at the SSHS Cafeteria Thursday, March 8th with dinner and silent auction viewing beginning at 5:00. The Spelling Bee will begin at 6:30. Here is your chance to cheer on your favorite team as they have “fun on the mound” with a baseball theme this year. The ticket cost is only $10 and tickets may be purchased from any Rotary Club member or at Professional Land Title. All proceeds go to local charities and to fund the Rotary Scholarships. For more information, please call Markeda Fisher at 903-885-1586.
Groundbreaking for the New City Hall, Friday, March 9th at 10:00am-Corner of Connally & Davis
Please join us as we celebrate the groundbreaking for the new city hall, located at the corner of Connally Street and Davis (across the street from the Chamber). The new city hall will be converted from the old Library building from the 60s and the Post Office prior to that. Plans will be on display so everyone may see how beautiful the New City Hall will be.
2012 UPRA Membership Rodeo, March 8-10th at the Civic Center
Grab your boots, hat and jeans and come join the excitement of the 2012 UPRA Membership Rodeo to be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center at 7:30pm nightly.
This year, the Rodeo Committee is offering some extra fun on Saturday from 11a-3pm downtown Sulphur Springs with a Street Festival! Enjoy great music, games and much more! Best of all, the festival is FREE! For more information please call Oscar Aguilar at 903-243-0446 or Gail Newsome at 903-473-9471.
Burgers between the Banks, Monday, March 12th from 11-2 for Boy Scout Troop 66
Please help support Boy Scout Troop 66 on March 12th by joining them for a hamburger lunch from 11-2 in the parking lot behind First United Methodist Church, behind Alliance Bank and City National Bank.
Chicken Spaghetti Lunch Benefitting Boys & Girls Club—Friday, March 16th at Presbyterian Church
ON Friday, March 16th, the Presbyterian Church of Sulphur springs is sponsoring a chicken spaghetti lunch with proceeds benefitting the Boys & Girls Club. The menu features chicken spaghetti, salad, hot bread, and dessert—all for only $5. Lunch will be served from 11:00-2:00 at the Family Life Center at First Presbyterian, 129 College Street. Dine in or pick –up orders welcome.
Business After Hours at ReMax, Thursday, March 22nd from 5:00-6:30
Please join us for the Business After Hours at ReMax, located at 1700 Hines on Thursday, March 22nd from 5-6:30. This is a great opportunity to meet new business people, enjoy great food and drinks and possibly even win a door prize.
Mark your Calendars- 23rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, April 13th
Registration forms are in the mail for the 23rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament that will take place on Friday, April 13th at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. If you would like more information, please call 903-885-6515. Afternoon teams are going quickly!!!
Only a few granite tiles left for the South Sidewalk at Buford Park
The Adult Leadership Class is wrapping up the sales of the Sidewalk Tiles that will go along the newly poured sidewalk on the South Side of Buford Park. The tiles are only $300 for text and $340 for a picture or logo. This walkway gives you the opportunity to honor your family, business or other loved ones and it will be there for years and years to come. If you would like more information, please call the Chamber at 903-885-6515.
2012 Membership Directories are available at the Chamber of Commerce NOW!
If you have not picked up your 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 and alphabetically.
We will be distributing a new map…but it is not ready yet!
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. The map is not finished yet, but I will let you know as soon as it is so you may stop by and pick one up. 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
Brown Bag Lunch Bunch
Bring a sack lunch, comfortable walking shoes, and join the fun with the Brown Bag Lunch Bunch, every Friday at First Baptist Church ROC (Recreation Outreach Center) at noon. A brief nutrition tip and inspiration will be provided, followed by walking on the indoor track. No registration necessary. Meet in the ROC café. Contact Johanna Hicks at 903-885-3443 if you have questions.
Cooking Well with Diabetes
Registration is now taking place for the 4-lesson Cooking Well with Diabetes series, scheduled for April 16, 19, 23, and 26, at the Hopkins County Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston Street. Starting time is 6:00 p.m. Cost for the series is $20, payable at the first session. Cooking demonstrations and recipe sampling will be included in the series. Fee is $20, which covers all materials, recipe sampling, and door prizes. Contact Johanna Hicks, at 903-885-3443 to sign up. Seating is limited to 25.
Earth-Kind® Drought Management Leadership Conference, March 27th at Myers Park in McKinney
March 27th, 2012, 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
The Leadership Conference is designed to give key leaders the opportunity to discuss drought issues and identify solutions. The program is designed for Extension to provide the leadership necessary to bring all the key players together and develop immediate solutions to problems related to drought and water shortages.
Program agenda: The event will provide Extension and select leaders the opportunity to present drought issues and recommended solutions. Speakers will include representatives from groups such as Municipal Governments, Parks and Recreation Departments, Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, Water Management Districts, Texas Farm Bureau, County Government, and others. The agenda will limit each speaker’s time and encourage discussion. The speakers will be asked to present in a very specific and direct manner, solution oriented, plus offer advice, and provide innovative ideas and information.
Note: Water issues are inherently controversial and involve political issues. The event is not intended to discuss political issues but rather encourage collaboration between communities and leaders. In order to address local issues, participants may need to present their action plan to elected officials
40 Day Conservation Challenge
In these difficult times of drought, Texas AgriLife Extension is extending the 40 gallon challenge to Hopkins County citizens and beyond. Water conservation is an ever-growing concern for everyone, but each person can make a difference to save water on a daily basis. Take the 40 gallon challenge and challenge your co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family members to do the same! Go to www.40gallonchallenge.org
3/8-Rotary Spelling Bee-dinner & silent auction-5:00, spelling bee @ 6:30 at SSHS
3/8-3/10-UPRA Rodeo-Civic Center-7:30
3/9-Groundbreaking for New City Hall @10:00 am across from Chamber office
3/12-Burgers between the Banks-11-2 for Boy Scouts Troop 66
3/16-Chicken Spaghetti Lunch @ Presbyterian Church for Boys & Girls Club11-2
3/22-Business After Hours @ ReMax-5:00-6:30
3/28-Ribbon Cutting for Prairie3 Coffee and Eats at Noon-204 Church Street
4/19-Business After Hours @ Studio 9 and All Therapeutic Massage-5-6:30
That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!