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The Chamber Connection for Sept. 2, 2010

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Attention all cooking teams: Please don’t forget about the stew cook’s meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Southwest Dairy Museum. At least one person from each team needs to be present in order to receive your $100 ingredient checks, stew quarts, goody bags and also discuss any changes to the stew contest, as well as the rules.

I would like to thank the sponsors that are sponsoring the stew contest: Alliance Bank, City National Bank, Guaranty Bond Bank, Orthodontics at Summit Dental, A&S Air Conditioning, Audley Moore Construction, Lone Star Dodge, Luminant, Allstate Insurance-Patty Brown, AgriLand Farm Credit, A.K. Gillis, Richard Drake Construction, Ocean Spray, NETBIO, Judge Cletis Millsap, Town & Country Cleaners, Chris Brown, Powers & Blount, ReMax, Southwest Dairy Museum ABC Autoplex, Jordan Health Services, Vista Care and Winzen Film. Many others have donated items for the stew contest and they include: Farmers Electric Coop, Chicken Express, Southwest Dairy Museum, Alliance Bank, City National Bank, First United Methodist Church, Plain & Fancy Sandwich Shoppe, Furr’s, Chili’s, GSC Enterprises, The Lodge, Latson’s, Heritage Park, and the City of Sulphur Springs. If you are interested in being a stew sponsor, please give us a call.


Stew tickets go on sale at the local banks, Tuesday, Sept. 7. Still just $5 for all-you-can-eat!

If you don’t like to wait in line, then you need to stop by one of the local banks and pick up your tickets to the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7. The price is still just $5 for all-you-can-eat stew which includes cheese and crackers!


T-shirt winner will be revealed at the Stew Cook’s Meeting on Tuesday Night!

We had several wonderful entries for the Stew Contest T-shirt Design contest, but now it’s your turn to decide which one is the winner!  The winning T-shirt design will receive $50 cash, have their T-shirts sold at the Stew Contest AND have the opportunity to be a stew judge! So please log on to www.hopkinscountystew.com and choose your favorite design and click VOTE! We will announce the winner on Tuesday, Sept. 7! If you have any questions, please call us at 903-885-6515.


VFW will have the Grand Opening of their new Canteen on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m.

Please join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8560 on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. They have just recently built a new canteen and want everyone to check it out! The VFW is open 7 days a week, so stop by and play a game of 42 or dominos and see the changes at the VFW.


Make a difference in a person’s life: Get involved with Shadow Ranch Therapeutic Center

We had a wonderful ribbon cutting at Shadow Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center. The facility is designed to provide therapy and life skills development through structured therapeutic programs for children and adults with special needs. Shadow Ranch is a non-profit organization, serving a 9 county area. The riding programs will benefit its students physically, psychologically and socially! If you would like to volunteer or find out how to become more involved, please call Marion Cox at 903-612-4260 or visit the center at 4388 I-30 West, Brashear!
Pictured in the photo are two of the therapy horses along with the many volunteers that it takes to provide quality, dependable therapy for people with disabilities, and many Chamber board members, ambassadors and community supporters! Also, all are invited to the free Labor Day Hoedown at Shadow Ranch. They are having food, fun, a DJ, water competitions, demonstrations, a raffle and a silent auction. It will take place Sept. 6 from noon to 4 p.m.


2010-2011 High School Leadership Class

In case you are not familiar with the Chamber-sponsored High School Leadership Class, here is a little information:

This will be the 17th year that the Chamber of Commerce has facilitated this program for our county's young people.  These students will begin their program with the Ropes Challenge Course in September. Then there will be five other classes during the school year: “Justice, Order & Politics,” “Poverty, Crisis and Cultural Sensitivity,” “Education and Tomorrow's Opportunities,” “Ethical Decision Making” and “Tourism and Quality of Life.”

Then to top off this year-long program, the students will be taken on a field trip to the Dallas/For. Worth area for a day of learning, fun, food and fellowship. The class is provided as an opportunity for young people to learn about the community in which they live, in hopes of teaching them the importance of being involved and being a leader, in whatever city they end up in!

The students do not pay a tuition to participate in the program…it is 100 percent funded by sponsors. If you would like to help sponsor the Leadership Class, please contact the Chamber at 903-885-6515.

I would like to thank the businesses that have already agreed to help sponsor the Leadership Class for this year: Alliance Bank, Bulkley & Associates, Charles Helm, Dhawal R. Ram, MD, First United Methodist Church, Grocery Supply Company, Guaranty Bond Bank, Hopkins County Dairy Festival, Kiwanis Club, Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op, Southwest Dairy Museum, Southwest Mobile Imaging, Town & Country Cleaners, and Winzen Film Inc.


Don't miss these opportunities

  • Sept. 4 — Ribbon cutting and grand opening of the VFW’s new canteen at 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 7 — Stew cooks meeting at the SW Dairy Museum, 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 18 — 41st Annual World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest


Business of the Week

Congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Week:


Hopkins County Health Care Foundation
115 Airport Road
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482


Thought for the week:

“We are honored to support Memorial Hospital in their goal to provide the best possible healthcare for the residents of Hopkins County. As we prepare to celebrate our 5th Annual Lights of Life Campaign & Gala we are counting our blessings. We are very grateful to the businesses and individuals of Hopkins County for their continued support of our efforts to make a difference. We are blessed and say ‘Thank You!’”

Jackie Thornton, Director

That's all for now…have a GREAT week!




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