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The Chamber Connection for May 28, 2009

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Hopkins County is going GREEN on May 30th. Want to recycle your old computers, cell phones, documents and gently used furniture? Then load it all up and head to the old Cadillac dealership parking lot on Gilmer and RECYCLE it!

Jeff Post & Associates will be on site collecting everything that has to do with a computer: keyboards, mice, hard drives, monitors, laptops etc. If you have more than 5 or 6 computers to be recycled, give Jeff a call at 903-438-7852 and he will arrange to have them picked up. Jim Hellferich with Alliance Document Shredding will be shredding old documents for only 15 cents per pound. Goodwill will have a trailer to collect gently used furniture. Cell phones will be collected & refurbished and sent over to our United States troops! FEC Electric and Ag Power will be on site with their “Eco-friendly” displays, along with other “Environmentally Friendly” services. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Marriage Education Class Set This Saturday

Twogether in Texas free marriage education class will be offered at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 1200 Houston St. on Saturday, May 30th. For more information, call Johanna Hicks at 903-885-3443.


Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Advanced Healthcare at Memorial Cath Lab

Please join us, Monday, June 1st, for the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Cath Lab at the Hospital. The Grand Opening will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 5:30. Stop by on your way home from work and see this incredible asset that we now have in Hopkins County!


Have you been perfecting your ice cream recipe?

The Chamber of Commerce will present the 8th Annual Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off on Saturday, June 13th, at 4 p.m. on the Civic Center Grounds. It is absolutely FREE to enter your freezer of ice cream ... all you have to do is fill out an entry form and have your ice cream ready to be judged at 4 p.m. on the 13th! If you would rather just eat ice cream than make it, then make plans to join us for only $3 for all-you-can-eat ice cream! For more information and entry forms, either call us at 903-885-6515 or stop by our office at 300 Connally St. Entry forms received before June 8th will be entered in a drawing for great prizes ... so get them in soon!


Can Meredith Spell ‘Milk’?

I can spell it, but obviously I cannot type it! I would like to thank the individual who pointed out my numerous misspellings of the word “milk” on the entry form for the ice cream contest. Somehow, I must have printed out a previous draft, instead of the final copy! Wow ... it is a shame that we sometimes get in a hurry and send out something with errors. I try to pride myself in checking and double checking, but I certainly didn’t this time ... My apologies!


New website for Farmers’ Market

Check out the new website for the Farmers’ Market:


If you haven’t had a chance to visit the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings on Main Street, check out their new website and see what you’ve been missing. The market takes place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., but make sure to get there early, so you don’t miss out on some of goodies that go quickly!


Dairy Festival 5K Milk Run, Saturday, June 13th

If you would like to participate in the Dairy Festival 5K Milk Run, make sure and stop by Fieldhouse Sports to register! The race will take place at Coleman Park with registration beginning at 6:45 a.m.; 7:30 a.m. will begin the Kids 1K Fun Run and the 5K will start at 8 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:15 a./m. to the 1st place overall male and female in the following categories: 12-15yrs, 16-20 yrs, 21-29 yrs, 30-39 yrs, 40-49 yrs, 50-59 yrs, 60-69 yrs and 70 yrs and over. All 1K fun runners get an award. For more information, please call Mark Meadows at 903-885-7621, ext. 278.


Don’t miss these opportunities

  • May 30th—Hopkins County, Go GREEN! 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Cadillac Parking Lot on Gilmer
  • May 30th—Farmer’s Market, Main Street 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • June 1st—Ribbon Cutting, Advanced Healthcare at Memorial Cath Lab—5:30 p.m.
  • June 13th—Chamber Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off, Civic Center Grounds, 4 p.m.
  • June 13-20—50th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival
  • July 17 & 18—H.E.A.T. Stock Horse of Texas Clinic & Show at Civic Center.
  • August 22nd—Hot August Nights, Civic Center, Noon to 7 p.m.


Chamber of Commerce Business of the Week

Congratulations to the Business of the Week

Phil Jackson, DDS
427 N. Davis Street
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

Thought for the Week:

From Dr. Phil Jackson, “A good smile is worth a thousand words.”


Meredith’s Thoughts:

Wow ... it’s hard to believe, but as of June 1st, I will have “officially” been at the Chamber of Commerce for ONE YEAR!!!! It’s funny, but it seems like it was just yesterday that we had the press conference in the old board room announcing that I would be the new president of the Chamber, but at the same time, it seems like I have been here forever (in a good way)!  I wanted to take this opportunity to say “Thank You.” Thank you for welcoming me in to this position with open arms. The support of this community for me and the Chamber is overwhelming! We have done a lot in the past year, but there is sooooooo much more that I want us to do in the years to come!

I have been asked a lot of the same questions over the year, so I thought I would share some of the most frequently asked questions ...

How are you enjoying your new job?

Answer: I love it!

Is it what you thought it would be?

Answer: Honestly, I knew it would be a ton of fun ... which it is ... but I had no idea how much work goes into running a Chamber of Commerce.

What is the hardest part of your job?

Answer: Not taking it home with me ... I have had to learn that when I leave the Chamber office, to try to leave the work there too ... as everyone always says ... “it will be there tomorrow” ... that is much easier said than done!

How has your family handled your new job?

Answer: They have been amazing. When I first started, I asked them to give me one year, to get everything under my belt ... then I would be better. They have been extremely patient, and I think we have all finally settled into my new job and reached a certain balance. I could not have done it without them!!!

I also had no idea of the questions that people would call the Chamber about ... We get tons of calls asking if certain businesses are members of the chamber, but then we also get the same questions over and over, so I thought it would be fun to share the most commonly asked questions at the Chamber:


4. What is the phone number to the Civic Center & where is it in the phone book?

3.  Where is the County Clerk’s office?

2.  What can you tell me about Hopkins County that will make me want to live here? (That may be my favorite question to answer!)

1.  Where can I get a map and phone book? (The Chamber)

Bizarre, but true questions:

4. “Can you send someone out to arrest the guy on a motorcycle that is scaring my new $800 puppy?

3. “Can you tell me the name of the bicycle repair shop ... in Tyler?”

2. “Where is it in relation to the BIG cows?”

1.“Can you help me find someone who will get my grandmother an air conditioner?”

Needless to say ... there is never a dull moment at the Chamber of Commerce and I am loving every minute of it!!!

That’s all for now ... have a GREAT week!





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