Edwards to serve another term as president of Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance

From Staff Reports

July 15, 2008 - Rita Edwards has been chosen to serve another term as the president of the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance, and the orgnization's members have also decided to tweak their regular meeting schedule.

In addition to Edwards, three other officers were elected Monday night at a regular meeting of the business alliance. They are Vice President John Sellers, Treasurer Nelda Winkle and Secretary Joy Wilson.

Edwards has been president since 2006. Since being named to head the DBA, the group has made many strides in bringing events downtown, such as the Heritage Square Rod Run, a classic car rally bringing hundreds of people to the city square each October. The business alliance has also helped organize concerts, sidewalk sales, holiday festivals and other special events that have brought more focuse to the downtown area. Two years ago, with the help of generous donors, the group purchased $8,000 worth of Christmas lights to decorate the square, and this year members have been raising money to buy a 30-foot Christmas tree. Earlier this year, the DBA sponsored a downtown flea market that brought in more than 100 vendors and many more shoppers. The group is holding a free movie night on the square at sundown this Friday, and hope to repeat the event if turnout is good.

At February's Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet, the group was recognized for their efforts. Edwards ws presented the Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Year award for her work as president of the alliance, while the Downtown Business Alliance eceived the Vision Award, given by the Chamber to those who first see an area of potential need or opportunity in the community.

In other business, the members decided to change their meeting schedule slightly. The alliance has been holding meetings every Wednesday morning at Judy's Kitchen, along with a monthly session the second Monday night of each month.

They will continue to meet on the second Monday of the month at Plain 'N' Fancy Sandwich Shoppe on the square, but now the session will start at 5:30 p.m.

They have also decided to space out the weekly meetings and make them bi-weekly, meeting every other Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Judy's Kitchen. The group will start the new rotation immediately, meeting this Wednesday, then skipping next week, then meeting again on July 30.

From Staff Reports

Rita Edwards has been chosen to serve another term as the president of the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance, and the organization's members have also decided to tweak their regular meeting schedule.

In addition to Edwards, three other officers were elected Monday night at a regular meeting of the business alliance. They are Vice President John Sellers, Treasurer Nelda Winkle and Secretary Joy Wilson.

Edwards has been president since 2006. Since being named to head the DBA, the group has made many strides in bringing events downtown, such as the Heritage Square Rod Run, a classic car rally bringing hundreds of people to the city square each October. The business alliance has also helped organize concerts, sidewalk sales, holiday festivals and other special events that have brought more focus to the downtown area. Two years ago, with the help of generous donors, the group purchased $8,000 worth of Christmas lights to decorate the square, and this year members have been raising money to buy a 30-foot Christmas tree. Earlier this year, the DBA sponsored a downtown flea market that brought in more than 100 vendors and many more shoppers. The group is holding a free movie night on the square at sundown this Friday, and hope to repeat the event if turnout is good.

At February's Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet, the group was recognized for their efforts. Edwards was presented the Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Year award for her work as president of the alliance, while the Downtown Business Alliance received the Vision Award, given by the Chamber to those who first see an area of potential need or opportunity in the community.

In other business, the members decided to change their meeting schedule slightly. The alliance has been holding meetings every Wednesday morning at Judy's Kitchen, along with a monthly session the second Monday night of each month.

They will continue to meet on the second Monday of the month at Plain 'N' Fancy Sandwich Shoppe on the square, but now the session will start at 5:30 p.m.

They have also decided to space out the weekly meetings and make them bi-weekly, meeting every other Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Judy's Kitchen. The group will start the new rotation immediately, meeting this Wednesday, then skipping next week, then meeting again on July 30.

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