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Chamber News: March 2008
Posted 03 - 05 - 2008
“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” – Lewis Grizzard

Banquet honors agriculture industry
The seventh annual Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet is set for 6 p.m., Monday, March 31 at The Fredonia.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Archie P. McDonald, SFA Regent’s Professor of History and executive director of the East Texas Historical Association. Dr. McDonald will present “East Texas Gothic: History of Nacogdoches County Agriculture.”

The 2008 agriculture awardees are:
Farm Family of the Year – Wayne, Worth and Wyman Jacobs
sponsored by Texas Farm Products Company
Pete Smith Agriculture Pioneer - Wilsie Clark
sponsored by Pilgrim's Pride Corporation
Agri-business of the Year - Cal-Tex Lumber Co., Inc.
sponsored by First Bank and Trust
East Texas & Agriculture Educator of the Year - Dr. David Creech
sponsored by Citizens 1st Bank

Two local scholarships will be presented at the banquet to community youth currently attending SFA or planning to attend after high school graduation with a major in the agriculture field. The scholarships are sponsored by Austin Bank, Heritage Land Bank and Mast Cattle Company.

Tickets for the event are $20 and may be purchased by contacting the Chamber at 560-5533. Limited exhibit space is available at no cost. Contact Karen Tucker, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, at 560-7711 before March 25 for reserving exhibit space.

The agriculture banquet is a cooperative effort of local agencies that include Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Forest Service, SFA Agriculture Department, NEDCO and Nacogdoches County Chamber.

In conjunction with promoting agriculture, an Ag Tour to will be conducted on Friday, March 28 to K.J. Ranch / Tilapia Farm, Texas Farm Products, Inc. and Bright Coop, Inc. The tour is free, open to the public and will begin at 8 a.m. at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center. For more tour information contact Chad Gulley or Crispin Skinner at AgriLife Extension Service, 560-7711.

Breezy ribbon cutting events
The Vein Center of East Texas - Join Mark Randel, M.D. and staff during the Open House in their new location, 3440 N.E. Stallings Dr., Wednesday, March 5. Office tours from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and a Ribbon Cutting ceremony will follow at 10 a.m. Enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes!

SFA Friends of Theatre – Join the Ribbon Cutting, 1:15 p.m., Monday, March 24 for new Chamber member Friends of Theatre with Director Scott Shattuck. The event will be at the Fine Arts Building near the intersection of Alumni Dr. and North St. on the SFA campus.

Growing Chamber membership
The following joined the Chamber between Nov. 27 and Feb. 27. Be sure to welcome all as new Chamber members.

Aesthetic Laser Center
Grandmaw’s House Guesthouse & Cold Springs Cabin Rentals Apostolic Lighthouse UPC
Josie’s Fresh Flowers
Rodolfo Becerra, Jr.
Ryszard N. Kwiatkowski
Linda Black
Jack Ledbetter
Brick Street Candles & More
Schwan’s Home Service
Matthew T. Carberry
Service Master Clean
Complete Printing and Publishing, Inc.
SFA Friends of Theatre
Complete Restorations
Sunshine Food Mart/Washateria & Car Wash
East Texas UroCenter
Karen Sessions Tucker
Friends of the Nacogdoches Public Library
Westward Trails Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

Chamber after hours event kicks off rodeo
R & K Distributors, Inc. and GAP Broadcasting - KYKS/KFOX/KTBQ/KSFA - will co-host the Alive After Five on Wednesday, March 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Alive After Five kicks-off the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show and will be held at the sky box in the Nacogdoches County Expo Center at 3805 N.W. Stallings Drive.

The reception is come-as-you-are, and gives every Chamber member a chance to meet and greet others in business. Enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks and live entertainment. Register for great door prizes and take home some cool goodies!

All Chamber members are entered in the cash drawing that may be valued at $1,000, but you must be present to win!

Houston mayor shares vision at luncheon
Mayor Bill White, City of Houston, will speak at the Fourth Friday Luncheon at noon, March 28 at The Fredonia.

The information presented is vital for all local businesses, and the luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. We urge you to attend and stay on top of what is going on at the Chamber and around town. Attendee RSVPs are required. Please call 560-5533, or fax in a form, 560-3920, available at Lunch is $15 at the door. Save two dollars by paying at the Chamber by Thursday, March 27. V3 3/04/08
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