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January 25, 2011

Bullard Chamber reveals building plans

BULLARD — The Bullard Chamber of Commerce unveiled plans for its new facility at the annual awards and recognition banquet on Monday.

“This building has been a dream for the Chamber for 10 years,” said Chamber President Jay Abercrom-bie, who was named the Chamber’s new president at Monday’s banquet. “Some of these monies were raised seven, eight years ago. We were just waiting on the land.”

The Chamber acquired a 0.6-acre plot on the corner of Emma and Philips streets from the Texas Department of Transportation last year. TxDOT had excess right-of-way near 2480 Old Jacksonville Hwy. that was once used for a railroad stop. The city purchased the land and the Chamber reimbursed the city for the land, said Chamber Treasurer Chris Green.

“We got in excess of $5,000 for the building through donations at the banquet,” Green said. “Local businesses committed to helping with air conditioning, heating, framing and monetary donations.”

The Chamber now has $16,000 in its building fund, Abercrombie said. The building will cost an estimated $250,000. Drawings of the 2,098-square-foot building, drafted by Eubanks, Harris, Roberts and Craig Architects in Tyler, were revealed at the banquet.

“We have revamped the design of the building to match the downtown Bullard architectural theme combined with the railroad history for the City of Bullard,” Abercrombie said.  

The Chamber is selling commemorative bricks which will be displayed at the building for $250.

“The capital campaign will end on March 31 and construction is planned to take place immediately thereafter,” he said. “My goal as the 2011 Bullard Chamber of Commerce president is to complete the building project and be in the new building this fall.”

Also on Monday, the chamber named outgoing Chamber President Brian Capps as its Man of the Year.

“Brian serves on several committees in the Tyler area as well including the Tyler Chamber of Commerce Surface Transportation Commit-tee and the Smith County Transportation Advisory Committee,” Abercrombie said. “He even skipped hunting trips last year to serve at Bullard’s Red, White and Blue Festival.”

The Woman of the Year is Stephanie Moore, the parade and performance chairperson in 2010 for the Red, White and Blue Festival that the Chamber hosts each November.

“A devoted servant leader, she has served behind the scenes in ways too numerous to name,” Abercrombie said. “She thought of having the Traveling Wall come to Bullard for the festival and proceeded to initiate the process while the rest of us thought it was impossible.”

This year there were two winners for Business of the Year — Campbell Custom Homes and Texas National Bank.

The Cecil D. Harper Humanitarian Award went to Doris West, considered to be the chamber’s first full-time volunteer, Abercrombie said. West passed away Oct. 25, 2010.   

“This award has a different meaning for those of us who remember Dot, since it is named after her brother in law, Cecil Harper,” Abercrombie said. “She sat in the Chamber office for hours every day to answer the telephone. She called members of the Chamber to remind them of different chamber events and meetings. Her enthusiasm for the Chamber and our community was hard to match. She seemed to have an impact on everyone she met.”

Member of the Year was Brandi Abercrombie, operations manager for East Texas Title Companies and manager for Jacksonville Title Company.

“Brandi has taken on the huge task of chairing the Red, White and Blue festival for the past two years, taking it to new heights,” Abercrombie said.

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