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March 8, 2014

Chamber Chatter: Member spotlight, upcoming events

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Jacksonville Soccer Association as its newest member.

- Chamber officials also invite everyone to take part in the new Business After Hours "Soap Box!" The "Soap Box" is an opportunity for those attending to share what's happening at their business and as a bonus they have an opportunity to win additional money and market themselves or their business.

Business After Hours takes place once a month in a location designated by a sponsor company. It is a relationship building experience held in a relaxed setting that allows for added contacts and resources.

Contact Mary Lou Taylor, Business After Hours chairwoman, at (903) 721-2166 or the Chamber of Commerce at (903) 586-2217 for more information.

- The "Board Member Spotlight" shines this week on Byron Underwood. Underwood is a Chamber of Commerce board member who retires in December 2015. He is a member of the mighty fine class of '79. Underwood is the county commissioner and operates a plant and hay farm in New Summerfield.

- The Cherokee County Hay Show Scholarship is a minimum of two $1,000 scholarships awarded to graduating seniors. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 17.

The student must be an FFA or 4H member. Call Aaron Low at (903) 683-5416 or arlow@ag.tamu.edu for more information.

- Chamber member Harry's Building Materials has a new website! Visit www.hbmitx.com to check it out!

- Don't forget to sign up for the Kiwanis Club's first "Shootout" to be held Saturday, March 15. A four-person team is $300. Participants must bring their own shotgun and shells. Mulligans are available for purchase to replace the lowest score at each station. Breakfast will be catered by Dairy Queen, and lunch will be catered by Sadlers.

Raffle tickets for a Benelli Super Eagle II Shotgun and Treat-Brite aluminum truck dog box are also on sale! For more information, contact Britian McKinney at info@jacksonvillecastle.com or (903) 284-1859.

- The Clothes Closet has an opportunity to restock the food pantry and purchase items needed for sack lunches on Friday and Saturdays (when HOPE soup kitchen is not open).

This is the second year The Clothes Closet and More has participated in Mr. Allen Feinstein's challenge to fight hunger in our community. He has pledged one-million-dollars from the Feinstein Foundation to divide among agencies receiving donations through this offer. These donations may include cash, checks, food items or pledges made between March 1 and April 30. For more information, call (903) 586-0204.

- Peoples Church-The Mission invites you to "Bring a Friend Sunday!" Services are at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 30, with the Rev. David Butler.

The church is also accepting financial, clothing, furniture and canned good donations for those in need.

- H.O.P.E. will hold its "A Renaissance Evening" at the Castle on the Lake at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Admission is $50 per person. The night will include dinner, dancing, a photo booth, live auction and surprise gift boxes.

For more information and tickets contact H.O.P.E at (903) 586-7781.

 

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