NEWSLETTER from the PRESIDENT'S DESK
July 1, 2015
 
 
Busy month.
It has been another busy month for us. It is still pleasant to be outside and the rain is still nice. I cannot believe we are in July and our county still looks nice and green. 
 
Major project in the works
The hospital board is continuing to meet and plan their strategies for possibly a hospital being built here in LaSalle County. We are very excited about that happening. It is desperately needed in our county. We look forward to hearing about the progress they are making.
 
Roadside park ribbon cutting
 
Melinda, Fay, Marilyn, Jerry and I attended the ribbon cutting for the new roadside park south of Cotulla last Wednesday. TXDot did the presentation and ribbon cutting themselves. We as a Chamber were invited to attend. It was very well attended by citizens of LaSalle County plus several dignitaries. If you have not had the opportunity to go and check the facilities out you need to. It is one of the nicest roadside parks I have seen in the state. See photos here.
 
Business of the month
We have chosen our Business of the Month for July. Hoods Medical Clinic is the recipient for this month. We have notified them and will be taking pictures next week and getting it in the paper and on our website.
 
Website to be unveiled next week
We met Monday evening with our new web provider and he presented us with our new website and what it is going to look like. You as members will be hearing more about it and how you can advertise your businesses. It will be up and fully functional in about a week.
 
Getting ready for Hunter's Appreciation
We are still working on the Hunter’s Appreciation. I cannot believe how fast the year is going. It will be here before you know it. We are still waiting on PMDG to get our folders to us so we can get them out to our membership. 
 
Fourth of July in Cotulla

It was a nice day to be in Cotulla this past weekend! There were live bands, food vendors, etc. and lots of entertainment for the entire family. The fireworks display started around 9:15 P.M. and was a sight not to be missed. If you see Patsy Leigh, Cotulla Main Street Manager, thank her for all the hard work that she has done to make this event possible plus all the other work that she is overseeing to beautify our city. See photos here. The sidewalk project is moving along nicely but due to the rains it has been delayed. It will be very nice when it is finished.

Streets getting a makeover
Our city is continuing to do infrastructure within the city proper. The streets will be very nice when they are paved. Some of the city is already benefiting from the new water lines and sewer lines.
 
Scholarships given
We presented our 4 college students with their scholarships at our last meeting. The students were Rani Hanks, Kendra Torres, Abreana De La Garza and Karissa Gonzales. The each were awarded $2000.00. We are very proud of all the students who received scholarships this year. Most of the 14 high school students were in attendance so we could present them to the public and they could see who had been given the scholarships.
 
Community saddened
Please keep the VanCleve and Horton families and other families in our community who have lost their loved ones in your prayers. They need to know that they are in our prayers and that we are thinking of them.
 
Optimistic about Cotulla
The oil and gas industry in Cotulla has slowed down a bit but we are very confident that the slump is only temporary. We are optimistic that it will soon pick up the momentum we had experienced a few months back and get the laid off employees back to work.
 
Audit completed
Our audit is finished and we’re in good shape. The auditor will start the audit for 2014 and should have it finished and ready to present to the membership body in September at our annual business meeting.
 
Celebrated birthdays
We celebrated two birthdays in June. Melinda, the Chamber Manager, and Dal Randle, board of director. We wished both of them a Happy Birthday.
 
Until next time
On behalf of the board members, board of directors and myself, we hope you had a safe and fun filled Fourth of July. Continue to have a safe summer.