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  • BLKRT U.S. POSTAGE PAID

    PERMIT NO. 102 Commerce, Texas 75428

    August 2017 A PUBLICATION OF THE COMMERCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    Independence Day Celebration July 1st Commerce, Texas

    Well we had an eventful day in Commerce, Saturday the 1st , not knowing whether or not we would be rained out for the 4th Celebration. Two inches of rain overnight and intermittent showers all morning long turned out to be the pre curser of a beautiful day at Centennial Park.

    There is a long list of sponsors and donors that we need to thank for a successful event but we will start with Commerce Chevrolet-Buick for your Corporate Sponsorship for this year. Alliance Bank provided the cooker and prepared the food as well as ample help to serve the hot dogs and hamburgers. Ben E. Keith provided the wonderful stage and street signs to distribute all over town. Sonic Drive-In provided all the hamburger and hot dog buns. Fix and Feed provided the water and Ice. Commerce Little Angels loaned us their Bash Bug for the children. Of course we want to thank all our Chamber Board members who came out to help set up, sell food, put out tables and chairs, take money for the food and jump houses, drive the bash bug, run here for this and that and generally make sure that everyone had a great time.

    This year we had some great vendors present at the event who were able to present their businesses to the public and get their name out there to help their image. The food bank took in a lot of food as well as monetary donations to help their great cause. Our two local radio stations KETR and the Coyote helped with on the air plugs for the event and a simu-cast of music to go along with the best fireworks show in Northeast Texas from Pyrotex out of Leonard, Texas. The Ben E. Keith stage rocked when the Cross Trails Cowboy Church band preformed as well as when Twisted Whisky took over and finished out the entertainment for the evening.

    We always want to thank the Commerce City Police and Fire Departments for helping keep us safe at all our events and the City and Parks Department Employees for all their help.

    Now on to the Bash, Look out Commerce the 2017 Bois d’Arc Bash is right around the corner and it should be bigger and better than ever. See you there.

    By Paul Voss

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    Executive Board Jeannie Harris President Julie Gentle Executive Vice President Shelly Gerard Past President Joe Shipman Secretary Marie Humphries Treasurer

    Elected Board Members Sarj Agha Teena Ayres Holly Bauschka Ken Bishop Joe Crenshaw Vivian Freeman

    Jeannie Harris Marie Humphries Sandra Martin Erin McKee Gary Rusch Amy Welch

    Executive Director Paul Voss Office Administrator Sheryl Millar 1114 Main Street, P.O. Box 290 Commerce, TX 75429 903.886.3950 f 903.886.8012 commerce-chamber.com info@commerce-chamber.com

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    Permanent Board Members Larry Willis, ONCOR Bonnie Hunter, CEDC Charlie Alderman, Superintendent, Commerce ISD

    Darrek Ferrell, City Manager Noah Nelson, Director of Community Engagement and Director of Media Relations, Texas A&M University-Commerce

    Dear Chamber Members,

    Our annual Commerce 4th of July was an incredible success. While the rained threatened to overtake the day, our spirits prevailed. The Cross Trails Band performed to a crowd over stepping mud and battling humidity followed by a rocking performance by Twisted Whisky. The night was capped off with the greatest fireworks show in the area. The success of our annual event was in due to part to several forces working together and achieving greatness. Paul Voss, Executive Director of the Chamber and his wife Susan worked morning noon and night. Gary Rusch brought a team from Alliance Bank to do the cooking while Chad and Julie Gentle brought volunteers from Commerce Fitness for set up. Shelly Gerard, Vivian Freeman, Holly Bauschka, Teena Ayres, and Marie Humphries sold burgers, manned the bounce houses and helped where ever and however to make the 4th of July spectacular. I would like to send a special thanks to Commerce Chevrolet for their generous sponsorship along with the Chamber members who donated, sponsored, and attending. Without you, we wouldn't have found success.

    I'd like to take this opportunity to ask you each of our Chamber members to join us in creating the success of the 32nd Annual Bois d'Arc Bash taking place September 22-23 downtown. We have plenty of opportunities available for you to lend a helping hand. Sponsorship, volunteering, booth rentals, and participation are all ways you can give back to your Chamber. Sponsoring the Bash is a great advertisement for Chamber members as your business will be placed in the faces and ears of all who visit downtown at the Bash. Volunteering at the Bash will put the face of your business in front of all who visit the Bash. Selling your business products puts your product and your business in front of everyone at the Bash. Any way you can support the Bash is a marketable opportunity for you.

    I look forward to seeing you at the 32nd Annual Bois d’Arc Bash!

    Best Regards, Jeannie C. Harris President jharris@churchillcommerce.com 903-886-4444

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    Miss Bois d’Arc Pageant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 16 Bois d’Arc Bash Golf Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 22 Commerce Leadership Institute BBQ Fundraiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 22 30th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 22—23 Commerce Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 23 Hot Havana Nights (benefitting Women In Need) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 23rd, from 6PM-10PM The Emerald Ballroom- Greenville, TX (2316 Johnson Street) Texas A&M-Commerce Homecoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .October 14 Community Thanksgiving Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .November 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Commerce Bois d’Arc Christmas Parade & Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 2 Brunch with Santa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 2 Merry Marketplace for Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Commerce Commerce Public Library Open House . . . . .

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