We are coming to the last weeks of the school year. Both chambers of commerce, Coldspring and Shepherd, give scholarships to graduates who are chosen by the scholarship committees of each chamber.
Coldspring has already completed their choices, and these will be awarded at the ceremony at the High School on May 23. The Shepherd committee meets this week to judge the entries from Shepherd High School. The winners will be announced at their ceremony on May 17.
I am delighted that we have returned to almost normal after our difficulties during COVID when school was often disrupted. Now we can enjoy the hard work these students have done to further their futures. Photos of the ceremonies will be in this column.
•The Women’s League of San Jacinto County Board met at the Senior Center in Coldspring last week. The Board members decide how to disburse the funds they collected throughout the year. The League give back to our community in many ways with scholarships for graduates from both high schools and then to many other organizations.
The group will make the list of donations public at its next meeting, which will be the last before the summer break. President Kay Capers and the Executive Board will announce nominations and elections of the upcoming board also at this time. The new year will start in September.
Members will meet for the last lunch before the break on May 11 at the Coldspring Community Center.
•The Coldspring Chamber held its quarterly lunch at the Coldspring Community Center last week on Tuesday. The guest speaker was John Fletcher from the Small Business Development Center.
He spoke and answered questions on legal and other issues for those starting a new business and explained the nature of the help the SBDC is able to offer small business owners. Lunch was catered by India Love and her staff and President Barbara Justice introduced other elected officials who were attending the lunch.
Among the attendees were the new Chamber members of the Ferguson Flats RV Resort. This is a family business still in the works with many wonderful facilities to come. Three of the family were there and said the land had been in their family for generations and they wanted to honor the family memory by creating a place where those with disabilities could come and enjoy it.
We are coming into the hurricane period of the year. Several organizations are ready to help when disaster strikes. The Red Cross is asking for volunteers in our area to sign up on the web page on their web site. It is a very simple sign up and if you are interested, please have a look at it. The SBDC also has a disaster preparedness page available on their web site. This is also easy to use.
•Shepherd Library is getting ready for its Summer Program. This year it will involve time travel. Director Terri McIntyre and Crystale Thompson are acquiring the items for the journeys into the past. Please be ready to sign up your children when the time comes, space will be limited in the Time Machine.
It is not available yet, this is just a preview.
•Shepherd Chamber of Commerce is busy with its Independence Day event to be held on July 1. The American Legion will open the ceremony for us. The zydeco band Bayou Sounds will perform as will soloist Mike L. Jaccen Lee will be our DJ and MC through the day.
There will be a patriotic dress competition for adults, children/youth and pets will be held as will children’s games and a bouncy house will be present. Walterine Carr will be in charge, as always, at the volleyball contest and we have some great food vendors lined up. Vendors who wish to take part, forms are available on our web site, wwwgreatershepherdchamberofcommerce.org or at the Shepherd Library. Vendors selling products can secure a booth for $20, and food vendors for $40. Non-profits that would like to advertise their organization are welcome. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (936) 628-3890 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.
Yvonne Cones is president of the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.