RDA recognizes top worker, restoration

Finley Finley Bernie Finley received the Shining Star Award at the annual Rockdale Downtown Association's membership dinner, held Monday at Dyess Insurance.

President Chris Dyess opened he meet ing by recog niz ing RDA's accomplishments for 2009, includi ng: helpi ng organize entert ainment in Wolf Park for the "All Aboard the Christmas Express" festivities; holding hamburger

and barbecue fund-raisers at the Tejas Art & Book Festival; the 2008 Downtown Christmas Lighting Contest; working with the city and Chamber of Commerce to present a seminar on strategic planning; organizing a cleanup downtown; and financially supporting the Kay Theater restoration project.

Finley was instrumental in the design and installation of banner brackets and organized the Tejas Festival car show, Dyess said.

Directors serve two-year terms. Elected to director positions were: Chris Dyess, Mary Lee Dyess, Bernie Finley, Toby Johnson, Joyce Ford, Collier Perry, Ernestine Betchan, Joyce Dally, Blake Phillips, Mary Phillips and Rita Jujergens.

Officers are: Chris Dyess, president; Joyce Dally, vice president; Toby Johnson, secretary; Rita Juergens, treasurer.

Four committee chairpersons will be appointed at the next director's meeting for: website, education/business development, events and membership.

RDA is a member of the Rockdale Historical Society, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce locally. They are members of the Texas Downtown Association and El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail.

RDA was recognized by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce in 2008 as "Organization of the Year."

RDA meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at "Bit of History," 114 E. Cameron Ave.

"Our meetings are open to all interested in fostering, promoting, maintaining and encouraging the civic, social, commercial, tourist and economic welfare od downtown Rockdale," Dyess said.

Those attending Monday enjoyed a meal provided by members.

For more information on RDA, call Dyess at 446-6680.

RECOGNIZED • Shining Star—Bernie Finley. • Best Restoration— Shrimps. Also recognized for restoration/painting work was McVoy's. • New Downtown Business— Shrimps/Ace Plumbing & Septic.

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