Group pushes Texas site for Latino Museum

Last week I was privileged to participate in an event in Austin with a group from Rockdale. As I told you last week, historian Robert Hicks approached a group of us two weeks ago about helping to promote a Latino Museum and its proposed site in Austin.

A commission was formed in 2008 by the President of the United States to research this idea and make a report to Congress in September of where, how and if such a project should go forward.

Well, many of us in Texas feel it should be in Austin and there was a forum held in Austin to give our opinion and support to that line of thought. To emphasize the Hispanic Culture in Texas we felt a group of folklorico dancers would add much to the meeting. We invited the Guadalapauno Dancers from the Cameron/Rockdale area with leader Aurora Cardona to attend the Forum as well to perform their wonderful cultural dances. They came and were the hit of the show.

The Secretary of State, Hope Andrade, was there as were members of the Commission to be sure they were in the pictures with these wonderful young ambassadors from our area. The children ranged in age from 3-16 and they all did a great job. They were the highlight of the event in my mind and I think others would agree. So thank you to Aurora and all of the parents who came with their children to represent Milam County in such a positive way.

And on to the meeting, those from the area who attended were Dr. Lucile Estell, Becky Booker Marek, Joy Graham, Toby Johnson, Joyce Dalley and myself. It was memorable to meet the Secretary of State and the other dignitaries in the meeting. The input was good from those in attendance and I think the Commissioners got some good ideas to carry forward.

One of the ideas came from our own Becky Booker Marek in that she suggested that for now it be a traveling exhibit like the Vietnam Exhibit. That idea was met with positive feedback and agreement. All in all it was a highlight, it is good to be a part of something bigger than just my own little world.

And no matter what decision is made I feel our little delegation at least put Rockdale and Milam County on the minds of those people that day. I am proud of our input and involvement.

Palin does Austin

In addition to the forum at the Capitol last week I also got to hear Sarah Palin speak. I took my two girls and we all went to the Austin Convention Center. There were about 1,500 people at the event and it was such a wonderful experience. Palin is very inspirational and upbeat and I could have listened to her for hours. Her positive spirit is inspiring and it was a joy to be in the same room with this lady. Gov. Rick Perry introduced her and he, too, was enjoyable to hear. I really stepped out of my box last week and I felt a better person for having done it

New Ed Jones office

Do not skew image to fit in any way other than what has been provided. anywhere. This week we had a ribbon cutting

199 for the new Edward Jones

Please use the one ad that fits your column width. office with financial adviser, Paul Dixon. I know many of you have

Contact The Loomis Agency for artwork. questioned that and the reason there are now two is because Edward Jones likes their agents to have their own office. So go by and visit Paul in the log house on Hwy. 79 and let him help you with your investment needs.

Perry celebration

Wednesday is the celebration of author, George Sessions Perry’s 100th birthday. It will be a great celebration of Rockdale’s history. The committee has worked hard on this event and it is nice to have our strengths celebrated as we commemorate one of our “claims to fame.” The event will be held at the Patterson Center at 6 p.m. with the Communities in Concert Band, a city proclamation, folklorico dancers, essay winner reading, poster winner displays, memorabilia exhibition, Granny Van appearance and speaker Garna Christian.

Until next time I leave you with this: Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I

like fun.

Texas Dairy Queen

May ‘10

ddoss@rockdalechamber.com

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