A fter many months of working on our websites, the City of Rockdale and the Rockdale Chamber websites are now online. The City address is rockdalecityhall.com and the Chamber’s address is rockdalechamber.com. Go online and see the new features and the great information about the town. This will be a work in progress and we will continue to add new information but what a great way to promote our town.
The Commercial Shredder is coming back to Rockdale this Friday, Feb. 25 at the Chamber. It will be here from 9 a.m. to noon and is sponsored by the Chamber and Rotary Club. The cost is 16 cents per pound and you can bring a little or a lot.
The Tejas Festival is a little over a week away. As so often happens we have many additions coming in every day. On Friday, March 4 we will have the authors in the schools. We will also have a pastel painting workshop conducted by acclaimed artist Rita Kirkman. We still have openings for that so call the Chamber.
At 1:30 p.m. we will have Dr. Felix Almaraz at the Lucy Hill Patterson Library for a book signing and reception. He is a renowned author and expert on Hispanic history—a very interesting man and definitely a “don’t miss”.
On Saturday, March 5, we have a cowboy poet who will set up “camp” at the Depot along with all of the other activities they have going on there. This year we have a Nature Center to be hosted by the local garden clubs. They will be in the old McVoys selling plants, gardening books, giving demonstrations and answering gardening questions. They will also do their yearly plant exchange on this day.
We have a playwright and a play called “The Opthmalogist’s Wife” to be presented at 12 noon at the Kay theatre, along with their face painting. The Car Show and Swap Meet will be on Milam St. There are artists under the tents at Wolf Park and there will be authors in the library. Abby Brannam Johnson, author, will be at the Christian Information Book Store signing her new book, “Unplanned”. It will be a great day and if you would like to help in any way, call the Chamber at 446-2030 and join in the fun.
The second Leadership Milam class is well underway. The purpose of the class is to unite county leaders to work together. Each month a different focus is addressed from education to city and county government to healthcare, agriculture and more topics that address how these issues affect the economy of the county. Judge Barkemeyer was in last year’s class and one of his comments recently was that much of the cooperation that is in the county now is a direct result of those leaders being in leadership class together.
This will be a way for the leaders to discover the issues together that will lead us into the future. Applications for the next Leadership Milam class will be out soon. Consider putting in your application for this very worthwhile project. Working together works.
With spring coming, everyone wants to get out and clean up their yards, plant new flowers and enjoy the beauty of the season. Why don’t we all go one step further and start helping with cleanup of the city. Look twice at your business or home and tackle some of those piles of limbs, trash, etc.
We have a great town but some visitors will not even give us a chance because there seems to be no pride. Of course we all know that is not true, but we have to show our pride. Let’s get started today.
Until next time I leave you with this...There is never a right way to do a wrong thing.
Denice Doss is the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce president. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 446-2030.