Chamber Chat - September
It’s a busy time for Coleman and Coleman County. School has started and football season is in full swing. On September 5th is the Annual Coleman County Dove Hunter’s Festival with ALL YOU CAN EAT FRIED CATFISH. The meal is being served starting at 11:00 in the Bill Franklin Center. Admission is adults $10 and children 12 & under $5. Active Military will be admitted free. For more information about the Dove Festival and about the many prizes that can be won, please contact us at the Chamber. Volunteers are needed to help assist the Dove Hunter’s Festival. If you would like to volunteer please call the Chamber at 325-625-2163. The Chamber is also preparing for the Fiesta de la Paloma to be held on October 3rd at the Bill Franklin Center/Goree Expo and Coleman Rodeo Grounds. We hope everyone will join us at the Fiesta as we try to bring some new things. The Prickly Pear Food and Wine Festival will be on Saturday, October 24th in downtown Coleman. This is the first one for Coleman and everyone is planning on this being a great one. There are so many exciting happening in Coleman. Stay tuned for more exciting things in the next Chamber Chat.
One of the Chamber Business Member that we are spotlighting today is the Humane Society of Coleman County. In the Fall of 2003, JoAnn Eddleman saw the need for a Humane Society in Coleman and took the initiative to form one. Early members coming on board with her in the next few months were Linda Laws, Jody Guthrie, Sue Frizzell, LouAnn McNally, and Judy Meister. Through much dedication and hard work, JoAnn got the organization formally organized and got 501(c)(3) charitable organization status.
Since that early grassroots start with one rescue dog, the Humane Society now has a kennel located on Hwy 153 across from Holiday Hill. As seen in the picture, an expansion is now in process adding additional kennel space, all of which will be under cover. Future plans are to build a boarding kennel next to this one, but that is a little way down the road.
We currently advertise all our adoptable dogs on the internet, go to adoption events in several cities, and adopt locally directly from the kennel. We are a no-kill shelter and are very proud of the number of dogs we place each year. Dogs from Coleman have made their way to places like Canada, California, Florida, and South Carolina to name a few.
Several years ago, we opened a Thrift Store to help support our operation. We started in a building made available by Coleman County State Bank and have expanded to our current facility which is 2 buildings at 108 and 110 East Pecan. This had been a very successful operation with support on sales and donations from Coleman and surrounding cities, some as far away as Houston, Midland, Louisiana, and New Mexico. As adoptions and memorials from various animal lovers basically
support the expense of the kennel, much of the revenue of the Thrift Store is used for our Spay-Neuter assistance program and
reduced vaccination program for low-income families in Coleman County.
We try very hard to be a viable member of the Coleman community by taking part in the October Fiesta, supporting local sports teams with radio advertising and purchasing their fund raising items, and with the assistance of Richard Hetzel are currently working on making a dog park in what is known as the Gazebo lot on Commercial. We are recognized as a location for Community Service, and have had several persons work with us to get the hours they need. We are available for students who need to get voluntary hours for reporting on college applications. We are also very proud of the restoration and preservation of the two buildings at the Thrift Store as both buildings were in bad condition when we originally took ownership and should now be here for many years to come. We give a $500 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the three County schools each year, as we recognize the importance of education for our youth.
Current members of the Humane Society Board are Nelda Copley, President and manager of the Thrift Store, Linda Laws (who still has the first rescue dog of the Society and who has many pass through her home as well as helping Animal Control in Coleman with a rescue horse), Sue Frizzell who with assistance of Ed Kay manages the Kennel, James Winstead who helps with maintenance of the buildings and kennel, Art Michon who does bookkeeping and frequently takes dogs to adoption events and maintains our web site as well as keeping dogs listed on the Internet, and Torrie Cosby who is an irreplaceable assistant in the Thrift Store. Dixie Lee is also a volunteer at the store everytime it is open. James Stricker is someone who helps wherever needed on a daily basis.
The Humane Society of very appreciative of all the people who assist us through donating to the store, volunteering to mow at the Kennel, shopping with us at the Thrift Store, making financial donations, and primarily, adopting from us when possible.
We wish to thank the Chamber for recognizing us this month and giving us an opportunity to express who we are and hope to be for a long time.
Another Chamber Business Member in the spotlight this month is the WW Redtop Lodge. The WW Redtop Lodge is owned and operated by Nathan and Amanda Wise, who 18 years of experience in the bird hunting business. When they began the business, the lodge slept only 12 hunters. Today, due to positive recommendations by word of mouth, the lodge sleeps 43.
Nathan has a passion for bird hunting and takes great pride in putting on a good hunt. Amanda makes sure hunters experience a wide variety of meals.
WW Redtop Lodge is located 3 miles south of Santa Anna on Hwy 283. You will experience prime dove hunting on some of the best sunflower and wheat fields in Coleman County.
This is what you can expect when you arrive at WW Redtop Lodge. Nathan will greet you when you arrive and get you settled in your sleeping quarters. If you arrive early enough in the afternoon, whether hunting dove, quail, or turkey, you will be taken to the hunting site for your first hunt. Otherwise, you can relax in our comfortable country setting, enjoy our delicious appetizers and snacks, or fish in tanks near the lodge. The evening meal consists of juicy, thick rib-eye steaks, catfish, or Amanda’s secret recipe for pork loins with all the trimmings. We also accommodate requested menus as well.
Your morning begins early with different cakes and breads, fruit, cerial, and of course, coffee. Nathan has scouted the fields and hunting sites and knows the best spot to place you for the best morning and evening hunts. If you are turkey hunting, Nathan is an experienced and confident caller and will be happy to help you get a bird. He feeds turkeys year round. After your hunt, then it’s back to camp where you will enjoy a well-deserved delicious brunch. This menu consists of eggs, sausage or bacon, a breakfast casserole, potatoes, homemade biscuits and gravy, watermelon, cantaloupe, and other fruits. After the meal, you might enjoy participating in a skeet contest, playing pool, darts, fishing, etc.
If you want Coleman county hunting at its best with abundant dove, quail, and turkey, we are happy to provide guided hunts, delicious food and lodging. You may contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 325-348-3752 or 325-636-7392.
Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and
visit with us. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.