It’s “Back to School” time in Coleman and Coleman County. The vacations are coming to a close, the pools will be closing and school shopping is happening. We hope that as you are getting your kids ready for school that you remember our local businesses. The teachers are preparing for a wonderful year with the awesome kids from our area. It’s time that we should be watching for school zones and kids crossing the streets. Please keep our schools and kids in your thoughts and prayers as they embark on another year. This might be a great time to tell a teacher how much you appreciate them.
“Back to School” also brings football! We at the Chamber encourage you back your local football teams and encourage our kids to be the best we can be. Whether it be in sports or band or academics, our kids need the encouragement.
September 3, 2016 will be the Dove Fest. This a time that we can say thank you to all of the dove hunters who come to our county to dove hunt. This Dove Fest will be held at the Bill Franklin Center. This event is from 10AM to 1 PM. Tickets are $10.00 per person, $5.00 for 12 year olds and under. This includes an all you can eat catfish lunch and entry for all door prize drawings. You will also have the opportunity to compete in a virtual skeet shoot competition. Locals can join in the fun as well. Everyone come out to the Bill Franklin Center and enjoy the Dove Fest on September 3rd.
Here at the Chamber we are gearing up for Fiesta de la Paloma, the Festival of the Dove, on October 1, 2016. This is a great event for our community. A time we can fellowship with friends and family in a “Country Fair” type situation. Vendors are booking their spots and anxious to show you what they do best. We encourage you to be a part of the Fiesta. Many new things are going on with the Fiesta and all we need is YOU and your support.
This month we would like to spotlight The Coleman County Foundation. Growing and enriching Coleman County has always been the ultimate goal of the Coleman County Foundation. In 1999 a gift of $1.7 million, from Holiday Hill, established the Coleman County Foundation. Clyde Allen along with founding board members provided key leadership for the Foundation; since its inception the Foundation has awarded over $900,000 in grants back to the community.
Another important piece to the success of the Coleman County Foundation is a special group of couples and individuals who support the work of the Foundation through annual memberships. This unique group promotes the work of the Foundation by building friendships and philanthropy. ‘Friend’ members, through an annual membership of $100 or more, pool their funds together to continually build the endowment and also provide grant-making opportunities. As of this past spring, the Friends of Coleman County has awarded over $202,000 in grants. Becoming part of this group is an easy way to make a difference in Coleman County.
Grant funds from both groups have assisted volunteer fire departments within the county, helped with various safety programs, encouraged teenagers, and provided necessary medical equipment and services. They have enabled libraries, museums and other buildings in the county to make needed improvements to facilities and programs, began community gardens and most recently, provided funding for a program that was the idea of a Coleman High School student. This CHS student noticed that some of her peers were going hungry over the weekends and when they were not in school. The Ticket Booth Project now serves area students that may have previously been in danger of going hungry.
The Coleman County Foundation and Friends of the Coleman County Foundation both have a deep commitment to Coleman County and want to provide funding through grants to enhance the quality of Coleman County. This would not be possible without the support of many individuals who commit their time and energy to providing leadership in governing the activities of the Foundation by serving on the board. Current members of the board of trustees are Sarah Beal, Board President; Kay Allen, Joan Ethridge, Terra McMahon, Dwin Nanny, Caroline Skelton, David Stewart, Randy Turner and Ellen West.