Volunteers kept Marshall Chamber going

Last week at the annual Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce Banquet, I received one of three awards given for innovation.

I was deeply honored to receive the award and to be named along with Louis and Audrey Kariel and Geraldine Mauthe.

After receiving the award, I should have stepped to the microphone and acknowledged the many individuals and groups of individuals who were part of the Chamber restructuring during the 2014-2015 period.

I simply was caught flat-footed and did not know what to say.

Let me correct that oversight now.

That period was a very difficult time for the Chamber financially, and we realized that the only path forward was to cut all overhead and operate for a time with volunteers.

This was a daunting task, having had three full-time paid staff members with years of experience and several major events staring us in the face.

A steering committee was formed in the summer/fall of 2014 to hold the Chamber together.

It was the make-up of that committee that formed a plan and created a new beginning for the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce.

Kris McGee, Keith Honey, Mrs. Willie Hughey, Melissa Haynes, Eric Neal and Mark Hartt, along with myself, met every week — and it was their unselfish contribution and commitment that made it work.

The Chamber operated for the next year and half managed by the committee and the Board of Directors, but it was the volunteers that made it happen.

The Chamber Ambassadors stepped up and made sure all events went off as usual. Countless individuals opened the doors every day and manned the phones.

Former employees Connie Fugler and Kim Brown were available to provide guidance and answer questions.

Wiley College students worked to get membership flowing and rebuild the bank account.

Professional services were provided by A&G Accounting and Judge Richard Anderson pro-bono.

And so many others. I can’t remember all those who contributed but you know who you are.

Thank you.

I was perhaps the more conspicuous face during this time, but without those mentioned above, the Chamber could not have functioned.

They have my sincere thanks and share this award with me.

— Bob King, Marshall

Thanks for the commmunity support

The 2019 Marshall Police Officers’ Association Rodeo was a success, and we would like to thank all of our sponsors.

MPOA would also like to send a heartfelt thank you to Scotty Lovelace and his family for their hard work yet again.

MPOA is grateful to have a community that not only supports our mission and our goals, but us as an organization.

The MPOA members serve the greatest city in East Texas, not because we have to, but because we choose to.

MPOA President Scott Smith said it best Saturday, “When you see that name of an organization you represent being supported by its community, it makes all the hard work worth it.” We are a great community that serves each other, supports each other, and quite honestly loves each other.

Together we are greater, we are stronger — and that’s what makes us MARSHALL STRONG.

— The Marshall Police Officers’