Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce

Shepherd Chamber of Commerce

16 N. Liberty St, Shepherd, TX 77371


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by Yvonne Cones

Coldspring Chamber of Commerce

31 N. Butler St., Coldspring, TX 77331


Coldspring Garden Club Fundraising Committee

Wanda Gardner's painted boxes

Bruce Ellisor

It’s nearly scholarship time! High School students from both Coldspring Oakhurst ISD and Shepherd ISD have handed in their applications. The winners will be presented on their Award Night. It is always both gratifying and inspiring to read the essays from the students. Each one is looking forward to achieving their goals in life and both Chamber Scholarship Committees are pleased to give some help in this cause.

The Women’s League Fund Raising Committee met this week at the Senior Center in Coldspring. The Style Show was the main item on the agenda.  To be held at the Coldspring Community Shelter on April 13, members of the League will model fashion by Chico of Kingwood. The items are priced and can be ordered or bought at the store as well as any accessories shown. Lunch will be catered by India Love who always creates wonderful lunches and the Silent Auction will feature many items as well as a Bake Sale. Call for tickets at Coldspring Senior Center and ask for Charline Smith or call Mary Ann Pittman at 713-823-6820. Mary Ann has  organized a great deal of the show including the programs and tickets. Sponsors have been very generous to the Women’s League. Dr Merry gave a generous donation and Susan Vaughan donated the cost of all the printing. Thanks to First State Bank, Texas Grill and McClains in Shepherd and all the ladies of the Committee.

President Kay Capers also told the group the good news that she and her husband, Sheriff Greg Capers, are new grandparents to baby girl Henley Grace Robison. Congratulations to parents and grandparents! Also since I am mentioning babies , congratulations to the parents and grandparents of Baby Tucker of Shepherd, who was able to come home after a successful heart transplant. Tucker has spent his life in hospital until he was able to have the operation.

The Coldspring Garden Club Fund Raising Committee also met this week. Look for some specialty items hand made items on sale  at the May 27 Trades Day. Wanda Gardner, who recently became a Coldspring Chamber member, will sell some of her painted and decorated plant pots and boxes. Plants will be on sale too and there will be a quilt raffle. Wanda also make ‘Salvation Bracelets’. She was wearing one and told the story of the Nativity as she moved the lovely stones and beads around on her wrist. I want one!

On May 6 at 6 PM you can enjoy the ‘Cinco Casino for a Cause’. Sorry! It’s not a gambling joint, players will have fun with ‘funny money’ but will donate to the COCISD Education Foundation. There will be food, games, dancing, music and lots of fun at the Community Shelter Building. Call 936-760-5144 for more information and to buy tickets.

Shepherd Chamber welcomes new member The Atchley Insurance Agency. Owners Ray and Anita Atchley can offer Home. Auto, Life and Commercial policies. They represent most major carriers, not tied to one company, and can speak to clients one on one at their home, in office or on Zoom. Located in the center of Shepherd at the traffic lights 4-way, you can call them at 936-252-2013. The ribbon cutting will be announced shortly.

Shepherd Library will have their Easter egg-Travaganza on March 31 from 2PM-4PM. The Easter Bunny will be there for photo ops, cost is $5 . This event is sponsored through the Friends of Shepherd Library by Marvin Green. Marvin and his sister Joyce recently had their ribbon cutting as Shepherd Chamber members for the Shepherd Super Center. Located on the frontage road Hwy 59 S this is a great place to browse for gifts or home decor or one of the many items on sale at very reasonable prices. On April 6 at 5.30 PM in Shepherd Library I will be talking about my early life in England during WW2. I was born during this war, grew up with rationing and rebuilding of the country and looking back see how I lived during a very historically important time historically . The event is free, donations to the Library are welcome but not mandatory.

As you may have noticed, I meet many interesting people writing for this column. Recently I met and talked to Mr. Bruce Ellisor. This family name is well known in our county. The Ellisors can trace their line way back in our county’s history. Bruce is the Customer Service Director at Planet Ford. We talked about High School, since I was a High School teacher in England and he went to Coldspring Oakhurst, as did his 4 sons and 2 daughters. He has 11 grandchildren and his wife works in the High School. You can tell he is focused on having good education being a priority for his family.