Posted by Scott Brunner on Aug 07, 2018
I meant to take a picture of the crowd at last week's meeting and forgot. We had a lot of people there at one of my favorite recurring meetings of the year — when we hear from the nonprofits who benefit from funds raised at the rodeo. 
 
At this year's rodeo, Karen and her team emphasized four reasons to consider visiting the rodeo. Three of them (it's a fun night for the whole family; there are children's activities after the show; and it's an annual Longview tradition) are evident while we're working those nights. The fourth (All proceeds support the community) we got to see during last week's meeting. 
 
Here's the groups and amounts:
 
  • Beds of Hope: $5,000
  • Asbury House: $2,160
  • Longview Child Development Center: $5,000
  • Caring & Sharing: $5,000
  • East Texas CASA: $4,000
  • Community Connections: $5,000
And we're already actively involved in getting sponsorships for our concert fundraiser, which is quickly headed our way. Keith Bailey and Roger Sage Jr. have been working hard to get us to about $43,000 in sponsorships. That's great, but the goal is to reach $75,000. YOU CAN HELP! If you bought a sponsorship in the past, please consider doing so again. If you know someone who might, get them the sponsor form Keith sent to club members or download it here
 
And as Keith wrote, be sure to make plans to come to the event and enjoy a great evening of music. 
 
This week, we'll hear from our local high school football coaches. We're expecting coach King from Longview, coach Lane from Pine Tree and coach Mercer from Spring Hill. This is always a good one. News-Journal sports editor Jack Stallard will also join us. 
 
It is Vince Dulweber's week to provide the prize for Rust's Raffle. It is Doug Barnard's week to lead us in the song, pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test. 
 
The menu this week is expanded salad bar, but I haven't told our coaches that. 
 
See you then,
scott