City of Earle revives Chamber of Commerce
‘ This is really important to us,’ says ECOC president
After years of being dormant, the Earle Chamber of Commerce is up and running again and ready to help promote the community.
Chamber president Sandy Holloway, who is a former city councilmember, told the City Council that the Chamber has elected officers and has been meeting twice a month since being re-activated.
“I just want you to know that the Chamber is back,” Holloway said.
Holloway said members have discussed a lot of projects that they hope to work on in the coming months.
Their first project will be to ensure that every residence and building in Earle is properly marked with street numbers so that emergency vehicles can locate the property and respond in a timely manner.
“This is really important to us,” Holloway said. “It’s a big problem. This is imperative that we do this because if somebody gets sick and an ambulance has to come, they don’t need to waste precious minutes searching for a house.”
Holloway said they have teenagers who have volunteered to help put the numbers up and have received some donations to help defray
“We are hoping though that citizens who can afford it will pitch in five or ten dollars to do that,” Holloway
They hope to have each house numbered by the end of summer.
Holloway said the Chamber is also working on building a website.
“There are a number of things we are trying to get done,” Holloway said.
The Chamber will be sending out letters in the next week to all city officials, churches, and businesses informing them of when they meet and also encouraging everyone to join and get involved in Chamber activities.
“If you aren’t a member, please become one,” Holloway said. “We really do need memberships and we want the community to be involved. We’re very informal. We sit around and discuss things and brainstorm idea. We’re open to any kind of projects and we need everyone’s input.”
Councilwoman Jimmie Barham thanked Holloway for her role in re-energizing the Chamber.
“We’re so thankful,” Barham said. “Thank you for getting it started.”
“Well, I got a lot of help,” Holloway said. “We’ve got some good people who really care.”
By Mark Randall