MT chamber and rotary work together

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce and Rotary came together this week to begin discussing a beautification project for the town.

"We are making it the 'Clean up the Tree' campaign," said Zach Hatley, president of the rotary club.

Hatley added they have been discussing the project for a while and hope to see some major improvements within the town. The clubs' hopes are to have citizens catch on to the beautification process and start making Marked Tree more appealing.

As a part of this improvement project, the Rotary will be purchasing solar lights to be placed under the Marked Tree welcome sign to make it more inviting.

During the meeting, guest speaker Andrea Allen, District Director for Congressman Rick Crawford, spoke about improvements, as well. She commended both clubs for their effort put forth within Marked Tree and encouraged them to voice their concerns to the congressman.

"Feedback is very important. What you have to say does matter," said Allen. "We hear from our regulars quite often, but we need to hear from everyone."

After Allen spoke, the President of the Chamber, Sandy Teague, put an idea on the table for the Chamber and Rotary to host an "Ask your Candidate" night. She said the event would be held at MTHS auditorium with all candidates for mayor present.

"Sine the loss of our mayor, who was very active and involved in the Chamber and community, I think we should do this to keep the town on the right road," said Teague.

She added that many are running for the position, and the night of questions and answers for the candidates will help citizens to steer clear of confusion.

"A lot is at stake for Marked Tree. We want to move forward, and we want the person that's elected to help us move forward," said Teague.

The chamber approved a motion to have the "Ask your Candidate" night in the near future, after school has been dismissed. Teague said they will be promoting the night through churches and media to ensure that all of the residents of Marked Tree are present.

At the meeting, Donna Lamb Brewer, executive director of CASA, spoke about Poinsett County's need for volunteers. CASA's mission is to recruit, train and support court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children in the foster care system until they reach safe and permanent homes. Persons wanting to know more about the program may contact Brewer at (870) 935-1099.

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