NEWSLETTER from the PRESIDENT’S DESK
 
 
GREETINGS
I pray everyone had a blessed and Merry Christmas. I cannot believe that Christmas has come and gone and I pray all of you had a Happy New Year. I cannot believe that we are already in January 2016.

RIBBON CUTTING FOR CHILDRENS ADVOCACY
Melinda Rheinfeldt represented the Cotulla Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting on December 14, 2015. We want to congratulate them on opening their office in Cotulla. We wish them much luck in their endeavors.

COTULLA MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS GATHERING
Dori Trevino, Fay Schulze, Chris Goode, Marilyn Reyes, Melinda Rheinfeldt and I attended the COTULLA MAIN STREET GATHERING on December 17, 2015. We all had an enjoyable time. It was well attended. I want to thank my director, board members and Melinda for attending and supporting Patsy. She works very hard to put these events on. We need to support our organizations and show them how much we appreciate what they do for this community. Thank you Patsy for all your hard work.
BUSINESS OF THE MONTH
The Business of the Month for January is ENERGY WASTE SERVICES. We want to thank them for joining our organization and for putting their faith in us to promote their business. Congratulations to them for being chosen business of the month. Please look for their article in the paper and on our web page.
COTULLA FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The First United Methodist Church of Cotulla will be holding a Sanctuary Dedication and Ribbon Cutting on January 10, 2016 at 10:30 A. M. at the church at 302 Center Street. Hon. Rev. Carl Rohlfs, Las Misiones district superintendent, and FUMC Pastor Everett McCarley, will preside over the services that will start at 11:00 A.M. Please make plans to attend and support Pastor Ev and his congregation in this most momentous time in the life of this church. May God Bless them and enrich their Christian walk with the Lord. A catered buffet lunch will be served after morning worship service.
MERRILL LYNCH
 
Brad Johnson with Merrill Lynch will try in January to start having his monthly meetings with the community again. He will inform Melinda and we will be sending and email or e-blast to our membership informing you what location, day and time. Please make plans to attend. His meetings are very informative.
CITY OF COTULLA
Please let the Mayor, City Administrator or any of the City Councilmen and Councilwomen know that you appreciate their hard work in making improvements to our city and in making it a better place to live. They are working hard to make our city a city that we can be proud of and a city where people will want to come an visit.
COUNTY OF LASALLE
We want to thank the County for all of their hard work in trying to improve our county. In the near future you will be seeing some changes taking place in our county and it is all good. Be sure to thank the Judge and the Commissioners for all of their hard work when you see them.
LASALLE COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION
It cannot be too soon to start letting everyone know about the LaSalle County Fair and Wild Hog Cook-Off. Mark it on your calendars because it will be here before you know it. It is always the 2nd Weekend in March.

COTULLA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Please let the School Board and Superintendent Dr. Jack Seals know what a great job they are doing for our district. I think the football field and track renovations are completed. They are still working on the Baseball facilities.
LASALLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, LASALLE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, AMBULANCE, EMS, and COTULLA AIRPORT
We do not want to leave any of our officials out in letting them know that we appreciate them and their dedication to this county and community. Please let all of our entities know how much we appreciate them and what they are doing for our county and community. Without their dedication, our community could not function.

COTULLA HOSPITAL DISTRICT
The Cotulla Hospital Authority will host an open house on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 to inform the public about planning efforts for a Hospital District to serve the Cotulla-LaSalle County region. The purpose of the proposed Hospital District would be to respond to and meet the increasing healthcare needs of the community, which has seen a rapid growth in population in recent years. We invite you to join us and provide your comments on the proposed Hospital District facility, proposed sites, and the healthcare needs of your community.
 
Open House will be held:
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
5:30 P. M to 7:30 P. M.
A. B. Alexander Convention Center
290 N IH-35
Cotulla, Texas 78014
JANUARY DIRECTORS AND REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
The Board of Directors and Regular Membership Meeting will be held on January 12, 2016.
Board of Directors meeting will be at 5:00 P. M.
Regular Membership meeting will be at 6:00 P. M.
Meetings are held the second Tuesday every month at the A. B. Alexander Convention Center in the meeting room upstairs. 
The Membership Meeting will be sponsored by BEST WESTERN.
Please make plans to attend.
AN ANNOUNCEMENT from the PRESIDENT
 
For those of you who do not know, I will be married at 1:00 P. M. on January 9, 2016 in a very small intimate setting. My fiance’s name is JAMES HOWARD WRIGHT I. I did not want a big wedding since this is my second marriage. Only my children, grandchildren, his daughter and granddaughter plus my siblings and their children will be attending the ceremony. I hope I will be able to introduce my fiance and future husband to you at some point in our lives. We will be living here so nothing will change as far as me being the president and conducting business for the Chamber.
 
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Board Members and myself, we pray you will have a very prosperous 2016. We wish the best for your businesses and your families. As always, do not hesitate to contact me, the directors, board members or Melinda if we can help you. Without you and your membership, the Cotulla-LaSalle Chamber of Commerce would not be here or be able to function. We want to thank you for your faith in us and this organization.
 
BRENDA TALBERT
COTULLA CHAMBER PRESIDENT