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By Belinda Serrano
In looking back over his past year as Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce President, Rodney Foster has come to realize that life truly is sweet in Sweetwater.
In contrast to the national economy, Foster says that Sweetwater has been a fortunate community in which to live, with a varied economic foundation that enables the city to thrive.
"A diverse economic base combined with our greatest attribute--great people, allows our community to enjoy a great reputation for raising a family," said Foster.
In turn, the great reputation proves beneficial to the Chamber of Commerce in various opportunities in the past year, which he hopes has been encouraging to the community while also making it better. He cites the busy schedule of the Chamber's past year, in which they hosted 12 Chamber Coffees, held 22 ribbon cuttings, and added nineteen new members to the Chamber.
Incentives were also granted to various organizations over the past 12 months, such as the WTRA (West Texas Rodeo Association), the WASP (Women's AirForce Service Pilots) Homecoming, SHS (Sweetwater High School) Wood Bat Baseball Classic, the BCCHA (Big Country Cutting Horse Association), the DF Ranch Triathlon and the Area II FFA (Future Farmers of America) Leadership Convention.
Furthermore, the Chamber hosted another year of the Leadership and Future Sweetwater programs. They additionally hosted seven playoff football games as well as the annual Sammy Baugh Classic at the Mustang Bowl.
The Chamber also participated in the Sweetwater Jaycee's World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up. In addition, they hosted the Chamber Appreciation Luncheon, the New Teachers Luncheon and the 50th anniversary celebration for Ludlum Measurements.
"The list goes on for what your Chamber has been involved with this year," Foster noted. "However, the Chamber could not have accomplished any of these without the support of the Chamber members and the many volunteers."
He added that the Chamber's success is the result of the joint efforts from its staff, members and volunteers. The community can also find pride in the fact that those three groups represent Sweetwater well.
Foster stated that looking ahead, the Chamber's best days are forward and that the group is in good hands. He also offers thanks to the people he has served alongside in his time with the Chamber.
"I have enjoyed my past year as president and I have enjoyed serving with the staff and my fellow board members," Foster concluded. "Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it the past three years."
Learn more about the last twelve months and the overall history of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce in today's special section of the Sweetwater Reporter, which previews the 48th Annual Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce's Installation Banquet. It will be held on Monday evening, Sept. 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex.