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My New Year’s resolution


This year, I will support the La Vernia Junior Livestock Show by bidding on a turkey or maybe even a goat. Heck, I may even purchase a belt buckle to give to a show participant.

I think I will sponsor a contestant for the Miss La Vernia pageant, a parade float for the Bluebonnet Fest Parade, and then attend the live auction later that afternoon. I know it’s no bargain, but it’s for a good cause.

I will put a $100 bill in the jar at the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department’s pancake breakfast, not to mention its Fourth of July picnic, to help buy much-needed supplies and upkeep on their trucks.

I will sponsor a Little League team and buy the team some nice uniforms. Same goes with our Pop Warner football team. Go, Grizzlies!

I will bear the heat in August for the Greater La Vernia Parks Foundation’s barbecue cook-off. This year, I will donate an item for their live auction and I will get my spot in front of the fan to bid on items. I might even donate back the item I just bought. After all, it is so nice to have a beautiful, safe park to take my kids to and walk off those holiday pounds.

I will buy tickets for the chamber’s casino night and probably sponsor some type of auction item. Having nice entry signs into our town is important, plus I feel a structured chamber of commerce is important to a town’s growth.

I will buy an ad in the La Vernia High School yearbook; these kids are our future!

I will sponsor a rest stop for the La Vernia Wild West HammerFest bike riders and buy a couple of shirts, just to say I was there.

I will make a financial commitment to the memorial fund-raisers, for those taken home way too early.

I will purchase more Girl Scout cookies than I will ever eat and will help them to find a place to set up their booth. Same goes for the Boy Scouts.

By now, you are probably thinking that I am overly committed to the community of La Vernia. Maybe you are thinking that I have bitten off more than I can chew. Probably you are thinking it will end up like most New Year’s resolutions, only good intentions.

I am sure you would like to know who this over-committed, over-involved, and overly optimistic person is.

I am your local florist, your local daycare, your local Realtor, your local grocer.

We are your local businesses. We are dedicated to your community and your children’s futures, and the items above are not new resolutions at all. They are the things that every business in La Vernia already commits to every day of every year.

Your local businesses and the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce ask you to make buying La Vernia part of your New Year’s resolution.

Curtis Reeder is president of the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce.

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