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OCT 6 Pray for Jesse and Carl!
OCT 9 Chamber Board Meeting at 11:30, Holiday Inn Express
OCT 9 Royse City Rotary Golf Tourney at 11:30 am, Stone River Golf Club
OCT 11/25 Networking Breakfast, Holiday Inn Express, 8 am, $4 breakfast. Open to the public!
OCT 16 Pumpkin Patch pumpkins arrive at 4pm on Main Street
OCT 17 Chamber Luncheon, Noon at Occasions at Stone River
OCT 17-31 Pumpkin Patch opens on Main Street
OCT 21 28th Annual FunFest, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm downtown Royse City
NOV 4 Quarter Auction for Habitat for Humanity build, 6 pm, Ruth Cherry Intermediate
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
October 17, 2017 at Noon
Occasions at Stone River in Royse City

Speaker: Aimee Griffiths
Chief Operating Officer, Cafe Momentum in Dallas
Topic: Transforming young lives by equipping our community's most at-risk youth with life skills,
education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential
Catered by: Chef Zach

Be sure to pick up your wreath for $10 to decorate for the
November luncheon's "Festival of Wreaths" Auction
Our 28th Annual FunFest is on October 21st from 11:30-6!
It’s the largest event in downtown Royse City and last year’s recipient of the
Best Annual Community Event Award
by the readers of Herald Banner Publications. Two stages will be filled with performances, a fashion show, contests and music from The Southern Ride Band. Our KidsZone is ready to greet all the littles and MicroFest is ready to quench the thirst of the adults! Also, don’t forget our 5k run, RunFest! It begins at 10am that morning at City Lake Park. For registration information just go HERE . There’s still time to be a Vendor! Just click HERE for information and to register.

None of this day would be possible without the help of our VOLUNTEERS and SPONSORS! We look forward to seeing all of you at the "Voluntastic!" party at Shenaniganz in November.
SPECIAL NEWS STORY:
We have all heard the term "People come into your life for a reason". I'm a strong believer in that. Whether it be they are blessing us or we are blessing them or maybe, if we're lucky, a little bit of both. I have been given permission to let you know that our dear friend Jesse Vaughn with Edward Jones Investments - a member of the Royse City CDC and past Chamber Board Member - has been given the chance at a new life. Because of the generosity and huge heart of our City Manager, Carl Alsabrook Jesse is going to receive a new kidney on October 6th. What a beautiful gift. Please join us as we lift up our prayers for a successful surgery and swift healing for both patients. 
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
Honda Cars of Rockwall
1550 I-30 Frontage Rd, Rockwall, TX 75087
www.hondacarsofrockwall.com
On The Border
747 IH 30 Center East, Rockwall, TX 75087 www.ontheborder.com
With the rapid growth of businesses in Royse City, you will be happy to know the Chamber has had quite an increase of opportunities to refer many of our members from Advertising to Website Design. It is our pleasure to continue our partnerships with each and every one of you!
LUNCHEON RECAP

We were happy to welcome four of our newest members to the Chamber with a plaque presentation at the September luncheon. They are, left to right: Garret Carruth – Rockwall Escape Rooms; Ashlee Wilburn – Supreme Lending; Nasima Alim – Panda Express; Denise Hedges – United Elite Gymnastics.
We appreciate your partnership!

Amrit Kirpalani with NectarOM & 9HappyPeople made quite an impact on the audience at the Royse City Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on September 19th. Mr. Kirpalani believes in personal responsibility and spoke to us about the positive concept behind his businesses and the connection between local community as it relates to economic equality.
Volunteer Opportunities
Main Street Annual Pumpkin Patch kicks off October 16th! The City needs your help with volunteering some of your time. Please click on the link to sign up for a certain shift with the pumpkin patch http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4daaae23a4f49-main

We also still need volunteers for the 28th annual FunFest, several shifts are available to work with your schedule! Please contact us at (972) 636-5000; or by email at info@roysecitychamber.com or assistant@roysecitychamber.com if you are able to help!
The Royse City Youth Club, led by Chamber Board Member and Board Vice President Erin Kincaid and her son, Taylor Kincaid, gathered at the Royse City Senior Center this past week to make cards and send well wishes to our Jesse Vaughn and Carl Alsabrook. The kids discussed what it means to show sacrificial love and support for others in our community while designing some of their own love through personal messages and artwork.

In addition, club members decorated the Senior Center for the fall season and wrapped empty boxes for their Holiday Donation Drive. The club is asking for local businesses to allow them to place a box in storefronts, or offices, so employees and community members can donate goods. Donations are for Royse City senior citizens and the local food pantries in Royse City and Caddo Mills. If you would like to be a part of this giving back effort, please email Erin Kincaid at contact@HigherHopesCounseling.com. Boxes will be delivered during the first two weeks of Oct. and picked up as they are filled.

Donations needed range from staple food items such as soup (pop top lids only please) rice, cereal, etc to toothpaste, chapstick, lotion, bath wash etc. Your business will be listed as a donation site in various community locations and through social media.
Tiffany Olson –
Director of Events & Marketing
Tiffany Olson is the Director of Events & Marketing for Rockwall County Helping Hands and she runs her own wedding planning business. She is passionate about her role and the mission of Helping Hands. Her life philosophy is:

To Serve is not to help – I am not above you.
To Serve is not to fix – You are not broken.
To Serve is when my wholeness, Serves your wholeness & Together we are Both Served.
- Anonymous

Tiffany currently serves as a Chamber Ambassador, is on the Royse City Chamber Board and the Royse City Education Foundation Board. She has a strong passion for Royse City and loves living in this great community.

She is also a board member for the Rockwall Area Chamber Commerce Professional Women’s Alliance and worked as the Woman’s Alliance of McKinney staff liaison. Thus, fulfilling her passion for encouraging women in business and Chamber networking.

Graduating from Texas A&M, College Station, Tiffany has over 20 years of events and marketing experience to include working for an Incentive Travel House, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Royse City for ten years with her husband and two children, Gracelyn & Hayden.
Many outside the military don't know what a Gold Star Mother is or what Gold Star Families are. When an active-duty service member dies, his or her mother automatically becomes a Gold Star Mother. It’s a distinction that no mother wants, but it’s one they wear proudly.

The tradition of the Gold Star began during World War II. During the early days of the war, a blue star was used on service flags and hung in homes and businesses to represent each living active-duty member. As men were killed in combat, the gold star was superimposed on the blue star to honor the person for his ultimate sacrifice to the country. Eventually, the mothers of those fallen service members became known as Gold Star Mothers, and their families Gold Star Families.

September 24th 2017 was Gold Star Mother's and Family Day for 2017. Since the inception of the Royse City American Legion post I have gotten to know the West and Grillett Families. The West family lost Tracy Laramore in Iraq in 2004 and the Grillett's lost Jerod Osborne in 2010 in Afghanistan. Both families have endured a loss that no family should have to endure. I want us to take time out of our busy lives and say a prayer for the families who have lost a loved one and remember the sacrifices these families have to endure long after their loved one have left their mark on this world.
Jason Castleberry, Post Commander, Laramore-Osborne American Legion Post 100
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