May your days be filled with peace, hope,
and joy this holiday season!

As we enter into the holiday season, we thank you for your support of, investment in, and involvement with the Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous holiday season!

Sincerely,
All of us at the Sour Lake Chamber
The Sour Lake Fire Department resumed their annual Dottie the Dalmation parade! Children could see the fire trucks drive by with their lights and sirens, and catch candy thrown by Dottie and her friends! To see pictures from the event, and to see additional route times, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sourlakefire
Are YOU Signed Up?!
Come out to LeeLand Farms before the parade for snow, Santa, the Grinch, food trucks, vendors, petting zoo, kid activities and more! Visit their Facebook Page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/leefarms2017
Saratoga Lighted Christmas Parade!
Christmas Parade, Downtown Saratoga, December 19th. Parade Starts at 6:00 pm, Lineup 5:30, Please contact one of the phone numbers below if you would like to be in the parade and haven't done so already.

Free Cookies and Hot Chocolate Outside at the Saratoga Fire Station after the parade! West Hardin Band will also be doing a mini Christmas Concert at the fire station after the parade.
Proposed SH 105 Project:
Online Survey Now Available

The TxDOT Beaumont District is asking for input about the proposed SH 105 project in Hardin County by encouraging the public to take a quick online survey by Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.  
TxDOT Beaumont District is proposing to reconstruct and expand SH 105 from SH 326 in Sour Lake to Pine Island Bayou near Bevil Oaks in Hardin County, Texas. The proposed project is anticipated to improve safety, enhance mobility and reduce congestion.

Take Our Survey – We Need Your Input
We encourage the public to rate the proposed alternatives, mark your concerns and ideas on a digital map and share your vision for the roadway by taking the online survey. We also invite you to share the survey link with others by email or social media, so that we can obtain as much feedback as possible.
For more information about this project, visit the SH 105 project page.

Comment Information and Deadline:
Online survey comments must be submitted on or before Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, to be a part of the survey findings report. You can also mail your comments about the project to the following address:
TxDOT Beaumont District
TxDOT Project Manager
8350 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX 77708
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 9, 2019 and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Contact Information
Please note: This email is an automated notification, which is unable to be monitored. We're happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please contact the Beaumont District at (409) 898-5732 at any time about this project, or send your reply to this email: bmtprojects@txdot.gov.
Our Executive Director
Rebecca Gardiner
recognized as November's Hometown Hero!
Congratulations to our very own Executive Director Rebecca for being recognized as KFDM's November Hometown Hero recipient!

Rebecca was nominated by her peers, fellow Chamber Directors in Hardin County. She was surprised at a recent planning meeting hosted by Belinda Trest with KAT Excavation and Construction.

Pictured is Kelsey Borza with Fox News, Belinda Trest Co-Owner of KAT Excavation and Construction, Sandra Womack ED for the Lumberton Chamber, Rebecca Gardiner ED for the Sour Lake Chamber, Sonja Kelly ED for the Silsbee Chamber, and Lauri Thompson ED for the Kountze Chamber.
Hardin-Jefferson Hunger Initiative
Needs Your Support!
Brookshire Brothers Sour Lake recently hosted "Brown Bag of Hope" for shoppers to help donate food to neighbors in need. Bags were donated to the Hardin Jefferson Hunger Initiative, also known as the China Food Pantry.

"We had a lot of questions about what we actually do at The Hardin Jefferson Hunger Initiative. We are in fact, a food pantry so we do have food inside the pantry for those in need. We carry non-perishable items such as can goods, dry and canned beans, rice, instant potatoes, and snacks. We also have some toiletries. Donations of these items are necessary to keep us going. We also accept monetary donations and are always looking for volunteers. Another thing we do is distribute items given to us by the Southeast Texas Food Bank. This is usually fresh fruits and vegetables. We receive these items at various times during the week and post what time on our page. Please keep us in mind when you have extra items!"

Help feed HJ! You can make a donation and learn more about them by visiting their social media page HERE
From the HJ Band Boosters
"BIG BLUE MACHINE: 1-2-1 Bringing home some hardware! This group of young people have had setback after setback, but once again they have risen to the challenge and made us all proud. It’s a GREAT day to be a Band Hawk!"
Blood Drive at First Baptist Sour Lake!
Please consider donating blood at FBC Sour Lake's upcoming blood drive! Your donation helps saves lives! Plus all donors will receive a free "be a deer" t-shirt! You can also get a Covid-19 antibodies test when you get your bloodwork results emailed back.

Thursday, December 17th
9am - 1pm
FBC Sour Lake
765 6th Street
Sour Lake

Whether it is a single load of sand for a playground, clearing a 30 acre tract of land, or 6,000 tons of rock for an oilfield location: We get the job done!

Now KAT has a concrete crusher!! Call KAT today! (409) 753-2767
Well it’s that time of year again for registration to begin. We will be doing a discount for all returning players for 2020 due to the Pandemic situation that occurred. Listed below is the prices for new and returning players. Early Registration discount will still be in affect for New Members. Early Registration ends January 1st. If any questions at all please do not hesitate and ask.
Early Registrations will be done online at TCYB.ORG

Tryouts will be January 30th.
****Returning players from 2020 cost
$75.00
***New Players for the 2021 season cost
$120.00
Champions League is free!!
Thanks to all our members for understanding during this crazy time we all had to endure!!
Splash Pad Progress
Lions Park, Sour Lake. The splash pad perimeter fence is being installed, and the shade structures are being built. SLED (Sour Lake Economic Development) approved additional funds for the roofing material (to match the roof lines of both the pavilion and restrooms) at their recent meeting.

Pictured are city employees Wayne Theriot and Bryan Gallier
Holiday Trash Service for Sour Lake
For businesses and residences inside the Sour Lake city limits:

Trash will NOT run on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec 25, or New Year's Day, Friday, Jan 1st. Trash will only run once (on Tuesday) those two weeks.

Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce Recognizes 
the Scholarship Review Committee
For the past three years, several of our business and community members have served on the Chamber’s scholarship review committee.  The annual scholarship is named the “Martha and George Jordan Scholarship” in honor of this couple’s commitment and service to the HJISD and the Sour Lake community.

The Chamber awards $1,000 scholarships to Hardin-Jefferson High School seniors who have distinguished themselves with strong academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service and volunteerism.

The scholarship review committee ranks each student application based on 8 criteria which include: volunteer and community service activities, school-related activities, academic  achievement and recognition, other activities or service, letter of recommendation, description of volunteer / community services experiences, and financial need.  The review process is done anonymously, since each applicant’s name and personal information is blotted out.

Thank you, scholarship review committee members, for your participation in this selection process.  The Chamber Board appreciates your contribution to the success of our Scholarship Program.  Without your dedication and commitment, we would not be able to honor HJISD senior students.  

Mary Armentrout – Sour Lake Motor Company
Byron Hlavinka – Hlavinka Equipment Company
Mike and Suzanne Kibodeaux – A1 Filters and Grand Canyon University
Daniel Marshall – BBVA Bank
Paula Pyles – Energy Transfer, retired
Belinda Trest – KAT Construction
Pam Sieben – Sieben Equipment Service
Angelin Floyd – Wrangler Wireline Services
Julie Radley – Ernie’s Hardware
Stephanie Matthews – Alma M. Carpenter Public Library
Bill McKeon – Sour Lake Police Department
Faustino Navarrete – Apostolic Lighthouse Church
Evan and Monica Sowders – Bright Star Solutions
Interested in serving on our scholarship committee? Let us know!
Sour Lake Chamber | www.sourlakechamber.com | (409) 287-0688