Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.
I'm not certain why, but it seems that a good place to confront the guy from the Chamber of Commerce is during his visits to the post office. Those daily trips are sort of a social event. It's amazing all the people you can see in the mornings at the post office. It's a good thing there isn't coffee at the post office. Heck, the groups that meet at McDonald's and Arby's might move to a new location on Hudson Street.
In August, the Chamber of Commerce continues to work on a variety of projects. On August 18, the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce and Walgreen's will host the 2018 Murray Ryan Invitational Golf Tournament at the University Course at Scott Park in Silver City. It's a fun tournament that the players enjoy due to chances to win lots of prizes and the specialty events that challenge each of the golfers. Before hitting the course, they can warm up with practice balls sponsored by Edward Jones – Kevin Thompson Financial Advisor. They the golfers are ready to try to win a new vehicle sponsored by Lawley Toyota during the Hole in One Contest. There's a Hole in One Putting Contest. As in years past, someone will win the longest drive contests and the closest to the pin contests for men and women sponsored by Sisbarro Superstore. A new contest to challenge even the most experienced golfers is a longest drive contest hitting giant marshmallows, sponsored by Allstate Insurance – Allen Townsend Agency. Each golfer gets breakfast sponsored by Wagner/Cat and lunch sponsored by Farmers Insurance – Ruth Seawolf Agency. Hole sponsors include Advanced Airlines, Rebecca Dow for House, First Savings Bank, Hidalgo Medical Services, and Revel. We are still accepting teams for this four-man scramble, and there are even a few sponsorship opportunities left. We even have one team flying in from California to play the Murray Ryan Tournament. On August 18, we're going to have fun at the golf course in Silver City.
Western New Mexico University has actually had four different names since it was founded in the Territory of New Mexico on February 11, 1893. It was originally the New Mexico Normal School. In the 1920's, the name changed to New Mexico State Teachers' College. It then became Western New Mexico College… and in 1963 the name was changed to Western New Mexico University. In 125 years, there have been only fifteen presidents of WNMU.
This makes one wonder if there was originally a New Mexico Abnormal School? Hmmm?
The answer to this question is usually different depending on who you ask. If you ask the folks at the local Pizza Hut, they will probably say "yes." Someone busted two of their windows Monday night. If you ask a family on North Grandview Road that lost thousands of dollars of property during a break-in of their home. They will probably say "yes." I know a family from Santa Clara that was burglarized… "yep" definitely. Yet, there are some people in our community, even within law enforcement and the justice system, that don't seem to believe crime is much of a problem.
Each week I receive at least one call from some person in a distant state who is thinking about moving here… but they have read in some publication or some internet site about how our crime statistics are higher than the national average. Some of the retirement sites talk about how the weather in New Mexico is excellent. They go on to mention that the cost of living is pretty good compared to other areas of the country. Then we, New Mexico, take a hit because our taxes seem higher than states in the South and mid-west. And then boom… crime places us at the top of the worst list. It nice to be #1 or #2… but not on the worst crime rate list.
If you didn’t make it to the 1st Annual Silver City Wine Festival, you missed out. We had a great time putting on the event, and it seemed like most of the people attending and working the event enjoyed it as well. But as usual, there are always a few people that just have to try to come up with something negative.
One person said it would have been better outdoors. Really? During the monsoon season? That person sipped too many wines. I also got a kick out of the person who said since he bought a bottle of wine, he should get some of his entrance fee back. Give me a break. You pay $20 to get in the door. You have from Noon to 6:00 p.m. to taste wine from eleven different wineries. Where else around here can you sip wine for six solid hours for only $20.00? Good grief…
We hope to bring a second annual Silver City Wine Festival back to Grant County next year. As soon as that decision is made, we will share with you the dates of the event.
Thinking of all the projects and programs the Chamber of Commerce is involved with, Independence Day has to be my favorite. The July 4th Celebration takes a lot of planning, there is a whole lot of work that has to be done, the hours are terrible… yet, the results are fantastic. This community comes alive when we celebrate patriotism. Each year there are always things that happen that will stick in my memory. The biggest thrill I get is seeing all the smiles. People, young and old, smiling as the parade goes by. A little boy smiling with buttery juice all around his mouth from eating the roasted corn on the cob. The folks smiling as they dance near the gazebo during the live music. And something that always moves me, when everyone in the park stops to watch the raising of the flag and the singing of the national anthem. These are the things that make all the effort worth-while. We at the Chamber of Commerce hope you are enjoying the Silver City celebration.
By this time next week, we will be celebrating the Independence of our great Nation. Wow…. Can you imagine what was going through the minds of the Founding Fathers as they debated and argued and eventually agreed upon our Declaration of Independence. Those people who wanted to remain under the laws of the British labeled the framers of the Declaration of Independence as traitors. These men, no… these brave men could have faced death due to forging our declaration of freedom from British Rule.
You see, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence we were no longer in the middle of the American "rebellion" against Great Britain… but we were beginning a "revolution" against Great Britain. On July 2, 1776 the Second Continental Congress approved the resolution by Richard Henry Lee from Virginia that "these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved." To the British, this was a revolutionary statement.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines HOSPITALITY as hospitable treatment, reception, or disposition. The activity or business of providing services to guests.
Whether we are inviting people to visit the Grant County area to share the weather, the sites, or the way of life that we enjoy… we should always try to be hospitable and friendly toward them. Rather than asking "Why on Earth would you come here?", we should be saying "Thank you for choosing to visit southwest New Mexico!".