November 13, 2017 - Approxmiately 150 Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young Ambassador students attended the Annual JCC Fall Conference on November 9th and the Windham Civic Center. Allison Sanford was this year’s Chairman.
This year’s theme was Shelby County: Strong Roots, New Leaves. Mr. Bill O’Neal, Texas State Historian, gave the students a very interesting and enlightening history lesson on Shelby County. He stressed that you cannot know who you are nor where you are going until you know who you are, and your heritage.
Emily Shoop, a 2012 Center High School graduate student who attended Texas A&M, worked in Houston and has recently returned home to live and work also spoke to the students. She stressed the importance of school and community involvement. She also spoke about how Shelby County supported her through her life, and now she is looking forward to giving back.
Students from the Marleta Chadwick Financial Advisors School of Business at SFA led two sessions: Time Management, Organization and Goal Setting; and Budgeting. These sessions were very hands on and interactive, and well received by the JCC group.
State Representative, Chris Paddie was the Keynote Speaker. He touched on many topics including: how the Texas Government process works, the importance of school and community involvement, the importance of finding your passion(s) and taking leadership roles, the importance of education at all levels, and more.
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the special speakers who made the Conference a success. The Chamber would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Gold Sponsor, Cobb-Vantress- Timberlake Farm; Silver Sponsor, JTK Management, Inc; Friends of the Junior Chamber of Commerce: Don Wheeler, Attorney, Ultra, Inc., Shelby County Cruisers, General Shelters of Texas, Nacogdoches Dental, Center Glass, Thomas R. McLeroy, Jr., Mathews Real Estate and Automotive Collision Repair Specialist. Thank you to Rose Specter and her staff at Endless Possibilities for providing the delicious lunch. Also, thank you to all the area school sponsors for their time and commitment to these students and the JCC/YA program.