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Chamber supports Operation Postcard

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Photo/Tammy Curtis Vanessa Gatrell, Sharp County sales representative with Areawide Media, presents Nancy Orr a check for proceeds from the sale of the Spring River Chamber of Commerce Guide at the July 19 Spring River Chamber of Commerce meeting at Words and Afterwords in Hardy.
Hazelle Fesseden was the guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the Spring River Chamber of Commerce on July 19, hosted at Words and Afterwords in Hardy.

In the absence of Beth Bess, Nancy Orr welcomed members and guests to the meeting and began with announcements.

The SRACC currently has 84 members and Orr told the group its old building location is currently leased for three years, with an option to purchase.

Fesseden then presented a touching slideshow prior to her presentation on Operation Postcard.

Although Fesseden lives in Sharp County, she works in Paragould and is very passionate about the project she has undertaken.

With 1,478,000 members in the United States Armed Services and over 310.000 serving overseas, she felt herpostcard mission was not only very needed, but also something the community can support.

During her slideshow, which featured photos of enlisted persons, one quote stood out: "When I was out there, I would often wonder if they knew what we were doing or if they even care."

Operation Postcard is a tangible reminder that the servicemen and women are not only appreciated, but remembered daily.

Fesseden said at Shoot It on operationpostcard.com, users can upload messages and pictures to servicemen free from their computers.

There is an option for service men and women to reply and send messages back, a sort of virtual pen pal type atmosphere.

Fesseden said currently there have been 20,000 of the messages sent through Operation Postcard, with a goal of sending one million.

She asked for business sponsorships to assist with the program.

For further information regarding possible sponsors, contact Fesseden at hazelle@operationpostcards.com or call her at 870-710-0104.

Folllowing the presentation, Vanessa Gatrell, the Sharp County sales representative from Areawide Media, presented a check to Orr for the SRACC proceeds of sales from the successful annual Chamber of Commerce Guide.

The check represented 10 percent of the sales of advertising in the guide. This was made possible by the generosity of local advertisers in supporting the chamber guide.

Following a wonderful meal, Greg Bess gave a touching update on wife Beth Bess' health status.

Bess, who also serves as president of the Chamber, was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Bess said she was resting well at home and was very appreciative of the supportive phone calls, emails and facebook messages.

Although her illness prevents her from having company, due to her white blood cell count being down, Bess said she was in good spirits and optimistic about the next phase of her treatment.

Bess said he would keep everyone updated on her status and appreciates the ongoing prayers for Beth and the family as they undergo this chapter in their lives.

Clint Wiles also spoke on behalf of the Backpack Extravaganza set for Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Highland Assembly of God Church.

He said there has been great support in the community, but the interdenominational event is still short on their funding.

Wiles asked anyone interested to contact the church with a donation for the event. For more information on the event, visit their web site at www.highlandassembly.com/.

The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce meets monthly at a local restaurant that is announced prior to the event. Meetings are Dutch treat luncheons, where the public is invited to attend.



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