Meridian Star


July 7, 2013

Collinsville CDC

MERIDIAN —     The promotion of tourism in Meridian and Lauderdale County was the emphasis of a program presented at the June meeting of the Collinsville Community Development Club.

    DeDe Mogollon, executive director of the Meridian/Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau, discussed with the club the different programs and techniques currently in the works to promote tourism in Meridian and Lauderdale County.

    Mogollon distributed brochures featuring the theme "Visit Meridian." The brochure contains information about the history of Meridian and highlights some of its main attractions, including: Around Town Carousels Abound, Bonita Lakes, Causeyville General Store and Causeyville Race Way, Dentzel Carousel, Okatibbee Lake, Rose Hill Cemetery, Sam Dale Historical Site, Splash Down Country, Temple Beth Israel Cemetery, Temple Theatre of Performing Arts, Dunn Falls, Merrehope and Frank W. Williams Home, Jimmie Rodgers Museum, Mississippi State University Riley Center and many more.

     Events mentioned in the brochure include: the Rose Hill Costumed Cemetery Tour, Whistlestop Weekend-Soule Live Steam Festival and Meridian Railfest, Merrehope’s Trees of Christmas, Earth’s Bounty, Jimmie Rodgers Festival, Threefoot Festival, Ralph Morgan Rodeo, Downtown After 5 Alive and Meridian Mardi Gras.

    The colorful publication also includes a list of hotels and places to dine and shop. Mogollon also presented members a map of Meridian and surrounding areas.

    The executive director expressed her excitement about promoting tourism in Meridian and Lauderdale County. She encourages communication and work among groups.

    Research is being conducted to locate other places of interest in Meridian and Lauderdale County. Rustic roads (places off the beaten path) are being researched. Reopening of the Visitors and Welcome centers was also discussed.

    Mogollon said the State Games of Mississippi were a great success this year. Area hotels were packed.

    Club president Faye Houston called the June 17, 2013, meeting to order. Billy Allen led the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Devotion was presented by the Rev. David Sellers, whose emphasis was fathers (since Father’s Day had just been celebrated). Sellers shared the story of King David and his son, Absalom. After a major battle, David asked if his son Absalom was safe. Absalom had caused his father lots of grief and heartache.     

    Messengers reported that the battle had been won, but David wanted to know if his son was safe. 2 Samuel 18:33 states: “And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!" Sellers said that King David was first a father, and then a king.

    Sellers asked the club is their sons were safe and if their grandkids were safe. He also asked what they could do to keep them safe.

    "Pray," he said.

    Sellers concluded by stating that our best hope is in the next generation.

    The Yard of the Month Committee announced the Yard of the Month honorees: Joe Buntyn, first place;  Billy and Vistan Allen, second place; and Joe and Jill Williams, third place.

    After the meeting adjourned, members and guest speaker enjoyed a time of refreshments and fellowship. The serving committee was: Linda Cook, Sandra Edwards, June Gibson, and Judy Harwell.     

    Collinsville Community Development Club's annual family picnic is scheduled for July 15.

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