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Eagle Lake Chamber Connection

Eagle Lake Chamber Connection

By GayeLynn Thomas
This podcast will provide information about Eagle Lake Chamber of Commerce members, local businesses, community updates and more.
Episode 2-6
In this episode of The Eagle Lake Chamber Connection, Barbara Class provides an update on news and events for July, and GayeLynn Thomas offers some tips and advice for landing the perfect job. 
July 08, 2022
Episode 2-5: Chamber Update, Local Events and News, Chamber Website Launch
In this episode, you will hear about the renovations underway at the Chamber Building, an update on the Eagle Lake Wild festival, local news and events, and a report on the launch of the Chamber's new website---lots of great information for everyone! Also, in case you're not sure who the directors of the Chamber of Commerce are, here's a quick refresher: GayeLynn Thomas, Eve Lucas, Connie Herman, Bobbe Nolan, Denise Marburger, Amy Maxwell, Sammi Zarate, Melissa Landin, and Barbara Class; Mary Parr is the Executive Director. Contact any of these folks for more information on joining the Chamber! 
May 24, 2022
Episode 2-4: Municipal Parks System, Community Calendar
Melissa Landin discusses the improvements, plans, and issues for the various park locations in the municipal system, and Barbara Class updates the community calendar of events. One of the many trains roaring through town makes a cameo appearance during the parks conversation. 
March 30, 2022
Episode 2-3: Return of Farmers/Community Market, Community Calendar
In this episode, GayeLynn visits with Angela Spencer from the Parks and Recreation Department about the new season of farmers and community markets, and Barbara is back with a calendar stuffed full of community events. Finally, GayeLynn tells listeners how they can get involved with the Chamber's efforts to move Eagle Lake forward.
March 03, 2022
Episode 2-2: Red Door Fund for Mental Health, Community Calendar, Voter Information
In this "super-sized" episode, you will hear from Cheryl Pekar and Susannah Mikulin about their efforts through the Red Door Fund for Mental Health to help local individuals and families struggling with mental illness in the rural region of Colorado and Fayette Counties. For more information or to contribute to the fund, check out their Facebook page, or you can visit Fayette Community Foundation at Faycofoundation's mission is "to build stronger, safer, and more vibrant communities by providing a bridge that connects caring philanthropists to those in need." Also in this episode, Barbara Class provides great info on her Community Calendar, and GayeLynn Thomas helps get you ready to face the upcoming election season. (For additional mental health resources: or ) (For online therapy here are a few suggestions:,,; many will accept insurance)
February 05, 2022
Episode 2-1: Covid update, Chamber projects, Community Calendar
In this first episode of Season 2, Melissa Landin provides an update on the impact of the recent Covid surge, GayeLynn Thomas offers an overview of some of the Chamber's projects and accomplishments, and Barbara Class is back with another Community Calendar.
January 11, 2022
Episode 1-13: Small-town Journalism, Community Calendar
In this episode, listeners will hear a discussion of small-town newspapers and their importance by GayeLynn Thomas and Alesia Woolridge, managing editor of the Colorado County Citizen. Also, Barbara Class is back with a calendar full of community events and news. This will be the final episode of Season 1. We'll be back in the new year to share more of the Eagle Lake Chamber Connection with you. Thanks for listening! 
November 06, 2021
Episode 12: EL Drugstore's Sammi Zarate, Community Calendar with Festival Info
This episode has great information on vaccination availability as well as a detailed schedule of events for the Fall Festival on Oct. 16. One quick correction: the car show is going to be located downtown, not at the Community Center as stated in the calendar of events segment. Sorry for the confusion!
October 13, 2021
Episode 11: Melissa Parr with Boarding for Rescues and Animal Welfare; Community Calendar
Animal welfare, or lack of, in Texas is a serious issue. If you want to help make a change, here are links to two organizations that lobby the state legislature for changes in animal welfare laws: Animal Legal Defense Fund,; Texas Humane Legislation Network, On the local level, you heard Melissa say they depend on donations, so please consider helping them continue to do the important work that they do.
September 21, 2021
Episode 10: Arbor Hills Memory Care Unit opening; Barbara Class's Community Calendar
This episode highlights the opening of a new memory care unit at Arbor Hills. Administrator Phyllis Williams and Nexion's COO Meera Riner share some great insights in a conversation recorded via Zoom prior to the unit's opening on September 1. And as always, Barbara has lots of useful information to keep you up on events happening around town.
September 02, 2021
Episode 9: Dr. John Myres, Revitalize Eagle Lake; Community Calendar with mental health information
In this episode we hear from Dr. John Myres about the exciting work Revitalize Eagle Lake is doing at the municipal park (plus John's dad makes a brief cameo as well! ). Also, Barbara Class has lots of good information in the Community Calendar, including phone numbers for anyone who might need some covid-related mental health help. Take a listen!
August 14, 2021
Episode 8: Angela Spencer, pool manager; Community Calendar; mental health statistics
In this episode, you will hear Barbara's latest Community Calendar, and you will meet Angela Spencer, the new pool manager at the municipal pool. GayeLynn will wrap up the episode with a few statistics dealing with mental illness. Here are a couple of links in case you want to find out more about this serious health issue: National Alliance on Mental Illness,;
July 26, 2021
Episode 7: Community Calendar with job opportunities; local weather history, Fall Fest
In this episode, Barbara shares a new community calendar plus some job opportunities, and GayeLynn provides a little local weather history and an update on Fall Fest preparations.
July 05, 2021
Episode 6: John Magera, Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge; Community Calendar
This episode contains the updated Community Calendar and a conversation with John Magera, who manages the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. Happy Juneteenth and Happy Fourth of July, everyone!
June 19, 2021
Episode 5: Dr. Russell Thomas on Covid; Community Calendar
This is a super-sized episode of Eagle Lake Chamber Connection! Chamber Director Barbara Class provides info on upcoming events in her Community Calendar segment. Also, Chamber President GayeLynn Thomas sits down with Dr. Russell Thomas for a Zoom discussion about Rice Medical Center's impressive handling of patients and protocols during the covid pandemic. 
June 04, 2021
Episode 4: Melissa Landin, Community Market; Community Calendar; Eagle Lake history
This episode contains information about a Community Market that will be coming this fall to Eagle Lake. Also included are a Calendar of Community Events and a look back at Eagle Lake in 1907.
May 19, 2021
Episode 3: Bobbe Nolan, fiber artist; Community Calendar
In this episode, listeners will hear Barbara Class's Community Calendar of Events as well as a conversation with local fiber artist Bobbe Nolan. (You will also hear a telephone ringing about halfway into Bobbe's interview---sorry about that!)
May 03, 2021
Episode 2: Sam Kana, FNB; overview of Chamber of Commerce; Calendar
This episode contains a brief overview of the Chamber of Commerce, community calendar of events, and an interview with Sam Kana, the president of the First National Bank of Eagle Lake.
April 19, 2021
Eagle Lake Chamber Connection is coming soon!
Keep an eye out for the start of the  new podcast called Eagle Lake Chamber Connection beginning soon! We will be highlighting chamber members, interviewing interesting people, and providing lots of information we know you will find useful whether you're a member or not!
April 12, 2021