A Message From Our Community of Lebanon Association President
Dear CLA Members, In planning my thoughts for this newsletter, I wanted to focus on celebrating the CLA and its members as we have much to celebrate. MerriamWebster defines celebrate as “to praise, to perform, to honor or to observe” something special or enjoyable. This definition perfectly captures what the CLA accomplishes with and for the Lebanon community.
On June 14, we observed the Flag Day holiday in conjunction with the Elks, with a ceremony at Fisher Park. A history of the flag was presented involving our servicemen and also a discussion on the meaning of freedom and liberty.
The unveiling of the Eastern Gateway sign, welcoming visitors and residents to Lebanon occurred on July 7 where we recognized and praised those people involved with the project. Our thanks goes out to Kathy Bishop and the Bishop Foundation for their generous contribution, building on the initial gift years ago from the Foundation that supported the Western gateway signs. In addition, the County Commissioners supported the project through a grant from the hotel tax fund. The other partners assisting with this project were Boyer Signs, Stony Bridge Landscaping, and Hockley and Associates. Without a place to display the sign, this project would not have come to fruition, so we thank the Ray Herb, Jr. family for allowing the CLA to place the sign on their property. (See article on page 6)
The Motorcycle Show was held in downtown Lebanon on Saturday, July 12, with a dunking booth, Hog (hot dog) eating contest and music. Despite the light rain for a short period of time, attendees were able to ooh and ahh over the motorcycles and vote for their favorite bike.
On Sunday, August 17 the Car Show was held downtown. Once again, rain till midmorning kept some car owners away. Despite the weather, over 150 cars were on display.
We round out the summer/ early fall events with the Fall Craft Show and the Music Festival, (September 27) which promises to once again be a wonderful day.
It is impossible to celebrate and recognize every single person who contributes in some way to the CLA’s program of work to make Lebanon the place to live, work, shop, learn, and do business. So, for every member or person who has attended or supported CLA events, the board thanks and celebrates you. Together we positively impact the business climate and the quality of life for the Lebanon Community, which is our very mission.
I hope you had the opportunity to attend (or will attend) one of these events to reconnect with CLA members, renew your sense of pride of our Lebanon Community, and rediscover our local businesses who focus on serving local needs.