Obviously, credit should go to the sailboat owners and crew. Without them, its just another Saturday. However, no small amount of credit should go to Rowlett's Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber, under the leadership of Diane Lemmons, has leaped into the breach and have performed beyond the call. This event would be just another sailboat race without the Chamber. Also, Rowlett is fortunate to have found a brand new outstanding corporate citizen. Kent Donahue, developer of Bayside, contributed a pretty good amount of cash to grubstake this event. All three entities are deserving of applause.
I would like to share with you some information issued by Diane today. You will see this is worthy of your participation.
"This is a “site” for our future billion dollar Bayside development that I am sure you have all heard about by now. If you have not I encourage you to visit www.discoverbayside.com so you will understand how special this is to be able to spend the day out there and make these memories on what will be the most awesome development in the State of Texas.
I have attached 3 maps for your reference (see below). There is a main site map. This shows the numbers of the booths and the layout. I have attached a map list which will show you where you will be in the layout. I have also attached a big site map that shows the entire scope of the area so you understand where on the land we will be. The water is directly behind the stage. When we watch Erick Wayne, Southern Ride Lead Singer MC for us and then play an acoustic set, then we watch the JD Cobb Band and Infinite Journey ~ The Music of Journey as the sun sets over the water it is going to be an amazing show!
Please remember this is a fundraiser benefiting Rebuild Rowlett. We will be selling Regatta shirts at the Chamber booth and I encourage you to buy one. Help us help our citizens repair their lives after the December 26th tornado. Some of you may think it has been 10 months and things should be ok by now. They are not. For some of our citizens they are having struggles making ends meet to make the necessary repairs to get back home. I am not sure if you ever have enough insurance to cover a tornado. We have senior retired citizens on fixed incomes that did not have enough insurance. This is where all of us come in to help these folks and have some fun doing it.........
...........We have a pit area for the rib cook off. We have a children’s area for the bounce houses and face painter. We have a large area for Big Mike’s Kites. We also have Opa Greek Taverna providing our beer garden. We have a kite boarders race in conjunction with our main event the Bayside Sailboat Regatta. It is going to be the coolest thing to see all of this on what looks like to be the BEST DAY ON THE LAKE! As I always say when someone asks me what are you going to do when it rains…… “It’s not going to rain we will have Chamber of Commerce weather”...............
...........Thank you again for participating! It is truly appreciated! We could not do this without you!"
Diane Lemmons, IOM
Rowlett Chamber of Commerce
Folks, let me tell you. Without Diane Lemmons and the Chamber you could only wonder about why are there so many sailboats out there. With their participation and expertise, we have a truly community spirited event. Many of your local merchants will be represented.
It will be a great day, and worthy of your participation. Buy a t-shirt. It will be an heirloom. (Buy two.....put one in the cedar chest).
Go buy a t-shirt.........or two. This will be a historical event, and lots of fun, too.