Saturday, January 31, 2009

Animal Shelter

As some might know, I have been working with the DeSoto Parish Police Jury for the last 8 months or so, researching a proposal for an animal shelter for the parish. Our Committee has worked diligently over the past few months, and have finally received approval from the jury to allocate $700,000 to build the facility. I have taken this wonderful opportunity to get involved in the community, network with government officials and start looking for the future economic development of where I live, it is very enlightening. I have been blessed that even though I gripe occasionally about my current job, (running a convenience store & restaurant), it has it's perks. If I worked anywhere else, I would not have the luxury to work on projects like this and learn the things I have learned. However, in the last few weeks we have had some major roadblocks that we have been hurdling and in the middle of it all the press started to get wind of it. Lately, I have had several quotes in the local papers, sometimes without my knowledge, but it's funny to read how the media spins things. And just last week I did a news interview about the shelter, and again the media misquote me. However, it has gotten the attention of alot of people in the surrounding parishes and now people are coming out of the woodworks to help us. I am learning very valuable lessons when it concerns media and politics, and if anybody has any tips on dealing with them, I am all ears, LOL!! Anyway, I have included a link of the news clip if interested, and just let me say it was not portrayed in the positive light that I would have liked, but as I said it did get some attention!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The beginning

I wanted to start this post to keep every one up on the comings and goings of the Chelette's Crewe. However, with the lack of what to post and time, I am just now getting around to it. So without further adieu, here goes... First a little background on the name, it is based loosely on Mardi Gras Krewe's. We are a fun filled bunch that loves to throw a get together with family and friends, good food and lots of fun!! We also love parades and Mardi Gras season. Right now we are planning our annual trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, we will be staying 5 whole days. We are so excited!! But before that we will be going to the Shreveport Gemini Parade and the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade. Buster (our Bassett Hound) gets dressed up for the parade every year. Last year he was even in the Royal Court, see the pics below. This year Shelby has planned out the whole outfit for the parade theme, she is so excited. I will post new pics of him in his new costume once it is complete. All'n'all we just like to have fun and if it involves our animals and our family & friends then a good time will definitely be had by all!!