Every year the Winterville Chamber partners with the Town of Winterville to host the Opening Ceremony for the Winterville Watermelon Festival. This year we were unfortunately rained out on Thursday, but we kicked things off right on Friday! Our very own Tony Smart was kind enough to sing the National Anthem for us, then Town Councilwoman Veronica Roberson, Mayor Ricky Hines, Winterville Chamber Director Rebecca Caveness, and Town Councilman Paul Rice assisted in cutting the first official watermelon of the festival!
Every year we celebrate our wonderful schools by treating them with Back to School Breakfasts! For the past couple of years we have done snack boxes instead, but this year we gave our schools the choice, and had 3 schools choose breakfasts and 3 choose snack boxes.
We just completed the breakfasts and we are so grateful to those that assisted! We hope Ridgewood Elementary, Creekside Elementary, and AG Cox Middle Schools enjoyed their breakfasts and it helps start the school year off on the right note.
Thank you to Chick-fil-a of Winterville for your generous donations to make this possible!
After raising money all summer long, we finally had WH Robinson’s Spirit Rock paid for and delivered! This is all thanks to our fantastic membership, but an extra “Thank You” goes to a few who donated to help make this happen:
Every year since 2014 our Chamber has chosen a graduating senior from Winterville to receive our John Milton and Sue May Scholarship. This scholarship was started by the May family, in honor of their parents – John and Sue May. The May’s were dedicated members of our community who believed strongly in the power of higher education. Their legacy is honored by assisting a student that shows exceptional drive, community involvement, and the desire to go to a 4-year university with big plans for their future.
This year our recipient is South Central High School graduate Roxanne Kirby. Roxanne will be attending Pembroke in the fall where she will be a nursing major. She has been a soccer player for about as long as she could walk, and the soccer program and nursing school Pembroke has is what drew her there. Roxanne says she’s looking forward to the challenge of college courses, college soccer, and working towards her future career. She chose nursing after falling in love with the health care field her freshman year of high school when she volunteered at the hospital. She loves helping and taking care of people, and it’s clear her kind disposition will aide her bedside manner. Roxanne’s goals don’t stop there though, after she becomes an RN and gets a few years under her belt she intends to go back to receive her masters and become a Pediatric Nurse Practioner! We are confident she will achieve her goals and are excited to see her get there.
We are so thankful for the opportunity to assist such a bright young woman with these incredible goals. Roxanne, along with the whole Winterville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to thank the May family for their continued support of our community in this way.
For our December Initiative this year our board voted to team up with the Winterville Police Department for their Shop with a Cop Program. For those unfamiliar with this, the concept for the program is for underprivileged youth to have the opportunity to shop with a police officer leading up to Christmas. The expenses are covered by the program, and it assists the family in having a good Christmas. Since Covid, WPD has done things a little differently to help everyone stay safe. They team up with the parents to present them with a check for them to be able to shop with their children. The families are chosen with the help of many organizations that help the community. The Department chooses only families that live in Winterville.
Lieutenant Williams was in charge of the program this year, and he told us that the main need was for funds. They already have many businesses that assist by feeding the families that day, so the real challenge comes with having a whole list of names but only a limited amount of money you can spend. So we decided the best way we could help would be to raise money to be able to help more families! We reached out to our Chamber members, and they delivered! We raised $2425 for the Department this year, and both Chief Willhite and Lieutenant Williams expressed their deepest thanks for our assistance. They said it was an emotional day, being able to help so many. For a lot of these families Christmas may not have happened at all this year. Thanks to our wonderful Winterville Police Department, and the help of such a supportive community, we were able to make a difference for these families.
Thank you all for your support in making this possible!
On November 22nd, the Chamber executed our Thanksgiving Meal Initiative for the second year in a row. With the help of an incredible membership and an amazing community we were able to feed 82 families for Thanksgiving this year! Words can’t express how important this is to us, and how thankful we are for the help we received in making this possible. We purchased these meals from Publix, had a pie donated by Sam’s Club to go with every meal, and the Winterville Historical and Arts Society allowed us to use the Train Depot to set them all up and be ready for pick up.
This was an amazing day of the community coming together that was made possible because of our generous members and the community partners that assisted us in finding those that were in need this year; our area social workers: Kim and Tammy, Daughters of Worth, Building Hope, Center for Family Violence Prevention, and Julia’s Well. We appreciate you all!