COUNCIL OF VAN ZANDT COUNTY COMMUNITIES
HISTORY OF THE
Prior to each legislative session, the Council of Van Zandt County Communities (CVZCC) selects several major areas of concern to study in preparation for the biannual Van Zandt County Days at the Texas Legislature. Established August 23, 1996, the Council of Van Zandt County Citizens (CVZCC) became a Texas nonprofit corporation under Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code June 29, 2006. The Council serves as a permanent County organization with representatives from the cities and communities of Van Zandt County. An all volunteer organization, CVZCC strives to empower city, county, & neighborhood communities through education, networking, and protecting local interests at all levels of state government.
CVZCCís mission is dedicated to Uniting the People and Communities of Van Zandt County through:
∑ Improving communication and coordination among the cities and communities of
Van Zandt County
∑ Becoming a force affecting administrative and legislative change that will benefit all individuals, cities, communities, schools, and government bodies in
Van Zandt County
∑ Encouraging more effective participation of citizens in local, county, and state government
∑ Sharing of calendars of events and supporting city, county, and community events within Van Zandt County
∑ Supporting a legislative year visit to Austin through Van Zandt County Days at the State Legislature.
The focus of the Council's 2011 Legislative Agenda is designed to address areas of concern to all Van Zandt County Citizens.
A Board of Directors elected bi-annually by the organizationís membership coordinates CVZCCís programs and actions. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month, except for July, in a selected city within the county.
History of the Council of Van Zandt County Communities
The initial meeting of the organization that would later become known as the Council of Van Zandt County Communitiesí (CVZCC), was conducted in Canton, Texas on August 23, 1996. At this time the group was called the Van Zandt County Towns Group. Listed as present were Margaret Arnold, Tina Berry(Wills Point), Ted Block, Linda Brown (Canton), Jennifer Caldwell(Wills Point), Nita Calnan(Van), Joe Collins(Canton), Pattizo Humphries (Edgewood), Eric & Christina Jontra (Canton), Lynn Kitchens (Grand Saline), Mary Scott(Edom), and Joy Tull. A second meeting was conducted on September 13, 1996 at Mary Scottís Wild Briar in Edom. Minutes were taken by Jennifer Caldwell. Joe Collins was named coordinator and committees were formed: Tour Committee headed by Tina Berry; Brochure Committee headed by Joe Bob Johnson; and Finance Committee headed by Lynn Kitchens and Jo Ann Sauseda. An Organization Objective was defined as "Promote the attractions of the entire county as a whole and generate tourism to benefit the whole rather than the individual communities." Listed as present were: Mary Scott (Edom), Joe Bob Johnson (Van), Lynn Kitchens(Grand Saline), Eric and Christina Jontra(Canton), Nita Calnan(Van), Joe Collins(Canton), Jennifer Caldwell(Wills Point), & Jo Ann Sauseda(Grand Saline).
The first Van Zandt County Days trip to the State Legislature was March 1997. Don Houston & Anita Meyer were instrumental in establishing what has become a bi-annual trip to Austin. This year, 2011, will be the eighth time that the Council of Van Zandt County has hosted Van Zandt County Days in Austin.
In April 1997 the group met to formalize the organization. The name of Council of Van Zandt County Communities was chosen and Lettie Clark was elected the first president. The terms of office run for two years, i.e. one legislative session to the next. Lettie served as president until after the 1999 Van Zandt County Days in Austin when Mary Scott was elected president at the April 1999 meeting and remained President until April 2005. Lynn Kitchens was elected president upon Mary Scott's retirement in 2005 and served in this position until her resignation in 2008. Tommy Aduddell moved from vice president to president and remains the current President.
Seeing a need to add elected officials to the council, Vision 2000, a general membership of CVZCC, was organized as a monthly luncheon meeting. The first Vision meeting was in November 1999 at the Ben Wheeler State Bank in Ben Wheeler. The luncheon meeting was called Vision 2000 as we were looking to the future. The first Vision luncheon was hosted by Senator David Cain, Representative Bob Glaze, and Van Zandt County Judge Richard Lawrence. Forty leaders of government and business from around the county attended the first meeting. One of the first topics was Y2K. These monthly business luncheons continue on the second Tuesday of each month.
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