Archives for April 2013

Searcy County Chamber adds 31 new members!



What a membership drive we have had in the past 3 months.    The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce added 31 new members, which is by far the best membership drive since the chamber was re-established in 2008.

Chamber President Darryl Treat said, “As chamber president, I set a goal to achieve a floor of at least 100 members in The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.  We did not achieve that lofty goal, but we still added an impressive 31 new members.  Wow!  I extend my thanks to everyone who worked to bring in new members and also to the new members themselves.  Thanks for joining together with your fellow concerned citizens and business leaders with the goal of advancing economic prosperity throughout Searcy County.  Together, we in The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce can be a catalyst for new growth in the county.  By ourselves, we are limited in what we can achieve, but acting as a body of 80+ members, we wield a strength capable of achieving progress in our communities.  However, the battle is not over.  We must continue to volunteer our time to Chamber projects, continue to advance new ideas, and continue to grow the Chamber and make it more relative in the fight to advance our economic situation.  Thank you for making our future brighter!”

Chamber Vice President and webmaster Lee Walsh commented, “we have had a huge influx of new members.  It’s really been keeping us hopping in the last few weeks, especially with the production of our new 2013 Community and Relocation Guide.   Now that the guide is complete, and currently in the process of being distributed,  we can try to get caught up with the website and other promotion work.   We just hope that everyone will remain as patient as possible and remember that we’re an “all volunteer organization”, and we all have businesses to run as well.  We’ll try to get your information up on the website as soon as possible. Please keep the good comments, support and suggestions coming.  We need good members and more volunteers at all chamber sponsored events.  Let’s keep our momentum rolling!!”

One thing that would help us promote your business on our site, especially if you don’t have a website that we can draw information from, would be to send us a story about your business and photos, as many as you can.   All of this information can be e-mailed to the chamber at

Our promotion work is really getting noticed.   Our Chamber website has been seeing a huge influx of traffic the past few months.  We’ve had 30,000 visits and over 80,000 page views in the last three months.   Our Facebook page has more than doubled it’s “likes” since January 1.   We have  2.5 times the “likes” and traffic of the Harrison Regional Chamber Facebook page, almost the same as Greenbrier, and half as many as the Conway Chamber, with a town of over 50,000 people.   Searcy County is really getting noticed!!


Donkey Basketball in Leslie Entertains Large Crowd



A great crowd of about 400 was entertained by Donkey Basketball in Leslie on Monday night March 18.   There were tons of slips and spills.  4 teams battled it out for the Searcy County Champion Donkey Ballers, and the finals had to be decided by 3 overtime periods between the boys of Leslie and Big Flat, (and we’re not sure it was ever decided….as there may be a re-match next year)

The guys also competed in a “pick up a dollar from a donkey” that was especially entertaining.  This was a competition where a few dollar bills were placed on the floor at center court, and 4 donkey riders had to stay on their donkey, ride over to the dollar bills, and try to pick them up while staying on the donkey.   A couple actually accomplished this feat of extraordinary balance and skill as you will see in the video below.

All in all, it was a great dose of good clean fun for the crowd, and a good fundraiser for the Leslie Homecoming crew who sponsored the event.   Hopefully we’ll see more donkey riders in the future.

Click on the photo gallery below for lots of photos of the fun.