The Commerce Journal

August 31, 2013

Getting fit, saying goodbye and shipping on out

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for most of my life but has always been put on the backburner.

Until now.

In March I took my first big step, and Lord-willing in October I take the next step in becoming a member of the United States Air Force.

I am excited, nervous, eager and (hopefully) ready to test my physical and mental mettle during Basic Military Training on Oct. 8 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

I’ve met some great people while at A&M-Commerce and through working at the Journal who I will miss during the two-month-long training.

I can truly say I have enjoyed going to what I consider to be one of the best colleges in Texas, with a great president in Dr. Dan Jones who cares deeply not only for the well-being of the students under his care, but also for the community he lives in.

He is to be commended for his work in shaping A&M-Commerce into what it is today, and I think he will be rememberd as making a lasting, positive impact on Commerce.

Take a look at the new music building, residence halls and athletic department to see what I am talking about.

Even with its flaws, Commerce is a great small town to live in.

I’ve always defended it against those who would lob complaints at it without warrant, and try to encourage it where I think changes to the city should be made.

I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years living in Commerce like I never thought I would.

Through coming here I was able to become a member of a church I otherwise never would have.

Commerce Community Church is a church with a dedicated pastor and great members who live community well together and have a rock-solid biblical foundation to stand on.

There are other churches in Commerce that I have enjoyed, including First Baptist Church of Commerce, whose members care for the community, but the Lord led me to C3 and I have enjoyed it ever since.

I have also met some truly stellar men and women at Baptist Student Ministry at the college.

Although this will be a short goodbye, I thought I would let the readership know that I will be absent from Commerce City Council meetings, Commerce ISD Board meetings and any other events that may arise during my two month absence.

I want to say thank you to Ted Oats, an Air Force retiree and CISD board member who has helped me along the way.

Since I will technically be in the Texas Air National Guard, I look forward to covering all that Commerce has to offer when I, Lord-willing, get back in December.

Give a big cheer for me at Memorial Stadium during the Lions home games.

Go Lions!