REVITALIZE COMANCHE, INC.
How It All Began
Revitalize Comanche began with a simple request from Sharon McKinnon, asking people who would like to revitalize Comanche to come to a meeting. That’s all it was, no big plan, no idea at all that the group would grow into Inc. status or 501 C3 status.
It was almost Christmas 2013 so that was the focus of the group. When Mayor Ronnie Clifton and CECA marketing director, Shirley Dukes, began working with a group of high school leadership students on those first Christmas lights, the group went to work right along beside them. Because the lighting has become such a huge job, it now has its own group of people who work year round, thinking of ways to create magic for the town in the form of lights!
After Christmas, the group (which did not call itself Revitalize at that time and worked as an arm of the Comanche Chamber of Commerce) was meeting, when members looked across at the courthouse and asked themselves if a new flowerbed might possibly help spruce things up. From that innocent remark, Sorrells Farms became a tremendous part of the group, and a brand new landscape was born. Except for a $1,000.00 gift from the county, the group paid for everything itself, including an over $500.00 plumbing bill for a pipe that had frozen and burst the preceding winter. This was possible because of the very generous donations that citizens immediately began to give.
From these two projects, ideas began to flow forth on ways the group might could be of service to the community; almost immediately the group began to gain members and financing from people who liked what they saw and wanted more.to be continued…