Rainbow Room donation

From the left, Consolidated employees Penny Miller and Chris Copenhaver present a check for $1,250 to Tammi Axelson, Sandi Whiteman and Crystal Bonner from Lufkin Community Partners Rainbow Room. Consolidated Communications is marking its 125th year in 2019 by presenting a $1,250 gift each month to nonprofit organizations across its service areas. Company employees vote to determine which organization receives the donation, and the gifts are made in addition to the company’s annual contributions within its markets.

Consolidated Communications, a leading broadband and business communications provider, recently donated $1,250 to the Lufkin Community Partners’ Rainbow Room, an organization that provides children’s clothing, diapers, baby wipes shoes, toys, hygiene items, cleaning supplies and more at no cost to families working with Child Protective Services.

Consolidated Communications is marking its 125th year in 2019 by presenting a $1,250 gift each month to nonprofit organizations across its service areas. Company employees vote to determine which organization receives the donation, and the gifts are made in addition to the company’s annual contributions within its markets.

“We’re pleased to support the Rainbow Room in recognition of Consolidated Communications’ 125 years of serving customers,” said Darlene Kee, the company’s senior director for employee relations. “In Texas, we have a long history of supporting organizations that work so hard to improve the lives of everyone living in our community. Our employees give generously of their own time and talents, working within our communities.

‘‘Our employees have a deep commitment to Lufkin Community Partners’ Rainbow Room, having held fundraisers and supply drives for the organization. We appreciate the crucial need the Rainbow Room addresses, helping the many children and families being served by Child Protective Services.”

The Rainbow Room is a nonprofit run by Lufkin Community Partners, according to Tammi Axelson, president of the organization.

“We serve children who are involved in or victims of abuse and neglect by providing them with all the emergency resources they need, from clothes and shoes to car seats and beds. We make sure they have everything they need to be safe. Thank you so much for your support, Consolidated.”

Bob Sanders will be leading a new program on Recovering Coaching at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas.

The program offers long-term assistance to those working through the process of making lifestyle changes required to help a recovering individual become an active member of society.

Sanders was first introduced to ADAC in January 1987 after getting sober in a Twelve-Step fellowship in December 1986.

He said individual counseling sessions at the ADAC Nacogdoches office weekly for the first six months of recovery were instrumental in making the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain long-term sobriety.

After his first two years in sobriety, ADAC made it possible for him to work in the field of recovery and assisted with educational requirements to pursue a state license to counsel those suffering from addiction. ADAC’s mission is to educate, prevent and intervene in the ongoing spread of addiction and to offer a plan of recovery to those caught in the downward spiral of substance use disorders.

For more information on ADAC, visit the office at 304 N. Raguet St. or call 634-5753 or (844) 772-3483.

Georgia-Pacific has selecte Myrton Thompson of Lufkin to run its Camden Lumber Mill while Lester Knight has been promoted to serve as the Camden Complex Manager.

With more than 29 years of service in the wood industry, Thompson began his career in the maintenance department at Diboll Lumber in 1990. He spent the next 14 years with two different contract companies managing the fabrication and installation of equipment before returning to Georgia-Pacific as a project manager for Camden Lumber. Most recently Thompson served as a regional engineer for the company.

In addition to his new role at Camden Lumber, Thompson is the pastor at Promise Land Baptist Church in Lufkin. He and his wife Gina reside in Lufkin with their seven children.

In this new position, Knight is responsible for identifying, leveraging and optimizing opportunities for both Camden Plywood and Camden Lumber.

He began his career with the local mill 26 years ago after graduating from Corrigan-Camden High School. Knight has served as the Camden Plywood Plant Manager for the last two years. He and his wife Sandy reside in Corrigan with their two children.