Bulletin Staff Report

Borah Van Dormolen — business woman, Republican political leader, legislative advocate, athlete and community leader from Bell County — will be the guest speaker for the quarterly Early Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday.

Set for 11:30 a.m. at Prima Pasta, 210 Early Blvd., the luncheon’s theme is “Presidents and Leaders.” Attendees will be responsible for buying their own meals. The average cost of most lunch items with a beverage is $9.50. Ross Setzler - Prudential Real Estate is sponsor for the event.

Van Dormolen enlisted with the U.S. Army in 1974 and rose through the ranks, retiring in 1997 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She served in various command, staff and leadership positions, including a term as professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She currently holds a gubernatorial appointment on the Texas State Cemetery Committee and is the former president of the Federation of Republican Women. During the 77th Texas Legislative session, Van Dormolen served as legislative aided for Rep. Cent Grusendorf (R-Dist. 94).

A fifth-generation Texan, Van Dormolen and her husband of 20 years, Lt. Col. Rich Castle, retired, established Design Technology Group Inc., a successful manufacturing and marketing firm of outdoor stainless steel electric grills.

Call Wanda Furgason, community development coordinator at 649-9303 to make a reservation as soon as possible.