Chamber News for February 2018
Tuesday, February 27
42nd Annual Chamber Awards Banquet
 
Art Rascon
Get ready for an evening of fun, food and recognition at the Annual Chamber Awards Banquet set for Tuesday, February 27th, 6:30 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center (801 S. Cleveland Street).

Each year the Chamber recognizes outgoing directors, welcomes incoming directors, and announces our Citizen of the Year award winners for both Dayton and Liberty. It's a night of good food and fellowship, highlighted by a special guest speaker you're sure to enjoy.

This year, we're honored to have Emmy award-winning journalist and ABC13 news anchor Art Rascon. Art is a Texas native, and although he's a familiar face to local viewers of ABC13 news broadcasts in Houston, his extensive journalism background and broadcasting work extends to places and situations around the world. He has covered major events with CBS News including the Oklahoma City bombing, the O.J. Simpson case, the Branch Davidian stand-off, Mexico's guerilla wars, Haiti's civil unrest, and many others.

We are pleased to have Art Rascon as our featured guest speaker for 2018, and you can view his complete biography on the ABC13 website.

Tickets for the banquet are $35, and a round table of 10 can be purchased for $350. Groups of 10 can be seated together by request. A reservation form can be found at the end of this newsletter. Sponsorships are still available. If you or your business would like to be represented as a sponsor, please contact the Chamber at 936.336.5736 or e-mail chamber@imsday.com. 
Place: Dayton Community Center (801 S. Cleveland St.).
Date / Time: Tuesday, February 27 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 per ticket.
Catered by: (To be announced).
 
The registration form can be found at the end of this newsletter.
Chamber News Briefs
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS FOR 2018 
The Board of Directors and Executive Officers for the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce are in place for 2018. We'd like to thank each of these people for their time and service.

Executive Officers are: Chairperson: Sandra Sterling (Sterling Realty), Vice-Chairperson: Candy Rucka (Individual Member), Secretary-Treasurer: Bryan Reynolds (First Liberty National Bank). Kandace Wolfe (New Day Massage and Spa) moves to Past Chairperson.

Directors are:
Term ending December 2018
Donna Alpers (Angels Care Home Health)
Susie Chessher (Liberty County EMS)
John Headrick (Superior Storage)
Laurel McGuire (Capital Farm Credit)
Melissa Richards (Liberty Dayton Regional Hospital)
Susan Simmons (Individual Member)
Gina Worthy (Trinity Valley Exposition)

Term ending December 2019
Donna Hardin (State Farm Insurance)
Eliza Guidry (Individual Member)
Rosanna Kallay (Mont Belvieu Urgent Care)
Barbara Norwood (Attorney-at-Law)
Deleta Petters (Distant Travel)
Wesley Wells (Lee College Liberty Campus)
Dan Woods (Individual Member)

Term ending December 2020
Bonnie Campisi (Bon's Bags)                                 
Mable McKnight (Individual Member)
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CHAMBER VOLUNTEERS ATTEND TRAVEL SHOW

Chamber volunteers Cathy Harbour and Jan Knight recently attended the 2018 Destinations Galore Travel Show, an event held every two years in January at the Humble Civic Center. The travel show is designed to assist Harris County senior adult trip coordinators, as well as the traveling public, with trip planning information. This transportation show offers one-stop shopping for great trip ideas to interesting destinations throughout southeast Texas. Vendors from historical societies, chambers of commerce, trip and tour operators, special event coordinators, museums, parks, theaters, annual festivals, craft shows and restaurants are showcased.

Armed with printed material and a lot of knowledge, Cathy and Jan met with many attendees at the show, and answered a lot of questions about the Liberty-Dayton area. Both ladies said they had a great time, and we sincerely appreciate their work representing the Chamber and the Liberty-Dayton area.
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VISITOR BROCHURES UPDATED FOR 2018 
We have updated our condensed Visitors Guides for 2018, detailing places to see and things to do in the Liberty-Dayton area, as well as local dining, shopping and accommodations offered by our member businesses . You can download these guides, in PDF format, from our website at libertydaytonchamber.com, under "Visitors" in the top menu. (Click here to access).
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TAX SEASON BRINGS SCAMS AND FRAUD 
Each year, American taxpayers lose money and personal information to various scams perpetrated by the bad guys through postal mail, telephone and e-mail. The IRS wants everyone to stay abreast of the latest threats, so you don't become an easy victim. Go to the Tax Scams / Consumers Alerts section of irs.gov to learn more about the latest tax fraud and scams.

In addition ... the Chamber has several outstanding member businesses who can help with your tax questions and accounting needs. You can find a list of of these businesses on libertydaytonchamber.com, in the Member Directory section, under Accountants (click here to access).
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AREA UNEMPLOYMENT RATES (% BY COUNTY)
DECEMBER 2017
Chambers (6.0), Hardin (5.7), Harris (4.4), Jefferson (7.0), Liberty (6.2).

We'd like to thank to following individuals and business for donating door prizes and/or participating in the January Monthly Business Luncheon: 
  • Gift Certificate from Generations Coffee & Sandwich Shop from a Chamber friend.
  • Wrapped red gift from a Chamber friend.
  • Three gift bags from the new Dayton McDonald's.
  • Two sets of tickets to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, from Gary & Miriam McHenry. Great seats to see Jason Aldean, including parking pass.
  • Gift bag from County Judge Jay Knight and Jan Knight.
  • Several 'hurricane glasses', including one from Pat O'Briens filled with candy and a scratch off card, from a Chamber friend.
  • 28" x 40" attractive 'Liberty Bell Flag' Red, White & Blue for house or business, with large Liberty Bell from Pat Smith, RA Smith Gifts.
  • Two tire rotation gift certificates donated by Hometown Tire & Auto, Liberty.
  • Cup with a variety of chocolate goodies, from Donna Brown, Liberty County District Clerk.
  • Valentine bag of gifts, from Walmart, Liberty.
  • Lady's purse donated by Factory Connection.
"Thank you" to Gary McHenry with Sullins & Johnston, Attorneys at Law, P.C. for serving as our guest speaker for January.

Thank you also to Factory Connection for setting up the display featuring items of ladies clothing for sale at the new store.
Chamber Member Updates

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Factory Connection
Ilonna Boys (Store Manager)
Sherri Sifers (District Manager)
Carla Kennamer (Merchandise Facilitator)
2319 N. Main Street
Liberty | 936.391.5961
Web: factory-connection.com
Retail clothing

Grace Church Liberty
Clint Sylvester (Pastor)
1935 Hwy. 146 Bypass
Liberty
E-mail: graceliberty@grace.one
Web: grace.one
Facebook: Grace Church Liberty

Empire RV & Marine
John Zolfaghari (President)
2801 N. Main Street
Liberty | 936.253.8130
empirervmarine.com
RV and boat dealership - sales, financing, service and parts.

Pipe Leak Pups, LLC
Nikole Tackett (Vice President)
P.O. Box 2435
Dayton | 832.784.3190
pipeleakpups.com
Providing integrity surveys for pipeline operators using canine services specifically trained in leak detection.

WELCOME BACK!
Boomerang Tube, LLC
Ken Long (Plant Manager)
402 Hwy. 90
Liberty | 936.334.0725
Tubing manufacturer
Calendar
UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb 09 10:30 AM
Dayton Rotary Gumbo Luncheon @ FUMC Fellowship Hall, Dayton.
Feb 10 10:00 AM
Liberty Rotary Club Chili Cook-Off & Craft Show @ Liberty City Hall. Car show and street rally @ 9:00 AM.
Feb 12 5:00 PM
Monthly Chamber Board Meeting @ FLNB Corner, Liberty.
Feb 12 7:00 PM
Meeting with State Rep. Ernest Bailes to discuss the need for a turning lane in the area of North Main Baptist Church and Featherstone Subdivision. To be held at the church, 4709 N. Main in Liberty.
Feb 13 5-7:00 PM
St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Liberty - annual pancake supper. Family Life Center behind Prosperity Bank.
Feb 15 7:00 PM
92nd Annual Brotherhood Banquet @ First United Methodist Church, Liberty with guest speaker, State Senator Robert Nichols.
Feb 15 10:00 AM
Ribbon Cutting - Factory Connection, 2319 N. Main, Liberty. (Jefferson Square Shopping Center).
Feb 17 8:00 PM
Houston Metro Go Texan Kick-Off Dance @ TVE Expo Hall in Liberty.
Feb 17 7:00 PM
Aggieland Orchestra @ Nottingham Middle School Auditorium, 302 S. Cleveland, Dayton. For tickets contact Jim Sterling - 936.336.5464 or pick up at 1211 Main St., Liberty.
Feb 24 6:30-11 PM
Casa of Liberty/Chambers Counties - Boots and Bandanas Benefit @ Dayton Community Center.
Feb 27 6:30 PM
42nd Annual Chamber Awards Banquet @ Dayton Community Center.

Mar 3 6:00 PM
"The Mane Event 2018" benefiting Bay Area Homeless Services, Baytown @ Hilton Garden Inn, 4910 E. Chase Street. Dinner at 7:00 PM. Live and silent auctions.

ON THE RADAR
Annual Liberty Jubilee - March 23-24. Vendor applications can be found at cityofliberty.org. For information call the City of Liberty at 936.336.3684.
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ONGOING EVENTS 
  • Liberty Faux Real Trade Days, 321 FM 563 in Liberty. 936.391.8600. Many vendors on hand with crafts, clothing, food, antiques and much more. Held monthly.
  • Liberty Street Rally (Cars, Coffee & More) on the square in Downtown Liberty. Meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month (weather permitting), 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. See classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and more.
  • Coffee with the Mayor. Held the third Thursday of each month. Citizens of Liberty are invited to have coffee with Mayor Carl Pickett and City Manager Gary Broz in the council chambers of City Hall. This is an opportunity to discuss ideas or projects or to voice any concerns citizens may wish to express. 936.336.3684.
Highlights listed for Upcoming Events are those occurring after the newsletter release date, and are based on information we currently have. Visit our online calendar at libertydaytonchamber.com for additional events added throughout the month.

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Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
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