U.S. Flag
"Progress Through Participation"
Chamber News for February 2020
44th Annual Chamber Awards Banquet
Tuesday, February 25th, 6:30 p.m. @ Dayton Community Center
Guest speaker:
former Harris County Judge
Ed Emmett
Ed Emmett is currently a professor in the practice at Rice University with a focus on public policy. In addition, he is a senior fellow at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a fellow at Rice University's Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Mr. Emmett is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute. From 2007 until 2019, Mr. Emmett served as county judge of Harris County, Texas. In this position, he was also the director of homeland security and emergency management, a role which established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience.

For more details on Ed Emmett's background please visit The Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Frank Jordan, CEO of Nutritional Scientific Corporation, will serve as master of ceremonies. The 2019 Citizen of the Year for Dayton and for Liberty will be announced, and outgoing directors Eliza Guidry and Barbara Norwood will be honored for their years of service on the board. This year's meal will be catered by Ezer Catering of Anahuac.

Tickets for the banquet are sold prior to the event; no tickets are sold at the door. Individual tickets are $40 and a table of 10 may be purchased for $350. Chamber members are invited to participate in sponsoring this very special occasion. There are several sponsorship levels available which include recognition at (or near) the front seating area to highlight your business or organization. For tickets and/or to sponsor, contact the Chamber at 936.336.5736 (chamber@imsday.com) or 936.257.8926 (ldchamber@imsday.com).

The Liberty office is located at 1801 Trinity; the Dayton office is located at 109 S. Main.

Here are the current member businesses and individuals graciously sponsoring this year's banquet. If you'd like to join in as a sponsor, please download the form at the link above. We appreciate everyone's support!
Platinum Sponsors
  • First Liberty National Bank (Dayton & Liberty)
  • Health Center of Southeast Texas (Liberty & Cleveland)
  • Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital
  • Sullins & Johnston, Attorneys at Law (Liberty & Houston)
  • Texas First Bank (Liberty & Hull)

Gold Sponsors
  • Allegiance Bank (Dayton & Liberty)
  • Dayton Electric Company, LLC
  • Entergy
  • Magnolia Place Health Care
  • Thrif-Tee Food Center
  • Truckville Auto Dealers in Sour Lake
Silver Sponsors
  • Centerpoint Energy
  • Prosperity Bank (Liberty)
  • Mayo & Poland

Bronze Sponsors
  • Venola Van Deventer
  • Van Deventer Realtors - Dan J. Van Deventer, Broker
  • Mary Anne Campbell
We are pleased to announced the Officers and Board of Directors for the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce for 2020 through 2022. They are:

Chairman: Candy Rucka (Individual Member); Vice-Chairman: Donna Hardin (Office Manager - Calvin Westcott State Farm Agency, Dayton); Secretary-Treasurer: Milton Fregia (Milton Fregia & Associates Insurance); Past Chairman: Bryan Reynolds (Cetera Investments - First Liberty National Bank).

Term ending December 2020
Bonnie Campisi (Bon’s Bags); Lavonna Templeton (Liberty County EMS).

Term ending December 2021
Ken Coleman (Arrow Realty); Johnny Jarolik (Sam's Distribution Center #6698); Anthony Landry (Harvest Event Center); Todd Oubre (Pace-Stancil Funeral Service).

Term ending December 2022
Donna Alpers (Angels Care Home Health); Jimmy Hardin (Hardin Family Funeral Home); Tyler Jackson (First Liberty National Bank, Dayton); Andrew Landry (Clearent); Melissa Richards (Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center).
Early voting for the March 3rd Primary Election is Tuesday, February 18 thru Friday, February 28. Liberty County residents can find complete election information including sample ballots and polling locations at the Liberty County website.
The next trip to Coushatta Resort & Casino in Kinder, La. is Saturday, March 14. The cost is $15. For reservations contact Eliza Guidry at 936.402.0340. More information on the bus trip can be found at the Chamber website.
Abshire & Son are celebrating 33 years in business in 2020! They continue to provide accounting, auditing, bookkeeping and tax preparation services from their location at 1315 N. San Jacinto Street in Liberty. Abshire & Son have been longtime members of the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and we appreciate their support in our communities. Give them a call at 936.336.8252.
Tax season is here. If you need assistance with tax preparation or other financial services, check out our local member businesses who can provide the expertise you need.
Abshire & Son Bookkeeping
1315 N. San Jacinto
Liberty, TX 77575
Ph. 936.336.8252

Allison, Michael A. CPA
311 Travis Street
Liberty, TX 77575
Ph. 936.336.4161

Haynie, William E. Bill CPA
1399 N. Main
Liberty, TX 77575
Ph. 936.336.5373

Pickett, Carl
Carl Pickett
P.O. Box 488
Liberty, TX 77575
Ph. 936.336.5604
Kathryn Sharp, CPA
104 W. Clayton St.
Dayton, TX 77535
Ph. 936.221.5562

Rayford Smith, CPA
715 Main Street
Liberty, TX 77575
Ph. 936.336.6661

Swaim, Brents & Associates, P.C.
2804 Jefferson Dr.
Liberty, TX 77575
Ph. 936.336.7205
Mayo & Poland
2114 Massey Tompkins Rd.
Baytown, Tx. 75521 | 281.421.5774
Texas Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2555 N Main Street
Liberty, Tx. 77575 | 936.334.8866
Thank you for your membership and support of the Chamber!
Maci Feed & Supply
Bill & Tammie Wingfield (Owners)
10769 Hwy. 146
Liberty, TX (located in Hardin) | 936.298.9404
"Maci Feed proudly serves Liberty County with a wide variety of farm and ranch supply products, pet foods & supplies, lawn and garden supplies, horse and tack supplies, hay, animal health products, and unique gifts for your home. Located in Hardin, Texas. Stop by and visit us!"

Mellie's Muffins
Melissa Brast (Owner)
P.O. Box 6023
Liberty | 979.451.1223
Bakery and event planning with a great selection of gourmet muffins, coffee cakes, bundt cakes, cupcakes and pies. Call to order.

2323 N. Main Street
Liberty | 936.334.0400
"Gordmans stores carry a large assortment of name brand apparel for all ages, accessories, footwear, gifts, designer fragrances, fashion jewelry, accent furniture, home fashions and more, at savings up to 60% off department and specialty store prices."
07 - Friday
  • Dayton Rotary Gumbo Luncheon, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. @ First United Methodist Church, Cleveland & Houston Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $10 from any Dayton Rotary member or pay at the door. Info: 936.258.8040 (Brooks Hiller).
15 - Saturday
  • Liberty Freedom Ride, 7 a.m. registration @ Liberty Center (Liberty City Hall). Cycle ride benefits the grant foundation for Liberty ISD Education Foundation. Information: Liberty ISD Education Foundation website.
20 - Thursday
  • 94th Men's Brotherhood Banquet, 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Liberty. Speaker is Mr. Pi-Yi Mayo, Elder Law Attorney. Tickets are $10, available from members of the Men’s Bible Class. 936.336.6401.
22 - Saturday
25 - Tuesday
  • 44th Annual Chamber Awards Banquet, 6:30 p.m. @ Dayton Community Center.

(Events listed above are those occurring after the newsletter distribution date. Please visit our   online calendar   at libertydaytonchamber.com for additional events and updates added throughout the month).
  • Coffee with the Mayor. Held the third Thursday of each month (except for holidays or conflicting events). Citizens of Liberty are invited to have coffee with Mayor Carl Pickett and City Manager Tom Warner 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. Contact the City of Liberty @ 936.336.3684.
  • Farmers Market at The Crossroads, 111 Church Street in Dayton. Second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. - noon, rain or shine.
  • Food Truck Fridays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. each Friday at The Crossroads, 111 Church Street in Dayton. Different food trucks offering a variety of lunchtime options. Contact the City of Dayton @ 936.258.2642.
  • 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 on the weekend following the third Monday each month (except October and December).
  • 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.
Our monthly Chamber radio show, highlighting the latest news and information from the Chamber, can be heard on the third Thursday of the month during the KSHN.COM Partyline program.

To listen online, use the Simple Radio or TuneIn apps available for your smartphone, or visit kshn.com for audio, video, program schedules and further information.
March 18th Chamber Business Luncheon with guest speaker, District 3 State Senator Robert Nichols.

35th Annual Liberty Jubilee
Friday, March 27, 2020, noon - 11 p.m.; Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Information: City of Liberty (936.336.3684) or cityofliberty.org (vendor applications).
Learn about the services offered at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital , and their recent expansions, at houstonmethodist.org/locations/baytown/ .
The following articles provide information that may be of interest to Chamber members and the business community. The links take you to third party websites considered to be reputable. We have no affiliation with these sites or the content they offer.
What Do New FICO Changes Mean for Me?

Have you ever applied for a credit card, car loan or mortgage? If so, then one of the first things the lender looked at was your FICO score. It has a major impact not only on getting approved in the first place, but also on the interest rate you...

Read more
New Twist To Social Security Phone Scams

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public that telephone scammers may send faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands. The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector...

Read more
Past issues of Chamber News can be accessed  here  on the Chamber website. Copies are kept online for a period of one year.

Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
1801 Trinity Street | Liberty, Tx. 77575 | 936.336.5736 | chamber@imsday.com
109 S. Main Street | Dayton, Tx. 77535 | 936.257.8926 | ldchamber@imsday.com
Visit us online at  libertydaytonchamber.com