Chamber News for January 2018
Wednesday, January 17
Monthly Business Luncheon with Gary McHenry
Gary D. McHenry is a 4th generation Texan, dating to 1850 when his great grandparents settled in Upshur County in northeast Texas.
   Mr. McHenry is the Firm Administrator of Sullins & Johnston, Attorneys at Law, P.C., with offices in Liberty and Houston.  Mr. McHenry has over 25 years of legal administration experience and is the author of published articles relating to healthcare payment plans and reimbursement, and human resources.  Mr. McHenry's extensive healthcare, legal administration and management experience has helped Sullins & Johnston become a leader in healthcare revenue cycle management.  
   Prior to joining Sullins & Johnston, Mr. McHenry was a healthcare executive and served as the Chief Executive Officer of two major hospitals located in the Texas Medical Center.  As a healthcare professional, Mr. McHenry was a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  
   Mr. McHenry holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University (1970) and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Houston Baptist University (1979).  Mr. McHenry has been a guest lecturer at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, and taught Principles of Business at Lone Star College (formerly North Harris County College).
   In 1994, Mr. McHenry was commissioned by Texas Governor Ann Richards as an Admiral in the Texas Navy ( for outstanding service to the youth of Texas.   Mr. McHenry is a past Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council and has been active at all levels of the Scouting program, receiving numerous awards and honors.  In 1996 Mr. McHenry received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to the youth of the Sam Houston Area Council.    Mr. McHenry is a James E. West Fellow (Boy Scouts of America) and a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International/Rotary Foundation). Mr. McHenry is a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and currently serves on the Speakers Committee as Committee Chairman, and on the Grand Entry Committee as a Mule Skinner and Wrangler.  Mr. McHenry is also a member of the Salt Grass Trail Association.
   Married to Miriam Partlow McHenry, Miriam and Gary have 3 children (Ben, Jake and Marlee); 2 Aggies and 1 Longhorn; and 1 grandson, Wesley, born in July 2017. Miriam and Gary enjoy spending time at their ranch in Hardin.
Place: Liberty Center (Liberty City Hall), 1829 Sam Houston Street.
Date / Time: Wednesday, January 17, 11:45 a.m.
Cost: $10.
Catered by:  Linda Durio Catering.
Menu: Chicken Alfredo, Crisp Green Salad, Bread-Garlic Knots, Dessert, Tea/Water.

Register in one of three ways:
1. Call the Chamber at 936.336.5736.
2. E-mail chamberadmin@imsday with your contact information and number of registrations.
3. Register online using the Events calendar (look for the green "Register Now" button next to the event).
Chamber News Briefs
The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold our 42nd Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Dayton Community Center.  
   The banquet is a very special chamber event with attendance of 400-plus area business and individual members. Outgoing Directors for 2017 will be honored and the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award for Liberty and for Dayton will be announced.
   The keynote speaker for this year's banquet is Channel 13 news anchor Art Rascon. Art is an Emmy award-winning reporter and Texas native with a lengthy background covering wars and conflicts around the world, as well as 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.
   For the banquet to be its ultimate best, Chamber members are invited to participate in sponsoring this very special occasion. Several different levels of sponsorship are available. Please call Mary Anne at the Chamber (936.336.5736) for information.
   The reservation form is attached at the end of this newsletter. Complete and fax your reservation(s) to the chamber at 936.336.1159, or scan and e-mail the form to: Please attend, mix and mingle, and enjoy the evening. Call the Chamber at 936.336.5736 for further information.

If you and your family has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, a group called Texans Recovering Together is here to help. If you have lost a loved one, witnessed rising water in your home or apartment, or just feel the need to talk to someone for support and finding local assistance, Texans Recovering Together have trained professionals readily available to assist you in the recovery process.
   Services are provided at homes, schools, social service agencies, community centers, Tri-County offices, or any convenient location. And it's 100% free of charge.
   For information contact Jeanah Bratton, M.Ed., Harvey Crisis Counseling Outreach Worker, at 936.438.0241.
Chambers (5.7), Hardin (5.6), Harris (4.3), Jefferson (6.7), Liberty (6.0).

"Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent (November 2017), setting a new record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades. The Texas economy added 54,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in November. Annual employment growth for Texas increased to 2.7 percent in November, marking 91consecutive months of annual growth".  
(Source: Texas Workforce Commission)
Chamber Member Updates

Keller Williams Realty Elite
Amber Hemingway, Realtor

7232 Eastpoint Blvd.
Baytown 77521 | Tel. (direct): 713.252.3333; (office): 832.926.4749
Real estate

The Keller Williams Realty Elite Mission Statement:
"Our philosophy is simple: clients come first. We pledge to be in constant communication with our clients, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. We believe that if you're not left with an amazing experience, we haven't done our job. We don't measure success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of our clients".

Coats Jewelers recently celebrated their 85th anniversary with a gathering at their Cleveland Store on December 5. Coats Jewelers is a family-owned business with additional locations in Livingston and downtown Liberty. Bobby Coats, grandson of founder Lawrence Coats, is the current owner.
   Congratulations to Coats Jewelers for 85 years in business! We appreciate your membership with the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce .

Jan. 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Chamber offices closed.    
Jan. 17 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Business Luncheon @ Liberty City Hall.    
Jan. 18 7:30 AM
Coushatta Bus Trip. Call Eliza Guidry @  936.258.5345 or 936.402.0340 for reservations.
Jan. 18 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee with the Mayor @ Liberty City Hall.  
Jan. 20 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Annual Men's Health Fair @ Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center.  
Jan. 22 4:30 PM
Chamber Board Meeting @ Chamber office in Dayton.   
Jan. 27 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
4th Annual Boots & Bullets Fundraiser @ Dayton Community Center.

Feb 09 10:30 AM
Dayton Rotary Gumbo Luncheon @ FUMC Fellowship Hall, Dayton.
Feb 10 10:00 AM
Chili Cook-Off & Craft Show @ Liberty City Hall.
Feb 24  6:30-11 PM
Casa of Liberty/Chambers Counties - Boots and Bandanas Benefit @ Dayton Community Center.
Feb 27  6:00 PM
42nd Annual Chamber Awards Banquet @ Dayton Community Center.

  • 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 for additional events added throughout the month.

  • The Gulf Coast Region accounted for 41% of all net migration to Texas in 2014, but it only accounts for 25% of the total state population. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
    • Gulf Coast Region counties include Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller and Wharton.

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