Chamber News for March 2018
Wednesday, March 21
Mo nt hly Business Luncheon

The Lee College Education Center - South Liberty County Education Center Director along with representatives from Lee College's Center for Workforce and Community Develop and Dual Credit Institute will present the history, purpose and future of the newest Lee College extension in Liberty County. You will learn about local options for all ages of members in the community.

Wesley Wells
Guest speaker Wesley Wells is currently the Education Center Director for Lee College Education Center of South Liberty County. His primary role is to serve as the Lee College representative in the local community and lead and supervise the functions and operations of the Education Center. Before coming to Lee College Wesley was part of the Admissions Office at the University of Houston Downtown for 4 years. While at UHD, he began as a transfer recruiter before being promoted to the Coordinator of Admissions Recruitment.  Wesley received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Houston Downtown and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education from Abilene Christian University. Wesley has always been active in various professional, community and service organizations over the last 20 years where he has served on local, state and national committees.

Wesley is a native of Baton Rouge, La and has lived in the Houston Metro Area for the last 8 years. He is a proud uncle of 2 nephews, and enjoys family time, travel, and all levels of American Football.
Place: Liberty Center (Liberty City Hall). 1829 Sam Houston Street.
Date / Time: Wednesday, March 14. Serving begins at 11:45 a.m.
Cost: $10 per ticket.
Catered by: Blue Plate Catering (Pamala Talbot - Owner).
Menu: Chicken Cordon Bleu, wild rice, vegetables, bread, dessert, tea/water.
Chamber News Briefs
A large crowd turned out for the Chamber's 42nd Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening, February 27th at the Dayton Community Center. One of the event's highlights was the announcement of Citizen of the Year for Dayton and Liberty. Dr. Jessica Johnson, Superintendent of Dayton ISD, was the winner for Dayton, while the Rev. Ted Smith of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church received the Liberty Citizen of the Year honor.

Mike Little served as emcee for the evening's events. Incoming Chamber directors were announced, and outgoing directors for 2017 were honored with plaques. Past Chairperson Kandace Wolfe presented the gavel to incoming Chairperson Sandra Sterling. Laurie Elliott provided the vocal for the National Anthem and later led the crowd in "God Bless America".

Guest speaker, and Emmy award-winning reporter Art Rascon of ABC13, Houston gave everyone an inside view of communications in the newsroom and how reporters have to sort through voice communications from several sources during the broadcast, and prioritizing the most important input quickly. Mr. Rascon then related the need for everyone to filter the voices we hear each day and focus on those most relevant to us, stating "it's important that we listen and hear the voice that's going to help us, uplift us, and guide us to do the right things".

Awards were given to Cathy Harbour and Sharon Sullivan for their volunteer efforts at the Chamber, and Courtney Williams Yeater for success in business with "Liberty Faux Real Trade Days". The offices of U.S. Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, State Senator Robert Nichols and State Rep. Ernest Bailes also honored Citizen of the Year recipients. Outgoing chairperson Kandace Wolfe was presented a flag flown over the Texas Capitol, as well as a large gavel from State Rep. Ernest Bailes. Outgoing directors Johnny Jarolik, Mark McClelland, Skeet Raggio and Linda Taylor received plaques for their service.

The Chamber wishes to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the evening, our many sponsors, elected officials, guest speaker Art Rascon and all who worked to make this year's banquet a great success.  
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is seeking summer employment applications from young men and women ages 15 to 18. Two positions will be available through the Youth Conservation Corps program.

No prior experience is necessary but participants must be citizens of the United States. Crew members will work 40 hours per week for $ 7.25 an hour (Direct Deposit is required) starting June 4th through July 27th. Hours of work will be Monday thru Friday from 7:30 AM till 4:00 PM. Work will be conducted outside and will be physically demanding. Individuals selected must have transportation to and from the refuge office, located at 601 FM 1011, Liberty, Texas. Typical duties will include trail maintenance, boundary line posting, fence construction, building construction, and various restoration and maintenance projects. Educational field trips and training sessions will also be included.

Selection will be on a random basis from the list of qualified applicants. Young adults interested in wildlife careers, summer employment, or job experiences are encouraged to apply. For applications or more information please contact the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 10015, Liberty, TX, 77575 or call 936-336-9786. Applications are due by April 6th and can be mailed, faxed, or brought to the office. The fax number is 936.336.9847. Selection will be made on April 11th.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Chamber member Memorial Hermann announces the opening of three new clinics in Northeast Houston under Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Residents in Atascocita, Fall Creek and Kingwood now have convenient access to high-quality physical and occupational therapy close to home.

With the addition of the new clinics in Northeast Houston, patients across the greater Houston area now have access to an expansive network of more than 40 clinics that provide the latest innovations in diagnosis and treatment, as well as centralized online scheduling.

The new clinic locations are:

Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Atascocita
18411 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Ste. 550
Humble, TX 77346
Main 713.814.2520

Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Fall Creek
9522 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Ste. 2350
Humble, TX 77396
Main 713.814.2510

Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Kingwood
601 Rockmead Dr.
Kingwood, TX 77339
Main 713.814.2530

For more information, call 713.521.0020 or visit
Walmart - Liberty - 03/13 - 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm.   
Liberty Church of Christ - 03/19 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.   
Liberty Jubilee - 03/23 - 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
First United Methodist Church - Liberty - 03/29 - 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  
Representatives from the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce attended the Gulf Coast Chamber Executives Annual Leadership Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston on February 16. The conference is a one-day event for chamber leaders and volunteers to gain insight into economic trends in our region, as well as knowledge to improve chamber skills and operation.

The attendees from the Chamber were: Bryan Reynolds (First Liberty National Bank), Chamber Secretary-Treasurer; Sandra Sterling (Sterling Realty) 2018 Chamber Chairperson; and Bruce Campbell, Chamber Technology Services.

Chamber Member Updates


Grand Parkway Infrastructure, LLC
Janice Hayes (Public Relations Manager)
7560 FM 1960
Dayton 77535 | 877.553.7574

Information regarding the Grand Parkway project can be found on this page at the Chamber website.

Hardin Bank
Bob Allen (Senior Vice President)
11116 Hwy. 146 N.
Liberty 77575 | Ph. 936.298.2265

The Health Fix Store
Betty Runkle (Naturopath / Owner)
334 Main Street
Liberty 77575 | Ph. 936.336.9001
Health, vitamins / supplements
LT's Garbage Service
Briana Bradner (Sales Consultant)
10185 FM 1960
Dayton 77535 | Ph. 936.258.9035
Waste disposal

Highway 90 RV Resort
Jarrod Pettit (Owner)
710 E. Main St.
Ames | 936.221.5250 

Lansdowne-Moody Co.
Joey Scheffler (Sales - Liberty)
12288 US 59 Business
Splendora 77372 | 281.592.5266
Tractors, ATVs, mowers, utility equipment, service, accessories, much more.

Thursday, March 22nd - 10AM
The Health Fix Store
334 Main Street in Liberty.

Eagle Med Spa has relocated to their new address after suffering flooding issues from Hurricane Harvey at their prior facilities. The new location is:
7599 Garth Rd. Ste. 300
Baytown, TX 77521
"We are a medical spa that offers many services such as: Laser hair removal, facials, massage, waxing, eyelash extensions, tanning, botox/fillers & MORE." 

Thursday, 15th
7:30 AM Coushatta Bus Trip. Call Eliza Guidry for information: 936.402.0340.  
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Coffee with the Mayor.

Friday, 23rd
12:00 PM 33rd Annual Liberty Jubilee. Information: 936.336.3684 or

Saturday, 24th
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 33rd Annual Liberty Jubilee. Information: 936.336.3684 or

Thursday, 29th
1PM - 4PM Job Fair 2018 @ Lee College Sports Arena.


Events in April at Lee College Education Center - South Liberty County:

April 7
* Summer Preview Day from 9AM - noon. Free community event.
* National Safety Council Distracted Driver Course 8AM - Noon.

April 21
Liberty Rotary Club Chili Cook-Off. Vendors and cooking teams wanted. Call 936.336.2226.

April 25
Administrative Professionals Luncheon @ Liberty Center.
(See registration form at the end of this newsletter)

  • 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.
  • Third Thursday on Sam Houston Street. Generations Coffee & Sandwich Shop, The Pineapple Congo Emporium, Simplee Southern Grace Boutique and Two Mimi's Boutique have teamed up to bring you a night of fun, shopping and eating! Open late monthly from 6PM - 8PM. Live music, door prizes, food specials, vintage & custom furniture, children's & women's apparel, Brighton jewelry & more. On the City Square, Sam Houston Street, in downtown Liberty.

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. 

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