Chamber News for May 2018
Monthly Business Luncheon
Wednesday, May 16 | 11:45 a.m. | Liberty Center
Catered by: Linda's Catering (Linda Durio, Owner)
Menu: Chicken Spaghetti, Crisp Green Salad,
Garlic Bread, Tea or Water, Dessert.
Cost: $10

Ribbon Cutting to follow for:
Tupperware Country
Cissy Villarreal (Independent Tuperware Director)
Telephone: 713.906.4846

Register for the luncheon in one of three ways:
  1. Via e-mail to chamberadmin@imsday (specify the number of persons in your group).
  2. Call the Chamber directly at 936.336.5736.
  3. Register online using the Events calendar (look for the green "Register Now" button next to the event).
Guest speaker
State Senator Robert Nichols, District 3
First elected to the Texas Senate in 2007, Robert Nichols represents 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.

Nichols serves as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and serves on the Finance, Administration and Business and Commerce Committees. He is a member of the Legislative Audit Committee and serving is second term on the Sunset Advisory Commission.

During his six sessions as a state senator, Nichols authored and passed legislation to protect landowners' rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas and reform transportation policies. He has also worked to reduce Medicaid fraud, and promote free-market principles. He was designated as a Top Legislator by Texas Insider, a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business, a Courageous Conservative by the Texas Conservative Coalition, and a Top 10 Best Legislator for the 85th Legislative Session by Texas Monthly Magazine.

Before running for Senate, Nichols served as transportation commissioner for eight years where he established a reputation for increasing efficiency without compromising quality.

Nichols is a businessman from Jacksonville, Texas. In his hometown he served on city council, was elected mayor, built four successful manufacturing facilities, earned 32 U.S. patents, and created more than 900 jobs for East Texas families.

Working his way through college by selling fireworks and ironing clothes for other students, Nichols earned a bachelor's degree from Lamar University in 1968. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna, and they are the proud parents of three children: Brittney, Joshua, and Collynn'rae. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.
Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in the Chamber’s annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon at Liberty Center on April 25th. Well over 200 guests were in attendance enjoying the midday lunch as well as gifts donated by many area businesses and individuals. We couldn't have put this event together without the support of our volunteers and donors.

We extend our special thanks to Magnolia Place Health Care, L.L.P. and Administrator Adam Ott for once again underwriting this year’s event, and to Chef Amber Lawson and staff for preparing and catering a superb meal for everyone in attendance.

Luncheon Donor List
10 De Mayo Restaurant
All That Glitters
Allison Funeral Service
Barbara Norwood & Neal Iverson
Berkeley Eye Center
Big Frank's Barbecue
Blissful Boutique
Brenda Martin - Infinity Hair Salon
Brookshire Brothers - Liberty
Bruce Campbell
C. Bruce Stratton Attorney At Law
Candy Rucka
Capital Farm Credit
Central Appraisal District
Chamber Friends
Chili's - Dayton/Liberty
Christy Ewart
City Florist & Gifts
City Of Daisetta
Commissioner Greg Arthur
Community Resource Credit Union
Dayton Sports Bar & Grill
Dayton Trading
Dominos - Dayton & Liberty
Factory Connection
Generations Coffee & Sandwich Shop
Golden's Furniture
Hacienda San Lorenzo
Hospital District #1
Jimmy & Sandra Sterling
John Hebert Distributing
Judge Alan D. Conner
Kelsie Ziriax - Infinity Hair Salon
KSHN 99.9 FM
Lee College - Liberty Campus
Liberty Co. EMS
Liberty Co. Pct. #1 Comm. Bruce Karbowski
Liberty Co. Tax Collector Richard Brown
Liberty Forge, Inc.
Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center
Linda Taylor
Los Compadres - Hardin
Magnolia Place Health Care
Mary Anne Campbell
My Little Kitchen
Neal Iverson & Barbara Norwood
Nora Lee Ladd
Nutritional Scientific Corporation Pickett & Pickett Attorneys At Law
Post Oak Bank
Prosperity Bank
R. A. Smith Gifts - Pat Smith
Sam's Distribution Center
Sheriff Bobby Rader
Simplee Southern Grace
Subway - Dayton
Sullins & Johnston Attorneys At Law
Susan Simmons
Swaim, Brents & Associates
Texas First Bank
The Vindicator
Venola Van Deventer
Zbranek Firm
One of our annual Chamber fundraisers (and one of the most fun) will be held all day on Saturday, May 19th.

Chamber Radio Day brings together Chamber members, staff and board members to broadcast news, sports, weather and events from 6 a.m - 6 p.m. at the KSHN 99.9 FM studios in Liberty.

Advertisements are sold by Chamber Directors to individuals and businesses in advance of the event, which will then be read on the air during the broadcast day.

Prizes are given to listeners who call in with the correct answers to various trivia questions heard throughout the day.

Advertising packages are priced at $75.00 for three ads.

An advertising form is available now on the Chamber website. For questions, or if you'd like to volunteer some time as an on-air announcer call us at 936.336.5736.

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This year's public workshop is scheduled for Thursday, May 10th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland Street. Experts will be on hand to address topics of interest related to the upcoming hurricane season, which spans June 1 through November 30. Pamphlets and other literature will be distributed at the event.
Saturday, May 12th, is the day to support our letter carriers in their yearly food drive to “Stamp Out Hunger”. Just leave a sack of non-perishable food items at your mailbox, or drop them off at your local post office. More information can be found at the National Association of Letter Carriers website.
Work is almost complete on the Chamber's new Member Directory & Newcomers Guide, which should be finished and uploaded to our website by mid to late May. The guide is a full color publication that categorically lists all current Chamber members, along with community information helpful to new residents and businesses, as well as visitors to our area. To keep the guide current, member listings and other content will be updated throughout the year as needed.

There will be no official print copies distributed. The guide can be downloaded as a PDF file for offline viewing on computers, tablets and smartphones. Advertising space will be available (costs will be listed in the guide) for good quality member ads. Please contact the Chamber for information.
News from the SH 99 Grand Parkway H&I Construction Project:
After several months of planning, Grand Parkway Infrastructure (GPI) is pleased to announce the launch of the official SH 99 Grand Parkway - Segments H, I-1 and I-2 Project website. The streamlined user interface allows you to browse within the website based upon your own interests for the most up-to-date information regarding construction. Visit the site at
If you have traveled through the New Caney or Porter area lately, you may have seen heavy equipment removing trees and debris near Hwy 59/69 N going east past Loop 494. The first phase of this clearing process, which is now substantially complete, was needed to begin pre-construction for SH 99 Grand Parkway - Segment H.

Updated information on the project will continue to be available on Twitter ( @Sh99GrandPkwy ) and Facebook ( SH 99 Grand Parkway H&I Construction ).
Governor Greg Abbott has notified Mayors, County Judges and Emergency Management officials in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey that funds are available immediately to help provide relief from storm damage.

The $500 million available right now comes from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

As of this writing, only seven total applications for the region impacted by Harvey have been received by the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

Since local governments will not have to pay the 25 percent local cost share for hazard mitigation grants, these funds can be used for other needs such as various flood relief projects (dams and levees, reservoirs, land elevations, or large-scale channeling of waterways).

With gas prices on the rise, here are a couple of high-tech ways to keep track of retail fuel costs where you live, and wherever you may be on the road.

GasBuddy, a popular app for both Android and iPhone, provides crowdsourced information on fuel prices by brand and location. Keep in mind that price data is totally dependent on input from GasBuddy subscribers. Download the app from Google Play or iTunes. If you don't want the app, just go to the GasBuddy website at and input your zip code for a list of nearby retailers and fuel prices.

AAA offers the TripTik Travel Planner at Go to the site and enter your zip code. After the map loads, click on "Places" in the menu, then select the gas pump icon in the "Places" box on the left. Zoom in to your location on the map for a list of retailers and prices.
(1715 Hwy. 146 Bypass in Liberty) | Website
Fall Proof
A multidimensional balance and mobility training workshop to address the increasing incidence of falls among older adults. Balance is an automatic and unconscious process. The question is: When does balance become something people think about? Quite often, it is when they begin to lose their balance or experience a fall. This workshop will help you improve your quality of life throughout the aging process, life style reorganization, and the reduction of impact of disease, disuse, and abuse.
Fri., May 11 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ Lee College Education Center
South Liberty County

OSHA Recordkeeping
This course explores the major safety issues that affect the work place, including general safety awareness, loss control and regulatory compliance. This course will also cover a review of the requirements for recording injuries or illnesses on your OSHA Log 300 through case studies and a workshop where you'll get to improve your skills in identifying recordable incidents. Discussion of the latest updates to the OSHA standard and proposed changes will also be discussed.
Sat., May 19 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.@ Lee College Education Center
South Liberty County
TE Services, Inc.
1710 N. Main St.
Liberty | Telephone 281.932.9190
E-mail: | Web:
Solar panel installation and electrical services.

John O. Wright
738 MLK South
Individual member

Wednesday, May 16th at Liberty Center
(immediately following the Monthly Chamber Business Luncheon)
Tupperware Country
Cissy Villarreal (Independent Tupperware Director)
Telephone: 713.906.4846
Meadow Coward Insurance Agency has revised their business name:

Meadow Noyer Coward Agency
334 Main Street, Suite 3
Liberty 77575 | Telephone: 936.641.9381
Offering home, life, motorcycle, auto and car insurance.
Southeast Texas Olive in Devers proudly announces that their olive oil products are now available in the new 87,000-square-foot H-E-B store at IH-10 and Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu, which opened May 2nd. Southeast Texas Olive produces 100% organic extra virgin olive oil from their orchard in Devers, Find them online at
Comfort Angels for Dementia Drive, coordinated by Angels Care Home Health (936.336.2224) is taking donations of new, life-size, non noise-making baby dolls and stuffed animals to benefit Alzheimer's and Dementia patients. Items are being accepted April 23rd - May 31st at the following locations: LIBERTY: Angels Care Home Health, 2345 N. Main; Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, 1801 Trinity St. HARDIN: Southern Sass Boutique & Treats, Hwy. 146. CLEVELAND: First United Methodist Church, 100 N. William Barnett Ave. BAYTOWN: Angels Care Home Health, 700 Rollingbrook, Ste. B. SILSBEE: YaYa's I Love Junk, 195 E. Ave. H. VIDOR: Blacksher Insurance Agency, 270 S. Archie St. LUMBERTON: Hard Bean Coffee, 78 N. LHS Dr. PORT ARTHUR: Rose Place, 8214 Anchor Drive.
Dayton - Saturday, May 5, 9AM @ Dayton Community Center. Info: 936.258.2642.
Bring your documents for safe shredding.
Liberty - Saturday, May 12, 9AM @ City Hall parking lot. Info: 936.336.3684.
Bring your documents & electronics for safe shredding and disposal.

Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
The community is invited to a fundraising banquet for Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today, a leadership organization for local students, at the new Harvest Event Center on Hwy. 146 between Hardin and Liberty. The organization is founded by Anthony Landry, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army Retired and Hardin City Council member. Tickets are $15. For information and sponsorship opportunities contact Anthony at 281.515.5396.

Wednesday, May 16, 11:45 a.m.
Monthly Chamber Business Luncheon @ Liberty Center with guest speaker State Senator Robert Nichols.

Thursday, May 17, 7:30 a.m.
Coushatta Bus Trip - leaves old Thrif-Tee Food Center parking lot on Main Street in Liberty. Reservations required. Call Eliza Guidry: 936.258.5345 or 936.402.0340 (cell).

Thursday, May 17, 8:30 a.m.
Monthly Chamber Radio Program @ KSHN 99.9 FM.

Saturday, May 19, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Annual Chamber Radio Day @ KSHN 99.9 FM studios. For information, and to purchase advertising call 936.336.5736 or download the Chamber Radio Day Advertising form .

Saturday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Dayton Folkloric Dance Group Festival @ Dayton Community Center. Free entrance. Over 15 dances representing different states from Mexico. Banda Los Centauros de la Sierra, Mariachi sponsored by Los Compadres Mexican Restaurant, special act from Nora Toledo, Dancing Horses.

Monday, May 28, 10:00 a.m.
Memorial Day Ceremony @ Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton, South on Hwy. 146. Afterward, a tour of the new Dayton Memorial American Legion Post 512 with refreshments served. Also... an auction will be held Memorial Day weekend for the new Post building. Contact Wade Rainey 832.483.2789 for info and donations, or drop off items at Sterling Realty, 1211 Main in Liberty.


  • 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, 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.
Annual Chamber Auction and Steak Dinner Fundraiser, August 10th!
Highlights listed for Events are those occurring after the newsletter release date, and are based on information we currently have. Please visit our  online calendar  at for additional events and updates 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 |
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