Chamber News for September 2018
MONTHLY BUSINESS LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Sept. 12 - 11:45 a.m. @ Liberty Center

GUEST SPEAKERS
Representatives from the Trinity Valley Exposition
discussing this year's upcoming TVE activities in October.
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Ribbon cuttings immediately after the luncheon for
Fine Arts Society of Liberty, Texas
Jim Sterling, President
and
Texas Commissioned Security Operations, LLC
Chief Jasper Fairman, Owner/President/Directory of Security
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CATERED BY:
Linda's Catering (Linda Durio, Owner)
Tel. 713.859.3878
Grilled pork chops, seasoned green beans,
potato salad, dessert, bread, tea/water.

COST: $10

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).
NEWS BRIEFS
ANNUAL AUCTION FUNDRAISER - "THANK YOU" FROM ALL OF US
The Chamber's 29th Annual Auction & Steak Dinner Fundraiser is now in the books, and we'd like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket, volunteered their time, donated auction items, donated supplies, or just stopped by our offices to see if they could help.

Many of the individuals and businesses who helped make this year's event such a great success can be found at the end of this newsletter.

The top prizes of the night went to:

  • 15. Lillian Rucka – Ladies Bulova Watch from Coats Jewelers - LIberty & Cleveland. $400 value.
  • 14. Ellie Thibodeaux – Visa gift card donated by Community Resource Credit Union - Mont Belvieu. $400 value.
  • 13. Calvin Westcott – Visa gift card donated by First Liberty National Bank - Dayton, Hardin, Huffman & Liberty. $400 value.
  • 12. Bruce Karbowski – spa package donated by Liberty Med and Spa - Liberty. $400 value.
  • 11. Precise Safety – Visa gift card donated by Magnolia Place Health Care - Liberty. $400 value.
  • 10. David Leonard – Visa gift card donated by Post Oak Bank - Dayton & Liberty. $400 value.
  • 9. Carol Stanley – Visa gift card donated by Prosperity Bank - Dayton & Liberty. $400 value.
  • 8. Lois Brooks – Visa gift card donated by Texas First Bank - Hull & Liberty. $400 value.
  • 7. Sullins and Johnston – Thrif-Tee gift card donated by Thrif-Tee Food Centers - Dayton and Mont Belvieu. $400 value.
  • 6. Cathy Harbour – Hisense 43-inch LED HDTV donated by Walmart - Liberty. $400 value.
  • 5. Steve Rodger – $500 Visa gift card donated by Liberty County Teachers Federal Credit Union - Liberty.
  • 4. Community Resource Credit Union – $750 Visa gift card donated by PLC Construction Inc. - Liberty.
  • 3. Lopez Roofing – $1,200 certificate for in-store purchases, donated by Golden’s Furniture - Liberty.
  • 2. John Carter – E-100 John Deere lawn tractor, valued at $1,539. Courtesy of the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • 1. Agnes Carter – $5,000 in gold bullion (Gold Eagles). Courtesy of the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
MEMBER DIRECTORY NOW ONLINE

The Chamber is pleased to release our new Member Directory & Newcomers Guide for 2019-2020, an online publication in Adobe PDF format designed to assist people visiting or relocating to our area. The guide contains listings for schools and colleges, media resources, transportation information, city government, libraries and museums, county agencies and more. A detailed section features places to see and things to do in the area. The Chamber's member businesses are listed categorically and can be easily searched for products and services offered.

The guide can be saved to laptops, tablets and smartphones as a portable reference, and will be updated throughout the year as needed. A date stamp on the cover indicates the latest version.

You can view and download the latest copy of the Member Directory & Newcomers Guide here from our website. Members interested in advertising opportunities will find rates and layout information here as well.
SCAM ALERT
NEW MEDICARE CARDS
Medicare cards currently being mailed to recipients are designed to be safer by replacing Social Security numbers with a new Medicare number on the card itself. However, the Social Security Administration warns that scammers are contacting recipients by phone while posing as Medicare representatives, in an attempt to obtain personal information. The crooks may tell recipients they must pay a fee for the new cards (the cards are free), or try to convince them they're due a refund on transactions with their old card, while attempting to obtain banking information.

NEW CITY MANAGER AND EMC
We welcome Tom Warner as the new City Manager for the City of Liberty. Mr. Warner has over 20 years of experience serving municipalities, with six years as the City of Liberty's public works director and engineer.
Crista Beasley-Adams will step into the position of Emergency Management Coordinator for Liberty County, following the retirement of previous coordinator Tom Branch.
MEMBER UPDATES
NEW MEMBERS
The Fine Arts Society of Liberty, Texas
J im Sterling (President)
P.O. Box 50
Liberty | Ph. 936.336.5464

Rivanas Chuck Wagon
Peggy Johnson (Owner)
1916 CR 2439
Hull | Ph. 936.536.2233

Pipe Leak Pups, LLC
Nikole Tackett (Vice President)
P.O. Box 2435
Dayton 77535 | Ph. 832.784.3190
pipeleakpups.com
Provides integrity surveys for pipeline operators using canine services specifically trained in leak detection.

Pho Bo Family Restaurant, LLC
William Briscoe (Manager)
1012 N. Main
Liberty | Ph. 936.641.9275

Alma's Designs Florist & More
Alma Yanez (Owner)
2718 N. Main
Liberty | Ph. 936.641.9056
Flowers, home decor
FamilyTime Crisis & Counseling Center
110 West Clayton St.
Dayton | Ph. 936.257.9744

Down South Misfits Tees & More
Brandi Bryant (Owner)
808-B N. Main Street
Liberty | Ph. 713-294-9916
downsouthmisfits.com
Boutique & embroidery, printing and graphics

City Florist of Liberty
Stephanie Blume (Owner)
1809 Jefferson Drive
Liberty | Ph. 936.336.7241
cityfloristofliberty.com
Flowers, home decor

Law Office of Etheridge & Bacon, PLLC
Chad W. Etheridge & Terry Bacon, Partners
414 Main St.
Liberty | 936.334.8300
Legal services
RIBBON CUTTINGS
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 - NOON
Fine Arts Society of Liberty, Texas and Texas Commissioned Security Operations, LLC will have a dual ribbon cutting immediately after the Monthly Business Luncheon at Liberty Center.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 10AM
City Florist of Liberty
1809 Jefferson Drive
Liberty
Public is invited - light refreshments served.
Rena Davis is the new Administrator for the Liberty County Hospital District. Rena has been with LCHD for over seven years and looks forward to serving many more. Liberty County Hospital District has five board members, and meets once each month. They recently relocated from Fannin Street to Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center at 1353 N. Travis, Liberty.

Jan Page is the new District Liaison for State Representative Ernest Bailes, House District 18. Jan, who retired from Shepherd ISD, is a native of Cleveland, Texas and a graduate of Sam Houston State University.
EVENTS
SEPTEMBER
  • 12th - Chamber Business Luncheon @ Liberty City Hall. 11:45AM.
  • 15th - Drive 4UR School. 9AM - 4PM @ BJ Ford, Liberty. Take a free test drive and Ford Motor Company will donate up to $6,000 to Dayton High School or Hull-Daisetta High School. For each test drive taken, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Liberty High School and Hardin High School.
  • 15th - RA Smith Gifts grand opening at new location: 1818 Sam Houston, Liberty. 10AM - 6PM. Hot dog party, door prizes, special sales all day. 22nd anniversary.
  • 20th - Coushatta Bus Trip. Reservations: 936.258.5345 or 936.402.0340.
  • 22nd - Shred Day @ Liberty City Hall. 9AM - Noon. Individuals are asked to bring old credit card statements, IRS tax records, computer disks, or anything that lists personal information to be commercially shredded --- absolutely FREE!!

Save the date:
  • Country Christmas (Liberty) - Tuesday, Nov. 27. City of Liberty Municipal Complex.. Parade @ 6PM.
  • Country Christmas (Dayton) - Thursday, Nov. 29. First Baptist Church, Dayton.
  • 43rd Annual Chamber Awards Banquet - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ the Dayton Community Center.


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 the mayor and city manager 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 Events are those occurring after the newsletter release date, and are based on information we currently have. Please visit our  online calendar  at libertydaytonchamber.com for additional events and updates added throughout the month.
OUR THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED THEIR TIME, TALENTS AND ITEMS TO THIS YEAR'S AUCTION-FUNDRAISER:

  • Liberty County EMS Flat-Line Cookers for taking care of the steak dinners start to finish and preparing them in the heat of the day.
  • Brady Hanson, Dayton Lease and Pipe Service for all of your help and auctioneer duties.
  • Gina Worthy, facilities Manager TVE for assisting Brady with the items to be auctioned.
  • Our local media resources - The Dayton News, The Liberty Gazette, The Vindicator and KSHN 99.9FM.
  • Bill Buchanan, "auction announcer extraordinaire".
  • City of Dayton and Dayton Police Department.
  • Winn Skidmore, Punkie Shanks and Carolyn Files for answering questions and assisting the buyers.
  • Truckville-Sour Lake for sponsoring the desserts purchased from Brookshire Brothers, Liberty.
  • Beverage sponsor Del Papa-Budweiser in Beaumont.
  • Brookshire Brothers, Liberty for the donation of the bottled water.
  • Lucky Dog Liquor for providing the ice.
  • Jimmy & Sandra Sterling – Sterling Realty - Wine Sponsors.
  • Cliff Richey who provided the state of Texas decorations for the tables.
  • Cliff Richey & Bill Monk – Thrif-Tee Foods, for providing the sound.
  • Judge Jay Knight and the Cow Patty Daddys for the live music.
  • RA Smith Gifts for the cost of printing the ‘500’ tickets.
  • DISD Marine Corps JROTC Cadets ‘Bronco Battalion’, and their sponsors Senior Marine Instructor CWO – 3 Ron Tash, and Marine Instructor SGT. Maj. (Ret) Sgt. Maj. Sam Lewis.
  • Shoppa’s, Liberty – Holly Rodgers (Sales Administrator) and Kelby Bradley (Manager) for all the help with the John Deere Lawn Tractor and to Kelby Bradley for bringing the tractor to the event and helping with the memorable photo of winner John Carter.
  • Jesse Lopez, Liberty Coin & Collectibles for help in purchasing the gold for the Chamber and helping with the presentation to winner Agnes Carter.
  • Diamonds in the Rough (The Woodlands) for returning to the auction again this year with their great selection of autographed sports memorabilia.
  • Ms. Mary Jane Ripkowski for the use of the squirrel cage. It wouldn’t be a ‘500’ auction without it!.
  • Venola Van Deventer for selling the most tickets (65)!

Thank you to our board members.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Chamber through your ticket purchases.
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
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