Chamber Connection Newsletter


October 2016
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

Presented by Farmers State Bank
October 6, 7 & 8, 2016
Downtown historic Center Square

 Schedule of Events click here

Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
Luquette Chiropractic Holds Relocation Ribbon Cutting

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors hosted a relocation ribbon cutting for Luquette Chiropractic with owner David Luquette. They are now located at 232 Tenaha Street in Center.
Luquette Chiropractic has over 20 years of experience in treating patients with headaches, neck pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, mid back pain, 
arm pain and leg pain.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Chamber Event
State Representative Chris Paddie speaks to local citizens

State Representative Chris Paddie 

A community luncheon for

Texas State Representative Chris Paddie was held at the Windham Civic Center with a joint meeting of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Center Noon Lions Club and Center Rotary Club. Shelby County Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in organizing what has come to be an annual event for the past three years. Jim Sawyer, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce President, opened the event and introduced guests.

Following his introduction, Center Mayor David Chadwick welcomed the state representative. Paddie spoke with civic club members about items which will be addressed during the upcoming legislature and items on which his attention is focused, giving  the community an idea of what to expect.
Paddie explained he is currently the Vice Chair of House Energy Resources which as he said is everything oil and gas, mining and oversight of the Railroad Commission. He also currently serves on the Transportation Committee as well as sub-committees of that committee.
"Our hope is that we're going to basically come in pretty much flat, and we're going to be pretty close to hitting it on the mark, so I think that's pretty good. That gives me hope that we're not facing a situation where we need to look at drastic cuts or anything even remotely like we saw in 2011 where we had a huge budget shortfall and had to do some pretty significant cuts," said Paddie.
Paddie expects an interesting year in education this year and foresees a difference of opinions between the State and House regarding the education system.

Chamber Board of Directors
Shelby County Chamber
Recognizes Board of Directors

L to R: Jason Locke, Ann Blackwell, Meg Camp, Andi Foster, Natalie Oswalt, Donald Monroe 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce recognized Board of Directors that recently fulfilled a three year term serving on the board 2014 through 2016 with a Certificate of Recognition. Those board members were Jason Locke, JBA Financial; Ann Blackwell, Individual member; Meg Camp, Cline Family Medicine; Andi Foster, Vieux Carre Photography; Natalie Oswalt, Panola College and Donald Monroe, Monco Motors.  Andi Foster received a plaque

Meg Camp and Andi Foster 

for perfect attendance for the 2015-2016 year.

The Chamber Board is comprised of 27 board members including the past president, Jim Sawyer and the president elect, Bryan Wages.  At the October meeting the Chamber will welcome new board members that will be serving until 2019.  Joining the board are Alison Scull, Bounds Insurance; Tim Hopkins, Tara Permenter, Sabine State Bank & Trust; Camille Cooper, Farmers State Bank; April Prince, Mettauer Law Firm; Mike Bird Jr., Bird & Crawford Forestry; Gabriel Rebollar, ALLCOM/ATT; Alma Jaimes, Town & Country Real Estate; Casey Williams, Edward Jones; Andi Foster and Jason Locke to fill two unexpired terms.

It is through the Chamber's board of directors that the Chamber can work and coordinate events that help promote and develop economic basis of the community in achieving the 
Chamber's mission.

For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682, or visit us at



Chamber Ambassadors
Shelby County Chamber Ambassadors
Hold Quarterly Meeting
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently held their 4th Quarter Ambassador meeting, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, at the Windham Civic Center. The agenda for the meeting included the slate of officers and new Ambassadors for the 2016-2017 year.
L to R: Doug Gay, Kathy Bailey, Andi Foster 

President Meg Camp presented the officers for the 2016-2017 year. Andi Foster, Vieux Carre Photography, President; Doug Gay, Liberty Tax, Vice-President and Kathy Bailey, Shelby Savings Bank, Secretary.

New Ambassadors for the 2016-2017 term are Lorei Choate, Shelby Savings Bank; Michele Askew, Shelby Savings Bank; Cindy Lindsey, Sassy Red's , Inc.

L to R: Lori Davis, Colleen Doggett, Meg Camp not pictured J.J. Ford 

President Camp made the presentation of individual certificates to J.J. Ford, ShelbyCountyToday; Lori Davis, Shelby Savings Bank; Colleen Doggett, East Texas Press; Meg Camp, Cline Family Medicine. Total hours volunteered for the quarter was 71 hours with a total of 625 hours for the year.  

The "Traveling

L to R: Doug Gay, Billie Sue Payne, Meg Camp, Allison Sanford, Camille Stanfield

Chicken" was awarded to Team Camp with 37 hours for the quarter.


L to R: Andi Foster and Meg Camp 

Presentation of the Star Award went to Andi Foster with a total of 52.5 hours.  Meg Camp was presented an appreciation plaque for her service of Ambassador President from 2014-2016.

For more information on the Ambassador program please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682, or visit


Member News
Chamber Event
40th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival Kicked Off In Style
Sally Windham 

East Texas Poultry Festival kicked off with the Chicken Fajita lunch sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply, the Doo Dah parade sponsored by Center Tire Company and the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods. This year the Chamber celebrates 40 years of highlighting all things chicken.   Activities began with the annual fajita lunch where hardworking volunteers cooked, chopped, packed and


delivered over 700 lunches.

Lawn Chair Brigade 

The Doo Dah parade began at 4:30 on the downtown Center square with the Lawn Chair Brigade leading the way.

Windham Family Dental 

Top winners of the parade were 1st place, Windham Family Dental, 2nd place Shelby County VFW Post 8904 and 3rd place went to Triple J Feed. After the parade attendees enjoyed the sample tastings of the wonderful cooks and chefs featured in the Chicken Cooking Contest.

Amber Dodd and Shelby Savings Bank Team 

Shelby Savings Bank swept the People's Choice Awards taking home the Best Tasting Dish and the Best Dressed Dish. Natalie Oswalt, master of ceremonies, thanked everyone for coming and introduced the representatives from Tyson Foods, Platinum Sponsor for the event, who were Amber Dodd, Brandon Davis, and Mike Mason. First, second and third place in each division were presented with cash prizes and trophies for their chicken recipes.

Youth Division

L to R: Zeke Richey, Kandence Polley, Carly Gray 

Brandon Davis with Tyson Foods presented the awards for the Youth Division.
1st place - Zeke Richey (Asian Chicken Wings)
2nd place - Kadence Polley (Chicken and Dumplings)
3rd place - Carly Gray (Cheese Chicken Taco Breadstick Dippers)

High School Division
Amber Dodds with Tyson Foods presented the awards for the Teenage Division.
1st place - Brianna Aldaco and Kelli Plunket (Chicken Bacon Alfredo French Bread Pizza)
2nd place - Ashley Roberts and Destiny McKinney (Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Poppers)
3rd place - Jonathan Ariza, Kissel Arcibar and Skyler Ferguson (BBQ Chicken Bacon Pineapple Kabobs)
Honorable Mention - Prisilla Ramos and Yessenia Chavez (Buffalo Chicken Bites)
Adult Division
Mike Mason with Tyson Foods presented the awards for the Adult Division.
1st place - Shelby Savings Bank (Buffalo Wings)
2nd place - Farmers State Bank (Farmers State Bank Chicken)
3rd place - Maxie Chumley (Chicken Spaghetti)

Chamber News
2016 East Texas Poultry Festival Pageant Crowns Queen

2016 Queen Madelynn Hutchins 
Madelynn Hutchins of Joaquin High School,  was crowned the 2016 Miss East Texas Poultry Festival Queen at the 40th East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank.  Rylee Morris, Center High School was 1st runner up and Emma Locke, Center High School, was the 2nd runner up.The court had fourteen candidates with representatives from three Shelby County high schools.
L to R: Emma Locke, Queen Madelynn Hutchins, Rylee Morris


Candidates were Emma Locke, Madison Kirby, Elizabeth Chavez, Rylee Morris, Alexia Baldwin, Kendal Ray, Lexi Moody, Center High School; Jessye Massey, Kalina Lynn Bradshaw, Lizbeth Bautista, Courtney Bass, Shelbyville High School; Madelynn Hutchins, Katelyn Jackson, Karley Broadway, Joaquin High School.   
The Queen's Court committee led by Chairman Caroline Corbell, includes, Kerri Wiggins, Shanell Ruiz, Kay Fairchild and Jesse Wiggins.

For more information or to make reservations please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email

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Junior Chamber of Commerce Corner
Junior Chamber of Commerce Participate in Flag Folding

Center ISD Superintendent, Dr. James Hockenberry, was contacted by Christopher Green, Regional Representative of Woodmen Life, who resides in Bullard, Texas. Mr. Green mentioned the Woodman Life Chapter owned a rather large American Flag, and on occasion, presented the flag at local events.

Mr. Green made the offer to hold a flag folding ceremony to the district during the Varsity football game between Center and Bullard. His request included the need for 45-50 volunteers. Center High School Principal, Matt Gregory, arranged for Junior Chamber of Commerce members from the Middle School 
and High School to participate.
Woodmen Life is a non-profit organization that provides life insurance and retirement planning to more than 800,000 members that are dedicated to charitable, patriotic and civic causes.  The chapter is responsible for many projects that have benefited this community.  
They provide US flags to local non-profit organizations along with charitable donations to various school organizations.  They also strive to promote good citizenship by recognizing outstanding citizens who have performed a valued service with achievement awards.
Woodmen Life is the second largest presenter of American Flags in the country. 
Member Spotlight
Luquette Chiropractic

Dr. David Luquette

The Chamber Connection "Member Spotlight" features Luquette Chiropractic with owner Dr. David Luquette. Dr. Luquette known as "the back man" has been in practice for 23 years and has had a clinic in Center for 17 years. His goal is to heal the land and make a difference in how people feel once they leave his office. Their motto is "align the spine and feel mighty fine".

Since 2006 he has been voted the "Best of Nacogdoches" where he has a clinic located at 4619 North St. His clinic in Center is located at 232 Tenaha St. Dr. Luquette and his staff thanks everyone for their support in making their clinics successful.

Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the body's main structure - the skeleton, muscles, nerves and the patient's health. They believe that health can be improved and preserved by making adjustments to these structures, particularly the spinal column. They also treat a variety of conditions such as: sciatica, hips, arms, legs, ankles, knees, neck, and range of motion pain, tendinitis, spondylolisthesis, headaches, arthritis pain, sinus pain, pregnancy pain and pain from accidents. They also provide DOT and school physicals. They are accepting new patients for all ages and accept most major insurance companies.
Their clinics also sell many all natural products, like the famous biofreeze, white flower, ice packs, sleeping aids and muscle relaxers. Their office is constantly having discounts so follow them on facebook or pay them a visit at the clinics.
For more information please contact them at 936-569-0200 or 936-598-3200.


Member News
East Texas Awards & Engraving  

BAH logo

L to R: Rachael Broussard, Adrianna Castillo, Caley Turner, Betsy Swanzy 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Betsy Swanzy, owner, and her staff welcomed Chamber members to a Business After Hours event located at 118 Nacogdoches St. on the downtown Center square.  

East Texas Awards & Engraving, showcased their business, products, services and facilities while at the same time gave an opportunity for Chamber members to network with other Chamber members in a casual, relaxed atmosphere to encourage 
member to member business.
Ms. Swanzy provides a variety of awards, trophies, plaques, certificates, medals and ribbons for individual design. They also have a wide selection of gifts available for personalized engraving.
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit


Mission Statement


Mission Statement


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.     



Chamber News

Wayfinding Maps at Chamber Office

The Tourism Committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the publication of a Wayfinding Map for Center.  The map highlights points of interest and hotels/motels in the area.  The Chamber has distributed them to high traffic traveler locations according to Tourism Chairman, Andi Foster.   


For more information or to get maps please
 contact the Chamber office
 at 936-598-3682 or email
To view map click here.


Chamber News
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce wants to keep its members connected to clients, customers and contacts by linking  websites or facebook pages via the Chamber website, E-newsletter and all social media.
Please take a moment to check the member listing on the Chamber website and provide the Chamber with any changes that need to be made or if a website is now available please send link to
Need Your News

Need Your News 


As a chamber member you can submit articles for the monthly Chamber e-newsletter or the Chamber Chatter e-blast.  Chamber Chatter is sent throughout each month as news is received. 


Did your company or someone in your company receive an award?  Do you have news you would like to share with other members?  Have helpful tips to pass along to the membership?  If you do email 


Articles can be submitted through out the month to be included in the newsletter.  The Chamber also invites you to friend Shelby County Chamber on Facebook where you can send us your announcements as well.




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