Chamber Connection Newsletter

November 2016
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

Presented by Shelby Savings Bank 
Friday, November 4, 2016
Windham Civic Center
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
ALLCOM / AT&T holds

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined with Bill Patton & Mark Patton, ALLCOM/ AT&T owners for a relocation ribbon cutting at their new location in Hilltop Marketplace at 854 Hurst Street, Suite 100, in Center.
Shelby County Ambassador president, Andi Foster, welcomed everyone and said, "On behalf of the Shelby County Chamber Ambassadors we extend our appreciation to you for being a chamber member and opening your doors to the community today and everyday." She then introduced Mark Patton with Allcom, an AT&T authorized retailer.
Patton then introduced the store manager in Center, Gabriel Rebollar, who introduced the staff: Javier Gonzalez, Chiana Williams, Nick Reynolds, Micheal Pereiro, Assistant Manager, JaCorey Bolton, Jasmine Rojas, Nicole White, Alex Serrano, and Ever Bahena.
Rebollar said, "I appreciate each and everybody around this community that has helped. Of course we're always here to help each one of them; we go above and beyond which we strive for that customer service to help each one of our customers."
The store offers a wide variety of products and services including but not limited to cell phone and home phone services, Direct TV, tablets, and U-Verse Internet for home and business. Allcom AT&T has locations in Center, Nacogdoches, and Lufkin.  Read More

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

New Member Ribbon Cutting
Taqueria Los Girasoles

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invited the public to celebrate a new member ribbon cutting at Taqueria Los Girasoles, with owner Manuel Leon, located at 
181 US Hwy 96 North in Center.

Taqueria Los Girasoles serves authentic Mexican food with specials on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Their hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and they are open on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

To contact them please call 936-598-6711

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Chamber Event

 The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador will be hosting the 4th Annual Taste of the Holidays on Friday, November 4 at the Windham Civic Center starting at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Taste of the Holidays is an eclectic culinary sampling and dining experience featuring Chamber member restaurants, caterers and florists.  Each establishment will serve sample tastes of a featured item from their business.   

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


Member News
The Little Fox Marketplace
Opens for Business

Tracie and Ben Galindo 

The Little Fox Marketplace located at 101 Shelbyville St., owned by Ben and Tracie Galindo, are excited to announce their REOPENING. Their hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Some remodeling and upgrades have been made inside the store as well as in the kitchen. The bakery has reopened under the ownership and operation of The Little Fox Marketplace. They will have a variety of sweets and treats including cakes, pound cakes, cookies, pies, chocolates, fudge and MORE! Different items will be featured each day, so follow them on Facebook to see what's cooking today!

Talented local artists and crafters have filled the showroom with unique items. When you shop there, you are supporting your neighbors!
The Little Fox Marketplace wants to thank all of their customers that have been with them for their exciting first three years and for waiting patiently during the upgrades! They look forward to seeing returning customers as well as welcoming new ones.
For more information please contact them at 936-590-4422, email at or visit them at or follow them on facebook. For shopping online &
Chamber Board of Directors
Shelby County Chamber
Welcomes Board of Directors
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Chamber President, Meg Camp, welcomed new Board of Directors that will serve on the board from 2016 through 2019 with a board orientation.  Meg Camp, Pam Phelps, Executive Director, and past president, Jim Sawyer, spoke briefly on the history of Chambers of Commerce and duties that Board of Directors are responsible for.


Standing L to R: Bryan Wages, Jason Locke, Tara Permenter, April Prince, Camille Cooper, Casey Williams, Cagriel Rebollar 
Seated L to R: Andi Foster, Alma Jaimes,
 Meg Camp 

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 filling two unexpired terms.

President, Meg Camp, is excited to step into her new role and with help from the board and Chamber staff she expects to have an engaged and committed year.

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



Member News
Town & Country Real Estate Celebrates 50 Years
Welcomes New Owner


Malcolm Weaver 

Town & Country Real Estate was established in 1966 with Malcolm Weaver at the helm.

Malcolm Weaver originally received his Texas Real Estate license in the 1950's.    Malcolm wanted to have a real estate company that the local people could come to buy and sell properties and feel they were working with fair and honest Realtors. He was known as a civic booster for Center, a recruiter of businesses, like McDonald's and Walmart.  He also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, among his many local activities.  Malcolm had a long career in Commercial and Residential real estate and worked into his 90's.

Town and Country Real Estate celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, October 18 as well as the passing of the torch from the Weaver family to new owner, Jodi Fountain, who has worked there for several years.

L to R: Mark Weaver, Mary Crain,
Jodi Fountain, Raymond Fountain 

Mark Weaver spoke first giving a toast to his dad, Malcolm Weaver, and then to Jodi Fountain and her husband, Raymond, "You are the ones to take this company and run with it and take it farther and higher than Malcolm even thought it could go. It will be very special for him to see this transition. You know it is already in our hearts, Mary and I, and [Malcolm's] heart to see this happen. And we love you, we believe in you, and we are here for you. This is a beautiful thing to see, this transition."

"Speaking of moving forward and bigger and better, that can't happen without the team," said Fountain with appreciation. She then introduced her newest team member, Kaleigh Jones, who is joining the current team members: Margaret McBride, Bill Hughes, Alma Jaimes, Nikki Joubert, Rhonda Proffitt, Anittra Adkison, and Cindy Mathis.
"I just want to say thank you to Mark and Mary both for pushing me forward and having so much confidence in me," Fountain expressed with heartfelt emotions.
To read more click here.
For more information on Town & Country Real Estate please contact them at 936-598-6111 or visit them on facebook.


Chamber Ambassadors
Shelby County Chamber
 Ambassador Orientation


Seated L to R: Meg Camp, Gabby West, Cindy Lindsey, Tee Polley, Dot Golding, Lorei Choate, Andi Foster 
Standing L to R: Michele Askew, Charlotte Allen, J.J. Ford, Jason Balkcom, Camille Stanfield, Scott Stanfield, Brian Dean, Doug Gay, David Chadwick,
Sandra Gray, Jim Gibson, Allison Sanford 
Not pictured: Keli Talbert, Kathy Bailey, Sharon Crelia, Lori Davis, Colleen Doggett, Susan Hairgrove, Carolyn Lamb, Kristi McClelland, Lynda K. Russell, Billie Sue Payne, Carla Meshell  
The Shelby County Chamber recently held the Ambassador Orientation meeting to install the 2016-2017 officers and welcome three new members to the program.
Past Ambassador President, Meg Camp, handed the gavel over to Andi Foster the incoming president for the 2016-2017 year.  Doug Gay will serve as the Vice President and Kathy Bailey will remain as Secretary.
The Chamber also welcomed three new Ambassadors joining the program which are Lorei Choate, Shelby Savings Bank, Michele Askew, Shelby Savings Bank and Cindy Lindsey, Sassy Red's, Inc.
During the orientation the members got an overview of the by-laws and history of the Chamber along with events and projects that the Chamber has throughout the year.
There are 30 Ambassadors in the program for the 2016-2017 year.  For more information on the Ambassador program click here or contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or email
Chamber Event
The 40th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival held on the downtown historic square had great weather and huge crowds.  Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by High Roller Wells, included Jim Sawyer, Steering Committee Chair, welcoming everyone to the fair.  The 2016 Poultry Festival Queen, Madelynn Hutchins, and her court cut the festival that officially opened the event.
The three day event featured live entertainment on the Frances Oates stage, a photography show, sponsored by Vieux Carre' Photography, at Vision Source, a quilt show, sponsored by Scull Timber, held in the Historic Courthouse and the Can-A-Rama in the First Ladies of Texas building.

L to R: Jose Valadez,
Cody Porter, Slayde Porter,  
Clay Walker

A popular event with all ages is the Strut, Cluck & Crow chicken clucking contest help under the big tent with four divisions: Peeps, Chicks, Pullets and Roosters & Hens.  First place in Peeps was Slayde Porter, Chicks was Jose Valadez, Pullets was Clayton Walker and Roosters & Hens went to Cody Porter.  More Results

All of the entries in the photography show were exceptional and the judges had a tough group of photos to award. First place honors in the Children's Division went to Michelle Gomez, Emma Wilburn, Kelsi Wood, and Anna Lewis.  Best in Show and People's Choice went to Emma Wilburn. In the Youth Division first place wins went to Dustin Mercer, Lesli Florencio, Andres Leon, Ivan Hernandez and Monica Olalde.  Youth Best in Show and People's Choice was given to Dustin Mercer.  Adult Division first place winners were Janice Carter, Jennifer Stallings, Janet Hughes, Lea Ann Robertson, Bobbie Jean Wood.  Best in Show went to Janice Carter and People's Choice went to Bobbie Jean Wood.  Click here for all results.

Jenny Salter 

There were several quilts entered in the Quilt Show this year. 1st Place winners in the Adult Division were Nelda Worthington, Belinda & Yvonne Permenter, Jenny Salter and Suzanne Scull.  There were seven entries in the Youth Division with blue ribbons going to Michelle Gomez, Parker Chase, and Campbell Chase.  Youth that received a red ribbon were Gracie Slocum, Maggie Turk, Gracie Boyd and Ella Mathews.  Top awards were Adult: Best in Show, Jenny Salter;  People's Choice Award went to Ellen Manning.  Youth: Best in Show and People's Choice, Michelle Gomez; Chamber

Michelle Gomez 

Award was Vivian Chamberlain.  Click here for all results.

The 2nd Annual Can-A-Rama was held in the First Ladies of Texas building with Bill Holt taking first place in Jams and Jellies, Preserves, Salsa and Fruit.  Bobbie Jean Wood took first in pickles. In the Youth division Joshua Clark was first place in pickles, Rena Clark in jellies and Parker Chase in jams.  For a complete list of winners click here.

The 2016 East Texas Poultry Festival broiler sale brought over $81,195.00 with the grand champion pen of broilers selling for $7,500.00.

82 Shelby County 4-H and FFA youth exhibited at this year's show, with 45 pens of broilers making the sale.  We would like to give special thanks to the Judge Alisa Zulkowski for taking the time to come judge the show. Ms. Zulkowski spoke to several of the exhibitors and gave them several tips of how to grow an outstanding Broiler.
Queen Madelynn Hutchins & Macade Perry 

Macade Perry of Center FFA sold his grand champion pen of broilers to East Texas Poultry, Ace Hardware of East Texas and 4-C Electric for $7,500.00.  Mason Perry of Center FFA won reserve champion honors with his pen of broilers, which sold to Farmer's State Bank for $2,500. Click here for all results


Member Spotlight
Chamber Spotlights
Lakeside Village Assisted Living



Lakeside Village Assisted Living was established in 2009 and is locally owned and operated. They are located at 1468 Loop 500 E in Center. Kaye Powell is the manager of the facility.


Lakeside Village Assisted Living is the perfect choice for people who want to be independent, but need some assistance with daily activities. Their home is limited to sixteen residents, so there is a family atmosphere where new friendships are born, and a sense of never being lost in the crowd is felt by all.


Each resident has their own private suite that includes a bedroom and a private bath.  Other amenities include wireless call system, a common room with a collection of books and movies, on-site worship service, weekly bible study and private car service.


Their compassionate trained staff is on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with bathing, dressing, grooming, and medication supervision.

Other services provided include health assessments, communication with physicians and home health, three home-cooked family style meals.

They also provide a full activity program that includes card games, bingo, dominoes and board games, monthly birthday parties, exercise class, shopping trips and community event participation.

For more information please contact Kaye Powell at 936-590-9300.
Junior Chamber of Commerce Corner
Junior Chamber of Commerce Helps With Poultry Festival Fun/Walk Run 

The Center Middle School JCCs were on hand Saturday, October 8 to help with the Poultry Festival Fun/Walk Run.  The students were stationed at various locations to help the walker/runners with the route directions and water.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce is comprised of 8th grade to 12th grade students from Shelby County schools and are a integral part that helps the Chamber and Community with events and projects.

The Chamber of Commerce thanks each and everyone for the help they provided at the 2016 Poultry Festival by manning coke booth, Chamber booth and the pre-festival set up of banners, signs, tables and chairs.

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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