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Attention All Pet Owners

It’s that time again to show off your favorite photo of your special pet friend. The Lake Whitney Jr. Chamber of Commerce will have the 6th annual pet photo contest during the Pioneer Day celebration October 3rd .   We invite you to attach your photo to a jar of any size or shape then create an opening in the jar so that your pet can receive votes throughout the day.  Voters will place money in the jar to vote for their favorite dog, cat, horse, fish or any pet that you love at Booth #84.  After the parade the money will be counted and the winner will be announced from the grandstand.  Pet owners need not be present to win.  The winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Pet Smart. The entry fee is just $5.00 and all proceeds are for the Lake Whitney Jr. Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund.

Please feel free to decorate your jar any way you like and bring it to Sauer & Associates/The Happy Stitch at 600 S. Bosque Street any time by Oct. 2nd.   Please contact Paul Sauer at Sauer & Associates for any questions.  (254-694-0123)

Welcome Ms. Jan Campbell New Chamber Secretary

Stop by and say hello when you have a minute.  We are very happy to announce my replacement and I know you’ll like her as much as we do!! 

German Exchange Students Vistors

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 14 German Exchange students from the Free Christian School in Frankfort, Germany visited the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce with two of their teachers. On the left standing by the lamp in a white shirt is James Atwell a 1991 WISD Graduate who not only teaches computer science at their school but is their Pastor.  On the far right in the red shirt is WISD Graduate of 2007 Matt Suomi.  He met and married a German  exchange student and teaches History and Geography at their school.  Gift bags were presented to all 14 students and a brief history of what our Chamber of Commerce does was given by Executive Secretary-Treasurer Diana Reed.

This is the 25th. group that has participated in the Exchange program with Whitney High School and their German teacher here is Frau Lisa Mays.  They also visited the Whitney Area Museum, the Whitney Volunteer Fire Department, had lunch at Nate’s Colorado Street Grille and toured downtown Whitney.  This was a great visit for our Chamber and we hope for them.


Photo:  Diana Reed


LWPL March Newsletter

This month’s newsletter contains a lot of great information including news on LWPL being selected as one of four libraries in Texas as a recipient for the 2015 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award! As always, feel free to download the attached copy and distribute as you see fit.  For copies of our previous newsletter, be sure to visit our website here!

Amanda Suiters
Lake Whitney Public Library
P.O. Box 1158
602 E. Jefferson Ave.
Whitney, TX 76692

Mark Calendar For Hill County Day In Austin

Hill County Day in Austin has been set for Thursday, February 26.

Two charter buses will transport Hill County residents for a day of activities at the capitol visiting with state leaders and attending sessions for both the House of Representatives and Senate.

A catered meal will be served at noon in the capitol’s underground extension.

In the afternoon, State Representative Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, and Senator Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, are expected to speak to the group, plus representatives from key state agencies will be on hand to update citizens on legislation being considered.

More information on the cost of the trip and other details will be announced after the first of the year.

The trip is hosted each legislative session by chambers of commerce from Hillsboro, Whitney, Itasca and Hubbard.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact the Hillsboro chamber at 254-582-2481 or 1-800-HILLSBORO

2014 Holiday Tour of Homes

The Whitney Area Museum is excited to sponsor the 2014 Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 6th. from 10am to 4pm to kick off the Christmas season in Whitney.  You will tour five outstanding homes and admission tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, lake Whitney Public Library, Prescription Pharmacy & Eubank Drug.  All proceeds go to the support of the museum.

**See flyer attached!


Veterans Day Celebrations

Veterans Day Modern American Soldier CardThere are several options for celebrating Veterans Day in Hill County.  I hope you will choose the one that fits you and honor our veterans!  Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11th.

1.  Hillsboro Parade and wreath laying.  At 8:45, Hillsboro Jr High students will present a short program in their auditorium, then lead a parade from the school to the Courthouse Square.  At 9:30am, ceremonies begin with Vietnam Vet Dave Holman of the Whitney Disabled American Veterans the keynote speaker.  We have participated in this ceremony for several years and will be laying a wreath in honor of our veterans.

2. Veterans balloon release,Tuesday,November 11, 2014, 9:15 am on Baker Field.  Melaney O’Neil reports that Whitney Elementary School students will be honoring our veterans with a balloon release Tuesday.

She is trying to invite as many veterans as possible and would appreciated you spreading the word.  They will be gathering on the football field and forming the letters USA and then releasing the balloons after Melaney says a few words of appreciation.

3.  Lake Whitney Public Library: A Veterans Day celebration will be held at 10:00 AM to honor veterans living in the Whitney area and beyond.  Veterans of all ages are asked to attend and be honored for the gift they have given their country.  Music will be provided by the Whitney High School choir and the Country Club Retirement community hand bell choir. Everyone is invited to attend and offer their personal thanks to the local veterans.

Denise Carter
Library Director
Lake Whitney Public Library
P.O. Box 2050
Whitney, Texas 76692
(254) 694-4639


Plaque Presentation Press Release

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, a Plaque presentation was made for the new Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce member DAVIS PLUMBING with owners Beau & Jennifer Davis.  He is a licensed plumber, with an apprentice plumber, and can be reached at  txdavis2005@aol.com or by calling  254-229-4489 or 254-229-4488 for all your plumbing needs.

Present for the photo were the following:  Director Jason Holloway, Director Diane Orban, Chamber Vice-President Tammy Atchley,

member/ambassador Mike Atchley, Jennifer Davis, Director Joe Marek, Beau Davis and Brody Kilpatrick, Willie Lathers, Director Debbie

Clay, Jason Byerly, Lindsey Davis, Director John Thiele & Director Bob Wilson.


Photo:  Diana Reed

First Central Credit Union Food For Families “Double Dare” Challenge Helps Area Needy

firstcreditWaco, Texas– First Central Credit Union has had great success in helping many families in the Waco area by motivating others to donate non-perishable food items. Again this year, the credit union will match pound-for-pound all donations collected prior to the Friday, November 21st collection day.

The “Double Dare” First Central Credit Union Challenge enables your donation at any of the branch locations to double its impact for those in need. “We challenge everyone to donate,” said First Central President JoBetsy Tyler, “let’s help those in need have a holiday season to remember and a better community in which to live.”

Food for Families is an annual project for the Boy Scouts of America, H.E.B. Grocery Company, Texas Army National Guard and KWTX-TV.  Together with food pantries all across Central Texas, this one-day food drive collects non-perishable food and stocks the shelves of area food banks and pantries beyond the holiday season.

On the Friday before Thanksgiving, volunteers from the Boy Scouts, H.E.B. Grocery Company, Texas Army National Guard and other community organizations, collect food in nine Central Texas counties.  Food For Families is the largest one-day food drive in Texas.  All donated food serves the people in the county in which it was collected.  Central Texans have generously donated food and money totaling more than one million pounds each year for the past seven years.

Suggested items compiled by pantries participating in Food For Families are peanut butter, flour, rice, breakfast cereal, tuna, spaghetti sauce, powdered milk, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, jello, dry beans, sugar, fruit juice cans, spaghetti, soup, and powdered mash potatoes.

First Central has branch locations in the Waco area at 3100 Bellmead Drive; 6201 Sanger Avenue; and 9101 Chapel Road.  Other Central Texas locations are Hillsboro at 305 Coke Street and Brownwood at 2101 Fisk Street. For more information in English visit www.FirstCentralCu.com and in Spanish www.es.FirstCentralCu.com.

For more information contact:

Susan Borg, (254) 761-3562






The 4th. Annual Discover Downtown Whitney and Classic Car show was a tremendous success with 63 vehicles entered and over 2,000 people in attendance.  The trophies were presented by the 2014 Miss Pioneer Day Kendra Ramsey and picture #093 are just some of the winners & participants.

The Peoples Choice Award, voted on by the general public, was Paul Warrick of Cleburne with his 1940 F100 Pick up truck.

The 50/50 raffle money of $53.00 was won by Robert Comer of Whitney and the other $53.00 will be mailed to the American Cancer Society to honor October Breast Cancer month.

The Halloween Haunted House Inflatible raffle was won by Jason Linnenkugal of Whitney. “Cool Treats” of Whitney were here selling sodas and Blue Bell Ice Cream and we thank them for attending.

The Bosque County Classic Car Club also showed up as entrants and brought many door prizes for us to give away and gave a trophy from their club to Woody Thomas of Whitney with his 1953 Nash Metropolitan.  The Chamber is so appreciative of their generosity and participation in our Whitney Classic Car Show.

The following categories show this years’ winners:

Honorable Mention:  James Sundergaard-Clifton with a 1967 Army Ambulance

Honorable Mention:  Carroll Estes-Hillsboro with a 1935 Dodge Car Hauler

Lawn Mower Racer winner:  Wayne Lancaster of Whitney with a 1979 Craftsman

Motorcycle Winner:  Frankie Douglas-Burleson with a 2013 Harley Davidson

Pre 59’s Trucks:  Paul Warrick-Cleburne with a 1940 F100 Pick Up

60’s & Up Trucks:  David Ables-Whitney with a 1964 Chevy Pick Up


CARS:  Pre 48’s & Earlier:

1st.-Rene Maldonado-Cleburne with a 1934 Ford

2nd.-Gary Cheek-Hillsboro with a 1931 Ford

3rd.-Fred Hargrove-Hillsboro with a 1934 Chevy Master


Cars 49’s to 59’s:

1st.-Charles Scott-Blum with a 1956 Chevy 2dr. Hardtop

2nd.-Michael Ward-Whitney with a 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

3rd.-Richard Henry-Whitney with a 1958 Chevy Impala Convertible


Cars 60’s to 69’s:

1st.-Michael McCorkle-Grand prairie with a 1967 Ford Mustang 2dr.

2nd.-Don Bolduc-Clifton with a 1968 Austin Healey Sprite

3rd.-Rick Willia-Hillsboro with a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda


Cars 79\0’s to 79’s:

1st.-Charles & Loraine Easterling-Hillsboro with a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

2nd.-Joe Hromadka-West with a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

3rd.-Frankie Douglas-Burleson with a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass


Cars 80’s & Up:

1st.-Robert Comer-Whitney with a 2002 Corvette Convertible

2nd.-Bobby Clarkin-Whitney with a 1993 Ford Mustang GT

3rd.-Mac McKnight-Waco with a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carolo SS Dale Earnhart Tribute


Our goal is to have 100 vehicles entered for the last Saturday in October of 2015 and we

thank the City of Whitney for allowing us the space and for all the merchants as we surrounded

their businesses with cars, trucks, motorcycles, lawn mowers and animals.





Photo #099


1st. Place Debbie Jones-Whitney with her English Bulldog T-BONE

2nd. Place  Rexann Bissing-Whitney with her Cocker Spaniel PEACH

3rd. Place Kym Flores-Kopperl with her Teacup Yorkie MAZI

Honorable Mention:  Debbie Jones-Whitney with her Bulldog PORK CHOP

Honorable Mention:  Gary Brewer-Whitney with his German Shephard ELECTA


A great time was had by all in the 2nd. Annual Pet Parade and we anticipate

more entries for next year on the last Saturday in October.  Third time will be a charm.

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