7th Annual Pet Photo Contest

Entry fee: $5.00

All proceeds are for the Lake Whitney

Jr. Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund.

Entry forms available at: Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce – 106 N. Colorado St. or Sauer & Associates/The Happy Stitch – 600 S. Bosque St.

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 7th annual pet photo contest during the Pioneer Day celebration October 1.   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.

Decorate your jar any way you like and bring it to Sauer & Associates/The Happy Stitch at 600 S. Bosque Street or the Chamber office at 106 N. Colorado Street.




5K Fun Run

A beautiful race through Whitney in conjunction with Pioneer Days. This is a 5K event. Runners, walkers and strollers are welcome. The race is timed and awards will be given out for age group winners.

Check-In Time: 7:00-7:45 a.m. ¨ Start Time: 8:00 a.m. ¨ Awards: 9:30 a.m.

Race Fee: $20.00 – before 9-19-16  /  $25.00 – after 9-19-16
Register online at www.runsignup.com or at the Chamber office – 106 N. Colorado St.,Whitney

Registration ends September 30, 2016 at 2:59 p.m.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pioneerdayfunrun

If you are interested in sponsoring this years’ event, please contact the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce at 254-694-2540. We will print the sponsors name on the back of each shirt and recognize them during the race. Sponsors may include any coupons or promotional material in the runners packets.

Congratulations To the new 2016 Pioneer Day Queens!



2016 MISS Pioneer Day Trista Charo Daughter of Marcoas & Tanya Moore of Aquilla and Manuel & Patricia Charo of Alvarado

Photo by Hundley Photography


Reagan Pavelka - Copy

2016 JR. MISS Pioneer Day Reagan Pavelka Daughter of Amy & Dwayne Pavelka of Whitney

Photo by Hundley Photography

Claire Schneider - Copy

2016 ‘LIL MISS Pioneer Day Claire Schneider Daughter of Jeremy & Cheryl Schneider of Whitney

Photo by Hundley Photography


The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce is proud of all the winners and contestants of the 2016 Pioneer Day Pageant. For more information on the pageant see the Lakelander & Tacklebox and Hillsboro Reporter papers next week.

A very special thank you to the following sponsors and contributors. This pageant would not have been possible without their generosity and support of our Chamber events.

Contributing Sponsors:

B & C Exteriors – Whitney

Bossier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – Hillsboro

Country Club Retirement Community – Whitney

First Bank & Trust – Whitney

First National Bank of Central Texas – Hillsboro

Enger Farms – Cleburne

Gary Bob Wilson, Chamber Director

HILCO Electric – Itasca

Hill County Title Company – Hillsboro

Lake Whitney Arts Association – Whitney

Lone Star Alignment & Frame – Aquilla

Mustard Seed Marketplace – Whitney

Park Plaza Nursing Home – Whitney

Pavelka Custom Cabinets & Construction – Whitney

Silver Star Concrete – Hillsboro

Sims Home Center – Whitney

Specialty Restoration of Texas – Waco

Texas Great Country Café & Pie Pantry – Whitney

Tiger Mart #83 (Whitney Petroleum) – Whitney

Tractor Supply – Hillsboro

Trendy Bae Boutique – Whitney

Gift Sponsors:

Brookshire’s Grocery – Whitney

Devlyn Fine Candles – Whitney

Happy Stitch – Whitney

Hundley Photography – Whitney

Mustard Seed Marketplace – Whitney

Providence Hospice – Whitney

Qwik Pack & Ship – Whitney

Salon 110 – Hillsboro

Tan Your Hide – Whitney

Publicity Sponsors:

The Lakelander & Tacklebox Publications – Whitney

KHBR & The Reporter – Hillsboro

Thank you Providence Hospice for hosting the LWC Meet & Greet! Thursday, June 16!

Everyone enjoyed your hospitality and the coke floats by Margie’s Old Fashioned Soda Pop Shoppe.
Pictured in front of the soda shoppe are Chamber Directors Vanessa Meyer, Judy Taylor, Providence Hospice staff and friends.


A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday, June 16 at West Shore Grill

564 Hwy 22 & CR 1801 – Laguna Park – 254-622-2238
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Pictured left to right are Kimbra Atkinson, Lisa Dorsey-Dromgoole,  Stevie Alvarez,  Dona O’Dell, Christian Dickson, Kelli Jones, Chamber Director Vanessa Meyer of First Bank and Jackie Lawson.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Family Home Health Care

A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held Thursday, June 2 for Family Home Health Care located at 108 S. Colorado Street in Whitney!

Family Home Health Care, is owned by Michael and Diane Ward and Dr. Clay and Mrs. Linda Pickering. They and their staff are committed to providing compassionate, personalized healthcare. Working together as a family, they are improving the health of the community they serve.

   Some of the services they provide are 24/7 on-call nurse, skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, case management and medical social services. They believe being at home gives the patient a sense of comfort and peace. The patient has the opportunity to enjoy the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own home, and be near family and friends during their recovery.

   For additional information call 254-694-1447 or visit www.fhhcwhitney.net


Pictured on the front row cutting the ribbon are (l-r): Diane Ward, Michael Ward, Diane Ward, Michael Ward, Carolyn Ray, Mrs. Melvin Pickering, Roseanna Tucker, Karla Clift,  Debbie McKibben, Clay Pickering and Linda Pickering, Dr. Clay Pickering and Mrs. Pickering. Also pictured are staff members Sharon Wottrich, Eleisha Henkleman, Donna Damron, Chamber Director Jason Holloway, Chamber Vice-President Paul Sauer, Chamber Director Diane Orban, friends and patients.

Plaque presentation for Elizabeth McCollough of Keller Williams Real Estate

On Tuesday, May 10 the Chamber held a plaque presentation for Elizabeth McCollough of Keller Williams Real Estate, at the Chamber office.

Elizabeth utilizes the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed your expectations. Her website www.elizabethmccollough.yourkwagent.com is full of information for you whether you are looking to buy or sell. She can also be reached by email elizabethmccollough@kw.com or phone 206-409-7924.



Pictured are Elizabeth McCollough and friend Bradley Mitchell.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Whitney CERT at the Lake Whitney Library

On Tuesday, May 3 the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Whitney CERT at the Lake Whitney Library.

Whitney CERT is a community emergency response team and they assist first responders during a disaster or when asked to assist in other circumstances by police or fire departments.

If anyone is interested in joining the CERT team, please email whitneycert@gmail.com or contact the Whitney Police Department.

Pictured left to right: Vanessa Meyer (Chamber Director), Javan Walden (team leader), Alex Landesco, Mary Rae (program manager), Glenn Watson, Lissa Watson, Richard Grimes, Kathy Corbin (team leader), Gina Burney, Elsie Russell, Howard Clark, Giovanni Garbellini, Marion Smith, Debbie Clay (Chamber Director).

Hill College recognizes three ‘Pillars of the Community’ at Friday’s annual gala

Hill College recognized three “Pillars of the Community” recipients at Friday’s 11th-Annual Boots and Suits Gala at the Cleburne Conference Center.

Art Mann was named the “Pillar of the Community” for Hillsboro; Patsy Dumas for Burleson; and Cathy Marchel for Cleburne.

“We looked for individuals who are essential to the life of their communities,” Associate Director of Development. “This year’s three recipients were also recognized not only for their hard work, but also for their giving back to their communities.”

The Boots and Suits Gala is an annual event for Hill College in which proceeds go toward student scholarships as well as improvements to both the Hill County and Johnson County campuses and/or programs.

Photos by DERIK MOORE/Hill College

Ribbon cutting ceremony at West Shore Civic Association,

On Tuesday, April 12 the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at West Shore Civic Association, located at 560 FM 3118 in Laguna Park.

WSCA is dedicated to the welfare of the communities on the west shore of Lake Whitney. Their 70 plus members strive to improve and care for their community by having blood drives, Meals on Wheels,

fall cleanup, supporting the West Shore Volunteer Fire Department and Laguna Park Library. Their big fundraisers are a barbecue on Memorial Day, Valentine breakfast, large cleanup breakfast and small things during the year.  This money goes to the fall cleanup, where they provide all the dumpsters and workers for the cleanup event in October.  WSCA also provides the service of Santa’s angels for the families in Laguna Park every Christmas and many other activities.

To find out more about WSCA contact Shari Hoffman, President at shari_200@hotmail.com and she can tell you how to become a member. If you would like to rent the building, contact Sandra Morrison at 254-622-3740.



Pictured on front row are: Shari Hoffman, President, Cecil Sedberry, Board Trustee, Elmer Mulhausen, member and Lisa Dromgoole, Vice President. Back row: Paul Sauer, Chamber Vice President,  Vanessa Meyer, Chamber Director, Debora Alspaugh, Chamber member, JoAnn Mulhausen, board, Sandra Morrison, Trustee, JD Finncannon, board, Don Lawson, board, Olenn Morrison, board. Not pictured are board members Moose Stoval, Clara Chandler, Secretary and Gwen Burnham, Treausure