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Be in Keene's July 4 parade
June 17, 2016Keene City Manager Bill Guinn and representatives of Keene's oldest businesses will lead the 27th annual Keene Fourth of July Parade at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4, along Old Betsy Road. Following the parade, entertainment, games and food will be available from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium. The parade route begins on Campus Drive and East Oakdale behind Leiske-Pultar. Registration and staging for all vehicles and animal entries will be there... Read More
Chamber office needs volunteer assistance
June 09, 2016The Keene Chamber of Commerce is an all-volunteer organization. All members of the board of directors serve as volunteers, as do the personnel who staff the chamber office at 110 S. Old Betsy Road. The chamber needs volunteers to assist in the office. We're looking for energetic and personable people to give one half-day per week, either from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Current volunteers are Eva Campbell, Ruth Haller, Carol Herrell, Cheryl Schram and... Read More
Meals On Wheels needs drivers in Keene
May 03, 2016Meals-on-Wheels is growing in Keene.  MOW is asking chamber members to shar in the opportunity to serve. Currently, MOW is serving three routes and is needing to start fourth route as soon as possible.  Before MOW can start the route, it needs to have five volunteers who are able to serve Monday-Friday. Volunteers meet at General Insurance Service at Old Betsy and Hillcrest at 11 a.m. and are finished serving by noon.  Interested volunteers can email MOW at gro.cejwom@ofni or call 817-558-2840.... Read More
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Keene Chamber of Commerce
110 S. Old Betsy Road
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 556-2995
 
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Fourth of July Parade
July 04, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Welcome to Keene, Texas

Keene offers visitors and residents the charm and warm hospitality of small-town life at its best combined with easily available modern conveniences and amenities. Located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Keene has it all: a mild four-season climate, recreational opportunities, a large University, award-winning schools, myriad of cultural and social activities, affordable cost-of-living, and a thriving and prosperous business community.

The Keene Chamber of Commerce has been serving Keene since 1993. We strive to partner with local businesses, government and education to support a favorable economic environment. The Chamber represents business, organization, and individual members who depend on the Chamber for member services including networking events, community and business development, ribbon cuttings, growth opportunity reports, economic data gathering, business referrals, business seminars, relocation packets, and being an advocate with governmental and regulatory bodies. These are among the many services we provide to our members.

The Keene Chamber's objective is to provide a platform from which our members can enhance their business or organization through networking and programs designed to improve their bottom-line and to make available the tools necessary to excel as the economy improves. Our mandate is to pursue opportunities in the areas of retail development and education. We will work diligently to ensure that our local economy is strong and vibrant.

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Meals On Wheels needs drivers in Keene

Meals-on-Wheels is growing in Keene.

MOW is asking chamber members to shar in the opportunity to serve. Currently, MOW is serving three routes and is needing to start fourth route as soon as possible.

Before MOW can start the route, it needs to have five volunteers who are able to serve Monday-Friday. Volunteers meet at General Insurance Service at Old Betsy and Hillcrest at 11 a.m. and are finished serving by noon.

Interested volunteers can email MOW at gro.cejwom@ofni or call 817-558-2840.

Chamber office needs volunteer assistance

The Keene Chamber of Commerce is an all-voilunteer organization. All members of the board of directors serve as volunteers, as do the personnel who staff the chamber office at 110 S. Old Betsy Road.

The chamber needs volunteers to assist in the office. We're looking for energetic and personable people to give one half-day per week, either from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.

Current volunteers are Eva Campbell, Ruth Haller, Carol Herrell, Cheryl Schram and T'resa Weaver.

Responsibilities include greeting visitors to the office, answering the phone regarding myriad inquiries about Keene, paperwork on future projects such as monthly luncheons, and contacting members regarding luncheon RSVPs and other details.

There is a training session and a policy and procedures book to help.

If you can assist, contact Eva Campbell, volunteer coordinator, or Cheryl Schram, board of directors secretary, at the chamber office at 817-556-2995.

Fourth of July Parade is July 4

Keene City Manager Bill Guinn and representatives of Keene's oldest businesses will lead the 27th annual Keene Fourth of July Parade at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4, along Old Betsy Road.

Following the parade, entertainment, games and food will be available from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium.

The parade route begins on Campus Drive and East Oakdale behind Leiske-Pultar. Registration and staging for all vehicles and animal entries will be there beginning at 7 a.m. on Campus Drive. Entries must be registered by 7:30 a.m. to be judged.

Entry fee is $10 per entry regardless if the registrant is to be judged. Registrants who do not wish to be judged can enter at the time they arrive for the parade.

Sheriff Bob Alford and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office mounted color guard will lead the parade.

Guinn began his career with the city in 2007 and was named city manager in 2011. His last day on the job is June 30 after announcing in April his intention to retire. Representatives of the oldest businesses are Roger Ackermann of Ackermann Plumbing, Jere Putnam of Putnam Services, Amy Lingo of First State Bank, now Pinnacle Bank, and Mickey Johnson of Texas Adventist Book Center.

The parade will proceed north on Campus to Oakdale, make a hairpin turn heading south on Old Betsy Road to Hillcrest, west on Hillcrest to Oakwood, south on Oakwood to Fourth Street, east on Fourth to Old Betsy, and north on Old Betsy to Campus where it started.

A special viewing area for veterans will be located along Old Betsy Road in front of Pinnacle Bank. Veterans are welcome to park at the bank and view the parade under the shade of tents. Water will be provided.

Judging will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. First place will be awarded in these categories for adults and youth: Best All-Terrain Vehicle, Best Decorated 4-Wheel Vehicle, Best Decorated 2-Wheel Vehicle, Best Decorated Antique Vehicle (no youth), Best Overall, Best Decorated Animal Entry (non-equestrian), Best Animal Entry, Best Business Entry (no youth) and Best Children's Entry.

Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the judging. Winners will also be announced at the Celebration activities at Leiske-Pultar.

Parade entrants not wishing to be judged should show up before 9 a.m. on Campus Drive.

After the parade, at about 10 a.m., James Winegardner will serve as emcee for the entertainment and activities, beginning with the posting of the colors and the singing of the national anthem by Jennifer Rameriz.

There will be continuous door prizes, face painting, and a dessert auction that includes by-the-slice availability.

Food outside Leiske-Pultar includes hot dogs, veggie burgers, nachos, drinks, international dishes from a variety of cultures and snow cones. The entertainment is free, but face painting and rides will require a purchased ticket, as does the food.

All proceeds from the Celebration go toward building a pavilion at Elisa Carver Park.

Members of the Celebration Planning Committee are Arcela Borland, Melba Bower, Nick Chesney, Paul Cogdell, Lillian Davis, Melissa and Matt Gillin, Janet Goodman, Donny Gore, Beverly Hamilton, Debbie and Dale Hainey, Gary Heinrich, Keesha Lay, Sarah Layton, Bugger Putnam, Roy Robinson, Cheryl Schram and Joyce Shaw.


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