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Ex Mafia member Robert Borelli is guest at Aug. 27 luncheon
August 04, 2020

Robert Borelli, who went from Mafia member to prison to Christian is guest speaker at the Keene Chamber of Commerce luncheon at noon Thursday, Aug, 27 at Keene Community Center, 1000 N. Old Betsy Road in Keene.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The meal is catered by La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant.

Admission is $15 for those who RSVP by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

However, attendance is limited!

As per guidelines from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Keene Community Center can accommodate 76 attendees sitting six feet apart at tables placed eight feet apart.

Therefore, we must limit attendance to the first 76 who RSVP by calling 817-556-2995.

Attendees must wear a mask

Hand sanitizer will be available and all tables and chairs will be disinfected 30 minutes prior to opening.

Raised in the heart of an aging Brooklyn neighborhood, Robert was a small but fiery, attention-deprived Italian boy, drawn to the lifestyle of those who drove Cadillacs, had pretty girls, and were always loaded with easy cash. He became a

part of that world early on, running errands and selling illegal goods for local mobsters. His reputation as a fierce fighter grew, and by the time he was a young adult, he had made an impression on influential members of the Gambino crime

family. In his early twenties, Robert was on his way to Mafia stardom, mentored by one of the most prominent wise guys in New York City.

What happened next is a most amazing story. 

Keene parade and fireworks ARE CANCELED
July 01, 2020

The 31st annual Keene Independence Day Parade, originally scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, followed by a fireworks show, ARE CANCELED.  

The decision to cancel was made because of concern for public safety during COVID-19. 

Thank you for understanding that the health and well being of you and your loved ones leads any parade of concerns.

We look forward to the 25th annual Keene Christmas Light Parade & Fireworks Show at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. 

Happy 27th Birthday to Keene Chamber of Commerce
July 01, 2020

Happy 27th Birthday Keene Chamber of Commerce.

On July 1, 1993, 24 people met at Keene Diner to discuss forming a chamber of commerce, according to the minutes from the Keene chamber archives.

The group decided to extend charter membership in the chamber to all individuals and businesses who applied through September 1993. Dr. Brady Rusk and Bob Mendenhall, acting on behalf of radio station KJCR, were the first to apply for membership.

Besides Mendenhall and Rusk, other in attendance at that historic meeting were: the late Ivan Allen, Duane Barnes, Peter Bennis, Rebecca Bolinger, Giner Dickens, the late Eveline Gilley, Janet Goodman, Angie Hadley, Barbara Hainey, Betty Harrell, James Moody, Larry Moore, Tony Muse, Ray Nichols, Yddo Ortiz, Martin Read, Jenell Rusk, the late V.O. Schneider, Cathy Smith, Wanda Smith, the late Dolly Spells-Chastain and Carolyn Jo Wear.

On July 7, 1993, the chamber organizers met again and set membership fees at $25 (for individual, couple or business with 1-5 employees), $50 for businesses with 6-12 employees, and $100 for businesses with 13 or more employees.

According to the chamber minutes, the membership decided that the first board would service the remainder of 1993 and all of 1994. Elected to the first chamber board were: Peter Bennis, Brenda Denison, Bob Mendenhall, Susan Meyer, Brady Rusk, Randy Scoggins, Wanda Smith, Eldon Spady, and Carolyn Jo Wear.

That board chose its offers and elected Bennis as president, Rusk as president-elect, and Denison as treasurer.

By Aug. 12, 1993, according to the minutes, the chamber had 13 paid members. That grew to 19 two weeks later, and on Sept. 9, when the Keene City Council voted to allot $1,000. Tp the chamber, membership was 27. By the end of September, a total of 26 businesses and three individuals had joined and qualified as charter members.

The 29 charter members of the Keene Chamber of Commerce are:

Bennett Printing & Office Supply

Peter Bennis

Brandom Manufacturing

Campus Diner

Community Living Concepts, Inc.

DW Services

Dolly’s Beauty Salon

Exodus Products

First State Bank (now Pinnacle Bank)

General Insurance Service

Glass Expressions

Hardee Irrigation and Landscape

Huguley Memorial Medical Center (now Texas Health Huguley)

JLB Consulting

Johnson County Electric Co-op (now United Co-operative Services)

City of Keene

Keene Pharmacy

Keene Star

Keene Travel

Ladies Body Works

Milner TV

Mohr’s Construction

Odyssey Harbor

Brady Rusk, D.D.S. (now Mertz Family Dentistry)

Don Smith

Wanda Smith

Southwestern Adventist University

TXU (now TU Electric)

Tomblinson Real Estate (now Zacharias Real Estate)

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Keene Chamber of Commerce
110 S. Old Betsy Road
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 556-2995
 
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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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