Jacksboro Chamber Celebrates “Hometown Heroes”

Chamber Directors

Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce honored members of the community in a very unique and “fun” way Friday night at their annual banquet.  Attendees were encouraged to




The nights program consisted of silent and live auctions, dinner catered by 4 Molloy Catering, Chamber update from “City Man” Mike Smith, 2018 Chamber President, awards presentation, and remarks from incoming 2019 Chamber President, Hanna Reynolds.

2018 saw many accomplishments for the Chamber as well as its Executive Director, Mrs. Leslie Chalmers.

2018 At A Glance

  • SOLD OUT Awards Banquet with highest grossing total to date.
  • Created a strategic plan and met 4 out of 5 goals.
  • Gained 30 new members to date. Only lost 5 businesses, 3 of those went out of business.
  • Established affordable & local training on hot topics through quarterly “Lunch & Learn.”
  • Created monthly networking for businesses with “Coffee @ The Chamber.”
  • Created two new special events to attract more tourism and awareness to our community – Main St. Classic Car Show & Festival and Chamber Chilifest & Outdoor Expo.
  • Created & implemented the “Famous For Serving” event that encourages others to support local non-profits and ‘feeds’ revenue back into our local restaurants.
  • Designated & featured 20 small businesses to thank during Small Business Week with a token of appreciation and social media presence.
  • Hosted a professional Head Shot Photography session for business professionals to update their headshots.
  • Created the “New to Town” Swag Bags that feature merchandise & offers from local businesses to hand out at special events, to newcomers and visitors.
  • Implemented the “Eat Local” Campaign promoting our local eating establishments and highlighting them on social media.
  • Featured facts and reasons to frequent our businesses through “About Us.”
  • Revamped our E-Newsletter to bring more attention to offers, special events and announcements.
  • Updated the website and streamlined its functionality.
  • Increased social media “Shares” of our members to promote to a new or different audience.

Leslie was selected to join an elite network of more than 6,300 women as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2019.  She is one of 82 outstanding women leaders competitively selected from across the state to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the US.

This years award recipients included: (pictured left to right)

Kim Veselka – Chamber Director of the Year; Karen Umphress, Karen’s Pet Spa – Business Spotlight of the Year; Rhonda Mitchell – Customer Service Award; John Cater Hackley – Lifetime Achievement Award; Melanie Belcher – Volunteer of the Year & Citizen of the Year; Joe Paul Nichols, Jr. – Gladys Johnson Ritchie Award; and Hoyt Nebgen – JHS Youth Volunteer.



JHS Scholarship Recipients –

Alexis Sanchez Ochoa (pictured)

Alyssa Green (was unable to attend)



Recognition and prizes were given to Waste Connections for their table decorations and to Jeremy Keene & Annie Lawrence for their costumes.  The nights “Lucky Card” Raffle was for a chance to win $500 towards gas or diesel donated by Grable Oil Co.

Waste Connections Table

Jeremy Keene and Annie Lawrence

“Lucky Card” Winner Kade Martin pictured with Jerry Grable

“The Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce is so grateful for the support shown by commerce, sponsors, community leaders and volunteers for this event.  The event enables us to come together and acknowledge, while also celebrating those that are working hard on a daily basis to make a difference within our community.”

If you would like to find out more information about the Chamber or volunteer, contact the Chamber office.

Remember to SAVE THE DATE for the Chambers upcoming events ~

Quarterly JCOC Lunch & Learn – 4/3/19

Main St. Classic Car Show & Festival – 5/18/19

Famous For Serving – 6/27/19

Chamber Chilifest & Outdoor Expo – 11/2/19





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