Nominations due by 3-1-21 for Educator, Citizen, Business of the Year!

Help reward a deserving Citizen, Business, or Educator of Leonard! Please take the time to fill out Nomination Forms for this year! The winners will be honored at the Leonard Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on April 9, 2021.

All nominations are due by Monday, March 1st!

Please return to Leonard Pharmacy, First United Bank, Bear Creek Country Store, or email to [email protected] or mail to:

Business of the Year, Buchanan Insurance

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You can complete the nomination forms online by following the links below:

https://form.123formbuilder.com/5807499/educator-of-the-year-2020
http://form.123formbuilder.com/5254446/business-of-the-year-2020
http://form.123formbuilder.com/5254436/citizen-of-the-year-2020

Here are PDF nomination forms for you to print and complete if you would like to mail, e-mail, or deliver them:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2021

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2021

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2021

Lollipop signs on sale now benefiting the Leonard Toy Drive

The cost to display your lollipop or get a new one is $25, and this money goes to the Leonard Toy Drive. Lollipops are placed around the square at random.

Requests and payments must be received by November 22nd.  We can’t accept requests after this time.

If you have any questions in regards to the lollipops,  please email Brandi Treadway at [email protected] or call her at 903-587-2570. Payments may be dropped off to Brandi at Buchanan Insurance, mailed to the Leonard Chamber of Commerce at P O Box 117 Leonard, TX 75452, or made online at www.leonardchamber.com (click on donate, select other, and put lollipop).

Here are some examples from previous years (click image for larger version):

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Time to register for Halloween on the Square

It is almost time for Halloween on the Square in Leonard, TX!! This year’s event will be on Saturday, October 31st from 5 PM to 7 PM. We hope everybody will be able to participate. We would love for your company/organization to set up a candy booth or game. Will you consider participating this year?

This event is sponsored by the Leonard Chamber of Commerce, but open for participation by ALL Leonard businesses! Individuals are not permitted to pass out candy for safety reasons. Your business/organization must be registered with us before permitted to set up a candy booth. Follow this link to register online – http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5595498/form – Or complete the attached registration form and return by email or mail. Please let me know if you can help us with this year’s event! We appreciate your support.

**UPDATED RULES/REGULATIONS**
 
1. Candy booths will be spaced out around the square as much as possible and we will try to keep people moving in ONE direction
 
2. All candy needs to be individually packaged (a few pieces per baggy)
 
3. Candy bags can be placed on top of the booth tables, spaced out so that there is little contact between the businesses and kids
 
4. Individuals at candy booths will be required to wear a mask
 
5. We would like to limit the booths this year to CANDY BOOTHS ONLY. No games or extra activities allowed, just to keep the trick-or-treaters moving around the square rather than congregating in one area
 
We will not have bounce houses or food trucks this year to try and maintain social distancing and keep everybody safe! We will still have kids that dress up and come up here for lots of candy – so we hope we can still get plenty of participation from the businesses and organizations!
 
Please let us know if you are interested in participating this year or if you have any questions!! We appreciate your continuous support!

Halloweeen-2020 Registration Form

Chamber Update for Sept 2020

Hello, we wanted to give a chamber update for the month of September.

Feeding Fannin

Feeding Fannin food and resource distributions have become a very important day for many Fannin County residents. Feeding Fannin is teaming up with the Leonard Chamber of Commerce and Lea’s Restaurant and will be serving our Leonard Community at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th at the Leonard City Park!

Lea’s Restaurant will be making 150 meatloaf dinners for us to serve.
We are looking for volunteers to help pass out meals and resource bags. We also want to fill up the resource bag with any helpful information your business or organization wants to share with the community. We are excited to lend a helping hand to our local families in need.

Right now we have 6 or so members that have volunteered to help, but we will take all the help we can get. Volunteers need to be out at the Park Pavilion at 4 pm if possible.

Please reach out to Marla Burks by email or phone ([email protected] or 903-587-0300) if you are interested in helping or you have any questions.

Halloween

Halloween on the Square will be Saturday, October 31st from 5:00 pm to 7 pm on the square. The city has confirmed they can help us get roads closed before the event. We will not be needing donations this year because we still have money in the Halloween fund. We have canceled the bounce houses and food trucks this year to try and maintain social distancing.
We contacted businesses and organizations at the end last month – if you are interested in setting up a booth please fill out a registration form or contact us at [email protected]. Here is the link to register online, http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5595498/form
This year, we are hoping to work with the Trenton Economic Development Council and their Halloween Committee to advertise both Trenton and Leonard festivities. They plan on scheduling their Halloween event for that afternoon so that people from both communities can attend both events. We look forward to working with them on future events.
We will keep everybody posted regarding rules and regulations of handing out candy. We might have to make a few adjustments due to COVID 19.

i. Candy booths will be spaced out around the square as much as possible and we will try to keep people moving in ONE direction

ii. All candy needs to be individually packaged (a few pieces per baggy) so that kids aren’t digging around in a candy bowl.

iii. Candy bags can be placed on top of the booth tables, spaced out so that there is little contact between the businesses and kids.

iv. Individuals at candy booths will be required to wear gloves and masks

v. We would like to limit the booths to CANDY BOOTHS only. No games or extra activities, just to keep the trick or treaters moving around the square rather than congregating in one area.

Christmas Parade and Festivities

We will begin planning our Christmas parade. There might be a few new rules and regulations, but we will keep everybody posted.
We are trying to work with other Chamber organizations to see how they are going to proceed with activities

Picnic T-Shirts

There are still T-shirts in Bear Creek Country Store if anyone wants one. Those have been marked down to $10 each. We will be posting those for sale on Facebook next week so keep an eye out. We will offer online purchase and shipping.

Banquet Awards

We will be posting our 2019 Chamber Award Winners on our Chamber Facebook page TOMORROW. So keep an eye out.

Update on Chamber Events – late Summer 2020

I want to thank everyone who came out and watched the fireworks. They were a big success! It seems like everyone in Leonard and the surrounding communities enjoyed them. I guess we were all able to stop and watch them this year without everything else going on. I would like to thank Linda Beckham and Pyrotex for making sure that happened and for all their hard work!

Picnic Shirts
There are still T- shirts in the Bear Creek Office (104 W. Collin) if anyone wants one!

Banquet Awards
I will be going around and giving out the awards soon!

Halloween
We have booked bounce houses for this year’s event. We have reached out to the City about road closures. We will be reaching out to businesses this month and next so everybody can get registered to set up on the Square to hand out candy! We will not be needing donations this year because we still have money in the Halloween fund!

Thank you all so much. We will see you all in September!

— Blaine Alexander & The Officers & Director Team

Updates on the Fireworks show and other Chamber activity

I wanted to start out by saying thank you to everyone for being so supportive throughout this year. The officers and directors have had to make a lot of tough decisions this year and your kind comments, words of encouragement, and support have gone a long way.

I would also like to take a moment to thank everyone who had a hand in the planning of the Picnic this year. Even though we did not get to see the finished product, there was a lot of work behind the scenes. Thank you to all of the officers and directors, and each and every person who attended a meeting. Thank you to all of the folks from the City that helped along the way with planning. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who contributed to making this year bigger and better. We were well on our way to making this year special! We are all disappointed, but we are excited to make 2021 something to remember, so please stay tuned!

  1. Fireworks
    1. The fireworks will be shot off from around the City Park Pond at 9:30 pm this Saturday, July 18. Please park your vehicle somewhere in town where you will be able to see them! The big lot west of the City Park will be open, but please stay in your vehicle or on your tailgate, and park in a mannerly fashion so others will be able to get in and out!
  2. Picnic
    1. If you were a sponsor for the Picnic this year you should have received an email asking if you would like to receive a refund or keep the money in the Picnic fund for a 2021 sponsorship. Please let us know so we can get checks out ASAP.
    2. Most of the deposits that we had already paid out will carry over to 2021 so we are working to keep the same line-up and a similar Picnic plan for next year!
    3. T-shirts are still on sale **This will make a great collector’s item one day!!**
  3. Twelve O’clock Siren Scavenger Hunt
    1. The Twelve O’clock Siren will be hiding Leonard Picnic Prize Packs around town this weekend, in an effort to provide some entertainment with the lack of Picnic activities. Prize Packs will include any swag that local Picnic Vendors and Sponsors want to contribute – freebies, samples, promo pieces, pens, koozies, bandanas, shirts, coolers, etc.! Once the Packs are hidden around town, the Twelve O’clock Siren will post the pictures to their FB page as a clue! They will tag your business/organization if it is included in the Prize Pack. The more swag items they can get, the longer they can keep the hunt going! Thank you to the Twelve O’clock Siren!
    2. Items can be left on the storage box outside of the TTOS/Kikbax building (across from Knucklehead’s. Let us know if you have any questions.
  4. Liability Insurance:
    1. Last meeting you all voted on getting liability insurance for the Chamber. We now have that policy in effect.
  5. Non-Profit:
    1. Last meeting, we all discussed that we were moving forward with Articles of Incorporation for a Non-Profit with Mr. Ben Munson. The paperwork has been filed and approved through the state.
  6. HOTS:
    1. We are already working on planning Halloween on the Square! Darian Wilkinson is heading up the committee this year.

Thank you all so much! We hope to see you all again in August!

Leonard Picnic Canceled due to Public Health Emergency

I am sorry to inform you all that the Leonard Chamber of Commerce Officers & Directors have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Leonard Picnic. This decision was not taken lightly, but ultimately the Leonard Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to do what is best for our community, and your health and safety takes priority over anything else.

We understand that this is going to be difficult for us all not to get together and celebrate, but with the rules and regulations that have been outlined for gatherings, we decided that it would not be the homecoming we have all become accustomed to.

We will still be celebrating Leonard’s birthday with a fireworks display at 9:30 pm Saturday, July 18th from the City Park. We will ask that everyone stay in their vehicles or watch from a distance.

We are already hard at work planning for the 2021 Picnic (third weekend in July) and by then hopefully, we can hug and kiss all of you! We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

Sincerely,

Leonard Chamber of Commerce Officers & Directors

Updates Regarding the Leonard Picnic and other Events

Good afternoon everyone!

Last night we had an officers/directors meeting and were able to discuss A LOT! So here is an update to catch everyone up on everything since we were not able to have our monthly meeting this week.

1. The officers and directors voted to give the Leonard High School graduating senior class three $500 scholarships. Brandi has already gotten the check to Mr. Maxwell so that he and the scholarship committee will be able to give it out to the deserving students that have filled out the applications. This is the same amount that we have done over the last several years.

2. The officers and directors also voted to move forward with 141st Leonard Picnic and continue plans! We have still been working on the planning during the last several weeks, but we were able to pull a lot of it together last night. There are several other events that will be going on during this summer and around the same time. And if there are any special requirements or restrictions in July we have plans to adjust accordingly.

a. Tentative Schedule is below, with expanded entertainment and carnival times, and new events!

b. T-shirts should be available by the June meeting.

c. We have raised over $20,000 in sponsors!

· Thanks to our 2020 picnic sponsors! The sponsorship deadline passed on May 22 – we appreciate every one of you.

3. The officers and directors also voted to cancel this year’s banquet and hold an awards ceremony on Thursday night of the Picnic. We looked into fall dates available at Magnolia Grace and with everything else that goes on in the fall none of the dates worked with everyone’s schedules. We did, however, book the 2021 banquet at Magnolia Grace on Friday, April 9th, 2021.

a. For any business that has already purchased tickets we can either hold those over until next year’s banquet, or we can issue you a refund.

4. Attached is the Treasurer’s report from April.

5. We do not have minutes from April, since we did not have a lunch meeting in April.

6. We will keep you all updated, but we should see you all at the Church of Christ on June the 9th!

Thank you all, and I hope each and everyone of you are doing well! I can’t wait to see the folks that I haven’t run into in a while!

Sincerely,

Blaine Alexander

Sponsorship Levels:

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Tentative Picnic Schedule:

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Update on Canceled Events and Plans

Good Afternoon Chamber Members,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter even if it may have been a bit different this year.

It seems like a lot of what we do on the Chamber is plan, but this is something that nobody was planning for. Things are tough right now, we aren’t getting to be together for our regular meeting today, the kids aren’t in school, businesses are shut down, and businesses that are open are having to change up their operations. But from what I have learned about growing up, going to school, and running a business in Leonard is that this community supports its own like very few others. Leonard is resilient, we will make it through this together. Let us know if there is anything that we can do to help.

Since we last met the officers and directors have been in almost constant contact (at a safe distance!) because as you know we voted to first postpone the banquet, and then to cancel the rest of the events in April, including the Egg Hunt and our monthly meeting. At this time we do not have a whole lot of new information to report to you all. We have still been hard at work planning the Picnic July 16-18th! And we are looking at dates for the banquet that works around school sports and other events.

The next big thing that we usually do as a Chamber is vote to give 3 scholarships to the school. If in the event that we are not able to have our monthly meeting in May, the officers & directors will hold a vote to give these scholarships so that we are able to still provide this support in time to the 2020 Seniors, who have already been through a pretty rough year.

Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

President – Blaine Alexander

Vice President – Marla Burks

Secretary – Elizabeth Christman

Treasurer – Brandi Treadway

& Our Team of Directors: Sheryl Stanley, Charlotte Garner, Kacey Blackerby, Linda Beckham, Kelli Blackerby, & Gaye Doyle