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!

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

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

All Chamber Events Canceled through End of April

Good Afternoon,

The Leonard Chamber of Commerce Officers and Directors have decided to cancel all of our events through the month of April. While we are planning on rescheduling our Annual Banquet that was scheduled for 4/3/20, we have now decided to cancel the banquet, our annual Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled for 4/11/20,  and finally we have decided to cancel our monthly meeting that was scheduled for 4/14/20.

We have not made these decisions lightly, we have taken the health and safety of the community into account, as well as recommendations from the CDC and now the declaration from Governor Greg Abbot.

We will make sure and send out an email to the members with a chamber update, the minutes from the last meeting, and the treasurer’s report on the 14th.

Thank you for your understanding at this unprecedented time. We hope that you, your family, and your business are all safe, and healthy.


Blaine Alexander and the Officers & Directors Team

April 2020 Banquet Canceled

UPDATE: The banquet has been canceled. See you in April, 2021.

Dear Chamber Members,

We regret to inform you all that our Officer and Directors team have decided in light of current events to postpone our upcoming Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony due to CDC recommendations of limiting crowds of over 50. While we would all love to have a night of celebration of the past year with all of you, the health and safety of Leonard and the surrounding community is our first priority. We want to do everything we can to protect our members and their businesses.

At this time, we do not have another date scheduled, however, we will be having the banquet as soon as possible! We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have already purchased tickets please hold on to them, they will still be good for the rescheduled banquet! For the people who have donated silent auction items, thank you so much we will hang on to them! We will be working with Magnolia Grace to plan a date that works with everyone.

Thank you all for your understanding,

President Blaine Alexander and the Officer & Director Team

2020 Happenings at the Chamber

We had great turnout at our February meeting. Here are some highlights:

1.       Membership Dues! Attached is the 2020 Membership form and here is the link to our website: https://leonardchamber.com/join-the-chamber

2.       The Annual Chamber Banquet is Friday April 3 at Magnolia Grace! Tickets go on sale March 1. Here is a flyer with more information!

3.       Please take time to fill out your nomination for Citizen, Business, and Educator of the Year by March 1. These will be presented at the Chamber Banquet! Here are the links, to online forms. Forms you can print out are located here.

-Citizen of the Year: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5254436/citizen-of-the-year-2019?fbclid=IwAR3G_0ff63IdvuVICzrhQd-Sig_6YEAxnt84fYta99AitQnKWnNpUxphYLA

-Business of the Year: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5254446/business-of-the-year-2019?fbclid=IwAR3SlragmWRJg8W-cRwA4pFONwqFjOCotZ1TxHb_wsSNK8FIzU8IaR_ELYw

-Educator of the Year: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5254448/educator-of-the-year-2019?fbclid=IwAR3dx299PyWvxWV5TwgkJwVNC8tbViQ5blQEag4b3Vdbr-hodkwkMCizi2U

4.       The Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 11th at the City Park. Music, pictures, and food will start at 11am. The egg hunt will start at noon!

5.       Garney Construction will be hosting a 5k Run for Life here in Leonard on Saturday April 18th. https://www.runforlife.club/?fbclid=IwAR1uSLOKKBdo5bpw8oHLGTxCJCukPovagh-67m7PrjcB05_kCAwxy-pQauI

6.       The Leonard Picnic will be held this year from July 16-18. We have already lined up Eleven Hundred Springs, The Blandelles, and The Buzz Andrews Band, and are hoping to get more!

7.       We are looking for sponsors to make the Picnic even bigger this year! We are hoping we can get bigger bands, entertainment, and events going on throughout the picnic to attract larger crowds to Leonard and your business! Sponsors have already started rolling in! Let us know if you have any questions! Attached is a breakdown of the sponsorship levels, and here is a form you can fill out in a few clicks! http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5253746/leonard-picnic-2020?fbclid=IwAR0ajDDzfWg7RS8ttfjD4UeHjx9hoGzZfNlh-0vexuV6r3CMnt7UebOcdW0

Nominate Citizen, Business and Educator of the Year

It is time to nominate Leonard’s Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Educator of the Year.  These will be announced at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet that will be held on 04/03/2020.  The deadline to turn in nominations will be March 2, 2020. The forms can also be picked up at the Leonard Pharmacy, Bear Creek Store, and First United Bank.

The forms may be emailed to [email protected], mailed to Leonard Chamber of Commerce P O Box 117 Leonard, TX 75452 or dropped off at the Leonard Pharmacy, Bear Creek Store, or First United.

Here are printable forms (.PDF):




You can also submit nominations online at the below links.




Video from Leonard Christmas Parade

Christmas Tree in front of City Hall

Check out this video of the December 2019 Christmas tree lighting and Leonard Christmas Parade! This was graciously provided by the Leonard Graphic. Please follow their Facebook page for the latest happenings in the Leonard area.

The Chamber of Commerce appreciates all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped make this annual event possible.

Christmas Tree in front of City Hall

Leonard Chamber of Commerce Banquet – 2018 Awards

These awards were presented at the 2018 Leonard Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.


Leonard Toy Drive through Dec. 17, 2019

The Leonard Chamber is coordinating a holiday toy drive. Donations are being accepted through December 17, 2019.
Call Gaye Doyle 940-391-9298 or
Rachelle Woodruff 903-815-5502 if you would like to sponsor a child or have donation suggestions.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Leonard Jr High Art class for decorating our toy boxes.

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