Keene Chamber of Commerce  
SWAU President Dr. Ken Shaw speaks at July 25 luncheon
July 19, 2019

The Keene Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 26th birthday with cake for all luncheon attendees at noon Thursday, July 25, at the new Keene Community Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Ken Shaw, president of Southwestern Adventist University, is the guest speaker. The meal is catered by Olivia's Cafe. Admission is $15 per person for those who RSVP by noon Tuesday, July 23. Admission at the door is $18. 

The membership spotlight falls on Pinnacle Bank.

The meeting is also the chamber's annual effort to raise money to support the U.S. flag program whereby U.S. flags are displayed along Old Betsy Road on holidays and special occasions. Currently there are 337 flags and many need to be replaced. 

Shaw, whose doctorate is in mathematics, will explain myriad aspects of the number 26, plus talk about SWAU. 

Shaw serves as the 25th President of Southwestern Adventist University. During his 5-year tenure, the University has opened a Dinosaur Science Museum, constructed a state-of-the-art nursing and administration building, removed three old buildings from campus, renovated many of the existing buildings, and relocated the radio station to a spacious, newly remodeled facility. He has a passion for Christian education as it inspires a unique blend of knowledge, faith and service.

Shaw is very engaged in his community, serving on the Cleburne Rotary Club, Pinnacle 50 Club, past president of the Cleburne Christian Business Club, Cleburne Chamber of Commerce board, Keene Chamber of Commerce board, Texas Health Huguley Hospital board, AdventHealth board, and the Philanthropic Service for Institutions Advisory board.

Shaw is married to his high school sweetheart, Ann. They have been blessed with two grown children, Kate and Martin, and one grandson, Arthur.

Southwestern Adventist University is a charter member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

Fire destroys shed behind General Insurance Service
July 11, 2019

A fire caused by downed power lines Wednesday evening destroyed a 30-year-old shed behind the office of General Insurance Service at 100 S. Old Betsy Road at the southwest corner of Old Betsy and Hillcrest Street. 

Strong winds blew down a tree that fell onto power lines, according to longtime GIS owner Richard Bothe. The power lines began arcing and a fire started before Oncore could turn off the power, Bothe said. No one was injured in the incident and there was no damage to the GIS office building. 

The shed was 25-30 years old and contained old files, outdated records and Christmas decorations, Bothe said.

General Insurance Service has been in business at its current location since 1978 and is a charter member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

Roberts, Pinnacle Bank win parade honors
June 30, 2019

A longtime Keene businesswoman and a longtime employee of Southwestern Adventist University were marshals for the 30th annual Keene Fourth of July Parade.
Amy Lingo, former manager of the Keene branch of Pinnacle Bank, was the grand marshal. Lingo has been with Pinnacle for 27 years. She currently serves as treasurer of the Keene Chamber of Commerce. 

Dale Hainey, director of plant engineering at SWAU was the parade marshal. Hainey has been with SWAU for 42 years, the last 25 as director of plant engineering. He is a member of the Keene Business Expo and Health Fair planning committee and the Keene July 4 Celebration committee.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office color guard led the parade.

Keene resident Dan Roberts won Best Overall category with his refurbished vintage Dr Pepper delivery truck. Pinnacle Bank won in the Best Business category. 

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SWAU President Shaw speaks at Keene chamber's 26th birthday luncheon
July 25, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
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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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