Keene Chamber of Commerce  
25th annual banquet is Oct. 25
October 24, 2016Seven community awards, including Citizen of the Year, will be presented at the 25th annual Keene Chamber of Commerce banquet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the new Keene Community Center, 1000 N Old Betsy Road Keene. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The meal will be catered by Chef Sualua Tupolo of Southwestern Adventist University. The ImPLAZAbles, an improvisational comedy group from the Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne, will be guest entertainers. Tickets —... Read More
Chamber hosts Keene City Golf Championship Oct. 21
October 03, 2016The 4th annual Keene City Golf Championship will tee off at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Burleson.The entry fee is $50 per player. The fee includes lunch, range balls, 1/2 cart and green fee.To be eligible, you must: 1. Be a current resident of Keene, or 2. Be a current or former employee of an entity in Keene, or 3. Be a graduate of KAES, KISD, CTA, or SWAU,... Read More
City Council candidates forum is Oct. 16
October 02, 2016Eleven people who are running for City Council positions in Keene will stop long enough to talk about the issues during a candidates forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Keene Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. There is no admission charge. The eight candidates for seats on the City Council will answer questions from 6:30-7:45 p.m., and the three candidates for mayor will respond to... Read More
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Keene Chamber of Commerce
110 S. Old Betsy Road
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 556-2995
 
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Upcoming Events
City Council candidates forum
October 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Keene City Golf Championship
October 21, 2018 at Noon
Annual Awards Banquet
October 25, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.
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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City Council candidates forum is Oct. 16

Eleven people who are running for City Council positions in Keene will stop long enough to talk about the issues during a candidates forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Keene Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend. There is no admission charge.

The eight candidates for seats on the City Council will answer questions from 6:30-7:45 p.m., and the three candidates for mayor will respond to questions from 8-9 p.m.

The candidates for the four seats on the City Council (in order their names appear on the ballot) are:

Place 1: Lisa Parrish is running against John Koobs. Both are first-time candidates.

Place 3: Incumbent Donny Gore is opposed by challenger James Belz

Ward 1: Robert Foster is challenging incumbent Lorena Marin

Ward 2: Gwen Beeson and Robert Bischoff are seeking to fill the seat vacated by Mayor pro-tem David Patterson, who decided not to seek re-election.

The mayoral candidates (in order their names appear on the ballot) are:

Gary Heinrich, incumbent James Chapline and Martin Strickland

Each Council candidate will have 30 seconds for an opening statement. After that, each will have 30 seconds to respond to a question. The questions will be asked in order of the ballot. The questions are:

• Talk about your opinion of annexation.

• What ordinances will you insist be enforced or new ordinances will you promote to stop the spread of blight in Keene?

• What do you think about the new Community Center and how should it be used?

• What is wrong with Keene and how can it be fixed? 

• What is right with Keene and how can it be maintained? 

• How will you determine the will of your constituents in your ward? How will you know your council vote reflects the majority of their opinions?

• As a City Council member, what do you hope to accomplish in the next two years?

• Why should I vote for you?

The candidates for mayor will have one minute for an opening statement. They will be asked the same questions as the Council candidates, plus the following three questions:

• The mayor controls the Council agenda. How open are you to Council members and/or residents placing items on the Council agenda?

• How involved will you be with day-to-day operations of the city?

• What is your opinion on acquiring new debt and increasing the tax rate?

Time permitting, there will be questions from the audience, who will be asked to write questions before being submitted to the moderator. 

The terms of City Councilwoman Cheryl Schram (Ward 2, Place 1) and Councilman Robert Cooper (Ward 3, Place 1), expire next year. 

Early voting begins Oct. 22 through Nov. 2.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Chamber hosts Keene City Golf Championship Oct. 21

The 4th annual Keene City Golf Championship will tee off at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Burleson.
The entry fee is $50 per player.
The fee includes lunch, range balls, 1/2 cart and green fee.
To be eligible, you must:
1. Be a current resident of Keene, or
2. Be a current or former employee of an entity in Keene, or
3. Be a graduate of KAES, KISD, CTA, or SWAU, or
4. Be a spouse of a graduate of KAES, KISD, CTA or SWAU
The tournament is medal (stoke) play.
Prizes will be awarded to the low score in each of four divisions:
A. Championship flight (blue tees)
B. Open flight (white tees age 65 and under)
C. Seniors flight (white tees, age 65+)
D. Womens’ flight (red tees)
Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Players will be able to pay online at the Keene Chamber website on Monday, Oct. 8.
The tournament committee reserves the final authority to assign flights.

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Annual Awards Banquet is Oct. 25

Seven community awards, including Citizen of the Year, will be presented at the 25th annual Keene Chamber of Commerce banquet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the new Keene Community Center, 1000 N Old Betsy Road Keene.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The meal will be catered by Chef Sualua Tupolo of Southwestern Adventist University.

The ImPLAZAbles, an improvisational comedy group from the Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne, will be guest entertainers.

Tickets — $40 for chamber members and $45 for nonmembers — are on sale until noon Friday, Oct. 19, at the Keene Chamber of Commerce office, 110 S. Old Betsy Road.

A corporate table of eight is available for $300.

The Keene chamber is asking its membership to help select the honorees for the awards honoring residents that will be presented at the banquet. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

Nominations can be delivered in three ways:

• By mailing them to the Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 817, Keene 76059.

• By email to gro.rebmahceneek@ofni.

• By telephone at 817-556-2995 and leave a message.

Here is the criteria for each: 

The Community Service Award is given to an individual and/or organization who has given extensive and continued service to the community.

The Community Improvement Award honors businesses for contributing to the beautification of the city through new buildings and/or well-manicured grounds and landscaping, thus presenting a positive image and improving the quality of life in Keene.

The Educator of the Year Award honors one who demonstrates excellence in the classroom and goes the extra mile by being involved in the lives of students outside the classroom. This award is selected by campus educators and administrators. One educator from the each of the four public schools and one from the each of the four private schools are honored each year. The award is accompanied by a $100 check.

The Pioneer Award, initiated in 1999, recognizes an individual or organization whose long-ago contributions and influence helped make Keene what it is today.

The Young Entrepreneur Award is presented to a young business person who has made a commitment to Keene.

Phillip Sparks Helping Hands Award, which honors an individual who provides continued assistance without seeking compensation or recognition.

The Citizen of the Year is an individual who has been a model citizen and given dedicated and extensive service to individuals, organizations and the community on a continued basis.

The ImPLAZAables features live comedy created on-the-spot involving members of the audience. 

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