Chamber Programs

For more than 90 years, the Chamber has existed in Angelina County to improve the business climate in Lufkin and Angelina County. The Chamber and its hundreds of volunteers strive to serve the membership through the stimulation of economic growth and trade, the education of the public in the role and purpose of business, the support of activities which enhance the area's quality of life and by serving as a catalyst for positive change in the community. 

The Chamber offers volunteers numerous avenues to contribute to the community. With more than 19 Chamber committees, and 11 affiliated organizations, the Chamber strives to complete the Program of Work set forth annually by its Board of Directors. The Chamber is a proactive group of volunteers who take the initiative to improve the community, the business climate and the quality of life.

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Annual Events


Annual Chamber Banquet — January 26, 2017

Lufkin Pitser Garrison Civic Center — (936) 634-6644

This annual event features a reception, year-in-review presentation, and steak dinner. The Angelina and Golden Anvil Awards are also presented during the banquet.

Lufkin/Angelina County Day Legislative Reception — February 15, 2017

Austin, Texas — (936) 634-6644

Held annually, this event honors state officials, legislators, and agencies. In addition to the reception, briefings, meetings, and photo opportunities are available to attendees.

Candidate Forum

The Candidate Forum is a great way for the public to become educated about local political races and candidates. Candidates will be asked general questions as well as selected questions submitted by audience members. Candidates will be able to meet constituents and have display tables in the foyer for informational materials.

Annual Golf Tournament- April 3, 2017

Crown Colony Country Club — (936) 634-6644

Funds from the tournament benefit the Chamber of Commerce and its programs. 

Angelina County Fair —April 18- 22, 2017*

George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center — (936) 634-6644

This annual event allows Angelina County students to present their projects for competition in divisions of livestock, arts and crafts, home economics, and ag mechanics. The event culminates with the Annual Youth Fair Auction where students sell their projects to local businesses and supporters.

Angelina County Science & Tech Fair — May 4- 5, 2017

George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center — (936) 634-6644

This annual event allows 6th-12th graders to compete in science and technology-related competitions. Competitions include Catapult, Eggonaut Rocket, Egg-Car-Go, Eggstraction, Invention, and Life Science Project.

Forest Country Job Fair- May 3rd, 2017

The Forest Country Job Fair is a regional job fair held in the spring near the time of graduation. In its 6th year, the job fair is seeking applicants from all background and college levels. The 2016 Forest Country Job Fair brought in more than 600 quality job seekers. We hope you will join us for the 2017 Forest Country Job Fair!

Angelina College | Activity Center — (936) 634-6644

Annual Expo Anniversary Party- May 10, 2017

George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center — (936) 637-3976

This Party is an annual event that raises funds necessary for the maintenance and upkeep of the Expo Center. The evening’s activities include a reception, gun raffle, bucket raffle, silent auction, live auction, and steak dinner.

Neches River Rendezvous- June 3, 2017

Neches River — (936) 634-6305

Held each summer, the Neches River Rendezvous is a scenic 10-mile trip down the Neches River. It’s a family-oriented canoe trip complete with shuttle service and a hamburger lunch.

Texas State Forest Festival- September 20- 24, 2017 

George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center — (936) 634-6644

Held the fourth week in September, this festival features several events including the Southern Hushpuppy Championships, a master chain saw sculptor, petting zoo, giant carnival, lumberjack show, concerts, specialty acts, and more.

Pineywoods Purgatory — October 7, 2017*

Lufkin’s Pitser Garrison Civic Center — (936) 634-6305

The Pineywoods Purgatory is a 25-, 52-, 72- and 102-mile bicycle ride through the rolling hills of East Texas that attracts the majority of its riders from out of town.

Elected Officials Reception 

The Elected Officials Reception is an appreciation reception for Angelina County's elected officials. The reception occurs during the Business After Five at Crown Colony.

Salute to Healthcare Banquet — November 9, 2017

Pitser Garrison Convention Center — (936) 634-6644

The Salute to Healthcare Banquet is an annual banquet held to honor the health care industry in Lufkin and Angelina County. The banquet features a special guest speaker and awards are given to exceptional health care professionals in four categories.

Monthly Events


First Friday Luncheon

This monthly event features a keynote speaker, incentive drawing, announcements, and lunch. Held on the first Friday of each month, the luncheon typically occurs at Crown Colony Country Club at 12:00 noon. Tickets to attend the event are $15.00 each.

Power Networking Breakfast

Held the fourth Friday monthly at 8:00 a.m. in the Chamber Community Room, this event features breakfast, door prizes, networking, and a guest speaker.

Business After 5

The purpose of Business After 5 is to afford Chamber investors the opportunity to enjoy networking in an informal atmosphere and allow Chamber members the opportunity for exposure to their business by hosting a Business After 5 event. The event is held monthly at various locations and typically features food, drinks, a short program, and door prizes.

Ribbon Cutting

The purpose of a Ribbon Cutting is to welcome new members to the Chamber or to celebrate a grand opening of a Chamber Business. Chamber members, staff, and Diplomats attend these events to welcome new members and to learn about their business. 

Women's Networking Luncheons

The Women's Networking Luncheon is a quarterly luncheon held at Crown Colony Country Club. Women's The mission of the Women’s Networking Event is to connect women of all career levels, strengthen their professional networks, and engage them in the Lufkin/Angelina County business community. The Women’s Network will achieve this vision through offering prominent speaker programs, spotlight women leaders, and promote the positive impact women have made in the Lufkin/Angelina County Area.

Programs


Chamber Programs are part of the Chamber business plan and are designed to meet the current needs of our members. Programs change as the needs of our members change. These are active volunteer programs that the Chamber coordinates annually. If you have any questions about these programs contact the Chamber at 936-634-6644.

Leadership Lufkin

Leadership Lufkin is a nine-month program designed to identify and educate the existing and potential leaders of Lufkin and Angelina County. It consists of day-long sessions targeted at orienting the class to particular aspects of the community, such as the health care, social services, local/county/state government, education, economic development, and quality of life in Angelina County. The program also includes classroom-style leadership skills training.

Leadership Tomorrow

Leadership Tomorrow was developed for high school juniors and is hosted by the Chamber. The program mirrors the Leadership Lufkin program. Students in the program have the opportunity to learn about Angelina County firsthand and to explore opportunities that exist for their futures in this area.

Leadership Lufkin Alumni Association

In May of 2008, the Leadership Lufkin Alumni Association was established to provide opportunities for Leadership Lufkin graduates to support the local leadership programs (Leadership Lufkin and Leadership Tomorrow) in as many ways as possible. This includes overseeing the leadership programs, continuing leadership education for alumni through speakers on important issues, reconnecting with classmates, establishing networking and new friendships, providing scholarships, and giving back to the community by providing quality leaders.

The Diplomats

The Diplomats are the Chamber's public relations arm andassist with the Chamber’s Annual Banquet, Ribbon Cuttings, Power Networking Breakfasts, and Business After Five. They also handle our New Member Showcase. The activities of the Diplomat program enable Chamber members to learn about business opportunities, networking, community education, economic development and legislative issues.

Leads Exchange Group

A Leads Exchange is a proactive group of Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce members whose objective is to provide a monthly networking agenda, for the purpose of generating new business through fellow member leads and referrals.

Committees


Committees are separated into working groups at the chamber. Click on the appropriate group tab to learn about the committees it oversees. If you would like to join a committee, please download the Committee Preference Form and turn it in at the chamber.

Economic Development Business Group

To GROW Angelina County!

Membership Services Business Group

To DEVELOP the Membership Base of the Chamber

Marketing Business Group

To PROMOTE Lufkin and Angelina County!

Community Development Business Group

To IMPROVE Lufkin and Angelina County

Governmental Affairs Business Group

To ADVOCATE Lufkin and Angelina County

*Designates a partner event

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