What better way to wind down the Fall 2023 semester than to put some elbow grease into improving the quality of life for one local East Temple resident. For their Fall project, the Leadership Temple Class of 23-24 recently teamed up with the City of Temple’s Department of Housing and Community Development to assist in completing the first of four home improvement projects funded by the city’s HARP Grant Program.
The HARP (Homeowner Assistance & Reconstruction Program) Grant was put in place to reconstruct homes for low-income clients whose dwellings are beyond repair. The other three grant recipients’ homes are on track to be completed later this year.
Nancy Glover, Director of the City of Temple Housing and Development Department, invited the Leadership Temple class to help with the final touches for the first home in East Temple completed on December 6, 2023. The students arrived in jeans and boots, ready and excited to help in any way possible.
After a brief tour and description of the program by Nancy, the group got to work. While some stayed indoors to dust, hang pictures, and set up a Christmas tree, others worked outside – weed eating, planting shrubs, cleaning windows, laying sod, and hanging Christmas lights. Yet another group made trips over to Temple Christian Outreach (St. Vincent de Paul) to load up furniture and bring it back to unload, furnishing the newly reconstructed home.
Other city employees also worked alongside the LT class, including Kirby Fiebig, Neighborhood Revitalization Manager, and Brittany Chopane, Grant Manager. The project took several hours, and when the group got back on the bus, they were a little tired, a little dirty…and a lot fulfilled.
Leadership Temple is a 9-month program designed to provide current and future leaders of our community with education and insight into the way Temple and Central Texas work. Students receive an in-depth guide into what goes on behind-the-scenes in our City, County, and State departments, as well as learning about industries such as healthcare, social services, education, public safety, and economic development. The 23-24 Class will complete another group service project in Spring 2024.
Lisle Meeker has faithfully served as an Ambassador of the Temple Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years. His welcoming manner is felt instantly, from the first moment in his presence. Lisle has a knack for making others feel comfortable at Chamber events and he is always among the first to volunteer. Lisle is a 20-year Army veteran. He and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 24 years; they have six children, 22 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Lisle is an independent consultant for Hooked on Health, Wellness Begins at Home, helping clients discover active wellness. He also serves on the board of Feed my Sheep and is Logistics Director on the board of Operation Feeding Temple.
For over 14 years, Lisle has served as a member of the Temple Breakfast Lions Club. He has been a member of the Board of Directors - as Third, Second, and First Vice President, and has served as President for two terms. Every single year as a Lion, Lisle has received Perfect Attendance awards. He has also served as either Chairman or committee member on every service and/or fundraising project that his Club has been involved in.
During his tenure as Zone C-2 Chair, attendance at Zone meetings increased by an average of 20 attendees – for 3 consecutive years. Lisle was also the 2013-2014 and 2016-2017 Club Lion of the Year Award Recipient. He was District Governor for 2018-2019 and is currently the District Trustee for the Texas Lions Foundation. Lisle and his wife, Sandy (also a Lion), are members of the Texas Lions Camp Century Club.
As an Ambassador for the Temple Chamber, Lisle is always reliable and generous. He is knowledgeable and passionate when it comes to Temple and is a fierce advocate for supporting local business.
Lisle is also known for giving the “scissors tutorial” to our members before they cut the ribbon at business celebrations – making sure they know the scissors are very heavy and very sharp. As a friend, Lisle is one that can always be counted on, sharing his caring soul with all those around him.
As a businessman, Lisle’s keen insight and extensive connections make him a valuable resource to the local business community. As an Ambassador, he is a key element in representing what the Chamber is all about. The Temple Chamber staff and Board of Directors could not be more grateful to have Lisle on our team.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2024 Board of Directors and Officers, including three new members.
Kayla Landeros of West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C. will serve as Chair of the Board, succeeding Robert Jones of Cadence Bank. Ken Reeves of Performance Foodservice Group has been named First Vice-Chair.
The 2024 Board of Directors will focus on critical issues for the Temple Chamber of Commerce membership and business community, including providing valuable resources for member businesses, keeping members informed, connected, and prosperous, advancing community excellence, and maintaining organizational sustainability.
Dave Hedge of the Temple Daily Telegram will serve as Treasurer. Other Officers for the 2024 Board of Directors are Shannon Gowan of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Vice-Chair of Organization Improvement; Mike Pilkington of Bell Contractors, Vice-Chair of Governmental Affairs; Kim Langston of 3 Texans Winery & Vineyard, Vice-Chair of Membership Services; and Dr. Christy Ponce of Temple College, Vice-Chair of Business and Community Development.
The three new Board of Directors, serving a three-year term that began on January 1, 2024, are Mike Dent of Wings Pizza ‘N Things, Dave Hedge of the Temple Daily Telegram, and Jacob Rodriguez of Dapper and Dashin’ Salon & Shop.
"Chamber Board Members share a commitment to fostering an environment where every business can thrive," stated Whitney Theriot, Interim President of the Temple Chamber. "We're excited about expanding on the strengths from the previous year, and the Board's collective experience is instrumental. Our focus remains on advocating for the community by preserving, protecting, and promoting a business-friendly environment."
The 2024 Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors:
Robert H. Beamon | A New Day Fellowship Church
Adrian Cannady (Ex-Officio) | Temple Economic Development Corporation
Mike Dent | Wings Pizza ‘N Things
Shannon Gowan* | Ronald McDonald House Charities
Claire Hartman | First Community Title
Dave Hedge* | Temple Daily Telegram
Dell Ingram-Walker | McLane Children's Baylor Scott & White Medical Center
Robert Jones* | Cadence Bank
Kayla Landeros* | West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C.
Kim Langston* | 3 Texans Winery & Vineyard
H.B. Macey | Perry Office Plus
Dr. Bobby Ott | Temple ISD
Mike Pilkington* | Bell Contractors
Dr. Christy Ponce* | Temple College
Ken Reeves* | Performance Foodservice Group
Jacob Rodriguez | Dapper & Dashin' Salon and Shop
Casey Simpson | Oncor Electric Delivery
Chris Smith | McLane Group
Mark Woodford | Polar Texas Bottling
*Indicates Executive Board Member