Welcome from the Board President

Welcome to 2022!  This is the 106th year that the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce has been serving the area and I believe that this will go down as one of the most important, and definitely unique, years in our history.


The current pandemic has been a hardship on all of us. We have seen how fragile that our lives are. We have also witnessed the precariousness of our business community.  As this year’s Board President, I am grateful to be surrounded by a wonderful board of directors, ambassadors and Chamber associates that have a shared vision for relevance and growth in this ever-changing environment.


Our call for community action and to serve others is deeply rooted in all who are associated with the Chamber of Commerce.  Shirley Chisholm once said, “Service is the rent that we pay for the privilege of living on the earth.”  We encourage you to join us in service with your membership, support, expertise, and participation.  Welcome to this Awards Banquet and feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance.


YoLanda Fultz

Board President 2021/2022

Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce


Our Mission Statement

"The mission of the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce is to be an association of businesses and individuals organized to encourage a strong local economy and quality of life by promoting economic, civic, cultural and social development through an informed membership and community."


About The Chamber

The Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce was chartered on March 6, 1916, by then Secretary of State, John G. McKay.  

It began when nine civic-minded residents decided the community would benefit with a Chamber of Commerce to establish and maintain uniformity in the commercial usage of cities and towns to acquire, preserve and disseminate valuable business information, adopt rules, regulations and standards of classification to govern all transactions connected with the cotton trade, and other commodities where standards and classifications are required, generally to promote the interest of trade and increase facilities of commercial transactions and to develop and extend agricultural, industrial, commercial and civic resources of the City of Navasota, Grimes County and the State of Texas.

The names of those nine individuals are familiar to even present-day residents of Grimes County, for they left their mark indelibly in the community. They were J.N. Baylor, J.W. Brosig, C.C. Camp, J.T. Evans, H.H. Knox, Ewing Norwood, R.A. Patout, Ward Templeman and E.H. Terrell.

Ward Templeman served as the first President of the Chamber, serving for four consecutive years through 1919.  Betty Jane Burlin was the first woman to serve as President when she took office on January 1979.


2022 Board of Directors

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YoLanda Fultz


Brazos Land Company

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Michelle Bobo

First Vice President


Dr. Ronnie Gonzalez
Second Vice President
Navasota ISD


Marilyn Bettes

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WC Doyle


BodyBilt Chairs

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Kathy Baldobino

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Dillon Hughes


Only1 Rentals

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Alan Shoalmire


Grill Sergeant Hot Dogs

Meribeth Shimshack

WC Tractor

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Chris Tucker


Rail & Rye Restaurant

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Mac Vaughn

W.H.E.E.L.S. Ministry

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Patty Whitney

Brewer, Eyeington, Patout

Joe Fauth

County Representative

Karen McDuffie

Anderson Representative

Karen Hale

Plantersville Representative

Christina Stover

Iola Representative

Rayna Teicheira

Navasota Representative

Gwen Boullion

Bedias Representative

Neil Wendele
Todd Mission Representative

Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Contact Us for more information!


2022 Chamber Ambassadors

"An Ambassador's mission is to promote and advocate for members through positive public exposure"

Ana Cosino

Ambassador Chair

The Navasota Examiner

Ethan Barcak
The NerdBee

Bri Buentello

Golden Creek Healthcare & Rehab

Kathleen Dimmel

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Ruby Evans

James R. Evans Tax Service

Stacy Reed
Fultz Realty

Jimmy Donahoo
MHSC Energy Management

Elva Evans

PNC Bank

Risa La Fountain
Woodmen Life Insurance

Sherry Gillespie

Keller Williams Realty

Angela Scurlock

The Navasota Examiner

Bobbie Ullrich

City of Navasota

Kristi Tucker

Grimes Co. Deputy Constable Pct. 2

For more information about the Navasota Grimes County Chamber Ambassador Program, click here.

Chamber Staff


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Anne Marie

Administrative Assistant