The mission of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is to improve the business environment within our community in order to promote the economic well-being and quality of life for all area citizens. The Chamber is currently 1,704 members strong, but every three years they seek to grow the organization through the City-Wide Membership Drive, held this year June 12-14.
Rosemary Sage Jones is a team chair for this year’s membership drive and is urging all Tyler area businesses to get to know the value of Chamber membership, the networking opportunities it provides, and the strong volunteer spirit that stands behind all that the Chamber accomplishes for the community. Mrs. Jones also serves the TACC as the Chairman of Business Development, the Education and Human Resources Committee, and the Business Workshop, and has twice been recognized as the Volunteer of the Quarter by the Chamber.
“The last City-Wide Membership Drive gained 647 new members in just three days,” Mrs. Jones said. “It is our goal to beat this number during the 2012 Membership Drive. The Chamber is proud to hold several national records for obtaining and retaining new members, and we look forward to maintaining these records as we welcome new members into the organization.”
An active community volunteer, Mrs. Jones is a member of the Downtown/South Tyler Rotary Club, the Women’s Fund, and the East Texas Human Resources Association, and she serves as the East Texas Chairperson for The Texas Association of Business. She is active in the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, serves on the Tyler Parks and Recreation Board, and is a Junior Achievement volunteer. Mrs. Jones is the chairman of the 2013 Tyler Chick-fil-A Leadercast event. She is a past board member for the Tyler Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Mrs. Jones said, “Our community will only be as good as the people who live and serve in it. There is always a place for everyone to volunteer in some capacity, and I try to use my talents to serve God while serving my community.”
Born in Longview, Mrs. Jones has resided in Tyler for 20 years. She is a graduate of Pine Tree High School in Longview and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mrs. Jones received her Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School in Waco. She and her husband, Walter “Chip” Jones, have been married for 15 years and are the parents of Austin, 19, and Macie, 13. The Joneses are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.
“Tyler offers great business, education, and religious opportunities, and I’ve realized that the community is great because of the people who live and serve here. My parents were a true example of community volunteerism, and Tyler gives me the opportunity to continue their legacy,” Mrs. Jones said.