Chairmen & Volunteers

Presidents of TRF

2022 Texas Rice Festival President

Tammie Gilfillian, 1st Vice President

Tammie Gilfillian

The 53rd Texas Rice Festival President is Tammie Gilfillian.  She was born to Alex LeBlanc and Anna LeBlanc.  She was raised in Port Neches but moved to Hamshire at the age of 10.  She graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School.  She attended the University of Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree. In 1989 she started to work at East Chambers Elementary as a 5th grade teacher.  She enrolled in graduate school at Lamar University and graduated with a Master of Education Degree in Counseling and Development.  She received her degree in 1999 and then started to work as the school counselor at East Chambers High School.  She is currently still in that position. 

Tammie is married to Hollis “Peanut” Gilfillian and they reside in Stowell.  They are involved in the cattle business and own Fig Ridge Brahmans where they produce registered Brahman cattle.  They have two children – Bryce who resides in New York City and Austen who resides in Midland.  She is a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Winnie.  She serves on the rice ball committee that is responsible for making and selling the famous rice balls at the TRF.   She is also involved in the East Chambers Educational Foundation.  In her spare time, Tammie enjoys playing tennis and pickleball.

Tammie has been involved in the Texas Rice Festival for nearly 20 years.  She serves as co-chairman of the Grand Parade.   She would like to thank all of the sponsors and many volunteers who all work together to make this festival the success it is today. She considers it an honor and a privilege to be part of an organization that gives back to the community and youth of our area.

Past Presidents

1969 George Bauer

1969 George Bauer

Nome

1970 Jack Cravy

Hamshire

1971 Tom Jenkins

Stowell

1972 & 1973 Preston Manual

Fannett

1974 & 1975 Melvin Butts

Winnie

1976 & 1977 LeRoy Bauer

Winnie

1978 & 1979 Andy L. Thornton

Winnie

1980 & 1981 Ronnie Girouard

Winnie

1982 & 1983 Kary Kiker

Winnie

1984 & 1985 Tim C. Bauer

Winnie

1986 John Foy

Port Neches

1987 & 1988 Steve Fitzgerald

Winnie

1989 Milton Gaus

Winnie

1990 Steve Hodges

Winnie

1991 James Gentz, Jr.

Winnie

1992 Pat Pryor

Winnie

1993 Larry G. Winzer

Winnie

1994 Barry Daigle

Winnie

1995 Arlen Klosterboer

Bryan

1996 Kent Daigle

Winnie

1997 Phyllis Girouard

Winnie

1998 David Murrell

Winnie

1999 Pat Pryor

Winnie

2000 Carla Thibodeaux

Hamshire

2001 LeRoy McCall, Jr.

Hamshire

2002 Ray Chesson

Hamshire

2003 Chad Andrus

Winnie

2004 Melissa Hodges

Winnie

2005 Lilton Sonnier

Winnie

2006 Sandra Burrell

Fannett

2007 Karen Reneau

Fannett

2008 Reid Lowrance

Winnie

2009 Troy Dow

Winnie

2010 Jeff Leger

China

2011 Michael Neuman

Winnie

2012 Marlene Nolte

2013 Sissy Leger

Hamshire

2014 Ty Jones

Winnie

2015 Mike Milligan

Winnie

2016 Reid Lowrance

Winnie

2017 Girlean McCall

Hamshire

2018 Rip Matthews

Winnie

2019 Stuart Leger

Hamshire

2020 Jeff Leger

Hamshire

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