Chairmen & Volunteers

Presidents of TRF

2017 Texas Rice Festival President

Girlean McCall

The 2017 Texas Rice Festival President is Girlean McCall. Girlean has been involved with the Festival for many years. She began as Chairman of the St. Louis Catholic Church Coke Booth at the first festival in 1970. She has served on the Budget Committee, Audit Committee, Entertainment Committee, Chairman of 40th Anniversary Celebration, Chairman of Memorials, and has been Co-Chairman of Admissions for 23 years. 

Girlean is currently Secretary of East Chambers Agricultural-Historical Society and is a member of St. Louis Catholic Church. She fills in as needed in Tommy’s Law Office, but retired after 21 years as real estate title closer. 

Girlean is married to LeRoy “Tommy” McCall, Jr. and she has four children, Tanya Young of Hamshire, Wayne Turner of Spring, Todd Turner of San Angelo, Beth Russell of Mont Belvieu and two step-children Jan Chesson and Travis McCall both of Hamshire. Together they have 24 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 

It is such an honor to be President of a great organization like the Texas Rice Festival. Without the hundreds of volunteers and numerous sponsors, the festival would not be as successful year after year. Please come on out and enjoy another great festival! 

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 Cheson

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

2013 Sissy Leger

Hamshire

2014 Ty Jones

2014 Ty Jones

Winnie

2015 Mike Milligan

2015 Mike Milligan

Winnie

2016 Reid Lowrance

Winnie