Chairmen & Volunteers

Presidents of TRF

2018 Texas Rice Festival President

Rip Matthews

I am a proud lifelong resident of Southeast Texas. I was born in Beaumont, grew up in Orange, and graduated from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. I moved to Winnie in 1993 when I had the good fortune to marry Winnie native Daphne East. Our family includes son, Justin Devillier, 28, and daughter, Shaina Matthews, 20. My parents, Malcolm and Frances, reside in Sour Lake as does my sister Lynette, while my other sister, Marianne, lives in Beaumont.

After graduating from LCM in 1982, I attended Sam Houston State University on a baseball scholarship where our team won the conference championship all four years that I had the honor to pitch for the Bearkats and where I am lucky enough to still hold some pitching records. I also played ball for the Iowa Oaks League with the Chicago Cubs organization.

In 1987, upon graduation from SHSU, I began a career as a Probation Officer with Waller County before moving back to the Golden Triangle to work first for DuPont and then, for the past fifteen years, with XL System/National Oilwell Varco as a Lead Planner.

My volunteer work for the Texas Rice Festival began in 1996 as a Souvenir Booth worker, and, in 1999, I began volunteering with the Stage Crew where I have served as the Chair for the past seven years. In other volunteer work in the community, I have been active managing Little League baseball and softball teams. I have also volunteered for various ECISD booster clubs and am a member of the East Chambers Education Foundation.

I want to thank everyone for their hard work, volunteer spirit, and example they set for our community. It has been my pleasure to work with so many caring people who make the Texas Rice Festival what it is today. It is my mission to uphold the standard of volunteerism set by those who came before us and set a good example for the next generation of volunteers so that our community and our organization continue to grow and prosper.

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

Hamshire

2014 Ty Jones

Winnie

2015 Mike Milligan

Winnie

2016 Reid Lowrance

Winnie

2017 Girlean McCall

Hamshire