Jalinna Jones named Citizen of the Year
By Savannah Christian
Commerce, TEXAS— Jalinna Jones was named the 2011 Commerce Citizen of the Year at the 103rd chamber of commerce annual awards banquet Feb. 9. Jones has been a Commerce citizen since July 2008 when her husband, Dr. Dan Jones, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, relocated his family.
Since the move to Commerce almost four years ago, Jones has become involved in various organizations. She is currently the president of the Commerce Rotary Club and the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum, a member of numerous other associations and is widely involved with the university. However, despite all of the time she devotes to the community, she feels it is Commerce who has given the most to her.
“Receiving Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award is so special to me, and I am so proud to be in the company of others who have received this honor in the past,” Jones said. “It is such a wonderful surprise to be acknowledged by my peers for doing the things that bring me so much personal fulfillment.”
Through involvement with both the community and the university, Jones has become a prominent member of the community and enjoys participating in area projects and organizations.
“Although [besides family] my first allegiance is to our university and its students, faculty, staff and alumni, I do believe that a caring community and a thriving city are key factors in elevating A&M-Commerce to its fullest potential,” she said. “I feel privileged to be able to give back to a community that has offered me and my family so many blessings. The small contributions of time and service that we each can offer truly do make a difference in this place we call home.”