I firmly believe that one of the secrets of true happiness is to be thankful.
Frequent reminders of the many blessings we are granted makes it hard to be anything but happy. From everyday necessitates to our individual luxuries, we all have things for which to be grateful. For the past seven years, the Chamber has been such a huge part of my life, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with and for this great community. No success or happiness happens without the intervention of others, so this week I would like to publicly express my gratitude to some of the individuals who give unselfishly to the Chamber.
First, I must thank our amazing staff. Tobie Chandler and Debra Edwards are two of the most enjoyable and passionate people with whom I could ever imagine working. Their dedication to the Chamber and this community is an inspiration to me.
I am also very grateful for our Chamber Board of Directors. These individuals deserve many accolades for their volunteerism. They are the first to step up and assist when needed and dedicate a tremendous amount of time, energy, and resources for the good of our community. Our current Chamber Board includes: Rita Gunter, Chair – United Community Bank; Joe Garner, Immediate Past Chair – Southeastern Farmers Co-Op; Joey Swanson, Chair Elect – Woodmen of the World, Janet Hartman, Secretary – Blairsville Downtown Development Authority; Steve Rowe, Treasurer – W. Steven Rowe, CPA; Luke Colwell – Colwell Construction; Amy Harper – Tugaloo Home Health; Robert Henderson – State Farm insurance; Patrick Malone – The PAR Group; Kristen Stroud – Community & Southern Bank; Chris Wadle – Lamin-x Protective Films; Mayor Jim Conley; Commissioner Lamar Paris; and Mitch Griggs, Union County Development Authority.
Another group of shining stars in the Chamber are the 2013 Chamber Ambassadors. Dedicating many hours to Chamber and community projects, these individuals are an extension of our membership services and are the Chamber’s support network in so many ways. This year’s Ambassador team includes: Ginny Gurley – United Community Bank; Alan Lee – Pro Therapy; TJ Parr – Esquire Insurance; Paula Pendleton – Curves; Joe Scerbo – The Hair People; Joan Shaw – Coldwell Banker High Country Realty; Rick Siefken – Budget Blinds; Ed Turner – Vericheck; Betty Turner – North Georgia Technical College; Flip Varney – Edward Jones Investments; Cathy Wheeler – The Vacuum Store.
Finally, I am very thankful to the North Georgia News for allowing the Chamber this column as a means to connect with our member and our community. The entire team is a delight to work with as it relates to sharing community news.
To all of our members and the entire Blairsville-Union County area, Happy Thanksgiving! If we can assist with your holiday plans please call us at 706-745-5789 or explore our website at www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com. I can be reached at President@BlairsvilleChamber.com.