‘Christmas Clause for a Cause’ - December Membership LuncheonThe Walker County Chamber of Commerce is excited to present the first ever ‘Christmas Clause for a Cause’ benefiting Al Millard Memorial Stocking Full of Love of Walker County at the December 10 Membership Luncheon featuring Christmas music by members of the Gordon Lee Marching Trojan Band, photos with Santa by Vince Stalling Photography, and a delicious traditional Christmas meal catered by No Small Affair.
November Membership Luncheon PhotosRyan Mahoney with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce spoke to the attendees of the November Membership Luncheon concerning Health Care Reform. Local business leaders learned how the new laws will affect their businesses.
FREE Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Business After Hours Events!Are you celebrating the opening of a new business or the expansion/relocation of an existing business in Walker County or the surrounding area? Maybe you’ve been in business for years and would like to reintroduce your organization to the community? Chamber Members are encouraged to celebrate these great milestones with ribbon cuttings, ground breakings or business after hours events. What are these events? They are ceremonial events of new, expanding, newly-renovated or relocated businesses. They can launch a business’s first day of business or can take place after the businesses’ opening. Because these events mark a very important moment in the businesses’ history, it is also a great photo opportunity. One that is later shared by the Chamber with local media, members and is also shared on the Chamber’s website for all to see! Why hold one of these events? They are great to begin or increase your customer base, they familiarize the public with your physical location and your products/services, help to generate possible sales from attendees and more. What does your organization need to do to prepare for an event? Download a copy of the event form from the Chamber’s website and pick your date and time, choose who will speak, decide on other event details to enhance your event, invite your customers, friends and family, and then host a successful event. Who attends ribbon cuttings? The Chamber will automatically invite the Chamber’s membership, media and elected officials by sending them a notice two weeks before the event and a reminder one week before. The event will be listed on the Chamber’s website calendar and will announce at Chamber functions leading up to the event. Those hosting events should also consider inviting business partners, financers, contractors, employees, customers, friends, and family to be with them as they celebrate this momentous occasion in your business’s history. What have other businesses done to make their events unique? Many conduct separate PR campaigns to obtain media attention, provide door prizes, have samples of products available, invite corporate staff from out of town, as well as offer complimentary appetizers and beverages. We are excited for your business’s success and value the opportunity to help you mark important occasions! Members of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce are offered all of these exiting opportunities for FREE. For complete information on each of these offerings please visit http://www.walkercochamber.com/2013-chamber-ribbon-cutting.pdf Not a member of the Chamber and would like more information on the benefits of being a member? Please visit www.walkercochamber.com or call 706-375-7702. We look forward to hearing from you.
THOMAS HARRISON NAMED 2013 WALKER COUNTY CITIZEN OF THE YEARThomas Harrison was named the 2013 Walker County Citizen of the Year by the Walker County Chamber of Commerce at the 31st Annual Walker County Gala on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Sheraton Read House. The 2012 Walker County Citizen of the Year Senator Jeff Mullis presented the award in honor of Harrison’s dedication to many community, civic and religious organizations. Even though he did not grow up in Walker County Harrison became a vital member of the community when he moved here with his wife in 2002. Though retired, he works above and beyond the hours required to serve numerous organizations in Walker County. He began his ten plus years of service to the libraries of our region over ten years ago when he began as a board member of the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library Board of Trustees. He was later appointed to the governing board, the Cherokee Regional Library System Board of Trustees. He currently serves as the chair of that board and has held this position for the past four years. He has served as chair during very difficult times for the libraries. He has volunteered his time and expertise to lead the library through construction projects and funding shortfalls. He has donated countless hours of personal time toward problem solving and project management of the libraries. His time and efforts have helped ensure that the public libraries in Walker County are able to provide services our citizens have come to reply on. Students, job seekers, parents, teens, genealogy enthusiasts, senior citizens and everyone in between have a better library system because of his thoughtful, meaningful and dedicated service as a library trustee. Harrison is the current President of Habitat for Humanity of Walker County. He began working with Habitat in 2004 and has been instrumental in obtaining grants, land acquisitions, and the construction of three homes for Walker County Residents. In 2003 he and his wife, Joyce, joined Elizabeth Lee United Methodist Church and he became the Chairperson of the Church Council in 2009. Additional organizations to which he has been a member and officer in the past include the Walker County Chamber of Commerce and the Chickamauga Lions Club where his influence may still be seen. Mr. Harrison the heart of a servant. Even though he is retired he works as many hours, if not more, volunteering as he did while employed at Union Carbide. He believes in giving back to his community and does so by giving of himself fully. He is a mentor and a coach to many, and he is a key asset to our community. If asked he will tell you passion to serve his community has been fuelled by his father in law, Willie A. Haselrig, who was the 2003 Walker County Citizen of the Year recipient. Both of these great men fully believe in serving the Walker County Community wholeheartedly. Not only is Mr. Harrison an outstanding citizen and wonderful asset to Walker County he is also a wonderful husband, father of two boys and grandfather of one grandson, and has another grandson on the way. Mr. Harrison has a very strong community spirit and has contributed his time and talents to making a difference in Walker County. For more information on the Walker County Chamber of Commerce please visit www.walkercochamber.com or contact the Chamber at 706-375-7702.