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49th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet

posted Mar 5, 2014, 12:18 PM by Bonnie Hulett

The 49th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held February 25th at First Baptist Church.   After a brief business meeting to elect the 2014 officers and directors, Pastor Brad Waters gave an inspirational speech highlighting events occurring in our community within the past few months.  Musical entertainment was provided by Alex Googe with a medley of Kenny G hits.  Showcase Publications, Inc. was the sponsor of the $100 cash door prize that was won by Weda Fales.  Dr. Rob Brown introduced the STAR Student, Hallie Smith, and STAR Teacher, Lucy Ussery, and presented each with a certificate.   Members of the Hazlehurst Downtown Development Authority, Lorene Adams, Lera Bennett, Natasha Bennett, Ethelyn Creech, Cole Harrison, Geraldine Que, and Pat Swinson were recognized as the 2013 Citizen of the Year, and Sallie Ursrey presented them with a plaque to be displayed in the City Hall.  A quote by Henry Ford was engraved on the plaque, “Coming together is a Beginning; Keeping together is Progress; Working together is Success.”   Outgoing Chamber President, Vickie Bateman, was given a plaque for outstanding leadership over the past two years, and the gavel was passed to Patricia Wilkes.  Chamber Officers and Directors want to especially thank 2 Brothers Catering for the delicious dinner, Lynn Teate of Flowers by Lynn for decorations, Lera Bennett for assisting with decorating the dining room, and Jerry Evans of First Baptist Church for helping set-up dining room and providing sound for the evening.