June 2008 Newsletter

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Swainsboro/Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
June 2008

Great things happening in Emanuel County
  • Are you in the Chamber Directory?
  • Chamber to offer "2008 Leadership Emanuel"
  • Canoochee Daylily Festival set for June 7th!
  • First Annual "Ultimate Yard Sale" is set for June 7th
  • Business after Hours date is set, cash continues to grow!
  • Congratulations, Jessica Stephens!
  • Pine Tree Festival & Southeast Timber Expo a huge success!
  • Chamber is seeking assistant
  • Congratulations Dr. Massa

  • Chamber to offer "2008 Leadership Emanuel"

    With a $5,000 grant awarded by The University of Georgia's Fanning Institute, the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce will offer the Institute's renowned leadership program this fall.

    The program, entitled "2008 Leadership Emanuel," will consist of ten topics offered on Tuesday nights from September 2 through November 4. The class times will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Fanning Institute instructors, along with local leaders, will facilitate the courses and program.

    The goal of the program is to create a new level of leadership in Emanuel County. The program goals are focused on economic development with session topics on understanding community leadership; knowing your community, community leader's role in economic development and local governance. The class will be limited to 20-22 applicants for maximum discussion and input.

    An applicant must be nominated, then selected to participate by the board of directors of "2008 Leadership Emanuel." Applications are currently available at the Chamber. A deadline of Thursday, July 24, has been set for receiving all applications. The cost for each applicant is $60 and covers the cost of printed materials. An orientation session will be held Thursday, August 21, at 6:15 p.m.

    The classes will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd, with a kickoff meal and overview of the program.

    Topics are as follows: Tuesday, September 9--"Understanding Leadership: How Does it Work?" Tuesday, September 16-- "Emanuel County Socio- Demographics, a Quick Study of Emanuel's Statistical Data" Tuesday, September 23-- "Communicating Effectively" Tuesday, September 30--"Making Group Decisions" Tuesday, October 7--"Building Communities through Collaboration" Tuesday, October 14--"Leading Community Change" Tuesday, October 21--"Understanding Local Governments" Tuesday, October 28--"A Community Leader's Role in Economic Development" Tuesday, November 4--"Wrap-Up and Graduation"

    In addition to the Chamber, members of the collaborating organizations who are sponsoring the leadership program are Emanuel County Board of Commissioners, City of Swainsboro, Emanuel County Board of Education, Swainsboro/Emanuel County Joint Development Authorities, East Georgia College, Swainsboro Technical College and Emanuel County Extension Service.

    Serving on the Board of Directors for "2008 Leadership Emanuel" are Elizabeth W. Gilmer, Claire Donaldson, Desse Davis, Butch Frye, Kenny Griffin, Ken Warnock, Mark Crosley, Wade Johnson, Bobbie Collins, Andy Riley, Valerie Watkins and Bill Rogers Jr.

    For more information or to receive an application, visit the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce at 102 South Main Street or call 478-237- 6426.

    Canoochee Daylily Festival set for June 7th!

    Featured in this month's edition of Southern Living, the Canoochee Daylily Festival is growing in size and reputation. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    This year's event will include a bass fishing tournament, 4-H performers, the Canoochee Volunteer Fire Department's chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Daylily auction at 2:30, and a hourseshoe tournament at 3:30 p.m. and much more.

    The Rhett Blount/Blake Marsh band will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Don't miss out on seeing the spectacular daylilies on this great day of fun. For more information, call Michele Turner at 237-5219.

    First Annual "Ultimate Yard Sale" is set for June 7th

    The Swainsboro Downtown Development Authority has announced plans to host an "Ultimate Yard Sale" in downtown Swainsboro. All citizens of Emanuel County are invited to participate by bringing their yard sale items on June 7th to any of three locations: Downtown Square, Roger Shaw Street or the Boneyard.

    The event will begin at 7 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis. Spots are limited to 10x10, so get there early. Bring your own tables and chairs. For more information contact Anthony Faris, Director, at 478-299- 1485

    Business after Hours date is set, cash continues to grow!

    Swainsboro Raceway will host the Chamber's Business after Hours on Thursday, June 19th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Raceway, located just off Hwy 56 North.

    According to Paul Purvis and Steve Howell many changes and improvements have been made to the facility, so you'll not want to miss this event. Refreshments will be served.

    In addition, "Business after Hours Cash Drawing" continues to grow. There was no winner at the last event, so the amount increases to $325. You must be present to win!

    Congratulations, Jessica Stephens!

    Kudos must go to Jessica Stephens, who was featured in the Technical College System of Georgia Magazine, 2008 Spring & Summer edition.

    The full page article highlights the young lady's efforts to become a cosmetologist and pays tribute to Swainsboro Technical College's cosmetology program.

    Jessica is currently a stylist at Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio; a former graduate of Swainsboro High; has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University, and now a cosmetology diploma from Swainsboro Tech. Congratulations Jessica!

    Pine Tree Festival & Southeast Timber Expo a huge success!

    Final figures are not in, but it appears this year Pine Tree Festival & Southeast Timber Expo was a great success. Comments have been highly favorable on both the parade and the Expo. The parade was one of the largest ever, with over 80 entries and lasting over one hour.

    Ticket sales at the Southeast Timber Expo were near 6,700 people when school participation was added in. Figures for parade attendance were estimated in similar range also.

    Mentioned most frequently were the Lumber Jack Show, the aerobatic plane and the Civil War Reenactment Camp.

    "Many folks need to be thanked for the time and energy devoted to this year's event. Without the help of the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Recreation Department, OMI, the City and County, our festival would not have succeeded," stated Athen Walden and Clay Hall, chairpersons of the Festival.

    Serving on the board of directors for the 2008 Pine Tree Festival & Southeast Timber Expo were Athen Walden, Clay Hall, Carol Yeomans, George Elder, Doug Chassereau, Danny Palmer, Rodney Kellum, Milton Gray, Charles Schwabe, Mack Griffin, Al Lawson, John Black, Jack Bareford, Daisy Reeves, Charles Brewer, James Canady, Frank Denmark, Gloria Mason, Bobbie Daughtry, Johnny Payne, Larry Calhoun, Ken Warnock, Anthony Farris, Bob Losser, Bill Breedlove, Chris Griner, Caroline Harless, Adriance Galloway, Mary Smith, Sonny Stephens, Jolly Martin, Pam Akridge, and Bill Rogers Jr.

    The board is already discussing plans for the 2009 Festival.

    Chamber is seeking assistant

    The Swainsboro/Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce & the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Development Authorities are currently accepting applications for the position of "assistant." The full- time position is expected to be filled by July 1, 2008.

    The position requires the ability to work closely with the chamber's membership, other organizations, city and county representatives and community visitors. The position requires the knowledge, skill and ability to perform basic computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Publisher. The job also requires the ability to learn other software programs related to chamber membership. The successful candidate must possess good verbal skills, written and organizational skills, time management abilities, positive social skills and be a detail-oriented self starter, able to multi-task and be reliable. The Chamber/Development Authorities offer highly competitive pay and a benefit package which includes annual leave, sick leave, and paid holidays. Applications are available at the Chamber or mail resume to 102 South Main Street, Swainsboro, Ga. 30401.

    Congratulations Dr. Massa

    Dr. Daniel Massa, a nationally board-certified chiropractor, has opened his new practice in Swainsboro. Emanuel County Clinic is located in the Professional Building at 120 Jackson Street across from Georgia Power and Credit Guard.

    Dr. Massa, a native of New Jersey, has lived in Kennesaw, GA for the past 20 years. Having attended Life University in Marietta, GA, he received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, completing with honors a four- year intensive postgraduate program of study in chiropractic. He is licensed in 5 states and has an additional certification with the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association in pediatric training.

    On Friday May 30, a number of local chamber members and dignitaries welcomed him during ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

    Are you in the Chamber Directory?

    The 2008-2009 Chamber of Commerce "Membership Directory" will soon be going to press. The organization's staff has been updating membership information and other important data that will appear in this year's booklet.

    Each year, the Membership Directory is made available to every chamber member as a member benefit. In addition, whenever a request for information is received, the Membership Directory is mailed along with other pertinent information.

    To be included in the directory, membership fee must be paid!

    May 2008 Chamber Member Renewals

    Credit Guard of Georgia
    District Attorney, Middle Judicial Circuit
    Jordan Estates
    Meadows Sleep Center at Swainsboro
    Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio & Salon
    Mosley's Funeral Home
    Verizon Wireless

    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, June 7th - 7:00 a.m. - Ultimate Yard Sale, Downtown Swainsboro

    Saturday, June 7th - 10:00 a.m. - Canoochee Daylily Festival

    Tuesday, June 10th - 9:30 a.m. - Chamber Executive Board Meeting

    Wednesday, June 11th - Noon - Industry Appreciation Day at American Steel

    Thursday, June 12th - Noon - Chamber Board of Directors Meeting

    Thursday, June 19th - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Business After Hours at Swainsboro Raceway

    Tuesday, June 24th - 4:00 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting at Emanuel Janitorial

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