Cham­ber mem­bers join to­gether for 2019 break­fast

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Num­bers of par­tic­i­pants in the Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce grew as they all cel­e­brated to­gether and drew the win­ner of a $1,000 prize dur­ing their an­nual mem­ber­ship ap­pre­ci­a­tion break­fast.

It turns out that April Welch, who just fin­ished a stint help­ing out with the Cham­ber and the Development Author­ity of Polk County and just moved to take a new job, had the win­ning ticket for the Hol­i­day gift card draw­ing.

Welch moved to New­nan to take on Dean of Stu­dents at West Ge­or­gia Tech­ni­cal Col­lege in past weeks, and wasn’t present for last week’s draw­ing. Cham­ber Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Blair El­rod said af­ter­ward that Welch would be thrilled to have the prize and the funds to “pay her al­ready promised to use tithes at church.”

Last Wed­nes­day’s an­nual meeting also marked a chang­ing of the guard for 2019, as Deb­bie Ross came on as the new board chair and re­placed El­iz­a­beth Walls, who served in the role in 2018.

Ross said to Cham­ber mem­bers dur­ing the break­fast she looked for­ward to the chal­lenge of adding to the roles in the year to come along with pre­par­ing for the 42nd an­nual Home­spun Fes­ti­val and much more.

El­rod added in her ad­dress to the gath­ered Cham­ber mem­bers that her goal was to find ad­di­tional value propo­si­tions for those who are part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2019.

“We here at the cham­ber hold our an­nual break­fast as a way to cel­e­brate

our mem­bers,” El­rod said. “Small busi­ness is the back­bone of our county and we are proud that each of them has cho­sen Polk County for their busi­ness to call home.”

El­rod was able to an­nounce dur­ing her re­marks that Cham­ber mem­ber­ship grew in 2019 to more than 280 mem­bers, with only three busi­nesses that dropped out and only due to their clo­sure in the past year.

The Cham­ber also heard from Busi­ness Development com­mit­tee chair Zach Thomas, Work­force Development and Ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee chair Katie Thomas, and Janet Ross, the chair of the Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs com­mit­tee.

Cham­ber mem­bers also wel­comed new board mem­bers in 2019 and in­clude Polk County Stan­dard Jour­nal Ed­i­tor Kevin Myrick, Cedar­town First United Methodist Church Pas­tor Rev­erend Mike Broome and Daniel Bevels, who heads up pub­lic re­la­tions for Polk Medical Cen­ter, Anna Vaa­gen of South Mar­ble Cof­fee Shop and Vic­to­ria Ray­mond of H&R Block of Cedar­town and Rock­mart.

/ Kevin Myrick

Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Blair El­rod and 2019 Cham­ber Board Chair Deb­bie Ross drew the name of the win­ner for the $1,000 grand prize for the Hol­i­day Gift Card pro­gram that ran through midJan­uary. The win­ner was April Welch.

/ Kevin Myrick

2019 Cham­ber Board Chair Deb­bie Ross spoke to mem­bers dur­ing the an­nual Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Break­fast on Jan. 16.

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