Oconee Chamber
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Annual Meeting
Posted on January 27th, 2016

​The Oconee Chamber held its Annual Dinner & Meeting on Thursday, January 21st. This popular event was a fast sellout and those who attended were delighted by a change in the format of our program.  The event was a celebration of the success of Oconee Chamber and its members for 2015!
​The evening began with guests being seated in the Theatre for the awards presentations. Walton EMC was the sponsor for our award ceremony, and Cindy Haddon with Walton EMC was emcee for the evening. 
James F. McClain, Jr. Leadership Award was presented to Tony McCullers.
Sharon Johnson Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Rosemarie Newman.
Chamber Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Candice Meeler.
Ambassador of the Year award was presented to Jonathan King.
Larry Risse Agribusiness of they Year award was presented to Charles Osborn.
Business of the Year award was presented to Chops & Hops.
Outstanding New Farmer of the Year award was presented to Justin Daniel of Lazy J Farm.
Women in Business Diamond Award was presented to Sunita Singh.
We also recognized our Outgoing Board Members as well as our Committee Chairs!
Outgoing Board Members:  Eric Skipper, Nathan Bartlett, Ned Butler, Jonathan Schwartz, Sunita Singh.
​Special tribute was paid to our former president, Charles Grimes, who passed away a few weeks ago. David Williams, a long time chamber volunteer and past Chairman of the Board, gave a moving tribute of his good friend, Charles. 
​David Williams was asked to stay on the stage after his tribute where he was given the J. Lloyd Burrell Honorary Lifetime Member Award for his service and dedication to the Oconee Chamber of Commerce for almost 40 years. The most special honor of the evening was also given to David Williams. The downstairs meeting rooms of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce will be dedicated and renamed The David Williams Development Center.  
​After the awards, guests were invited to the ballroom for a dinner prepared by Epting Events which showcased Southern Comfort foods from various stations set up around the room while also enjoying music played by the Hobohemians. 
​We would like to thank our sponsors for their support of our Annual Dinner & Meeting. Awards Ceremony Sponsor, Walton EMC; Entertainment Sponsor, University of North Georgia; Coffee & Dessert Sponsors, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, The Oconee Leader, and The University of Georgia. The centerpieces were created by Bud & Bloom, and Cofer’s Home & Garden provided the plants for our award ceremony.
Congratulations to all award winners and, thank you to our sponsors for the evening. 
​Photos Courtesy of Blane Marable Photography

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