Oconee Chamber
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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

Posted on December 17th, 2015

This morning we had our Annual Holiday Coffee hosted by BankSouth! We look forward to this coffee all year long! BankSouth does such a fabulous job!  
The food was delicious! Biscuits from Stricklands, pastries from KiKi's Bakery, fresh fruit, coffee and a delicious punch!
They had some great door prizes! Congrats to all the lucky winners!
And some great giveaways! Love the homemade hot chocolate mix and spiced tea they make! 
Santa even made an appearance!!
Also the Business of the 4th Quarter was awarded to Golden Pantry! Brian Griffith of Golden Pantry was there to accept the award! Congratulations!
A big thanks to BankSouth and all that attended the Coffee! It was really a great morning! And thanks to all of you who brought a non-perishable to donate to ACTS Food Pantry.

Posted on October 6th, 2015

​October started off on a great note with the After Hours being hosted by Southeast Restoration Group! They did a fabulous job!
​The food was delicious, the decorations where amazing and the company was even better.
​We had a great group of people come out! Thank you to all of you who attended. 
​Chasity Burroughs, Business Development, spoke to us about Southeast Restoration and what they do and what they stand for, we were able to watch a great video as well!
​ And Southeast Restoration provided some wonderful door prizes! Congrats to those winners.
​Again, thank you to Chasity and her Southeast Restoration team on such a wonderful event!!

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

​A big thank you to Dominick’s for hosting our Network Lunch last week! Dominick’s did an amazing job as always! ​The food was absolutely delicious. 
​We were at capacity, which is always great! 
​St. Mary’s, one of our Gold Corporate Sponsors, had the chance to spotlight themselves and we got to hear from DeeDee Gaines and Ashley Cown.  Ashley is a nurse at St. Mary’s and she regaled us with a very touching story of her work there. Thank you to Ashley & DeeDee.  
​Business of the Quarter was awarded, thank you to Mack Guest of LAD Records Management for presenting Ashford Manor with their award! Rachel Huntoon was there to accept Ashford Manor's award.
A good time was had by all, thanks to all that attended!

Posted on August 10th, 2015

​This month’s After Hours was one for the books! Thanks so much to Ashford Manor for such a fun event. 
​There was delicious food provided by Chops & Hops and Mirko! Also some good old fashioned RC Cola and moon pies.  Mario and Dave made some Mint Juleps that were to die for! 
​Ashford Manor had a special treat in store for Chamber Members, they purposefully did not book any of their rooms so we could tour the grounds and the house.  If you have not been inside Ashford Manor you definitely need to book a room for the night! The rooms are all so different and beautifully decorated, each with it’s own theme!
​Besides some awesome door prizes to give away there was also an Instagram Scavenger Hunt, which kept our members very entertained! And boy did we have a turnout of members!! Thank you so much to Dave, Mario and Rachel for hosting such a fabulous event!
​The Instagram contest had a dead tie for the winning slot so Ashford Manor will be awarding 2 overnight stays: one for Sean Bailey (Thomas Eye Center) & Stephanie Shiver (Alumni Hall). A very close 2nd place was Christine Tucker (3 Tree Realty) so she will receive a $25 and 2 concert tickets and the Special Recognition awards of $25 gift certificates will go to:  Rami El Jourby (Athens Micro) for Best Selfie and Jason Power (LogoSurfing) for Most Creative. The Photo Contest Winner was Christina Holloway to receive a complimentary 1 night stay. Special Recognition $25 gift certificate prizes, and two complimentary Labor Day Concert Tickets  will go to Maggie Hancock and Kimberly Roberts (Epting Events).

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