President’s Message

Bryan Dewberry, President, SWMCC

Happy Fall to all who see this message! Do not adjust your eyes, it is Bryan you are seeing and not Chris Black. Chris has reluctantly chosen to step down as board president for the remainder of his term due to professional and personal obligations. Let’s all wish him well in his future endeavors and definitely reach out to him to show your support and to get some expert IT help should the need arise.

That being said, we are continuing the business of the chamber seamlessly as our board of directors’ bench is strong and up to the task! We are heading into quite possibly the busiest season for the chamber and have a lot of exciting plans! We need your nominations for Citizen of the Year. Help us celebrate that outstanding person that is giving so much to our local community. Please see Tina to hand in your nominations and learn about criteria for nomination.

Our Thanksgiving food drive is beginning, and we need your help to succeed. Last year we gave out 225 full Thanksgiving meal kits to local deserving families in the local area. We partner with our local schoolteachers to identify the most in need of these blessings. Once identified, the teachers discretely put a voucher into the backpack of the child to give to the family. The family then comes to the community center to pick up their turkey with all the trimmings. We could not accomplish this fantastic feat without the support of all of our chamber partners. Evonik among others has led the cause year over year donating turkeys. Please see our newsletter and talk to our chamber staff to find out how you can participate!

Our T.A.L.L. student season is ramping up. We have selected 11 of the most outstanding high school seniors to represent your chamber. Aside from committing to hundreds of volunteer hours, they are also getting an in depth look at the local business and government community to learn more about what makes our part of the world work. From now until next spring take an opportunity to get to know our T.AL.L. students and learn more about the program.

Our gun raffle ticket sales continue. There are only 200 tickets, and you can be re-entered to win daily for a chance at a piece of outdoor gear or a gun sourced from Eddies Pawn on Government. The drawing begins November 1st and continues until the tenth so get your tickets now before they’re gone.

It’s never too early to think about Christmas! We are gearing up for our annual Christmas Parade and breakfast with Santa. We always need partners to join in the parade. Bring your float or unique conveyance to our parade locally attended by thousands of enthusiastic attendees from all over the county and beyond. It’s an excellent inexpensive way to promote your business as well as a lot of fun! Stay tuned to our newsletters or ask a diplomat, board member, or chamber staff for details.

On top of that we are going to continue with excellent speakers at our monthly luncheons, as well as provide great opportunities to network at our Coffee with the Chamber events.

In summary, there are no shortages of opportunities through the end of the year to participate and improve our community, have fun, and promote our businesses. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bryan Dewberry
President, Mission 1st Mortgage

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