Make an Impact in 2018

January 31, 2018

DSC06363January 25, the Chamber celebrated its 39th Annual Meeting at the Oxford Civic Center with more than 250 members and representatives in attendance. At the Annual Meeting, each year, we celebrate the many successes of the past year and preview our plan of action for the coming year, as we swear in the new Board of Directors and announce the Chairman’s Cup Recipient and Ambassador of the Year.

DSC06422The Ambassador program consists of enthusiastic volunteers from the Chamber membership who donate their time to help build member commitment and raise community awareness of Chamber activities and benefits; mastering in Recruitment, Retention, and Referrals. Through their active role and participation in ribbon cuttings, ground breakings and events, the Chamber is able to better serve our membership. Some Ambassadors go above and beyond what is expected, well representing their business and the Chamber in the community.

This year’s Ambassador of the Year was Ken Barrett of Washin’ Coin Laundry. Ken has stepped up this year as the Ambassador Chair and continues to do all that is needed for our Ambassador program to grow and succeed.

Each Year, the Brenda Dozier Hollis Chairman’s Cup is awarded to recipients for their efforts, contributions and dedication to the Chamber and our communities. Brenda was dedicated to this Chamber and served as an advocate for getting new leaders and younger people involved with the Chamber. These honorees have worked tirelessly to grow the Chamber to truly represent and engage our business community and region.


In 2016, when the Chamber was launching its Military & Security Affairs Committee, we knew the importance of having a business co-chair representative and a co-chair with military experience leading the charge and engaging participation to ensure the retention and growth of our military, federal civilian and homeland defense forces in the area. Col. Joel Denney was a natural fit to help lead this initiative, orchestrate activities and events, develop strategies and programs and encourage community participation to protect our Military & Security organizations, jobs and our economy in the face of government downsizing and restructuring. Joel was a dedicated servant for this chamber and this great community.

This year, the Chamber was honored to present Joel’s wife Nancy and his children Jace and Jenny with Joel’s Chairman’s Cup. Thank you and your family for your contributions to this community.

DSC06426Our 2018 Chair Rod Nowlin closed the event with these words:

“In closing, whether you are passionate about education, interested in business & organizational development, or attentive to political affairs, the Chamber has opportunities for you, as a business and individual, to make an impact. So, I challenge you here today to make a new resolution, seeking ways you and your staff can engage more in the Chamber in 2018. Then together, we will fulfill our mission, which is to Promote and sustain the economic growth of the Calhoun County Region, resulting in a community that is a dynamic place to work, visit and live.”


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