Although COVID concerns led to the cancellation of the Annual Meeting of Metter-Candler Chamber of Commerce, Chamber directors were updated on the organization’s 2020 activities during a virtual meeting held last week.
Highlights of the Chamber’s activities in 2020 included the awarding of $40,000 in Small Business COVID Relief Grants, as well as $6800 in CandlerCash purchases. The CandlerCash program ensures that money stays in Candler County and is spent with local businesses.
Additionally, the Chamber assisted with eight ribbon cuttings and welcomed 22 new members. There were 19 members who enrolled in the Chamber’s investor levels.
In addition to Pop-Up Shop events, the Chamber coordinated and hosted the 2020 Pajamarama, a revival of a 1980’s holiday celebration and organized the 2020 Christmas Parade. The Chamber sponsored the 2020 November Shop Local Campaign and unveiled the new 2020-21 Chamber Magazine.
During the closure of school and COVID quarantines, the Chamber hosted a Teddy Bear hunt campaign. Additionally, 21 Youth Leadership students were graduated in the spring of 2020 and a new class was inducted this fall.
During the meeting, retiring directors Bryan Aasheim, Heather Wommack, Sara Mendoza and Kathy Dixon were recognized and incoming directors were welcomed. New directors include Mandi Carter of Metter Advertiser; Deputy Adrian Montealvo with Candler County Sheriff’s Office; Bronson Bragdon of Excelsior EMC; and Tiffany Youngblood of Hulsey, Tootle & Harrison.
Retiring Chamber Chairman Jason Grimes offered his comments as the gavel was turned over to incoming Chairman Alex Spivey.
“What an honor it has been to serve these last two years as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce,” Grimes said. “I love serving our community.
“The chamber takes on a special role because we not only serve our members, we serve our community as a whole. When you invest in the chamber, you’re not only promoting your business, you’re helping out the entire community.
“You don’t have to have a business to be a member of the Chamber. Any individual can join as well because that all goes back to support the community as a whole.”
“I am very excited to serve as your 2021-2022 Chairman of the Metter-Candler Chamber of Commerce,” said Spivey. “It is an honor to serve our community in this capacity. I am looking forward to working with the board of directors, executive director and members to continue making Everything Better in Metter.”
Note: Video of the Virtual Chamber Annual Meeting can be viewed on the Chamber’s Facebook page.