Chamber members attend annual dinner; smiles of confidence

Friday, December 9, 2011

After attending the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Annual December Business Meeting and Dinner, I decided to write a column rather than presenting a straight news report. The reason for the column is because I can add my opinion.

I believe the photos and captions on this page tell it all. Our chamber has made a significant change for the betterment of the businesses in Marshall County.

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors dining room was a perfect setting for the evening. The mixer sponsored by Michael Wealth Management before dinner could have gone on for another hour. The camaraderie was exceptional. To Russell's Catering: the meal was one of your finest.

The guest speaker, Deb Wooley, president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, brought us up to date on what's happening at the state level. Sherri Andrews was named Volunteer of the Year. Don and Julie Johnson from Allstar Trophy were recognized for the best decorated table. And, it was the first time I have ever won a door prize.

Eric Michael, chamber president for a second term, in a brief but meaningful message, told us about the chamber's direction. No longer will the chamber be a fund-raising organization to raise money as it was in the past. It will be an organization to help us, members and businesses in Marshall County. Eric, Greg Lowe and Mike Wiles, working together with their dreams, will make it happen in Marshall County. As reported elsewhere today, it may not happen as soon as some would like, but they do have ideas that will help us all grow in the future.

Michael also pointed out he feels we are in more of a confidence recession than an economic recession. We all need to join him in building confidence and thinking positive on what we have and how we can grow with what we do have.

If you missed attending the annual dinner this year, make your plans to attend next year. But don't wait until the next dinner to get involved, call Eric today and ask what you can do to be part of our changing Chamber. Chamber membership is not an expense to your budget. It's an investment in an organization that is on the right path.

Join today!

Jim Ward

General Manager, Marshall County Tribune