Chamber of Commerce holds annual dinner
By Ivory Riner
The Chamber of Commerce hosted their yearly business meeting and dinner Monday night at Henry Horton State Park. Picker's Creek Winery offered wine tasting at the Meet and Greet, hosted by Michael Wealth Management, which started at 5:30 p.m. A gourmet dinner, prepared by the park's Governors Table Restaurant, was served at 6:30 p.m. The Praise Team Choir from Greater First Baptist Church was introduced by Chamber President Vicki Cain and sang gospel music while everyone fixed their plates.
After everyone ate, Cain introduced all of the Chamber board members, Miss Marshall County Hannah Haynes, and new board member Kathi Calahan. Kathi is married to Steve Calahan who is the director of the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency. She is the agency owner at Farmers Insurance and is a board member for the March of Dimes and a member of the Kiwanis Club.
Chamber members competed to have the best table decor and were judged before the dinner. Pam Davis with the City of Lewisburg took home the award with her beautiful table arrangement. Brenda Edwards with Heritage South took home the People's Choice Award for the best decorated table. Ritaanne Weaver, executive director of the Chamber, presented Cain with a gift for her extensive efforts and hard work serving as the president for an additional year in 2015, adding to her previous two. While handing her the gift, Weaver jokingly said, "Vicki doesn't like plaques!"
Cain replied, "When you have grandkids, they leave no room on the walls for plaques; they make sure of that."
Names were drawn for door prizes. Paula Thomas' name was drawn first. Lacy Hooten won a gift donated by Tina Lilly from the Marshall County Art Guild, Emily Gordon won a gift basket from the City of Lewisburg, Geraldine Gassaway won a wreath from CB&S Bank, Alice White won a gift from Marshall County Title and Escrow, Brenda Wolaver got a gift bag from the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association, Carol Williams won a framed picture from Victory Fun Park, Steve Cain won a web camera from the Marshall County Internet Service, and Nancy Moorehead won a gift basket filled with movies, candy, and pop corn from WAXO.
The night was ended with a moment of silence for local dentist Laray Rector who was killed in a bicycle accident that morning.