Chamber plans annual meeting

The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 16 and with it the group will honor outstanding members of the community as well as hold a new officer induction.

“This is our chance to celebrate our chamber members,” said Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce President Myra Cook. “We are very happy to have them.”

The event, to be held in downtown Elkin at The Liberty, 222 E. Main St., is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with time for socializing and dining, as well as an honoring of the outgoing YVCC Chair Steve Owings. According to chamber members, Owings has been an essential part of the chamber and they feel glad to honor his service.

Next the evening will feature speaker Will Collins, assistant secretary of North Carolina Commerce for Workforce and vice president of North Carolina Community Colleges for Workforce. According to his biography, Collins has more than 30 years’ experience in human resources and economic development, as well as experience in the private sector.

Collins also has served on boards for the Durham Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Japan Center, as well as the North Carolina Community College System State Board of Directors and the Durham Workforce Development Board. Collins is a native of Madison and graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in personnel management.

Once the speaker concludes, the induction and award ceremony will begin at about 7:15 p.m., allowing members to give a brief thank you for their award before the evening concludes at 8 p.m.

Awards to be presented include those named for businesses and members who left an impact on the community during their lifetime.

The first award to be presented includes the Johnsie Hudspeth Volunteer of the Year Award that recognizes a member who has donated their time and energy to the betterment of the community.

The next recognition will go to a member who helps foster a culture of citizenship and service and acts as a catalyst for others to become involved in civic activities. This award is known as the Duke Energy Award.

The Rebel Good award and Web Smalling award also will be given to those who offer superior work promoting the Yadkin Valley as a tourist destination and those who make a difference in the community through their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others.

Other awards include Education Excellence, Community Beautification, Member of the Year and Ambassador of the Year awards.

The annual meeting held by the chamber offers a networking opportunity for those in the community who want to advance their business or build better connections. According to office manager Misty Matthews, the event has sparked several leads for business owners simply by having the chance to socialize with those in the community who could be looking for the services yet not having the chance to connect until the meeting.

“It’s also a great chance to get reacquainted with each other,” said Matthews, who explains that throughout the busy year members can often lose touch with one another.

The event is open to the public with tickets being sold for $40. The evening will include dinner, two complimentary adult beverages and music courtesy of Dirtroad Entertainment.

For more information, contact the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce at 336-526-1111.

Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.

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