Chamber holds first January annual meeting


By Wendy Byerly Wood - wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com



N.C. Representative Kyle Hall, left, and Myra Cook, president of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, have their picture taken by Mike Bovender during the recent annual meeting of the chamber.


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Fred Eidson, center, visits with Riverview Holdings employees, from left, Anita Darnell, Michael Wilson, Teresa Norman and Matt Delano during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at the Barn at Heritage Farm.


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John Jonczak, left, owner of The Barn at Heritage Farm in Dobson, talks with David Steelman, executive director of the Yadkin Valley United Fund, during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting at Jonczak's event venue.


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Dale Badgett, chairman of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, addresses those gathered for the chamber’s annual meeting last week.


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Mike Bovender and Kevin Carter with Dirtroad Entertainment provide musical entertainment for the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting.


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Thomas Eidson, left, and Chris Holthouser visit during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting.


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Christine Mason, right, talks with Cavu Marketing's Brittany Rogers, left, and Brittany Russell at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.


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Jeff Eison of G&B Energy and Paul Hammes with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital visit during the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.


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Randy Bledsoe, left, Dennis Sawyers, center, and Marion Venable share a conversation at The Barn at Heritage Farm during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting last week.


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Jim Douthit, left, talks with Shannon and Dennis Lazar at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.


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Clark Hockenbury and Debbie Simpson have a conversation last week at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.


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Angel Haynes with WorkForce Unlimited and Jerry Stroud with Duke Energy catch up at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.


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Joe Hicks, left, and Doug and Hannah Holyfield mingle during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting at The Barn at Heritage Farm.


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Brian Wright of the Better Business Bureau poses for a fun picture at the Person of the Year photo booth during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting last week.


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The annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce was a little different this year, since the chamber board decided to adjust the fiscal calendar year. The Jan. 16 event at The Barn at Heritage Farm was less formal and used as more of a networking and social gathering.

During the chamber’s July 2017 annual meeting, newly inducted chairman of the board, Dale Badgett, announced the change from a July-to-June calendar to a January-to-December calendar. Since awards were presented at the July meeting and changes to the board of directors won’t be made until January 2019, this first January annual meeting was used as a social and networking event.

Tables were available for those who wanted to sit and enjoy BBQ and chicken from Putters Patio and Grill in Dobson, and drinks of tea and water, Round Peak Vineyards’ wines and Skull Camp Brewery’s offerings were available. Dirtroad Entertainment provided music for the night.

Badgett took a short few minutes to thank everyone for attending and “for what you do for the Yadkin Valley every day.”

With no date set yet, Badget reminded the membership that the chamber offices will be moving into the new Heritage Center in the spring. “We will be the manager, I guess is the best way to put it, of the activities going on there, and we’re excited about that,” he said.

He also noted a growing partnership between the chamber and the Explore Elkin initiative.

“It’s an exciting time in the Yadkin Valley, in Jonesville and Elkin and Dobson,” he said.

David Steelman, executive director of the Yadkin Valley United Fund, also was given the floor for just a few minutes to update those gathered about the fund’s annual campaign and make a push for donations toward meeting its $200,000 goal. As of the Jan. 16 gather, the fund was at $186,000, with one of its major contributors cutting down $20,000 because it send funding to national tragedies in Texas and other locations.

Badgett ended his short speech thanking Myra Cook, president of the chamber, and Misty Matthews, office manager, for putting the event together.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

N.C. Representative Kyle Hall, left, and Myra Cook, president of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, have their picture taken by Mike Bovender during the recent annual meeting of the chamber.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-1-formatted.jpgN.C. Representative Kyle Hall, left, and Myra Cook, president of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, have their picture taken by Mike Bovender during the recent annual meeting of the chamber.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Fred Eidson, center, visits with Riverview Holdings employees, from left, Anita Darnell, Michael Wilson, Teresa Norman and Matt Delano during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at the Barn at Heritage Farm.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-2-formatted.jpgFred Eidson, center, visits with Riverview Holdings employees, from left, Anita Darnell, Michael Wilson, Teresa Norman and Matt Delano during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at the Barn at Heritage Farm. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

John Jonczak, left, owner of The Barn at Heritage Farm in Dobson, talks with David Steelman, executive director of the Yadkin Valley United Fund, during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at Jonczak’s event venue.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-3-formatted.jpgJohn Jonczak, left, owner of The Barn at Heritage Farm in Dobson, talks with David Steelman, executive director of the Yadkin Valley United Fund, during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at Jonczak’s event venue.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Dale Badgett, chairman of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, addresses those gathered for the chamber’s annual meeting last week.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-4-formatted.jpgDale Badgett, chairman of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, addresses those gathered for the chamber’s annual meeting last week. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Mike Bovender and Kevin Carter with Dirtroad Entertainment provide musical entertainment for the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-5-formatted.jpgMike Bovender and Kevin Carter with Dirtroad Entertainment provide musical entertainment for the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Thomas Eidson, left, and Chris Holthouser visit during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-6-formatted.jpgThomas Eidson, left, and Chris Holthouser visit during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Christine Mason, right, talks with Cavu Marketing’s Brittany Rogers, left, and Brittany Russell at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-7-formatted.jpgChristine Mason, right, talks with Cavu Marketing’s Brittany Rogers, left, and Brittany Russell at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Jeff Eison of G&B Energy and Paul Hammes with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital visit during the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-8-formatted.jpgJeff Eison of G&B Energy and Paul Hammes with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital visit during the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Randy Bledsoe, left, Dennis Sawyers, center, and Marion Venable share a conversation at The Barn at Heritage Farm during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting last week.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-9-formatted.jpgRandy Bledsoe, left, Dennis Sawyers, center, and Marion Venable share a conversation at The Barn at Heritage Farm during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting last week.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Jim Douthit, left, talks with Shannon and Dennis Lazar at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-10-formatted.jpgJim Douthit, left, talks with Shannon and Dennis Lazar at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Clark Hockenbury and Debbie Simpson have a conversation last week at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-11-formatted.jpgClark Hockenbury and Debbie Simpson have a conversation last week at the annual meeting of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Angel Haynes with WorkForce Unlimited and Jerry Stroud with Duke Energy catch up at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-12-formatted.jpgAngel Haynes with WorkForce Unlimited and Jerry Stroud with Duke Energy catch up at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Joe Hicks, left, and Doug and Hannah Holyfield mingle during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at The Barn at Heritage Farm.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-13-formatted.jpgJoe Hicks, left, and Doug and Hannah Holyfield mingle during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at The Barn at Heritage Farm.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Brian Wright of the Better Business Bureau poses for a fun picture at the Person of the Year photo booth during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting last week.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_chamber-14-formatted.jpgBrian Wright of the Better Business Bureau poses for a fun picture at the Person of the Year photo booth during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting last week. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

By Wendy Byerly Wood

wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com

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