Staff photo by Tommy Wilson
From left: Quinton Wallace, Mitch Millsaps, Paul Willson and Jerry Sloan chat at the Chamber of
Commerce membership breakfast in Madisonville Thursday.
|Published: 4:16 PM, 01/28/2013
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-A record crowd turned out
for the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast held
at Donna's Cafe in Madisonville.
In his opening remarks, Chamber
President Joe Tolson, shared with the crowed room, the growth of the
Chamber in relation to membership and in events presented for 2012.
Among those were the Chamber member sponsored "After-Hours" and the meet and greet sessions at the Chamber offices and at local
businesses. He also mentioned the awards banquet and silent auction
held in March, the Annual Women's Expo, the Annual Chamber Golf
Tournament, the Taste of Monroe was added to the list.
Tolson went on to praise the Chamber
Diplomat program and the work Chairpwoma Cheryl Bressler and members
of that organization do to assist with Chamber events. Leadership
Monroe is another program Tolson encouraged the members to
participate in. The program is more than 20 years old and is still
going strong giving participants a up close view of public works,
industry, retail business, and history of Monroe County.
Outgoing Chairman of the Chamber Board
Mitch Millsaps thanked the members for the opportunity to serve and
praised the Chamber staff for the hard work they put into making the
organization a success. Millsaps served a term and a half (16 months) after the former chair had to resign in the middle of his term.
Millsaps then turned the gavel over to
incoming Chairman Tommy Wilson, publisher of The Monroe County
Advocate & Democrat.
Wilson also praised the staff and the
cooperation they have between the different agencies in the county
""The Chamber is often asked what it does for the
members. It is like we often tell our children, we get out of it what
we put into it. Just the networking opportunities provided by the
Chamber are so valuable to operating a business in this county. We
can't always visit with the County Mayor's office, the Tourism
office, the Economic Development office, and so on' but the Chamber
staff does meet with them and the staff can be your connection to
progress in those areas," Wilson said.
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