December 1, 2020

Chamber Hosts 46th Annual Dinner

Pictured above is Noel Forrester with “2011 Volunteer of the Year” Award Winners Sherry Williams and Diane McClearen along with Kathy Knowles.

(Courtesy of the Times~Journal)

The Heard County Chamber of Commerce held their 46th Annual Dinner on Friday, January 27, 2011 in the Heard County Middle School Cafeteria. Noel Forrester, 2009 – 2010 Chairman of the Chamber welcomed everyone and thank the large crowd for attending, followed by Rev. Grady Woodruff giving the invocation.

Little Hawaiian of Carrollton, Georgia served a wonderful meal consisting of Top Sirloin with Horsey Cream and Teriyaki Onion, Florida Rock Shrimp & Grits, Green Beans, Squash Casserole, Skillet Potatoes, Rolls and choice of several fabulous desserts.

Chairman Forrester announced the Volunteer of the Year Awards as Sherry Williams of Franklin Housing Authority and Diane McClearen of Oglethorpe Power who both received honors for their hard work and dedication.

Pictured above is Chairman Noel Forrester with Tracy Robinson and Diane McClearen, representatives of the “2011 Business of the Year” Award Winner, Oglethorpe Power, along with Executive Director Kathy Knowles.

Next, Forrester announced Oglethorpe Power as the “2011 Business of the Year” because of their enormous generosity and service to the Heard County Community.

Executive Director of the Chamber, Kathy Knowles,  spoke on the accomplishments and goals that were reached in the 2011 Chamber Year.

Knowles also thanked all the board members for their many hours of volunteer service. Board Members include Noel Forrester – Chair, Gail Long – Vice Chair, Lisa Dennis – Admin. Assistant, Nikki Barnes, Kevin Hannah, Kevin Hayes, Keri Denney, June Jackson, James Kingston and Frances Oubre.

Knowles introduced Emmett Harrod, Chairman of the Development Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Harrod stated that the Mission of the Development Authority of Heard County is to facilitate industrial, commercial, and service development opportunities for Heard County.

He also announced the 2011 Accomplishments: Completion of Downtown Streetscape Project Phase II, Assisted in site selection and development of Plasti-Paint Project (PPI), and actively sought and received alternative funding sources for Various Projects of Water Tank in industrial Park and Expansion of Industrial Park Road.

He thanked all the 2011 – 2012 Development Authority Board of Directors consisting of Morris Long – Vice-Chairman, Judy Miller – Secretary, Charles E. Stephens – Treasurer,  Charles “Skip” Jones, Grady Woodruff, Mark Adams, Leighton Alston, and Julie Pope – Executive Director.

Entertainment was provided by the Heard High Chorus & Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble performed during registration and dinner. The Chorus performed Broadway tunes, including Grease, High School Musical and other arrangements. Special thanks to Don and Nancy Heard for their hard work.

Tickets were drawn for the mountain of door prizes that were presented, and many went home with gift-certificates, handy gadgets, appliances, gift-baskets and two new 40-inch flat screen TVs.

Heard High School Chorus

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