January 22, 2020

Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

Pictured above (L-R) are Heard County Chamber President Renai Brock, Volunteer of the Year Terry Harper and Business of the Year Hometown Pizza & Subs’ owners
Janice Mattingly, Blaine Owbrey, Haley Mattingly and Steve Mattingly (Photo: Times-Journal)

(Franklin/Times-Journal) — On Friday, January 26 Heard County Chamber held their 52nd Annual Membership Dinner at 6:30 pm in the Heard County Middle School Gym on Old Field Road in Franklin.

The theme of the annual dinner was “Growing for Tomorrow.” Each table had a pine cone as a centerpiece to go with the theme.

“As a small community we are looking for ways to strengthen our economy, provide better quality of life, and build on our local assets. The Chamber believes that we can achieve our goals for growth while maintaining our rural character. That is what makes us different than other places,” said Chamber President, Renai Brock.

“That is why we chose a pine cone as our focal point. The pine cone is a symbol of growth. All the parts are there to create something amazing, but since it has not yet taken root, it is still purely potential! The Chamber is full of potential and with your continued support, we will begin to grow and thrive.”

Brock thanked everyone one for attending and for their support to the Chamber.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Bradley Down, Vice President of Cargill. In his message, he encouraged businesses to be the best at what you do, best in the county, best in the state and best in the nation. Bradley gave three main points to being the best you can be, “Dream big, work hard and love lots.”

Jimmy Adams, Chamber Board Chairman announced Mr. Terry Harper as Volunteer of the Year for 2017.

Adams stated, “Terry is always a friend to all who need help and demonstrates love in everything he does and to all that he meets. He has been a Chamber member 25 years and helped to create the millennium club level. He was one of the first ones to join at that level under Harper Realty. He is a Sunday school teacher and church administrator at Glenloch Baptist Church. It is an honor to present Terry Harper with this award.”

“I applaud all of the businesses represented tonight for the outstanding job you do to promote a supportive environment for your employees and customers. The 2017 Business of the Year Award is presented to a company that has exceptional business practices and community involvement,” announced Brock.

“This year’s winner is dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Heard County community. Their commitment to the local community is illustrated by the many fundraisers supported by this thriving company. They have sponsored several Spirit Nights to provide much-needed funds for local families who were experiencing life-altering events. These Spirit Nights not only contributed monetary aid to families, but they drew the community together as a family. The 2017 Business of the year goes to Hometown Pizza and Subs.”

Brock also recognized the Millenium Club Members and Premium Level Members of the Chamber.

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