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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

January 29--  Two business organizations dedicated to local commerce and economic development have inducted leadership teams for 2013.

The new chairperson for the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce is Susan Taylor from Darby Dental Services.  She accepted the board gavel from outgoing chairman Adam Moore.

Image"Our hopes and goals are that Toombs and Montgomery Counties will continue to grow in a positve direction and I believe a strong Chamber can help achieve these goals," Taylor told the organization's annual meeting.

The slate of officers assisting Taylor are Chairman-Elect Howard Hill from Trane, Vice-Chair for Economic Development B.J. Davis, Georgia Power; Vice-Chair for Community Services John Koon, Vidalia Communications; Vice-Chair for Membershhip Services Celest Robison, Robison Farms; Past Chairman Adam Moore, Lark Builders; and Executive Advisory Member Marsha Temples, The Temples Group.

The 2013 Chamber Board includes Russ Bell, Handy Andy Home Warehouse; Elaine Dixon, Vidalia Federal Savings Bank; Donya Hilton Wood, Oxford Apparel; Debbie Holley, ALLCARE Pharmacy;Johnny Jones, Johnny's Repair;Darren McClellan, Georgia Power Company;Ginger Morris, Vidalia City Schools; Cassie Neal, Cornerstone Children's Center;Doug Roper, Vidalia Federal Savings Bank; Lynn Rowland, City of Lyons;Tim Truxel, Dot Foods;Wayne Williams, M.D. Vidalia ENT Associates;Chris Zorn, Jr., Zorn & Son Insurance

The Chamber has over 500 members and Executive Director Bill Mitchell wants members to get something out of Chamber membership.

"We want our members to see a return on their investment.  When they join the chamber, we want to make sure they are getting something out of it that is beneficial to them and makes them stronger, more profitable and more engaged in the community," Mitchell said.

ImageThe Downtown Vidalia Association is being led this year by Jason Colbert from Community Hospice. (L-R) Colbert, Vice President Melissa Moore and new directors Marinette Scott, Tiffany Underwood and Thomas Bowers.

"Our goals are to increase membership this year, to have events to showcase downtown Vidalia and to show citizens what Vidalia is all about and the shops that are downtown.  We're looking forward to 2013 being and great year and to show people you don't have to go out of town and you can find everything you need right here," Colbert said.

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