Chamber banquet 2014: Community urged to be committed

First Byline: 
Enoch Autry

Humorist Jackie Trim brought his brand of Southern humor to the Screven County Chamber of Commerce’s 40th Annual Banquet Jan. 23 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Trim’s message was one the chamber board embraced in 2013 as its members found bigger success in its traditional events and newfound success in revamped ones too.
Trim of Tattnall County told the crowd that no matter what you do, always be committed to it.
During 2013, the chamber was part of the Screven County Livestock Festival and Christmas Extravaganza, but the chamber members also partnered with the Sylvania Junior Woman’s Club to expand the traditional Sylvania Sampler in September.
The Sampler became “Wild About Screven” and offered additional opportunities for fun included a visit from the Georgia Southern University Raptor Center.
At the Jan. 23 meeting, Ann Tanner officially succeeded Ray Hicks to become the new president of the chamber. Tanner’s term will run through January 2015.
Craig Lariscy will serve as president-elect. Allen Daley is the secretary/treasurer.
The board of directors includes Jeff Graham, Jessica Kight, Bob Sellers and Kim Wammock.
Bob Good received the “Agnes Tebeau Volunteer of the Year Award.” Good has assisted in many capacities in the community including helped with the operation of the sound equipment at events.
This year’s banquet had a change as a live auction was conducted with Benji Anderson as the auctioneer.
Chamber executive director Latasha Roberts thanked the Cotton Patch, Heavenly Excape, Wade Plantation/Millhaven, St. Croix Sugar Beach Condominiums, and Buzz Me Weaver’s Local Honey for donating the live auction items.
“The chamber is incredibly grateful to our volunteers, donors, and local businesses for their support over the years,” Roberts said. “Without their generosity, we would be unable to serve this county and continue to be the voice of businesses. The chamber has heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone and is still basking in the glow of the night.We are looking forward to next year.”
The Chamber Champions provide additional funding and services beyond chamber membership dues.
The Platinum Sponsor Chamber Champions are the City of Sylvania and Screven County Commission.
The Gold Sponsors are Farmers & Merchants Bank, Georgia Eagle Broadcasting, Koyo Bearings USA, LLC, Optim Medical Center, Sylvania Telephone, and Wade Plantation/Millhaven Plantation
Silver Sponsors are Bank of Newington and Planters Telephone Cooperative.
Bronze Sponsors are AgSouth Farm Credit, BB&T, Devdhara Properties, Inc., First Franklin Financial, The Johnson Law Firm, P.C., King America Finishing, Inc., Ogeechee Technical College, Queensboro National Bank & Trust, and Helen Stokes.
R&D’s Seafood, Steak and More catered the banquet’s meal of pork tenderloin, brown gravy, twice-baked potatoes, mixed vegetables and rice pilaf.
Roberts said she has been pleased with R&D’s.
“I continually book R&D’s because they are local and make us look good,” Roberts said. “From customer service to catering to presentation, R&D’s is a caterer that I can depend on. I would recommend R&D’s for events both large and small because they provide a quality product and presentation from start to finish. Owner Diane Potter and staff really made our 40th annual banquet beautiful and special.”