There’s no better way to begin the holiday season than attending the Chamber Prayer Breakfast. This special event will be held on Tuesday, November 25th at 7 AM at the Smithville Church of God Fellowship Center. State Representative-elect, Terri Lynn Weaver, will be our keynote speaker. Special music will be performed by Tomomi McDowell, Representative Weaver, and First Baptist Church’s signing group “Signs of Love.” Prayers for our community, our leaders, and our children will make this a meaningful and memorable experience. A delicious breakfast will be catered by Jason Evans, head chef at The Inn at Evins Mill. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased at the Chamber office or from the Chamber Board of Directors. The Leadership DeKalb Class of 2009 will serve the beverages. Doors open at 6:30 AM.
The Christmas season is nearly upon us which means it’s almost time to celebrate Christmas on the Square! This wonderful holiday event will be celebrated on Thursday, December 4th from 5 PM to 8 PM on the Smithville Public Square. Activities include the Courthouse Open House, Children’s Train & Inflatables (if weather permits), wonderful music, great downtown shopping, a special program at the Justin-Potter Library, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause, delicious food & hot chocolate. The night of special music includes Thea Tippin and will be held inside the newly renovated building on the north side of the square next door to the Chamber office. If you or your group would like to perform, call the Chamber office at 597-4163 ASAP. Beginning at 6 PM, the Justin-Potter Library will present “A Magical Christmas” with a performance by magician Bruce Amato & his “Holiday Magic” show and a special visit from Santa. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause are by Double J Photography from 5 PM to 7 PM in the yellow building next door to the Chamber.
The Chamber is in great need of generous supporters to help fund this non-profit event. We invite businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals to be a part of the holiday extravaganza by participating or becoming a sponsor for this well-attended festival. If you would like to make a donation toward the expense of the flyers, postage, signs, advertisements, mail-outs, decorations, and other costs, our county and the visitors of this heart-warming celebration would definitely be the benefactors. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in our community in a positive way and to enjoy the true blessings of the Christmas season. We sincerely hope that you will be a part of this heartwarming experience –Christmas on the Square! For more information, call the Chamber office at 597-4163.
The Chamber Milestone Award was recently presented to New Frontiers celebrating 20 years of service in DeKalb County. According to owners Larry and Lori Nellist, "New Frontiers ministers to people throughout the world teaching them to think metaphorically, to live intentionally and to seek the emergent truths that God speaks to them." New Frontiers is located at 3939 Old Snow Hill Road in Dowelltown. You can visit their website at www.newfrontiers.org.
The Chamber presented a Community Improvement Award to Ronnie & Ruth Hobbs, 814 So. College Street, Smithville. Home improvements include a new fence, shutters, and storm doors as well as a beautifully manicured lawn and cleaned fence rows. If you would like to nominate a residence or business for a Community Improvement Award, call the Chamber for a nomination form.
Congratulations and many thanks to Bro. Glenn Burks and the First Assembly of God Church for allowing the Chamber to participate in their groundbreaking ceremony for their new building.
Chamber Administrative Assistant, Lou Ann Sanders, and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and to express how grateful we are to all our Chamber members – the volunteers, businesses, organizations, county and city officials, community leaders, and churches that help us in our collective goals to continue positive growth and improvement to our beautiful county.
• WJLE Chamber Radio Program - 1st Wednesday of every month at 8:30 AM
• Tuesday, November 25th – Chamber Prayer Breakfast, 7 AM, Smithville Church of God annex, 801 West Broad Street, Smithville – Guest Speaker: State Representative-elect, Terri Lynn Weaver & Special Entertainment by First Baptist’s “Signs of Love”
• November 28th, 29th, 30th - Appalachian Center for Craft Annual Holiday Festival – Craft Demonstrations, Exhibitions, Live Music, Shopping in the Gallery, & great food at the Walkway Café – For more info, stop by the Chamber or visit their website at www.tntech.edu/craftcenter
• December 4th – Chamber “Christmas on the Square” & Courthouse Open House” Downtown Smithville
• December 6th – Smithville Christmas Parade – 1 PM -- To participate, contact John Poss at 597-1135.
• December 7th - Liberty Parade – 2 PM
• December 13th - Alexandria Parade – 2 PM
Please let us know about your local events. Please call or e-mail your event information at firstname.lastname@example.org or bring flyers by the Chamber for us to help distribute.
Join our efforts in working together to promote our great county and its businesses. For a Chamber membership application, community improvement nomination form, to serve on a committee, or to give us your ideas and comments, call the Chamber at 597-4163 or visit us at 301 North Public Square, Smithville under the green / white striped awning.