October 7, 2016
Greetings from the Executive Director!

The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce (GVACC) is starting our new fiscal year in October. 

We are excited about the new programs and events coming in  2016-2017. 

The Third Annual Native American Heritage Festival and PowWow is coming October 15th and October 16th. Please join us for this Family Fun Event. The gates will open Saturday 10 a.m. CST to 5 p.m. CST and Sunday 1 p.m. CST to 5 p.m. CST. 

Another exciting program for the month of October include the FREE! Affordable Care Act Seminar for the Greater Valley Area. To learn more about this seminar please click here. The seminar is open to ALL RESIDENTS in the Greater Valley Area. Please share this information with everyone you know. 

The GVACC evaluated our membership dues structure and made some changes. Membership renewals will be sent out in October. Please contact the Chamber if you have questions about your membership dues at chamber@greatervalleyarea.com or call 334-642-1411. 

Ashley M. Crane
Executive Director
Upcoming Chamber Events

Third Annual Native American Heritage Festival and PowWow

October 15th 10am -5 pm
October 16th 1pm -5 pm 
(All times CST)

Admissions $5.00
Children under 5 FREE!

To learn more about this wonderful Family Fun Event, please click here.

FREE! Affordable Care Act Seminar for the Greater Valley Area

October 20, 2016
1-Hour Sessions (EST)

8-9 a.m.
9-10 a.m.
11-12 p.m.
1-2 p.m.
2-3 p.m.
3-4 .pm.
4-5 p,m.

Hampton Inn and Suites
4210 S. Phillips Road
Lanett, AL 36863

Registration Required!

Register online at www.greatervalleyarea.com 
or by phone at 

To see full flyer click here.

The GVACC in partnership with the City of Valley and Parks and Recreation Department in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Merry-Go-Round will be hosting the Inaugural Mill Village Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival. 

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Festival please download application click here .

Special Thanks!

The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce (GVACC) wants to say thank you to all our sponsors for our 2016 Annual Membership Meeting. 
AJIN USA, CharterBank, Southern Union State Community College, 
and Wooshin USA
Alabama Power, Farmers & Merchants Bank, and J. Smith Lanier & Company

Alabama Gas Corporation-Alagasco, Auburn Bank, Batson-Cook, Capital City Bank, Century 21 - Wood Real Estate, Chambers Academy, 
Chris Clark Grading and Paving,   EAMC-Lanier, Grossman Law Firm, LLC, Novelli, Ennis & Company, Renasant Bank, SewingMachine.com, Springwood School, and State Farm Insurance - Donny Holley

Chambers County Sheriff Department, Mr. Ice, Royal Beverage Company / Lagrange Grocery, and
United Johnson Brothers of Alabama, LLC.
A special thank you to our local vendors including Captain D's of Valley, Irish Bred Pub, Johnny's New York Style Pizza, Steak n' Shake/ Zaxby's, Terri's Mill Village Café, and Toomer's Coffee for providing the wonderful food options. We also want to thank Alabama Avenue for the great music they provided.
During our Annual Membership Meeting we recognized the Ambassador of the Year, Nancy Warren-Holland, from Renasant Bank. Congratulations! 

We want to thank all of our Ambassadors for their commitment over the last year to the Chamber. 

Ambassadors for the 2015-2016 year 
Susan Bullock, Charter Bank 
Adrian Holloway, Chattahoochee Hospice 
Dr. Brenton Jones D.C., West Point Family Chiropractic 
Samantha Lowery, Grossman Law Firm, LLC
Christy Stephens, Capital City Bank
Tabitha Truitt, Bradshaw-Chambers County Library
Mary Susan Underwood, Point University
Nancy Warren Holland, Renasant Bank
Kirsten Hood, Hood's Pharmacy
Audra Prather, Auburn Bank

Special Community Events October 

October 14th - Point University Choir Concert

Admission is Free! Choir Concert will be given at the Point University Scott Fine Arts Building at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. EST.

October 15th - Point University Homecoming Parade

Point University will conduct their homecoming parade on Saturday, October 15th at 10 a.m. EST. The parade route will be through downtown West Point starting at 10th Street and finishing at 7th Street.

The Walk for Freedom is to raise awareness about the reality of human trafficking. If you are interested in participating please register online at renewhopeinitiative.com or by calling Adrian Carpenter of the Circle of Care at 334-768-4091. For more information click on the title above.

October 15th - East Alabama 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction

Alabama 4-H youth from Lee, Chambers, and Tallapoosa counties will be showing their 22 week old pullets of various breeds stating at 10am. Birds will be open to view at 12 noon before the auction begins at 1 pm. For more information click on the title above.

October 15th - Point University Homecoming Football Game

Point University will play their homecoming foodball game at Valley Ram Stadium on Saturday, October 15th at 1 p.m. EST. Admission for Adults is $10, children 11 and under $5.00, and children 4 and under are free.

October 20th-22nd - The Crucible 
NHCT is bringing Arthur Miller's classic drama to life October 20-22nd.  Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, this Tony Award winning play is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of American drama for over 60 years. For more information log onto www.nhct.org. 

EAMC-Lanier will be hosting a free mammogram screening for women that qualify. For more information click on the title above.

October 29th - Bull-O-Ween

The Chambers County Sheriff's Rodeo Association is looking for sponsors for their Bull-O-Ween rodeo on October 29th at 7 pm CST. The deadline to become a sponsor is October 10th. To download the registration form please click here .

October 31st - Fall Festival

Valley Recreation Department is hosting their annual "Fall Festival." If you are interested in becoming a sponsoring this event please click here to learn more. For the registration form click here.  
Mark Your C alendar

P Image result for calendar lease visit our Chamber Events calendar to learn of events and activities happening with  the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and throughout the community. We have worked throughout the month of June to update the Chamber calendar to include as many community events and activities throughout the Greater Valley Area that we know of at this time. If you have an event or activity you would like to have added to our calendar please feel free to contact us at chamber@greatervalleyarea.com.

New Member - Please Help Us Welcome...

East Alabama Mental Health-
Chambers County Prevention Services

To see all of our Chamber members, 
log onto the  Chamber Directory   

Get to Know a Chamber Representative

Debbie Kelley, GVACC Board Member
Regional Director of Sales 
Ram Hotels

Debbie Kelley is the Regional Director of Sales for Ram Hotels. She has been the Director of Sales for Hampton Inn & Suites Lanett/West Point for 6 years.  She oversees the sales managers for Lanett, Auburn, Montgomery and Birmingham.  She serves as President of West Point Rotary, member of Board of Directors for Chamber of Commerce, chair member of the Tourism committee, and serves on the Career and Technical Education Program Advisory Committee.
Debbie is married to Jamie Kelley and live in Valley, Alabama.  She is very active in her church where she plays the piano, teaches children Sunday School and children's church.  Her hobbies is camping, kayaking, playing piano, singing and performing with her 13 ventriloquist dolls.

Ashley M Crane
Executive Director

2102 S Broad Avenue - PO Box 205 - Lanett, AL 36863