119 W. Washington Street
     Post Office Box 133

     Monticello, Georgia 31064

    
     Phone: 706-468-8994

   Email:  jasperchamber@bellsouth.net

           Website: www.jaspercountycoc.com 

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 MARCH 2018 NEWS

 CHAMBER NETWORKING EVENTS...
 

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH...
  Our featured Business of the Month
Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Member
TSM Contractors, LLC
Evercore Insurance 
Georgia Tiny Homes

Stop by and see their window display at the Visitors' Center on the Square.

TRUST YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS TO AN EXPERIENCED GENERAL CONTRACTOR DEPEND ON TSM CONTRACTORS FOR RESTORATION AND ROOFING SERVICES IN MONTICELLO, GA

TSM Contractors, LLC is a second-generation, veteran-owned business that's been offering general contracting services in Monticello, GA for five years and counting. By drawing on more than 25 years of industry experience, our father-and-son operation can provide a wide range of services, from storm damage restoration to roof replacement.

They also own and operate Evercore Insurance and Georgia Tiny Homes    

2018 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE...
Membership matters!   It is important to be a part of the team that markets and promotes the businesses, industry, and entire community.

The annual membership drive ends March 15th.  We will publish the 2018 Chamber members in the March 29th edition of The Monticello News.

Haven't joined yet?   Contact us today... 

ADULT EDUCATION...

Adult Education
Transition Workshop
Thursday, March 22, 2018
5:00 pm

Southern Crescent Technical College
Jasper County Campus
112 Industrial Park Dr.
Monticello, GA 31064

Learn about the Accelerating Opportunity Program and hear from Financial Aid, Recruiters,
The Career & Academic Planning Center,
and more!
For more information: www.sctech.edu

JASPER COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN...
The initial Public Hearing and Meeting has been scheduled for the update to Jasper County's Comprehensive Plan.
The initial Public Hearing and Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the small Courtroom of the Jasper County Courthouse.
(126 West Greene Street, Monticello, GA 31064)
Jasper County citizens, business owners and all stakeholders are invited to attend and encouraged to voice their suggestions and ideas.   Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Members:
Adam McGinnis, Andrew Boyd, Bruce Henry, Bud Cowan, David Dyer, David Wease, Erin Lynch, Gerald Stunkel, Jenny Murphy, Ken McMichael, Larry Thurman, Lathaydra Sands, Lyn McLaurin, Larry Champion, Mary Patrick, Mike Benton, Mike Newton, Pam Mayer, Ross Hays, Shane Sealy, Susan Patterson, and Tracy Norton

CHAMBER MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS..
THANK YOU Champion Member
Heartland Chiropractic for hosting February's COFFEE CALL

Would you like to host a coffee call? 
Call the Chamber office at 468-8994
WELCOME
NEW BUSINESS and CHAMBER MEMBER
Peebles Antique Attic
On The Square - Monticello

TOURISM NEWS..
 
$6.39 MILLION TOURISM DOLLARS GENERATED IN GEORGIA IN 2016...
Georgia Department of Economic Development has just issued it's report for 2016 and Jasper County tourism is growing!    Did you know...each Jasper County household would need to be taxed an additional $89.00 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism economic activity?




DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NEWS...

CHAMBER PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO STAR STUDENTS...
Article by:  The Monticello News
Kevin Davis of Piedmont Academy and his STAR teacher Ralph Hickman, along with Alina Jablonski and her STAR teacher, Christie McAlum of Jasper County High School were honored with a luncheon sponsored by the Monticello Kiwanis Club Monday.

Mr. Davis was named county wide STAR. STAR stands for Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition, and the program is sponsored statewide by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Jimmy Jordan, Director of Membership for PAGE, presided over the STAR ceremony. 

Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce President Pam Mayer was the guest speaker, and she spoke about community. She discussed what the COC's role is in the community, and talked about how we work together in a small community and we can be personal. 

She said Jasper County is central Georgia's best kept secret. Jasper County is filled with natural resources, and is rich in history, she said. She talked about some famous people from Jasper County, illustrating that humble beginnings do not mean success is hard to come by. She talked about some of the challenges of a small community.

Mrs. Mayer told the student, "Our community is proud of you." She encouraged the students to go off and get their schooling, but then to return to Jasper County, or some other small town, and make a difference.    Read full article

Upcoming COMMUNITY EVENTS...
Pizza Bingo Family Night
Thursday, March 1, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Piedmont Academy PTO will be hosting a Pizza Bingo Night on Thursday March 1st. Pizza will be served beginning at 5:30 and Bingo will begin at 6:00. We ask that you make your reservations ahead of time so we can plan accordingly. There will be more bingo cards, and baked goods available for pick -up when you arrive. It will be a lot of fun and hope to see you all there. Thanks for your support! Please email tara_pope@piedmontacademy.com for reservations. Cards $1. Raffle Tickets $1. Pizza $1. Bingo Deal 15 cards 15 tickets $25.


Brian Kemp's Bus Tour
Friday, March 2, 2018
10:00 am 

Poly Tech Industries
238 Industrial Park Rd,
Monticello, GA 31064

Georgia's Secretary of State and small businessman Brian Kemp will be doing a
50-county statewide bus tour and he will be making a stop in Jasper County.

  
Seuss On the Loose
Saturday, March 3, 2018
10 am - 12 pm
Jasper County High School -  Commons Area

Games - Costume Contest - Prizes
Tickets $1.00 each
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy

Perhaps you've noticed the new display in the Chamber of Commerce window on The Square featuring The Cat In The Hat.  Perhaps you've noticed people sporting a lapel button that recognizes their continued support of early literacy through monthly auto-pay donations to Ferst Foundation.  Perhaps you've noticed Seuss On the Loose shirts in bright colors being worn by those preparing for the annual literacy festival.   Perhaps you've spotted the Cat In The Hat in one of our schools.  All these "noticing's" remind us it is time to celebrate Literacy Week beginning February 26 and ending with Seuss on the Loose on Saturday, March 3, at Jasper County High School from 10-12 noon with a costume contest, games, prizes, free books, and tons of fun-all to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Again, the Cat In The Hat Express will provide train rides.
 
The Ferst Foundation addresses one of the most basic issues of childhood literacy-ensuring the availability of quality books in the home so that parents can read to their child.  Research tells us that the single most significant factor influencing a child's early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school . Books are delivered not just once, but every month, up to 60 times in the child's critical years of development from birth to age five.  The program is free to participating families and it is made possible through the partnership of volunteers and community partners, all at the low cost of $36 per child per year! Volunteers called Community Action Teams (CAT) raise funds, register children and promote the program.
 
The Ferst Foundation CAT in Jasper County is working hard to meet its goals. We currently send 360 books per month to children aged birth-five in Jasper County and plan to increase that number as funds permit.  We know that providing books to families gives young children the vocabulary opportunities invaluable for language acquisition and reading skills, thus preparing them for their formal education, reducing school remediation costs, preventing potential dropouts, creating a capable workforce, and giving all students the confidence for leadership opportunities. Literacy is at the heart of economic development and is the single factor that underpins most social issues.  The future of Georgia businesses, and indeed the state's financial system, depends on the ability of our rising generation to meet the strong challenges of a technology-based economy, and the Ferst Foundation program provides a solid first-step to achieving that goal.
 
The more that you read,
The more things you'll know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you'll go.
     ~I Can Read with my Eyes Shut! By Dr. Seuss
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Rain Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:00 am 
Shady Dale Rodeo Grounds

Art & Talent Showcase
Friday, March 16, 2018
6 pm - 8 pm
Jasper County High School Auditorium

Students is grades K-12 in Jasper County are invited to participate in the Art & Talent Showcase for a chance to win cash prizes. Program sponsors are also welcome! Applications will be available on Thursday, March 1, at the schools and at the Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsored by Monticello Civic Club

JCPS's Spring Fling 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
 Jasper County Recreation Department 

Kickball tournaments for all ages!
Carnival style games, jumpy house, and cake walk begins at 9 AM and goes till 12 PM. Tickets can be purchased in $5.00 and $10.00 bags. Lots of fun for kids of all ages! Food for purchase as well!
For more information call:  706-468-4968


JCPS's St. Patrick's Day
3rd Annual Rainbow Run
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:30 am

Join the Jasper County Primary School for their Rainbow Run at the Jasper County Recreation Department on March 17th!! Gold doubloons will be hidden along the roughly 2 mile course and can be turned in for prizes. Our lucky participants will experience fun like no other for $15 (t-shirt is included).
For more information call:  706-468-4968


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MEETING DATES...
Monticello City Council Meeting
Monticello Government Complex - Council Room (Visitors' Center)
2nd Tuesday of each month  - 6  o'clock p.m.

Jasper County Commission Meeting
Jasper County Courthouse - Ground Floor/Basement Floor
1st Monday of each month -  6 o'clock p.m.

Development Authority of Jasper County
www.dajc.com
Monticello Government Complex - Third Floor (enter Visitors' Center)
1st Tuesday of each month -  12:30 p.m.

Monticello Downtown Development Authority
Monticello Government Complex
2nd Monday of each month - 6:30 p.m.

Monticello Jasper County Chamber of Commerce
Monticello Government Complex - Council Room
2nd Thursday of each month -
12:30 p.m.
 
2018 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff
Tamala Alexander, Rob Andrews, Mike Benton, Leah Campbell, Robert Cumbie,
Towonder Dennis, Susan Denney, Russell Hicks, Jeff Greeson, 
Tom Joye,  Tracey Nelson, Dr. Mike Newton,  LaThaydra Sands, and Linda Simmons,
Mandi Tanner, Renae Watts
Pam Mayer, President and Katie Cannon, Tourism  & Events Manager

COMMUNITY CALENDAR and EVENT NEWSLETTER...
There are so many activities and events in our community - we are trying to keep our community calendar up to date AND send out a monthly newsletter with these updates.  If you have an event or item of interest that you would like promoted, please email your flyer or information to jasperchamber@bellsouth.net.