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Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce December Newsletter

Casey Gay Williams Named Eastern Shore Chamber President
Williams has a personal connection to the Chamber's legacy and a passion to support our business community as the Eastern Shore grows.

Casey Gay Williams - President of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
DAPHNE, Ala. (December 5, 2016) - The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is proud to announce Casey Gay Williams (formerly Casey Zito) as the new Chamber President.

Williams brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and passion for the Eastern Shore to the Chamber role. "I am born and bred Eastern Shore," said Williams, "I grew up on the water. I spent all my summer days on the beach and most of my high school days on a sailboat."

Williams has a very special connection to the Eastern Shore Chamber that dates back to her childhood, when her father Charlie Gay was the Chamber's manager for many years. "I used to run around the Fairhope office as a child," said Williams.

She recalls judging the Christmas Parade when she was 7 years old and posing with her father for a picture in the Courier as they unveiled a new billboard for the Arts and Crafts Trail. She said she admires the work her father did to help create an environment on the Eastern Shore that invited tourists to venture off the highways and come visit. 

Charlie Gay shaking hands during the 1974 Arts and Crafts Trail
Williams graduated from Fairhope High School, before heading to Auburn to major in fashion design, merchandising and textile chemistry. She had planned to be a fashion buyer, but her career took a turn to banking soon after graduation. She began her banking career as a customer service representative in Lagrange, Georgia.

Williams obtained her Georgia real estate license, moved to the mortgage division, then eventually transitioned to sales and services manager where she handled advertising, marketing, public relations, business development and training.

She said this role spoke to a higher calling of helping people reach a brighter financial future. "I learned that management was a strong suit for me. I truly enjoy helping people grow and giving them opportunities to develop new skill sets," said Williams.

Williams moved back home in 1998 to work for First Gulf Bank. She moved to United Bank six years ago as the Executive Vice President and Retail Director, working with 17 different offices. 

Her background in banking will play a major role in how she leads the Chamber. "It's all about getting the most for the money we are entrusted with. We'll need to look at what is critical to do business and what money can be put back into the community."

Although Williams has held many prestigious roles throughout her career, she said, "My most precious role is that of grandmother to Charlie, who is 18 months old."

Williams lives in her childhood home in Daphne with her new husband Lee Williams of Fairhope. Her daughter Hannah and his children Hadley,Taylor, Net, Parker and son-in-law Caleb are all now part of the loving family she jokingly refers to as a modern day Brady Bunch.

Most weekends you can find Williams riding on a boat, relaxing on the beach or cheering on the Auburn Tigers football team. She is a pet-lover and advocate for the environment.  She also enjoys cooking and entertaining.

Williams values her faith and plays an active roles as a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Casey Williams poses with the 2004 Jubilee Festival poster artist
Williams has dedicated countless hours to service. She volunteered for several years on the Chamber's Jubilee Festival Committee, serving as the festival chairman in 2004. "This was such an enjoyable opportunity for me to give back to the area I love and showcase our art community," said Williams. 

Other volunteer roles include serving as a past chairman and board member of the Daphne Redevelopment Authority, the Vice President of the Baldwin County Humane Society, a member of the Fair Ballot Commission of Alabama, and member of the Auburn University MBA Advisory Board.

"It's been engrained in me to be part of the fabric of service to your community. Growing up, my dad was very involved; learning about people's businesses and what they're doing. I admired that," said Williams, "I look forward to the Chamber really making a difference in the lives of our merchants, our cities and quality of life."

Williams said her first priority is to get out and hear from as many members as possible. "We want the Chamber to be a true resource and value to our members," said Williams. 

She is confident that the future looks bright for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and the business community.

"I want to be accessible and visible," said Williams, "I will be listening and seeking to understand what it is that we can do, and I will work to form collaborative partnerships to ensure we are all walking together and understand where we are going."



Eggs N' Issues: Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Please join us as we hear from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians as they discuss the history of the Tribe, current issues, and upcoming endeavors.  The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ hundreds of area residents.  A few of the Tribe's businesses are:  the Wind Creek Casino & Hotels that are located in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka, Muskogee Technology, and Owa in Foley, which will open Summer 2017.  The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is an active partner in the state of Alabama, contributing to economic, educational, social and cultural projects benefiting both tribal members and residents of these local communities and neighboring towns.
 
Eggs N' Issues
Speaker: Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Wednesday, January 11
7:30 a.m.
Daphne UMC
2401 Main Street, Daphne

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by Friday, January 6 to RSVP





Chamber Events
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Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore Presents:
Lunch & Learn on "Cyber Security in the Workplace"
Tuesday, December 6
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Venue in Fairhope
Free to Chamber Members
Seating is limited
Please RSVP by Dec. 1 to
Diane Anderson, danderson@hbkcpas.net

Ribbon Cutting & Open House
Brandy Rhodes Coaching
76 Plantation Point
Fairhope
Thursday, December 8
9:30 a.m.
Members Invited

Ribbon Cutting & Open House
Fairhope Music
247 S. Greeno Road
Fairhope
Tuesday, December 13
4 p.m.
Members Invited

Morning Marketing Meeting
Thursday, December 15
8 a.m.
Dickey's BBQ
6882 Hwy. 90, Suite G2
Daphne
Jubilee Square Shopping Center
Sponsor: Metamatch

Business After Hours: American Legion in Fairhope
700 S. Mobile Street
Fairhope
Thursday, January 5
5-7 p.m.

Eggs N' Issues
Speaker: Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Wednesday, January 11
7:30 a.m.
Daphne United Methodist 
2401 Main Street, Daphne
$10 for members
$15 for guests
Call (251) 928-6387 
by Friday, January 6 to RSVP


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New Spanish Fort Brochures Are Out 

The City of Spanish Fort now has a new brochure to help market the city and everything the area has to offer. 

The new visitor's guides were created through a partnership with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. They highlight the Delta and the many recreational opportunities. It walks visitors through the historical significance of Spanish Fort's bluffs overlooking Mobile Bay. It showcases the various lodging and shopping options available. You can learn about the annual events held in Spanish Fort each year and find out where to find delicious seafood. 

The Chamber and city leaders all hope these new brochures can be used as a true resource for tourists in our area looking to explore the Eastern Shore. 

These brochures and many more can be found at our Chamber offices as well as many of our Eastern Shore hotels.

Olde Towne Daphne Attracts Crowds with 3rd Thursday Event
B Darlin Boutique - Olde Towne Daphne
There's a lot of buzz around Olde Towne Daphne this holiday shopping season as more and more shoppers are visiting our local merchants downtown. 

Several of the retailers have also started a monthly event every third Thursday, staying open a little late to welcome customers with refreshments and great deals. Those stores consist of B Darlin Boutique, Market on Main, Objects and Buckle My Shoe. 

"It kinda started in May of 2016.  I had just opened B Darlin and the owner of Market on Main had ladies night planned on Thursday May 5th. She asked if I would like to participate. Since I LOVE a good party and any chance to decorate and cook, I said yes," said Brandy Lister, owner of B Darlin. 

FAIRHOPE SINGLE TAX CORPORATION HISTORICAL ARCHIVE COLLECTION IS ONLINE

FAIRHOPE, Ala. - The Fairhope Single Tax Corporation is pleased to announce the finalization of a three-year project to digitize and catalog its historical documents and make them available online at http://fairhopesingletax.pastperfectonline.com

This rare collection of more than 80,000 documents tell the story of the founding of the Single Tax Colony in 1894 by Populist reformers and the development of the Fairhope community through the years.

Eastern Shore Christmas Parades

You can certainly feel the festive atmosphere along the Eastern Shore at each holiday event. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of capturing photographs of many of the smiles and cheers from the Fairhope and Spanish Fort Christmas parades held over the past week. 

The Daphne Christmas Parade will be held Friday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. 


Toys Collected for Deserving Children at December Business After Hours
Toys for Tots

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (December 1, 2016) - The BancorpSouth Fairhope Branch was packed for the December Business After Hours and Christmas Party.

Members generously filled a box full of present to be given to children through Toys for Tots. This donation drive has become a tradition at each December After Hours.

Young Professionals Cornhole Tournament

Cornhole Tournament winners
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (November 10, 2016) - What a fun night as our Chamber Young Professionals battled it out in our Inaugural Cornhole Tournament to benefit the  Spanish Fort Public Library. It was held in the Swamp Room of Felix's Fish Camp on the Causeway Thursday, November 10.

Our teams raised $1,600 to help support the library's summer reading program.  Crow Shields Bailey, PC took home the championship prize and bragging rights!

Thank you to all our teams: Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, P.C., Bayside Insurance, Right at Home, BrightStar Care, The Thrasher Company, LLC, Strategic Wealth Specialists, Baldwin County Properties, Inc., Goram Air Conditioning, Eastern Shore Ace Hardware & Coastal Bank and Trust.

November Eggs N' Issues with Congressman Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne Explained Where He Sees the Country Headed Following the Election


DAPHNE, Ala. (November 9, 2016) -  The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce November Eggs N' Issue was one of the most well-attended yet. About 80 people came out to Daphne United Methodist Church to hear Representative Bradley Byrne's take on the presidential election results.

Byrne said the biggest takeaway from the presidential election was that voters made it clear they want change. He said one of the biggest issues he expects Congress to tackle immediately is repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. 


October Ambassador of the Month: Paul Stanley

Paul Stanley


Congratulations to Paul Stanley for being named the October
Ambassador of the Month. 


Paul Stanley
Edward Jones
151 Fly Creek Ave Suite 415
Fairhope, AL 36532
 (251) 990-6228

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September Ambassador of the Month: Cindy Zebryk

Cindy Zebryk


Congratulations to Cindy Zebryk for being named the September 
Ambassador of the Month. 


Cindy Zebryk
Coldwell Banker
24190 Us Highway 98
Fairhope, Alabama 36532

 (251) 990-6622

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Ribbon Cuttings

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La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita
Ed's Seafood Shed Joins Oyster Shell Recycling Program

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (November 29, 2016) -  Ed's Seafood Shed has become the latest local restaurant to join the Alabama Coastal Foundation's  Oyster Shell Recycling Program

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce helped them celebrate their participation in this new program with a ribbon cutting at their restaurant Tuesday, November 29.

Restaurants are donating the oyster shells they would normally throw away and the program is now putting that important resource back into Alabama waters so they can help new oysters grow.