119 W. Washington Street
     Post Office Box 133

     Monticello, Georgia 31064

     Phone: 706-468-8994
Cell: 706-476-2585 

     Fax: 706-468-8043



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NEWSLETTER                                                                            November 13, 2014


Shop Small Business Saturday has become a national event!  The date this year is November 29, 2014.  Please support your local hometown businesses on this day (and throughout the year).  Most of our local businesses will be having specials during the day.  Shop local...!


Please note:  The Monticello News will be doing a special Shop Small Saturday insert in the newspaper.  If you would like to be included in the insert, please contact Jenny Murphy at 706-468-6511 or advertising@themonticellonews.com


November 29, 2014
11 o'clock a.m. until 1 o'clock p.m.

Bring the little ones to visit with Santa on Small Business Saturday.  Santa will be in the Visitors' Center at 119 West Washington Street. There will be homemade cookies, milk, hot chocolate, photo opportunities, coloring station, free gift wrapping, and a gift for each child from Santa. Santa will be listening to Christmas wishes from all the boys and girls. Bring your cameras!
Note: Benny Hawthorne will be here and taking photographs with Santa.
   RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY - November 21, 2014 at Noon

Join our county officials for "Jasper County Adoption Day" on Friday, November 21st from 9 o'clock a.m. until 2 o'clock p.m. to see the newly renovated animal shelter facility.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Noon sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  The facility is located at 126 Mack Tillman Drive (next to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, Highway 212 West), Monticello, Georgia.  The new improvements were made possible by generous donations from private sources.  Adoptions are available all day on November 21st as well as throughout the year.    Follow them on their Facebook page

Join us for Business After Hours on Thursday - December 4th from 5 o'clock p.m. until 6:45 p.m. in the Visitors' Center and then enjoy the annual Community Band Concert in the Courtroom at the Jasper County Courthouse.  Heavy hor d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to 706-468-8994 or jasperchamber@bellsouth.net.
The community band is busy preparing for "A 1950's Christmas," including mid-century favorites Santa Baby, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, and Sleigh Ride.  

The concert will take place in the Courtroom at the Jasper County Courthouse on Thursday, December 4, at 7 pm.  Over 30 musicians are rehearsing for this annual event.

The band also invites everyone to become a "Friend of the Band".  For more information:  http://monticellocommunityband.blogspot.com   Image from www.allmusic.com.
FIRST FRIDAY - December 5, 2014 - 8 o'clock a.m.

First Friday... Our next First Friday Breakfast meeting is set for Friday, December 5th.  The meeting is in the Visitors' Center and begins at 8 o'clock a.m. - it ends promptly at 9 o'clock a.m.   Our guest speaker is Ted McCloud of Bennett Cove.  Come learn about one of our newest facilities in Jasper County.  Bennett Cove is a Bed & Breakfast and Retreat Facility.  They offer corporate challenges, day events, and a beautiful wedding venue. They are located at 6936 Highway 212 West in Monticello.


 RSVP:  706-468-8994  Email: jasperchamber@bellsouth.net

t each quarterly First Friday Breakfast our featured speaker's topic focuses on Jasper County's growth and prosperity. This is a great opportunity for our membership to get to know one another and participate in the vision for our community. 


MISS GEORGIA USA 2014 - APPRECIATION DAY Join us as we honor Monticello native Tiana Griggs - Miss Georgia USA 2014 and the reigning Miss USA 2014 2nd Runner-up.  She is visiting her hometown on Saturday, December 13, 2014, and will be presented with the "Key To The City".  


Date:                     December  13, 2014
Location:               St. James AME Church 

514 Funderburg Drive, Monticello, GA

Time:                     3pm-4pm            Program                

4pm-5pm            Autographs and Photograph opportunity

4pm-5pm            Light Refreshments

DECEMBER 2, 2014 through FEBRUARY 2, 2015

The 2015 membership drive will open December 2, 2014, and close February 2, 2015.  Membership renewals will be emailed (and mailed through the Post Office) to everyone.  You can take a look at your current membership listing on our website:  www.jaspercountycoc.com

The 48th Annual Deer Festival was ready - set - go with weather predictions in the high 50's with wind 13 mph and sunny skies and boy were we in for a surprise.  This year's festival will surely go down in our festival weather history with 31 mph gusts of wind and low 50's.  The exhibitors trying to set up were met with gusts that blew their tents upside down and inside out.  It blew their merchandise off their tables and onto the streets, destroying what they had prepared for the show.   We could not even set up the chairs in the entertainment area for fear they would get picked up and blown into the crowd.  Exhibitors did not show because of the weather and over half of them had to take their damaged goods and tents down and leave before the festival even got started.   It looked like we could have been filming a zombie movie!  It certainly was an unexpected change to a year of planning.


We were proud to watch those who came to support the festival in brutal conditions and we were even more proud of the volunteers who "weathered" it out.  It takes a year to prepare for the festival with countless volunteers and volunteer hours.  The Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who proudly volunteered this year to help with this traditional event that was started by the Jaycees in 1966.  They had a vision for our community to have an annual festival we all could support and participate in - even when the conditions are not perfect.   Come join our team and volunteer this year and help us present the 49th year on November 7, 2015.  Let us all proudly continue this tradition with community pride and support.            


The 49th Annual Deer Festival date has been set for November 7, 2015

We need volunteers to serve on the 49th Annual Deer Festival committee...!   We would love for you or someone from your business/industry to serve on this year's committee. This year's theme of the 2015 festival is "Proud to be the Deer Capital of Georgia."  The committee will meet once a month beginning in January, 2015.  If you are interested, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-468-8994 and give us your name, phone number and email address.  You can also email your information jasperchamber@bellsouth.net.  

 We have a Facebook page for the Deer Festival:  Click Here to Like our Page


We appreciate our Deer Dash Sponsors:  Central Georgia EMC, Bank of Monticello, Paul and State Representative Susan Holmes, PolyTech, Abbey Hospice, Covington Ford, Turtle Cove, Hooper Trailer Sales, Inc., Lewis & Malone Heating/AC Services, Inc., Cal Maine Foods, Inc., Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic, Farm Bureau of Jasper County, Norton Packaging, L.O. Benton Family, The Monticello News, Jasper County Health Services, Hamilton State Bank, Perma Therm, Best Septic Systems, Frank's Restaurant, Southern Crescent Technical College, The Purple Cottage, Harrison-Jordan, Venture Medical Associates, LLC., Pro-Line Designs.

We would like to thank everyone who advertised in the Deer Festival Pageant Program: Turtle Cove Property Owners Association, Roy R. Kelly III, Big Chic, Shady Acres Farm and Kennel, Hamilton State Bank - Monticello Branch, Hide-a-Way Package Store, Haley M Hicks, El Giro, Miss Kay's Daycare, Piedmont Academy, Bank of Monticello, Jasper County Health Services, The Monticello News, Eatonton Elk's Lodge #2549, Monticello Pawn Shop, Farm Bureau of Georgia, Security Finance, Angela and Gene Spivey, Skip and Diane Davis, Monticello Family Foods, McMichael's Pizza, Tyler Insurance, Miss Fancy Plants, English Signs & Awards, Covington Ford, Georgia Energy & Engineering, Inc., Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic, Southern Crescent Technical College, NAPA Auto Parts, the Snap'n Turtle, Deptula's, Venture Medical Associates, LLC., Tricia Armistead, CPA,  Ben's Diesel Performance, Monticello Dairy Queen, Norton Packaging.

A special Thank You to Norton Packaging for starting a scholarship program for the Deer Festival Pageant.  A $500.00 scholarship fund has been set up for our Queen - each year the money will be issued to our Queen and the college she attends.
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