The Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
Newsletter October 2014
Dear Chamber Members, 

We continue to add value to your chamber membership!

Read below about our new chamber event, Wake Up, Pierce! In response to your desire to be better informed, Wake Up, Pierce! will give members the opportunity to hear from our elected officials and community leaders concerning issues affecting quality of life and economic development in Pierce County. 

Be on the lookout for MORE member services coming your way in the next couple of months!

Angela B. Manders
Executive Director
Okefenokee Country Club BAH
Thank you, Kas Asbury, and the Okefenokee Country Club staff, for a wonderful Business After Hours event! Approximately 90 folks enjoyed the wonderful view, the perfect weather, the delicious food, and the great company during last Thursday's BAH. Member businesses, call Kas (283-7400) to get more information about the OCC Business Membership and to book your company Christmas Party. The professionals at Okefenokee Country Club will take good care of you! Learn more!
Partnership with Okefenokee Swamp Park

Thanks to a generous grant from the CSX Corporation, Okefenokee Swamp Park and the Pierce County Board of Education have teamed up to provide Pierce County residents with discounted park admission rates. In an effort to provide educational opportunities and foster a new local appreciation for the swamp and its standing as a unique world wonder, these partners are committed to this exciting collaboration and future projects. Visit OSP

Airtight Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting October 4

Jonathon and Kristy Liles, owners of Airtight Heating & Cooling, invite you to their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebration this Saturday, October 4. The official ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00 a.m., but the radio broadcast, door prizes, refreshments, and technology displays will be going on most of the day! Specializing in heating, ventilating and air conditioning, the Liles are excited about expanding their business in our area. Stop by 2976 Highway 84, Blackshear this Saturday and help us welcome Airtight to the Pierce County Chamber community! View map 

Homecoming Parade October 16

The Pierce County High School Homecoming parade will be Thursday, October 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The committee is looking for quality floats depicting the theme "The Takeover". Show your community pride! The entry deadline is Monday, October 6 at noon.

Contact Malayna Wetherington at Pierce County High School ( ),or pick up a parade registration form at the Chamber. GO BEARS! Parade Entry Form

Lunch & Learn October 22

How you handle your customers can directly impact your individual and organizational goals. The Chamber's next Lunch & Learn, offered in collaboration with Coastal Pines Technical College, will focus on excellent customer service. This interactive and informative session will give you and your employees the tools you need to communicate effectively and enhance customer relationships. 


The class will be held Wed., Oct. 22 in the Pierce County Board of Education board room from 11:30 to 1:30. Call or stop by the Chamber to register. Seating is limited to the first 30 people to respond and pay the registration fee ($20 for first employee/$15 for each additional).Registration includes all instructional materials and lunch. Registration Form

Wake Up, Pierce! October 28

Chamber members, we have an exciting new service for you! Wake Up, Pierce! is a breakfast event held quarterly on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. at Reeal BBQ, 422 Ware St., Blackshear. The breakfast buffet will be open by 7:45 if you wish to purchase breakfast. The community updates will begin promptly at 8:00, and the meeting will conclude by 9:00.


This is a member-only forum featuring community, business and legislative updates. Each elected official, department head, or representative asked to speak will update our membership on immediate and pressing issues affecting quality of life and economic development in Pierce County. Following the updates, Chamber members will have a few minutes to meet one-on-one or in small groups to discuss issues of particular interest. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7:45 for our first breakfast event, Wake Up, Pierce! Need more info?

Exchange Club Pecan Festival November 8

The Exchange Club will be hosting the annual Pecan Festival in the City Park on November 8! This traditional community celebration will feature entertainment, arts & crafts, a car show, and LOTS of good food. For vendor information, contact Chris Shimkus (912-282-1167). Thanks to our sponsor, Clough Pecan, the Chamber is hosting the PECAN PIE contest. If you think you make the best pecan pie in all of southeast Georgia, contact the Chamber to enter. You could win cash prizes and braggin' rights! Exchange Club Facebook Page

Fall Membership Event November 20
All Chamber members and their families are invited to the
Fall Block Party to be held in the north west block of Central Ave. (Sapps, McDonalds Corp. block) Thurs., Nov. 20 from 5 to 7. 
Treat your children to a hot dog and funnel cake while you enjoy the sensational singing duo, Beau+Luci. Kick-off the holiday season with us!
Christmas Parade December 8

Get ready for the best Christmas Parade and downtown festival Pierce County has ever seen! The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. and follow its normal route through town. Following the parade, Santa will return to downtown for photos, and the stores will stay open for your Christmas shopping pleasure. This year's theme, "Christmas on the Satilla" is sure to inspire our community to create beautiful floats and enter into the spirit of the season! For your parade entry form, click here

In This Issue
BAH at the OCC
Okefenokee Swamp
Airtight Ribbon Cutting
Lunch & Learn
Wake Up, Pierce!
Pecan Fest
Block Party
Christmas Parade

We have a new, member-integrated website!

Check out your business link.

 If your link does not work properly, or you have not supplied us with a webaddress, contact us today. 

Meet Your
 Chamber Board
Dr. Joy Williams, former Pierce County Schools Superintendent, may be retired, but she hasn't exactly slowed down! Not only does she serve on the Chamber Board, but she also works diligently for the Pierce County Library Board and is active in the Methodist Church.

She enjoys traveling, reading, and playing bridge. Joy is the mother of Mandy, a teacher at Memorial Drive in Waycross, and Mack, a cartoon animator in Brooklyn, NY. Also, she is "Joy Joy" to a special little fellow named Jaxson.

"I am enjoying my time on the Chamber Board of Directors," says Dr. Joy. "It's great to serve this community in a new capacity." Thank you, Dr. Joy, for putting your intellect and unique experience to work for our members!
To view all the community events hosted by 

PC Chamber of Commerce

The City 
of Blackshear's 
Main Street Program

Eagle Station
 and the 
City of Patterson

 PC Family Connections

PC Historical Society

PC Schools

PC Public Library

If your organization 
has events to add,
 contact one of the community groups listed above!
Help us welcome
this month's

Okefenokee Heritage Center

Huddle House

Okefenokee Swamp Park

United Way of South Georgia

Brantley Gas Co.

Dixie Pickers, Inc.

Friends of Laura S. Walker

Marine Corps League
Det. #1333

The American Legion Post #181 will have a national representative on hand Oct. 11 to hear concerns about the Veterans Admin. No appointment necessary.

The Legion's Veteran's Day observance will be at 11 a.m. Tues., Nov. 11 at the old train depot stage.

For more info., call Travis Thornton