Save The Date

Oconee Chamber Fall Festival
October 19, 2019

We are now accepting craft and food vendor applications!
Monday, April 1, 2019
Welcome to the Chamber!

Blankenship's Truck Repair
Kelly Lord
1141 Commerce Dr.
Bogart, GA 30622
(678) 753-0027

Club Pilates
Sekhar Rebala
290 Alps Road
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 406-1710
Upcoming Events
*RSVP events are in red

April 5: Classroom Dedication Ceremony, Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary
1110 Old Greensboro Rd., Watkinsville (11:30 a.m.)

April 11: Ribbon Cutting for The Commercial Bank
1357 Oconee Connector, Building 200, Watkinsville (11:30 a.m.)

April 23: Teacher Mini-Grant After Hours at the University of North Georgia
1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy, Watkinsville, GA 30677 (5:15 p.m.) RSVP HERE

April 25: Chamber Golf Tournament at Lane Creek Golf Course
*See ad below for registration information
State of the County Luncheon
We would like to thank Chops & Hops for sponsoring the inaugural State of the County Luncheon last week and we would also like to thank Chairman John Daniell for giving an update on behalf of the county.
3rd Grade Ag Day
Third grade students from Oconee County Schools along with Athens Academy, Prince Avenue Christian School, and Westminster Christian Academy had the opportunity last week to participate in 3rd Grade Ag Day held at the J. Phil Campbell Research Station.

Stations included:
Electricity: Walton EMC
Bees: Oglethorpe County Bee Club
Forestry: GA Forestry Commission
Nutrition: UGA Cooperative Extension Service
Tractors & Equipment: J. Phil Campbell Research Station
Snakes: Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary
Livestock: OC 4-H & FFA Students & Programs and UGA Dairy Science Club
Environmental Stewardship: KOCBC, UGA Water Resource Management, and
Crop & Soil Science Dept.

Thank you to everyone who participated including the Oconee County Farmers Market for providing the water and Georgia Farm Bureau for sponsoring the volunteer lunches.
Chamber partners...We're happy to announce that fellow Chamber partner Lori Lord has recently purchased the Fantastic Savings fundraiser book concept and Money Tree Fundraising. We have some big plans to enhance the process in the works, along with our goal of continuing to support local nonprofit organizations in exceeding their fundraising goals.

The newest feature we wanted to announce for the first time exclusively to you is our Fantastic Savings fundraiser phone app! The app will be available in addition to the traditional fundraiser book, and will be sold by nonprofit organizations in the community with 50% or more going directly to the organization. The app will include many of the same buy one get one free savings coupons from our area merchant partners that you love, plus nationally based coupons that can be used across the country! As a qualified merchant partner, your buy one get one free offer can be included in our fundraiser book as well as the app at no cost to you, or we have additional ways to get involved.

We would like to invite you to learn more at our upcoming merchant partner appreciation happy hour  on Thursday, April 18th, 3-6pm  at Akademia Brewing. We'll be providing drinks and snacks, with a chance for you to learn more about Fantastic Savings, what's new, and how you can become involved in supporting your community through the program. Please RSVP to .

Lori Lord & David Walton
Money Tree Fundraising/Fantastic Savings
APRIL 4, 2019

The Classic Center Theatre is pleased to announce that individual tickets for FINDING NEVERLAND are on sale now. FINDING NEVERLAND will play The Classic Center Theatre in downtown Athens on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Based on the Academy Award®-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee , and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee , Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus ( Pippin , Hair ) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham , music and lyrics by Gary Barlow ( Take That ) and Grammy Award®- winner Eliot Kennedy , and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium ), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.

The production features scenic design by Tony Award®-winner  Scott Pask  ( Pippin Book of Mormon ), lighting design by Tony Award®-winner  Kenneth Posner  ( The Coast of Utopia Pippin ), costume design by  Suttirat Larlarb  ( Of Mice and Men ), sound design by Tony Award®-nominee  Jonathan Deans  ( Pippin La Cage aux Folles ), hair and make-up design by  Richard Mawbey , projection design by  Jon Driscoll, music supervision by Fred Lassen, musical direction by Ryan Cantwell  and casting by  Stewart/Whitley
Finding Neverland  is produced by NETworks Presentations. 

Visit to buy tickets, call (706) 357-4444 or stop by The Classic Center Theatre Box Office in Downtown Athens. 
Chamber Profiles
Tammy Gilland

Executive Director,
Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation

Number of Years You Have Been Involved in the Chamber – My involvement began 10 years ago. I have served on the Advisory Committeel, facilitated Youth Leadership & Leadership Oconee, and chaired the strategic plan, annual meeting and Scarecrow 5K committees.

Why are you involved in the Oconee Chamber? For over 40 years, the Oconee Chamber has influenced Oconee County’s development and success. It is a resource and advocate for businesses, partners, and community. Our motto is to Connect, Engage, Inspire, and Empower. Chamber partners working collectively instead of individually can leverage our community’s energy, creativity and innovation and be the leading force for progress and change. 

One goal that you have for our Chamber or community – I look forward to Economic Development moving from the County Government to the Chamber. I believe we have two tremendous opportunities – 1) to identify the type of businesses we want in Oconee County and then becoming more proactive in recruiting them; and 2) being a stronger resource and advocate for our smaller business partners.
Courtney Bernardi

President, Oconee Chamber of Commerce

Why are you involved in the Oconee Chamber? The better question is why not? The Oconee Chamber is an amazing organization because of our partners. Our partners are dedicated, successful and willing to give of themselves. With approximately 150 events, networking opportunities and committee meetings annually, there is no better place to build your business!

One goal that you have for our community or Chamber – For the Oconee Chamber to be the first point of contact for all potential businesses, new businesses and existing businesses looking to locate in, grow in and succeed in Oconee County.

Share a quote that motivates or inspires you Our family went through a pretty scary time in 2018 and during that time we decided that our family motto will forever be “Bernardis never give up.”
Board of Directors

Amanda Davis, OARC
Amy Parrish, Highland Trust Partners
Andrew Wallace, Chops & Hops
Brad Tucker, Braver Realty
Cristi Donahue, Oconee State Bank
David Walton, Fox's Pizza
Kevin Price, Kevin Price Construction
Lorie Petersen, BankSouth
Nathan Bartlett, Georgia Power
Paige Fuller, Mary Kay
Robert Griffith, Golden Pantry
Stuart Cofer, Cofer's Home & Garden
Tammy Gilland, Piedmont Athens Regional
William Rennie, Law Office of Russell W. Wall, LLC.

Associate Board of Directors

Dr. Jason Branch, OC Schools Superintendent
John Thorsen, Athens Academy
Jared Clark, Westminster Christian Academy
Seth Hathaway, Prince Avenue Christian School
Chamber Executive Board

Chairman of the Board
Tammy Gilland, Piedmont Athens Regional

Chair Elect
Cristi Donahue, Oconee State Bank

Amy Parrish, Highland Trust Partners

Stuart Cofer, Cofer's Home & Garden

Brad Tucker, Braver Realty

Chamber President
Courtney Bernardi
Oconee Chamber of Commerce
55 Nancy Drive
Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706) 769-7947
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