Fifty-Ninth Annual 
Meeting & Banquet

April 10, 2014

Country Club
Blackshear, Georgia

Pierce County Industrial Development Authority, City of Blackshear, City of Patterson, Pierce County Board of Commissioners,  City of Blackshear's Main Street Program, Pierce County Housing Authority, Team 25, Pierce County Board of Education, and several independent chamber member businesses visit Mayo Clinic Health System. 

Dana Bowen, President of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce presents Mayo Clinic Health System with a plaque of appreciation. L-R, Dr. Calamia, Dana Bowen, Mary Hoffman, and Cheryl Croft. 

Medicare 2014

In partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System, the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce hosted a FREE, Medicare 2014 information session on Tuesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. in the Emmanuel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. 


This well-attended meeting was designed for seniors and caregivers who have questions and concerns regarding recent and upcoming changes in Medicare benefits. The presenter for this event was Teresa Beard, Manager of Regulatory & Reimbursement Process at Mayo Clinic in Florida. 


Representatives from the GeorgiaCares program were also on hand to assist people with individual questions regarding the Medicare process.


"This meeting was very helpful. I appreciate the Chamber offering this as a service in our community," stated one attendee. 

Ribbon Cutting: 
Oak Lane Events 


Join us Friday, May 9 at 2:00 for Oak Lane Events' official Ribbon Cutting. We welcome Tina Dixon, owner of this fabulous event venue, to the Chamber family. Oak Lane is located in the historic Brantley/Fleming home at 622 Main St., Blackshear.


The Ribbon Cutting ceremony will include refreshments and a tour of this beautiful property!


preview the facility
Business After Hours 
Eagle Station - Patterson, GA 
 *Refreshments * Door Prizes * Facility Tours * NETWORKING *
May 15, 2014 -5:00-6:30

Fishing Tournament 
Don't miss out on the Inaugural Satilla River Fishing Tournament! This tournament is sponsored by the Satilla Riverkeeper and will be held on May 10. The registration fee is $25 and includes a Satilla Riverkeeper membership. 


Over $1000 in prizes will be awarded! 

Register here

Satilla Riverkeeper
or come by the Chamber for a registration form.

Chamber Banquet Draws Record Crowd

Due to the overwhelming support of members and guests, we had a record turnout for this year's banquet. We were definitely a "close knit" community on the evening of April 10. Sitting elbow-to-elbow with our neighbors gave us the opportunity to put aside our differences, concentrate on our common purpose, and look to our future with hope and promise. As the keynote speaker, Dr. Howard Wasdin, former Navy Seal, pointed out -- love for our country, love for our community, and love for each other determines the success of any given mission.


After what I witnessed in that banquet room, I feel confident; this community will successfully complete its mission.  


Angela Manders 

Administrative Director





Pierce County Chamber Visits Mayo Clinic Health System

On Tuesday, April 22, the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce sponsored an informational luncheon hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System. 


Hospital leaders shared with elected officials, community leaders and business owners the many benefits the health system brings to our community.


Cheryl Croft, Associate Administrator, introduced Kenneth T. Calamia, M.D., CEO, and Mary Hoffman, Chief Administrative Officer, who discussed the local hospital's integration with Mayo Clinic. They also presented the economic impact of Mayo Clinic Health System in our community and the enhanced access to high quality care in southeast Georgia, to ensure the continued presence of excellent community health care in the region.


The visit concluded with Q&A time and a thorough tour of the Mayo facility.  


Chamber Hosts GDOT 
Bypass Meeting
Approximately 40 community leaders attended an informational meeting about a proposed bypass between Pierce and Ware counties. The Chamber hosted the gathering with Ann Purcell, who represents the First Congressional District on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board.


The meeting gave citizens of Pierce and Ware Counties information regarding the status of the bypass project. Purcell, and her GDOT team, discussed the history, timeline and funding of the project and presented the current bypass proposals. Discussion about building a bypass has spanned multiple decades. Concepts currently being considered would allow traffic to flow from U.S. Highway 84 near Ware Street Extension in Pierce County to one of multiple proposed areas on U.S. Highway 1 south of Waycross. 


Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns in a professional environment. 


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Welcome, New Members!

The following businesses and individuals joined the Chamber in April:


Betty Sue Tatum &

 Brenda Steverson

with Atlantic Coast Bank


 The City of Patterson


Oak Lane Events


Fesperman Real Estate


Highway 84 Storage


Satilla Riverkeeper


Stewart Distribution


Mittie Vaughan


Kelly's Tanning Salon


Steel & Metal Systems


Elizabeth Welch


 We look forward to working with our members to promote a healthy business community.

Become a Member 

playroom-child.jpg OKRLS Summer Reading Program
The Pierce County Public Library Summer Reading Program begins May 27! This program provides weeks of summer activities for our children (and adults). If your business would like to donate prizes and incentives, call Lori Howell, branch manager, at 449-7040. 
Meet the Chamber Directors

Jonathan M. Tindall (Jon) is Vice President of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Jon is the son of Merrill and Donna Tindall of Blackshear and a 1993 graduate of PCHS.  He is married to Mindee Phelan Tindall of Waycross, and they have three sons, Nathan (16), Cason (13), and Fletcher (2).


Jon has twenty years of experience in water and wastewater operations and environmental testing and sampling, including asbestos containing material, groundwater, wastewater, soil, and surface water inspection, asbestos abatement. He has been employed by his family business, Tindall Enterprises, Inc. (TEI), for the entirety of his environmental career. Through hard work and dedication to the corporation, he progressed in TEI and now serves as the Operations Director.


Jon's level-headed demeanor and keen wit make him an effective community leader. When asked why he agreed to serve as an officer on the chamber board, Jon had this to say, "I want to see this community grow, and I want this Chamber to be an asset to the citizens and businesses of Pierce County. Pierce County is now, OPEN FOR BUSINESS!"  


Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors: 

President - Dana L. Bowen, 

Vice President - Jon Tindall, Secretary/Treasurer - Chris Sinclair, 

Jonathan Coleman, Richard Highsmith, Stephen James, Dr. Joy Williams

Lunch & Learns Coming Soon! 
In conjunction with Okefenokee Technical College, 
the Chamber will be offering member-only educational opportunities to help you grow your business. Let us know which of the following classes would be most beneficial for you and your business.


Office Organization & Time Management

Managing the Difficult Customer

Microsoft Outlook: How can it Help My Business Stay Organized and Efficient?

Computer Basics

Social Networking and Your Business (Coming Soon)

Talking the Talk: Providing Top Notch Service Over the Phone

Face-to-Face Customer Service Essentials

Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

Sales & Customer Service

Serving the Multicultural Customer


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