Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce
Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce
May 2016

Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce aims to serve the needs of its membership in order to advance the economic development and enhance the quality of life for Thomson-McDuffie County.

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Message from the Chairman 

The Administrative Professional Luncheon held Wednesday, April 27 was a huge success! We had nearly 100 honorees in attendance as we took a day to honor the people who make our businesses work. Debbie Jones, Belinda Campbell & Elizabeth Vance organized a very special event. Many thanks to Charlotte Derry & her team for the wonderful food; to the sponsors & contributors who donated a wide assortment of door prizes; the volunteers who setup the venue & served the meal; & to Thomson First United Methodist Church for hosting.
Next on the calendar is the 23rd annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival Saturday, May 7. Tickets are still available for $30 in advance, $40 at the gate. Elizabeth Vance & her team have an exciting lineup of performers for this year's festival. If you are of a mind to volunteer, we're sure Elizabeth can find a place for you! Contact the Chamber at (706) 597-1000 for more info.
Our Farmer's Market will kickoff Saturday, June 4. We're currently accepting applications for vendors. If you're interested, please contact Debbie Jones at the Chamber; space is limited.
See you at Blind Willie!
Welcome Belinda Campbell, Forward McDuffie Office Manager
We're delighted to announce that Belinda Campbell is the new Office Manager of Forward McDuffie as of April 18, 2016. Belinda comes to Forward McDuffie with more than 20 years of experience, having served as the Director of Legal Compliance and Human Resources at University Hospital McDuffie. She has been a board member of the Thomson Family YMCA and Partners for Success. Belinda retired from University Hospital McDuffie back in December of 2015, and decided that she wants to continue to stay involved in our community. Belinda's organizational skills and outstanding customer service is a perfect fit for our organization. We are extremely excited about adding her to our team, and we know you will be too.
Mark Your Calendars

23rd Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

Saturday, May 7th @ noon
Festival Site is 2 Miles North of I-20, Exit 172

Tickets on sale at the Forward McDuffie Office for
$30.  $40 at the Gate.

Ribbon Cutting for Jared Mitchell, MD, University General Surgery McDuffie
Wednesday, May 11th @ 12:00 p.m.

For more information click here

CTAE (Career, Technical and Agricultural Education) Banquet

Thursday, May 12th @ 6:00 p.m.
Thomson High School

Relay for Life
Friday, May 13th @ 6:00 p.m.
Thomson High School Track

Thomson Farmers Market
Saturdays, June - July
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Railroad Street in front of the Depot
Market Vendor Applications - Click Here

Freedom Blast
Friday, July 1st @  7:00 p.m.
Front Lawn of the Thomson-McDuffie County Government Complex.

Get Involved...
On May 5, 2016, the Georgia Chamber is hosting a town hall meeting at The Snelling Center in Augusta that will focus on discussing our new initiative, Georgia 2030, an ambitious plan to expand Georgia's role in global commerce, cultivate a world class workforce, bolster economic mobility, improve long-term job creation, and support diverse, thriving communities. 
To pull this off, we need your help. I hope you will consider attending this town hall meeting. Lunch will be provided and you will have an opportunity to network with Chamber members and business influencers. We will also host industry focused surveys and discussions that will allow you to be part of leading the future of Georgia.
It is my hope that this town hall provides your community with the beginning of a roadmap to shape the future of Georgia and your region. 

If you have additional questions please contact Meg Lowe at or (404) 223-2473.

Chris Clark

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Administrative Professionals Luncheon
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The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce hosted the 28th Annual Administrative Professionals luncheon on Wednesday, April 27 th at the Thomson First United Methodist Church (Family Life Center). This event is designed to treat those individuals that are the shining stars in their workplace.  This is a way to say "thank you" to them for their hard work and continued service to their community.
We had approximately a hundred people in attendance to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber Board of Directors and other volunteers from the community. The guests were entertained by singing from the three year old preschool class of Thomson First United Methodist Church.  "The luncheon ran smoothly and was a tremendous success," said Skip Griffin, Chairman of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber Board of Directors.  "The honorees enjoyed a wonderful meal & our sponsors & contributors pitched in with a wide assortment of door prizes. Thanks again to our chamber staff & volunteers for putting on a great event!"
There were over sixty door prizes and many small favors for the guests to enjoy. Troy Jamison, City Executive VP of Regions Bank, presented the 2016 Administrative of the Year to Toni Watkins from Regions Bank.  "Toni Watkins has been providing our community with financial advice, guidance and education for over thirty two years," said Mr. Jamison.   "Mrs. Watkins has a proven record in completely satisfying our clients and helping them achieve financial success. She is truly a valuable asset or Regions Bank and our community".  Mrs. Watkins received a gift bag along with a dozen red roses from Richards Florist in Thomson.