December 2017
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Claire Russell, CEO 
Family Care Inc.
Member Spotlight!

How many years have you been with your profession?   I have been a Registered Nurse for 34 years. - graduating from MCG in 1983.

How many years have your been in your position?  I started Family Care, Inc. in 1994 - 23 years ago

What do you love most about your job? 
I am totally passionate about helping others live fully at home - wherever home may be. I have an opportunity to support and love others in a very real way when many times they are at their most vulnerable.

Which business leader in McDuffie County has had the biggest impact on your career and how?  Dr. Jamie Lemley has had the biggest impact on my career - He has encouraged, guided and supported me in this endeavor from the beginning.

What does your Chamber membership mean to you?   The Thomson - McDuffie Chamber links me to the community and its' leaders in a totally different way than in my profession.

What is your favorite Chamber event and why?   The Christmas Parade is my favorite Chamber event.  We have attended for years and have timeless memories of bringing our great grandparents, parents and children to this special event!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?   Honestly, I wanted to be a nun! I thought they were cool and mysterious and got to lead joyful, peaceful and prayerful lives - or a mama! Somehow the two did not go together!

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce hosted Annual Pre-Legislative Luncheon 

On November 14,  Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce invited local citizens to the Thomson First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center to hear from our state representatives and local leaders on issues that pertain to our area.  "This event is a wonderful opportunity for our community to learn about what our elected officials are doing on our behalf at the State and Federal level," said Debbie Jones, Executive Director of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber. "We get to ask important questions that pertain to our needs and concerns."  We had approximately 100 in attendance.  more
New Members Added to the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber Board of Directors
The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the election of five new members to its 2018 Board of Directors, and its new Chair, Bennett Dudley of Dudley Nurseries.  Jordan Dozier, Dozier Heating & Air / Dozier Green Egg, will serve as the Chair-Elect.
The five new board members will assume their three year term beginning January 1, 2018: Dawn Swan of University Hospital McDuffie, Carrie Lokey of ECG Worksource Georgia, Lisa Adams of KaMin LLC, Robin Knight of Chick-fil-A, and Ashley Morey of Thomson Junior Woman's Club. These individuals will make up the 15 member Board of Directors. more
GACCE Announces 2017 Class of Georgia Certified Chambers
It's an exciting time to be in the chamber of commerce industry and to be a chamber in Georgia.  Many chambers have risen to the challenge to provide unparalleled leadership and direction, helping their members and communities thrive.  This type of performance is a reflection of the solid organizational infrastructure built through much hard work and diligence. more

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Ambassador Meeting - December 6, 2017
Host: Farmers State Bank 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Every month, our Ambassadors visit different businesses to hold their meetings.  This gives them the opportunity to learn more about that business and expand their networking.  If you would like to know more about becoming a Chamber Ambassador, give us a call.  

Employer Committee Meeting - December 19, 2017
Work Source Georgia - East Central Georgia Office 
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
647 Washington Rd. 
Thomson, GA 30824

Program: Work Session for Career Fair

The Chamber partners with the Georgia Department of Labor to form the East Central Georgia Employer Committee, a partnership dedicated to bringing information to employers in the area regarding labor practices. 

The ECGEC meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 am for a program provided by experts in the fields of labor laws and hiring practices.  Contact the Chamber for information regarding upcoming programs or to RSVP for the event. 

Dear Employer/Agency:

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, with the assistance of the Georgia Department of Labor & Worksource East Central Georgia, cordially invites you to participate in our upcoming Career Fair on  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Thomson Depot, 111 Railroad Street, Thomson, GA. more

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber invites you to participate in a unique, behind-the-scenes experience as a Principal for a Day. A great way to understand one of McDuffie County's strongest assets: our public education system. 

As a participant, you will have the chance to meet one-on-one with a McDuffie County educational leader. This special opportunity will provide a greater understanding of the educational processes in McDuffie County. more

One of the Chamber's biggest events of the year, our Annual Banquet, is where we recognize the outstanding contributions that business men and women have made to this community.  We also take pride in announcing our new Board of Directors and show our gratitude towards the Directors that are leaving the Board. more

Our DRUGS DON'T WORK program makes drug-free certification simple! Don't Delay... Reduce the impact on your bottom line by implementing a Drug-Free Workplace today!    More

Drugs Don't Work certification requires you to attend Supervisor Workshops annually.  These workshops will be at the Thomson Depot boardroom, and we'll have Terry Childers, Community Rep. from Bradford Health Services, as our guest speaker. 

Date for the next workshop:  
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