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UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

9/11 Second Saturday. Enjoy extended hours in downtown Ellijay. Try out a new restaurant or all an old favorite.
9/14 Oh Say Can You Sew, LLC Ribbon Cutting. 11a East Towne Center, 941 Maddox Road - Suite 214, East Ellijay
In This Issue
Upcoming Chamber Events
Brick Laying Ceremony
Apple Pickin' Jubilee
AF volunteers needed
Scarecrow Invasion
GAHA Attic Sale/Volunteers Needed
Alzheimer's Memory Walk
9/11 Memorial Service
New Chamber Member
Renewing Members
Network Luncheon
Georgia Work Ready Testing
Gilmer County Rodeo
North Georgia Employer Committee
Immediate MedCare
Brick Laying Ceremony

Join Immediate MedCare for a brick laying ceremony at 4 pm Thursday, September 16th at their new Urgent Care Center south of KFC on GA 515 in East Ellijay. After the ceremony, tour the temporary facility at 526 Maddox Drive for free drinks and food.

Contact
Penny Powell for
more information
706/889-0612

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Pickin' Jubilee Begins This Weekend!!!

September 11th and 12th, nine miles east of Ellijay, on Hwy 52 East, 9:00am til 6:00 pm. and every weekend through October 31
Pick your own apples right from the trees! Get the best pickin's the first weekend before they get picked over! There'll be lots of fun activities for the whole family including wagon rides, petting farm, pig races, cow milking, a jumping pillow, giant slide and mouth watering food!
39th Annual Georgia Apple Festival/ Volunteers Still Needed!!!
It's coming!!! And not that far away now!!! Less than one month before our biggest festival of the year!!! Volunteers are still needed to help out and staff the event. Please give us a call at 706-635-7400 if you are able to help, and again, thank you to all of you who have already volunteered!

Scarecrow Invasion 2010- Are you Ready?

Get ready everybody!!! The Chamber is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Scarecrow Invasion!!! Grab your bushel baskets, old clothes, hats and burlap bags and head on over to the Mountain Ridge Garden Shop (S. Main St., across from Ace Hardware) for the scarecrow workshop on Saturday, September 25th. The invasion will take place from October 1st through October 31st. Let's see how good we can let our straw-stuffed friends take over Ellijay this year!!! For more information call 706/635-2782.
Please be sure and register your scarecrow so we can create a scarecrow trail throughout Gilmer County. Applications are available at the Chamber office and Cartecay River Trading Company.

GAHA ATTIC SALE/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Hello GAHA Members!

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. It is hard to believe it is September. So, now that you all have rested up over the long weekend, I am requesting your help for the Attic Sale. I have several people that have offered to help, but I know I am going to need more. Next Monday I will be at GAHA to start bringing items down from the attic to start sorting and pricing. Please, let me know what you can do and what days you can work so I can plan accordingly. We are having the Member Pre-Sale on the 23rd so we need to have the majority of the items priced by Wednesday.

Also, please bring any items you wish to donate to the sale. Remember they are tax deductible and GAHA benefits! It is a win-win for everyone!

I look forward to working with you and seeing you at the Attic Sale! Spread the word!

Trish Ledford
Attic Sale Chair
For more information call 706-635-5605 or email questions to gaha@ellijay.com.


Alzheimer's Memory Walk

The Alzheimer's Memory Walk will be held at the Lions Club Fairground in Ellijay on September 11th. Registration begins at 8:30am with the walk beginning at 9:30am. You can register a team at www.alz.org/georgia.

9/11 Memorial Service
Join the American Legion and Boy Scouts at Ellijay River Park on S. Main St on Saturday, September 11, 2010, for a walk to remember those we lost on 9/11/2001. The service will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will include a walk from the pavilion to the Veteran's Bridge.

For the weeks of Sep. 10 - Sept. 26

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

9/4-9/26 Event at Red Apple Barn. Fridays, Saturdays, and Labor Day in September. For more information call 706-635-5898 or email apples@redapplebarn.com.
9/5-10/30 Walk Geogia sponsored by the University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension, Gilmer County. For more information visit www.walkgeorgia.org.
9/10-9/12 The Blank Canvas at The Martyn House. 3p-5p. For more information call 706-635-4759 or email info@themartynhouse.com.
9/11 Alzheimer's Memory Walk, Registration at 8:30a, walk begins at 9:30a at the Lion's Club Fairgrounds. For more information visit www.alz.org/georgia.
9/11 Apple Country Auto Club Cruise-In, 5p-7p, downtown Ellijay. For more information call Roy at 706-635-2221.

9/11 Second Saturday Block Party/Three Rivers Music Jam, downtown Ellijay in the city parking lot. Enjoy live music under the stars. 5p-10p.
9/11-10/31 Saturday and Sundays 9a-6p. Apple Pickin Jubilee at Hillcrest. For more information visit http://www.hillcrestorchards.net
9/11 Introduction to Pastels at 187 Kell Street in Ellijay. 10a-2p with Camille Day. For more information contact GAHA at 706-635-5605 or email questions to gaha@ellijay.com.
9/11 Blue Suede Paws Benefit & Silent Auction, 7p-10p, American Legion Hall in Ellijay. For more information call 706-889-1383.
9/11-9/12 R & A Orchards farm tour/wagon ride and u-pick! For more information call 706-273-3821 or email questions to apples@randaorchards.com.
9/13 ''Best Practices'' oil class at GAHA. For more information call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.org.
9/13 Ellijay Elementary Family Night, Ellijay IHOP, 5p-8p
Contact Cindy Carter at ccartersrm@bellsouth.net for more information.
9/13 Artists' Day Out/Open Studio Day at GAHA on Mondays in September. For more information call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.org.
9/14 North Georgia Employer Committee Meeting at 12p. Appalachian Community Bank Conference Center in Ellijay. For more information call Carol Green at 706/632-2033 or email questions to carol.green@dol.state.ga.us
9/14 Oh, Say Can You Sew? LLC Ribbon Cutting. 11a East Towne Center, 941 Maddox Road - Suite 214, East Ellijay
9/14 Playing with Acrylics Class at GAHA. For more information call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.org.
9/14 Carfit Check Event for Mature Drivers at New Horizons Bank in East Ellijay. 3p - 5p. For more information call Renee Dotson, 706-635-4426 or email questions to rdotson@uga.edu.
9/16 Weekly Watercolor Classes at GAHA. For more information call 706-635-5605 or visit www.gilmerarts.org.
9/17-9/18 1st annual Championship Rodeo at the Gilmer County Saddleclub/Fairgrounds, 6p-11p. For more info visit http://www.gilmercountysaddleclub.com
9/18 Senior Health Fair at Gilmer High School 7:30 to 12 p. For more information call Gina Pendley at Georgia Mountains Hospice 1-800-692-7199.
9/18 Fall Yard Sale at Gilmer Learning Center 8a-12p, 30 Southside Church Street in Ellijay. For more information call 706-276-1110 or email questions to dan.glc@ellijay.com.
9/18-9/19 R and A Orchards farm tour/ wagon ride and u-pick! For more information call 706-273-3821 or email questions to apples@randaorchards.com
9/18 Farm to Table DInner at the Martyn House. For more information call 706-635-4759 or email questions to info@themartynhouse.com.
9/24-9/25 GAHA Attic Sale, Friday 9a-5p, Saturday 9a-1pfor more information call 706-635-5605 or email questions to gaha@ellijay.com.
9/24
Ellijay IHOP Family Night for Gilmer County Kids Kottage, 5p-9p. For more information contact Cindy Carter at ccartersrm@bellsouth.net
9/25 Scarecrow Building Workshop at Mountain Ridge Garden Shop, 10a..
9/25-9/26 R and A Orchards farm tour/wagon ride and u-pick! For more information call 706-273-3821 or email questions to apples@randaorchards.com.
9/26 GAHA Picnic by the River. For more information call 706-635-5605 or email questions to gaha@ellijay.com
For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our calendar of events at www.gilmerchamber.com. Don't see your event. Submit it online at www.gilmerchamber.com or through your ChamberMaster login.
WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBER
CASA of the Appalachian Judical Circuit
1 Broad Street Suite 201
Ellijay, GA. 30540
706/276-2272
The American Legion Post 82
297 Legion Road
Ellijay, GA 30540
706/698-7007
THANK YOU RENEWING MEMBERS
Blizzard Digital Corportation
Individuals

William Comes

Sandy Lyons

United Community Bank Scores!


The 2011 United Community Bank Junior Board was introduced to Chamber members attending the September network luncheon.

Over 100 Chamber members and guests enjoyed our September network luncheon- tailgate style! United Community Bank outdid themselves and created a fun, relaxing luncheon for everyone.

Georgia Work Ready

A phenomenal program, Georgia Work Ready was launched in August 2006 by Governor Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. It was set up to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce, and drive future economic growth for the state. It is the only initiative of its kind to be conducted through a partnership between a state government and a state chamber of commerce, ensuring that companies can more reliably match the right people with the right jobs. Work Ready is based on a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of businesses and the available skills of Georgia's workforce, the state can more effectively generate the right workers for the right jobs.
Here in Gilmer County, we are set for two more testing sessions for Georgia Work Ready. Anyone wishing to be tested can contact the Chamber for pre-registrations.
We will be able to take 25-28 people in each session.

They are scheduled at the Dalton State College Gilmer Campus on September 17 at 9 a.m. and September 24 at 12 p.m.
Anyone wishing to take the test is welcome, but as of now we are working towards reaching our testing goals. So far we have tested 45 individuals for private employment, with 98 more to go to reach our goal of 143; and we have tested 19 publicly employed individuals, with 7 more to go to reach our goal of 26. We also have tested 4 individuals who have their GED, and we need to test 5 more to reach our goal of 9.

Anyone wishing to be tested can call the Chamber at
706/635-7400 with the following information:
Full name
Date of Birth
Last 3 digits Social Security
Email Address
Phone Number

Or visit Chattahoochee Technical College-Appalachian Campus in Jasper on Wednesdays at 12:30p. Contact Sandy Hughes at 706-253-4515 or shughes@chattahoocheetech.edu to register.
Happy Testing!!!
YEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!
First Annual Championship Rodeo
September 17th and 18th
Kick up your s
purs and head on down to the Gilmer County Saddleclub Fairgrounds for our First Annual Championship Rodeo!!!
Grab the buckaroos and the buckarettes for fun on a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, and lots of other fun activities!!!
Gates open at 6pm and the rodeo starts at 8pm.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 from Ronnie Thompson Ford, Appalachian Beverage, and Beds, etc.
or
Puchase your tickets at the gate for $12.
Children eight and under are free!
See you there!!!
North Georgia Employer Committee Meeting
The North Georgia Employer Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14th at 12:00p at Appalachian Community Bank Conference Center in Ellijay, GA.

This meeting is extremely important to all employers, educators and agencies. Speakers will focus on money saving programs and tax breaks.

*Richard Lee Jennings, CFCA, CPA, R.L. Jennings and Co., will be discussing a tax break called Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act.

*Georgia Work$ is a program through the Georgia Department of Labor that can assist an employer with training costs. Employers estimate that the average cost of training a new employee is at least 1/3 their annual salary. If they leave and have to be replaced add another 1/3 for training the replacement. Lisa Adkisson will be presenting this information.

*Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is another tax credit for employers who hire new employees from certain target groups. Did you know that a tax credit can sometimes be taken if you hire a Qualified Veteran, Disabled Veteran, Vocational Rehabilitation Referral, Qualified Ex-felon or SSI Recipient? Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation will be providing information on this program.

Please call or email Carol Green if you plan to attend. It is open to everyone. Lunch will be provided for $9.00. Please RSVP.

Carol Green
Employment Marketing Representative
Georgia Department of Labor
Blue Ridge Career Center
carol.green@dol.state.ga.us
Phone (706) 632-2033
Fax (706) 632-7316

The Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce is a 500+ member organization serving the North Georgia communities of Ellijay, East Ellijay, and Cherry Log for over 30 years. The Chamber operates two visitor centers, serves as the economic development and destination marketing agency for the county, and provides networking opportunities and business resources for its members. The mission of the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce is to provide opportunities for a healthy and vibrant business environment that enhances the value of our community . The vision of the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce is to be the association of choice for business in Gilmer County. For more information on joining the Chamber or getting involved, please call 706/635-7400 or email info@gilmerchamber.com.