June 2017
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McDuffie Animal Hospital

Grand Opening of the New Thomson Family YMCA

The Thomson Farmers Market will begin on the first Saturday in June 2017, and run each Saturday during the summer, until the last Saturday in July from 8:00 a.m. till noon in downtown Thomson.  The Market will feature fresh, seasonal, local produce from area farmers.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the Market, please call the Chamber - 706-597-1000. 

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Join us as we welcome bike riders from all over Georgia for an overnight visit to Thomson, as they ride from Athens to the Golden Isles!

They will be camping out at the Brickyard Stadium and at the Old Norris Elementary School. 

Business Expo - Block Party!
We will have a Business Expo on Railroad Street with a live band as our guests will be visiting our downtown area.  Railroad Street will be closed in front of the Depot from Main Street to the corner of  Hogie Joes. We ask that you bring a table and canopy tent to show off your business. The cost to participate in the Business Expo is $25 per entry.
For the last session of the 2017 Leadership Class, the group will be learning about the services local government provides to the community.  

Additionally, the Leadership Class completed their class project at Raysville campground, restoring four campsites.  




Youth Leadership McDuffie
On May 11, Youth Leadership McDuffie held their graduation at the Thomson Depot.  Angie Roberts, Youth Leadership's Adviser, welcomed the parents and special guests.  She spoke on the different sessions that the students participated in.

Debbie Jones, Executive Director of the Chamber, thanked the Youth Leadership Advisory Board for the success of the program and congratulated the students on setting the bar high for future classes.  County Chairman, Charlie Newton, thanked the board as well.  He encouraged the students to take what they learned from the program, and apply it to their future goals.  Greg Derry, owner of Joesbury Insurance, was the guest speaker. He spoke on setting goals, and to try something different to achieve those goals.  Each student was asked to share their experience with the audience as they received their certificates. 


 
On May 16th, the Employer Committee had the pleasure of bringing Jonathan Martin, attorney with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, to speak to participants on what to expect in labor laws with the new administration.  

The event was held at Augusta Technical College in Thomson. Presenting sponsor was East Central Georgia Work Source. 

This was such a great program, that we plan on bringing him back next year.  The participants truly enjoyed his presentation, and gained valuable knowledge for their work practices.
The Chamber Ambassadors held their May meeting at The Hampton Inn & Suites on May 3rd. Chelsey Davis, Marketing Manager of Hampton Inn, gave updates on what the hotel has in store for the upcoming months.


The Ambassadors voted to adopt a new program, Business of the Month. A qualification and nomination form is located on the Chamber website.  If you would like to nominate a business, click on the link below.



PEWS & PULPITS RAMBLE TICKETS ON SALE

Historic rural churches in five area counties are featured on the "Pews & Pulpits Ramble" bus tour, Friday, June 16th .
 
The tour will visit historic churches in Greene, Hancock, McDuffie, Taliaferro and Warren Counties. Seven churches sited in the "Historic Rural Churches of Georgia" publication will be featured on the tour: Mt. Zion Presbyterian, Hancock; Powelton Methodist, Hancock; Antioch Baptist, Taliaferro; Locust Grove Catholic, Taliaferro; Barnett Methodist, Warren; Wrightsboro Methodist, McDuffie; and Penfield Baptist, Greene. Bus stops will be made at each location and narrators will be on hand to share the church's history. The stop at Wrightsboro Methodist Church includes a box lunch.
 
The bus tour begins and ends at Home Depot's parking lot, 2490 Meadow Crest Road, Greensboro. Plans call for the bus to leave at 9am and return around 3:30pm. A pick up and drop off is planned for Thomson for those people who live closer to this area. Please call Elizabeth Vance for more info on this location, 706-597-7422.
 
Tickets are $45 per person (includes box lunch) and can be ordered online at historicpewsandpulpits.com or by calling 706-465-9604. Seats are limited.
 
The "Pews & Pulpits Ramble'' is sponsored by a coalition of tourism organizations in all five counties. Proceeds from the bus tour will be used to fund solar-powered audio boxes at the area's historic sites. The audio boxes will provide history narratives 24-7 for visiting tourists.
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