119 W. Washington Street
     Post Office Box 133

     Monticello, Georgia 31064

     Phone: 706-468-8994

   Email:  jasperchamber@bellsouth.net

           Website:  www.jaspercountycoc.com

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First Friday Breakfast
~please RSVP so we know how much breakfast to prepare~

2017 Membership Drive
     We are in the middle of our annual Chamber of Commerce membership drive .  The 2017 membership drive will continue through March 31st.   It's not too late to join us!
     We will be listing all of the members in the Monticello News the first of April.   Don't be left out...we want you to be a 2017 Chamber member.

The membership application form is online at www.jaspercountycoc.com     
You can also download a copy here:   2017 Membership         
2017 Georgia Travel Guide

 The 2017 Georgia Travel Guides are now available at the Visitors' Center.

Stop by and get your FREE copy next time you are in town.  This is a great ready reference guide to what there is to see and do in the State of Georgia.
Leadership Jasper 2017 
Class Begins March 28, 2017
The Leadership Jasper 2017 Class begins March 28, 2017

The leadership class is a six month program that meets once a month.  The class is designed to learn as much as possible about Jasper County.  The focus of the class is to learn to apply leadership skills within the community.

2017 Class Attendees
Carol Atkinson, Robin Carey, Vicky Cochran, Robert Cumbie, Susan Denney, Trey Gafnea, Gail Harrell, Wendi Helms, Joseph Hinton, Joanne Jordan, Rev. Nathaniel Long, Kim McMichael, Mandi Tanner, and Jacki Tyler.

Organizer and Chairman:  Pam Mayer and Jeff Greeson
Class Advisor:  Rachel Torrance
Facilitator:  Bob Troutead with Trouteaud Consulting
Interested in joining us?  Call 706-468-8994
Jasper County Day at the Capitol
The Leadership Jasper 2017 class will be visiting Representative Susan Holmes at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 22nd.   

We will be leaving as a group by van from Monticello at 8am and returning around 1:30pm.   

If you would like to go with the class, please call the Chamber office at 706-468-8994.  Seating is limited.  

Photo:  Governor Nathan Deal, Representative Susan Holmes
In The News
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Tricia Armistead
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Norton Packaging 
     Tricia Armistead was named Citizen of the Year by the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting Tuesday. Norton Packaging was selected as business of the year. 
     In letters nominating Ms. Armistead, several qualities showed, particularly her compassion and her love for others. One person wrote that if Ms. Armistead had met the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, she could have given him her heart, because it is so big. Others wrote about the many ways Ms. Armistead opens her arms and the doors of her home to anyone in need, and to so many worthy causes.
      Ms. Armistead has built a reputation hosting the Polar Express each Christmas for the Mercy, Love and Joy fund for needy children at Christmas. Children get a goodie bag, train ride, visit with Santa and photo, and all she asks in return is that the children bring a gift for a needy child. She has hosted this for the last five years, opening her home to all, and funding the entire operation. Last year the Polar Express collected some $3,000.
     "Norton has, indeed, become an integral part of the community and has had a phenomenal rate of growth. On March 24, 2014, the Monticello facility began production with a five year goal of hiring 42 employees. By June 2, 2014, Norton had begun operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week. And the end of 2016, Norton Packaging in Monticello has 66 employees. Sixty of the employees live in Jasper County," the nomination form said. 
     Norton's employees also enjoy a benefits program, bonus program, incentive program, annual safety award program and a 401K profit sharing program.  Norton's community participation includes Chamber of Commerce membership; Deer Festival scholarship program, Deer Dash sponsorship, support of local schools, and the development of an internship program for students.  It is committed to using local service providers for product rucking, plumbing, building maintenance, and landscaping.
Article Credit:  The Monticello News




Dr. Shannon Barton, chair of the Jasper County School Board, cuts the ribbon (above) for the new multi-purpose building at Jasper County High School (JCHS) Tuesday.

The building includes a large room for wrestling or competition cheerleading practice, as well as other school activities, and could be used by the public for various activities. Dr. Mike Newton, superintendent, welcomed the crowd gathered Tuesday for the ribbon cutting, and then they heard from Buddy Cain, assistant principal/athletics and Camille Murner, JCHS principal. 

Pam Mayer, president of the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce spoke briefly, and then the ribbon was cut. After the remarks, the crowd was invited to tour the facility and watch as youth worked out on the new weight equipment. Dr. Newton gave kudos to several people who helped with the project, with high praise for Perry Hyde, maintenance and facilities director who oversaw the project. 

All members of the Board of Education were present as was Monticello Mayor Bryan Standifer and Mayor Pro-tem Stone Workman, County Commissioner Bruce Henry, County Manager Mike Benton, many members of the Chamber of Commerce board, and many others. Deer Festival Queen Starr Batchelor and Little Miss Fawn Aubrey Pope were also on hand for the festivities. (below, Coach Doug Huff instructs a student on the use of the new equipment).
Article Credit:  The Monticello News

Upcoming Member Events
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Piedmont Academy
March 5, 2017 

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Ferst Foundation 
March 4, 2017

WHAT:    Seuss On The Loose
WHERE:  Jasper County High School
WHEN:    Saturday, March 4, 2017
TIME:      10 o'clock a.m. - 12 o'clock p.m.

The Cat in the Hat reads "Oh the Places You'll Go!" to third graders Jeffrey Hatcher and Cambrion Farley at Washington Park Elementary School as he gets ready for Seuss on the Loose, a Ferst Foundation fund raiser set for Saturday, March 4, at Jasper County High School from 10 a.m. to noon. 

The fun-filled morning will offer games and activities for young children, as well as raffles and fun for the child at heart. The annual fund raiser supports reading, and the foundation that sends a book a month to children from the time they sign up near birth until they are five years old.
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The date has been set...!
Hunter Pope Country Club
May 3, 2017
Now accepting sponsorship..!

$400.00.... 1st Place Prize Sponsor
$300.00.... 2nd Place Prize Sponsor
$200.00....3rd  Place Prize Sponsor
$200.00....High School T eam Sponsor 
SOLD ....... B everage Cart Sponsor
$100.00....Closest To Pin Sponsor on Par 3's
$  75.00.....Tee Off Area Hole Sponsor
$  50.00.....Putting Green Sponsor
$  25.00.....Straightest Drive Sponsor
$  25.00.....Longest Drive Sponsor

Donate items to fill the bucket (88 items)
Norton Packaging donated plastic buckets for us to FILL with goodies for the tournament players.  Promote your business by donating items for the bucket.
Spring is on the way...!  
It's time to start planning for the 
2017 Market on the Square.  
Along with Spring comes an abundance
of Georgia grown and locally  grown 
fresh produce 
that will be plentiful 
throughout Summer.  
Come spend 22 weeks with us!

Market Festival On the Square 
May 6, 2017 thru September 30, 2017
Every Saturday
8 am - 12 pm

Register Now...for our 2017 Season

The winner of this beautiful memory quilt is....

Brenda Brady from Pateros, Washington.  Yes, Washington!  Mrs. Brady was here in the Fall doing some family genealogy.  She is a quilter and loved the memory quilt so she bought tickets. She was thrilled to learn that she won!    

A special thanks to  Mindy Clotfelter of Stitches of Monticello for designing, stitching, and most importantly donating the quilt.
2017 Cornerstone Members
It's not too late to become a 2017 Cornerstone Member 
For more information call the Chamber office...706-468-8994

This investment level of membership is included in all events and promotions             throughout the year.  Includes receiving Deer Dash Sponsorship (name on t-shirt, sign on route,  two t-shirts; Deer Festival Sponsorship - banner on stage; Deer Festival Pageant Program - ½ page ad in program; Banner Ad on Website - includes tracking; listed in Facebook Sponsor Album and posts made throughout the        
year;  Two Annual Meeting tickets and ad in program; Golf Tournament, banner on course and listed on application.   $500.00 investment ($700.00 value)

Abbey Hospice, Bank of Monticello, Central Georgia EMC, Harrison Family Farm, Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic,
Lewis & Malone Heating and Air, Inc.,  Paul and State Representative Susan Holmes,  Reese Hall Gardens and Kitchen, Stitches of Monticello, The Monticello News,
Tricia Armistead, CPA, PC, Venture Medical Associates, LLC