Hope you enjoy this Labor Day Holiday-a day to thank American workers for their contributions to America's quality of life.
Quality of Life and promoting business is this Chamber's mission. Thank you for your membership! Membership is increasing! We experienced a "sell out" crowd at our August monthly luncheon when we heard Vicksburg Warren School District Superintendent and Chamber Board member, Chad Shealy, briefing of public education in this community. We also recognized Pam Wilbanks of Porters Chapel Academy, Mary Arledge and Dr. Buddy Strickland of Vicksburg Catholic School, Dr. Chris Gilmer of Alcorn University and Marvin Moak of Hinds Community College. These local school leaders are preparing our future workforce.
Speaking of Vicksburg's future workforce.
Bob Morrison of Morrison Companies and Brother Blackburn of Blackburn Motor Company just recently solicited your support for the Chamber's Education Initiative, Franklin Covey's The Leader in Me. Thanks, Bob and Brother, for your dedication to address a very important criteria in our quality of life. Your financial support funds puts Leader in Me in more of our schools.
"Raise Up Strong Leaders" is Key Number 4 in Jack Schultz's book,
BOOMTOWN, USA, the 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns. Our Chamber program, Leadership Vicksburg, is one way to raise up leaders for this community. Applications and payment is due by September 18. Thank you to the businesses, government offices, and organizations who have hosted lunch and tours of their facilities for past Leadership Vicksburg classes. A special thank you also goes to the Class of 2015 Leadership Vicksburg Advisory Council of Christy Wilson of LedgerPurvis Real Estate, LLC, Ginger Donohue of Regions Bank, Alice Bell of Mutual Credit Union, Angela Turner of the City of Vicksburg and Frank Gardner of Ameristar.
Lastly, let me recognize two community leaders,
T. J. Tennison of Crossway Church and Carl Hearn of Batesville Casket,
who have replaced two Chamber Board members. Thank you for your leadership!
Together-we can improve the quality of life in Vicksburg, Mississippi!