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February 2016
Getting To Know Your 2016 Chamber Board President

What an honor it is to serve as your President for 2016.  Your Board of Directors has been working hard since last year preparing for an exciting and productive year while continuing to improve the quality of life for Vicksburg-Warren County.   Last week, a large contingency of community leaders met in Washington DC for the annual visit with our legislators.  We're working with the Vicksburg Warren School District on the Ford Next Generation Learning initiative and we are excited to learn about the "Work Ready Certified Community" program to present our work force in a positive light to potential businesses looking to move into the area.  Stephen Covey said:  "Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand!! It's the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge."  WE are those respectful human beings and we will go beyond our preconceived ideas to meet great challenges.

Thank you for your continued support and my door is always open for your ideas and suggestions.

p.s.  Don't forget to go see "Mary Poppins" at the Parkside Playhouse  February  18-21.  And, have a " Supercalifragilisticexpialidoc ious" day.

Lynn Foley
Director of Sales,  Courtyard by Marriott 
Save The Date

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

at


Strut Boutique

Holt Collier Drive

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
10:00 a.m.


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Congratulations to the Outstanding Educators of the Year!
Angela Coleman,  Beechwood Elementary School 
awards presented by Lynn Foley, Southern Hospitality Service
and Buddy Dees, Ellis, Braddock & Dees

Cheryl Grant , Porters Chapel Academy

Anonymous Donor rewards runner-ups with cash prize!

Kiresten Walker,                                Ebony Gardner
Vicksburg Intermediate School                  Vicksburg High School
Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation Donates $4500 to Leader-In-Me!

Gerad Hardy (right) Ameristar Casino General Manager, presents 
Bob Morrison Chair of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and Board President, Lynn Foley with a check for the Leader-In-Me Chamber initiative.
February Ambassador Meeting

Ambassadors serve as the public relations arm of the Chamber by acting as a liaison between the Chamber and its members.  Ambassadors help retain member relationships which are essential for the long-term success of the Chamber. 
 
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Welcome New Members!




STRUT BOUTIQUE




Dan Muirhead Insurance



Welcome Individual Members

KAREN FREDERICK

ANGELA J. BROWN

Congratulations
ANNUAL WINNERS 

Large Business of the Year
Trustmark National Bank
Tom Kendall (left) and Kathryn Ferrell

Small Business of the Year
Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
(Left to right) Annette Kirklin, Lori Burke, Nick Jones, Ashley Gatian, Laura Beth Strickland, Bill Serratt, Felicia Gavin, Pat Strange, Rick Martin, Alice Hebler, Corrie Elliott


Ambassador of the Year
Stefani Evans
Guaranty Bank & Trust


(photo credit Laura Beth Strickland)
We say thank you and farewell to our 
2015 Board of Directors at the Chamber's Annual Luncheon!

(pictured left to right)

Tom Kendall -
Trustmark Bank / 
2015 Chamber Board President
Ronnie Andrews
Vicksburg Insurance Agency
Katie Feibelman 
May & Co. /  Treasurer
  Lori Burke
Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau / Ameristar Casino
Lady Luck Hotel Hosts Business After Hours!
Mayor George Flaggs with   A.J. "Buddy" Dees, Ellis, Braddock & Dees    
     
Molly Procell - Lady Luck Casino, Stefani Evans -   Guaranty Bank & Kim Crouse,  Lady Luck Hotel