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Cherokee County, Georgia

“Where Metro Meets the Mountains”

Chamber of Commerce Volume 12

E-News

December 2012

Chamber Plans 42nd Annual Meeting Thursday, January 24th 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Location:

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center

Plans are underway for the Chamber’s 42nd Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2013 in the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center located in the Cherokee County Administration Building in Canton. Networking and registration begin at 11:00 AM with the luncheon following from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Highlights of the luncheon include the recognition of the outgoing Chamber Board members and the introduction of the incoming Board members who will serve a three-year term ending December 2015. Also, 2012 Chairman Tom Heard will pass the gavel to 2013 Board Chairman Randy Gravley, WLJA 101.1 FM/Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my term as Chairman of the Board and am excited about presenting both the Chairman’s Council Volunteer of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year awards,” remarked, Tom Heard, Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority. The 38th Annual First Citizen Award will also be presented and a glimpse back at 2012 is planned. ________________________________________ Tickets for the luncheon are $68 per person and advanced purchase is required. Reserved tables are available for groups of eight. Reservations will be accepted through January 14th.

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OFFICERS Chair..............................................................................................Tom Heard Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority Chair-Elect............................................................................Randy Gravley WLJA 101.1 FM/Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine Vice-Chair Community Relations............................................................ Lewis Cline Bank of North Georgia Vice-Chair Economic & Small Business Dev........................................Rick Ingram Community and Southern Bank Vice-Chair Chamber Services.......................................................... David Simmons Chattahoochee Technical College Past Chair....................................................................................Ben Looper Southeast Restoration Group

DIRECTORS Renee Cavan............................................................. SunTrust Banks, Inc. Earl Darby................................................................ Darby Funeral Home Rod Drake........................................................Georgia Power Company Phil Eberly............................................................W.K. Dickson & Co. Inc. Susan Filiberto................................................................ MUST Ministries Chuck Flagg.......................................................................Cruise Holidays Shelia Garrison............................................................................Individual Steve Garrison, Jr................................................... Canton Tire & Wheel Billy Hayes.............................................. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Rick Kononen...............................................................................Individual Joan McFather............................................................... Retired Educator Jason Nelms..................................... Everlast Synthetic Products, LLC Michael Owen.................................................... Lusk Construction, Inc. Jeff Rusbridge......................................................Dyer & Rusbridge, P.C. John West................................................................. Express Impressions Rick Whiteside.................... Wetland & Ecological Consultants, LLC JoEllen Wilson.........................................................Reinhardt University

STAFF Pamela W. Carnes, GCCE............................................. President & CEO Vicky Tucker............................................ Vice-President of Operations Kelly Berryhill................. Business & Consumer Services Specialist Amy Blanton..................................Education & Workforce Specialist Gini Mizelle...................................................................... Events Manager Nichole Parks....................................................... Membership Manager Paula Willliams........................................... Communications Manager


ENTREPRENEUR OF THE QUARTER

2012 First Citizen Nominees are currently being sought for the prestigious First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. Sponsored by the Chamber, the 38th Annual First Citizen will be announced during the 42nd Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. The distinct title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon a man or woman who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his or her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges carefully reviews the accomplishments of each applicant and the winner is chosen based upon merit.

Albors/Alnet Language & Transportation Services The third Entrepreneur of the Quarter award for this year was presented to Rene Albors, who owns Albors/Alnet Language & Transportation Services.

A graduate of Leadership Cherokee, Rene is also a member of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Council.

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Since its establishment in 1988, Albors & Associates has sought out interpreters and translators who have the necessary background, dialect and experience to accurately convey information. Soon after, Alnet Transportation was established to provide transportation to and from medical appointments for workers’ compensation patients. Together, these companies create a synergy that expedites services to those injured on the job, enabling them to receive necessary assistance, return to health and resume their employment. Headquartered in Winter Park, Florida, with a branch office in Georgia, Albors/Alnet coordinates with national and international providers in fulfilling tens of thousands of assignments each year.

First Citizen Applications are available at the Chamber office, or via the web at www.CherokeeChamber.com. All applications must be submitted by 5 PM, Monday, December 10, 2012. For further details and/or an application, please contact the Chamber at 770-345-0400.

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The 2013 honoree will join a prestigious list of Cherokee Countians that includes former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971 and community leader JoEllen Wilson who was chosen as the 2012 First Citizen.

Friday

• Provide company shirts - yes your company’s shirts - for the Chamber staff to wear to promote your business! Participation is limited to Chamber member businesses. There is no additional cost to your company.

• Not only will the Chamber staff wear your shirts on the designated day, they will promote you as the featured business to the Chamber membership via email, Facebook and the Chamber’s YouTube Channel. • Seven shirts are required. Sizes provided in advance. Shirts remain the property of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. • In order to secure the Friday you want be sure to sign-up quickly! Advance sign-up is required. • Due to special events/office closings/holidays, the following date are not available in 2013: March 29th, July 5th, September 6th, October 18th, November 15th, November 29th and December 27th. • By the way...Are you interested in securing more than one Friday? Contact the Chamber for availability after six-months from your previous Chamber Shirt Friday.

Janie Gulick FauxBelle of Gulick Designs

Advance sign-up is required. Early sign-ups are recommended! Contact Pam@CherokeeChamber.com to reserve your week!


August 25th- November 19th

Cherokee Office of Economic Development Cherokee 75 Corporate Park 3511 Highway 92, Acworth Economic Development

Rock Creek Manor Assisted Living 50 Cagle Mill Rd South, Jasper Assisted Living Facilities

Cagle’s Family Farm – Official Opening of the Corn Maize 355 Stringer Road, Canton Tourism

TrustWorkz, Inc. 2449 Towne Lake Pkwy, Woodstock Marketing Services


Northside Hospital Cherokee Towne Lake Medical Offices 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock Health Care

Towne Lake Rotary Club 1003 Towne Lake Hills East, Woodstock Nonprofit Organization

AYS Restoration 5087 Cumming Hwy, Canton Insurance Restoration, Water, Fire, Storm

Cherokee County Fire Training Facility 3985 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs County/Government

NexSlim of Towne Lake 200 Parkbrooke Dr, Suite 130, Woodstock Health Care

Rayven Co. Candles LLC 149 Reinhardt College Pkwy, Suite 5, Canton Retail Candles & Bath


Frankfort Doner 6845 Highway 92, Suite D, Woodstock Restaurant

All About You Too 12050 Highway 92, Suite 116, Woodstock Gift Shop

Avery Montessori Academy 9626 Hickory Flat Hwy, Woodstock Private School, Child Care Center

J. Miller’s Smokehouse 156 Towne Lake Pkwy, Woodstock Restaurant

Edwards Eye Care 7824 Hickory Flat Hwy, Suite 100, Woodstock Optometrists

Atlanta Forklift Sales & Services, LLC 2563 Airport Industrial Dr, Ball Ground Industrial & Manufacturing


Membership Renewals.....

August 29th-November 26th

member since

member since

A Kwik Bail Bond.............................................................................10/27/2005

Conklin Studios LLC......................................................................... 9/12/2011

A New You Skin & Body Clinic.........................................................9/28/2011

Cotton States Insurance - Ellia Simon............................................... 10/7/2011

AccuAir Heating and Cooling, Inc.....................................................8/31/2009

Creative Business Solutions............................................................. 11/21/2002

Agilex Flavors & Fragrances..............................................................8/18/2010

Credit Union of Georgia.................................................................... 8/31/1995

Alfa Insurance - Anglin Agency.........................................................10/4/2004

CSC General Contractors................................................................... 9/24/1990

Allen Temple AME Church..............................................................11/27/2001

D & D Appliance Repair & Installation............................................. 9/27/2002

Alta Ridgewalk...................................................................................10/8/2004

David Johnson Electrical Co., Inc.................................................... 10/22/1985

Alta Woods........................................................................................11/16/1999

DI Web Management..........................................................................7/11/2011

AYS Restoration...............................................................................11/25/2009

Dickerson Driving School, Inc.......................................................... 10/2/2008

Barco Disaster Response...................................................................11/11/2010

Domino’s Pizza................................................................................ 10/27/2000

Best Western, Canton..........................................................................6/25/2007

Downs & Colquitt, P.C.................................................................... 10/11/1980

Bethany Place......................................................................................10/8/2010

Joan Duff............................................................................................ 8/13/2002

Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council.......................................9/8/2006

E.G.E. Electric................................................................................... 7/13/2007

Boys & Girls Club of Cherokee County...........................................10/17/1996

Eagle Ridge Properties, Inc.................................................................. 9/6/1989

Bright - Sasser Canton, LLC...............................................................10/2/1997

Earl W. Morrow, CPA, PC................................................................. 9/22/2003

Brown & Brown Insurance.................................................................10/1/1982

East Cherokee Village Shoppes, LLC.................................................11/3/2011

Brown and Caldwell...........................................................................8/24/2011

Edward Jones - Ned Castleberry, Financial Advisor....................... 10/13/1994

Brunelle, Morris & Associates, Inc.....................................................7/13/2010

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village...................................................... 10/26/2005

Bryan Plumbing Services..................................................................11/12/2004

ERA Sunrise Realty - Wanda Roach.................................................. 8/24/1992

Charlice Byrd......................................................................................7/14/2003

ETC Communications........................................................................ 9/11/2000

Cagle’s Family Farm...........................................................................8/19/2009

Express Impressions......................................................................... 10/23/2003

Calvary Baptist Church.......................................................................8/31/2007

Fellowship of Christian Athletes...................................................... 10/26/2009

Canton Cherokee Business & Professional Womens Club.................8/29/2005

Financial Benefits............................................................................... 7/25/2011

Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club..........................................8/5/2011

Flegal Insurance - Julie Long............................................................. 8/23/2007

Cecil Pacetti, P.C...................................................................................5/5/2005

Fowler Insurance Agency, Inc............................................................ 12/1/1999

Center Cut Catering..........................................................................11/11/2008

G. Ben Turnipseed Engineers............................................................ 3/27/2001

Chart Inc..............................................................................................11/1/1983

Garrison’s Furniture & Appliance...................................................... 10/1/1979

Cherokee C&D Landfill - Waste Pro USA..........................................9/25/2002

Georgia Document Destruction, Inc.................................................... 9/8/2009

Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc..............................................10/8/2010

Georgia Mountain Endocrinology................................................... 10/27/2010

Cherokee County Master Gardeners...................................................5/27/2011

Georgia Probation Management, Inc................................................. 10/6/1994

Cherokee County Toyota..................................................................11/12/2009

Gila Distributing, Inc....................................................................... 12/10/2009

Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority.................................10/1/1982

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch.............................................................. 12/12/2002

Cherokee Day Training Center...........................................................10/1/1982

Green Heating & Cooling, Inc......................................................... 10/16/1985

Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic..............................................9/19/2005

Greene’s Blueprinting, LLC............................................................... 9/30/1985

Cherokee FOCUS...............................................................................8/30/2001

Hampton Inn - Canton..................................................................... 11/10/2008

Cherokee Ford, Inc..............................................................................10/1/1982

Hartman - Imbriale, LLP.................................................................. 11/29/1999

Cherokee Friends of Recovery Foundation, Inc.................................9/26/2011

HealthSprout Chiropractic & Wellness.............................................. 8/31/2007

Cherokee Lanes...................................................................................9/21/2000

Heritage At RiverStone Apartments................................................. 11/29/2000

Cherokee Office of Economic Development....................................11/26/1984

Heritage Roof Truss Inc..................................................................... 12/3/2010

Chevron Food Mart / Krispy Kruncy Chicken...................................7/27/2011

Highridge Vertical Inc........................................................................ 9/14/2006

Chick-fil-A Canton Riverstone Parkway............................................10/7/1996

Dr. C.R Hill, Jr................................................................................. 10/20/2011

CHILL - Cherokee Hockey In Line League.....................................12/12/2011

Hillcrest Baptist Church..................................................................... 9/27/2004

CMO Enterprises, Inc.......................................................................11/28/2007

Icebreakers Unlimited, LLC................................................................ 7/2/2010

Cobblestone Mill Works, Inc..............................................................11/7/1996

Inspired 2 Design, LLC...................................................................... 9/14/2007

Comfort Zone HVAC..........................................................................8/16/2011

Integrated Financial Advisory............................................................ 11/4/2010

Complete Porta John Service..............................................................8/19/2009

International Marble Industries, Inc................................................... 9/15/1997

Complete Roofing Systems, Inc........................................................11/18/2009

JD’s Bar - B - Que.............................................................................. 8/14/2009


Membership Renewals, Continued member since

August 29th-November 26th member since

Jones and Cloud, Inc. Insurance........................................................11/16/1989

Roach, Caudill & Gunn, LLP...............................................................5/11/1976

Junior Service League of Woodstock...................................................9/11/1995

Rome Braves Baseball.........................................................................8/17/2009

Dr. Pat Kearns......................................................................................8/20/1999

Ross Consulting Engineers, P.C...........................................................11/8/1994

Keith Pritchett Roofing, Inc.................................................................6/22/1999

Roytec Industries, Inc........................................................................10/25/1985

Keller Williams Realty, The Home Boutique....................................11/15/1996

Service League of Cherokee County...................................................9/23/1989

Kelly Robertson - Cruise Planners.........................................................9/8/2011

Siding Unlimited, Inc.........................................................................10/30/2006

Kroger #291.........................................................................................9/27/1994

Sixes Tavern.......................................................................................10/18/2011

Kroger #402.........................................................................................9/27/1994

SOAR Physical Therapy......................................................................12/3/2008

Kroger #408...........................................................................................2/5/2003

Staffing Professionals........................................................................10/22/2007

Kroger #419...........................................................................................5/6/1994

Stag Enterprise, Inc............................................................................10/24/2002

Kroger #430...........................................................................................2/5/2003

State Farm Insurance Jey Willis Agency.............................................8/31/2006

Kroger #463...........................................................................................4/3/1997

State Farm Insurance Tommy Adams Agency.....................................8/13/2002

Kroger #680.........................................................................................11/5/2008

Stevi B’s Pizza, Woodstock.................................................................8/28/2009

L.R.L. Properties..................................................................................12/1/2000

SunTrust Banks, Inc...........................................................................10/29/2008

Liberty Mutual Insurance.....................................................................10/5/2007

Synergy Strategic Solutions.................................................................7/15/2011

Longhorn Steakhouse, Woodstock.......................................................10/7/2003

Patricia A. Tanner...............................................................................10/15/2003

Lusk Construction, Inc.......................................................................10/11/1979

Taste of Italy Italian Restaurant & Pizza...............................................9/5/2008

Lusk Pools, Inc..................................................................................10/30/2000

William A. Teasley...............................................................................10/7/1996

M.D. Minor Emergency and Family Medicine......................................8/6/2009

Terraces at Towne Lake.......................................................................11/8/1996

Marietta Eye Clinic..............................................................................7/14/2003

The Furniture Guild, Inc......................................................................5/19/2010

Mark Robillard Architects....................................................................9/16/1992

The Law Office of Eric Ballinger........................................................11/5/2002

Mary Kay Cosmetics............................................................................9/11/1998

The Mason Law Firm, LLC...............................................................10/30/1996

Mauldin Body Shop, Inc....................................................................10/11/1980

The McCart Group...............................................................................12/7/2009

Metro Atlanta Ambulance....................................................................6/16/2009

The Salvation Army Service Center & Family Store...........................9/16/2002

Meyn America, LLC / Hill Parts........................................................12/14/2005

Thomas Eye Group..............................................................................9/24/2004

Morrison Financial Group....................................................................12/5/2005

Three Sisters Gifts................................................................................11/5/2001

MSI Benefits Group, Inc....................................................................11/26/1997

Timothy N. Byrd, D.M.D. and Associates, P.C..................................10/11/2002

My Community Monthly Magazines.................................................10/21/2004

Tractor Supply Company...................................................................10/23/2006

Dr. William H. Nichols........................................................................10/1/1987

Trilogy Salon, LLC..............................................................................7/25/2008

North Georgia Angel House, Inc.......................................................10/24/2006

Trinity Presbyterian Church.................................................................8/31/2011

Northcrest Family Medicine..............................................................10/28/2005

TSYS Merchant Solutions...................................................................9/13/2005

Northside Pharmacy.............................................................................7/31/1987

Twelve Oaks Landscaping, Inc............................................................11/4/1999

O’Charley’s Restaurant, Canton..........................................................9/21/1998

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint.................................................................10/5/2011

One Stop Package Depot...................................................................10/12/2007

United Community Bank.....................................................................10/2/2002

Pace Drywall, LLC..............................................................................5/12/2009

ValueSpace Storage..............................................................................11/1/2007

Pain Solutions Treatment Centers........................................................ 11/9/2011

Vulcan Materials Company....................................................................7/6/1987

PC Co-Pilots, LLC...............................................................................10/9/2008

W.K. Dickson & Co., Inc.....................................................................6/16/2005

Piedmont Physicians at Ball Ground...................................................8/19/2009

Wallace Financial Group, Inc...............................................................9/13/2004

Playnation Play Systems, Inc...............................................................10/4/2005

Carol Watkins.......................................................................................9/10/2004

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems........................................................10/1/2010

Wellpath Center...................................................................................7/20/2011

Primrose School of Sixes Road..............................................................9/5/2001

Vic West...............................................................................................9/30/2003

Quik Trip Corporation.......................................................................11/19/2002

Williams Orthodontics.......................................................................10/21/2004

Rausch Family Practice LLC.................................................................9/9/2010

Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineering..................................10/5/2010

Re/Max Greater Atlanta - Pat Cox.......................................................7/25/1997

Woodstock Financial Group, Inc.......................................................10/31/1997

Regions Bank.........................................................................................5/1/1970

Woodstock Funeral Home..................................................................10/25/1985

Renasant Bank.....................................................................................8/17/1999

Woodstock Office of Economic Development...................................11/28/2005

Ricoh USA, Inc....................................................................................6/16/2009

Yong-In Martial Arts..........................................................................10/27/2008

RL Jennings & Company, PC CPAs....................................................8/10/1992


Chamber Photo Opportunities

Bowling Tournament Winners Elected Officials Appreciation

Principal For A Day Activities Principal For A Day Luncheon

The Jingle Bell $hop: Fun for Both Kids and Adults!!!!!


Congratulations to the following members who have joined the Chamber since August 29th. Please take the time to welcome and patronize them. All About You Too Desiree Gary 12050 Highway 92, Suite 116 Woodstock, GA 30188-4287 770-592-1156 Gift Shop

Ice Martini Bar Peggy Snow 380 Chambers St Woodstock, GA 30188-5085 770-672-6334 Restaurants

Nia Dentistry Dr. Farshid Nia 150 Prominence Point Pkwy, Suite 500 Canton, GA 30114-9113 770-479-9999 Dentists

Atlanta Forklift Sales & Service, LLC Cameron Brown 2563 Airport Industrial Dr Ball Ground, GA 30107-4591 470-295-8099 Industrial & Manufacturing

Innovative Health and Wellness Rhonda Kerns 295 Molly Lane, Suite 150 Woodstock, GA 30189-3783 770-926-4646 Medical Services

ProCom Sales, Inc. Celeste Carpenter 3380 Trickum Road, Suite 1400-100 Woodstock, GA 30188-4881 770-887-5536 Telecommunications

Denisha Austin 170 Belletta Dr Canton, GA 30114-2001 770-893-7427 Individual

J. Miller’s Smokehouse Joe Satterfield 156 Towne Lake Pkwy Woodstock, GA 30188-4843 770-592-8295 Restaurant

QuickSpa Carwash Richard Kang 12176 Hwy 92 Woodstock, GA 30188-4481 770-517-3705 Automobile Car Wash

Juice Plus+ Susan Cannizzaro 309 Antler Way Woodstock, GA 30189-2525 404-543-9690 Health & Wellness

Rayven Co. Candles LLC Janice Ray 149 Reinhardt College Pkwy, Suite 5 Canton, GA 30114-5298 770-345-1039 Retail Candles & Bath

Pat Kern 166 Mountain Vista Blvd Canton, GA 30115-4271 678-920-2022 Individual

Riverstone Corner Bistro Michael Farrar 135 Reinhardt College Pkwy, Suite 1 Canton, GA 30114-5613 770-704-7325 Restaurant

Bells Ferry Ace Hardware Rhonda Eden 6437 Hwy 92 Acworth, GA 30102-7524 770-926-0957 Retail Brenda’s House of Flowers Adam Coco 200 Chambers St Woodstock, GA 30188-7908 770-926-3306 Florist Cane Cutters Landscaping Joshua Alsobrook 3093 Damascus Rd Jasper, GA 30143-3529 678-247-3733 Landscaping Services Canton Auto Center Jimmy Griffith 233 Univeter Ct Canton, GA 30115-8232 770-345-7237 Automobile Repair & Service Center Chevron at Hobgood Louisiana’s Best Fish-n-Chicken Danny Dutta 5195 Towne Lake Pkwy Woodstock, GA 30189-8179 Convenience Store and Restaurant Edwards Eye Care Kyle Edwards 7824 Hickory Flat Hwy, Suite 100 Woodstock, GA 30188-6575 770-479-0222 Optometrists Dr. Brian Hightower 410 Redfield Drive Canton, GA 30114-8109 770-345-0413 Individual

Rick Kononen 770-314-5050 Individual Media InSync, Inc. Jim Cochran 1216 Harbor Creek Pkwy Canton, GA 30115-9586 770-712-5422 Videography Metcalf Davis, CPAs Karen Dotson 3340 Peachtree Rd, Suite 2600 Atlanta, GA 30326-1089 404-264-1700 Accountants Modern Woodmen of America Chad Atkinson 1512 Timber Trace Canton, GA 30114-8900 404-797-8108 Nonprofit Organization Mr. Electric Nathan Elzey 678-880-4570 Electrical Contractors

Joe Sewell 14 Macedonia Rd White, GA 30184-3345 404-683-6550 Individual - Retired Sperry Van Ness Interstate Auction John Johnson 3300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Suite 240 Norcross, GA 30092-5405 404-303-1232 Real Estate Brokers & Auctioneers Taylor Construction Nick Taylor 821 East Main St Canton, GA 30114-2811 404-805-4965 Painting and Construction University of GA Cooperative Extension Louise Estabrook 100 North St, Suite G21 Canton, GA 30114-2779 770-479-0418 Nonprofit Organization Woodstock West by Walton Amanda Queen 735 Market St Woodstock, GA 30188 678-946-0011 Apartments


MEMBERS IN THE NEWS..

CHEROKEE CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

CCFB Young Farmer Committee Chairs James and Megan Dault won the GFB 1st District Young Farmer Achievement Award. The Daults operate Sweetwater Growers, a hydroponic farm in a 50,000-squarefoot facility in Canton, where they grow a variety of herbs, greens and infused oils. Georgia Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012. The organization has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.

The Cherokee Chorale will celebrate its 25th Season with a Christmas Concert entitled “Good News and Great Joy.” The concerts will be Saturday, December 8th, at 5:00 PM and Sunday, December 9th, at 3:00 PM at the Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. Conducted by Jenny Rawson and John Barker, the concerts will include familiar carols from the solemn “In the Bleak Midwinter” to the rollicking “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” and several other lively and beautiful works. Featured in this concert is a new work by Joan Pinkston, “Glorious Night,” commissioned by the Chorale to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season and conducted by Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Dr. Donald Stafford. Tickets for the concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door before the concert. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Chorale member, the Arts Center and Chamberhouse in Canton, Three Sisters Gifts in Hickory Flat, Jasper Drug in Jasper, and FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock. For information call 678-439-8625 or vist them on-line at www.CherokeeChorale.org.

CHEROKEE COUNTY FARM BUREAU AWARDS Cherokee County Farm Bureau, led by President William Grizzle, was recently recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau 1st District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs. The GFB 1st District includes 15 counties in northwest Georgia. The CCFB Women’s Committee, chaired by Vicky Grizzle and cochaired by Laurie Cagle, was honored with the 2012 GFB 1st District Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award. The committee was active in developing and promoting the Farm to School program, providing materials for workshops and helping to coordinate several farm tours. The CCFB Legislative Committee, chaired by Len Cagle and cochaired by B.J. Weeks, was honored with the 2012 GFB 1st District Outstanding Legislative Program Award. The committee hosted a political forum at Cagle’s Family Farm in Hickory Flat. The event drew 375 citizens and 33 candidates. The CCFB Promotion & Education Committee, chaired by Nichelle Stewart, received the GFB 1st District Outstanding Promotion & Education Award. The committee worked throughout the school year to incorporate agricultural topics into lessons and activities at Free Home Elementary School.

CLARA MAE VAN BRINK NAMED 2012 YMCA VOLUNTEER OF YEAR Clara Mae Van Brink of Canton received the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year award for her service at the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center/Cherokee Outdoor YMCAs. Her service was honored at the annual volunteer recognition dinner on November 12, 2012. “Clara Mae is a constant cheerleader for the Y’s community work,” says John Hicks, executive director of the Pruett Family Y. “Her passion for the Y’s mission inspires others to get more involved, especially in raising funds to benefit families in the community. We’re very proud she’s being honored this year.” Van Brink is vice chair of the board, volunteers at various events and headed the 2012 annual campaign, a program that provides underserved youth the opportunity to participate in Y programs like academic enrichment and youth sports. “Helping to raise funds for the annual campaign is what I enjoy the most,” says Van Brink. “Coming together to raise money for children in the community makes me very proud. It gives the kids a chance to be part of an awesome community of people.” Outside the Y, Van Brink is chair of the Cherokee United Way cabinet, a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and is a Sunday school teacher. She is a motivational speaker and co-owns Aamco Transmissions & Total Car Care in Canton. The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and connect. For additional information on the Y contact 770-345-9622 or visit http://www.ymcaatlanta.org.


Chamber Committee Involvement Chamber committee involvement offers members an excellent opportunity to take an active role in planning and implementing programs and strategies to achieve the Chamber’s goals. While participating on committees, you will be networking with other members, increasing the visibility of your company name, ensuring your business needs are communicated, and enhancing the effectiveness of your Chamber membership. Please review the following committees and find one where you can make a difference! Each committee evaluates its own areas of responsibility and generates a work plan. Pick one or more of the following committees that you would like to be a part of & then contact the staff member listed in order to get involved.

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The Education Committee oversees the Partners in Education program and coordinates “Principal For A Day” tions, scho which provides for a role aniza ols org an ss d is ne co u change between business leaders and school principals. The committee also recognizes retiring educators and administrators in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD), honors PARTNERS IN EDUCATION CCSD Teachers of the Year and Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce coordinates items for and assembly of welcome bags for new teachers in Chamber member private schools and the CCSD. Contact Amy Blanton, Amy@CherokeeChamber. com.

Going Green Committee Whether your company is already Going Green, or you are interested in learning more about this environmental initiative, join forces with other local businesses in Grow-

ing a Greener Cherokee County “Where Metro Meets the Mountains, and More Than the Grass is Green”. The Going Green Committee coordinates an Earth Day event, Mayor’s Recycling Challenge and efforts with local schools while also promoting what other organizations in the community are doing to become more environmentally friendly. Contact Kelly Berryhill, Kelly@CherokeeChamber.com.

Governmental Affairs Council The Governmental Affairs Council promotes the Chamber’s annual Legislative Agenda, tracks business legislation and collaborates with elected officials. The Council also coordinates the annual Cherokee Day at the Capitol, Elected Officials Appreciation Reception, Annual Legislative Survey and Legislative Appreciation Dinner. Contact Pam Carnes, Pam@CherokeeChamber. com.

Workforce Development Council The Workforce Development Council is comprised of Chamber Member business leaders from a variety of business sectors. The council oversees the middle school career fairs, the business expo as well as the online job postings and ResuMay Day, a free event open to the public where volunteers are on-site to both review and assist in the development of resumes. Contact Amy Blanton, Amy@CherokeeChamber. com.


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Sponsored by Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Inc.

Johnston Elementary and Stevie B’s Pizza

2012 Education Committee Members Reid Trego, Chairman...................................................... Huntington Learning Center Rebecca Cooper..........................................................................Credit Union of Georgia Dee Dee Doeckel.................................................... Chattahoochee Technical College Phil Eberly...........................................................................................................W.K. Dickson Bonnie Ellis......................................................................................................Renasant Bank Shelia Garrison.....................................................................................Individual Member Melody Gullett..................................................................................... Just Driver Training Connie Hopkins, Delta Community

Credit Union

Karen Lance............................ Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers Michelle Meek........My Community Monthly Magazines/Footprints Publishing

Mrs. Polly Hines had the most participation at Stevi B’s Spirit Nights! Her class won every month for the entire 2011-2012 school year! She was awarded a special party with the pizza character, hats for kids, and desserts. She personally won a gift card for a free pizza every month for one year!

FactoryMation takes Cherokee High School to Georgia Tech!

Cherokee High School Partner in Education Russ Sanders facilitated the College Visit/Tour with 18 outstanding Juniors and Seniors who are potentially Georgia Tech bound. Mr. Sanders and Principal Debra Murdock organized the a tour of campus and Mr. Sanders treated the group to the GA. Tech vs. Presbyterian College football game. Mr. Sanders’ commitment to CHS has redefined “school business” for the students, staff, and Warrior Community!

Bill Mullin................................................................................................Individual Member Catherine Owens................................................United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Railene Seguin........................................................................Club-Z! In- Home Tutoring Christie Thomas.......................................................................Summit Insurance Group Clara Mae Van Brink..................................... AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care Greg Veal.............................................................. Veal & Associates Home Inspections

Why Partner? There are dozens of partnership success stories each making an impact on the schools in Cherokee County. Volunteer opportunities are whatever people want them to be, as just one hour can make a difference in the life of a child. As business leaders you need to develop the human capital that exists right here in the community. Your future leaders and employees are eager to know you, learn from you and be inspired by you! Parternering is not about filing papers in the front office. Partnering is about mentoring students, volunteering for special functions, providing internships and/or job shadowing opportunities, sponsoring school clubs, helping with incentive awards for achievement and/or attendance, serving as a judge for a school event, participating in career fairs, providing tours of local businesses for students, sharing resources, reading to a class, and many more! As you can see, there are many ways for you to make a difference in the lives of Cherokee County students. Become a Partner in Education today! Partner In Education Application.


Family Tradition Welcome Teachers Back to Chapman Elementary School

Teasley Middle School would like to recognize Northside Pharmacy for its generous support. Last spring, Northside donated bottled water for over 800 students during the week of the state-wide assessment, the GCRCT. Northside also donated a pulse oximeter to Teasley which is used to measure the oxygen level in one’s blood. The instrument is valuable in assisting students who are asthmatic or are having difficulty breathing. It is with pleasure that we recognize and thank Northside Pharmacy for assisting with the physical well-being of all our students. Pictured is TMS nurse Irene Town using the pulse oximeter to check a student’s blood oxygen level.

Dr. Miles with Cherokee Dentistry was unable to be recognized at May’s Outstanding Partner in Education Awards presentation at the Chamber’s Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast. Liberty ES wanted to send a special message to Dr. Miles. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for Liberty ES!

Publix Helps Kick Off Johnston Elementary School’s year!

Elizabeth Wisor with Publix-Village Shoppes of East Cherokee helped Johnston with a fruit tray for the Welcome Back breakfast for teachers on July 25th! They also set up a table at the Johnston “Meet and Greet” on August 30th. Publix provided mounds of cookies for all of the families as they visited their teachers on that day!

Creekland Middle School Holds a Partners Breakfast!

Creekland Middle School held a breakfast for their Partners in Education on August 17th. This event gave everyone an opportunity to meet each other, discuss how they support CMS, students and the Creekland Community and also how they, the businesses, can support each other. Dr. Deborah Wiseman is so thankful for the support these business partners give to this community. They donate loads of time, energy and supplies to these students. She says it takes everyone working together parents, business partners, and the school to help our Creekland students maximize their success! Pictured from left to right: Delane Cope, Northside Hospital-Cherokee; Scott Rhinehart, Liberty Mutual; Railene Sequin, Club Z; Darlene Cronic and Carmen Arron, Woodstock Furniture Outlet; Dr. Deborah Wiseman and Eileen Bruce, CMS; Sarah Boatright, Waffle House; Melody Gullett, JUST Driver Training; and Amy Sleeman, Chick-filA Canton Marketplace.

Liberty Elementary School’s Blood Pressure is Perfect Thanks to Northside Hospital-Cherokee

Liberty Elementary School expresses their appreciation for the generous donation from Cherokee County Chamber Partner in Education, Northside Hospital-Cherokee. The hospital donated blood pressure equipment to the school’s clinic. Liberty’s nurse, Charlene Dalfonso, says this will be a tremendous help for the students and faculty at Liberty.


Joseph Knox Elementary

School and Stevi B’s Pizza

The Chamber’s Education Committee collected items to welcome 100 new teachers in to Cherokee County public and Chamber member private schools in July. A huge thank you goes out to the 35 Chamber member businesses that provided school supply items for the gift bags! The bags were delivered in time for the first day of school!

Knox Elementary School enjoyed working with Partners In Education, Stevi B’s Canton, to celebrate Spirit Night. Knox Elementary raised $211. Mrs. Gramza’s 3rd Grade Class, pictured below, tied for the most class participation.

Hasty Elementary Salutes Their Partners in Education

Sixes Elementary School would like to welcome a new Partner in Education, Menchies! We look forward to a strong partnership with this outstanding business!

Stevie B’s Canton has been a wonderful partner by providing students, faculty and volunteers with coupons for free Pizza Buffets as well as incentive programs for reading. In addition Stevie B’s fundraiser nights have been added to our calendar and this has helped raise money for the PTA. The Chick-fil-A cow has been recently spotted in the hallways, cafeteria and classrooms at Hasty Elementary Fine Arts Academy!! Wonderful Partner in Education, Chick-fil-A Riverstone, hosts spirit nights, lunch with the Principal and donates coupons for student achievements and birthdays. A representative from Northside Hospital-Cherokee recently attended Hasty’s PTA and Parent Involvement meeting. The hospital funded basic medical supplies for the school clinic. A representative from United Community Bank recently attended Hasty’s PTA and Parent Involvement meeting. Employees from the bank serve as readers and judges for school events such as Read Across America Day, School Spelling Bee, Talent Show and the 6th Grade Writing Contest.


Clark Creek Elementary School Thanks Northside Hospital-Cherokee

Clark Creek ES Nurse Kimberly Michael, left, recently thanked Delane Cope for the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) donated to the school by Northside Hospital-Cherokee.

Teasley Middle School Recognizes Northside Pharmacy

Teasley Middle School would like to recognize Northside Pharmacy for its generous support. Last spring, Northside donated bottled water for over 800 students during the week of the state-wide assessment, the GCRCT. Northside also donated a pulse oximeter to Teasley which is used to measure the oxygen level in one’s blood. The instrument is valuable in assisting students who are asthmatic or are having difficulty breathing. It is with pleasure that we recognize and thank Northside Pharmacy for assisting with the physical well-being of all our students. Pictured is TMS nurse Irene Town using the pulse oximeter to check a student’s blood oxygen level.

Chapman Intermediate School’s Partnership With Ribley Chiroprac-

Johnston Elementary Gears Up for Stevi B’s Night!

Chapman Intermediate School’s new Partner, Ribley Chiropractic, set up an incredible display for Curriculum Night to showcase the amount of sugar students consume when drinking certain beverages such as: Mountain Dew, Gatorade, etc. Sugar packets were lined up underneath each drink. Parents, staff, and students were able to visualize how much sugar they ingest when drinking those example beverages. Ribley cares about student health. Wonderful display by Heidi Arabia. Thank you!

Boston Elementary School is Proud to Recognize Its Partners in Education.

These businesses are aware of the positive impact they have on the children in our community and are to be commended for their efforts. Cobb EMC, Chick-fil-A of Towne Lake, and Publix at Rose Creek have supported Boston ES since 2004, while The Goddard School, Park Pediatric Dentistry, and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt have partnered with Boston for the past two years. Additionally, Boston welcomes two new Partners in Education this year—Stevie B’s and Ribley Chiropractic. Boston Elementary looks forward to the continued support of these valued Partners in Education.


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Monthly networking events held in Chamber member businesses. No program - simply networking!

December 11th 4:30-6:00 pm Sponsor Location:

Thursday, December 6th 7:00 AM Cost:

$15 with reservation $20 no reservation $25 Future Members

211 East Main Street Canton RSVP to Gini@CherokeeChamber.com by December 7th.

Sponsored by:

Program A Cherokee County Christmas New, unwrapped toys will be collected & given to Cherokee County children. Please bring a toy with you to brighten a child’s holiday! Breakfast meetings are held at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center located in the Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton. Reservations are due to the Chamber office by 5pm on Tuesday before the breakfast on Thursday.

NO SHOWS WILL BE BILLED

Merry Christmas from the Chamber Staff

Pam, Vicky, Paula, Gini, Nichole, Amy & Kelly


DECEMBER 2012 & JANUARY 2013 CALENDAR Activity dates are subject to change at the request of the Chair, Committee or Chamber Staff. Please call the Chamber @ 770-345-0400 to RSVP and/or to confirm date and time. All meetings will be held at the Chamber Office, located at 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton (Exit 14/I-575) unless otherwise noted. Tuesday December 4 10:00 am-4:00 pm..............................................KSU SBDC Representative at Chamber 5:00 pm......................................................................................... RSVP’s Due for GMC Wednesday, December 5 4:00 pm.................................................................. Teen Leadership Steering Committee

Thursday, January 10 Noon....................................................................................12@12 Networking Luncheon Saturday, January 12 7:00 am-5:00 pm.......................................................... Teen Leadership Cherokee Retreat

Thursday, December 6 7:00 am...................................................................................... Good Morning Cherokee Sponsor: Regions Bank Program: A Cherokee County Christmas 9:00 am............................................................................................Executive Committee

Tuesday, January 15 4-6:30 pm...........................................................................................Business After Hours Sponsor Location: North GA CPA Services, PC Wednesday, January 16 8:00 am......................................................................................... Going Green Committee 3:00 pm...........................................................................Workforce Development Council

Monday, December 10 5:00 pm.............................................................................First Citizen Applications Due

Thursday, January 17 8:30 am..............................................................................................Education Committee

Tuesday, December 11 10:30 am............................................................................................. Finance Committee Noon..................................................................................12@12 Networking Luncheon 4:30 - 6:00 pm................................................................................. Business After Hours Sponsor Location: Hasty Pope LLP Thursday, December 13 8:00 am................................................................................. Board of Directors’ Meeting

Friday & Saturday, January 18 & 19 .............................................................................................. Leadership Cherokee Retreat Brasstown Valley Resort

December 24th-25th & January 1st ............................................................................Chamber office closed for the Holidays

Monday, January 21 ............................................ Chamber Office Closed in observance of M.L. King, Jr. Day Tuesday, January 22 3:30-7:30 PM................................................................................. Teen Leadership Meets

Tuesday, January 8

Wednesday, January 23 8:30 am .............................................................................. Governmental Affairs Council

8:30-10:00 am.............................................................. Leadership Cherokee Orientation 5:00 pm..................................................Teen Leadership Cherokee Steering Committee 6:30 pm................................................................Teen Leadership Cherokee Orientation

Thursday, January 24 11:30 am - 1:30 pm....................................................................................Annual Meeting Location: NH-C Conference Center located in the Cherokee Co. Administration Building

Wednesday, January 9 8:30 am........................................................................... Chairman’s Council Orientation 3:00 pm................................................................................. Business EXPO Task Force

Monday, January 28th 3:00 pm ..............................................................................................By-Laws Task Force Thursday, January 31st 9-10:00 am.........................................................................................New Member Coffee

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Visions December 2012  

Newsletter of the Cherokee County Georgia Chamber of Commerce, December 2012 issue.

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