Chamber to celebrate 99 years of service

Chamber to celebrate 99 years of service

By Jimmy Adams, Chamber Chairman, Adams Transfer & Storage Co., Inc.

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 99 years of service to the Gainesville and Hall County business community at the Annual Meeting and Gala on Thursday, May 17 at Brenau University. The Annual Meeting and Gala provides us a time to reflect upon annual accomplishments and recognize many outstanding volunteers and leaders in our community.

With over 2650 Greater Hall Chamber members, your Chamber has been a driving force for volunteerism in Gainesville-Hall County since 1908 with hundreds of business leaders and professionals committed to promoting and enriching the area business environment. The Chamber operates with a staff of 14 quality employees and under the leadership of a volunteer Executive Committee. The Executive Committee oversees a program of work that is determined annually. This year the Executive Committee led four divisions including Economic Development, Education and Community Development, Membership Development and Government Affairs along with special initiatives including the HALLmark Vision Campaign and VISION 2030 programs. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Executive Committee for their dedication this year: Chairman Elect Denise Deal; Treasurer Mark Bell; Vice Chair Economic Development Elizabeth Umberson; Vice Chair Education and Community Development Darrell Snyder; Vice Chair Government Affairs Dixie Truelove; Vice Chair Marketing and Communications Brian Skuza; Vice Chair Membership Development Brooke Kalinauskas; Vice Chair South Hall Council David Lee; HALLmark Vision Co-Chairs, Lana Nix and Paul Chambers; VISION 2030 Chair Rob Fowler; Senior Advisor Bill Sanders; Immediate Past Chairman John Vardeman and President/CEO Kit Dunlap.

The program of work is brought to reality through the work of dozens of committees… Health Care, AgriBusiness, Partners In Education, Ambassadors, an inhouse Welcome Center, the Regional Welcome Center, Beautification and Tree Committees, Annual Meeting and Gala Committee, the Human Resource Council, Small Business Council, Economic Development Council, Leadership Hall County, Youth Leadership Hall County… to name only a few. And, of course, the ongoing VISION 2030 process involved thousands of volunteers.

We are fortunate to have individuals in our community who make volunteerism a priority. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. at Brenau University Pearce Auditorium on May 17 to recognize many individuals for their efforts. We will recognize a year of hard work and hear from Wrigley Executive John Adams who oversees over 9,000 employees in manufacturing plants around the world. You will not want to miss it!

For 99th Annual Meeting & Gala reservations, call Karen Long at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206. Email: or make reservations online at