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Well-deserved celebration

The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is a large proponent of local business. Last week, members of the GVACC and local leaders packed together in the showroom of King Ford to look back on the last year of accomplishments and events.

Guests were treated to a dinner buffet featuring foods from a number of local restaurants as Chamber Executive Director Ashley Crane welcomed everyone to the annual awards event.

With the theme of “Flash back to the 60’s,” everyone was dressed in colorful and creative outfits befitting the program.

“Tonight we will reflect back on the past year and will look towards the future of the chamber of commerce for our businesses and communities,” Crane said, listing off the Chamber’s accomplishments, including the 69 newly-recruited members, monthly and quarterly events, plethora of ribbon cuttings and many partnerships, especially the newest one with Universal Class.

Adding to this, Crane attributed much of the chamber’s success this past year to Marketing and Events Manager Carrie Royster, who she said recruited the 69 new members.

Not only has the chamber been successful in bringing in new members, it is also working toward having its own offices by the beginning of December that they will utilize to continue their planning of events and area networking that they do every day. Currently they are renting space from the Chambers County Development Authority.

With so much done in the name of the Greater Valley Area in the past year and much more planned for the upcoming year, the chamber is well-deserving in praise.

It is unknown what the state of the area would be like without the chamber but in all likelihood, things wouldn’t be near as good as they are now.

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The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Ambassador Committee helped spread some holiday cheer earlier this week when it passed out Valentine’s Day cards at area nursing homes. The junior ambassador committee is made up of ninth graders through twelfth graders from area high schools. Carrie Royster, marketing and events manager for the chamber, said about 45 students participate in the junior ambassadors. Local elementary school students made the Valentine’s Day cards and the junior ambassador committee took them to the assisted living and nursing homes in the area. Valentine’s Day cards were taken to LaFayette Nursing Home, LaFayette Extended Care, G.H. Lanier Nursing Home, Diversicare, Sylvia Word Manor, Lakewood Senior Living and Valley Park Manor. “I think the importance is having our youth go into the nursing homes,” Royster said. “A lot of times our youth doesn’t get that experience, and the nursing home residents absolutely love having the kids come in and getting to communicate with them.”

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