2008-01-30 / Front Page

COC Banquet enjoyed by all

by mcl staffwriter

Debbie Wittmer (right) presented the Chamber Volunteer of the Year to Martiele Pickle. Debbie Wittmer (right) presented the Chamber Volunteer of the Year to Martiele Pickle. Each year the Colquitt-Miller County Chamber of Commerce banquets just keep getting better and more fun for all those who participate.

The 21st annual banquet "A Taste of Mayhaw" was held at the Miller County High School Cafeteria on Thursday, January 24, with a near full house. If you missed the 21st annual Colquitt-Miller County Chamber of Commerce Dinner Meeting, you missed a real treat.

Normally, a meeting of this type can be more of a duty than an enjoyable evening but not so for this event. An evening of good fellowship, great food, entertainment par excellence was enjoyed by all who attended.

Chamber chairman Dr. Russ Henley called the meeting to order and asked the Rev. Carl Marshall, pastor of First Baptist Church, to open the meeting with prayer and a blessing on the food.

Serving the delicious meal were members of the Beta Club and FBLA.

The large crowd was invited to enjoy the dinner prepared by the lunchroom staff. By the looks of some of the plates, the dinner was enjoyed by all.

Dot Wainright (right) presented the Community Volunteer of the Year to Monica Posey Dot Wainright (right) presented the Community Volunteer of the Year to Monica Posey Chairman Russ Henley then gave the officialwelcome to all COC members and their guests. He recognized elected officials from the city and county, BOE, RDC and the 2007-2008 Mayhaw queens. The queens are Tiny Miss, Mackenzie Pickle; Little Miss, Kim Cao; Young Junior Miss, Sydney Lee; Junior Miss, Ansley Phillips; Teen Miss, Audrey Runnels, and Miss, Kelli Powell. Chairman Henley also recognized all the Leadership Colquitt graduates.

Chairman Henley then asked MCMS Principal Frank Killingsworth to start the coveted awards part of the program. Mr. Killingsworth told of some of the attributes for a teacher and then presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Tammy Vann.

Mrs. Dot Wainright, the 2006 Community Volunteer, then presented the Community Volunteer of the Year 2008 Award to Monica Posey for her many volunteer efforts in our community.

The Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award was presented by Debbie Wittmer. The 2008 Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award went to Martiele Pickle for her many hours of volunteer work for the Chamber.

Tammy Vann received the Teacher of the Year Award from Middle School Principal Frank Killingsworth. Tammy Vann received the Teacher of the Year Award from Middle School Principal Frank Killingsworth. Dr. Russ Henley then presented the Chairman Award to Billy Roland.

Chairman Henley also presented

certificates of appreciation to the outgoing board members for 2007. They were Debra Atkinson, Anthony Cobb, Joe Sloan, Lisa Stewart, and Donald Brooks. He then inducted the 2008 Chamber board and officers.

The new 2008 officers are Debra Atkinson, chair.; Anthony Cobb, first vice chair.; Rodney Bryan, second vice chair; Martiele Pickle, secretary; Joe Sloan, treasurer; and Russ Henley, past chair.

After giving the annual report, the new chairman, Debra Atkinson went over some of the 2008 Program of Work. She urged all members to volunteer for as many of the chamber projects as possible, but especially for the National Mayhaw Festival. "It takes all of our help and support to make these projects that benefit our county and the people that are served by the COC."

Russ Henley (left) presented the Chairman Award to Billy Roland. Russ Henley (left) presented the Chairman Award to Billy Roland. The program for the evening, "A Taste of MayHaw," featuring several of the cast members, had the audience in stitches with laughter. After an enjoyable evening of great food, excellent singing and entertainment, Chairperson Henley thanked COC president, Veryl Cockey for her help, along with her administrative assistant, Donna Weeks.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned with fond memories of people who strive to make Colquitt and Miller County a better place to work, live and rear our children.

Beautiful Mayhaw queens who seated the guests were l-r (Front) Mackenzie Pickle and Kim Cao; (second row) Sydney Lee and Ansley Phillips ; (back row) Audrey Runnels and Kelli Powell. Beautiful Mayhaw queens who seated the guests were l-r (Front) Mackenzie Pickle and Kim Cao; (second row) Sydney Lee and Ansley Phillips ; (back row) Audrey Runnels and Kelli Powell.

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