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Banquet of Champions: Chamber hosts annual 'changeover' event Saturday
by Bill Baldowski
January 31, 2014 11:53 AM | 1166 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Colleen Moffett and chamber diplomats Michelle Volk and Athena Bryant stand with a list of activities which will be part of the annual banquet.
Staff / Bill Baldowski From left, Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Colleen Moffett and chamber diplomats Michelle Volk and Athena Bryant stand with a list of activities which will be part of the annual banquet.
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Incoming Douglas County Chamber of Commerce board chairman Matt Barrington has always viewed chamber members as a family.

That belief will be even more apparent during the chamber’s annual “changeover” banquet, scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Centre@Arbor Connection as the business organization, founded in 1945, enters its 69th year.

According to Kimberly Weaver, director of membership and events for the chamber, this year marks a first for the banquet as the event does not have a stated theme.

However, it is centered on a Tuscan family motif concept, with the décor accenting rich earthy colors and rustic appeal similar to the wine-producing region of Tuscany, Italy.

“The banquet will recognize our community leaders and we will be giving out several annual awards, including our Sam P. Roberts community service award, as well as the citizen of the year, large and small business of the year, the Douglas County Chamber’s spirit award and the diplomat of the year award,” Weaver said.

In addition, John Sell of Georgia Power, the chamber’s outgoing chairman, will officially pass the gavel to Barrington while chamber members coming off the board and those taking their place will be recognized.

Funds for the banquet are raised through ticket sales, said Michelle Volk, one of the chamber’s senior diplomats with 15 years experience in the position.

“We are proud to say the banquet is a sellout as all 400 tickets have been sold.”

“Our members and the staff of the chamber look forward to this event each year,” Volk said. “It is a great time for our members to reconnect with people that they might not see every day.” Another chamber diplomat, Athena Bryant, said the event is not just chamber-oriented.

“One of our missions is to reach out to the community, which we do with the awards we give out,” she said.

Volk said chamber officials enjoy recognizing those in the Douglas County community.

“We have seen their businesses grow and prosper and they can, in turn, see what the chamber has done for them and, more importantly, can do for our business community,” she said.

If you go:

What: Chamber awards banquet.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Centre@Arbor Connection, 7475 Douglas Blvd., Douglasville.

Information: (770) 942-5022 or visit

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