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Chamber gala recognizes service, state leadership
by Angela Spencer
January 30, 2013 09:38 AM | 827 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told members and guests at the Johns Creek Chamber Annual Gala last Friday that hard work and service is what the American Dream is all about.

“Life is not about self, Life is about service to others,” he said. “That’s what leaders do, and that’s why this Chamber of Commerce right here in Johns Creek – your community – is worth the investment.”

This year’s gala “The Jewels of Johns Creek” honored several chamber members for their service and dedication to the community.

Aside from his encouragement for serving the local community, guest speaker Cagle talked about the progress and problems across the state. He said that the economy in recent years has made things tough for Georgia, and state Senators and Representatives had to make some hard decisions at the Gold Dome.

“We’ve had to cut the state budget by over $4 billion,” he said. “But we were able to do it without raising taxes on the citizens of Georgia and we maintained our AAA bond rating, which I think is very important.”

Cagle said leaders have learned how to look at situations in a different way because of the recent struggles, and relationships between education, business, the Internet and skilled technical workers are going to have major impacts on the future of the state.

“It’s been tough, but when things are tough it determines our character and determines our ability to persevere through those challenges,” he said. “Georgia is a state and we are a nation that have endured far greater obstacles then we’re experiencing today.”

At the gala, the chamber gave out several appreciation awards. Yvonne Riner of Uber Trade was given the President’s Award for her service, the highest award given that night.

Additionally, Chamber Leadership Awards were given to Michelle Still, Carolyn Briner, Kent Davies, Jason Ferguson, Paul Dietrick and Will Caraway. Chamber Spirit Awards were given to Robbie Helms, Gary Robinson, Clint Curry, Sam Zimmerman and Chris Zimmerman. The Business Spirit Awards went to Roosters Men’s Grooming Center and Alphagraphics and the Business Sponsorship Award went to Gwinnett Medical Center – Duluth.
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