Chamber of Commerce welcomes new board members

By | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The conference room of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce was filled to capacity on Monday night as the board of directors welcomed three new board members.
Melinda Williams of Preferred Logistics, Bart Walker, administrator of Life Care Center and Roy Whited, an agent with Tri Star Real Estate, had previously been elected to serve on the board of directors beginning January 2002. The three newest members will officially be installed at the Chamber of Commerce dinner at 7 p.m., Jan. 17, 2002, at Sparta Civic Center.
The priority topic on the agenda was the election of officers for 2002. Suzanne Dickerson, current chairman of the board of directors, asked for nominations for the position she has held for the past year. Mark Cain, White County Community Hospital administrator, was nominated for the position. Cain was elected by unanimous vote. Barbara Witzigman, owner of Tri Star Real Estate, was also elected by unanimous vote to serve as vice-chairman.
Chamber of Commerce President Wallace Austin gave an activity report of the chamber’s involvement in community events and business ventures during the previous month. Austin was reported the chamber hosted a Three-Star Review with Deputy Commissioner Kingsley Brock and Assistant Commissioner Jimmy Earle with the Tenn. Dept. of Economic and Community Development. He told the board of directors Sparta has been recertified as a Three-Star Community, which will begin the 10th year for the award.
Board members discussed plans for the annual dinner and installation of officers on Jan. 17. Tommy Pedigo, chairman of the special event, was not present at the meeting. Members suggested ideas for the theme of the dinner, with everyone agreeing a patriot theme was the choice. Steve Adams, treasurer for the State of Tennessee, will be the guest speaker, with local caterer Guylene Breeding serving the meal.
Austin reminded the board members the monthly luncheons would no longer be held at The Beechwood, since they had closed for business in December. He asked Cain if the group could return to the meeting room in the cafeteria at the hospital, and Cain gladly consented. However, Austin reminded there would not be a luncheon in January, since the annual dinner was scheduled for this month.
The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets the first Monday in the month at 6 p.m. The next scheduled meeting will be Feb. 4, 2002.

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