As of the time of my writing of this Chamber Chat article, ten days remain in my presidency at the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce. At thirty-three years old, and only having lived in Clinton and Sampson County since 2007, I consider it an honor to have served my community in this role for the last year.
For those of you who have followed the happenings of the Chamber over the last twelve months, you are aware that it has been a year of transition. Despite the administrative changes, the Chamber has continued to grow and evolve to provide greater benefits to its members. The growth we have experienced would not have been possible without the dedication of so many volunteers, including those who serve on our committees, as well as our Chamber Board Directors and Ambassadors.
In 2015, the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce added over 45 new members, reaching a total of approximately 450 individual and business members. Our goal, of course, is to increase our membership each year. If you are not currently a member of our great organization, now is the best time to consider joining! As we begin a new calendar year, we welcome the opportunity to provide you with invaluable economic benefits including multiple marketing avenues, community involvement, leadership development and educational seminars.
Before I conclude, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to three people who have been instrumental in keeping the Chamber working for you over the course of the last month and a half. Janna Bass, our former Executive Director, has been invaluable to us during our time of transition. Her knowledge of the Chamber office procedures, and her honest love of our organization, have made the last couple of months as seamless as any of us could have imagined. Anyone who has attended a Member of the Week celebration, is already familiar with our ambassador and chief photographer, Cliff Ireland. There is no doubt that Cliff is one of the “faces” of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce. When asked to step in and assist us in late November, there was no hesitancy in his voice when Cliff graciously accepted the task to help in any capacity that he was able to provide assistance. Finally, Clinton High School senior, Ashley Sinclair has been the glue that has kept our Chamber office together each afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00pm, and at other times in between. Ashley began her training at the Chamber of Commerce as an intern under Janna Bass, and there was no doubt who I needed to call when extra hands were needed on deck. Ashley will continue to assist us for the duration of time in high school, and we thank her for her service!
For now, I pass the torch of the presidency over to my dear friend, Anthony Sessoms. Anthony’s office will officially begin on January 1st, but he has spent countless hours in our Chamber offices over the last several years assisting us with bookkeeping, payroll, the budget, and serving on our Board of Directors. I know that 2016 will be another great year of economic growth, as we continue to promote a healthy business community and an outstanding quality of life in Sampson County!
For more information about becoming a member of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, feel free to call us at 910-592-6177, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alison Carr is the current president of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber.