Chamber celebrates members with day of fun

Nov. 3—The Calhoun County Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center hosted its 10th annual Member Appreciation Day by inviting those members to a few hours of food and fun Friday at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens.

The parking lot was filled by the 11 a.m. start time and entering the doors of the event center brought the smells of homemade chili cooked by some of the chamber members as part of a chili cook-off.

Those who were not connoisseurs of chili had a choice of chicken fingers and sandwich sliders provided by Johnson's Giant Food for lunch.

Several of the members teamed up for cornhole competition to both have fun and network with other business leaders and companies.

"A chamber does not exist without its members," said chamber executive director Linda Hearn. "We have been blessed with a growing list of local businesses who are excited to share the benefits and expertise we can provide to those who currently have a business and those who want to start a business."

"This special day is set aside for our membership who works so hard to continue the chamber's year-round work in helping our local businesses succeed and build a strong economy for our area," Hearn said.

The chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Calhoun County Class of 2024. Applications are available online at The deadline for submitting the application is 5 p.m. Nov. 8.

Those individuals or businesses interested in becoming a member of the Chamber can call 256-237-3536.

Staff Writer Brian Graves: 256-236-1551.