The King Chamber of Commerce held their annual membership meeting to welcome new faces and recognize retiring board members.
“It went really well. We had a great turn out and I think our members really appreciated being able to network with other local businesses,” said Executive Director Cathy Loveday.
Newly elected president of the Chamber, Steve Carroll shared his vision for 2016.
“I believe we have a very strong board. Everyone seems interested in supporting one another and encouraging each other. I envision a happy community, but we’ll get out of this what we put into it. We don’t have to look anywhere else because we have a room full of resources here,” he said.
Along with Carroll, the Chamber introduced this year’s vice president Tim Hall and treasurer Ron Davis.
Coming on as new Chamber board members are: Chris Hemric, Dr. Candice Fix, Debbie McCliment, Eddy McGee, Sue Jarvis, Scott Tedder, and Doug Rose.
Loveday presented the Spirit of the Chamber award to Marie Davis.
“We started this about three years ago. We wanted to acknowledge a volunteer that goes the extra mile and really shows the spirit of what we’re all about,” she said.
Davis played a lead role in the 26th annual KingFest that was set and then rescheduled due to inclement weather.
She and her husband Bill, who is also a past recipient of the award, reached out to schools around the county letting them know of the event and worked to get the word out again after it was postponed.
“They’ve put many miles on their car for us. Marie and Bill have always helped out and we’re so grateful for them,” Loveday said.
Davis accepted the award and said the couple now have a matching set.
The Chamber also gave local business owners an opportunity to share a two-minute “infomercial” about what they do and where they’re located in the county.
“Part of what we do is bring businesses together and give them a platform to interact with the community,” Loveday explained. “We hope others will get familiar with what Stokes County offers. This allows people to put a name with a face and support one other.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.