Chamber Weekly Newsletter for June 20th to June 24th
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Chamber Weekly Newsletter June 20th to June 24th

Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce
“Ask not what your Community can do for you, but WHAT can you do for your Community”

Upcoming Events:

•  June 22 - Georgia Chamber 2011 Webinar Series
The Georgia Chamber is launching its 2011 Webinar Series with their first webinar:
Wednesday, June 22, 12:00 Noon - 1:00pm 

The Essentials of the New Georgia Immigration Law - What Does it Mean for You?
Presenters: Attorneys at Fisher & Phillips.  Cost - for GACCE Members (and your chamber members) = $25.
This webinar will provide you with the key things you need to know about the Georgia Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011. The webinar will also include a short demonstration of an electronic system which synchronizes the Form I-9 and E-Verify steps, aiding compliance with both the new Georgia law and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Questions may be submitted by registrants prior to the call and will be addressed as time allows at the end of the presentation. All questions should be sent to Rebecca Jones at by Friday, June 17.  To register for this webinar, please click the link:
 . For additional information regarding the webinar series, please contact Rebecca Jones at or (404) 223-2473. 

June 23Albany, Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Regional Meeting-

Through the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative, the State is working hard to develop an economic development strategy that will help our state's economy grow and put Georgians back to work.
An important part of this effort will be the input we gather at meetings held in each of the state's economic development regions. Beginning this month, these will be opportunities to hear the results of the recently conducted survey, establish regional priorities, and offer additional ideas and opinions about what should be included in the strategy going forward. Please click the links below for the Regional Meeting Schedule and the Regional Meeting Agenda:

To register to attend one of the regional meetings, please click the link below:
Registration is being facilitated by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

The attendance goal is 150 to 200 participants for each meeting, it is encouraged that at least five board members or business leaders to attend the regional meeting from your area.

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Finch, Program Manager, Georgia Competitiveness Initiative at (404) 580-1928 or


June 24th - Shade Tree Rod & custom presents: Clasic Car Cruise-In at PMS Cafe` in downtown Sylvester starting at 6:30PM to 9:00PM.  For more information, please call (229) 894-0299 or email:


July 16th Best Friends Humane Society 1st Annual Golf Tournament hosted at the Pine Knoll Country Club in Sylvester, Georgia. 3 person team Scramble- $200 per team sign from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. There will be a continental breakfast and shotgun start to tournament at 9:00 AM. Team sign in no later than July 14th for more information, please contact Jackie Lackey (229) 776-2139/ (229) 881-9669 or Max Huston or Hank Houston @ Pine Knoll Country Club (229) 776-3455. (flyers are available upon request or visit our Facebook page at:Sylvester-Worth Chamber of Commerce)

July 18th - Phoebe Worth Medical Center - invites you to a Pictorial Celebration of Worth County. Scenic images from all around Worth County will be on display throughout the hospital on Monday, July 18th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at 807 South Isabella Street. Refreshment will be served.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia offers Chamber
A Lower Cost Alternative

Are you or do you know of a small business employer in the United States that does not offer their employee’s health insurance due to price? No matter what your health insurance needs, you can always count on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) for a wide range of options and outstanding value. BCBSGa has a low cost alternative to standard health care plans called, Blue Essentials that may fit your needs.

Georgia’s Blue Essential Products are budget-friendly plans that cover your essential health care needs and give you the options you want. Employees would receive $20 office visit co-pays and 80% coinsurance reimbursement for their in-network covered items. Employees would also have plans with deductibles of $1,000 or higher. Additionally, they would receive the protection and personal security of having Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia as their insurer.

These BCBSGa plans are available at reduced premium rates to eligible business members of our Chamber of Commerce! Through the group “buying power” of MemberCare Alliance of Worth CountySM, we are part of a statewide network of over 130 Chambers of Commerce offering these insurance products to Chamber member businesses. The MemberCare Alliance of Worth County program includes a variety of discounted insurance products, such as: group term, voluntary and dependent life insurance, group dental insurance, group long term and short term disability, accidental death and dismemberment and long term care insurance. All these products are, or course, available through participating Chamber-member insurance agents.

For more information on these insurance offerings, please call the Chamber, one of your participating Chamber-member insurance agents, or Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc., (the company that developed MemberCare Alliance of Worth County program) at 770-579-1214 or 1-800-782-8254 ext. 3014.

*An independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.


STOP AND SHOP SYLVESTER-WORTH COUNTY. Our local retailers want you to stop in and give them an opportunity to meet your needs throughout the Year 2011. Please contact the Chamber if you need help finding a business that can help you keep our tax dollars local!


A Big WELCOME to our Newest Members:
Worth County Forestry Queens
Denise Binns
SunTrust Bank
1 of a Kind Thrift Store
Mary Alice Shipp Community Development Center
Worth County Health Department
100 Mile Peanut Pickin Yard Sale
Powell’s Contract Services, LLC
Specialty Sales
Sylvester Elementary School
James and Karen McDonald
Worth County High School Band Booster Club
JumpStart Automotive
Worth County Middle School
Gibbs Pecans & Shelling Company
M & R Ag
Labor Finders
Elite Images and Printing
Gillespie Printing
Ford Insurance Agency, Inc
Michelle Hutchinson
Worth County Primary School
Mack Sutton
O’Reilly Auto Parts

Thank you for renewing your membership for the year 2011:

AFS, Inc
AGGeorgia Farm Credit
Agri-AFC, LLC Sylvester
AIC, Wireless
Annette Cochran
Ashley’s Business Solutions, Inc
Astro Exterminating Services
At & T
B & C Sporting Goods
Banks Funeral Home
Barnyard Creations
Becky Geer
Bella 101
Best Friends Humane Society in Worth Co.
Birdsong Peanuts
Boy Scout Troup 100
Brown Milling & Peanut Co.
Brownlee-Bozeman Agency
Bryan and Jordan Body Shop
Bryce Johnson
Calhoun Produce
Camille Taylor, Century 21 Smith, Branch, & Pope, LLC
Carroll’s Sausage & Meats
Charlotte Jolley
City of Poulan
City of Warwick
Coastal Plain CASA
Colony Bank of Worth
Colquitt Regional Home Care
ConAgra Foods
Conger Gas LP
Coopercraft Communications, Inc.
Countryside Animal Clinic
Creek Bottom Trail Rides, LLC ( ATV Park)
D & B A/C and Mechanical Services
Dairy Queen of Sylvester, Inc.
Days Inn
De Lage Landen
Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
Donna King
Dorothy McKellar
Dr. Henry Gordon Davis
Dr. Larry Daugherty
Elite Images
EMC-Engineering Services
Emerald Garden Center
Event Technical Services, Inc
Factory Connections, Inc
Farm Commodities, Inc
Farmers Home Furniture
Fat Boys Backyard BBQ and More
Fletcher-Yearta Jewelers, Inc
Ford Insurance Agency
Fred Dent
Futrill Auto Parts, Inc.
Gardner & Hydrick Vet P.C
Georgia Binns
Georgia Power Company
Gillespie Printing
Globe Financial Services
H & R Block
Handy Andy Store
Hal Carter Construction
HeritageBank of the South
Herring Business Products, OCE Imagistics, Inc
Herring CPA Group
HOOK FM 105.7
Housing Authority of City of Sylvester
Hudson and NeSmith CPA
Jean Brooks
Jefford Farms
J.H. Harvey’s Co, LLC
Jim Hinton Oil Company
Jimmy Sanders, Inc
John and Shelly McPhaul
Johnson Electronic System, LLC
Kiwanis Club of Sylvester
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Langdale Chevrolet
Mack Sutton
Margaret Jones Library / Vickie Young
Medders Associates Survey, Inc.
Medders Enterprises, Inc
Medders Irrigation, LLC
Michelle Hutchinson
Miss Georgee’s Play-Kare
Mitchell EMC
Mobley Gin Company
Montgomery Printing
Moultrie Technical College
Nell Ford
Nethers’s Old Fashioned Pork Skins, Inc
Norman Crowe, Jr.
Norman Park Gin
Ochlocknee Plantation, Ltd.
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Paragon Foods, Inc. – 3 Squares Diner
Phoebe Worth Family Medicine
Phoebe Worth Medical Center
Piggly Wiggly
Pine Shadows
Pinson Memorial United Methodist
Plantation Publishing Company
Pour Me Some Coffee
Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc
Representative Ed Rynders
Ridley Monk
Ruth’s Cottage
Sarah McCrary
Shipp Funeral Home
Shipp Shape Lawn Service
Short and Paulk Supply
Southern Express Lube, Inc
Southern Heritage Woodworks
Southern Woods Plantation
Southland Technologies, Inc
Southwest Georgia Bank/Sylvester Banking Company
Stuart Pate-State Farm Insurance
Sumner Egg Festival
Sumner Peanut Company, Co
Sunbelt Ford-Mercury, Inc
Sunshine Party Rentals
Sylvester Animal Hospital
Sylvester Family Practice/ HealthPlus
Sylvester Health Care, Inc
Sylvester Plaza, LTD Partnership
Sylvester Women’s Club
The Car Wash
The Harvest Group, Harvest School of Music and Hook FM 105.7
The Melanie Hurst Corporation DBA Jessie & Salon
The Sumner Egg Festival
The Sylvester Local News
Town of Sumner
Tyson Steel Building Products, Inc.
Universal Blanchers
Virginia Andrews
Walgreens of Sylvester
Warwick Blackshear Business Organizations
Warwick Drugs, Inc
Warwick Health Care
Warwick Septic Tank, Inc
Williams Insurance Company, Inc.
Woodmen of the World
Worth County Extension Office
Worth County Farm Bureau, Inc.
Worth County High School
Worth County Primary School
Worth Finance Corporation
Worth Gin Company, Inc
Worth Air Heating and Cooling
Worth Insurance Agency

Thanks to all our members!! We could not do it without you, especially in this economic climate. You have all shown an extraordinary commitment to your community. Community Support is the mainstay of any Chamber of Commerce and you are all NUMBER ONE in our book.


If you have upcoming events that you would like to share, please contact the Chamber and let us help to spread the word.
* Worth County is a Work Ready Community! Ask your Chamber of Commerce how you can become Work Ready, too!
A strong Chamber is the sign of a strong community. Ask how you can help increase membership to the Chamber!!
We are dedicated to keeping you updated on events in our Community and hope that we will see you there supporting your Community!


Karen M. Rackley
President/Executive Director
229-349-7703 (Cell)

Rene` Whidby
Administrative Assistant

Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce
229-776-7718 (phone)
229-776-7719 (fax)
229-776-6657 (GA Peanut Festival)


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