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									Upcoming Events
                                       focus            Christmas With The Embers
                                                                                                                                  November 2009

 November 19: Business After Hours
                                                        Returns December 4th
                                                              Kick off the holidays with The Embers! The North Carolina band will play a return
 hosted by Wester Realty and Insurance, Inc. at their   engagement in Henderson on Friday, December 4. The 2009 “Christmas With The Embers”
 location at 1020 S. Garnett Street in Henderson.
 Event will celebrate their 100th Anniversary and       family concert will take place at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center at 7 p.m.
 will take place from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. Call               A limited number of tickets are
 the Chamber at 252-438-8414 to confirm your            on sale now at the Chamber and from
 attendance or for information.                         any Chamber board member. Prices
                                                        are $15 for adults and $10 for children
 November 11: Henderson-Vance Cham-                     twelve and under.
 ber offices closed for Veterans Day.
                                                             EMBARQ is presenting sponsor
 Nov. 26 - 27:           Henderson-Vance Chamber        of the event which is coordinated by
 offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday.               the Henderson-Vance Chamber of
                                                        Commerce. Walmart Distribution
 December 4: “Christmas with the                        Center is gold sponsor and Progress
 Embers” family sit-down concert to be held at
 Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center         Energy and P&G Pet Care are Plati-
 at 7 p.m. Gold sponsor for the event is EMBARQ.        num sponsors.
 Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and         The Embers are a North Carolina
 are available at the Chamber.                          tradition known for their special blend
                                                        of rhythm and blues and beach music.
                                                                                                                        The Embers
 December 6: Henderson Holiday Parade                   The group has been touring and turning
 at 2:30 in Downtown Henderson. Contact the
 Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Com-              out hits since its inception in 1958 and continues to be a local favorite.
 mission for more information at 252-430-5734.               The Embers recently played the final concert of this year’s Meet Me in the Street series in
                                                        Downtown Henderson.
 December 10:            Second Annual Chamber

                                                        ‘09 Banquet Set for January 21
 Christmas Social, hosted by the Chamber and
 sponsored by Holden, Moss, Knott, Clark, Copley
 and Hoyle, PA; Phillips, Dorsey, Thomas, Waters
 and Brafford, PA; William L. Stark & Company;               The Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 72 years at its
 and Danny W. Wright, CPA, PLLC. At The Silo            Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet on Thursday, January 21. The event will be held
 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
                                                        at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center.
 December 31:             Final nominations for              Keynote speaker for the evening will be North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Keith
 2009 Citizen of the Year due to the Chamber. For       Crisco. He was appointed Secretary of Commerce by Gov. Bev Perdue in January 2009 and
 information, contact the Chamber at 252-438-           brings 38 years of experience in business and commerce to the position.
 8414 or                            The 2008 Citizen of the Year, Bennett H. Perry, Jr. will present the 2009 Citizen of the
                                                        Year Award.
 January 21 : Henderson-Vance County                         2009 Chamber of Commerce Chairman Paul Harris and Chamber President Bill
 Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meet-
 ing and Banquet to be held at the Vance-Granville      Edwards will present the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce Annual Report
 Community College Civic Center. For sponsorship        and Program of Work. The reports will highlight the previous year’s accomplishments and
 opportunities or ticket information, contact the       identify goals for the upcoming year.
 Chamber at 252-438-8414 or e-mail member-                                    Tickets for the Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet are $30 each and include
                                                        dinner, local entertainment and entry for door prize drawings. Corporate tables of eight may
                                                        be reserved for $225.
                                                             To reserve tickets or for sponsorship or other information, contact the Chamber at 438-
                                                        8414 or email

Inside This Issue:               2-3          Teacher of the Year,
                                              Flu Preparedness Guide     4-5       Ribbon Cuttings, and Busi-
                                                                                   ness After Hours             6-7      Membership Drive,
                                                                                                                         Member Milestones
 focus                          business briefs news to use

Webb-Lewis Named Teacher of Year
     Tessa Webb-Lewis, an eighth-grade math teacher at Henderson Middle School, was named as the Vance County Schools’ Teacher of the
Year for 2009-2010 on September 10 at the school system’s annual Teacher of the Year Banquet. The banquet was held in the cafeteria of
Southern Vance High School.
     Webb-Lewis, who has been teaching at Henderson Middle for the last eight years, was selected from an outstanding field of educators
as the local Teacher of the Year. She will now go on to represent her colleagues in
regional and state competition for the North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
     Her selection marks the third consecutive year, and the fourth time out of
the last five years, that the Teacher of the Year has been a member of the faculty
at Henderson Middle School. The last six recipients of the district’s Teacher of the
Year award have been middle school teachers.
     Webb-Lewis has always been a highly respected member of Henderson
Middle’s faculty during her teaching career. Henderson Middle School is the only
school in which she has ever taught. Eight years ago, Webb-Lewis decided to
become a teacher after a lengthy and successful career in the corporate world. As a
math teacher, Webb-Lewis’ students have consistently each year had some of the
highest scores and academic achievements in the county. For the last two school
years, Webb-Lewis had a student who made a perfect score, first on the seventh-             Tessa Webb-Lewis holds the Vance County Schools’
grade state end-of-grade test, and then on the eighth-grade Algebra I state end-of-        Teacher of the Year plaque for the 2009-2010 school year
course test. Both instances were a first for a middle school math student in Vance          after she was announced as the recipient of the pres-
County Schools.                                                                            tigious honor. She is shown with her principal, Victor
     A five-member selection committee interviewed all of the candidates for the            Fenner of Henderson Middle School.
Teacher of the Year honor. Following the interviews, three finalists were selected
and committee members then visited with them and their students in their classrooms.
     In addition to Webb-Lewis, the finalists were Sharon Hopper of Zeb Vance, as the first runner up, and Iris Ioyoda-Lacson of Clark Street,
as the second runner up.
     In accepting her award, Webb-Lewis told an audience of approximately 150 people, “This has been a journey. It was eight years ago that
I decided I wanted to teach. When I got the job at Henderson Middle, my co-workers in the corporate office where I had been working asked
me why I wanted to leave. I told them I wanted to teach. I had a calling to teach. I also wanted to have a greater role in the education of my
own children. I believe in what I am doing. My students are so responsive and dedicated. It is because of those dedicated students that I’m
standing here as the Teacher of the Year. It is also because of my students’ parents, because they want what is best for their children.”
     As the Vance County Schools’ Teacher of the Year, Webb-Lewis was presented with a $1,000 check from the school system, a $500 check
from the Vance County Public School Foundation and a $500 check from Walmart. She also received gifts from several local businesses includ-
ing The Silo, Golden Skillet, Bojangles, Bullock’s of Henderson, Betty B’s, Interiors & Gifts Too, Friendly Florist, Cracker Barrel and New
Millenium Flower Shoppe.

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre Makes
WRAL’s #1
     Users of WRAL’s entertainment website: “Out and About” have made
Henderson’s Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre the Triangle area’s #1 recommend-
ed movie theatre and entertainment venue. “We began to see recommendations
this past summer and users of the site quickly made us the #1 recommended
movie theatre,” says Jim Kopp, owner, with wife Megan, of the theatre. “By
Labor day, we had passed Backyard Bistro (a restaurant in Raleigh) as the #1
recommended entertainment venue in the Triangle,” continued Kopp.
You can visit WRAL’s “Out and About” website at:


Center for Disease Control Publishes 3
Employer Flu-Preparedness Guidelines
      Small businesses play a key role in protecting employees’ health and safety as well as limiting the impact to the economy and society during
an influenza pandemic. Advance planning for pandemic influenza is critical.
      Over the past several years, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the CDC, and the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration have developed guidelines, including checklists, to assist businesses, industries and other employers in planning for a pandemic
outbreak as well as for other potential disasters.
      Regardless of the size or type of your business, a bit of planning now can put strategies into place that will help protect the business and its
employees, when 2009 H1N1 flu hits. It is important that the following list of recommendations be reviewed carefully and applied in the most
appropriate way to your small business.
• Identify a workplace coordinator who will be responsible for dealing with 2009 H1N1 flu issues and their impact at the workplace,
including contacting local health department and health care providers in advance and developing and implementing protocols for response to
ill individuals. The coordinator should not wait for flu season to start in order to establish those contacts and relationships, and check online
resources of local public health officials immediately to learn what you should be doing.
• Examine policies for leave, telework, and employee compensation and review with all employees so they are up-to-date on sick leave poli-
cies and employee assistance services that are covered under any of your employee-sponsored health plans. Leave policies should be flexible,
non-punitive, and well-communicated. They should allow workers who have the flu to stay home and away from co-workers. Also, plan to have
workers stay home if they have to care for sick family members. Be prepared, in the event that there are school closures, to allow workers flex-
ible schedules or other accommodations so they can mind their children and keep them safe at home. Explore the possibility of some of your
workers working from home with appropriate infrastructure support.
• Determine who will be responsible for assisting ill individuals in the workplace, and make sure at least one person can serve as the “go to”
person if a worker becomes sick at the workplace.
• Identify essential employees, essential business functions, and other critical inputs (e.g. raw materials, suppliers, subcontractor services/
products, and logistics) required to maintain business operations should there be disruptions during the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak – and make
plans on how to communicate with people that perform essential tasks to provide them assignments and work direction. Explore other ways
you can continue business operations if there are supply chain or other disruptions.
• Share your pandemic plans with employees and clearly communicate expectations. It is important to let your employees know your plans
and expectations when 2009 H1N1 flu outbreaks occur in communities where you have a workplace. Consider ways to communicate with
employees who do not speak English or those with disabilities.
• Prepare business continuity plans so that if there is significant absenteeism or changes in the way you need to conduct business in the
workplace during this outbreak you can maintain operations. School dismissals and childcare provider closures may increase absenteeism in the
workplace. Health officials may also advise that workplaces take multiple steps to increase the space between people and decrease the frequency
of contact among people, also known as “social distancing” to reduce the spread of illness during a more severe outbreak.
• Establish an emergency communications plan. This plan includes identification of key contacts (with back-ups), chain of communications
(including suppliers and customers), and processes for tracking and communicating business and employee status.
      For more information, go to the CDC website at

Nominate ‘09 Citizen of the Year
     The Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for the 2009 Citizen of the Year.
     This annual award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution and demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of
Henderson and Vance County.
     In order to be considered for this award, the nominee must be a resident of the Henderson-Vance County community, should be someone
who enjoys a reputation for continuous community service in areas such as civic involvement, quality of life improvements, support of business and
economic development and humanitarian issues. This contribution must be outside the realm of the individual’s occupation. Citizens and Cham-
ber members are encouraged to nominate persons they feel are deserving of this recognition. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber and
should be submitted in writing to the Chamber office by Thursday, December 31.
     The award will be presented at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Banquet on Thursday, January 21 at the Vance-Granville
Community College Civic Center.

     For information or a nomination form, contact the Chamber at 252-438-8414 or e-mail

                                                                 chamber events happenings
focus   ribbon cuttings grand openings

                               Video Conception(Top Left)
                               Video Conception held a ribbon cutting on September 22 to
                               celebrate the opening of their new business and new Chamber
                               membership. It is a home-based business that specializes in wed-
                               ding videography, birthday parties, reunions and special events.
                               The company also does short films and commercials for other
                               businesses. The owner is Cornell Sanders and the company can be
                               contacted at and by phone at 828-
                               290-5115. Web address is

                               United Way of Vance County/Volunteer Center
                               (Top Right)
                               The United Way of Vance County/Volunteer Center held a ribbon
                               cutting on September 16 to celebrate their move to 212 Dabney
                               Drive. The Volunteer Center mobilizes people and resources to
                               deliver creative solutions to community problems. To contact Di-
                               rector Nancy Gray and United Way of Vance County, call 252-492-
                               8392 or go to

                               Henderson Wellness Center, PA
                               (Middle Left)
                               Henderson Wellness Center, PA held a ribbon cutting on Septem-
                               ber 10 to celebrate the expansion of their business to include an
                               urgent care center. Henderson Wellness Center offers chiropractic
                               services, accupuncture, treatment of back and neck pain, sports
                               injuries and the new urgent care services. Urgent care services of-
                               fer persons the opportunity to be seen on the same day without an
                               appointment. The business is owned and operated by Dr. Brandon
                               Taylor and is located at 414 Dabney Drive. To contact the office,
                               call 252-430-8000 or check them out on the web at www.taylor-
                               Kerr Lake Glassworks(Bottom Left)
                               Kerr Lake Glassworks held a ribbon cutting on September 3 to
                               celebrate their new Chamber membership. The business handles
                               auto glass of all kinds (mobile or in shop installation), insulated
                               glass, mirrors, commercial storefronts, doors, closers and hard-
                               ware, patio doors, replacement windows, furniture glass and
                               24-hour emergency board-up services. Tom and Jerry Stevenson
                               own the business which is managed by Theresa Wallot. Kerr Lake
                               Glassworks is located at 256 Flemingtown Road in Henderson and
                               can be reached at 252-492-6423 or on the web at www.kerrlake-



                         Toyota Scion of Henderson
                         Toyota Scion of Henderson held a ribbon cutting on October 16
                         to celebrate the opening of their new facility at 205 Toyota Lane.
                         Owner Dave Genetti along with Toyota provided lunch for all
                         guests. A large crowd turned out for the special event including
                         representatives from the corporate offices of Toyota. Tours of the
                         new facility were given and all of the latest and greatest Toyo-
                         tas were available for viewing on the lot. The company can be
                         reached at 252-438-2181 or on the web at www.toyotaofhender-

                         D.B.’s Windshield Chip Repair & Headlamp
                         D.B.’s Windshield Chip Repair & Headlamp Restoration held a
                         ribbon cutting celebrating their new Chamber membership on
                         October 20 in the Chamber lobby. The home-based business of-
                         fers a full range of windshield repair/replacement and headlamp
                         restoration. Owner and operator D.B. Jarrell can be reached at

Business After Hours Hosted
                    On September 24, Franklin Brothers Nursery/Franklin Family Farms
                  held a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the Franklin Farms
                  new features including a Corn Maze, haystack, hayrides, pumpkins,
                  yard decor and more. The event was held at their location at 3193
                  Vicksboro Road in Henderson. Guests and their families turned out to
                  kick-off the autumn season.
                    On October 29, Hampton Inn held a Business After Hours in the form
                  of a “Haunted Hampton Halloween Barbeque”. Guests were treated to
                  BBQ and a variety of spooky treats as they networked with each other.
                  Even a few costumed guests adorned the event.
                    The next Chamber Business After Hours is scheduled for Thursday,
                  November 19 at Wester Realty and Insurance, Inc. located at 1020 S.
                  Garnett Street in Henderson. The event will celebrate their 100th An-
                  niversary and will take place from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m.
                    For information or to confirm your attendance, call the Chamber at
                  252-438-8414 or e-mail

              ribbon cuttings grand openings                       focus
focus                       member news chamber briefs

  WELCOME!                                 Membership Drive Success
  New Members
            Air Control, Inc.
                                                The Chamber’s Membership Committee hosted its Fall Membership Drive at the Chamber
                                           office on Wednesday, September 30. More than fifteen new members joined the Chamber dur-
            237 Raleigh Road               ing this worthwhile event. Main sponsors for the event included Harris, Inc. of Henderson and
         Henderson, N.C. 27356             Prim Residential Rentals and Commercial Rentals.
         Phone: (252) 492-2300
          FAX: (252) 492-9225
                                                Chamber Ambassadors and Board members used cell phones provided by U.S. Cellular to
Lab Equipment & Clean Room Equipment       contact prospective new members. From 8:00am-9:00am breakfast was provided by Chick-fil-
      Irvin Wade, General Manager          A and 98.3 FM held a live remote featuring The Mike and Audrey Show. Businesses joining
          Ken Dixon, President             during that time were eligible for a chance to be interviewed on the show.
                                                From 11:00am-12pm lunch was provided by Domino’s Pizza during a live remote by
          CPI Designs, LLC
                                           WIZS featuring Towntalk.
            P.O. Box 1597
          175 Bearpond Road                     As incentive to join, the Chamber offered its Chamber Stimulus Package which includes
        Henderson, N.C. 27537              a 15% discount, 3 months free, a ribbon-cutting to be advertised in the tabloid, newsletter,
     Phone: (252) 492-2111 (ex. 2)         “Shop Local” ad in The Dispatch and on the Chamber Website. New members who join prior
         Fax: (252) 492-8197               to October 30 will also receive two free tickets to The Embers Christmas Concert in December.
  Manufactures Dog Boxes/Fishing Carts          Prizes donated by Dot’s Hallmark and George’s Restaurant were awarded to the voluneer
       Casey Clugston, President
                                           who recruited the most new members by October 30. Door prizes were also donated by Ra-
DB’S Windshield Chip Repair & Headlamp     leigh Road Outdoor Theater.
              Restoration                       The Chamber would like to thank sponsors Harris Incorporated of Henderson, Prim Resi-
            115 Dorsey Place               dential Rentals and Commercial Rentals, U. S. Cellular, Chick-fil-A, Domino’s Pizza, 98.3 FM
        Henderson, N.C. 27536              and WIZS for making this event possible.
        Phone: (252) 430-6759
         FAX: (252) 430-8746
 Windshield Repair/Headlight Restoration
           D.B. Jarrell, Owner                      Maintenance Plus Landscaping                             Salare Inc
                                                       69 Country Acres Drive                              P.O. Box 583
            Designs By You                             Henderson, N.C. 27537                         88 Parham Spring Lane
          110 Kitchen Avenue                           Phone: (252) 425-5941                         Henderson, NC 27536
        Henderson, N.C. 27536                     Landscaper/Landscape Maintenance                  Phone: (252) 431-1208
        Phone: (252) 492-9202                         Preston Wade, Sales Leader                      FAX: (252) 430-0025
         FAX: (252) 492-9213                             Jennifer Wade, CEO                        Manufactures Fume Hoods
       Custom Home Furnishings                                                              Bob Esquivel, President/Managing Director
        Jeannette Long, Owner                               Overby Marine
                                                           480 Bobbitt Road                    Vance County Habitat for Humanity
          Henderson Collegiate                           Kittrell, N.C. 27544                            P.O. Box 558
              P.O. Box 2183                             Phone: (252) 438-5338                       Henderson, N.C. 27536
        Henderson, N.C. 27536                           FAX: (252) 492- 6932                         Phone: (252) 425-1876
         Phone: (252) 578-7053                   Boat dealership and Service Company                   Non-Profit Charity
              Charter School                           Joseph Overby, President                  Rose Pulley, Executive Director
       Eric Sanchez, School Leader
                                                        RiceWrap MFG LLC                               Video Conception
       Henderson Furniture Outlet                       102 Wortham Court                              59 Waterfall Road
        410 South Garnett Street                       Henderson, NC 27537                          Henderson, N.C. 27537
        Henderson, N.C. 27536                          Phone: (252) 438-2498                          Phone: 828-290-5115
         Phone: (252) 226-6475                          FAX: (252) 438-2498                        Video Production Company
          FAX: (252) 492-2388                               Frozen Sushi                             Cornell Sanders, Owner
               Furniture                                Kyle Kronk, Manager
          Abdo Saleh, President                                                                       Woodruff Moving, Inc.
                                                  Rural Health Group at Henderson                         P.O. Box 265
  Henderson Fruit & Produce Company                   100 West Parkview Drive                         Henderson, N.C. 27536
        1215 Old Norlina Road                         Henderson, N.C. 27536                           Phone: (252) 492-2511
       Henderson, N.C. 27536                          Phone: (252) 438-3549                            FAX: (252) 438-1350
        Phone: (252) 492-1185                         FAX: (252) 438-2084                  Residential & Commercial Moving & Storage
         FAX: (252) 492-3825                        Physicians/Family Medicine                       Don Woodruff, President
     Wholesale & Retail Food Sales                       Brian Harris, CEO
         Chris Fisher, President



TEI Partners Business and Education                                                                                                   7
       The 2009-2010 Teacher Executive Institute (TEI) program began Thursday, October 8 with a dinner and orientation session for this
year’s participants.
     In its sixteenth year, the program will provide classroom teachers, counselors and media specialists with opportunities to participate in
seminars where leadership and management skills are taught. Participants will visit a variety of businesses within the community where they
will meet employees, tour the facilities, learn about the business and take part in seminars designed to broaden their skills base.
     The overall intent of the program is to strengthen the partnership between business professionals and education professionals. Teachers
and those in the business field will have the opportunity to understand each other’s role in preparing students to meet the challenges of the
     This year’s TEI participants are: Jessica Hall - Aycock Elementary, David Stuckey - Carver Elementary, Iris Iyoda-Lacson - Clark Street
Elementary, Donesha Bolden - Dabney Elementary, Sylvia Jefferson - New Hope Elementary, Mary Williams - Pinkston Street Elementary,
Robin Bowen - E.O. Young Elementary, Ann Hanson - Zeb Vance Elementary, McShell Edmonds-Evans - Henderson Middle, Wendi Leas
- Southern Vance High, Shawn Richards - Western Vance High, Evangeline Mitchell - Early College, Robert Haworth - Northern Vance
High, Alice Hinson - Eaton Johnson Middle, Susan Johnson - Vance Charter, Sharon Spain - E.M. Rollins Elementary, Kimberly Brown -
L.B. Yancey Elementary.
     Sponsoring organizations include the Vance County Public School Foundation, Vance County Public Schools and the Henderson-
Vance County Chamber of Commerce.
     Corporate sponsors are: Gold - Embarq, JCPenney, Progress Energy and Wal-Mart Distribution Center; Silver - Marshall Cooper,
Carolina Quality and Dr. Beverly Tucker; Bronze - AAA Gas, Barnett Properties, Golden Skillet, Henderson Family YMCA, Rose Oil
Company, Sylvan Learning Center, Vance County Farm Bureau, Vance-Granville Community College, J.M. White Funeral Service and
Greystone Concrete.
     Other event supporters are The Daily Dispatch, Durham Coca-Cola, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., Embarq, Harperprints, Inc.,
JCPenney, KARTS, Maria Parham Medical Center, Progress Energy, Walmart Distribution Center, Public School Foundation and Vance
County Schools.

Milestones - VGCC & Community Workforce Solutions
     Vance-Granville Community College recently concluded a month-long series of events celebrating the college’s 40th anniversary with a
“Festival for the 40th” on October 10 at the Main Campus in Henderson. Events were held throughout the month at each of the communi-
ty college campuses in the order that the campuses were established: Main Campus in Vance County, South Campus in Granville County,
Warren County Campus and Franklin County Campus.
     In his remarks at the Franklin County celebration, VGCC President Randy Parker summarized the college’s history and mission. The
original charter for the college, then known as Vance County Technical Institute, was issued on Sept. 4, 1969. VGCC Board of Trustees
chair Donald Seifert, Sr. of Henderson said, “the college and its campuses are recognized as key economic development assets for the area,
and are currently helping thousands of people adapt to economic challenges”.
     Community Workforce Solutions, Inc. celebrated 45 years in operation with a community-wide anniversary celebration! The 45th
Anniversary Celebration included great food, singing, and a silent auction featuring art creations made by the participants of the programs
at Community Workforce Solutions, Inc. The celebration was held in October, which coincides with National Disability Employment
Awareness Month. Community Workforce Solutions, Inc. is a non-profit agency committed to supporting individuals with disabilities or
other barriers to employment. They currently serve seven counties in North Carolina through two sites located in Henderson and Raleigh.
     Be sure to contact the Chamber with your business milestone or service anniversary. Call 252-438-8414 or e-mail membership@
  Linda Woodard

  Bill’s Flowers and Gifts
    252-438-2747                    622 Corbitt Road
   1-800-226-9014                 Henderson, NC 27536

                                                           member news chamber briefs                                focus
      Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
                                            414 S. Garnett Street, PO Box 1302, Henderson, NC 27536
                                                   PHONE: 252.438.8414 FAX: 252.492.8989

2009 CHAMBER OFFICERS                                                    2009 CHAMBER AMBASSADORS
Paul Harris                    Chair                                     Cindy Abate                  Liberty Kennels, Inc.
Vanessa Jones                  First Vice-Chair                          Rudy Abate                   Liberty Kennels, Inc.
David Ruggles                  Second Vice-Chair                         Arlene Watkins               Milkam Hospitality, Inc.
Dean Overby                    Treasurer                                 Bernice Bullock              Generations Community Credit Union
Fern Ellington                 Immediate Past Chair                      Latonya Carter               Sugar ‘N Spice Preschool
                                                                         Kendall Conley               BB&T
                                                                         Gina DeMent                  Five County Mental Health Authority
BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                       Fern Ellington               BB&T
                                                                         Cheryl Elman                 Crafts on Wheels/ 100 Years of Flight
2007-2009                                                                Sarah Falkner                Staffmark
                                                                         Linda Fletcher               Vance-Granville Community College
Melvin Green                   Area Christians Together in Service
                                                                         Melvin Green                 Area Christians Together in Service
Paul Harris                    Harris Incorporated of Henderson
                                                                         Diane Grissom                Wester Insurance
Leslie Mills                   Leslie Ann Mills Photography
                                                                         Julia Langston               Henderson Family YMCA
Tanya Evans                    Progress Energy
                                                                         Mary A. Lynn                 Retired
Walter Pegram        
                                                                         Clareese Moss                Shortcakes Embroidery
David Ruggles                  Maria Parham Medical Center
                                                                         Jarrott Patteson             BB&T
                                                                         Susan Rogers                 Chick-fil-A
2008-2010                                                                Candy Stevens                Variety Wholesalers
Fern Ellington                 BB&T                                      Sandra Wilkerson             City of Henderson
Joretha Johnson                P & G Pet Care
Dean Overby                    William L. Stark and Company
Ashley Stewardson
John Zollicoffer
                               RE/MAX Carriage Realty
                               Stainback, Satterwhite, Burnette and
                                                                         EXOFFICIO DIRECTORS
                                                                         Dennis Tharrington           Chair, Henderson-Vance Partnership
                                           Zollicoffer                   Dan Brummitt                 Chair, Vance County
2009-2011                                                                                             Board of Commissioners
Rudy Abate                     Liberty Kennels, Inc.                     (Vacant)                     Executive Director, Vance County
Joel Harris                    Vance County Farm Bureau                                               Economic Development Commission
Jenny Hester                   Prim Development and Rentals              Phil Lakernick               Director, Henderson-Vance
Catherine Hughes               Satterwhite Point Marina                                               Downtown Development Commission
Vanessa Jones                  Vance-Granville Community College         Randy Parker                 President, Vance-Granville
Hal Muetzel                    Express Employment Professionals                                       Community College
                                                                         Pete O’Geary                 Mayor, City of Henderson
                                                                         Dr. Norman Shearin           Superintendent, Vance County Schools
                                                                         Bob Singletary               President & CEO,

      Mission Statement                                                                               Maria Parham Medical Center

                                                                         CHAMBER STAFF
      The Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce                     Bill Edwards                 President
    represents the interests of the business community in those          Rachel Hedrick               Director of Membership Services
    matters that affect the ability of local businesses to prosper       Sylvia Edwards               Office Manager
                                                                         Jimmie Terry                 Work First Coordinator
   and grow, and the ability of Henderson and Vance County               Sheri Jones                  Communications Consultant
                     to attract new businesses.

        DANNY W. WRIGHT                                                             A.R.E. Mechanical, Inc.
                 Tax & Accounting Services                                      Heating & Cooling Contractors
                                                                                    Audie Ellington, Vice-President
901 Dorsey Avenue      PHONE: 252-433-4883
Henderson, NC 27536      FAX: 252-433-9622
           EMAIL:                                        944 S. Williams Street                   Phone: 252-738-2361
                                                                          Henderson, NC 27536                        Fax: 252-738-2360

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