Chairman Emeritus Bill Snell; Erin Stuckey, PeoplesSouth Bank; Allen Twiggs, Golden Peanut & Tree Nuts; Gail DeFee, Headland Senior Center; Immediate Past President Luke Stevens, AllState, ; Amy Balkcom, Headland City Council; Kevin Murphy, Southeast Gas; Carlee Williams; President Pete Crews, Headland Municipal Airport; Vice President Linda Robinson, Robinson Tax & Accounting; Secretary Heather Shippey, City of Headland; Executive Director Rhonda Harrison. Not pictured are Treasurer Jody Singleton, CPA; David Norwood, Alabama Power; Zelda Oates, HNB First Bank; Teresa Peterson; and Dewey Todd, Todd Farms.
The Headland Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated reaching its goal of more than 200 members during the Annual Membership Banquet on Thursday, January 17. Jeremy Arthur, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama was the keynote speaker. His entertaining presentation highlighted many historical Chamber of Commerce connections from Al Capone to Miss America while stressing the importance of local Chambers. He also encouraged Headland to move forward towards downtown revitalization and becoming Main Street Alabama designated city.
Board member Allen Twiggs of Golden Peanut & Tree Nuts, welcomed the crowd to event at Headland United Methodist Church, gave the invocation and introduced this year's board members and officers. Immediate Past President Luke Stevens gave the State of the Chamber Report. He noted that the Chamber had 47 new members in 2018 and already has eight new members going into 2019..."that brings us to 211 members and counting," he said. "Now that's something to celebrate!" He pointed out that Chamber members had 16 ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking events last year and the Chamber hosted or helped sponsor 20 special events in our community. He introduced the new Chamber President, Pete Crews.
The Headland Lions Club was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. Club member and District Governor of South Alabama Andy Marshall accepted the award on behalf of the Lions Club. "Thank you for all your help with the Bicentennial traveling exhibit...cooking for our Business Showcase, helping with the Christmas Parade line up and more," Chamber Executive Director said. "You community spirit is contagious, and our town is an even better place because of you all."
Many thanks to our sponsors: Diamond Sponsors - Golden Peanut & Tree Nuts, HNB First Bank; Emerald Sponsors - PCI Technologies/Pruitt Communications, Southeast Gas; and Ruby Sponsors Alabama Power, Hometown Food Center and Poly, Inc.
Top left: Speaker Jeremy Arthur and our beautiful Headland Queens. Top right: Musicians from the Tri-State Community Orchestra. Bottom left: Executive Director Rhonda Harrison, Incoming Chamber President Pete Crews and outgoing Chamber President Luke Stephens. Bottom right: At the Airport's table, Pete Crews, Sylvia Crews, Becky Tucker, Jim Tucker and Roger Mixon.