The Elbert County Chamber of Commerce hosted their 89th annual chamber meeting last night at the First Baptist Church’s ROC Building.
It was the last meeting for now former Chamber Chairman Greg Gunter.
Gunter said in his farewell speech, that he feels confident about the chamber and community’s future under the leadership of its new Chairman, Michael Rutherford.
“Although I will miss the position, I am optimistic about the future of our chamber as I pass the gavel to Michael Rutherford”, said Gunter. “Michael is a man of strong faith, is committed to his family, and his community; he is a person who understands business, and will be a strong asset in supporting our local businesses, and in our efforts to attract new businesses.”
In his introduction speech, Rutherford said that Elbert County has two options to pursue.
“We have to make the choice if we are willing to let our community live, or watch it die”, said Rutherford. “I personally think we are approaching a crossroad in our community’s history. A choice must be made, are we going to be a community that suffers defeat and crumbles into a ghost town, or are we going to work to build our economy and to thrive.”
Rutherford is the co-owner of Community Insurance Associates, and takes over immediately as the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce’s new Chairman.
Also taking place during the meeting was the awarding of the chamber’s local awards.
Business of the Year winner this year was Elberton Federal Savings and loan.
This year’s service award was presented to Mr. Joseph E. Johnson.
Ambassador of the year was awarded to Mr. Bill Lester.
Rounding out the awards was the presentation of the Native Citizen of the Year award, which was presented to Mrs. Linda Jones James.