Thursday, December 6, 2007
Chamber awards go to Burrow, Grant, Mattox
By SUE WATSON
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce handed out the 2007 awards during its annual celebration last week, held in the historic Southern Corner building.
Jean Burrow, regarded by many as the keeper of Byhalia’s history and a storyteller, was selected Leader of the Year for her lifetime of involvement in civic affairs, her talent, and support for improvements.
Burrow has spent many hours working on community projects, said Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the chamber.
Some of these activities include:
Burrow works part-time with Williams Medical Clinic in Holly Springs.
“Whatever she does is full-time, even if she’s not in the building,” said Dr. Kenneth Williams.
He spoke of her strength.
“Her strength is her purpose, determination and her love for this community,” he said.
And he quipped, “I’ve learned more about Byhalia the last three and a half years (as Burrow’s employer) than I ever did when I was working at the Byhalia Clinic.”
The Board Member of the Year award went to Leah Grant. She was cited for the giving of time and effort to chamber decisions and functions and for committee work, as well as bringing a good attitude and fresh ideas to the chamber board of directors. Grant works for Northcentral Electric Power Association.
David Mattox, manager of Reed’s Piggly Wiggly store, received the Customer Service Award.
Mattox was nominated based on the store’s purposeful emphasis on kindness toward its customers and employees.
Piggly Wiggly and Mattox support the community in many ways including cash donations, help with fundraisers for civic clubs, schools and other organizations.
Mattox and Reed’s Piggly Wiggly make the business parking lot available for numbers of community fund-raisers and as space for free health screening clinics.
Membership in the Byhalia Area Chamber is now at 290 and growing, according to Sawyer.
“It’s amazing what a little town - the resources here and the people - can do,” she said. “The people here give a lot from the heart.”
The chamber is very busy, she said.
“We want our members to be involved and to use the chamber,” Sawyer said. “We offer a lot of networking. We want to give to you as well. Members who attend meetings and events meet new customers and make new friends.”
This is the second time the November meeting was held in Southern Corner since a fire swept through the building several years ago. In candlelight, Thursday, the interior which has been taken down to brick and mortar, provided a backdrop and mood for dining and holiday cheer.
Jerry Smith entertained with holiday music on the saxaphone. Guests bought tickets for drawings for gift baskets prepared by businesses.
To learn more about the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce visit www.gobyhalia.com.
For more information call the chamber office at 662-838-8127.
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