Thursday, October 21, 2010
Holly Springs chamber debuts new coordinator
By SUE WATSON
Rebecca Hilliard Bourgeois has accepted a part-time coordinator’s position with the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber has been without a director since the resignation of Amy Heaton last year. Suzanne Langley has served as consultant in the interim.
Bourgeois is from the Red Banks area and the daughter of Fran and James Hilliard.
She graduated from Briarcrest High School in Memphis, Tenn., then attended Ole Miss where she obtained a bachelor’s in psychology, a Juris Doctorate and a master’s of fine arts with a major in theater and communications.
Bourgeois practiced law with former county attorney Fred Belk for a brief period of time and passed the Mississippi Bar but is on inactive status.
Her voice announces the time and temperature at the Bank of Holly Springs (662-252-5030).
She served as business manager for the Oxford Arts Council and is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette with the Oxford Chamber of Commerce. Bourgeois is also a soloist singer with the Farmington Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Tenn.
As part-time coordinator, Bourgeois said she will work to be full-time and has some irons in the fire already.
“I’m happy to be here,” she said at the Chamber After Hours held at the Bank of Holly Springs last week.
“I want to get a website up and running and to let people know we are here and we are busy working for our members,” she said.
President Steve Gresham with the Bank of Holly Springs provided a brief history of the bank which is the oldest bank in Mississippi, chartered by the Mississippi Legislature in February 1869.
The bank survived the yellow fever epidemic of 1878, the Great Depression and numerous recessions since, and has made it thus far through the recent economic downturn without accepting government bail-out money.
The bank underwent one major renovation on its 100th anniversary, ran out of room at its downtown office and in 1999 planned to renovate the old bank and open a new office on the south side of town. The bank broke ground in 2005.
Bank of Holly Springs has branch banks in Potts Camp, Slayden and Abbeville.
“It’s been a good ride,” Gresham said. “We have had a lot of fun and seen a lot of changes. What was once done by hand is done now a lot by computer.”
The next Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is scheduled for November 9 at 5 p.m. at Booker Hardware downtown.
For more information on chamber activities call 662-252-2511 or go by and visit in the chamber building at the corner across from the tax collector’s office.
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