Thursday, June 2, 2011
Stacks gets ‘welcome home’ at luncheon
By SUE WATSON
The Byhalia Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, held in May at Trinity Mission of Great Oaks, was a festive affair with the welcoming back of director Denise Stacks, who opened the facility.
She had been serving in the Collierville, Tenn., area.
Mary Peebles, who joined Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Great Oaks in Byhalia in 2008, also served as a chamber board member and won many awards, including the 2010 Chamber Board Member of the Year Award.
Peebles was already at her new assignment at a Trinity Missions facility in Collierville, but Allison Adams proudly stepped up to the plate to offer Peebles’ words of gratitude to the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce and to the community.
Peebles left with the message to decide on a good goal and to stick with it, Adams said. It is not up to the person to accomplish the goal but to stick with it.
“Mary knows the chamber is such an asset to the community,” Adams said. “What is your dream? Keeping your mind on your goal will keep you young.”
Every day is a change, said Adams.
“Mary is sad she is leaving – she loves Byhalia,” Adams said. “She is going to the Collierville, Tenn., facility. Mary has mixed emotions and is taking a giant step. She knows Denise is going to provide the important leadership this facility needs.”
Peebles was with the Byhalia facility three years and five months.
The motto at Trinity Mission is a grand one – “We believe in making every day of life count.”
Stacks has served in healthcare 30 years. She is a graduate of Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and attended UT Martin and Memphis State University. Stacks has lived in Brandon and in the last 10 years in Olive Branch where she and her husband Conrad, who grew up in Ashland, now live.
Stacks has spent 10 years in long-term care and as a staff nurse and as a director of nursing.
Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the Byhalia Chamber, said, “There is always a blessing in everything. Thanks to Mary and to Denise and to Allison.”
Leah Grant, president of the board of the chamber, thanked Trinity Mission for hosting the luncheon and for the “fabulous food.”
She praised the staff, food service director Stephanie Cotton, and the beauty of the facility.
Other chamber business included:
• an announcement that staff member Doris Lee is having hip replacement surgery. Sawyer praised the work of Lee with the chamber saying she looks forward to Lee’s recovery.
• singing of the national anthem by Terry Griffith (Griffith CPA).
• reading aloud the 2011 Chamber Champion Sponsors, who provide capital investments to keep the chamber from spending so much effort in fund-raising. Another category of sponsorship – Chamber Builders – was recognized with four enrolled at present – Bill and Debbie Kinkade, and Wallace and Dorothy Young. This is open to all individuals and provides extra benefits.
• learning that Women’s Boot Camp will be offered to classes of men and kids. A minimum of 10 members is required to add a class.
• reporting that Mardi Gras at Craw de Lis was successful; the Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair was well attended; Byhalia town clean-up was a success; and 75 to 80 people participated in the 5K Walk.
The town of Byhalia was commended for helping organize the Relay For Life and the Christmas Parade.
“The chamber is a business/community organization and cannot take everything on,” Sawyer said. “I thank and commend the mayor, alderman and the town employees for stepping up to provide these events.”
• announcing that the Business of the Month is transferred from CLM Insurance in April to NASCO/Fencing Solutions Construction this month.
• learning that BACC will launch a membership drive in the fall after training a minimum of 15 volunteers to participate in a search for new members.
“We are struggling a little bit, too,” Sawyer said, “just as businesses are hurting. We need our members to be our members and to continue their membership investment. They invest in their business, the chamber and communities.
“We will work with you. Our membership is the backbone.
“We keep memberships very affordable for all the benefits and services offered.”
BACC will seek to enroll 50 to 100 members in the August membership drive so the chamber can slack off on fund-raising.
“Technically, chambers are not for fund-raising, they are to build community and economic development, but the chamber has overhead as any business does,” Sawyer said. “Let’s buy into this thing (membership drive).”
• Anyone can support the chamber by buying a sidewalk brick or wall plaque with their name, the name of their business, church or school or in memory of, or to honor, someone. As soon as 60 bricks are sold, an order will be placed.
The next BACC luncheon is scheduled for August 18, hosted by Sen. Bill Stone, Reps. Tommy Woods and Kelvin Buck.
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