• Chamber History

  • Founded in 1986, the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce made a commitment to support its existing businesses and attract new enterprises to its thriving business climate. What began as a need to address individual concerns evolved into a well-rounded program touching several segments of the community. As a team of business and community leaders, we have an ability to accomplish together what non one business owner could alone. 

    Today’s Chamber consists of members from a wide variety of business types and sizes. Its Board of Directors represents small and big businesses alike – all with an eye on collective achievements that benefit Effingham businesses, local citizens and our quality of life.

    We are a consensus building organization reaching out throughout the community to build a better future for us all.

    Past Presidents

    Joe Marchese | 2019 – 2020
    Brian Dickey | 2018 – 2019
    Ed Vance | 2017 - 2018
    Barbara Prosser | 2016 - 2017
    Yvette Carr | 2015 - 2016
    Scott Hinson | 2014 - 2015
    Dinah King | 2013 - 2014
    Talbert Edenfield | 2012 - 2013
    Brooke B. Graham | 2011 - 2012
    Randy Shearouse | 2010 - 2011
    Alice DeForest | 2009 - 2010
    Michael T. Lee | 2008 - 2009
    W. Frederick (Freddy) Long | 2007 - 2008
    Janis Bevill | 2006 - 2007
    Brent Howell | 2005 - 2006
    Chap Bennett | 2004 - 2005
    M. Douglas Morgan | 2003 - 2004
    Jon G. Burns | 2002
    Carolyn B. Williamson-Sanders | 2001
    F. Lamar Allen | 2000
    Phillip M. Heidt | 1998 - 1999
    Kenneth R. Lee | 1997
    Dennis A. Webb | 1996
    Harry H. Shearouse | 1995
    Norma J. Morgan | 1994
    Caroline D. Zeigler | 1993
    David M. Atkins | 1992
    Herbert Jones Jr. | 1991
    E. Al DeWitt Jr. | 1990
    Wendel H. Wilson | 1989
    Dennis A. Webb | 1988
    Charles E. Hartzog | 1987
    Warren E. Ratchford (Founding President) | 1986

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