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The chamber will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Reception on Thursday evening, June 29, 6pm at St. Boniface Church Hall, 1952 Highway 21 South in Springfield. The chamber's annual meeting is a celebration of the accomplishments of the previous year, with awards like the prestigious John Adam Treutlen Award, the Businesses of the Year, and Ambassador of the Year. The chamber's new Board of Directors is also installed at the event.
Wiley's Home Center, owned by Wiley and Detra Thomas, was chosen by a vote of the chamber’s board of directors as the 2023 Small Business of the Year. Wiley’s Home Center was nominated for the award by Donna Horton because “Wiley's is a family owned business that has served Effingham County and beyond for over 35 years. The backbone of this business has been honesty, integrity and over and above customer service. Wiley's truly does make your house a home.”
Toni Hardigree of Platinum Properties was selected as the 2023 recipient of the Chamber's first Community Spotlight Impact Award. Toni was nominated for encouraging "a healthy work-life balance with her staff, gives back to the community through philanthropic involvement, always promotes shopping local, and is very involved in the Chamber, Rotary, and Real Estate continuing education to better serve her clients."
The chamber’s Ambassadors selected Jeannie Lane, Branch Manager for Ameris Bank in Rincon, for the chamber’s Beacon Award. The Beacon Award is given to the chamber Ambassador that has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Jeannie, a graduate of the Leadership Effingham Class of 2022, is a faithful presence at chamber events, often helping staff to make events go smoothly. She has
also offered use of Ameris Bank’s meeting room for chamber board and committee meetings.
The chamber's most prestigious award, the John Adam Treutlen Award, remains a closely guarded secret until the presentation at the Annual Awards Reception. The award is named in honor of Georgia's first (post-British) governor, who arrived in Colonial America as an indentured servant and rose to become a wealthy merchant and landowner. The first Treutlen Award was presented in 1986.
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