What a wonderful night to remember, as our community gathered just a few weeks ago, to celebrate the companies and business leaders of Toccoa-Stephens County.
Our 72nd Annual Chamber Recognition and Awards Celebration was such a wonderful demonstration of the commitment and dedication of the people in this town who make this place so special and set apart! The event was hosted at Reflections at Lake Toccoa. Of course, this was the old Toccoa Country Club up on Black Mountain. The City of Toccoa has since purchased and completely renovated the facilities and golf course, added a restaurant and event center, which is all available and open to the public. Reflections is such a lovely venue for any special event. We are all so blessed to live in Toccoa-Stephens County, where our leadership recognizes the value of the quality of life in our community and works hard to maintain and improve it every day.
Back to the awards celebration…the room was full of over two hundred and thirty guests, including our State and Local elected officials, business leaders, volunteers, family and citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County. Every year this event demonstrates how our community is full of such a diverse and dedicated group of people. One Chamber Board member best describes this annual gathering as “evidence of how our community is full of team players, amazing business people, entrepreneurs, board members, teachers, farmers, volunteers, retirees, bankers, accountants, doctors, cosmetologist, bakers, journalists, pastors, lawyers, rising young adults, accomplished senior adults, leaders, life time achievers, friends and family!! Caring people that show up and tackle whatever task is at hand! We ate, met, awarded, laughed, may have shed a tear or two, prayed, praised, laughed some more and celebrated Toccoa and Stephens County!! What a great place that God has blessed us with to live, work, play and to be a part!” Of course, it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our event sponsors and countless volunteers. To all of whom we are extremely grateful.
It’s the people of Toccoa-Stephens County that make this town so special. We have seen time after time in our community, when we decide to be intentional for the purpose at hand, we put aside personal differences and recognize each other’s strengths, we work together and accomplish the goal! Because we are stronger together than alone. We have passionate and gifted leaders in Toccoa-Stephens County, with a like-minded goal of bringing new industry, new opportunities and new jobs to our community. Our eyes are fixed on the prize!
Fully utilizing all our resources is the solution to growing and strengthening our community, and you are part of the plan. It can be done…one step at a time, and we need your help! We have opportunities every day to make a difference. We can’t afford to let them pass us by. We all must find our place to serve. Shop here, volunteer here, invest here, start a business here, enjoy life here!
Our enemy delights when we get caught up in our differences and take our eyes off the goal. Let’s continue to come together in one accord and be part of the plan to make Toccoa a town to remember! We are moving in the right direction. We are partners in progress!! And it is our privilege at The Chamber to be your advocate and community partner to promote, develop and support commerce & tourism in Toccoa-Stephens County.
Opportunities continue to come our way and new doors are opening every day. As we continue to move ahead together let us be sure to appreciate the gift of community that is right here among us. Toccoa-Stephens County is a great place to do business and an even greater place to do life!