Douglas County Chamber Staff Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Halloween!
Greater Macon Chamber Executive to Leave State
Chip Cherry, CCE
Sustainability Advisor Certificate Program
Are you interested in sustainability, but don't know much about it? This 8-week online certificate program through the Center for Sustainability at Georgia Southern University has partnered with the Georgia Chamber and will provide you with both the background and the practical knowledge to actually improve sustainability and your bottom-line. For more information or to register, please visit the Chamber's website at www.gachamber.com.
We are pleased to announce that national radio host and CNN news correspondent,
will be the guest speaker at the 2012 Annual Meeting Dinner scheduled for January 9.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please see the Chamber's website at
|Myrna Ballard, 2011-12 GACCE Chair|
Chamber of Commerce
Dear GACCE Members,
What a great Leadership Conference! Great job, Kali and Tiffany. And special thanks to Dinah, who always knows how to make every single piece of the puzzle special. We had record attendance, a great venue, terrific food (loved that BBQ, Dinah) and an exceptional speaker. Isn't Pat McGaughey a hoot? He is equal parts fun, information, entertainment, and motivation. Great combination. And congratulations to the inaugural group of Georgia Certified Chambers!
In Chamber World, we learn to celebrate our successes. We pat our volunteers and staff on the back and say "great job" when things go as well as they did at the Leadership Conference. But as Pat shared with us, his favorite 4-letter word - and ours, too - is: N E X T! If your chamber is like mine, you're already knee-deep in building a business plan for next year. We're already looking ahead to a new year and the new challenges facing us in 2012. There will be challenges - but we'll be ready. And so will our incoming chairmen, thanks to GACCE's Leadership Conference.
I know you'll amen this: Thank goodness for GACCE. It has made a real difference in our chamber - how about yours?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
|2011 GACCE Georgia Certified Chambers|
It's an exciting time to be in the chamber industry in Georgia. The quality of leadership, programs and services that define the over 150 chambers statewide continues to increase. Many chambers have risen to the challenge during these tough economic times to provide unparalleled leadership and direction, helping their members and communities thrive. This type of performance is a reflection of the solid organizational infrastructure built through much hard work and diligence.
Earlier this year, the GACCE Board of Directors sought a way to recognize chambers in the state that have focused internally on their operations to assess their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to create efficient, effective organizations positioned to deliver great value. Thus, the Georgia Certified Chamber program was created.
The program is modeled after the U.S. Chamber's accreditation program. The purpose of the program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across the State of Georgia. Chambers must meet standards in organization, service intent and capacity, professional administration, financial management, communications, and advocacy in order to achieve the Georgia Certified Chamber designation.
With over 150 chambers in Georgia, only 25 were recognized during the 2011 GACCE Leadership Conference as Georgia Certified Chambers. The following make up the first class of Georgia Certified Chambers:
Albany Area Chamber
Berrien County Chamber
Blairsville-Union County Chamber
Blakely-Early County Chamber
Camden County Chamber
Carroll County Chamber
Catoosa County Chamber
Cherokee County Chamber
Columbia County Chamber
Darien-McIntosh County Chamber
Douglas County Chamber
Dublin-Laurens County Chamber
Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber
Gilmer County Chamber
Lee County Chamber
Pickens County Chamber
Robins Regional Chamber
Tifton-Tift County Chamber
Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber
Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber
Walton County Chamber
Wilkinson County Chamber
GACCE congratulates these chambers for their accomplishment!
The application process for the Georgia Certified Chamber program will open again in April 2012 with the next class being announced at the 2012 Leadership Conference being held November 1 & 2, 2012 at the Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele, GA.
The deadline to submit items for the January 2012 GACCE Newsletter
will be Wednesday, December 21
. Be sure to send updates and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany Fulmer Ott
GACCE Executive Director