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GACCE Newsletter

December 2011

Chamber Updates

Douglas County Chamber Staff Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Halloween!  


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Chamber Updates,

Chamber Folks

Greater Macon Chamber Executive to Leave State

Chip Cherry, CCE

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Chamber Folks,

Georgia Chamber

GA Chamber 

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


 2012 Annual
Meeting Dinner 

We are pleased to announce that national radio host and CNN news correspondent,
Bill Bennett,
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

Platinum Sponsors

Join us as we thank our 2011-2012 Platinum Sponsors:

Constant Contact 2011


GA Chamber

Myrna Ballard, 2011-12 GACCE ChairMyrna Ballard
Valdosta-Lowndes County
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!

Myrna first name 

2011 GACCE Georgia Certified Chambers
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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

Conyers-Rockdale Chamber

Darien-McIntosh County Chamber

Douglas County Chamber

Dublin-Laurens County Chamber

Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber

Gilmer County Chamber

Lee County Chamber

Newnan-Coweta Chamber

Paulding 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 tfulmer@gacce.org.

Merry Christmas!
Tiff Sig
Tiffany Fulmer Ott
GACCE Executive Director