Chamber members meet newcomers

Debbie Snapp, ECB Publishing, Inc.

Monticello Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce members and their guests were introduced to newcomers to the area during the July Chamber meeting: Tom and Suzie Isphording and Eric and Amy Paul.
The Pauls moved here from Hawaii after touring the United States with their seven children.
The Isphordings moved here from Naples after visiting friends in Tallahassee. They are retired and have six grown daughters and several grandchildren.
Kristi Strickland, program director for Junior Achievement Big Bend, spoke to the group about the services and programs offered by her agency.
Junior Achievement is the world’s oldest and largest organization giving students of all ages the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices; helping prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. By inspiring personal economic success, its vision is for students to become prepared workers and leaders who provide higher standards of living in their communities, their state and their nation.
Junior Achievement provides the volunteers, materials, scheduling and training necessary to deliver world-class financial literacy programs.
Its programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers who provide relevant, hands-on experiences.
Jefferson County School Board Superintendent Marianne Arbulu shared with excitement the “up grades” at the Jefferson Somerset Academy.
The Chamber is hosting free Business Website workshops, with the first one held last week being very well attended. Member Christine Golden with CLGolden Webcode conducted the class and discussed social media,, MailChimp, websites and more. Other topic suggestions are welcome. The next workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, at the chamber. Contact the Chamber for more information and to reserve seating.
There will be a Country Club Dinner & Raffle at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10, at 748 Boston Highway. You will automatically be entered into the raffle to win a beautiful cypress table with six benches, built by Ron Mayo, with your purchase of a ticket. You do not have to be a Jefferson Country Club member to attend. Tickets are available at the Chamber, the Monticello Opera House and at the country club, or call David Jackson for more information at (850) 528-0025.
Speaker for the Tuesday, August 7 Chamber meeting will be Jefferson Somerset Academy Principal Cory Oliver. His program topic will be “Back to School.” Lunch will be catered by Tupelo's Bakery & Cafe`.