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February 8--  The new chairman of the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of  Commerce has a long-term vision for the community.

patbrianPat Dixon accepted the chairman's gavel from outgoing Chairman Brian Bishop at the chamber's annual meeting, "You have definitely got to look ahead.  That's what the Georgia State Chamber is telling us to do and that's exactly what we're doing this year.  We've got to look ahead and educate our community.  We want to keep people in this community and that's what I'm going to strive for this year.  You may not see the results today, but you will see the results in the next ten years."

The new Chamber leader agrees with state Chamber leaders who say the place to start is with young people in elementary schools, "They are preaching to us that we need to get out today and work with our third graders and fifth graders so we can help them to go into a trade or college. We've got to grow entrepreneurs and you have to start them at an early age because they are our future leaders.  We need them to stay in our community and we have got to have things to offer them that makes them want to stay here, that's exactly what we want."

Dixon believes one of the best things the Chamber has done  is sponsorship of  Toombs-Montgomery Leadership classes and the Chamber recognized the program's coordinator, Debby Evans, for her 25 years of service to the program.

The 2019 Board of Directors includes (L-R) Chairperson Pat Dixon, Carol Stewart (AmericInn), Mike Hagan (Meadows Health), Jennifer Evans (Dot Foods), Executive Advisory Member Allen Rice (Savannah Luggage Works), Terry Thompson (The Temples Company), Steve McComas (Pineland Telephone Cooperative),  Chairman-Elect Tres Herin (Altamaha Bank & Trust), Mitch Johnson (Peoples Bank), Ross Kelly (Lovins Realty), Charles Faulk (Four Rivers Veterinary Center) and Allen Morris (Farmers Insurance Group).

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