The North Bryan Chamber of Commerce has a new logo and a lot of new plans to go along with it. The recent Chamber of Commerce lunch, held Oct. 17 at City Hall, was abuzz with information about their new outlook on business in Pembroke.Chamber President Mary Warnell said the new logo is an appropriate symbol for growth in both the Chamber and Pembroke. In a matter of two weeks, since the election of a new Chamber committee, 37 new businesses in North Bryan County have joined the local association. Warnell said the new Alco company will also be joining soon.
"This gives a sign of growth," Warnell said of the logo. "We want our growth to be positive and we want it to be a place for business."
Artist Carol Duggar is in charge of marketing for the Chamber, and is also the creative power behind the logo. Duggar said the symbol is an updated version of the previous; once a tree, the new symbol sports a large leaf anchored within the letter "B."
"We’re just getting started," she said. "This logo is fresh and simple. It was time for something new, and this shows that we are heading in a positive new direction."
In addition to the logo, the Chamber web site is also under construction for a new look.
"We’re revamping the whole face of the web site, and are interested in hearing any and all input," said Chamber Vice President Angela Reed, noting she will be the contact person for ideas and suggestions. All businesses will be listed categorically, and the goal of the Chamber is to have the new site up and running by Nov. 1.
Warnell threw out a couple event ideas the Chamber can host in the community, including a possible upcoming chili cook off or a "Railroad Day." The Chamber members unanimously agreed to participate in the upcoming Pembroke Christmas Parade, and to have a booth with a raffle during the event.
In addition to the "Networking @ Noon" meetings the Chamber holds, it was decided that the group will try a Business After Hours Social sometime in December, as an opportunity for member to meet and greet in a relaxed atmosphere. Warnell also suggested the group hold an annual meeting in March, which will be confirmed at the November meeting.
Before the lunch ended, Janice Blunt of the United Way in Bryan County gave an update on the organization’s goal for this year.
"I am proud to tell you that we are at 60 percent of our goal of $70,000 already," she said, noting she hopes to have all donations submitted by Nov. 1, in time for the First Annual Ball Drop Fundraiser. Tickets are still available for the Ball Drop, putting ticket-holders in the running for a brand new golf cart. They are $10 and can be purchased at the Bryan Bank & Trust, First Bank of Coastal Georgia in Richmond Hill and Pembroke, all of the Savannah Banks, and the United Way offices in Richmond Hill, Pembroke, and Savannah.
"We really appreciate all of the support the community has given us," Blunt said.
Blunt also said Pembroke has a new service, the Clothes Caboose, which will provide clothing to anyone in the community who needs it. It will be on College Street, near the McDonald’s exit.
Please contact Blunt for more information at 653-5344 or 756-5378.