December was a busy month for the Chamber

Michelle Long - Contributing Columnist
The Chamber’s Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Mrs. Claus took place for the fifth year. We have enjoyed hosting this event in conjunction with the City of Newberry’s Main Street Lights. -
The Christmas tree in the Chamber and Visitors Center was decorated with handmade ornaments from students at Little Mountain Elementary and Newberry Academy. Pictured are the beautiful glass ornaments from LME. -
Deann McManus, Lead ESOL teacher at Boundary Street Elementary School, was Mrs. Claus one of the evenings of Santa’s Workshop. -
Elf Oswaldo Tapia helps children with painting their stained-glass ornaments during Santa’s Workshop. - -
Mrs. Claus and her elves: Sarah Griffin, Boundary Street Elementary School Kindergarten teacher; Kathy Davenport of the Boys Farm, and Amy Matheson. - -
Newberry County First Steps provided three choices of books to provide to children who attended Santa’s Workshop. - -
City of Newberry Mayor Foster Senn and speaker of the day Chad Connelly. Mr. Connelly spoke to the students in the Jr. Leadership Newberry County class regarding leadership skills. - -
Leadership Newberry County class learned about some of the life-saving equipment carried by emergency personnel throughout the county. Taylor Jackson (center) and Chad Shealy (left) get hands-on experience with the “jaws of life.” - -
The Leadership Newberry County class donated supplies for both SisterCare and the Free Medical Clinic of Newberry. - -
The Annual Christmas Tour of Homes was held on Dec. 14 and featured a wine and cheese reception at The Old Newberry Hotel in downtown Newberry. - -
Carlton Kinard provided the entertainment at the reception of the Christmas Tour of Homes held in The Old Newberry Hotel. - -
We thank our sponsors for making Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Mrs. Claus possible: Creative Styling Merle Norman, LIFEBRIDGE, PetCare of Newberry, The Color People and Village Pawn Shop. TD Bank provided the popular elf hats for all attendees again. - -
Munson Summer and other talented musicians provided the music each Friday of Santa’s Workshop. - -
Clemson Extension agent Alana West led the Jr. Leadership students in an ice-breaker activity. - -
Chamber Administrator Liz MacDonald (left) is the organizer of the Christmas Tour of Homes each year. Cathy Cain (right) is one of the faithful Ambassadors for the Chamber. She greeted guests as they entered The Old Newberry Hotel. - -

Last Quarter Renewing Members:

Williams Express Courier Service, LLC

Phil and Kathy Spotts

Prosperity Drug Company

Stokes-Trainor Chevrolet Buick GMC

Selective Properties

Insite Support Services, Inc.

Joe and Peggy Boozer

Half Full Coffee and Wine Bar

Tractor Supply Company

Cromley’s, Inc.

MAR Construction Company, Inc.

Mid-Carolina Club Inc.

Village Pawn, LLC

Wicker & Senn, PA

Wilson Marine, Inc.

Whitaker Funeral Home, Inc.

Wilson Refrigeration & A/C Service

David Force, City of Newberry Council

Liberty Tax Service

Carolina Pride Pastures

Carolina West Clinic of Chiropractic

Indian Land Apartments

Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District

South State Bank

Medical Services of America, Inc.

M. Daniel Maw CPA LLC

Service Master Restoration

Muddy Bay Marine

As Time Goes By LLC

Big Gun Robotics, LLC

Glenn Associates Surveying, Inc.

Your CBD Store Newberry LLC

The Country Club of Newberry

The Grill on Main

Newberry Academy, Inc.

Town of Prosperity

Newberry College

Sign It Quick

Georgia Pacific, LLC

Do-Si-Do’s/Hendrix Farm

Armfield’s, Inc.

Hedgepath Outdoor Power Equipment, Inc.

Upper Savannah Council of Governments

Last Quarter New Members:

Metz Culinary Management

The Uppercut

Firehouse Subs

Newberry Museum

WCFIBER

John Thomason

During the month of December, we were able to provide the fifth Annual Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Mrs. Claus. In conjunction with the City of Newberry’s Main Street Lights, we are able to provide children a free craft and a story read by Mrs. Claus each Friday leading up to Christmas. We thank our sponsors, elves, and the three Mrs. Clauses for helping make this event successful!

In partnership with the City of Newberry and Clemson Extension, we were pleased to kick off another class of Jr. Leadership Newberry County. City of Newberry Mayor Foster Senn began the program six years ago, and as of last year, Clemson Extension and the Chamber were able to join them to expand the program for 11th and 12th graders throughout the county. We look forward to introducing the high-schoolers to different areas of the county and especially highlighting leadership skills.

The Leadership Newberry County Class III met for “Emergency and Law Enforcement Day.” The class learned about county-wide emergency services, heard from various leaders in law enforcement, and learned about various equipment used in response to accidents.

In partnership with The Old Newberry Hotel, we are hosting “A Newberry New Year” on Dec. 31. We look forward to ringing in 2020 in the immaculately renovated space!

In Newberry County Young Professional news, they are currently accepting nominations for the 4 Under 40 awards. If you know an exceptional person who lives and/or works in Newberry County between ages 21 and 40, nominations will be accepted through Dec. 31. Winners will be revealed at the Legacy Gala on Feb. 7. For tickets to this popular event, visit their Facebook page, Eventbrite, or contact us at the Chamber.

The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce will hold our Annual Banquet on Jan. 16. We will enjoy a meal, recap 2019, kick-off 2020, feature a panel discussion of local manufacturing managers, and honor our Ambassador of the Year. Contact us for additional details and tickets.

The Chamber’s Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Mrs. Claus took place for the fifth year. We have enjoyed hosting this event in conjunction with the City of Newberry’s Main Street Lights.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_78434201_10157603050906648_1229537772637782016_n.jpgThe Chamber’s Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Mrs. Claus took place for the fifth year. We have enjoyed hosting this event in conjunction with the City of Newberry’s Main Street Lights.

The Christmas tree in the Chamber and Visitors Center was decorated with handmade ornaments from students at Little Mountain Elementary and Newberry Academy. Pictured are the beautiful glass ornaments from LME.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_78869839_10157566705751648_1215061611136417792_n.jpgThe Christmas tree in the Chamber and Visitors Center was decorated with handmade ornaments from students at Little Mountain Elementary and Newberry Academy. Pictured are the beautiful glass ornaments from LME.

Deann McManus, Lead ESOL teacher at Boundary Street Elementary School, was Mrs. Claus one of the evenings of Santa’s Workshop.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_79014709_10157603051951648_1184632575298109440_n.jpgDeann McManus, Lead ESOL teacher at Boundary Street Elementary School, was Mrs. Claus one of the evenings of Santa’s Workshop.

Elf Oswaldo Tapia helps children with painting their stained-glass ornaments during Santa’s Workshop.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_79357898_10157603050016648_5335447222517497856_n.jpgElf Oswaldo Tapia helps children with painting their stained-glass ornaments during Santa’s Workshop.

Mrs. Claus and her elves: Sarah Griffin, Boundary Street Elementary School Kindergarten teacher; Kathy Davenport of the Boys Farm, and Amy Matheson.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_79358116_10157603049106648_7072573210973175808_n.jpgMrs. Claus and her elves: Sarah Griffin, Boundary Street Elementary School Kindergarten teacher; Kathy Davenport of the Boys Farm, and Amy Matheson.

Newberry County First Steps provided three choices of books to provide to children who attended Santa’s Workshop.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_79358119_10157603051441648_2938102271524732928_n.jpgNewberry County First Steps provided three choices of books to provide to children who attended Santa’s Workshop.

City of Newberry Mayor Foster Senn and speaker of the day Chad Connelly. Mr. Connelly spoke to the students in the Jr. Leadership Newberry County class regarding leadership skills.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_79785422_10157603056491648_5539812572598894592_n.jpgCity of Newberry Mayor Foster Senn and speaker of the day Chad Connelly. Mr. Connelly spoke to the students in the Jr. Leadership Newberry County class regarding leadership skills.

Leadership Newberry County class learned about some of the life-saving equipment carried by emergency personnel throughout the county. Taylor Jackson (center) and Chad Shealy (left) get hands-on experience with the “jaws of life.”
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_79952286_10157613092801648_1816030262874603520_n.jpgLeadership Newberry County class learned about some of the life-saving equipment carried by emergency personnel throughout the county. Taylor Jackson (center) and Chad Shealy (left) get hands-on experience with the “jaws of life.”

The Leadership Newberry County class donated supplies for both SisterCare and the Free Medical Clinic of Newberry.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_80080777_10157613096726648_2390954980254154752_n.jpgThe Leadership Newberry County class donated supplies for both SisterCare and the Free Medical Clinic of Newberry.

The Annual Christmas Tour of Homes was held on Dec. 14 and featured a wine and cheese reception at The Old Newberry Hotel in downtown Newberry.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_80102793_10157603055196648_1311435183995486208_n.jpgThe Annual Christmas Tour of Homes was held on Dec. 14 and featured a wine and cheese reception at The Old Newberry Hotel in downtown Newberry.

Carlton Kinard provided the entertainment at the reception of the Christmas Tour of Homes held in The Old Newberry Hotel.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_80211434_10157603053991648_8219878131012468736_n.jpgCarlton Kinard provided the entertainment at the reception of the Christmas Tour of Homes held in The Old Newberry Hotel.

We thank our sponsors for making Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Mrs. Claus possible: Creative Styling Merle Norman, LIFEBRIDGE, PetCare of Newberry, The Color People and Village Pawn Shop. TD Bank provided the popular elf hats for all attendees again.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_80297555_10157603050251648_535647146968350720_n.jpgWe thank our sponsors for making Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Mrs. Claus possible: Creative Styling Merle Norman, LIFEBRIDGE, PetCare of Newberry, The Color People and Village Pawn Shop. TD Bank provided the popular elf hats for all attendees again.

Munson Summer and other talented musicians provided the music each Friday of Santa’s Workshop.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_80491428_10157634520446648_4205257987670933504_n.jpgMunson Summer and other talented musicians provided the music each Friday of Santa’s Workshop.

Clemson Extension agent Alana West led the Jr. Leadership students in an ice-breaker activity.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_80522133_10157603056721648_5936543563633393664_n.jpgClemson Extension agent Alana West led the Jr. Leadership students in an ice-breaker activity.

Chamber Administrator Liz MacDonald (left) is the organizer of the Christmas Tour of Homes each year. Cathy Cain (right) is one of the faithful Ambassadors for the Chamber. She greeted guests as they entered The Old Newberry Hotel.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_81777234_10157634542056648_4645412798875041792_o.jpgChamber Administrator Liz MacDonald (left) is the organizer of the Christmas Tour of Homes each year. Cathy Cain (right) is one of the faithful Ambassadors for the Chamber. She greeted guests as they entered The Old Newberry Hotel.

Michelle Long

Contributing Columnist