We all had the pleasure of listening to the very talented  violinist Genna Rivers as we enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the newest chamber member Pig N Vittles(coming soon to Pageland).  Next up, Chamber President Adam Foard delivered a thought provoking presentations taking us back in time to 1986 to look closely at the downtown businesses “then and now”. WOW, that was truly a eye opener for how much the town of Pageland has improved its look.  Talk about making a difference the chamber honored Mrs. Michelle Medlin for ‘Citizen Of The Year”. Mrs. Medlin has spent her life teaching others  the real meaning of “pay it forward”. Michelle works at New Height Elementary where she has lead and continues to lead many selfless projects to benefit the well being of students, faculty, and the community. With all the events sponsored by the chamber each year it takes volunteers who will go above and beyond their call to help get the job done. This year we honored three ladies who stepped up to the plate every time their was a need, from baking scrumptious desserts for quests, to setting up and tearing down at events, to even decorating a rather lavish garage for our newest holiday tradition.Our three recipients of the “Chamber Service Award” were Annie Freeman, Pattie Pigg, and Janet Mangum. Next up we wanted to thank the two entities that were truly “A Friend Of The Festival”, BILO and First Baptist Church. This award is given for those who help make the Watermelon Festival a true success. A few businesses in town made some BIG changes this year and we also wanted to honor their efforts for “Business Expansion”. This years award reciepients were New Creations Embroidery, PDQ Injections, and Screwmatics. As our community lost some very special business men and women this year, we wanted to make certain that their lives were honored as well as their deeds. President Adam Foard gave heart felt procalmtions for Carolyn Carnes, Claude Demby, and Lee Youngblood. And Lastly we honored numerous chamber members who recently celebrated their years of service to our town. Among those were Murdock Orthodontics and Wendy’s for 5 Years, 1st Class Promotions, Central Communications, JS Cato, Johnson Signs, Moore Automotive, National Finance, PDQ Injections, Beth’s Country Kitchen, Fit For A King, and Overtime Lawn Care for 10Years, Pageland Antique Mall for 20 Years, Screwmatics for 25 Years, Tire Country for 30 Years, Douglas Machine Shop Inc, Hope Family Worship, and Progressive Journal for 35 Years, Chesterfield County Rural Water, Chesterfield County School District, and White Plains Golf Club for 45 Years, and Progress/Duke Energy and The Town Of Pageland for 105 Years.

It has been a annual tradition to have local businesses “sponsor” tables. This year was no different. We had several beautiful displays that were voted on by our quests for the evening. Our table winner this year was Micheal Kee, owner of Pageland Antique Mall. We didnt leave our quests out on a chance to be a BIG winner either. Our Grand Prize winner of our annual door prize was Nancy Strawn who took home a  42inch flat screen television. On behalf of the chamber we would like to thank all who attended and  the continued support that is shown. We look forward to working with everyone to make 2014 a GREAT year!!!