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Chamber annual meeting is Monday night

Members and guests of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce will gather for the 84th time on Monday night at the Grady Cultural Center.
The doors will open at six and the dinner, which is being catered by Red Olive Catering of Coolidge, will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for $35 per person and are available at the chamber.
The guest speaker for Monday night’s banquet will be Lonnie Moore of FranklinCovey.
His experience as a classroom teacher, author and inspirational speaker has prepared him to help clients find solutions that result in long-term change.
That is why Chamber Chairman William Jones initiated bringing FranklinCovey representatives into the local schools to kick off the “Leader In Me” program.
“It has been an exciting year for the chamber of commerce. One of the main initiatives for the year was introducing the Leader in Me program to our local school system. Leadership skills are vital to the success of everyone and fostering an environment that develops these qualities is crucial to the health of our community. It has been very encouraging to see our future leaders develop the skills necessary to have a positive impact in our community. Lonnie Moore was an integral part of the training process, providing guidance and motivation to the teachers involved. Everyone involved gave Lonnie great reviews. We felt like he could not only introduce the program to the business community, but could also promote the partnership that must exist between our school system and business community. We are glad he is joining us Monday night,” Chamber Chairman Jones said.
Moore facilitates “7-habits” training as part of the “Leader In Me” project in Grady County Schools.
In addition to his work with the local schools, he has worked with other school districts across the country.
He is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and he and his wife, Margie, live in Tampa.
Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the annual chamber awards.
The Man, Woman, Farm Family and Young Professional of the Year will be named, as well as the Community Service Award winner and a special award for Community Impact.

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