Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between September 9, 2013 - October 10, 2013:
4-Lads LLC dba McDonald's of Gretna
Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
American Forest Management, Inc.
American Red Cross, Piedmont Virginia Chapter - Danville Office
Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance
Bojangles – Mountain Food Service
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area
Bra Lady Boutique
Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center
Comfort Inn & Suites
Danville Surgical Center, Inc.
Davenport & Company
R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
G & W Associates
Giles Flowerland and Caterers
Gretna TheatreHarman Eye Center of Danville
Delegate Danny Marshall's Office
Home Oxygen & Medical Equip Co.
Home Recovery HomeAid
The Launch Place
Liberty University Athletics
NAP Coleman Marketplace LLC
Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation
Prescott Financial Management
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
ServPro of Lynchburg
Sleep Inn & Suites
State Farm Insurance - David Satterfild, Agent
Tune & Toler, Inc.
Williamsburg Village Apartments
We proudly welcome the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please support these businesses that are investing in the future of our region:
259 Westhaven Drive
Danville, VA 24541
Hill Chiropractic Clinic
413 Mt. Cross Road, Suite 203
Danville, VA 24540
6220 Spring Garden Road
Blairs, VA 24527
Construction - Homebuilders, General Contractors, Developers
Sur Language & Culture School, Inc.
1062 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
Schools, Colleges, & Education
12932 US Highway 29
Chatham, VA 24531
Recognizing that education is a cornerstone to the economic success and vitality of the Dan River region, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce awarded over $114,000 in teacher creativity grants today to Pre-K through 12th grade educators in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County (NC).
“The Chamber is pleased to recognize our creative educators who participated in this year’s grant program,” commended Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE. “We have exceptional educators in this region and are excited to provide the resources to encourage innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills."
Teachers representing an interdisciplinary team, grade level team, or division wide team submitted grant applications. There were no minimum nor maximum monetary limits on the education grant awards. Teachers and administrators were encouraged to submit their best, most creative ideas to the Chamber’s Grant Selection Committee for review.
The Chamber received 53 applications this year, totaling more than $478,000.
The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Chamber board member Ed Steffey, who was Goodyear’s plant manager at that time, shared his concerns about the lack of funding for classroom projects in the area. Steffey saw many wonderful things happening in the region’s schools, but he also recognized that that there had to be a different way to provide resources that weren’t available through the traditional funding streams. Through Steffey’s leadership, the Chamber partnered with Goodyear and other businesses to sponsor an annual golf tournament with all proceeds designated for education.
For the past three years, the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has provided substantial additional funds making it possible to distribute a higher quantity of grants and also fund larger projects. “We want to encourage teachers to think out of the box and bring creative education programs into their classrooms,” said Karl Stauber, DRF President and CEO. “We believe that these investments in education will promote creativity, reward more teachers, and help strengthen the Dan River Region’s economic position.”
The Chamber and Goodyear have maintained the annual golf tournament with this year’s Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament scheduled for September 27th at the Goodyear Golf Course. In recent years, the plant has also hosted the Goodyear Education 5K race with proceeds earmarked for education.
“By hosting two fundraising events, Goodyear continues to help support the financial needs within our educational system that are not being met through traditional funding methods,” says Goodyear-Danville Plant Manager Tim Noe.
The Chamber, Goodyear, and Danville Regional Foundation congratulate the following recipients of the grant program:
“Team Talon’s FIRST Robotics Summer Camp"
Daniel Waters and John Henderson
George Washington High School
“iPads for Advanced Learning”
Debbie Rojas and Ashley Lackey
Forest Hills Elementary School
“Smart Table 442i Collaboration Center”
Paula Faison, Beth Putnam, Sonja Scott, Elizabeth Bailess
Gretna Elementary School
“Transforming Literacy Through Technology”
Brosville Elementary School
“’App’-etite for iPads”
Mindy Takacs and Tamela Warren
Union Hall Elementary School
“Virtual iPad Cart”
Melissa Cassell, Christopher Gee, Kelly Merricks, Jessica Dalton, Elizabeth Kirby
Dan River High High School
“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
Bonner Middle School
“Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World with Technology”
North Elementary School
“Adding a Personal Touch to Learning”
David Hammack and Shannon Louhoff
Stony Mill Elementary School
“Integration of Tablets into the Science Classroom”
Jason Gibson and Lisa Fain
Galileo High School
“FIRST Robotics Team #1095 (RoboCavs)”
Stephanie O’Bien, Tom Wade, J.L. Clayton
Chatham High School
“GW Team Talon FIRST Robotics Team”
George Washington High School
The Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., the Danville Regional Foundation, and everyone involved with the teacher creativity grant process for making the 2013 -2014 grant projects possible.
A late afternoon storm couldn’t dampen the fun of the 23rd Annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament. More than 80 golfers were enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the links during the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s golf tournament on June 3rd when a late afternoon storm stopped play. Golfers, however, simply turned their attention to business networking until the club could determine the winners of the event. The golf tournament is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.
Capturing first place gross was the R.J. Baldwin/Haymore Law Offices team of Vern Cowan, Greg Haymore, Bob Warren, and Ben Clay.
Second place gross winners were Floyd Merryman, Bobby Lovelace, Lee Lovelace, and Andrew Shimpock. They were representing the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team.
The third place gross winner was the Virginia Bank & Trust Co. team of Roger Gillispie, Mark Crawford, D.C. Hastings, and R.J. Weaver.
Fourth place gross winners were Tiffany Franks, Buddy Rawley, Peyton Keesee, and Kevin Snow. They were representing the team of Averett University.
Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the Sartomer Company team of Marilyn Hanover, Jerry Inman, Steven Lindsay, and Chris Petrangeli.
Capturing first place in net score was the Danville Regional Medical Center team of Michael Cockram, Tom Harriston, Jamie Reynolds, and Tony Willis.
The Danville Register & Bee team of Howard Kowitz, JR Emerson, Chad Mitchell, and Harry Meade took home second place net honors.
Third place net winners were Mark Foster, Stephen Gay, John Neal, and Vaden Wright, representing the Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co. team.
The team of Columbia Forest Products won fourth place net. Team members were Jason Compton, Randall Gibbs, Kevin Ferrell, and Charlie Vaden.
Finishing in fifth place net was the Wilkins & Co./Wilkinson Consulting team of Robert Marsh, Aaron Walters, Hampton Wilkins, and Steve Wilkinson.
Closest to the pin contests were won by Richard Davis, Steven Lindsay, Jamie Reynolds, and Brian Morris. The contests were sponsored by Aaron W. Johnson Auction Realty, Four Seasons Pest Control, and Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co.
While Retail Merchants Association donated $10,000 for a hole-in-one on hole #10 and Ben David Jewelers donated a one carat diamond for a hole-in-one on hole #16, no lucky golfer was able to find the perfect shot to win either the cash or the diamond.
A drawing was also held for prizes that included a Taylor Made Rocket Ballz driver courtesy of First Citizens Bank, a Gents Citizen Ecodrive watch courtesy of Ben David Jewelers, a golf bag courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling, green fees for four at the Westlake Country Club and green fees for four at the Waterfront Country Club courtesy of The Willard Companies.
“This year’s Chamber Classic golf tournament was a tremendous success,” commented Brian Finney, chairman of the Chamber Classic Golf Committee. “Despite the late afternoon storm, the golfers had a great time and commented that this was the one of the best tournaments they’ve ever competed in.”
“We appreciate the outstanding support from Chamber members and affiliated businesses for this year’s tournament. We also appreciate their year-round support of the Chamber as we strive to increase the profitability and success of our local business community,” stated Finney.
The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is a business organization with approximately 700 members in the Danville/Pittsylvania County region. The Chamber works to energize the region by creating exceptional business growth and profitability in a vibrant, customer-centered culture.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-14 class of Leadership Southside. The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is June 26, 2013.
Leadership Southside, presented by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is an interactive and informative program that offers skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia. The program is designed to identify and develop potential community leaders in order to build an alliance of the finest leaders for present and future leadership needs in the region. The Leadership Southside program strives to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated talent and commitment for leadership and expand that potential.
Leadership Southside develops leadership skills by providing information, education, experience, and exchange of ideas. Sessions have included orientation, leadership skills and development, team building, community issues and opportunities, leadership of a business, leadership issues in economic development and workforce development, leadership in education, leadership of a nonprofit organization, effecting change, cultural diversity, and local and state government.
This year the Chamber of Commerce will hold three Leadership Southside information sessions for those interested in applying for the program. The sessions will include refreshments and will be held as follows:
· Wednesday, May 29 - J.T.’s at the Lavalette, Gretna, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
· Tuesday, June 4, Chamber of Commerce, Blairs Noon-1:00 p.m.
· Wednesday, June 5, Danville Golf Club, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please contact the Chamber at 434.836.6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Southside XX will begin in September 2013 with an orientation and will be followed by 8 monthly programs. The class graduate in May 2013.
The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer. Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.
Leadership Southside is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and by our generous sponsors: Centra, Danville Regional Medical Center, and WSET ABC 13.
Applications can be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at email@example.com . Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.
The deadline for applications is June 26, 2013.