Lisa Owen, 2020 president of Semmes Chamber of Commerce called the January 8th meeting to order at noon. Semmes Mayor David Baker led the Pledge of Allegiance. And Pastor Andrus Daugherty gave the invocation before a luncheon sponsored by the Chamber Board and catered by Newk's.
Lisa introduced first-time guests and welcomed candidates for office and public officials. The candidates were Zach Moore and Robert Lee Turner; dignitaries were Mayor Baker and Semmes Fire Rescue Chief Kevin Brooks.
Guest speaker was Pastor Travis Johnson of Pathway Church. Part of his message concerned the Buy a (Christmas) Tree, Change a Life program.
Blake DeWitt, membership chair, announced that the Chamber now has 135 members; new members were welcomed.
The Chamber is sponsoring Semmes Azalea Festival on March 14. Vendors are encouraged to participate (see event website for more information.)
Semmes Camellia Festival is January 25 at Semmes First Baptist Church. Jeanette Byrd reminded those present that both individuals and businesses can create table-scapes. For more information, call Festival Chair Alice Dodd Baker at 251-645-3280.
Other business matters included the 50/50 Scholarship raffle, door prizes and Thought for the Day.