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City chamber’s annual meeting open to public

Published 12:41pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013

People can mark their calendars now for the Alexander City of Commerce Annual Meeting.

The annual meeting will be April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center. The deadline to RSVP will be March 28.

Ann Rye, chamber president and CEO, said the meeting will be “a time to bring membership and the public together to reflect on the success of the previous year.”

“It’s kind of a celebration of our successes and certain individuals,” Rye said.

Awards will be given for teacher of the year, police officer of the year, firefighter of the year and the community spirit award.

Additionally, the keynote speaker this year will be Todd Strange, mayor of Montgomery.

“We feel like he has overcome so many obstacles in Montgomery,” Rye said. “We feel he could offer some experience and speak to his success there.”

Rye said Strange will share advice for encouraging new growth in communities, drawing from his experience in revitalizing the Riverwalk area of Montgomery.

“I’m honored to be invited,” Strange said. “My goal would be talk a bit about the challenges of a community in these changing times. You guys have been through a good little bit … (and I want to) maybe give folks an idea or two how they might look to Alexander City in the future.”

Although the annual meeting has traditionally been open to chamber members only, this year the public is invited. Tickets, which include lunch, cost $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Lunch will be catered by Jake’s.

To RSVP call 256-234-3461 or email