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2011 Banquet. 18 of the past winners are deceased. The loss of these individuals is certainly a huge loss to the community. However, their accomplishments and contributions to the community remain today. This year’s recipient very easily has the qualifications as a result of his contributions to his community to stand with all the past winners. This year’s winner is a native North Augustan, having graduated from North Augusta High School in 1980. A portion of his service to the community has been in the field of public office. He was quite anxious to get involved in his community and ran for his first public office, the Aiken County School

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The Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce advocates for the business community and provides opportunities for business engagements and growth.

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BOard Of direCtOrs
Michelle Bennett Chair Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co. CPA’s Paul Brewer Past Chair WFXG-TV Jon Dawkins Chair-Elect Chick-fil-a Rodney Ingle Treasurer Southern Bank & Trust

Bernard Kitchens Bridgestone Firestone Bill Hixon Hixon Realty & Ins. Co. Rechelle Dallas The Star Hap Greenway Allstate Insurance Co. Susan Everitt Goodwill Industries Brett Turner Rhodes Financial Michelle Jones Ga-Lina Physical Therapy Patricia Allen Savannah River Remediation, LLC Nyles Ellefson ADSI Kevin Toole First Citizens Don Goggans Austin Industrial

It is with much gratitude from the community and with great honor that we present the 2012 Service to Mankind Award to William E. “Eddie” Butler. The Sertoma Club of North Augusta is this year presenting its Service to Mankind Award for the 39th consecutive year. The Club began presenting award in 1973 and has presented such award annually from that year unto the present. Over the years we have had 34 individual recipients, two couples who received the award and one group. In addition, one individual won the award on two occasions. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knox (Katherine) were presented the award jointly in 1994. In 2006 Dr. and Mrs. John W. Thurmond, III (Beverly) were presented the award. In 1999, the Keenan O’Malia Public Safety Task Force was presented with the award for their service to the community for their solving of the case of murder of a young child, Keenan O’Malia. The only two time winner was Dr. W. G. Watson, who in fact was the first receipt of the award in 1973 and then won the award for a second time in 1998 at the age of 88. In the past year, three former recipients of the award passed away. Those individuals were Mim L. Woodring and Jim Buist, who were present at the Awards Banquet this past year. Also passing away was Dr. W. G. Watson, who was a regular attendee of the Banquets, but was unable to be present for the

Service to Mankind Award

has been actively involved as a volunteer coach with North Augusta Parks and Recreation having served as a baseball and softball coach for the past 11 years. Currently, Eddie is serving as liaison from North Augusta 2000 to the North Augusta Greeneway Trust, an organization that has as its goal, assistance and improvement of the North Augusta Greeneway trails throughout the City. This organization is independent of the municipal government and works very closely with the Recreation Department. This is a natural for our recipient as one of the easiest ways to find him is to go to the Greeneway where you will observe him either biking or running. This individual’s commitment to church, family and Board, at the age of 18. usher, Sunday school teacher community is very evident Our recipient completed his and a member of various com- based upon a review of his education graduating from mittees including stewardship, interest and activities. It is not Wofford College with a bachbuilding committee and clergy a passing interest and now repelor’s degree in economics in search committees. These reresents some 30+ years of dedi1984. At that time he returned sponsibilities to the church are cation. We talked earlier this to North Augusta and went ongoing. evening of the death of some of to work with his father in the Our recipient has also served our previous winners and the family business and began his on the Boards of Trinity Hosgreat loss to the community as very active involvement in the pital of Augusta, the Augusta a result thereof. The good news community. Regional Transportation Sysis that there are those who step Our recipient was elected tem and the North Augusta up and take the place of those to the Aiken County Council Arts and Heritage Council. He we have lost, and tonight’s reshortly after returning from is currently serving the School cipient has not only done that, college and he served in that Improvement Council at North but I anticipate that he is preposition for 19 years. He did Augusta High School and is a pared to do that for many years not run for reelection when he member of the Executive Board in the future. moved from the council district of North Augusta 2000. He has It is with much gratitude from that he previously served. taught the Real Life 101 course the community and with great He currently is an active at NAHS since the program honor that we present the 2012 member at St. Paul’s Church was begun. Service to Mankind Award to where he has served as an For many years our recipient William E. “Eddie” Butler.

North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes December 7 and 8
The 25th annual North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, is scheduled for December 7 and 8. A candlelight tour will be held on Friday, December 7, from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. The tour hours for Saturday are 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The tour will feature six beautiful homes decorated for the holidays. The homes are located in the River Club, Hammond’s Ferry, Olde Town, Oak Creek, Andrews Branch, and on River Oak Drive. Hammond Hill Elementary School will also be featured as the school celebrates its 60th anniversary. You are invited to step inside the halls of Hammond Hill Elementary and go on a journey that will take you back 60 years by viewing memorabilia, pictures, and classrooms. The former entrance to the school will be showcased with 1950’s cars lined up as they would have been many years ago to drop off or to pick up students in the car line. Stroll through the renovated courtyard and view the many commemorative bricks that line the walkways. With the bee as the mascot, Hammond Hill is buzzing with innovative ideas, technology, and a clear vision that make HHE the place to “BEE!” In addition to the six homes and the historic Hammond Hill Elementary School, The Art’s and Heritage Center of North Augusta will showcase the Heritage Corridor’s “Rivers, Rails and Roads.” This exhibit tells the story of the cultural history of the region through history panels as well as computer and auditory interactives. The centerpiece in the rotunda is a Cityscape model of North Augusta, circa 1910. The AHCNA is also showcasing the talent of local artists in an exhibit by the North Augusta Artists Guild. Be sure to explore locally made crafts in the Gift Shop and the Holiday Artisan Market. Refreshments will be served, and restrooms are available in the lobby. Advance tickets for the tour may be purchased for $20 until 3 p.m. on Friday, December 7. Tickets will be on sale at Communigraphics, Jim Bush Flower Shop, and Parks Pharmacy. On the days of the tour, tickets may be purchased at any tour stop for $25. Everyone, including children in arms, must have a ticket. On Saturday, December 8, a Brunch and Fashion Show will be held at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Jesse C. Lynch Post 71 located at 333 East Spring Grove Avenue. Tickets

are $10 and must be purchased in advance by Wednesday, December 4. Fashions from casual wear to formal wear will be provided by the White House Black Market in Augusta Mall. Beta Sigma Phi uses the majority of the proceeds from the Tour to fund scholarships to North Augusta High School Seniors, with the balance going to North Augusta PAL Boxing Club, North Augusta School Wish List, and other North Augusta charities. For more information, please call 803.279.4844, 803.279.6036, or 803.279.5074.

Todd Glover City of North Augusta Ray Fleming Aiken Co. School Board Will Williams Economic Development Partnership

Goodwill’s Helms College Receives Title IV Funding for Federal Aid
Students Can Apply Now to Fulfill Their Dreams to Attend Culinary School
Goodwill announced today that Helms College has been granted Title IV eligibility by the U.S. Dept. of Education. Under Title IV, qualified students attending Helms College are now eligible to participate in various federal student aid programs INCLUDING Pell grants, deferred students loans, and work study programs. “Financing highereducation is a challenge for students and parents,” said Jim Stiff, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries, the parent company of Helms College. “We are pleased to offer federal student aid options, as well as our own tuition assistance. Helms College is committed to helping students fulfill their dreams to attend culinary school.” Helms College culinary classes began on October 29th at the campuses in Macon and Augusta GA. The next set of classes will begin January 14, 2013. Helms College offers state of the art equipment and facilities, highly qualified instructors, and hands-on based curricula. Department Chair Chef David Ross says, “After years of instructing at post-secondary for-profit colleges, we can now offer the same quality level of instruction that matches any culinary college in North America for a fraction of the cost. Helms College students will be able to graduate and enter the active workforce without carrying an enormous student loan debt; and you can’t beat that!” Helms College is currently engaged in a feasibility study in collaboration with University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute to determine the top 10 middle skills growth areas for post-secondary study and enterprise creation in both Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area. The study will guide future certificate, diploma, and associate degree offerings of Helms College. Helms College, which is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), will provide students with credentials and professional skills through experiential learning coupled with intensive career guidance and mentoring to maximize students’ chances to graduate and achieve career advancement. More information about Helms College is available at www. Helms College campuses are located at 5171 Eisenhower Road, Macon GA, and 3145 Washington Road, Augusta GA.

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A.M. Connection October
On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:15am, our A.M.Connection was held at the North Augusta Community Center. The Sponsor was GHSU with Shawn Vincent addressing our group, informing us on the accomplishments and planning for GHSU. Our Speakers were from the North Augusta services Network. Peggy Trivelas and Brandon Jensen served as our speakers, giving us information on the Services Network and opportunities this Network presents. The Invocation and Pledge was given by Bill Turner of Toner Charge. Welcome and introductions were given by Terra Carroll, President of the North Augusta Chamber, along with the Member Announcements. FBLA

students were introduced and a Thank You given to Al’s Family Restaurant for catering our breakfast. Door prizes were given out along with information on the events through December.

Our A.M.Connection for November was held on November 14, 2012 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our Sponsor was The Augusta Chronicle/North Augusta

A.M. Connection November
Today with Dana Atkins, President of the Augusta Chronicle giving information on the Company. The Invocation and pledge was given by Dan Rickabaugh of Moore & Associates. Mr. Keith Wood from URS was our guest speaker. Introductions were made by Terra Carroll , President of the North Augusta Chamber. FBLA students, Autumn Freeman, FBLA Parliamentarian and Celina Broadwater, FBLA Chapter Photographer attended. Michelle Bennett, Chairman of the Board for

the North Augusta Chamber recognized our Sponsor and introduced our Speaker. Mr. Keith Wood gave those in attendance an overview of URS-Aiken County’s Fortune

500 Company. Door Prizes from the Augusta Chronicle/ North Augusta Today and Bush’s on Pine grove were given out. Next meeting will be December 19th at 7:15am.

The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization representing the interest of businesses through the CSRA. Our organization is funded by its membership and is not a part of the city, county or state government agency. It is lead by a volunteer Board of Directors and volunteers from area businesses serve on committees to organize the events. The day-to-day operations are managed by a staff of three. The primary focus of the Chamber is to provide services to its members and to help their business grow and prosper. We are working to create conditions that will directly enhance your company’s bottom line. The Chamber also gives members a voice in government and helps to improve the quality of life for all through participation in the arts, education and other important community issues. What the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce can do for you: • Chamber membership heightens your company’s visibility

What is the Chamber of Commerce?

• Keeps you abreast of current business and political news in the area • Gives you exposure to a whole new potential client base • Gives you the ability to give back to the community • Support economic development in North Augusta • Opportunity to network with other professionals through Chamber events • Learn new skills for small business success during seminars • Provides advertising and marketing support to our members. What you can do for the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce: • Volunteer on a committee • Participate in monthly events • Provide the Chamber with current contact information • Sponsor an event • Refer other businesses to the Chamber for membership • Inform the Chamber about your company’s events • Only refer to Chamber members • Renew your membership yearly

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Deed Trasfer to Habitat for Humanity
On October 24, 2012, the deed to 5 lots from the Aiken Boxing Club from the Knotts Foundation was transferred to Habitat for Humanity North Augusta. Habitat homes will be built on these lots. Present at Don White’s office on Martintown Rd.were Don White, Attorney, Tom Ellers, president of Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta , Jo-Anne Newman from the North Augusta PAL Boxing Club, and Rick Berry, Habitat’s Community Relations Director.

New Members
Life Vantage Megiddo Dream Station Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity

Applications are being sought for the next Habitat home. Applications and homeowner eligibility requirements are available at

Renewing Members
North Augusta Rotary Club

November 15 Toy’s for Tot’s Box arrives at Chamber office November 22-23 Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday November 27 Tuesday Tree Lighting Ceremony 5-8 Calhoun Park November 29 Deadline for Parade Forms December 5 Ambassador Meeting Chamber Office 8am


The State of The Region was held on October 18, 2012 at the Palmetto Terrace. Terra Carroll, President of the North Augusta Chamber welcomed our guests. The Sponsor recognition was presented by Paul Brewer, 2011 North Augusta Chamber Chair. Our Presenting Sponsor was the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Signature Sponsor was Savannah River Remediation,

The State of The Region
and the Premier Sponsors were GHSU, Comcast Business Class, Security Federal Bank, Southern Bank & Trust and Aiken County Government. The Hosts for the event were the North Augusta Chamber, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Chamber. Panel introductions were given by Amy Winn, 2012 of the Augusta metro Chamber. Regional updates were provided by Mayor Lark Jones, City of North Augusta, Ronnie Yung, Chairman of Aiken County Council, Mayor Deke Copenhaver, City of Augusta, Dean Campbell, Chairman Edgefield County Council, Glenn Kennedy, Deputy City Administrator Columbia County, Ga., and Colonel Robert Barker, Garrison Commander, U.S.

December 5 North Augusta Chamber’s Christmas Drop-In, Arts & Heritage Center, 5-7pm December 9 North Augusta’s Christmas Parade, downtown Georgia Ave December 19 A.M. Connection, Sponsor, The Star/Aiken Standard, Speaker, Todd Glover, North Augusta’s City Administrator

Army Fort Gordon. Buzz Rich, 2012 Chairman for the Greater Aiken Chamber introduced our Keynote speaker, Fred Dohse, Executive VP and COO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. Information was given on the Economic strongholds in military intelligence and nuclear technology. Food and refreshments were provided by Events 20-20, flowers by Jim Bush Florists.

To advertise call Rechelle at 803-279-2793.

Community Ministry of North Augusta (CMONA) THRIFT STORE NEWS
Every Friday – Senior Day Discount 10% 11/13 – 11/21 – All Clothing 50% Off VETERANS – Get an additional 10% Off 11/13-11/17 with Military ID PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE 11/26 – 12/1 - 20% OFF ALL DECORATIONS & ACCESSORIES CMONA Closed 11/22 – 11/26/12 646 E. Buena Vista Ave, North Augusta, SC 29861 (803) 279-5771 Tues.-Sat. (9:30 AM-3:00PM)




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Comfort Keepers celebrates anniversary
Comfort Keepers celebrated their 10th Anniversary on Thursday, November 7th from 5-7pm at their 511 West Ave. location in North Augusta. A Ribbon Cutting was held at 5:30 with the Ribbon being provided by Bush’s on Pine Grove. We enjoyed music by Alan B. Harrison, a D.J. Solo Artist and food and beverage.

Annual North Augusta Classic
The 10th Annual North Augusta Classic Golf Tournament was held on October 22, 2012, Shotgun start at 12:30pm at the River Club in North Augusta. This is a joint venture with North Augusta 2000, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Augusta. Raised was over $215k over the last 10 years for local charitable community improvement initiatives. Receiving the funds this year were: RECing Crew, Arts & heritage Center, and NA High School Golf team, American Legion War Museum, American Legion Auxiliary-Palmetto Girls State, Community Ministry of North Augusta and North Augusta 2000. Winning Teams were, Hi Tech Powers Systems and Kick99/Beasley Broadcasting.

Aiken Electric Cooperative Augusta Coca-Cola Chick Fil A Cytec Industries Halocarbon Products Corporation KICKS 99-Beasley Broadcasting K & J Longhorn BBQ NHC Healthcare Savannah River Remediation SCE&G SRP Federal Credit Union Tax Slayer

Help the Golden Harvest Food Bank
Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking the help of local businesses to deliver weekend meal packs to local elementary schools as part of their North Augusta BackPack Program. For the poorest school-age children, Friday night begins the Weekend Meal Gap, two days when the school lunch programs are not available and the children have little or nothing to eat. These children come back to school on Mondays, thinking only of the free meal that will come at breakfast and lunchtime. The BackPack program fills this need by providing each child with a bag of nutritious, readyto-eat food to take home on the weekend. In order to keep the program running efficiently, Golden Harvest seeks volunteers (preferably local businesses) to assist with monthly deliveries. A typical delivery involves driving a pickup truck to the food bank warehouse in Au-

Artist of the Month: Brian Mooney
Brian Mooney was born on June 26, 1976 in Ann Arbor Michigan. He is a current resident of North Augusta since 1990. He is a self-taught amateur photographer since 1995, specializing in scenic, still life, nature and children portraits using 35mm and digital equipment. He is a Member of the Arts & heritage Center in North Augusta and The North Augusta Artist Guild. He has several subjects that draw his attention, babies and flowing water. He work will be at the North Augusta Chamber Office till Dec. 20, 2012.

gusta, where staff quickly load a pallet of meal packs in the bed. From there, volunteers drive to one of four participating schools in North Augusta, unload the boxes, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the program works. The deliveries are once a month and typically take less than one hour. To sign up for a delivery or learn more about the BackPack Program, contact Chris Turner at 706-736-1199 x 233 or




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