Administrative Professionals lunch
A luncheon to honor administrative assistants is scheduled for April 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Belle Meade Country Club, which is a change in location from past years.
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature a fun fashion show and will be highlighted by the recognition of the Administrative Professional of the Year.
"It's going to be a great afternoon. This is a way for businesses to give something back to their employees -- the office heroes," said Chamber of Commerce Director Carolyn Gilbert.
Nominations for Administrative Professional of the Year are due by April 15. To nominate an individual, supervisors may call 597-1000 or go by the Chamber for the paperwork, Ms. Gilbert said.
Reservations for the luncheon are $20 for participants who are chamber members, $25 for non members.
Heart and Soul tour
About 45 state officials along with business and community leaders from across Georgia will visit Thomson as part of the Heart and Soul Tour April 19-22.
The group will be viewing 13 cities, including Thomson, that have focused on downtown revitalization. Hickory Hill, the Watson Brown Foundation, and plans for the new downtown revitalization will be part of the agenda when the group visits locally.
"The Foundation's goal is to help cities through successful public-private partnerships, and we will show 13 very good examples of cities that have been successful in creating wonderful downtowns and vibrant communities through such partnerships," said Georgia Cities Foundation President Mike Starr in a press release.
The tour is part of an overall effort to educate and inform state leaders on the importance of successful downtown development and its role in supporting overall economic development efforts for regions and communities.
The Georgia Cities Foundation is a non-profit subsidiary of the Georgia Municipal Association and was created to make Georgia's downtowns more livable and economically prosperous. Through public-private partnerships, the Foundation facilitates the redevelopment and reuse of downtown areas throughout Georgia, according to the news release.
As part of the tour, participants will learn about downtown projects in Augusta, Elberton, Hartwell, Lyons, Metter, Monroe, Sandersville, Social Circle, Statesboro, Swainsboro, Thomson, Vidalia, and Waynesboro.
Ansley wins baby derby
The Thomson Camellia Lions Club Baby Derby contest has raised about $2,600 to support local, region and state programs, officials announced Saturday, April 2.
Brady Ansley took first place this year and set a new record for the contest by raising $408.70. She is the daughter of Brad and Jennifer Ansley.
Second place was Brandon Collins with $349.52, and third was Courtnie Sinns with $305.
The money raised will support a number of projects including Habitat for Humanity. Some local programs the club supports also include the Thomson High Band and the Sand Hills Psychoeducational facility. The club is also a supporter of programs for sight conservation and for the blind, including The Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross.