In a reported 9-5 vote, the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce board of directors have removed Carolyn Gilbert as their director. It was a position she held for 14 years.
That's a long time of constantly having your happy face on selling the community.
In mentioning this to a current board member, the response was, "We all have to have our happy face on in business." While this is true, when you are managed by a board it can quickly turn into a case of too many chiefs and not enough Indians. When members begin jockeying for position, that happy face you have planted on is never good enough and politics become involved.
I do not have any specifics, and at this point I am not concerned with them. From where I sit, I think Carolyn has done a fantastic job, going back to the days when I was on the board. We all got along wonderfully, and we accomplished a great deal. One of my fondest memories during those years was a retreat to Athens during the basketball playoffs. There was a game on I wanted to see, so Pat Harris (Baston) promptly invited everyone back to my room to watch it.
I have kept in contact with Carolyn through 1-2 phones calls a year during the years I was gone, stopped in one time about 5-6 years ago and was happy to see her once I returned.
With that being said, 14 years is a long time to sit in that position, so perhaps, through no fault of her own, it was time for a change. In my experience with other chambers, directors are not home-grown or even currently living in the community. They might be in a neighboring community, and this would be a step up, or perhaps retiring back home after being gone for years.
Regardless of who happens to fill her position, The McDuffie Mirror will always support the Chamber and Carolyn will always be a good friend of mine.
I tried stopping two of the three people I have seen using the new bypass, but I couldn't catch them. I wanted to ask them why they are using this route, because no one else is. I say that in jest, but it seriously hasn't caught on yet. I had to take some papers to the Dearing post office recently and from there I was headed home, north of I-20.
That was the first time I had traveled the entire route, and I found it convenient. It could use more signs, such as letting motorists know where the medians are in intersections. Someone is going to make a left turn and be headed for disaster.
From what I understand the installation of No Thru Trucks signs on the feeder roads into town will be forthcoming. This has to be approved by the Department of Transportation, and there are some necessary hoops that have to be jumped through. That should help the downtown traffic situation.