The Annual Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet will be held on Tuesday, January 27, at Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church starting with a "Silent Auction" at 5:30 p.m.. The dinner and program will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Suzanne Williams, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce says the keynote speaker, sponsored by FirstBank, will be former Murfreesboro Riverdale High School Coach Micheal Burt. "Over the past twelve years, Micheal has fulfilled the role of head women's basketball coach, athletic director, college professor, speaker, consultant, and author. As a coach, Micheal has produced seven consecutive 20+ win seasons, four conference titles, three sub-state appearances, two Miss Basketball finalists, and 100% of his players have furthered their education at the collegiate level. In 2007, Micheal's strategies were validated when he led his team to a 2007 Class AAA state championship and a 38-3 record for the first time in over 83 years in the city of Murfreesboro and the first time in the school's 36-year history." As a speaker, coach, and consultant, Burt has worked with some of the top companies in the world. "The author of three books, the most recent This Ain't No Practice Life, Micheal serves as the Chief Leadership Officer for multiple companies as well as his own Maximum Success, a leadership consulting firm that helps people go from where they are to where they want to be. Micheal maintains over 100 speaking engagements per year with a message that is both inspirational and educational and helps people and organizations fulfill their deepest potential."
Also during the program, the Leadership DeKalb Alumni group will present their winners for "Community Leader of the Year" and "Legacy" awards. The newly-elected Chamber Board Members will be introduced and the retiring directors will be honored.
Entertainment will be provided by singer/entertainer Dan McCorkle. Each chamber member is asked to donate an item for the Silent Auction. Please contact the Chamber office at 597-4163 as soon as possible and let them know what you will offer. They will be glad to pick it up.
Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased from any of the 15 board members or tickets can be picked up at the Chamber office located at 301 N. Public Square, Smithville.