Chamber Announces 2013 "Project Welcome Mat Winners"

June 28, 2013
Cumberland Insurance- Best Worded Sign
DeKalb Community Bank-Most Original Sign
Liberty State Bank- Peoples Choice (Side One)
Liberty State Bank- Peoples Choice (Side Two)

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2013 "Project Welcome Mat".

This year's winners are as follows: People’s Choice – Liberty State Bank (for messages on both sides of their sign); Most Original – DeKalb Community Bank; and Best Worded – Cumberland Insurance.

"We want to thank all the businesses that used their message signs to welcome Jamboree visitors," said Chamber Director Suzanne Williams. " It’s vitally important to make sure that our guests know how appreciated and important they are. Tourism makes a huge positive economic impact on DeKalb County, and a lot of those tourism dollars come during the Jamboree," she said.

Cumberland Insurance – Winner of "Best Worded" Sign- "Pickers & Grinners, Crafters & Dancers, Old & New like a patchwork quilt of talent to view Gracing our fair city for all to see Welcome to the 42nd Annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree!"

Cumberland Insurance received the Chamber’s “Best Worded” Award for participating in the Jamboree Project Welcome Mat contest. The sweet hometown message paints a warm greeting for our tourists and homefolks alike to enjoy. The message was composed by Cumberland Insurance employee, Glenda Randolph. The sign was made by D&S Specialtees.

Attached Picture 1

Pictured l-r:
Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, Chamber Board Member & Cumberland Insurance Employee Julia Cantrell, Employees Kim Kyle & Glenda Randolph, Chamber Board Members Kathy Hendrixson &Sherry Harris

DeKalb Community Bank – Winner of “Most Original” Sign-"Welcome to Jamboree 42 the Smithville version of Bonnaroo"

The Chamber of Commerce presented the Project Welcome Mat’s “Most Original” Award to DeKalb Community Bank for their very creatively written message written by DCB Employees, June Keith and Laura Stone, that will most certainly bring a smile to our Jamboree visitors.

Attached Picture 2

Pictured l-r:
Chamber President Janna Gillard, Chamber Board Member Julia Cantrell, DCB President Gentry Barnes, DCB Employees Tammy Crook, Laura Stone, June Keith, & Dava Pedigo, Chamber Board Members Sherry Harris & Kathy Hendrixson, & Chamber Director Suzanne Williams

Liberty State Bank – Winner of “People’s Choice Award” Sign (2 pics)- "42 years of dancing, food, and song, Jamboree is still going strong" (side one); "Hot and steamy, don't be blue, come celebrate Jamboree 42" (side two)

The Chamber of Commerce presented the Project Welcome Mat’s “People’s Choice Award” to Liberty State Bank who provided messages on both sides of their sign. The imaginative and friendly wording on both signs were written by LSB Employee Nancy Clement.

Attached Pictures 3 & 4

LSB Picture – Sign 1 (picture 3)
Left side of Sign 1:
Chamber Board Member Julia Cantrell, LSB Employees Trina Graham, Annette Jackoby, Amanda Green

Right side of Sign 1:
Row 1: Chamber Board Members Sherry Harris and Kathy Hendrixson, Chamber Director Suzanne Williams
Row 2: LSB Employees Lisa Garrison, Charlene Adcock, Gail Bailiff, Chamber President Janna Gillard, LSB Vice-President & Branch Manager Ronnie Goodwin

LSB Picture - Sign 2 (picture 4)

Left side of Sign 2:
Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, LSB Vice-President & Branch Manager Ronnie Goodwin, Chamber Board Member Kathy Hendrixson, Chamber President Janna Gillard, LSB Employees Charlene Adcock, Gail Bailiff, & Lisa Garrison, Chamber Board Member Sherry Harris

Right side of Sign 2:
LSB Employees Amanda Green, Trina Graham, Annette Jackoby, Chamber Board Member Julia Cantrell

Honorary Mention:

DTC Communications/DTC Wireless is providing great Welcome Sign messages from both sides of their marquee at the Smithville office, one from Alexandria, and one from Woodbury. Thanks, DTC!

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