The Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce strives to preserve and enhance the unique quality of life of those who work and live in our community by providing the vision, leadership and performance which allow for managed growth and development. We endeavor to deliver services cost effectively while embracing the highest standards of quality, integrity and accountability to those we serve.
State of the Chamber 2015
As viewed by Jeffrey Tudor
As Chamber President, I have always looked forward to reminiscing over the past year with its challenges and progress. This year comes with a personal bittersweet note. In our December officers meeting, I announced that I would not be available to serve as the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce President in 2015. I am doing so in order to better care for my fiancé Gale Runyon, as she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and must have surgery followed by chemo therapy and radiation treatments. I have no doubt that she will prevail over this demon disease by the grace of God. I am not alone by any means in being supportive of her in this battle. Many of our friends and community have been wonderful in surrounding her with support in various ways, once again reminding me of just how great and strong our community continues to grow. The Jamestown Families Cancer Care group lead by Barb Wise contacted her to help guide her in what to expect and offer many forms of help while on this journey. Dr. Sharrett and Dr. Brunsman along with their wonderful staff of our Jamestown Family Medicine led her to the wonderful Dayton Physicians at Miami Valley Hospital. She is expected to recover completely after treatments and will be by my side for our wedding in October and many years after.
My first goal when accepting this position was to build a strong leadership team - Goal Accomplished. Our longest serving officer Anita Chaney will continue as chamber Secretary as she has for many years. Norma Freeman will continue as Vice President, Cory Newhouse will continue as Membership Director, and Jim Saner has accepted the position of President. All of these officers are strong leaders and devoted to this chamber, community and businesses including those reaching beyond the Jamestown Corporation limits. Our officers have worked tirelessly to improve the public image of our membership with a redesigned website including our community calendar, membership directory, membership benefit information, and much more. This strong leadership has reached well beyond our own officers in order to progress toward our goals. All community leadership had to be utilized. This meant building and rebuilding improved relationships and communication with all area leaders and the chamber. We have many entities devoted to the advancement of our community. It’s my belief that we can accomplish so much more working as a team than working apart if we communicate and share resources and assist each other even if this means sometimes having to agree to disagree.
My second goal was to begin revitalization of our downtown area – Goal Accomplished. As of today, we have five new businesses downtown. This started with Heifner Heating and Cooling, opening a satellite office followed by Jamestown Ink. This continued with Primitive Pickens and A Stitch Between Friends Quilt Shop opening their doors. The quilt shop has already expanded and opened the Stitch and Sip for people to come in and enjoy this art. Recently Trent Lickliter CPA moved his office from Xenia to our downtown on South Limestone Street following Nate’s Transfer Case Service & Anderson Automotive moving to South Buckles Avenue. The Jamestown Historical Society has reopened our once again beautiful Opera House after a lengthy renovation led by Ted Sesslar. The Opera House is once again offering terrific performances and is available to rent for your next event. This is a great start and each one requires the support of our community in order to succeed. Continued support is needed as we work through issues such as our streets and downtown buildings so this will remain on my goal list – Not Accomplished YET! This has led to my decision to continue serving as a Village Council member and this year serving as President of Council.
As I stated previously, I always enjoy looking over the past year. This brings me to Santa’s Helpers to which was started by the chamber to assist our community families with Christmas gifts for children. This committee is chaired by Jyl Dwyer and a wonderful group of volunteers. This group is dedicated to making sure every child receives gifts and is the most heartwarming effort of the year. I wish everyone could see these children receiving gifts delivered by Silvercreek Twp., New Jasper Twp. and Jefferson Twp. Fire & EMS volunteers. This always brings tears to my eyes along with these local heroes as they deliver gifts all purchased from generous donations. This event is preceded by Small Town Christmas which was started by Ed Brill many years ago. Ed Brill has been my mentor and convinced me to accept the position of President. The Small Town Christmas committee led by Anita Chaney decided that they wanted to expand this event in 2014. We began with adding two more Christmas trees downtown. Last year our Greeneview High School FFA students rebuilt Santa’s House so children could be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Clause volunteered by Gary and Kathy Trissel in their newly remodeled house. Santa was again delivered at the end of our annual Christmas parade organized by Nova Brown. This year, the FFA students built us donation boxes for Santa’s Helpers. The Greeneview Sensations performed again making for another wonderful Christmas season surrounded by a beautiful downtown decorated by our village.
Our downtown has also been upgraded by the wonderful donation of new planters provided by the Greene County Career Centers Welding Class. The previous planters donated many years ago were in disrepair so we took them to the Career Center for repair but received the news that they were just too far gone and needed replaced. This class then volunteered to build us new planters and proceeded to provide us with the beautiful new planters in use today. These planters were then filled by the generous donation of all the flowers by Mike and Darla Geis of Friendly Knoll Farm & Greenhouse. These flowers are then lovingly watered and cared for by Bill Benedict to keep them beautiful for all to enjoy.
The chamber’s annual Golf Outing held at Sebastian Hills Golf Club was another success in 2014 led by Jim Saner and the golf committee. This is our major fundraiser of the year which funds our ever growing projects. Strong sponsorship and player participation fuels this event and is always appreciated. Fun was had by all kicked off with lunch provided by Countryside Propane followed by another evening meal provided by Kelley’s Café. Team Whaley won this year’s competition with their “unique” play style and preparation The Chamber is already preparing for another successful outing in 2015 so please plan to attend.
I look at the growth of our Greeneview schools with beautiful new buildings knowing that it takes a lot of hard work and support of the community. These schools house our future leaders and must have the tools needed to build and guide students. These same Greeneview students have been so valuable to many projects within the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce from helping clean the downtown prior to the Lions Club Bean Festival, pulling their floats in our Christmas parade to volunteering during town cleanup day along with area Boy Scouts and 4H clubs and much more. I have been spending a lot of time at our Medical Center and often think of how blessed we are to have this state of the art medical center in our town along with the support of Greene Memorial Hospital serving our community. We’ve come a long way from going downtown to Dr. Haines and Dr. Sotlars office haven’t we? I imagine both these doctors look down and smile with amazement every time Care Flight lands.
It is impossible for me to thank all the people that have assisted our chamber over the years but I want to let everyone know that you have all blessed my life deeply. One person that I must mention because he has been at my side and given me so much joy is my son Matthew Tudor. Many times when his friends were out playing he was helping me. I am so thankful to him for sacrificing his time with me as I was busy in working towards my goals. I love him deeper than he can comprehend right now and appreciate his understanding. Matthew has always been and remains my inspiration in making our community all it can be. He has been there even as a little guy helping pressure clean benches trying hard to control that spray nozzle, filling downtown planters with mulch, giving advice on rebuilding our park and worked countless hours doing whatever was asked of him. Now as he is growing into a young man he is still at my side. Matthew, his friends and all the children of our community will inherit what we leave them and I want Jamestown and the surrounding area to be a place that they are always proud to call home. I look forward to once again serving our community in the future to continue working towards the growth and prosperity for our town and surrounding community. I would like to thank the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce and its members for giving the opportunity to serve as President and the confidence in my leadership. I am thankful to know the value of a close community and strong team is to be carried on by our children and future leadership. I pray that God will continue to bless our community and country.
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Small Town Christmas December 5th and 6th
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