McDuffie Co. Chamber celebrates 2016 with banquet
By Caitlin Boland

Barbara Dooley was the keynote speaker for the night. Dooley told stories about her and her husband as well as business basics.
The Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 2016 with its annual Chamber banquet on Jan. 31.
The night began with a welcome and invocation done by Skip Griffin, the 2016 Chamber Board of Directors chairman. Griffin then passed the gavel on to Andy Knox Jr. the 2017 Board of Directors chairman.
Following the passing of the gavel, both the Leadership McDuffie board and the Youth Leadership McDuffie board chairmans gave the crowd some information about what’s going on with the two programs.
Wayne Parham, 2016 Chamber Ambassadors director, then presented the Ambassador of the Year award to Juanita Thomas. Julie Langham followed by presenting the Mike Carrington Volunteer of the Year award to Tina Swan, a teacher at Thomson High School.
The next award was presented by Bill Doupe´, Toombs Judicial Circuit district attorney. The award went to Family Care Group.
Bennett Dudley, the 2017 vice chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, then took to the podium to present his mother, Robin Dudley, with the Darrell M. Johnson award.
Following the awards, the keynote speaker, Barbara Dooley, began her speech titled “Getting Back to the Basics in the New Year.”
She shared several stories from her life with Vince Dooley, her husband of 53 years.
Dooley said as a business person you have to have goals all through life.
“You have to have tunnel vision when it comes to business,” Dooley said.
She then added that life is all about attitude, and a positive attitude will get you further in life.
“The greatest part of having a good attitude is listening,” Dooley said. “A lot of times we try to answer without listening to the question.” 
Dooley said we should all thank God for what we have, and we are put on this Earth to love and do it well.
She then noted that being in the Chamber is a sign of integrity for a business.
“It means something to be in the Chamber,” Dooley said. “It shows the business has integrity, honesty and that it is a business you want to shop at or work for. The greatest thing you can give your kids is your name. Your name shows character, honesty and leadership.”
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