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In today’s show, Patrick discusses Newnan’s  Bonell Aluminum, an aluminum extrusion  company, with the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Ira Endres

Paint the Town Pink


Have you seen the pink water in the fountain on Lafayette Square?  We’ll have a sea of pink this weekend during the annual “Hope for a Day” walk and festivities.   Join West Georgia Health and teams of volunteers for a day of Breast Cancer Awareness and a Community Celebration of Survivorship.  Events on the Square include music, raffle drawings, women’s services and more.  HOPE for a Day Walk is 10-mile journey of H.O.P.E. while striving for a day without cancer.  The walk begins at 8 am through downtown LaGrange and will end at 12:30 pm on the Square.  For more information, contact Mary Ann Hodnett at 706-812-2191 or hodnettma@wghealth.org.


Welcome New Members


Tire Pro, Inc. (211 Bull Street, LaGrange, 706.884.4691).   Offering quality tires and quality services at affordable prices, Tire Pro has been serving the Columbus and LaGrange areas since 1989.  Contact owner Lou Rachmuth (lorlag@mindspring.com) or visit www.mytirepro.com for more information about their sales and services.


Southern Life Insurance Group (309 S. Lewis Street, Suite A, LaGrange, 706.402.0684).   Owners Nick and Crystal Poe will provide personalized service for you and/or your employees in acquiring final expense products.  They offer quality products with solid financial baking by A-rated companies.   For more information, visit them online (southernlifeins.com), call their office or email Nick (nickpoe6@gmail.com).


Inbalance Massage Therapy (206 B Ridley Avenue, LaGrange, 706.553.1175).  Inbalance Massage Therapy provides a relaxing environment to reduce stress and promote healing through therapeutic touch.  Every day is an adventure; be ready for the adventure!  Contact Deborah Sywak (deborah@inbalancemassagetherapy.com) for more information.


Jeffrey W. Brown, Inc. (2010 Foxcroft Drive, LaGrange,  706.302.7610).  Offering professional consultant and coaching services, Jeff Brown is uniquely qualified with experience as a business owner, business manager at Milliken, person who has hired 2000+ employees, former elected official who won 7 elections, executive who completed successful succession planning, and a proved career coach.  For more information, contact him at jeffwarnerbrown@gmail.com.


Troup County Republican Party (6071 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, 706.302.8110).  The Troup County Republican Party seeks to educate voters and encourage election of candidates that support conservative values.  Contact Chairman Lewis Davis (lcdavisjr1@gmail.com) for more information and to learn how you can get involved.  The Party meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.


Last Call—“Get Your Game On Resource Troup Expo”—October 7


Be sure to reserve your booth at the annual Resource Troup Expo & Taste of Troup that will be held on October 7 at the Callaway Conference Center from 3:30-7 pm; contact LeTisha to register (letisha@lagrangechamber.com).


You’re Invited


Join Mama Sherry (Sherry Lopez) as she celebrates the opening of Mama Sherry’s Homestyle Buffet in its new location at 614 Lincoln Street with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, September 30 at 9 am.  Mama Sherry’s offers great homestyle cooking just like grandma used to make.


Troup Trends


The November issue of Troup Trends will focus on the holidays.  It’s a great venue to advertise gift ideas and holiday specials.  Contact Trey (trey@lagrangechamber.com) to reserve space.  Deadline for ad space reservations is Monday, October 6!


Upcoming Chamber Events


September 30

Networking, 7:45 am, Upstairs at the Chamber.  Contact Page (pestes@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.


Ribbon Cutting at Mama Sherry’s Homestyle Buffet, 9 am.  See above for more information.


October 1

Career Focus, 8:30-3:30 pm, Upstairs at the Chamber.  The Education Committee will host freshmen from area high schools (public and private) as they learn more about marketing and entrepreneurial careers.  Representatives from our  2014  Small Business of the Year (Jerry Cleaveland State Farm Insurance, The Meridien Company, and Jackson Heating & Air) will be featured on the program.


Community Events and Activities for September 26-October 3


Saturday, September 27

Market on Main (8 – 10 am,  Carmike Cinema Parking Lot, LaGrange)

Enjoy this local farmer’s market each Saturday morning until October.   Purchase the freshest produce, baked goods, preserves and plants around.  Worth waking up for!


Paint the Town Pink and HOPE for a Day Walk (9:30 am – 1:30 am, Lafayette Square, LaGrange)

Join West Georgia Health and teams of volunteers for a day of Breast Cancer Awareness and a Community Celebration of Survivorship.  Events on the Square include music, raffle drawings, women’s services and more.  HOPE for a Day Walk is 10-mile journey of H.O.P.E. while striving for a day without cancer.  The walk begins at 8 am through downtown LaGrange and will end at 12:30 pm on the Square.  For more information, contact Mary Ann Hodnett at 706-812-2191 or hodnettma@wghealth.org.


West Point Lake Trash Cleanup Event (8 am – 1 pm, Pyne Road Park, West Point Lake)

Volunteers are needed!  Park rangers will provide small and large groups with a trash site on the lake, trash bags, plastic gloves and park ranger assistance.  As trash moves down the river system, many pieces of trash deposit on the many shorelines of West Point Lake.  We need your help to clean it up.  Great service project!  Contact Rebecca Fink at 706-645-6113 or email at rebecca.m.fink@usace.army.mil for registration form and details.  Free lunch will be provided for registered groups.


Miss Hummingbird Festival Pageant (7 pm – 10 pm, LaGrange High School)

The Miss Hummingbird Festival Scholarship Pageants are preliminaries to Miss Georgia, Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen and part of the Miss Georgia’s Princess Program.


Now-September 30

West Point Lake Coalition Gas Raffle

To raise funds for additional buoy lights on West Point Lake, the Coalition is partnering with McDonald Oil Company to raffle off $1750 in Shell Gas Cards (1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $500 and 3rd Place $250).  Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the Chamber or from a Coalition member.  Contact Dick Timmerberg (dtimmerberg@bellsouth.net or 706.884.5916) for more information.


Thursday, October 2

Special Day for Special People (9 am – 2 pm, Rocky Point Recreation Area, West Point Lake)

Physically and mentally disabled kids and adults as well as the elderly are welcome to this event.  Enjoy the day at West Point Lake with a free lunch with many activities including pontoon boat rides, photo booth, entertainment music/stage and more!  Registration is required.  Individuals and groups welcome.  Contact Rebecca Fink at 706-645-6113 or email at rebecca.m.fink@usace.army.mil.


               Annual Lecture:  The Topiary Garden of Pearl Fryar (6:30-8 pm, Hills & Dales Estate, 1916 Hills & Dales Drive, LaGrange)

Join Hills & Dales for the 10th annual lecture featuring Pearl Fryar, a self-taught sculptor who uses live plant material to create original, elegantly abstract and expressive forms of topiary for his nationally renowned garden in Bishopville, South Carolina.  Fryar often uses plant cast-offs and looks for the potential in each plant to encourage its growth.   When you come in contact with Pearl, you will soon learn that he also has the same goal of inspiring young people to find their own potential.  You can learn more about Pearl from his video, “A Man Named Pearl” on YouTube.  A 6:30 pm reception will be followed by the lecture at 7 pm.  Reservations are required.  $10 per person; free for passholders.  Call 706-882-3242.


Upcoming Activities for a Good Cause


Saturday, October 4

Junior Service League’s Attic Sale (8 am – 1 pm, Westbrook Tire Building, 308 Main Street, LaGrange)

The Junior Service League of LaGrange is hosting their annual attic sale on Saturday, October 4 at the Old Westbrook Tire Building.  Doors open at 8am for early admission of $5, and regular admission for $1 begins at 8:30am.  Eager shoppers can avoid Saturday’s crowd by paying $5 to attend a Preview Party on Friday night at 6:00.  All items on Friday night will be price + ½.  The sale will be at the old Westbrook Tire Building on Main Street.  Shoppers will find tables filled with baby items, children’s clothing and toys, books, kitchen items, antiques, furniture, exercise equipment, and much more!


Saturday, October 18

Leggin’ it for Literacy (6 pm – 11:30 pm, Downtown LaGrange)

Join CLCP for a fun night 5K race held in downtown LaGrange; all proceeds benefit Troup County Certified Literate Community Program.  This year, the race course will be illuminated with LED luminaries and lighted displays.  As we light a way for literacy, we encourage all participants to dress in their best glow attire for this festive night run.  Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 pm and end at 8:45 pm.  There will be a Tot Trot at 8 pm.  The 5K race will begin at 9 pm.  Participants and families are encouraged to come out early to enjoy festivities.  There will be music by the Smokey Road Band and other entertainment throughout the evening.  After the race, each participant will enjoy a Country’s Barbecue sandwich and sweet tea!


Mark Your Calendars:  Upcoming Events & Activities


Saturday, October 4

                Point University Homecoming Hustle (9 am to 10 am, Point University Fieldhouse, Valley, AL)

All proceeds of the Homecoming Hustle will go to support Point Athletics.  Fun run begins at 8:30 am and 5K, begins at 9 am by the Ram Stadium in Valley, AL.


Thursday, October 9

                LaGrange Woman’s Club Fashion Show & Luncheon  (12:30 pm  – 3:00 pm, Del’avant, 141 Main Street, LaGrange)

All proceeds will benefit the maintenance and upkeep of Bellevue.  Tickets $30/person.


Saturday, October 11

                Hogansville Hummingbird Tower Trail 5K  (7 am – 11:30 am,  Hogansville Elementary, 611 Main Street, Hogansville)

All proceeds will benefit the continued development of the Hogansville Tower Trail.  Download registration information at http://www.aaaraceservices.com/PDF/Tower%20Trail%205k%20entry%20form.pdf.


                West Point Scouts Trail Trek 5K Event  (8 pm – 11:30 pm,  West Point)

Trail Run:  5K and 1mile events to support local scouting.  Please come out and provide your support and enjoy exercise, wildlife and charitable activities.


Sunday, October 12

                Stories in the Garden at Hills & Dales Estate  (2 pm – 4 pm,  1916 Hills & Dales Drive, LaGrange)

Hills & Dales Estate and Azalea Storytelling Committee are pleased to present Gwendolyn Napier and Carol Cain as they offer an afternoon of family storytelling in the pecan grove hear the garden.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enter at the Hills & Dales Drive entrance gate.


Friday, October 17

Va Va Va Vroom Exhibit Opening at LaGrange Art Museum (5 – 9 pm, 112 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange)

Pre-Opening SockHop Dinner Event from 5-7 pm; $25/person.  Tickets are available at the Museum.  Opening reception from 7-9 pm is FREE.

America’s love affair with speed is legendary.  Who hasn’t dreamt of heading down the highway with the radio blasting?  This look down memory lane combines the history of free-wheeling with the history of jazz and takes us from Soap Box Derby to Sturgis and from Dixieland to Dizzy.  From Bo Callaway’s wooden soap box racer to the vintage American Indian, this show will feature the motorcycle collection of local auctioneer Preston Evans and the staggering vinyl collection of a young English boy in pre-World War II.  So, kick start your engines, bebop or cruise . . . just be sure you don’t miss this look at America’s love affair with sound and speed.


A Bouquet of Memories from The Met
Master Floral Designer Chris Giftos

Thursday, October 9
Morning Coffee 9:30 am
Demonstration 10:00 am
Tickets $20

Renowned floral designer Chris Giftos created designs for The Met across three decades. Giftos will showcase his vast floral knowledge and share his stories from behind the scenes.

At The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts
Limited Seating Available
Tickets available for purchase at The Centre during business hours.

Hogansville Club Summer Program, 
a Smashing Success
Club Rangers: An Environmental Education Experience gave members of our Hogansville Club the opportunity to learn about many aspects of environmental education. Members did daily activities, art projects, participated in Animal Olympics, and took field trips to various sites that reinforced the learning that took place in the Club. More than 100 youth took part in this amazing experience with the support of the Southeast Environmental Education Alliance!
  Terrific Kids
 Through the support of the Kiwanis Club  of LaGrange and Dale Jackson, Club  members are  encouraged to read each  day during Power Hour.  The highest point  earners are recognized each  month with    an awards ceremony. Our first awards  ceremony was on September 19 and our Top 10 Terrific Kids were awarded certificates for their work!

LaGrange Teens Adopt-A-Grandparent
Twice monthly, teens from the LaGrange Club visit Florence Hand Home to spend time with residents at the center. Club members play games, sing and dance, and share stories with many of the seniors. This is a great way for our teens to learn their responsibility to improve the lives of others in their community.
We invite all of our supporters to schedule a time to visit one of our local Club to see the fantastic impact our program makes on the youth of our community in action! Call us at 706-812-9698 to schedule your personal Club tour today!

“Get Your Game On”

Resource Troup Expo 2014

Tuesday, October 7


Don’t miss out on your opportunity to network with hundreds of local customers.  Time is running out and booth space is limited!


Registration forms are attached. Contact LeTisha Smith with any questions letisha@lagrangechamber.com or (706)884-8671.

The Senoia Optimist Club, “Friend of Youth”, will host its fall barbecue on Saturday, October 4th, at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Senoia.  The lodge is located at 19 Main Street – between Hollberg’s Furniture and Senoia Coffee & Café.


The barbecue will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. or until the club sells out – whichever comes first.  Pre-sale orders can be made with any member of the Senoia Optimist Club – especially for those customers who will be unable to make it to the barbecue on the October 4th.  Prices will be as follows: Gallon of Stew = $25.00; Quart of Stew = $8.00; Pound of BBQ pork = $9.00; and a Plate with beverage = $8.00.  If necessary, please contact Barbecue Chair Phil Downey (770-833-9242) or email 21267@optimistmail.org for pre-sale orders or questions.


Richard Thompson of Newnan will again prepare the food for the Senoia Optimists’ fund raiser.  Mr. Thompson’s affiliations include “Papa’s Smokehouse” restaurant and SonRise Baptist Church barbecues in Newnan.


Funds from the barbecue will be used by the Senoia club to help with its many service projects that reach out to the local youth and to the community.  Included among the club’s activities are two high school scholarships, Youth Fingerprinting, Respect for Law, Youth Appreciation, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, the Senoia Area Blood Drives, the Optimist Oratorical contest, and the Optimist Essay contest.


The Optimist Club of Senoia is part of an international organization whose motto is “Friend of Youth”.  Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.


To learn more about Optimist International, visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.  If you would like more information regarding the Senoia Optimist Club, please visit the club’s website at www.senoiaoptimistclub.org.  The Senoia Club typically meets on the first Thursday of each month at Matt’s Smalltown Pizza and on the third Thursday at Katie Lou’s Cafe.  Meetings are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.


If you are not yet associated with this organization but are interested in attending an activity, please call Club President Pat Veneziani at 706-329-2100 or contact any other member of the Senoia club.


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