GWBA elects 2014 officers


Greater Williamston Business Association

By David Meade

During the November meeting of the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) members elected officers, heard an update on non-profit status and agreed to look into placing a new sign at a main entrance to the town. The following officers were elected to serve for 2014:

President – Chris Trotter (Central Vac); First Vice-President – Robin Tucker(First Citizens Bank); Second Vice-President – Mike Simpson (Ace Hardware); Third Vice-President – Rockey Burgess (Autech).

Officers include Treasurer – Faye Meares (Community First Bank); Secretary Tammie Pitt (Community First Bank); At large – Tony Wright (C&T Donuts), David Meares (Meares Auctions). Jim Simpson was named legislative/government liaison.

Approximately 20 members attended the meeting which was held at MVPizza in Williamston.

Business Attorney Jarrett Lanford updated members on the status of an IRS 501C3 application the organization is in the process of refiling. Information was presented and a notebook with relevant information and documents was presented to officers.

A financial statement printed from a new software program, computer and printer the association recently purchased, was presented to members.

The group had a productive year under the leadership of President Chris Trotter, doubling membership and adding new events including Party in the Park.

Members were reminded to make reservations for the GWBA Christmas Party which will be held on Dec. 15 at Sullivan’s in Anderson.

Debbie Chapman suggested the group consider an email or text alert system to be used when there is a security issue in town. The Williamston police department will be contacted to look into coordinating the service.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham updated the group on upcoming projects and events scheduled for the town.

Durham said the town’s Main St. Program Director Caroline Alex will officially start Dec. 2.

The group decided there will be no meeting in December. The next meeting will be held January 21 at a site to be determined.

After some discussion, it was decided to form a committee to look into placing a new entrance sign on North Hamilton St.

Business owner Rockey Burgess offered use of property for the sign.