Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

April 2017 Network Luncheon

The April Network Luncheon was held on April 13, 2017.  Speaker of the House David Ralston joined the large crowd gathered to discuss the end of the recent session. He mentioned a number of accomplishments but focused on the legislature’s diligence in passing a balanced budget of conservative spending and strategic investment.  He also discussed the recently formed House Rural Economic Development committee whose work will focus on the disparities between metro areas and rural Georgia in recruiting and retaining investment, job opportunities, education, health care and other critical issues. Speaker Ralston concluded with a bill that he was especially proud to mention to his hometown crowd.   Diligent work on Speaker’s part and the part of other legislators led to the passage of a firefighter cancer insurance safety net inspired by Gilmer County’s own Brian Scudder. We look forward to Governor Deal’s signature on this important piece of legislation.

April lunch was catered by Main Street Catering – Main Street Catering showed off another of their talents by providing delicious boxed lunches. These lunches are available for pick up or delivery. They can be personalized to meet the needs of your guests or employees. Change up your business meeting and enjoy these boxed lunches at the park. Boxed lunches must be pre-ordered. Stay Active Ellijay also partnered with Kharisma Entertainment for their audio and visual needs today to ensure the high quality experience that we have all come to expect when using Kharisma Entertainment.

Are you looking to explore the area but don’t know where to start or have anyone to go with? Our April Sponsor Stay Active Ellijay invites you to join them and meet new, friendly, like minded outdoor enthusiasts and explore north Georgia’s outdoor playground!

Stay Active Ellijay is north Georgia’s outdoor social club. Owner and former Gilmer Chamber Tourism & Events Coordinator, Karleen Ferguson, puts her knowledge of the area and event planning skills to work by creating fun excursions that meet the desires and skill levels of the SAE members. The annual membership is only $50.00 a year per person. Kids are always free and encouraged to join in on the family friendly excursions. This includes members’ kids and grandkids if 18 or under.

You’ll find Stay Active Ellijay members doing everything from hiking and kayaking to touring Gibbs Gardens and our local vineyards together. They also offer beginner mountain biking, horseback riding and overnight camping excursions. If you are looking for a weekly hiking group you’ll love their Wednesday morning Hump Day Hike group. This group hikes 2-4 miles every Wednesday morning. Whatever your skill level they’ve got you covered!

“Our community offers incredible outdoor experiences, but these can seem a bit overwhelming to try on your own. I thought there might be a need for someone to gather people together and help them experience all of the wonderful things that our beautiful mountain community offers. It has been so fun and rewarding to see these new friendships made and to help those that have recently moved here discover places like Springer Mountain and the other incredible hiking trails in our county! Gosh, we even have members that were born and raised right here in Gilmer County that have never been to some of these beautiful spots. It’s so fun to see the smiles on their faces when they experience them for the first time! We are all so blessed to live in such a beautiful place and I’m super passionate to help people of all ages stay active and enjoy where we live to the fullest!” said Karleen Ferguson.

Stay Active Ellijay opened in August 2016. They are located at 1215 Industrial Boulevard East Ellijay, GA. 30540 on the river across the street from Hardees. In addition to their outdoor group excursions Karleen also offers sports performance, nutrition and weight loss coaching by appointment. She is a 17 year rep for AdvoCare International and carries this line of nutritional products exclusively at Stay Active Ellijay. Be sure to follow the Stay Active Ellijay Facebook page to keep up with all of their activities.

For more info call 706-669-9887 or email stayactiveellijay@gmail.com

The next Gilmer Chamber Network Luncheon will be held on May 11, 2017 sponsored by Owen Security Solutions. Click Here to Register.