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Michelle Muir, Running for Mayor of Cary 

Michelle Muir
Carrie, Michelle Muir and Sheila

I honestly believe that being a good community citizen includes being familiar with your local government elected officials.  This happens to be an election year for the Town of Cary and voting day is approaching quickly on Tuesday, October 11th 2011 (10-11-11 for those of you who like crazy-date-numbers).  Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know several of the candidates and finding out more about their platforms and areas of concern/focus for our community.  I’ve attended several panel discussions in which the candidates have voiced their opinions and ideas.  For the first time ever, I really feel like I’ve educated myself for this election decision.  Earlier this week, Blake and I attended a nice event for Michelle Muir, candidate for Mayor of the Town of Cary.  I met Michelle Muir earlier this year and we’ve had a fast-track-friendship develop, but she really feels more like a friend that I’ve known for years!  The event was held at the Guess-White-Ogle House (a historic landmark in Cary) and was co-hosted by Carrie Peele of Blue Diamond Limo and Sheila Ogle of The Matthew’s House in Cary and two other successful businesses

Becca & Blake

We really enjoyed the evening as we mixed with other local citizens and had the opportunity to meet some of the very nice representatives of the PBA (Police Benevolent Association), who have endorsed Michelle Muir as their candidate of choice.  I’d like to thank Carrie and Sheila again for coordinating such a nice event.  I also wanted to mention that Blake is wearing a shirt & tie that we purchased from The Men’s Kloset in Cary…a local consignment store for MEN’S clothing!  Stop by and see them! 

Pat and Becca

I was very happy to see my friend, Patricia Gregory of the NCCC (National Cervical Cancer Coalition) at the Michelle Muir event too.  Pat and I met earlier this year and she is a wonderful woman!  Pat always has something exciting going on and I really love catching up with her.  Pat joined the Cary Chamber earlier this year and is using it as a way to reach out to other members and get them involved with her non-profit organization.  Pat and I are brainstorming some ideas for an event/fundraiser that she is planning for next year.  It already sounds great to me!

 

Michelle Muir

Eye Opener Breakfast

The Cary Chamber hosted their monthly Eye Opener Breakfast this week (always held the last Wednesday of the month) and this month it took place at the stylish Umstead Hotel.  The breakfast included a panel of several candidates that are up for election in our area.  Here they are below:

Mayor:  Harold Weinbrecht and Michelle Muir

Town Council At-Large:  Zeke Bridges and Lori Bush

District B:  Jeff Foxx and Don Frantz

District D:  Gale Adcock and Don Hyatt

The panel was hosted by Steve Zaytoun and each candidate answered a series of questions that ranged from topics of downtown Cary development to their top three priorities for the Town of Cary.  Each candidate stressed the importance of their platform and encouraged the audience to show up to vote on Election Day, October 11th.   Typically the voter-turnout-rate is 10% for Cary, which is so sad to me. 

 So where will YOU be on Tuesday October 11th?  Hopefully you know, or at least realize the importance of voting (even in local elections) and you’ll either vote EARLY or you’ll show up at your designated voting station on October 11th to cast your vote.   Take a few minutes before you cast your vote and conduct your own candidate research…vote for a candidate that you feel like will serve our town well. Click HERE for the 2011 Cary Voter Guide.   Michelle Muir is a candidate that is certainly making sure her message is getting out to the voters! 

 

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 Cary Chamber Annual Banquet and Awards

Cary Chamber

Jean, Becca and Renee: Long time Ambassador Friends

Last night was really one of the best events of the year!  The Cary Chamber of Commerce held their Annual End of Year Banquet at the beautiful and magnificent Preston Country Club Grand Ballroom.  The event was SOLD OUT and the crowd was full of excitement and energy.  Blake and I attended the event together and we love going early for the cocktail hour so that we can mix with friends and colleagues.  We saw Steve and Michelle Muir on our way inside, Michelle is a candidate for the Mayor of Cary (election day is October 11th).  Once inside I spent some time talking with two of my longtime favorite Cary Chamber Ambassador friends, Renee Groom of Avon and Jean Williams of Allen Tate Realty.  I’ve known both of these gals for many years and relish in any chance I get to see them.  I was holding in a secret about Renee during the cocktail hour as I knew there was a BIG award coming her way during the evening and I couldn’t wait for her to find out!

 Blake and I were seated at the table sponsored by Deutshe Bank DB Global Technology and hosted by Sheila Carter.  Sheila was an excellent table host and I enjoyed talking with her about her previous career paths and life growing up in Eastern NC.  We also enjoyed the other mixed company at our table which included: Wayne Loots of Wake Tech Business and Industry Center, Kyle Greer and Steve Stroud of NAI Carolantic Realty, Gary Ashworth of Lynn’s Hallmark and his son & daughter-in-law, Scott and Stephanie Ashworth, also of Lynn’s Hallmark.  Blake and I enjoyed chatting with Scott and Stephanie as we had a lot in common with them (young parents raising boys and working in family owned businesses).  The keynote speaker was Tom Ross, President for University of North Carolina. 

Cary Chamber
Renee and Brian, Ambassador of the Year & Citizen of the Year

The best part of the Cary Chamber Annual Banquet was of course the awards presentation!  They gave out three different awards last night: Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.  Here comes the surprise part for Renee Groom that I had mentioned earlier.  This was the 2nd time that Renee would win the Ambassador of the Year Award, so Delancy, VP of the Cary Chamber, had asked me a few weeks ago to help gather some stats on Renee’s contributions to the Cary Chamber during her years of involvement.  So I some-what tricked Renee into giving me some stats and this is what we uncovered:  She’s been a member for 10 years, Ambassador for 9, brought in 74 new members from participating in the Membership Drive for 7 years and has won the all-expense paid trip 5 times.  She’s helped to collect 189 gifts for the Cary Chamber Annual Reverse Car Raffle & Auction and has attended around 80 ribbon cuttings for local businesses.  She’s just a firecracker who has a passion in life for living each day to the fullest because you never know if you have tomorrow to enjoy.  The Ambassador of the Year Award is one that is voted on by the other Ambassadors so it carries a lot of weight and meaning behind it.  Congrats Renee!! Well deserved!  And now she is an Ambassador for LIFE for the Cary Chamber.   The other awards last night were just as exciting with LORD Corporation winning for Business of the Year and the incredible Brian Reid of Paragon Bank receiving the Citizen of the Year Award.  My camera didn’t make the best picture because of the lighting and the size of the room, but I do love this picture as it captures two winners last night…this is Brian Reid giving Renee Groom a hug as he presented her with the Ambassador of the Year Award.  Brian would later get the Citizen of the Year Award presented to him by Steve Zaytoun

I also want to say a sweet note about the wonderful staff of the Cary Chamber.  They are always so helpful and welcoming.  I am sad to see Tiffanee Gwaltney leave the Cary Chamber in the next few weeks.  She has been the VP of Education and Finance ever since our company first joined and I’ve gotten to know her so well over the years.  She’s been an excellent leader for the Education Committee and helped to get our CPA firm involved as a sponsor for the Honor A Teacher Award this past year for Alston Ridge Elementary.  I’m going to miss Tiffanee dearly!  But I am also happy to say that they have hired an outstanding young lady to fill her shoes, Allison Wrenn!  Allison used to work for the Cary Chamber a few years ago and we are so glad to see her back on staff! 

Congrats again to all of the winners last night!  What a joy to be a member of the Cary Chamber!

 

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Cary Cultural Arts Center

The Cary Chamber of Commerce held their August Business After Hours that was hosted by the new Cary Cultural Arts Center.  It was a packed house event!  Many people attended this event because they know that the Cary Chamber supports a Business After Hours that is worth attending but also to tour the new Cary Cultural Arts Center.  It really is worth seeing and the construction is amazing, along with fascinating art inside.  Below is a video that was made from the back parking lot, over my left shoulder you can see the cool glass artwork pieces that were recently added.


Chef's Palette Restaurant
Fletcher and Jounte of Chef’s Palette Restaurant & Bar

 The food was provided by an excellent restaurant in town, Chef’s Palette Restaurant and Bar, and they were promoting their new menu!  Fletcher Martin and Jounte Burwell were there to represent Chef’s Palette and they were busy serving up delicious pasta dish and for dessert a cookie-dough miniature pie!   The beverages were provided by Carolina Brewing Company that is located in Holly Springs, NC.

Blake went with me to the event and was able to stay and network the entire time (I had to slip out to my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting that starts on Thursday nights at 6:15pm).  Blake did a great job of meeting new people and connecting with new members.  He talked with Stan Moore, CPA  and Susan Hasty of 360Profit Masters, Lena Vorontsova of Rouge et Noir, John Moraites of FIRM Consulting Group, Heather Foust of Curb Appeal to Sold, Shanna Middleton of Staged to Sell, Bradley Junell of Raleigh Event DJ, and Quantes Randle of K2 Productions.

Cary-Kildaire Rotary

Elizabeth, Rick, Dennis, Becca and CG of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Speaking of Rotary, our club (Cary-Kildaire) just realized that we have been a member of the Cary Chamber for MANY MANY MANY YEARS!  So we are now on a mission to make sure our Club has a good presence of members at events!  Even though our weekly meeting was on the same night as this event, we still had a good showing of members!

I also enjoyed seeing Michelle Muir and Zeke Bridges, both are running for office in the upcoming election.  Let’s make sure we do our civic-duty and vote!

Zeke Bridges

Zeke Bridges

Michelle Muir

Becca Smith with Michelle Muir-Running for Mayor of Cary

Have you been to see the NEW Cary Cultural Arts Center?  What was your favorite part?  I’m hoping to take a few art classes there soon.
The Cary Chamber of Commerce continues to be a proven way to find and meet new clients.  Our CPA Firm has enjoyed working with Cary Chamber members and we are always looking to work with more!  Please keep us in mind if you know of a business owner seeking a new CPA.

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