August Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon

Phil Angelo (Leisure Travel Experts) and Anna Granger (1st Choice Properties)
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MINT HILL, NC – On Tuesday, August 16, the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held its Monthly Member Luncheon at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.

August’s lunch program kicked off with a welcome from Executive Director Paige McKinney.  “This is one of my favorite luncheons of the year,” said McKinney, “where we showcase the nonprofits in our community.”  Former Commissioner Mike Cochrane led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Vice President Phil Angelo (Leisure Travel Experts) led the group in prayer.

Present at Tuesday’s luncheon from the Board of Commissioners were Commissioners Tony Long and Twanna Henderson and Mayor Pro Tem Dale Dalton.  Board of Directors Liaison Dalton shared the following updates from Town Hall.  The Board of Commissioners continues to consider a proposition to change the terms of office for elected officials in Mint Hill from two-year terms to four-year staggered terms.  To make this change, the Board of Commissioners must vote to amend the Town Charter.  You can read more about the proposed change in the August 10 issue of The Mint Hill Times.

Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce August Member Luncheon
Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce August Member Luncheon

Dalton also discussed the many events on the horizon in Mint Hill.  The Town will hold its second Music & Brews event on September 10.  The annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest will kick off on October 1 and continue through the month of October; October 1 will also be the Tina Ross Afternoon in the Park in front of Town Hall.  Of course, we can’t forget Mint Hill Madness, which will be held from October 20 – 22.

The Chamber welcomed two new members at the August luncheon: Angie Johnson from Promo Logic, a promotional products distributor located in Concord, NC; and Ruby Works, CEO of Ray’s Playze Adult Day Center.

This month’s Chamber Member Spotlight was Anne Mavian from the Mint Hill Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.  A construction engineering major whose first career was as a project manager for a bridge in Detroit, Mavian joined the Chamber to network with local businesses and offer the support of library services.  Also honored at the luncheon as the Chamber’s July Business of the Month were Denise Boston, Hal Queen, and the entire team at Chick-fil-A Mint Hill.

Major Hall, Chief Hatley, and Captain Gilman from the Mint Hill Police Department
Major Hall, Chief Hatley, and Captain Gilman from the Mint Hill Police Department

Also present at August’s luncheon were Captain Gilman, Major Hall and Chief Hatley from the Mint Hill Police Department.  Captain Gilman offered all Chamber members the opportunity to register for the Citizens Police Academy, a 9-week program that allows members of the Mint Hill community to develop relationships with the men and women of the Mint Hill PD and to better understand how our legal system works and what police officers experience in a day on the job.  The next Citizens Academy is set to begin on September 13.  The Citizens Academy is open to adults 18 and older from Mint Hill, NC, who have not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense.  For more information about the Citizens Academy, visit the Town Hall website.  

The highlight of August’s luncheon was the Chamber’s annual nonprofit showcase.  Each of the chamber’s nonprofit members was invited to set up a table prior to the luncheon, and each also received two minutes to speak about who they are, where they’re located, and how the Chamber and the Mint Hill community at large can connect with and support them.  Make sure to pick up next week’s Mint Hill Times to read all about these Mint Hill-based nonprofits.

August’s nonprofit showcase didn’t leave much time to share member-to-member connections, but Mike Cochrane snuck in some praise for Mint Hill Pharmacy’s “down home” feel and Kim Rhodarmer from Servant’s Heart expressed her gratitude for their partnership with the Mint Hill Women’s Club, who recently donated $500 in gas cards for their clients.

The Chamber of commerce has several ongoing and upcoming events to promote.  The Classroom Supply Drive to benefit Servant’s Heart continues through September 4; consult the Chamber’s social media for a list of drop off locations and items needed.  The 2022 Best of Mint Hill Photo Contest and nominations for the 2022 Tina Ross Business Leadership Award both open on September 1.  Lastly, the Chamber’s 10th Annual Golf Classic will take place at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation on September 14.  

The next Monthly Member Luncheon will be held on September 20 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.  For more information on joining the Chamber of Commerce, visit 

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her eight-year-old daughter Hannah and her six-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: