May Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon

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MINT HILL, NC – On Tuesday, May 17, the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held its Monthly Member Luncheon at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.

February’s lunch program kicked off with a welcome from Executive Director Paige McKinney. Board of Directors President Rick Peniston (Peniston Deason Attorneys at Law) led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Executive Board Vice President Phil Angelo (Leisure Travel Experts) led the group in prayer.

May brought three new faces to the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon: Tim Johnson, owner and operator of Tim’s Carpet Cleaning; Bill Whittaker from Weaver, Bennett and Bland, P.A.; and O’Kera Dalton from H&S Therapeutic Services.

Another friendly face McKinney introduced was Natalie Goodfellow, one of the chamber’s Junior Ambassadors.  The Junior Ambassador program is a way for Mint Hill’s young men and women to get well-versed in the nonprofit world.  Goodfellow shared that her time as a Junior Ambassador has taught her about all the different jobs that need to be done to make the Chamber successful.

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 news from Town Hall.  Bids have been received for renovations on the Veterans Park tennis courts; the renovations will fix acknowledged surfacing and drainage problems.  A new subdivision was approved off Highway 51 near Queen’s Grant Community School; it will contain 83 single-family homes.  The new budget was approved, and Dalton was pleased to announce that the Town was able to incorporate funding for additional firefighters and police with a tax increase.  

This month’s Chamber Member Spotlight was Wil Lawson, also known as “Mint Hill Will” from State Farm.  When asked why he joined the Chamber, Lawson replied, “I believe in small towns, the idea of community, the idea of we are all better together and much more!”  Lawson is proud to boast 164 Google reviews that demonstrate why State Farm is Number 1 in auto, home and soon life insurance.  “We separate ourselves from the rest with WOW service!” said Lawson.

The opportunity to share member-to-member connections that positively impact our community is always a highlight of the Monthly Member Luncheon.  Tara Goodfellow (Athena Consultants, Inc) shared how Queen’s Grant High School was able to fully fund the fee of $350 to begin their “Best Buddies” program by selling tickets to raffle off items generously donated by Chick-fil-A.

Paige McKinney discussing the new Business of the Month award.
Paige McKinney discussing the new Business of the Month award.

McKinney also introduced the Chamber’s new Business of the Month Program.  This new program will honor one business monthly that actively and consistently strives to support the Chamber’s mission of promoting and collaborating with businesses to cultivate a growing and connected community.  The first Business of the Month recipient was Gary Wojciechowicz, owner of Tactical Pest & Termite Solutions.  We’ll have more information for you about the Business of the Month award in a future edition of The Mint Hill Times.

Lunch this month was provided by Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.  While members dined on deli sandwiches and house-made chips, Jasmine Richardson spoke about Chick-fil-A’s uniquely successful style of leadership.  Pick up a copy of next week’s Mint Hill Times to learn more about what makes Chick-fil-A such a great place to work and dine!

The next Monthly Member Luncheon will be held on June 21 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.  For more information on joining the Chamber of Commerce, visit 

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