Whether it’s your anniversary, birthday, number of years in business, class reunion or a special event, 90 years is a long time and should be celebrated.
The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce will reach another milestone in September 2014 with 90 years as a chartered chamber of commerce, and we are going to celebrate.
This is quite an accomplishment and many years of memories. Beginning Sept. 5, 1924, when 60 business people made the decision that their communities needed a business organization that could work toward the betterment of their business and industry, the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce was chartered.
The first office was upstairs in the Arcade on the Lebanon Square, at that time, a very important location in the center of all activity. A few office moves through the years and now a permanent resting place located two doors down from the Arcade, the chamber is still the center of activity.
The chamber has played an integral part of the history of Lebanon and Wilson County. Reading prior board minutes, you will find facts regarding discussions on roads, revitalization of the downtown square, recruitment of business and industry, quality education and whether Lebanon should have Christmas lights on the square. All were topics in board meetings that involved many great community leaders with an eye for the betterment of their communities. History continues to repeat itself as the years passed and changes were inevitable.
Today, we continue to have discussions on improved roads, downtown revitalization, better education, quality of life and whether the Christmas lights should go up prior to Thanksgiving.
Ninety years is a time to celebrate, and the chamber has plans to do just that in 2014. The year will begin with the Chamber Annual Banquet on Feb. 6 at the Capitol Theatre. Highlights from the past, the present and a look into the future will be presented to all who attend. The celebration will continue in the months ahead with exciting announcements throughout the year.
To all the about 1,000 members of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, we say thank you for your commitment, dedication and continued support. As a member of the chamber, you are the backbone of the organization, and we ask you to join us this year as we stand with pride and say, “thank you” to the original 60 members that saw the need for a community organization that could work together to make Lebanon and Wilson County a better place to work, live and raise a family.
Sue Vanatta is president of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.