By Katy Mena
Community News Writer
Change was all the rage at the recent Red Bank Council of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting place itself seemed to start the transition trend, as the Chamber Council celebrated its first week at its new Ambiance location. Food was next on the metamorphosis menu, with Moss Place II kicking off the monthly catering trend, which will continue monthly featuring food from different area restaurants.
As attendees munched on fried chicken and mashed potatoes in their new digs, they soaked up information about the changes happening around the Red Bank area. City Manager Chris Dorsey discussed the progress with the new Bi-Lo, which seems to be going swimmingly. Bud Brown gave a quick update on another big change in the area —; the addition of the new Wal-Mart, which is set to take place this September.
Recent Red Bank High School graduates Natasha Betancourt and Josh Cochran then took the stage to reap one of the biggest benefits of heading off to college. Both exemplary students, Natasha and Josh were each presented with checks from the Chamber to go toward their college funds.
Once the cash moved out, the speaker of the afternoon moved in. A senior communication coach with TLC, Talk Listen Communicate, LLC, Vincent Ivan Phillips stayed in perfect character as he communicated with the audience, emphasizing the importance of listening and talking with others. Sticking to a strictly comedic agenda, Mr. Phillips entertained while he educated, a tactic he felt quite effective while speaking. “If I can make you laugh, I can make you listen. If I can make you listen, I can make you learn. If I can make you learn, I can make you change,” he said. Laugh, the audience did, and change, maybe so. It seemed to be the theme of the day, after all.
Following Mr. Price’s song-and-dance, a very jovial Chamber group prepared to adjourn, but not before honoring the royalty in the audience.To bid adieu to Miss Red Bank, Ashley Steele, before she heads off to Lee University in the fall, Teri Pendergrass from Computer Man presented Ashley with a laptop courtesy of the store and the Chamber Council.
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