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Tonia Stephenson Chamber Chat

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Are you as excited as I am about this weekend? Just in case you are asking yourself what is going on this weekend, it is our Chamber on the Half Shell Oyster Roast. We certainly don’t want to miss seeing you there, so I hope you have your tickets. If not, stop by the Chamber, Jerry’s Deli, or Harley’s Tuxedo and buy your tickets today. If you are someone — like I was before — and say that you don’t eat oysters; that is okay. We will also have shrimp and chicken wings and I don’t know anyone who won’t eat at least one of those. Freshness is so important to us that we wait until Saturday morning to pick up the oysters and shrimp. They are freshly obtained from the North Carolina coast, which makes them delicious.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door and it is all you can eat. If you can’t join us, you can buy a raffle ticket for $5 and have a chance at winning $1,000. What a great help that will be to someone for Christmas.

One thing that I have learned to count on since moving to Laurinburg is the great spirit of the people here who are willing to give of their time to make events successful. Our Oyster Roast is no different. We have some great people who we can just rely on to help and I appreciate each one of them. If you would like to volunteer, please call us, because we could certainly use your help.

This volunteer spirit in this community is probably one of the things I love most about living here. I was told before moving here that this community will rally and make things happen when it may seem impossible. I was a little skeptical when I was told this. I assumed I was being told something to put this community in a brighter light. I thought the people can’t be that much better than anywhere else in the world. However, this spirit has been demonstrated over and over since I’ve moved here.

A great volunteer base we have here in our county that we will take advantage of during the Oyster Roast is the students at St. Andrews University. These students provide help for many events around the area and they are such a great help. We are blessed in this community to not only have this wonderful educational institution, but each of the students on campus is a great blessing to our community as well.

This should be another fun and exciting week for Scotland County and I look forward to seeing you at the Oyster Roast on Saturday. Thank you for supporting your Chamber of Commerce and helping to make our community a little brighter.

Tonia Stephenson is president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce.

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