The Brown County Chamber of Commerce met Sept. 15 at the office of the Brown County Board of Developmental Disabilities at the fairgrounds.
The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of a special plaque of appreciation to associate relations managers from the Kroger, Angela Dallas and Tammy Hatfield.
Robert Hatcher, Transition/MUI Coordinator for the Brown County BODD made the presentation to Kroger for their active participation in hiring three adults with disabilities in their store.
“We are proud to be making this presentation to the Mt. Orab Kroger store for their continued help in getting jobs for these individuals with disabilities,” Hatcher said. “There are currently three individuals employed by Kroger and I understand a fourth one will begin working there in a couple of weeks.
“I want to publically thank the Kroger store for what they’re doing to help with this employment program.”
After accepting the plaque, Hatfield said, “It’s truely an honor to employ these kids. Our newest employee is one of my hirings and I’m very passionate about her, she’s a good girl.”
Hatcher told members of the chamber that adults with disabilities are loyal, they rarely miss work, they are hard working and dedicated employees. He said that these employees don’t take their jobs for granted.
“I think maybe most of us feel like we’re entitled to have a job,” Hatcher said, “That’s all we’ve experienced all our lives. But when these employees get their first job, and they receive that pay check for the first time, it is a blessing to see, and experience.”
In other actions at the chamber meeting, president of the chamber Brian Elliott told those in attendance he is looking to fill chairs for the economic development committee, the communications on public relations committee and the workforce development committee.
Elliott reminded chamber members that there were still several booths available at this year’s Brown County Fair. He also mentioned the upcoming Nov. 5 Reverse Raffle and that tickets are now available.
Laura Wood with the Brown County 4-H Junior Leaders spoke briefly about a new event at this year’s fair that would include a daily one mile walk around the fairgrounds.
Former Brown County Commissioner, and current candidate for commissioner, Ralph Jennings spoke briefly during the round-table event at the meeting and reminded everyone that it is now harvest season and be careful of large, heavy farm equipment moving from place to place on the roads.
Guest speaker at the meeting was Sarah Ghee with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati which covers Brown County.
Ghee talked at length about all the changes that have occurred within United Way, the Success by 6 program, the Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative and the many requests received for assistance from Brown County including a mental health hotline, food, a homeless shelters and help with rent.
The next Brown County Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Oct. 20 at the Country Inn in Mt. Orab.