Group plans to add members
by Ali Drake
In Union County, the Junior Chamber of Commerce is back in action. Known as the Jaycee’s, the members are busy planning fundraising events and networking with other local businesses.
“We just started back up,” Tripp Melton, a commercial real estate agent with Walt Perry Realty, said. “We’re trying to get a core group together.”
According to Melton, the Jaycees used to be a large group that worked for the community while allowing young business people (ages 21 to 41), the opportunity to network. “A lot of them aged out,” he said, explaining the need to rebuild the group.
Board meetings for the Jaycees are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2815 Walkup Avenue in the UDI building in Monroe. They’re currently working a website, but for now, to get more information, email UnionCountyJaycees@gmail.com.
The main event being positioned currently by the Jaycees is Shaggin’ in the Trail. All proceeds will go to Hometown Heroes, an organization that helps families with terminally ill children. This will be the second event the Jaycees have organized this year to benefit the Hometown Heroes, and, “we’re hoping to use the event in Indian Trail to get our name out there,” said Melton.
Originally, the event was scheduled for August 27, but in deference to the potential danger of Hurricane Irene, it will be rescheduled for mid October. There will be beach music from several bands, food vendors, and between 20 and 25 business vendors. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for a couple if purchased in advance and $20 at the gate, and are available at Bonfire Bar and Grill or by emailing UnionCountyJaycees@gmail.com.