Proudly serving Davisboro, Deepstep, Harrison, Oconee, Riddleville, Sandersville, Tennille, and Warthen
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1956 with Howard Sheppard as president and Cecil Hall as secretary. Emory Garner was the first executive secretary. The Chamber is governed by 15 elected directors who serve 3-year terms. From these directors, a chair and a vice-chair are elected. Directors are elected from the membership except for an unexpired term which is filled by appointment by the board. Ex-officio board members include Mayor of Sandersville, Mayor of Tennille, Chairman of WaCo Development Authority, Chairman of WaCo Board of Commissioners, President of Oconee Fall Line Technical College and the Chamber past chair and Chairman of the WaCo School Board. Up to three new directors may be appointed by the Chairman. A full-time president, vice president, and administrative assistant are retained by the chamber.
The Chamber of Commerce is providing the leadership necessary for the growth and development of all East Central Georgia. Local citizens are eager to provide opportunities and to meet challenges that will provide an even brighter future for themselves and those who follow. A willing and abundant workforce in a non-union environment is supported by a network of county and city governments working hand-in-hand to ensure the continuation of this good life.
Past Board Chairman
Howard Sheppard Clyde K. Wright
Robert W. Morris Charles Lee
Walter C. McMillan Otis Smith
Osgood Bateman, DVM Chris F. Irwin III
Cecil Hodges Marc Sack
Thomas Hutcheson Joe Giddens*
Herbert McCaskill, Jr. Randy Mayberry
Oliver Wilson Don Thigpen
John Holder Smith * Charles K. Tarbutton
Earl Bivings Bobby Garner
Wilson Stone* Hugh M. Tarbutton, Jr.
Howard Sheppard Charles H. Jordan
Maurice Friedman Allen M. Hodges
John Atkinson* Eddie R. Moye
1973 – 1974 1998
Larry Mathis Derek Spry
Wilmont B. Ouzts Ben Tarbutton III
Miss Augusta Lawson Joy Norris
Earl Bivings Roy Dixon*
Wilson Stone* Tony Veal
Robert W. Wynne Harlan Archer
Carl Forrester Mike Franklin
Sanders G. Mercer, Jr.
*DeceasedWithout community service, we would not have a strong quality of life….It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop. Dr. Dorothy I. Height