The world's first Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseille, France. The first English speaking Chamber was founded in New York City in 1768. Throughout the years, the goal of chambers has been the same - to further the interests of local businesses and to help and learn from each other. Our Chamber is happy to follow in that rich and important tradition!

Congratulations to the following winners in our 2019 Chamber Golf Classic: Planter's Bank - 1st Place, the Mickey Walker team - 2nd Place, The Hemp Brothers - 3rd Place, Herring Construction - 7th Place, and the Akridge/Tom Simpson team - 12th Place. Thanks to the seventeen teams that participated in this year's tournament.

Also a special thanks to the following Event Sponsors: Farmer's Bank - Eagle Sponsor, Bayview Properties/Springs Subdivision - Birdie Sponsor, First Southern Bank - Lunch Sponsor, Willow Pond - Ice Towel Sponsor, Sky Tracker, Hydro-Gear, and Lake Barkley Partnership - Beverage/Snack Cart Sponsors, Barkley Hudson/State Farm Insurance - Apple Barrel Sponsor, and Atmos Energy and Fredonia Valley Bank - Hole in One Sponsors.

We would also like to thank the 27 individual Hole Sponsors, the eighteen Prize Sponsors, and the 10 Goodie Bag Sponsors.

One of the Goodie Bag gifts that surprised almost all of our players was a gift certificate entitling them to a free round of golf at Mineral Mound Golf Course.

And finally, we would like to thank our 20 or so Ambassadors who volunteered their time to help make this event a major success along with Saratoga United Methodist Church, the Staff at Mineral Mound Golf Course, and Food Giant.

Along with our tournament, we had a ribbon cutting to recognize the re-opening of Mineral Mound Golf Course with their new greens and course manager, Chris Cary.

The property that the golf course sits on was once the farm of Willis B. Machen, grandfather of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. It's not hard to imagine the serene, Gatsby-style era from this park, with idyllic days of playing golf and cruising the lake.

Just a reminder that the Hope Food Bank needs can goods. You may drop off donations at the Food Bank located in the old jail building across from the Lyon County Sheriff's Office in Eddyville.

They are also in need of volunteers if you happen to have a few hours per month (or more) that you would like to donate.

We would also like to welcome our newest Chamber member, Kentucky Utilities. If you, too, would like to become a member or learn more, contact our Executive Director Deb Domke at 270-388-4769.