The Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce board previewed upcoming events at its monthly meeting Tuesday, which included the annual adult spelling bee and legislative breakfast, networking luncheon and business after hours events.
The adult spelling bee, which last year raised $11,000 for the chamber and for Lincoln County Schools Education Foundation, is scheduled for March 22. Some 37 teams participated last year.
Businesses, industry, civic clubs churches and schools are invited to participate. The entry fee is $100 but the most of the money raised by the event comes from the $25 â€œbuy-backâ€ teams make to stay in the competition after they misspell a word.
Past support has helped the education foundation purchase $20,000 in technological equipment for schools and funded $10,000 worth of innovative teaching grants annually.
Deadline for entries is Feb. 25.
A networking luncheon will be held at Lincoln Country Club next Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Miller Sherrill Blake CPA, Curves of Lincolnton and The Success Linc Inc. Ralph Durham of the N.C. Department of Labor Office will speak on the stateâ€™s wage and hour laws.
On Thursday evening a Business After Hours will be held at Herbert Performance Parts from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The legislative breakfast is scheduled March 14 at First Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. It usually features dialogue between chamber members and elected officials representing Lincoln County
The chamber will also host it Minority Outreach Program Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Comfort Inn in Lincolnton. Chamber officials seek to recruit minority members of the business community through the program..
For further information about chamber activities, call 704-735-3096.
by Al Dozier