Natives Beverly Adams and April Wall Wood took their new jobs with the Garner Chamber of Commerce for the same reason.
They are both Garner natives, Garner High graduates and have an unquenchable love of their community.
“They are products of our community,” said chamber president Neal Padgett, a Garner native himself. “They love our town and want to help it prosper. They come to these jobs with a great love for Garner.”
Both immediately were immersed in chamber events.
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In their first week on the job, Wall was working on the upcoming Taste of Garner and chamber raffle while Adams was arranging for the speaker of the chamber’s annual Women’s Conference.
Wood was a teacher at Garner Senior High before operating ABC Sanitation for last 15 years. After she and her husband sold the business, she contacted the chamber about being involved there.
She said she looks forward to working closely with chamber members. One role of the chamber is for members to develop connections with each other. Another role is to share information.
“It is difficult for anyone to keep up with all of the meetings that effect small businesses,” she said. “Our businesses are impacted by policies on the town, state and national levels.
“We want to keep our members informed of what is happening in the business world.”
Adams, the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner award winner, worked in state government for 46 years, 37 at the North Carolina legislature. She retired on Dec. 31 and started at the chamber on the next Monday.
“I’m a person that likes routine,” she said. “I want to know what I’m doing that day. I wasn’t ready to retire – although I had a friend who said I’ve never given it a try.
“I have been involved in chamber events in the past and I enjoyed that. I really enjoy interacting with other people and planning events. I’m excited to be here.”
Adams has been a volunteer for the chamber’s Broadway Voices, a concert series that features the top stars from Broadway in concert at the Garner Performing Arts Center.
The next concert is Jan. 30 and features Hugh Panaro, who has performed the Broadway lead in Phantom of the Opera more than 2,000 times.
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