The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) of November 9, 2021, honored our nation’s Veterans with Commanding General of Fort Jackson, Brigadier General Patrick Michaelis as our guest speaker for our Monthly Breakfast Meeting who addressed the 65 attendees to this event at Doko Manor.

Many thanks to Brigadier General Michaelis for his taking time to come to Blythewood and his inspiring comments on current events at Fort Jackson and the significance of the Blythewood community to Fort Jackson as well as that of today’s modern military.

Pictured below are (left to right) Bonnie Michaelis, Brigadier General Michaelis, the General’s Administrative Assistant Ann Byrum, and the General’s Aide, Captain Meredith Piro.

Also featured on this month’s agenda was the unveiling of the limited edition of 40 commemorative prints, entitled “Christmas Remembered”, prepared by local artist Harold Branham for the 25th anniversary of the Town of Blythewood Christmas Parade which is to be held on December 12, 2021, by Chamber Chairman Mike Ross.

Up Close photo of the “Christmas Remembered” print.

Unveiling of the “Christmas Remembered” print.

An emotional moment occurred as Chairman Ross presented Print # 1 to Cara Raines Kaiser, the daughter of Billy and Carolyn Raines who were the founders of the Blythewood Christmas Parade in 1996.

Presentation of Print # 1.

The Raines family has been selected by the Chamber’s Christmas Parade Committee as the Grand Marshal for this year’s 25th anniversary.

The print is being offered as part of the 2021 Blythewood Christmas Parade Platinum Sponsorship with the net proceeds of this sponsorship to be applied to the GBCC annual scholarship fund providing scholarship monies to local high school seniors selected by the GBCC Scholarship Committee.

Should you wish to purchase one of the few remaining Platinum Sponorships you may do so by contacting the Chamber at [email protected] or by completing and returning the following  Sponsor Form 2021 to the Chamber.

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