Metcalf achieves Honorary Lifetime chamber membership

By: Julie Daniels, communications coordinator on Feb 06, 2017

Jackson Chamber's Lisa Little, Kyle Spurgeon and Ben Ferguson, along with Susan Morris, Jackson Chamber Emissaries Chair; present Jim Metcalf, second from right, a check for Honorary Lifetime Member status.

Jackson Chamber Emissary Jim Metcalf was recently awarded an honorary lifetime chamber membership after having contacted over 1,000 chamber members in his more than 13 years of service to the emissaries.

The chamber’s emissaries is a group of volunteers that contacts the chamber’s large membership base, verifying contact information and reemphasizing the importance of their membership.

 Metcalf, who has lived in Jackson since 1998, loves to volunteer. Retired from Sonoco after more than 35 years as business systems manager, he currently works part time as a tax professional with H & R Block. Jim says that nothing is more important than family, and volunteering is his way of giving back to the community.

 “It is a privilege and an honor to be an emissary and to achieve this milestone,” says Metcalf. “Thank you to Sonoco for past support and H & R Block for letting me represent their organization in this role.”

Metcalf was joined by Katie Thompson, who helped plan this surprise to honor him. The celebration took place during a recent emissaries meeting at Picasso Bistro Pizzeria, with Jackson Chamber representatives also in attendance. He received a symbolic check, reading “Honorary Lifetime Member” from Susan Morris, emissaries chair; Jackson Chamber’s Lisa Little, vice president, membership development; Ben Ferguson, chairman of the board and Kyle Spurgeon, President/CEO. The chamber gave a $1,000 check to Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA), one of Jim’s favorite organizations. Lisa Tillman, executive director, accepted the check.

Metcalf was also given symbolic gifts in increments of 1,000 including calories, mints, Nerds candy, paper clips, Post-it notes, 1,000 watts of light bulbs, and 1,000 feet of Gorilla Tape and adding machine tape.

“Jim has done a remarkable job over the past 13 years connecting with over 1,000 chamber members,” says Little. “He continues to be an asset to our team, and we truly appreciate the work he does for the community through the chamber.”

“I look forward to continuing my role as emissary as well as looking for additional opportunities to volunteer in the community,” says Metcalf.

Topping off the celebration, Jim received the emissary bell from Susan Morris, last year’s chair of the emissaries. Metcalf, having served previously as chair of the group, will act as the 2017 emissaries chair. 

Ben Ferguson, Ryan Porter, and Jim Metcalf present a $1,000 check from Jackson Chamber to RIFA's Lisa Tillman. Kyle Spurgeon congratulates Jim with an award.
Jim receives 1,000 watts of light bulbs for his accomplishment. Jim receives 1,000 feet of adding machine tape along with other various gifts for his achievement.

Katie Thompson and Jim Metcalf. Jim receives 1,000 paper clips.
Who wants cake? Accepting the bell and becoming the next emissaires chair.

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