Eggs and Issues: Tuskegee Chamber

This blog, entitled Eggs and Issues: Tuskegee Chamber differentiates the breakfast hosted by the Tuskegee Chamber on February 22, 2018 from the Eggs and Issues Breakfast sponsored by the Montgomery Chamber. Both events were significant to Tuskegee. They happened on the same day at the exact same time.

Turnout at the event was excellent

The Eggs and Issues Breakfast Forum, which was held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, attracted a crowd that took up every inch of space in the room. With Chamber President Loretta Alexander serving as Mistress of Ceremonies, the event ran smoothly and was pleasantly enjoyable.

Many Chamber members attended along with elected officials and candidates running for office, Tuskegee University faculty and staff, school board members and many others including John Yim, the new owner of the former Calhoun’s Grocery Store building.

(ECHOboom blogger, Ka’Mya Robinson interviewed Mr. Yim and we will share her article about this new Tuskegee business owner in the near future.)  

After the welcome message,  Joyce German kept everyone in tune with “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  Dr. Walter Hill  introduced Tuskegee University Interim President, Dr. Charlotte Morris describing her as “Three Times a Lady,” invoking memories of Tuskegee University graduate Lionel Richie, who is now a superstar entertainer.

Dr. Morris delivered a speech entitled “Freedom Requires Action.” She talked about how important it is to vote in our community. Her remarks were compelling and thought provoking.

After the speech, raffle drawings resulted in five guests walking away with the following gifts:  $25 gift card,  travel drive, computer tablet, floral arrangement and a wreath thar celebrated Tuskegee University.

Allen “BoBo” O’Rourke was the lucky ticket holder and the wreath   has found a permanent home at Tiger Pause Deli, the business he co-owns with his wife, Beverly.

The Eggs and Issues Breakfast Forum also surprised Dr. Morris with a rousing “Happy Birthday” moment that included a lovely birthday cake presented by Phyllis Alston.  The program ended with Joyce German resuming her role as musical director while everyone sang the Tuskegee University song.

If you missed the forum you missed a great event, so be sure to grab your seat and a plate the next time Eggs and Issues are offered.