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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Pre-Legislative Session Luncheon

* When: Noon Dec. 18

* Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd.

* Cost: $15 for chamber members; $30 for non-members

* Register online at

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Pre-Legislative Session Luncheon at noon Dec. 18.

The event will be held at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., in conjunction with the weekly meeting of the South Forsyth Rotary Club.

The cost, which includes a catered lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $30 for non-members.

Laura Stewart, the chamber’s director of communications and events, said the luncheon is always a popular event.

“We typically have a pretty large crowd and we already have a good number of folks signed up, so it’s usually one that people are pretty interested in,” she said. “We’re expecting close to 150 folks to attend.”

The event is scheduled to feature six members of Forsyth County’s state legislative delegation. They include state Sens. Jack Murphy and Steve Gooch; and state Reps. Mark Hamilton, Mike Dudgeon, Geoff Duncan and Kevin Tanner.

According to Stewart, this year’s luncheon will offer guests a new and different format.

“Our title sponsor for the event is AT&T and they have done this event for us for quite some time now,” she said. “One thing we discussed with them was really trying to let the event be a chance for people to ask questions and find out answers to what they’re really seeking.

“So we’re going to dedicate the majority of the event to question-and-answer time. With a little nod to AT&T and mobile technology, we’re actually going to provide people with a text line during the event to text their questions in.”

Anyone interested in attending should register online at by 5 p.m. Monday.

Stewart noted that South Forsyth Rotary members don’t need to sign up, though everyone else — including members of other Rotary clubs — should do so.

“We always try to communicate that everyone needs to register through us except for the South Forsyth Rotary members,” she said. “Sometimes Rotary folks from other clubs don’t realize they need to register through us, but that would help us with our [catering] numbers.”