Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, 17 West Fort Williams, Sylacauga, Alabama 35150, Phone 256-249-0308, Fax 256-249-0315
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Ambassador Program

2012-2013 Photos
Ambassador Graduation Class 2012-2013

The Ambassador graduation was held on May, 15, 2013. The Ambassador Program is for Juniors and Seniors from BB Comer HS, Fayetteville HS and Sylacauga HS. Pictured on front row: Darlesha Deyampert, Kaitlyn Higginbotham, Carol Bates- Executive Director, Melissa Huynh, Mary Kelly Cantrell, and Cameron Owsley. Back Row: Mackenzie Wilkinson, Maya Williams, Levi Stone, Aja Miller and Alex Dodson. This year Aja Miller was the recipient of the Ambassador Scholarship. Aja participated in the program for two years and had the most cumulative hours worked. Congratulations to all!!

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Policies and Procedures

The Sylacauga Chamber Ambassador Program is an opportunity for young women and men to become a part of the business community by being exposed to programs of the Chamber that will give them insight into responsibilities and requirements of a corporate citizen. They will assist at special functions and various events, as requested by the Chamber.

They will provide Chamber administrative support at least two (2) hours a month for mail outs, assisting with administrative duties and Chamber events, i.e. Orientation, Christmas Parade and Holiday Open House, Decorating Contest, Santa Village, Spring Open House, Marble Festival, Community of Promise, Health Expo, Fishing Rodeo and special projects including the chamber scrapbook, new member/relocation/commercial prospect packets, administrative duties, mail-outs, etc.

  1. This program shall be referred to as the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program (herein after referred to as the program), and shall be administered by staff of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, with the Membership Coordinator having oversight responsibilities.
  2. This program will be open to participants attending school in South Talladega or Northern Coosa County: Sylacauga High School, B. B. Comer High School, Childersburg High School, Coosa Central, Fayetteville High School, and Coosa Valley Academy. Participants can be male or female who are rising juniors or seniors for the upcoming school year.
  3. The following criteria are deemed necessary to apply to the program:
    A.Cumulative scholastic average, expressed in a numerical scale, of at least 80. This must be certified in writing by the applicant's principal, headmaster, headmistress, guidance counselor, or registrar.
    B.Letter of reference from school principal, teacher or counselor.
    C.Letter of reference from a Chamber member must be attached with information sheet.
    D.D. Involvement in extra-curricular activities, while not required, is highly recommended for applicants.
    E.Applicants must be free of parental or marital obligations.
  4. Selection process

    All positions in the program will be selected each new program year, which is defined from June 1st until May 31st of the year following the selection.

    The selection will occur in the month of April, and is governed by the following regulations:

    A.An interview process will determine those selected to the program. Judges selected by the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program Committee, and who possess, in the judgment of the Committee, appropriate business and public relations background, will conduct this interview process.
    B.Each interview will consist of questions asked by the judges. The criteria to be used to determine the selection of program participants will include:
      a. The manner and ease in which the applicant deals with people
    b. The content of the answers.
    c. The application.
    C.Any questions concerning the selection of Ambassador participants shall be directed to the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program Committee.
  5. Participation

Upon selection to the program, each participant shall be required to purchase certain articles of clothing (shirt) as determined by the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program Committee to be used as a uniform. The cost of these articles is the responsibility of the Ambassador participant. The Chamber will also be responsible for purchasing a nametag; if lost or misplaced, replacement is also the responsibility of the participant.

Upon selection to the program, each participant must maintain a scholastic average equivalent to 80 on (numerical expression) to remain in the program. These grades will be monitored on a semester basis. If the average falls below 80, the participant will be removed from the program, pending review of grades at the end of the following immediate grading period.

Upon selection to the program, each participant is expected to maintain high standards of personal ethics. Any incident, which comes to the attention of the Ambassador Program Committee, and is deemed to be inappropriate or detrimental to the good name of programs of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, and upon review and recommendation of the Ambassador Program Committee, will result in dismissal from the program. This will include, but is not limited to, the advent of parental or marital obligations.

Established Chamber functions will be assigned at the beginning of each program year. Each participant will be required to attend all scheduled Ambassador Orientation Programs. Scheduling of events for Ambassador participation will be the responsibility of the Administrative Assistant and Executive Director. Each Ambassador member is required to obtain his or her own replacement Ambassador if unable to participate in a scheduled event.

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Exceptions will be made in case of illness or other extreme cases, at the discretion of the Administrative Assistant and/or Executive Director. Each Ambassador must sign in and attend all scheduled meetings. Each Ambassador is required to work a minimum of two hours per month in order to graduate from the Ambassador program and receive recommendations for college and jobs from the staff and committee.

This program is open, regardless of race, creed, religion, or national origin, to those who qualify under the above listed age and academic requirements.

Carol Emlich-Bates
Executive Director
Teresa Garrett
Office Manager
Ann Gwathney
Membership/Project Coordinator