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Bowles featured speaker at annual chamber meeting

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By Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce

The 52nd annual meeting of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 10 will feature keynote speaker Crandall Bowles, former chief executive officer of Springs Global, U.S.

The event will be held at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception preceding the dinner meeting.

Bowles now serves as chairwoman of Springs Industries Inc. and Springs Window Fashions. She retired from Springs Global earlier this year.

Bowles joined Springs Industries as executive vice president in 1992, and was named chairwoman in 1998. Prior to 1992, she served as president of The Springs Co., and is its current chairwoman.

Bowles received her bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College and earned her master's degree in business administration from Columbia University.

She serves on the boards of J.P. Morgan Chase and Co., Deere and Co., the African Wildlife Foundation and the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health.

Along with the traditional introduction of the chamber's 2008 officers and board members, incoming chairman Jay Rainey will recognize the work of Tim Hallman, who has served as chairman of the chamber for the past two years.

Retiring officers and board members will also be honored for their service to the chamber during the meeting.

The recipients of the Lancaster County Volunteer of the Year, Small Business of the Year and the Citizenship and Service Award will be honored at the meeting.

One popular feature that will return this year is the silent and live auctions that began several years ago.

"We are excited about this year's auction, which will feature one-of-a-kind memorabilia from Springs Industries dating back to the 1930s and 1940s," said Jay Rainey. "Complementing the Springs' items will be other items of interest that should provide everyone the opportunity to participate in the auctions."

All chamber members have received information and ticket reservation forms regarding the annual meeting, and members are encouraged to be a part of this special event. Please make reservations by Friday. For details, call the chamber office at 283-4105.