The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Tuesday, October 23rd, Day 181 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
A couple of weeks ago, the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Dinner. The Chamber began as a National Organization, the US Chamber of Commerce, in 1912. Since then it has become a tiered organization (i.e. National, State and Local) with State Chambers in every State; Local Chambers in every County; and most medium and large Municipalities in the US, as well as 115 Chambers in 108 Countries around the world. Each tier tends to focus on lobbying and advocacy for business at its tier level. The Chamber has become the largest lobbying entity in the US typically out spending the next higher spender by two to three to one.
Since the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce is a local Chamber, it tends to focus on supporting, promoting and advocating for its Hamilton County Members. One of its themes has been to encourage everyone and every business to support local businesses by purchasing their products and services – a noble mission. Once a year, the Chamber convenes for an Annual Chamber Dinner to Celebrate its progress over the past year and to recognize outstanding achievements by some of Hamilton County Businesses. According to a copy of the Chamber’s official program, obtained by the “Watch”, its goals for this year’s dinner were much the same.
The Hamilton County Chamber’s Board includes “Cousin” Susan, President and the Red-face Ratt, Secretary/Treasurer, among others. As expected, the Ratt always wants his hand in the cash box. If there’s money to be had, the Ratt wants his share and more. As noted above, the Hamilton County Chamber urges everyone and every business to support local businesses. But this appears to be nothing more than hypocritical hogwash.
According to the official program, the evening entertainment was imported from Jacksonville; the guest speaker was imported from Atlanta, Georgia; and dinner was imported from Valdosta, Georgia.
Come-on Chamber! You can do better than that. Hamilton County has great entertainers and great food service. You should be supporting them. It’s what you urge everyone else to do. Hamilton County also has a number of great speakers, but apparently they weren’t approached. And then there were the awards.
This year, there were awards for “Business of the Year”, Non-Profit of the Year and an “Individual of the Year” from each of Jasper, Jennings and White Springs. While the Chamber was fawning over or drooling on each other, most of the awards were deserved. However one knows what nepotism means to the Ratt.
As you are aware, at the Hamilton County Nepotism Authority, “Cousin” Susan has her position as Executive Director of the Authority because she’s the love interest of the son of one of its Board Members. And the Ratt was given his position as the Authority’s attorney by Aunt Mary Lou. Let’s just say, there couldn’t have been more nepotism involved in the White Springs Individual of the Year award, if you wanted it (more in a later “Watch”)
Okay, Hamilton County Chamber, how would you grade your performance for supporting Hamilton County business products and services during your Annual Chamber Dinner this year. Looks like a big ZERO. And, residents wonder why Hamilton County has Challenges. Apparently, that’s the way the “Cousins” want it.
If you want change, you need to get involved. Start by cleaning up drugs, bribes, embezzlement, fraud, pedophilia, nepiophilia, ephebophilia, nepotism, retaliation, and other corrupt activities County-wide. Team with the FBI office in Jacksonville (904) 248-7000. It’s a symbiotic relationship that will benefit everyone in Hamilton County.