The Wrightsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting on February 12th at the First United Methodist Church Social Hall with a full crowd of attendees. Speaker for the event was hometown boy, Loran Smith, Executive Secretary of UGA’s Bulldog Club.
Georgia Bulldogs Athletic News says the following about Loran: “There may be no more versatile staff member at the University of Georgia Athletic Association than Loran Smith.
“The former long time executive secretary of the Georgia Bulldog Club and 1959 Bulldog track MVP and 1960 captain has been an important building block of what has become one of the nation’s top athletic programs.
“Smith has spent most of his professional life at UGA after graduation and during that time has held positions as Assistant Sports Information Director, Business Manager, and Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club, and member of the Athletic Association Development Office.
“He’s also served as executive producer of the football coach’s television show, packager of the game radio broadcasts, host of the Mark Richt post-game locker room show, and sideline reporter during the games. He still serves as co-host of the pre-game Tailgate Show.
“A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith is a past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997. Smith is a former publicity director of the Coaches All-America game and former Secretary of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association and Executive Director of the Georgia High School All-Star games. He is married to the former Myrna Warren of Covington, Ga., and they have two children, Camille and Kent, both graduates of the University of Georgia. They have four grandchildren.”
In addition to a tasty meal served by Teresa’s Catering the Chamber voted two new members to their board: Michael Harrison and Penny Foskey. During the business meeting, George Milligan presented Donnie Sweat of Sweats and Associates with the distinctive honor of Chamber Member of the Year.