GREENBRIER — The Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce treated more than 75 people to a barbecue dinner and the chance to meet, greet and question nominees for the 2011 board elections.  

A large crowd attended, as the eight candidates, political leaders, church leaders and business leaders gathered in the Fellowship Hall at Greenbrier City Hall to get to know one another.

The election ballots are being sent by all Chamber members to HomeBank by Friday to be tallied. The four candidates with the majority vote will stand in as advisory positions from September through December and take full Board position Jan. 1.  

Candidates nominated for office are: Reita Johnson, owner, Daisy A Day Florist; Charlotte Nick, First Service Bank, Greenbrier; Audreya Parks, Lenders Title Company, Greenbrier; Rhonda Rowlett, owner, Rowlett Realty, Inc., Greenbrier; Todd Ryals, Centennial Bank, Conway; Scott Spainhour, superintendent of Greenbrier Public Schools; and Robert Zeiler, Chesapeake Energy, Central Arkansas.

The current Board members are: Jon Patrom, president; Barbara Lorenz, vice president; Shawn Johnston, treasurer; Treva Branscum, secretary; Sammy Joe Hartwick; Donna Spears; Christopher Rister; Jessie Hartsfield and Melton Cotton.  

Retiring members are Jon Patrom, Barbara Lorenz, Shawn Johnston, and Sammy Joe Hartwick.

Amie Regester, executive director, said, "We intend to get a master plan working for Greenbrier to focus regionally, not just on our city. We must rally together to help this ‘bedroom community’ continue to grow as a place of safety, security, and peace."  

She further stated, "Economic development and education are the two main reasons communities grow and we have it all right here. We have great potential as a whole if all of our parts work progressively together."

Paul and Trish West of Burnin’ to Please Slow Smoke & Bar-B-Q catered the food with barbecue pork and chicken, baked beans, rice, cole slaw and drinks.