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Chamber Insights: November 2007 Complete

In this issue:
  • President's Message
  • Corporate Sponsor, Duo-County Telecom & Bluegrass Cellular
  • Some facts about Duo-County, by Eric West
  • Welcome new members
  • Chamber meetings
  • Chamber Christmas Party, December 3, 2007
  • Holiday Shopping in Adair County
  • December, Just around the Corner
  • Charities are part of commerce
  • Ten Best Practices of Savvy Donors
  • Obesity, State by State rankings
  • Free KY Roadside assistance

November 2007
Welcome to Chamber Insights, the monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

Editor: Sue Stivers, Executive Director

Feature writers: Darrell Overstreet, Vonnie Kolbenschlag

The purpose of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is to Promote and Enhance the Business, Cultural, Educational and Civic Well Being of Columbia and Adair County.

Thought of the Month

At an inner city soup kitchen, a young woman was serving meals to guests. It was her very first day and she was nervous and unsure of how to behave around the poor, the indigent, and the homeless people she had never seen before.

Coming from a middle class neighbor hood, she felt she had nothing in common with them, that she had nothing to offer.

As one man was moving past her, she noticed that he had missed his bread portion. She reached out and touched his arm. The man was old and had his head hung low. When he turned, the young woman saw that he was crying. Concerned, she asked if she had hurt him. The man, tears streaming down his face replied, No, you are the first person who has touched me in several years.

Wont you reach out and touch someone? Give someone a hug during this holiday season. It may be the best gift they receive and it cost you nothingIn return, you will be blessed.

Presidents Message

This is the Chambers 50th Anniversary and we have just experienced the November monthly meeting with Richard Phelps giving a tremendous power point presentation of the last 50 years of Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Richard has spent many hours researching information in order to put together this presentation. I want to personally express my appreciation to Richard for all his work and commitment to this program.

It was exciting to learn and to remember where we have been, but as Richard reminded us that now we forge on to the future. Richard discussed with us where our community is today and all the positive things we are currently experiencing and by looking at the past we are excited about the future of Columbia and Adair County.

Christmas in Columbia is just around the corner, being December 1st and 2nd. David Johnston and his committee have lots of activities planned for the whole family.

I invite everyone to come out and take part in the activities and dont forget the parade on Saturday night.

The activities of December continue on Monday Night, December 3rd with the Chamber Christmas Party at Lindsey Wilson College, Cranmer Dining Center.

This will be a great time to at and enjoy fellowship with other members. Also, please keep in mind that Donna Stotts will be installed as the new Chamber President along with new Board Members. Please put these dates on your calendar and share these times with us.

During this busy time of the year, we want to continue to remember that, Columbia, Kentucky, A Great Place To Call Home.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

A special Thank You to Duo-County Telecom & Bluegrass Cellular for being the Corporate Sponsor of the Month. We appreciate them being a part of our Community and for the improved TV Cable system, internet, cell phone service, etc.

The office is located at 706 Russell Road in Columbia and can be reached by calling 378-4141.

They provided calendars, mugs and mouse pads to those in attendance. Duo-County Telecom & Bluegrass Cellular also provided 3 nice door prizes. The winners were: Margaret Sparks, Dr. Ronald Rogers and George Keltner.

The Chamber, celebrating their 50th year as a chartered Chamber, was happy to have Mr. Bill Magruder, Executive Vice President and CEO as corporate sponsor speaker.

Some Facts About Duo-County Telecom/Bluegrass Cellular

By Eric West, Director of Marketing, Duo-County Telecom

Duo-County Telecom (otherwise know as Duo-County Telephone) was established in May, 1954 and is also celebrating over 50 years of service to the surrounding communities as is the Adair County Chamber serving both Adair and the city of Columbia.

After many years of providing the highest quality of telephone and customer service, the cooperative decided to start offering new services while providing the same high quality customer service to its members.

New services such as wireless (cellular) services were introduced to the area by establishing a company.that company was Bluegrass Cellular in 1990. Duo-County as a partner/owner with other Kentucky Telephone companies was the first to bring this type of service to this area and continue to expand and enhance services.

Soon after that we introduced Dial Up Internet services long before anyone else which then lead to High Speed Internet services. But most recently cable TV was added to our suite of services by acquiring the Charter networks in both Russell and Adair Counties.

Last year started a very important phase in our operation for Adair County/Columbia. By acquiring the cable TV network that enabled Duo-County Telecom to partner once again with our sister company to place a retail location in Columbia to better serve the community and prepare for launching new services on the network (once upgraded) such as High Definition TV, High Speed Internet and NOW Voice!

We call it a Triple Play but with our partner Bluegrass Cellular we have a HOME RUN!!

Voice Video Internet Wireless ALL at ONE Location served with the highest level of customer service.

Bluegrass Cellular service has been the leader for coverage, customer service and technology offering the latest in smart phones so we can stay on the go and still stay productive. We offer great corporate structure to handle large companies as well as the personal touch for the business that only need a couple lines of service.

We are very excited for the Chamber and the growing community and look forward to being a big part of its growth in the future.

A Special Thank You to the Chamber, Mayor, Judge and the Community for being a big help and supporting our efforts of establishing a community presence for Duo-County Telecom & Bluegrass Cellular.

Also Happy 50th to everyone.its a great milestone for the Organization, as well as it falling so close to Thanksgiving.

Welcome New Members

The Chamber is delighted to welcome 4 new members this month. They are:

Heartland Community Church located at 702 Russell Road in Columbia. Jamie Smith is the Pastor and can be reached at (270) 384-5395.

Margery M. Henderson is a retired International Missionary who lives at 418 West Church Street in Burkesville, Kentucky. She is Mother to Lombeh Brown, from Liberia, West Africa and a student at Lindsey Wilson College.

Mary Phelps, a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist and Equine Photographer, she and her husband James J. Hathaway are also owners of Phelps/Hathaway Enterprises, Inc. They own a farm located at 2634 Bird Road, Columbia and also property in Florida. The Chamber welcomes Mary and Jim to Adair County. They can be reached at (270) 378-4426.

Staff Management located at 1050 Columbia Ave., in Campbellsville, KY. Myra Phelps is the manager and can be reached at (270) 849-2643.

A special Thank You to each of you for placing your membership and becoming a part of the Chamber family. Your investment in the Chamber means an investment in your community.

Chamber Meetings each 3rd Tuesday

Chamber meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:45 AM at the Dining Center of Lindsey Wilson College unless otherwise specified. Your membership shows that you believe in the mission of the Chamber and you care about Columbia and Adair County in making it a better place to live.

Chamber Christmas Party, December 3rd

Following the Christmas In Columbia Week-End the Golden Celebration continues with the annual Chamber Christmas Party on Monday night December 3rd. It will be held at Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Come enjoy an evening of fellowship with your Chamber family, a variety of delicious finger foods and good entertainment. Installation of new officers at approximately 8:00 PM. Door prizes given from various businesses in Adair County. Call the Chamber office for reservations at (270) 384-6020.

Holiday Shopping in Columbia/Adair County

You can capture the spirit of giving by supporting our local businesses and the local artisans within our community. As you are well aware Christmas is just around the corner and this means finding meaningful gifts for your family and friends. Why not shop at home this Christmas? You are sure to find those unique and special gifts in Columbia and Adair County.

Local businesses carry an array of items that would bring great pleasure to any friend or loved one receiving the gift. The many stores in Columbia and Adair County carry an array of items that men, women and children of all ages would love to receive. With the high gas (prices, this is the year to shop locally. Why not check out all the local businesses and see what they have to offer. You may be surprised that you can find the perfect gift right here at home.

Local businesses play an important role in giving financial support to organizations within the county. They are asked almost everyday to make a donation to some organization, activity or event. So its time to step up to the platesupport our local businesses by shopping with them.

Adair County is the home and workplace of the finest crafts people and artisans in Kentucky. We are truly blessed with these outstanding artisans and craftspeople in the areas of hand blown glass, basket making, oil and watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, jewelry making, wood carvings, all types of pottery, furniture making, ceramics, sculptures, paper weights, scented soaps, candle making including soy candles, metal work, photography, quilts and textile designsjust to mention some of the one-of-a-kind original art work you will find in Adair County.

You are sure to find the perfect gifts for the home, office or a special gift. Adair County is known around the country for having some of the finest handmade products in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Art and Crafts industry plays an important role in the economy of Adair County. Why not share a meaningful part of Adair County with your family and friends this Holiday Season? Support our local businesses and ArtisansShop At Home!!

For more information on Artisans in Adair County, you may contact the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Commission by calling 384-6020 or visiting the office at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia.

DecemberJust Around the Corner

The month of December is known as the most wonderful time of the year.

We see out the old year and ring in the new. With bright colors of green, red and tidings of great joy, the season provides many great opportunities to entice visitors to your business. Here are some tools you might want to use.
  • Place free candy canes in various locations for your customers.
  • Offer discount tickets to area attractions for holiday shows.
  • Give out snowflake candy or cookies throughout the month of December.
  • Provide free apple cider or hot chocolate.
  • Decorate with poinsettias, mistletoe and holly.
  • Arrange for on-site caroling.
What Makes December Special?
  • Poinsettia Day
  • Christmas
  • New Years Eve
  • Hannukah
  • College Bowl Season
  • Singing of Christmas Carols
    . . . and much more!
Charities are part of Commerce

Come December we are infused with the spirit of giving and often with the fringe benefits of tax deductions. Solicitations as well as Christmas cards keep our mailboxes filled. An organization, Charity Navigator evaluates and rates charities that depend on public support. Their web site, gives the following tips about charitable donations:

Ten Best Practices of Savvy Donors
  1. Decide which causes are most important to you and are specific about the goals they want to accomplish.
  2. If called, do not make an immediate commitment. Hang up the phone. (Gently, the savvy donor is also polite.) The middleman used in telemarketing campaigns keep 25-95 cents of every dollar. Investigate the charity and if you agree with its need, contribute directly to the charity. Never give out personal information over the phone.
  3. Sound-alike names confuse uninformed donors. Take time to uncover the differences some are frauds, but sound good.
  4. Confirm the charitys 501 tax exempt status of the Internal Revenue Code. Scam artists take advantage of peoples good will and do not have that status. Groups that lobby are not tax exempt, although their causes maybe worthy.
  5. Check a charitys policy as to privacy rights to never sell or trade a donors contact information. Donors should opt-out of having personal information shared.
  6. Ask for financial records. Charities should spend less than 25% on fund raising and administrative fees. It is important to remember that charities must be able to sustain programs, grow their revenue, and continue to invest in their programs. These are necessary costs related to helping the basic cause.
  7. Consider the charities top executives salary. Talented leaders need a competitive salary to run large organizations and produce desired results. A well-paid CEO of a charity that meets its goals is better to support than an underpaid CEO who fails to accomplish a charitys mission.
  8. Concentrate your giving to a small number of well-run charities supporting a cause you believe in. Spreading small amounts of money among many organizations fills up your mailbox with additional requests for more. This causes much of the money going to fund raising.
  9. Talk with charity to learn about its accomplishments, goals and challenges. Forget the charities that do not cooperate with this request.
  10. Be a partner in a charitys efforts. Only with long-term committed supporters can a charity be successful and not need to send numerous requests for money.

U.S. adult obesity rankings, from highest rate to lowest, based on combined data from 2004 to 2006. (Sources: Trust for America's Health; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

** = TIE

01. Mississippi
02. West Virginia
03. Alabama
04. Louisiana
05. South Carolina & Tennessee**
07. Kentucky
09.Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma**
12. Missouri & Texas**
14. Georgia
15. Ohio
16. Alaska
17. North Carolina
18. Nebraska
19. North Dakota
20. Iowa & South Dakota**
22. Wisconsin
23. Pennsylvania & Virginia**
25. Illinois & Maryland**
27. Kansas
28. Minnesota
29. Delaware
30. Oregon
31. Idaho & Washington**
33. Maine
34. Florida
35. Wyoming
38.New Hampshire & New York**
40.D.C. & New Jersey**
42.New Mexico
46.Rhode Island
47.Connecticut & Hawaii**
Kentucky Free Roadside Assistance

Did you know there is a Kentucky Roadside Assistance Service that is FREE. Perhaps you are familiar with this service as e-mails have been circulating for the past few weeks. It is true that this is a free service, not even a tip. This free roadside service for highways, parkways and interstates in Kentucky is funded by our tax dollars. The service provides for changing your tire, help with battery, or anything needed for an emergency. The number to call is 1-888-367-5982. Keep the number in your car and you can phone 365 days a year, 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

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