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Chamber Insights: Complete Issue for January 2008

In this issue
  • President's Message, from President Donna Stotts
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Month, Walker Realty and Auction Service
  • Officers and Board of Directors for 2008
  • New Member Hi-Lights: Bob's Country Kitchen & General Store
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Special thanks for distribution of Chamber Insights
  • Tourism: Importance of Giles House
  • Customer service tip
  • Ten Commandments for Leadership

Welcome to Chamber Insights January 2008

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

Editor: Sue Stivers, Executive Director

Feature writer: Donna Stotts, President

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 for the month: A smile is contagious; be a carrier.

President's Message

Serving as President of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce will be one of my most challenging goals this year.

As we move forward in 2008, our community has many positive changes taking place. How can we not be excited to be a part of the progress taking place in every direction.

At the first Chamber board meeting which was held the second Tuesday of this month, plans were made to have the full Board meet Thursday, January 31 for the purpose of sharing ideas, discussing issues and setting goals for the 2008-'09 Program of Work.

We would like to encourage every chamber member to call the chamber office at 384-6020 or stop by the office located at 201 Burkesville Street and communicate your own ideas and suggestions on what you would like to the Chamber doing. By sharing thoughts we can take a simple idea and make it a terrific idea for our community.

The New Year started off with a new feature being introduced at our January monthly meeting "The President's Guest". At each monthly meeting a guest will be introduced for their community involvement and volunteer hours they put into making "Columbia, Kentucky, A Great Place To Call Home".

The President's Guest for January was Chasity Yarberry. Chasity was very involved in Chamber Activities in 2007. She was on the winning membership drive team, involved in the annual golf tournament, Wares Fair and Christmas in Columbia. In addition to the Chamber, she also worked with Folklore of the Old West and was a big part of the successful "Dancing with the Stars". If you don't know Chasity, get to know her. Her excitement and enthusiasm for the community is contagious.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of the people that represented our Chamber at Kentucky Chamber Day in Lexington on January 10th. Richard and Marsha Walker, Darrell Overstreet, Darrell Treece, Arlinda Kessler, Joseph Payne, Sue Stivers, Donna Stotts, Judge Ann Melton and Mayor Pat Bell. It was a record attendance for our County.We are approaching our 2008 Membership drive in March. We currently have 261 members and would like to encourage everyone to renew ASAP and help to make our chamber even stronger by sharing our mission with others. By working together, we can and will make Columbia-Adair County a great place to live, work and play.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

A special "Thank You" to Walker Realty and Auction Service for starting the New year out by being the Corporate Sponsor for the first monthly Chamber meeting of 2008. Walker Realty and Auction Service is owned and operated by Richard L. Walker, principal broker and auctioneer. The office is located at 107 Burkesville Street in Columbia. He has been a broker for the past 36 plus years. Walker started in the real estate business in 1971 as a partner with the late T.M. "Buck" Watson. In 1985, Walker bought out Watson's interest and Watson retired.

As a diversified agency, Walker Realty focuses on private and auction sales of homes, acreage, farms, farm equipment, livestock and personal property. He has been involved in the development of 14 subdivisions and has also built and sold approximately 150 homes. He is now involved in the development of the "Holladay Place" property on Hwy. 61 South where the new Wal-Mart Store and other businesses will be locating.

Walker has 10 licensed sales associates, including his wife Marsha who is a broker associate, along with son Dickey, daughter Leigh Ann, his brother Billy and wife Tammy are Sales Associates. Broker Associate Emily Sargent has been with Walker since 1985.

At the Chamber meeting last week, Richard said he has enjoyed the real estate business because he likes talking to and helping people he knows and he gets to meet new people almost every week. He has no plans for retirement because he loves what he does.

Richard L. Walker has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce ever since he has been in the real estate business. He is a strong believer in the purpose and mission of the Chamber and has provided leadership by serving as President, Vice President, Board of Directors and as Chairman of various committees. In 2003, Walker was the recipient of the Chambers outstanding business "Man of the Year" award.

The Chamber is grateful to Walker Realty and Auction Service and all other businesses who have served as Corporate Sponsors for the monthly Chamber meetings. Any business who would like to highlight their business at a monthly Chamber meeting should contact Sue Stivers, Executive Director at the Chamber Office (384-6020).

2008 Officers and Directors

The Chamber begins the New Year with the following Officers and Directors. We appreciate each of them volunteering their time and sharing their expertise in helping the Chamber to make "Columbia-Adair County a Great Place to Call Home".


President..Donna Stotts
Vice President...Stephen Keen
Secretary...Monica Rodgers
TreasurerMindy Smith
Board of Directors
Charles Barnes, Ron Heath, Dan Franklin, Benton Fudge, Patricia Harper, Dave Johnston, Arlinda Kessler, Doug McCammishDarrell Overstreet, Past President; Darrell Treece, Dana Walker, Katy Walker, FBLA President, Adair County High School
Honorary Board Members:
Ann Melton, Adair County Judge Executive
Pat R. Bell, Mayor City of Columbia.

New Member Hi-Lights

The Chamber is extremely happy to start out the New Year by welcoming a new member to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Bob's Country Kitchen & General Store, located at 5097 Liberty Road. The owner is Robert Hamlett. Phone number is 384-6774. Hours are 5:00am to 8:00pm Monday Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 5:00pm. The public is invited to come out and eat good home cooked food or shop at the general store. Watch for the date of the ribbon cutting ceremony!!

A special "Thank You" for becoming a part of our Chamber family. By joining the Chamber, you become a part of an organization that is dedicated to the economic growth and prosperity of Columbia and Adair County. Your investment in the Chamber means an "investment" in your community. This is your Chamber. . . Your Voice in our Communityhelping to make Columbia a good place to call home.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Chamber will have a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, January 24, beginning at 2:00 pm at the "Caf' on the Square" 212 Public Square in Columbia. Owners Stephen and Ellen Hingle. All members are urged to attend as we welcome this new business to our community.

February Monthly MeetingChamber membersMark the date of Tuesday, February 19th for the monthly Chamber meeting. We will be meeting at Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College beginning at 11:45am. The speaker will be Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues and Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Many of you will remember him as a columnist for the Courier-Journal, a position he held for several years. You won't want to miss hearing him speak!! Let's have a record crowd. Corporate Sponsor will be Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Appreciation to our Media

Special thanks to the Adair Progress, Publisher Donna Hancock and Editor Paul Hayes; Sharon Burton, Publisher & Editor of the Community Voice; and Ed & Linda Waggener of for their cooperation in sharing Chamber Insights with the public. All Chamber members expressed their appreciation for your cooperation in promoting the Chamber of Commerce. Without your support, the newsletter would not be a reality. We shall forever be grateful.

Columbia-Adair County Tourism

Tourism brings people to Adair County. People who come to visit open doors that lead to opportunities for new forms of development, various kinds of entertainment and formal and informal education. Briefly, tourism is a businessan industry!

Adair County is blessed with well-known tourist sites, such as Green River Lake, that attract people from near and far. Other tourist sites are not used as often as Green River Lake. The log home of Kentucky writer Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles is one such place. The Giles Society, a nonprofit organization, owns the Giles House.

According to Giles Society Board Members, when the Giles Society was incorporated in 1996, plans to repair and preserve the Giles log home, an architectural landmark, were developed. Giles House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. In 2006 rehabilitation began. The restoration and preservation of the outside logs was completed. The work left the Giles Society in debt.

Inside rehabilitation of the log house must be completed. It includes installation of heating and air conditioning, plumbing, new windows, insulation and an alarm system as well as painting, refinishing of floors and general cleaning.

When the funds are raised and the rehabilitation process is complete, the Giles House will be a place for educational and entertainment opportunities and for small retreats and meetings. It will be a small museum with some Giles memorabilia and a research center. It will attract tourists who want to experience the Kentucky that influenced Janice Holt Giles' writings and who want to view the countryside and listen to frogs.

Giles House, one of Adair County's developing tourist attractions, must be completely rehabilitated in order to be open for tourists and for local functions through out the year.

Tourism is a business that focuses on the best of any community. Because Giles House is one of the best developing tourist attractions in South Central Kentucky, Columbia-Adair County Tourism wants you to know about it.If you would like to help the Giles Foundation with a financial contribution, you may contact Sue Stivers at the Chamber/Tourism office or any member of the Giles Society. By working together we can make the Giles House a place that tourists want to come to and while here, they will spend money with local businesses.

Customer Service Tip:

From the customer's point of view, if they can see it, walk on it, hear it, step in it, carry it, smell it, step over it, touch it, use it, even taste it, if they can feel it or sense it, its customer service. (Super America Training Program on Customer Service)

Ten Commandments for Leadership
  1. You will find in life that many people are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. "Love and try to trust them anyway"

  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. "Do good anyway"

  3. IIf you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. "Succeed anyway"

  4. IThe service you render today probably will be forgotten tomorrow. "Serve people anyway"

  5. Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable. "Be honest and frank anyway"

  6. The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest ideas."Think big anyway"

  7. People pretend to love the "little people", but sell their souls to the "big people". "Fight for the "little people" anyway

  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. "Build anyway"

  9. People really need help, but may attack you if you do help. "Help people anyway"

  10. Give the world the best you have and you'll bet kicked in the teeth. "Give the world the best you have anyway".

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