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Chamber Insights: Complete April 2008 edition

In this issue
  • President's message from Donna Stotts
  • New member highlights
  • Looking ahead, Chamber calendar items
  • Report on Redbud Giveaway
  • The Beautiful Month of May: Opportunities
  • Special thanks ot Ann Young, Upward Bound students
  • A Chamber in the Garden of Eden
  • Did You Know? Facts on Kentucky

Welcome to Chamber Insights, April 2008
The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

Editor: Sue Stivers
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

What volunteers bring is the human touch, the individual, caring approachthat no government program, however well-meaning and well-executed, can deliver.

President's Message

As unbelievable as it may seem, it's once again time for the Annual Chamber Banquet. We feel honored to have Lt. Governor Dan Mongiardo as the Guest Speaker. His topic will be adventure tourism and the impact it can have on Adair County and Kentucky. Reservation Deadline was the 21st, if you did not get tickets, please call the Chamber office (384-6020) before making plans to attend, as we expect a full house.

If you're out and about, drive by the Roadside Park on Hwy. 55 South. Due to popular demand, a new shelter is under construction for the 2008 summer reunion season. This will allow more and more people to enjoy the park. Plan your family event ASAP so that space will be available, Donations are accepted, which helps to keep the park maintained. Oh, and by the way, if you see Richard and Mary Beth Phelps give them a great thank you for the volunteer time and interest they have in this Adair County Landmark.

Pinewood Country Club will once again be the happening place in golf on June 12th, with the Annual Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. Monica Rodgers and Stephen Keen Co-Chair this event which has become an annual favorite for area golfers.Call the Chamber if you need more info or would like to help with sponsorship.

Spring is definitely in the air, or so was the theme at the Farm, Home and Garden Expo on April 11th. The following Saturday was County Pride Clean-Up and City Clean-Up on Thursday. Hats off to all volunteers who continue to take pride in our community. You are all, most definitely, what makes"Columbia, Kentucky: A Great Place to Call Home".

New Member Hi-Lights

The Chamber is extremely happy to have 9 new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. They are:
  • FABCO, Inc., located at 1339 Campbellsville Road in Columbia, Anthony Janes, (270) 384-4657

  • Contractor's Plus , located at 1339 Campbellsville Road in Columbia, Anthony Janes & Tracy Willis, (270) 384-5650

  • Kimbler's Plumbing & Portable Toilets, 1689 Sulpher Creek Road, Columbia, Troy Kimbler, (270) 384-5958

  • Columbia Ready Mix, Inc., 50 Kassem Road, Columbia, Nick Jones, (270) 384-2011

  • Jack's Furniture & Local/Long Distance Moving Service, located at 509 Hudson Street in Columbia, Jackie Cravens, (270) 384-6746

  • Tara's Hair Salon , located at 508 Burkesville Street in Columbia, Tara Franklin, (270) 384-3121

  • Branscum Construction Company, Inc., 90 Key Village Road in Russell Springs, Stephen P. Branscum, (270) 866-5107

  • Gail Lyndon Williams, P.S.C., 204 Public Square in Columbia, (270) 384-2165

  • Reva's Greenhouses, 148 Carnes Loop in Jamestown, Reva Carnes. (270)-343-3909
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 community...helping to make "Columbia-Adair County "A Good Place To Call Home".

Looking Ahead...

May 20: Monthly Chamber Meeting at Columbia United Methodist Church. Speaker: Clara Metzmeier, President, The Giles Society. Meal will be catered. Reservations must be made at the Chamber Office by calling 384-6020 no later than Thursday, May 15th.

June 17: Chamber Picnic at Roadside Park, Hwy. 55 South. 6:30pmCorporate Sponsor will be Bank of Columbia.

Redbud Giveaway, Huge Success

More than 2,000 redbud seedlings were given away April 7th at the Chamber Office. Funding for the redbuds came through a grant provided by the Scenic Byways Program as part of the TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association. The grant was written by Sue Stivers who also serves as Chairman of the Columbia-Adair County Tourism Commission.

Adair County is a part of the Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway Corridor. Highway 80 East and West, Highway 55 North and South, and Hwy. 61 South are designated as Kentucky Scenic Byways.

This year, redbuds were absolutely beautiful along our scenic byways and the Cumberland Parkway. Many tourists from states who do not have redbuds came to our area to view the redbuds. Through the efforts of Congressman Hal Rogers, we can increase the tourism industry in our county and area by planting redbuds. The tourism season can start earlier with tourists traveling to see the redbuds in bloom. Columbia could be more beautiful if every home had a redbud in their yard! Hopefully next year we can get funding for more redbuds and we can make this a reality.

The Beautiful Month of May

May is just around the corner! What makes this month so special? It's the month when we celebrate Mother's Day, National Teacher's Day, May Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. It's a time when the flowers are blooming, the grass is greener, yards are beautifully mowed, and a time when Columbia and Adair County never looked better.

Thanks to all the many volunteers who participated in the PRIDE clean up programs throughout the City and County. Every citizen in this County should have been out picking up the trash, even if it was only in front of their street or road where you live, or on the roadsides of the property you own. If we would all join together and keep the trash picked up, Columbia and Adair County could be the most beautiful place in South Central Kentucky.

Now that the streets and road sides are neat and clean, let's keep them that way. Why do people not take care of our environment? Let's stop throwing trash out the windows of automobiles. Please don't dispose of your trash and litter along our beautiful byways. Don't be a litter bug. Take pride in your city and county. Being litter free makes a great impression on tourists when they come here. Let me encourage you to make a commitment to help make our city and county the cleanest in the area.

Special Thanks to Ann Young and Upward Bound Students of ACHS & LWC

The Chamber of Commerce would like to say a "Special Thank You" to Ann Young, counselor at Adair County High School and students who cleaned the roadside park on Hwy. 55 South. They did a great job picking up all trash, every cigarette butt and all the fallen limbs. The park really looks good. Students who participated in cleaning up the Chamber Roadside Park were: Roger Abner, Nick Graves, Quintaya Jones, Adam McLean, Marty Miller from ACHS Upward Bound and Krystal Cundiff from LWC Upward Bound. Also helping on the project was: Miller Young, Maggie Young and Sarah Howard.

A Chamber in The Garden Of Eden???

Recently I read a humorous story about Chamber management. The author stated there was no Chamber of Commerce in the Garden of Eden, and a great apple business thrived.

At first it sounded funny. There was no real need for a Chamber of Commerce back then, but the more I thought about it, I realized that in the Garden of Eden there were no government regulations to contend with, no transportation problems, no unemployment problems, no health problems, and in fact, no social or economic problems at all. But as we all know, things changed in a hurry and as time went on there was a need for an organization in which the business and professional persons could combine their efforts to solve the social and economic problems of their communities.

Even as Chambers came into being because of change, changes are necessary to continue the evolution of a Chamber. Gone are the days of being aloof to government, gone are the days when a "party" would land a big manufacturing industry for a community, and gone are the days of simple answers to simple problems. In the real world of today, the Chamber must be action oriented and value driven.

The Chamber stands for WORK and that means we need members who are not only willing, but eager, to work for their community. The Chamber has a sense of pride in what we have accomplished as members of the Chamber Team and as individual business persons.

The Chamber stands for PROFIT, which along with WORK are very positive words, they are words you can have pride in.

Today, we have the age of rising aspirations which get confused with the age of unreasonable expectations. Business is expected to hold the line on prices, expected to provide jobs for an ever growing workforce, expected to support all community projects and institutions. And yet, these same people do not support their local businesses, but rather go to another city to purchase their needs and condemn businesses for making a profit. Then they have the nerve to ask business to support their cause. The only thing wrong with "profit" is there is not enough of it to provide all the help needed in a community.

The Chamber of Commerce will continue to build a strong economic base for the community. It will continue to work for improvements in the quality of life, and it will continue to encourage businesses to aspire to be tomorrow successes. Each year when the Kentucky General Assembly meets in Frankfort, their actions profoundly impact your business's bottom line. That's why your local Chamber and the Kentucky of the most effective lobbing teams in there, working for you. We will do whatever it takes to ensure that businesses of every type and size have a powerful and respected voice in Frankfort. So far, that commitment has paid off for all local and Kentucky businesses.

For those who cast stones at our business community and who belittle their profit motive, I would challenge them to remember who is doing something for the community; and that profit provides jobs, taxes, donations and even those governmental grants were profits that were changed to tax dollars and then to grant dollars.

I am proud to be a member of the business community and I believe that WORK and PROFIT are very powerful and very moral goals. -Sue Stivers

Did You Know??

1887: Mother's Day was first observed in Henderson, Kentucky by teacher Mary S. Wilson. It became a National Holiday in 1916.

Post-It Notes are made exclusively in Cynthiana, Kentucky.

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