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Chamber Insights September 2009. Complete Issue

Welcome to Chamber Insights-September 2009The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

Editor and feature writer: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Donna Stotts
Feature Writers: Mindy Smith; Ramie Hutchinson


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"One person with passion is greater than ninety-nine who have only an interest"

President's Message

Address Markers, Address Markers, Address Markers!!!!!

Thanks to the efforts of AG Teacher Kirby Hancock and the ACHS Chapter of FFA. It's "the" thing to have in front of your home or business. The sale of the markers was established by the Chamber during the Presidency of Richard Phelps. It has always been more about safety than a fundraiser for the Chamber.

Top seller, Sarah Bragg, motivated the crowd at the September monthly meeting at Cramner Dining Center. She alone has sold 85 markers, some with customized posts made by the AG shop, her motivation coming mainly from her father, Tony Bragg, a local critical care paramedic. Sarah Thompson, President of the FFA, spoke proudly of the effort all FFA members have exhausted to sell 350 markers. She was quick to add that they are just getting started. Remember, Christmas is just around the corner, these would make great gifts for someone that has everything else. Thanks Kirby Hancock, Sarah Bragg, Sarah Thompson, and all FFA members for continuing to make "Columbia, Kentucky: A Great Place To Call Home".

The date for the Annual Ronald McDonald Wish List Event has been set for October 22nd, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at the Chamber parking lot. The Chamber will once again co-sponsor with A.C.T.I.O.N. Generation to honor families that have had this "Home away from Home" during the sickness of a child. The community response was wonderful last year and we know it will be even better this year, to get involved or for more information call Ellen Zornes at 384-3400 or Donna Stotts at 384-6433.

Mindy Smith, Chair, promises that the 2nd Annual "Treats On The Town" will be better than last year. The time will be the same as set by the City of Columbia for Trick or Treating. Bring the kids, bring the candy, and join the Chamber for an awesome night of safe Trick or Treating.

Ron Heath and Roger Meadows have already been hard at work to organize "Christmas in Columbia".

The theme is: CHRISTMAS DREAMS

Get started planning your float for some terrific prize money. For more information call the Chamber office at 384-6020.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

The Chamber expresses thanks and appreciation to AFLAC for being Corporate Sponsor for the September monthly Chamber meeting. Corporate Sponsors are of prime importance to the Chamber. Not only do we gain information and learn of the services provided, but the sponsor's fee helps the Chamber financially.

Representing AFLAC as the speaker was Darryl Young, Regional Sales coordinator who gave an outstanding presentation. He Said, "Tonya Weaver-Young and her team are focused and is here for the people of Adair County...their biggest priority!

A summary of Darryl Young's remarks are as follows:

AFLAC is different from health insurance; it's insurance for daily living.Major medical pays for doctors, hospitals and prescriptions. AFLAC is insurance for daily living. It pays cash benefits directly to you, unless otherwise assigned, to help with daily expenses due to an illness or accident.

AFLAC is an extra measure of financial protection.When you're sick or hurt, AFLAC pays cash benefits directly to you to help you and your family with unexpected expenses. The benefits are predetermined and paid regardless of any other insurance you have.

AFLAC pays you cash benefits to use as you see fit.You can use your AFLAC benefits check to help pay for groceries, childcare, rent. It's totally up to you.

AFLAC benefits help with unexpected expenses.Your AFLAC benefits check helps you pay for the many out-of-pocket expenses you incur when you are sick or hurt-like the cost of transportation to and from medical facilities, parking and additional childcare expenses.

AFLAC belongs to you, not your company.When you have an AFLAC policy - it's yours. You own it. Even if you change jobs or retire, you can take you AFLAC policy with you, with no increase in premiums.

AFLAC is affordable.We have a range of products that can fit most budgets. AFLAC can help provide you and your family with coverage and security to help maintain your everyday life in case of illness or injury. And, AFLAC rates don't go up even when you file a claim.

AFLAC processes claims quickly-usually with 4 days.AFLAC provides prompt service and fast payment of accepted claims to help you pay your bills. While you're focusing on your health, we focus on getting you cash as quickly as possible.

AFLAC claims are easy to file.When you're sick or hurt, the last thing you need is a complicated form to fill out. AFLAC benefits are easy to understand, and our forms are easy to complete.

AFLAC pays you benefits even when you're healthy.We want you to be healthy - that's why we promote preventative care. Get a routine physical, a mammogram, or an eye exam and we'll pay you. It's that simple.

Did You Know....

Laughter increases realization for up to 45 minutes.The harder you laugh, the more tension you release....And the longer the effect lasts. After you've finishedlaughing your pulse rate drops below normal and yourmuscles become deeply relaxed.
>BR>October Schedule of Events
>BR>9th, 10th, and 11th -Downtown Days Festival

The Festival begins Friday at 4:00 PM with vender booths open and entertainment on the Square. Saturday the 5K races begin at 8:00 AM, vendors will be open; Pageant and other activities will take place. A live Concert, free of charge, will be held on the square beginning at 7:00 PM with Nashville Star, Buddy Jewell. Come out and join the fun. For additional information contact Rhonda Loy at the City Office 384-2501 or visit the website at www.downtowndayscolumbia.com

20th-Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting 11:45 AM - Lindsey Wilson College Dining & Conference Center. Speaker: Dale Turner, Partnership Specialist, US Census Bureau

22nd-Ronald McDonald House "Wish List" project - 4:00 to 7:00 PMParking lot behind the Chamber building.

31st- Halloween "Treats on the Town" - Public Square in Columbia

Halloween is just around the corner! Please join the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce for the Second Annual "Treats on the Town"!

The event will be held on the Columbia Public Square on Halloween Night between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 pm. The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce wants to provide the Community with a safe, friendly atmosphere for the kids to trick or treat and have fun! To further ensure safety, the Columbia Public Square will be closed to thru traffic.

The public is invited to and strongly encouraged to participate again this year by setting up a "Treats Table" on the square. Please decorate your spot, dress the part, and bring kid-friendly goodies to pass out!

Churches and other organizations may choose to "Trunk of Treats" in the Columbia United Methodist Church parking lot (corner of Guardian Street). Bring a vehicle with a trunk decorated and full of candy for the Trick-or-Treaters and park with the trunk facing Burkesville Street. This is a great opportunity to reach the families of approximately 1,000 children.

Set-up for the "Treats Tables" and "Trunks of Treats" begins at 4:00 pm. The spots are first-come, first-serve! Keep in mind the square will not be closed to traffic during set-up times. So, please use extreme caution while driving around the square and while setting up your table.

This year, the Adair County Public Library Ladies will be showing some spooky shows for teens and young adults only in the basement of the Chamber of Commerce building. Be sure to stop by the Chamber Building and visit the Bookmobile as well!

This event was a huge success last year! Everyone who participated in the event had a fabulous time! For more information, please call the Chamber Office at 384-6020.

So, kids, put on your scariest, silliest, frilliest costumes and come on down to the Second Annual Treats on the Town!

Looking Ahead....Christmas in Columbia Week-End

Plans are being made for "Christmas In Columbia" weekend scheduled for December 4th, 5th and 6th to be "Bigger and Better" than ever as participation in this year's event is expected to be at a all time high, according to Roger Meadows and Ron Heath Co-Chairs for the event.

Theme for the parade will be "Christmas Dreams". Churches, organizations, schools and other groups are encouraged to start planning your float. Let's set a record for the number of floats in the "Parade Under the Lights". There will also be an "out of county" division.

In addition to the Arts, Crafts and Goodies booths, Santa's Dream Shop and all the traditional activities, several new events are being planned. On Sunday afternoon, December 6th will be the "Home Tour" sponsored by the Columbia Woman's Club, and open house at the Highland Raku Studio and Gallery, and the Heart's Image Studio and Gallery. On Sunday night there will also be some Christmas Plays at various churches throughout the county. This is only a view of what is to come. The more volunteers involved assures a bigger and better event.

Mark your calendar for the first week-end in December. Bring your family and friends. Join in the fun of the holiday festivities as we share "Christmas Dreams".

Chamber Partnership with LWC Bonner Program

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber is proud to have a partnership with the Lindsey Wilson Bonner Program again this semester. Since the inception of the Bonner Program at Lindsey Wilson, the Chamber has been actively involved and this fall is no exception. We welcome two students, Morgan Reck and Jared Radford who will be at the Chamber office each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon to learn more about the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Economic Development by assisting with the programs and activities. Let's meet the students....

Morgan Reck is from Winchester, KY where she graduated from George Rogers Clark High School. She is a senior at Lindsey Wilson College and will graduate in May with a B.A. in History. This is her second year with the Bonner Leader program. Last year she volunteered at the Mountain View Horse Rescue and the Family Resource Center at Colonel William Casey Elementary and John Adair Intermediate. This past summer she volunteered at the Lexington History Museum and traveled to Deland, FL for the Summer Leadership Institute Conference. Along with volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce she spends her weekends at the Center for C, Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY. Upon graduation she would like to attend the University of Kentucky where she would get her master's in Public Affairs and her Juris Doctorate with their dual degree program.

Jared Radford is a current senior at Lindsey Wilson College and is a native of Columbia, KY.He has plans to graduate in May 2010 with a B.A. in History. Other than volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce, he has spent previous time at the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund and at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY. He has also traveled with the Bonner Leader Program to Deland, FL for the annual Summer Leadership Institute. Going to the SLI conference allows for students to learn new methods and ways to improve communities. Other than the Bonner Program he has worked two years at the Loucon Training and Retreat Center in Leitchfield, KY. Columbia's Chamber of Commerce allows for him to have an opportunity to enrich and grow his hometown. After graduation he would like to work in a public service or student service position. This would give him the chance to continue to have an impact on other individual's lives. Students working at the Chamber of Commerce have the opportunity to learn about the rich culture and the vast amount of activities that Columbia and Adair County has to offer.

You Know You Are From A Small Town If...

You can name everyone you graduated with.
You ever went to parties at a barn, farm or in the middle of a dirt road
School gets canceled for state events
You were ever in the Homecoming parade
You have ever gone home for Homecoming
You had senior skip day
The whole school went to the same party after graduation
Getting paid minimum wage is considered a raise
You refer to anyone with a house newer than 1960 as the "rich people"
The city council meets at the coffee shop
Your teachers call you by your older sibling's names
You can charge at all the local stores

Identity Theft...What You Can Do

Identity theft is quickly becoming one of the most organized and costly crimes of our time. The Federal Trade Commission advises:"While you probably can't prevent identity theft entirely, you can minimize your risk. By managing your personal information wisely, cautiously and with an awareness of the issue, you can help guard against identity theft."

Identity theft is a crime that occurs when someone deceptively uses another person's personal data or identification typically for the purpose of fraudulent financial or economic gain. Identity theft can also be found in cases of criminal activity - identity thieves will use a false identity to commit crimes.

Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of identity theft...
  • Shred and destroy unwanted documents that contain personal information.
  • Bring your mail in daily- don't leave mail in your mailbox.
  • Immediately report lost or stolen credit cards.
  • Review and monitor your consumer credit reports regularly.
  • Do not carry your social security card or your birth certificate. Keep these tucked away in a safe place.
  • Be aware and note when your monthly financial statements arrive in the mail. Notify your financial institutions when they don't arrive when expected.
  • Watch your financial statements and ensure all charges made are yours.
  • Keep your ATM and Debit Card receipts, do not leave these behind.
  • Shred every piece of mail containing personal and financial information.
Never reveal your bank account, credit card, mother's maiden name or social security number over the phone (unless dealing with a trusted business or organization). Ask the caller to send information by mail.

Keep a list of all your financial accounts such as account numbers, expiration dates, and customer help telephone numbers. Ensure this list is kept in a safe place & use to contact in case of lost or stolen cards.

When creating passwords or PINs, do not use digits of your social security number, mother's maiden name, your birth date, any part of your name (first, middle, last).

Watch your credit card expiration dates, if you don't receive a replacement card prior to the date - contact the issuer.

Consider making your telephone number unlisted or listed without your address.

Sign all new credit cards immediately to prevent someone else from doing so.

Beware of mail or telephone contacts informing you of prizes and awards - especially if they ask for personal or financial account information.

Identity Theft Alert to Students

"Protect your Social Security Number and other personal information. Don't let identity thieves rob you of your educational future!".....Inspector General John P. Higgins, Jr.

Handy applications and websites to make your life easier.
Ever have trouble explaining a computer situation over an email? I have a solution. One of my favorite applications for the use for tutorials or just a simple screen shot is Snippy. Snippy enables you to select a certain portion of your PC's screen and paste it in emails, Word Documents or other applications. Snippy works great for tutorials, computer advice, or fun.

Visit download.cnet.com and search snippy. Download the application and you will be snipping screenshots in no time.

A web application that I now use religiously is LogMeIn.com. Logmein is a web based remote control for your computer. For instance, if you are away from home or the office, but you need to access your PC, logmein allows you to be in control of that computer (as long as it is powered on and not on stand-by) from anywhere in the world.

Simply visit logmein.com and create a secure account to begin. You receive logmein's basic remote services for free, but if you wish to utilize the other services they offer, there is a charge.

Another favorite web application of mine is Twitter. Although Twitter may seem like just another social media to join, it can also be used as a useful tool. For instance, Duo County Telecom is involved in the Telecommunications industry. On Twitter, I have chosen to follow other telecommunication industries to keep up to date on new technological advances.

If you are interested in what is happening in sports, follow ESPN for all the latest sports news updates. Not only does twitter equate to a new age of communication, but it can become an avenue to a new form of education.

Thanks for reading my recommendations and don't forget to follow us at twitter.com/duocounty. Enjoy.


This story was posted on 2009-09-30 09:05:29
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