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Chamber Insights: Complete December 2009 Issue

In the December 2009 issue
  • President's Message, by Donna Stotts
  • Christmas in Columbia, by Ron Heath
  • Merry Christmas, Chamber Members
  • Dates to Remember
  • Thank you Arlinda Kessler, by Stephanie Barrett
  • How to Survive Keyboarding Carpal Tunnel, by Ramie Hutchison

Welcome to Chamber Insights - December 2009
The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce
Editor and feature writer: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Donna Stotts
Feature Writers: Ron Heath, Stephanie Barrett, 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"The Greatest Christmas gift cannot be purchased in a store or ordered form a catalog..... It cannot be wrapped in a pretty package with a fancy box.....But it can be seen in the eyes of a child, heard in the words of kindness, and felt in the embrace of a friend...

At Christmas, The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce wishes for you and sends to you this precious gift of love.

President's Message
By Donna Stotts
The cold weather did not keep people away from the Annual Chamber Christmas Gathering. It was held on Thursday, December 10th at Mulligan's at the Pines. The record attendance celebrated the close of one year and anticipation of the coming year. President elect, Ron Heath, was installed as the 2010 President, Stephen Keen, vice-President, Amy Thompson, Secretary, and Mindy Smith, Treasurer and new Board members, Lee Ann Collins, Robin Smith and Billy Rowe.

I am proud of many things during my tenure, but none more than recognizing deserving citizens as the Presidents Guest at each monthly meeting.

"Treats on the Town" began in 2007 and it is an event that I hope will continue for many years. Mindy Smith, Chair-Person, along with Dana Walker has done an excellent job in coordinating other Chamber members to make a fun and safe Halloween for our community's greatest asset, our children. Keep up the good work!!!!

Thanks to Ellen Zornes and A.C.T.I.O.N. Generation for teaming up with the Chamber for the Ronald McDonald Wish List Drive. So many Adair County families have benefited from this wonderful place and the entire county has shown their appreciation by donation items. As one family wrote in a card, "You gave sanity, serenity and hope to those that feel hopeless and helpless".

As my term as president draws to a close, I would like to thank Sue Stivers, Executive Director and the entire Chamber Board of Directors for the support and participation that has been given to me. I will be forever grateful for your professionalism and contribution that helps to make our community "A Better Place To Live, Work, And Play".

By Ron Heath
With all the events of Christmas in Columbia weekend now a memory, it would be an oversight not to say thanks to all the individuals and groups in the community that contributed in some way to making the weekend such a success.

More than 120 individuals had a hand in planning, organizing, and carrying out events. That figure says a great deal about how much this weekend means to people in Adair County. It just goes to show that when everyone does his or her part, no matter how insignificant the task may seem, the end result is a great event. The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wants to express appreciation to all the many area residents who volunteered their time and energy in advance of and during the Christmas in Columbia weekend.

This year several new activities were added. The "Old Fashioned Country Christmas dinner" at the Trabue-Russell House set the tone for the whole weekend. Wouldn't it be great for this dinner to become an annual Christmas in Columbia tradition?

Also new this year was the Christmas in Columbia pageant. The results show great potential for the pageant to grow in the years ahead. This event provides an opportunity for area young women and children to develop their skills so they can compete in pageants throughout Kentucky.

The highlight of Christmas in Columbia weekend was the parade. What a source of pride it was for people in the community to see the band do the same show they did in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. If you missed the parade, you have the opportunity to see it on television this weekend. Duo-County Telecom will broadcast the parade Friday and Saturday evening, December 19 and 20, at 7:00 p.m. on cable channel 2.

None of this would be possible if it weren't for the dedicated efforts of so many area individuals and businesses. Planning will begin soon for next year's Christmas in Columbia weekend. If you would like to volunteer to help next year, contact the Chamber office.

Merry Christmas Chamber Members
The Chamber Board of Directors would like to salute the 2009 Chamber Members by saying to you, your family and employees "Merry Christmas and may 2010 be your best year ever...filled with good health, joy and blessings. We look forward to your continued support of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce throughout the New Year.
Dates to Remember
January 2010 - Membership Month: Chamber membership dues should be paid by January 31. Watch for your statement in the mail.

January 12th - Chamber Board meeting at the Chamber Board Room beginning at 7:30 am.

January 19th - Monthly Chamber meeting Tuesday January 19th, beginning at 11:45 am at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson.

Reservations for lunch must be made by noon on Friday, Jan. 15th. Speakers will be Ann Melton, County Judge Executive and Mayor Pat R. Bell who will give their plan and vision for 2010. Corporate Sponsor of the month will be Jim Flowers and Edward Jones Investments of Columbia.

Thank You Arlinda Kessler for Services Given to the Chamber of Commerce
By Stephanie Barrett
As another fall semester at Lindsey Wilson College comes to an end for me, I have been reflecting on my experiences of the past few months. While sporting events and all-nighters have been a few of the highlights, my involvement at the Chamber of Commerce has been one of my favorite. I have been given the opportunity to improve my new-found community as well as interview some of the members of the Chamber. These interviews have been featured in previous articles and have focused on those members whose terms will be expiring later this month. One of these departing members includes Arlinda Kessler, whom I found myself getting to know earlier this week.

Arlinda Kessler hails from Harrodsburg, Kentucky and graduated from Mercer County High School. I found it interesting that she was a student at Lindsey Wilson College and shares this similarity with the other members I have interviewed, who include Charles Barnes and Dan Franklin. She goes on to describe how the campus of LWC was where she met her husband, a native of Columbia. They now have a family complete with four children, varying in ages 18, 11, 9, and 6. Even with family obligations, Kessler has managed to serve a total of three years with the Chamber of Commerce. Two of these include serving on the Board of Directors.

This is not surprising as when speaking with her it was hard to not take note of her determination and drive. This is quite evident by her many scholarly achievements. In 2002 she graduated from LWC with an Associates Degree in Social Sciences. In the following year, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Currently, she is attending Campbellsville University pursuing her Masters Degree in Special Education. Not only is she effectively managing the demands of family, school, and civic duty, she is also employed as a Teacher's Assistant with the Green County Middle School working with special needs children.

One would be led to believe that with the many roles Kessler has taken upon herself, she may not fully commit herself to one or another. This is certainly not the case, especially in her role as a member of the Chamber of Commerce. She described her reason for joining this organization as wanting to do more in the community and become greater involved overall. She has seemed to taken this to heart as in her first year of involvement there was a large increase in membership. This was in part due to her duty as ambassador for the membership drive and general promotion of the Chamber. She listed this achievement as one of her proudest accomplishments as a member.

I then inquired as to what she was going to do next, once her term expires. She replied that, "Even though I'm not on the Board, I will continue to be active." This is where Kessler detailed how over her time served she has seen a growth of the Chamber with increasing membership, new activities, and community involvement. And this is something that she would like to continue seeing as she expressed her desire to still encourage membership of the Chamber of Commerce. Kessler also went on to say that she felt that the key to success would be, "New people and new ideas." For the future of the Chamber she would like to see more members, more volunteers and more community activities. She described that all of this, "Brings us closer together."

While Arlinda Kessler is looking toward the future of the Chamber of Commerce she also has learned much from her past experiences with this organization. Reflecting upon her years of service, she described how she was able to witness and be a part of the immense amount of work that goes into the "backstage" of activities that the community of Columbia benefits from. I then posed the question of what advice she would give to any future members of the Chamber of Commerce. She simply stated, "Be dedicated and always be ready to pitch in and help." This seems very fitting coming from a woman who dedicates herself to everything she does in a wide array of aspects in her life. There seems to be no slowing down Arlinda Kessler as she has a determination to achieve her goals. She would like to take this opportunity to thank Donna Stotts and Sue Stivers for all of the encouragement and support that they have shown her.

How to Survive Keyboarding Carpal Tunnel:
Some hints to preventing Carpal tunnel from PC World's, Darren Gladstone
br>By Ramie Hutchinson
We've all hit that point in the day where our head is at the brink of collapsing on the keyboard and our fingers are trembling with exhaustion. How do we stop our bodies from reaching this point?

First, we need to find the cause. Many individuals who spend their day on a Desktop or Laptop PC are at high risk for carpal stress. Gladstone states, "Every time you start tapping out a document on the bus, at the coffee shop, or on that flight to the big meeting you're likely forcing your hands into uncomfortable positions."

According to Gladstone, it's not just any keyboards that are the main culprit of Carpal Tunnel, but laptop keyboards. Although the performance of a laptop is important, the comfort of the consumer is often overlooked due to decreasing sizes of laptops and their keyboards.

Gladstone has collected several suggestions from experts on how to prevent discomfort in your metacarpals.

Take Breaks

As hard as it is to break your work pace in the office, taking a break is very important for your entire body. Gladston's physical therapist advised him that people shouldn't use a computer in the same position for more than an hour at a time without a break.

Do Some Stretches

Gladstone has several, humorously named stretches to prevent carpal tunnel. However, a word of advice: If any exercise starts to hurt, stop. See an expert to check the proper performance of the exercise and make sure you don't have a more serious problem.
  • Stretch 1: Evil Genius. Extending your fingers and placing your palms together in front of you, put your elbows out and gently press your hands together. For the proper form, think somewhere between "Zen" and "evil genius."

  • Stretch 2: Hands Down. First, extend your left arm and hold your left hand parallel to the floor, palm down. Take your right hand and place it across your left one. The four fingers of your right hand should be on the back of your left hand, with your right thumb pressed against your left palm's base. Gently push your left hand downward. Now, switch hands.

  • Stretch 3: Double Chin. The proper sitting posture at your desk is an "L" shape. Your ears should be over your shoulders. If you're leaning into your computer, you're straining your neck. To ease that, start with your head craned slightly up and forward. Now, slowly bring your head toward your chest and tuck a little to make a double chin.

Remember, if your hands feel like they are in an uncomfortable position while typing, they are probably being affected negatively in some way. Be sure to take breaks and stretch. Also, when purchasing a laptop, see which keyboard best suits you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends and neighbors at Duo County Telecom and Bluegrass Cellular.

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