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Chamber Insights: Complete February 2010 Issue

Welcome to Chamber Insights - February 2010
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 difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is that little extra."

A Message From the President

During March, the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce will conduct its annual membership drive. Each year as potential new members are approached one of the most asked questions is "What does the Chamber do for me?" The simple answer is that you'll get as much out of your membership as you are willing to put into it.

As a business or organization in the community, membership in the Chamber of Commerce:
  • Links your name with a nationally recognized and respected organization Displaying a sign that you are a member of the Chamber provides instant credibility for your business or group

  • Provides opportunities for referrals

  • Each year thousands of individuals contact the Chamber asking where they can find goods and services in the community.

  • Opens doors for potential new customers

  • The Wares Fair held each August at Lindsey Wilson gives businesses the opportunity for face to face contact with more than 600 students, faculty, and staff members

  • Provides opportunities to network

  • Monthly meetings and other programs give you the chance to talk with others in the community about your business/organization

  • Offers educational programs and workshops Each year a number of special programs and seminars are scheduled to help people deal with issues affecting their business and their life

  • Keeps you informed of legislation that could impact your business.The state and national Chamber work to protect small businesses, farmers, and other organizations from legislation that might adversely impact them
What does Chamber membership have to offer individuals? Columbia and Adair County has many individuals who don't own a business, as well as a growing number of retirees, who still have much to contribute. As an individual member of the Chamber you have the opportunity to:
  • Become active and involved in the life of this community

  • The purpose of the Chamber is to promote and enhance the cultural, educational, and civic well-being of this community in addition to business. Whatever your background you have something to contribute

  • Meet and network with others in the community who share your interests. The monthly meetings give you the opportunity to meet other people who have similar interests

  • Share your expertise. Many retirees have a wealth of knowledge and experience that could be used to help businesses and other organizations in the community.

  • Make a difference. One of the most rewarding feelings in the world is knowing you've helped. Through the various committees of the Chamber individuals have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will make have a real impact on the lives of others.

  • Our goal this year is to increase membership to over 300. The more members we have, the more we do make Columbia and Adair County a great place to live and work. The Chamber is here to work for YOU, but we need your help too. Don't wait to be contacted. Call or stop by the Chamber office for a membership application. Together we can make a difference in our community.
Membership Dues Reminder

Deadline for renewing membership has been extended to February 26th. Those who have not paid their dues are encouraged to do so immediately. You need the Chamber and the Chamber needs you. Dues may be paid by mailing your check to P.O. Box 116 or stop by the Chamber office at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia.

Rowe Farms, Inc. - Host Monthly Chamber Meeting

The Chamber expresses thanks and appreciation to Rowe Farms, Inc. for Hosting the February monthly meeting held at Mulligan Restaurant at The Pines of Lindsey Wilson. They provided several varieties of Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese as door prizes. 50 plus Chamber members walked away smiling as they were winners of a package of cheese made at Kenny's dairy farm in Austin, KY.

Rowe Farms, Inc. is a dairy farm owned by Billy and Freddy Rowe, a father-son operation along with their families, Hanna (wife of Billy) and Bridget (wife of Freddy). Billy represented the Rowe Farms, Inc. in speaking briefly to the Chamber about their dairy operation.

The Dairy Farm began in 1955 when brothers Milford and Nathan started with a total of 12 milk cows. The dairy grew at a slow rate and tobacco production was a large part of the operation. Billy purchased fifty percent of the farm in 1989 after the death of his uncle Milford, and Freddy purchased the other fifty percent from his grandmother Faye Rowe in 1998. Their successful dairy operation has grown into their only enterprise. At the present time they are milking 205 cows, with a total of 230 cows and over 200 heifers on the farm. They ship 15,900 lbs. of mild each day. Last year the Rowe Farm produced over 4.5 million pounds of milk. This equals almost 525,000 gallons, or about 30 gallons for every man, woman and child in Adair County.

The Chamber is proud of the Rowe's accomplishments. Billy was recently elected to the Chamber Board of Directors and will serve as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee for the next three years.

Guest Speaker Roger Thomas, Executive Director, Office of the Governor, Office of Agricultural Policy and a life-long friend of the Rowe family was introduced by Billy Rowe.

Corporate Sponsor of the month was Burton Family Farms, Inc. with Greg Burton representing the Family Agricultural Industry.

New Member Hi-Lights

Burton Family Farms, Inc., Greg Burton, President, located at 620 Mt. Carmel Road, Columbia. 384-3484

The Chamber is extremely proud to welcome Burton Family Farms, Inc. as members of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. A special "Thank You" for being Corporate Sponsor of the February monthly meeting. 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...Your membership is appreciated!

Ribbon Cutting...

The Chamber wants to Welcome the New Business on the Square - Cafe on the Square with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, March 6, at 10amCT Owners/Managers are David and CJ Simpson and Ned and Bridgette Reagin.

All Chamber members and the public are invited to attend and give these new businesses a big Adair County Welcome. We wish each business much success and congratulate you on becoming a member of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Looking Ahead...

Tuesday, March 16, 11:45am: Monthly Chamber Meeting at Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College. Speaker: Gary Rose

Tuesday, April 20 - 6:30pm Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College. Chamber your mail for all the information.

Thursday, April 15...Using EBay to Start or Expand Your Business

This workshop introduces the basics of setting up a business on EBay. Strategies and tips will be shared on how to go about selling successfully. Participants will walk through the process of listing, selling and receiving payment for items sold. The workshop is open to the public at no cost to participants. It will be held at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Building, 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia, beginning at 9am and ending at 12:30pm. Presenter will be Mark Johnson - Branch Manager, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The workshop is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the EKU Small Business Development Center in Somerset. Watch the media for additional information or contact the Chamber office at 384-6020.


Girl Scout Troop #896, member of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce held a drawing for a camera give-away at the January 2010 Chamber meeting. Troop Leader, Cindy Ploss, conducted the drawing, and the winner was Hermie Hernandez.

Chamber Committees Set for 2010

  • Ambassadors Committee: Donna Stotts/Lee Ann Collins, co-chairs. The Ambassadors Committee has responsibility to welcome, encourage, and support new businesses to the community.

  • Agriculture Committee: Billy Rowe, chair. The Agriculture Committee has responsibility to work with farmers in the area to address issues of concern.

  • Beautification Committee: Benton Fudge, chair. The Beautification Committee is concerned with making Columbia and Adair County as attractive as possible to current residents, tourists, and potential new businesses and residents.

  • Communications Committee: Amy Thompson/Doug McCammish, co-chairs. The Communications Committee is charged with promoting programs and activities of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the City of Columbia and Adair County through various media.

  • Education Committee:Darrell Treece/Brady Button, co-chairs. The Education Committee has responsibility to look for ways to involve the Chamber of Commerce and its members in the education of students in the public schools and at Lindsey Wilson College.

  • Health Committee: Patricia Harper, chair. The Health Committee is concerned with making sure residents of Columbia and Adair County are aware of health and medical issues that may impact their lives.

  • Membership Committee: Stephen Keen, chair, The Membership Committee conducts the annual membership drive to encourage businesses, organizations, and individuals to join the Chamber.

  • Roadside Park Committee:Richard Phelps, chair. The Roadside Park Committee has responsibility to maintain and improve the roadside park in Columbia so it is attractive to visitors and residents.

  • Special Events Committee: Roger Meadows/Sheila Hare, co-chairs. The Special Events Committee plans and carries out many of the programs planned each year by the Chamber. These include Christmas in Columbia, Treats on the Town, the Ronald McDonald House drive, the annual Chamber Golf Outing, and various seminars and workshops.
If you are interested in serving as a member of any of these committees for the coming year, call (384-6020) or stop by the Chamber office at 201 Burkesville St.
Lee Ann Collins - New Chamber Board Member

By Stephanie Barrett

The new year and consequently, the new decade, has brought about many changes for myself as well as the city of Columbia. My second semester of my sophomore year at Lindsey Wilson College has been underway for nearly two months. Soon, my college experience will be half way completed and I will be planning the next step in my life. Recently, the opening of the Bob and Doris Holloway Health and Wellness Center has been a huge change for the campus of Lindsey Wilson as well as a great improvement to the quality of life for the residents of the community. There have also been some changes for the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. There are three new Chamber Board members this year. I had the opportunity to get to better know one of these new members, Lee Ann Collins, earlier this month.

Lee Ann Collins is a familiar face in the city of Columbia. She hails from this area and is married to Jerry Collins. The rest of the family includes Jason and Tiffany Collins, as well as daughter Natalie who is a part of the cheerleading team at LWC. Lee Ann herself spent a few semesters at Lindsey. In addition to being a wife and mother, Lee Ann is also a career woman. She is employed by the Community Trust Bank as the Columbia Branch Manager. It is clear that she is a person that is devoted to her work and is able to lead her co-workers. This skill will be very valuable during her term as a member of the Chamber Board of Directors.

I went on to ask what her motives were for wanting to join such an organization. "I want to see the community grow and I have a desire to help people," she replied. Collins also stated that she was looking forward to working with her colleagues at the Chamber. "I would really like for us all to work together in order to improve the community," Collins said. She told me of her desire to see people "more active in the Chamber" such as planning and attending community events. "I would especially like for more businesses to become actively involved as that promotes the community," Collins said.

After getting to know Lee Ann Collins, I am looking forward to seeing what she will accomplish during her time at the Chamber. It is evident that she is very determined and hard working, seeing that she holds the roles of wife, mother, and manager. Balancing so many roles may appear overwhelming to some, but she does this with great ease and enthusiasm. Her knowledge of the community will serve her well as she appears to truly care about the people of Adair County. After all, this is her home. Collins said, "It's going to be interesting, but I am definitely looking forward to it!"

Duo County has a new "Face."

By Ramie Hutchinson

With more than 350 million active users, Facebook is dominating the social networking scene on the Internet. That is why Duo County has broadened our communication horizons and created a Duo County Telecom Facebook page just for you.

Why is this important to you?

Although we utilize other means of communication to let you know of our progress; i.e. radio, Duo County Channel 2, and our website; we understand that not everyone accesses these media daily. Now, while interacting with your friends on Facebook, you can become a fan of Duo County Telecom and see what promotions we are offering, what shows are airing on Channel 2, and occasionally some news that is happening in and around your County.

We want to be more interactive with you, the customer, because help us provide quality voice, video, and Internet service. Just search Duo County Telecom on Facebook to be a fan. Also, all our Facebook updates are linked to our Twitter account so follow us at as well.

You can check out Duo County on Facebook at

Don't Fall For Wal-Mart Gift Card Scam

The Wal-Mart gift card scam has apparently made it way to Kentucky. A local consumer contacted the BBB (Better Business Bureau) to inquire about a text message she received, advising her that she won a $200 Wal-Mart gift card. When she called the number in the text message (877-232-5149) she was told that in Kentucky the gift card was for $180 and that she would need to pay $7.60 for shipping/handling fees. She was then asked to provide her credit or debit card number. Luckily, the inquirer was skeptical. She hung up the phone and decided to cal the BBB before giving out any personal information.

Wal-Mart does award gift cards if you take part in a customer service survey found on your receipt. But a Wal-Mart spokesperson says the company tells consumers they've won through certified mail and a phone call. Wal-Mart will never ask for your personal or banking information.

These text messaging scams are getting more and more popular. It's called "shmishing", scams by short message services (SMS), or text. BBB suggests if you receive a message like this, do not reply to it, don't call the number in the text, and don't click on any hyperlinks. DELETE the message! Also, report the message to the FCC, the FTC, and the BBB. If you are still concerned over the text message, contact the company direct. Don't rely on the text message. And, if you have to pay for text messaging, contact your provider as soon as possible to dispute the charge.

For more information on consumer tips and scams, call 1-800-388-2222.

This story was posted on 2010-02-20 03:26:19
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