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Chamber Insights: Complete May 2010 issue

Welcome to Chamber Insights - March 2010
The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
Editor: Sue Stivers
President's Message:Ron Heath
Feature Writers: Stephanie Barrett; Ramie Hutchinson; Dr. Dan Koger

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"
"Fresh approaches keep new ideas flowing"

President's Message
By Ron Heath
What Makes Adair County a Great Place to Call Home?

At the Chamber's Annual Banquet this year six individuals and one business were recognized for the contributions in time and service that they've made to their community. All of the recipients were well deserving of the honor they received. They gave of themselves to make Columbia and Adair County a better place for us to live and work.

But that's not the whole story. More than 100 area residents and eight local businesses were nominated to be considered for one of the seven awards given out that evening. Being nominated for one of these awards is a real honor because it means the nominee impacted other people's lives so much that they took the time to complete the nomination form.

What a great statement this makes about the people of Columbia and Adair County when more than 100 individuals and businesses are nominated to receive an award for making a difference in their community.

Yet even this larger group of nominees doesn't include everyone who deserves to be recognized. How many area residents spent countless hours last year working with Relay for Life, the Garden Club, Jaycees, Rotary, The Band Boosters, the Columbia Woman's Club, the Courthouse preservation committees, youth sports leagues, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church committees, and a host of other organizations? They toiled in anonymity because it made them feel good.

The most important resource in any community is not its industry, its government, or its wealth. It's the people who live there. Our country became great because neighbors helped each other in times of need. Without the grass roots efforts of hundreds of area residents Adair County wouldn't be so special.

If in the last year you've invested your time, talent, or energy in the workplace or outside of it, you deserve a pat on the back because you've helped shape the future for the better. The Chamber of Commerce wants to applaud your work and encourage you to continue. If you're looking for a place to channel some of your time and energy, contact the Chamber of Commerce, we'll help you find a committee or project where your talents can be put to good use.

Let's congratulate the winners and give those who were nominated the recognition they so richly deserve, but let's not forget all the individuals who volunteer to help others. They are winners too.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month
First & Farmers National Bank

In 1903, Adair County was introduced to First National Bank of Columbia. One hundred and five years later, First National Bank of Columbia consolidated banking operations with First & Farmers Bank located in Somerset and Albany as well as Bank of Cumberland in Burkesville, Kentucky. Now, First & Farmers National Bank employs more than 130 people in the four-county region and has grown to a bank with over $450,000,000 in assets.

First & Farmers National Bank offers a wide variety of banking services. From fixed-rate mortgages to Certificates of Deposit, we offer competitive and convenient products and services. In an effort to "go green" and play a part in Earth's preservation, FFNB now offers online statements. If a customer is not already banking online, they may stop by one of the two walk-in locations in Columbia for a short online demonstration. By providing such great services, First & Farmers National Bank has helped its customers improve their livelihood and has also been a tremendous positive impact on the community.

Not only does First & Farmers National Bank think of their customers as great assets, but realize the employees are the greatest assets. Their wonderful staff provides the warm, friendly atmosphere with the knowledge and experience to help their customers on a daily basis. You will find many First & Farmers National Bank employees giving back to the community: either by serving on civic committees or donating their time to local organizations like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League sports, local school systems, American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, Adair County Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce and more!

First & Farmers National Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and is a Member of FDIC. First & Farmers National Bank currently employs forty representatives at three locations in Adair County. Automated Teller Machines are also located at the Branch location on Russell Road and at the Drive-In location on Burkesville Street. An ATM located in the Lindsey Wilson College Student Union Building provides convenience to students and staff. Please visit First & Farmers National Bank's website at to find a product or service which fits your financial needs or call one of their friendly representatives today! First & Farmers National Bank is always putting YOU first!

New Member Hi-Lights
The Chamber is extremely happy to welcome the following new members for 2010. 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. The Chamber is the "Business Voice" of Adair County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 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 great place to call home.
  • Peaches Printing - Darlene Rarey
  • Genesis Family Medical Center - Michael Mouser/Willow Rouben
  • House of Styles - Amanda Keltner
  • Sexton Auto Sales - Garry Cox
  • Randy Curry Plumbing - Randy Curry
  • Anthony's Auto Sales - Anthony Reece
  • Downey's Gun & Pawn - Danny Downey
  • Columbia Tire & Recap - Dan Waggener
  • Wall Heating & Cooling - Allen Wall, Jr.
  • City Supply Co. - Nolan James Cundiff
  • Columbia Candy Co. - Dan Waggener
  • Amazing Grace Cake Design - Stacey & AJ Schnidler
  • Tara's Hair Salon - Tara Franklin
  • OK Country Cooking - Betty Ollestad
  • Egypt Construction - Maxie & Linda Smith
  • Stanziano & Catron, Attorney's - Bethany Catron & Mark Stanziano
  • Check-4-Check - Cindy Ploss, Mgr.
  • Wal-Mart Pharmacy - Richard Raines & Megan Sells
  • Wal-Mart Vision - Dena Holt
  • Nationwide Insurance - Richie Estes
  • Hwy. 61 Country Store - Brian & Cindy Murley
    Individual Members:
  • Mr. Will Hurt
  • Merl & Pat Wiggins
All new members (those who have not previously been members) will be recognized at the Chamber Picnic which is scheduled for June 15th. Make a special effort to attend.

Picnic At The Park

The annual Chamber of Commerce Picnic will be held at the Chamber Roadside Park, 2310 Hwy. 55 South - Tuesday, June 15 beginning at 6:30 PM. There will be fun, fellowship, entertainment, good food, LEAD graduation, special recognition of new members, and more.

Corporate Sponsor will be Bank of Columbia and they will be preparing the meal. Each person is asked to make a donation of $5.00 for maintenance of the Roadside Park. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this great event!

Congratulations ACHS Seniors

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce would like to Congratulate the ACHS graduating seniors and wish them much success in the future.

Lindsey Wilson College - Blue Raider Football

History will be made in Adair County, Saturday, September 4 at 1:30 PM, when the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders will kick-off their first football game in 75 years. The 2010 schedule is available at the Chamber Office, 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia. Stop by and pick up a copy so you can mark your calendar and attend the games. The first game will feature the Raiders hosting Notre Dame (Ohio) College. The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome and support the LWC football program.

By Stephanie Barrett

"I was born and raised here." These were the words of Billy Rowe, member of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. During my involvement with the Chamber, I have found that many of the members of this organization have a love for this area stemming from their hometown roots. Billy Rowe certainly fits this mold.

Rowe has lived in the Adair County region for his entire life, and has done quite well for himself. Upon graduating from Adair County High School, he went on to attend Lindsey Wilson College.

"Since I went to Lindsey, the school has changed a lot. It was much smaller and was only a two year program back then," Rowe recalled.

Once he received his Associates degree from Lindsey Wilson College, he attended Western Kentucky University where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree.

Later in life he married his wife Hanna who is an employee of the Bank of Columbia. He has three children, including his son William Fred who is his business partner in the dairy industry. He owns Rowe Farms Inc., a large estate boasting 500 acres and 475 head of cattle. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Dairy Development, Vice President of the American Dairy Association of Kentucky, and Director of the Southeast United Dairy Association. With his experience in the farming industry, it seems fitting that he has become the Chairman of the Agricultural Committee for the Chamber of Commerce.

"We are an agricultural community and I would love to see more farmers involved with the Chamber," Rowe said.

He also discussed his wish to see more citizens become active in the Chamber so it will foster diversity.

When questioned why he wanted to be a part of such a group, he spoke of his desire to work with a community organization that is attempting to bring more jobs to the region.

"It would be great to see more jobs, and definitely better paying jobs," Rowe said.

Billy Rowe will serve a three year term for the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and it will be interesting to see what great things he accomplishes in that time.

Tourists Are Coming...

With the winding down of another school year, families will be taking their vacations during the summer break. It is predicted with gas prices soaring that once again families will be vacationing closer to home. As the tourism season begins, let's remember to give outstanding customer service to those tourists who come to visit our beautiful city and county. Tourists' coming means the ringing of cash registers. Visitors spend their money at all kinds of businesses. They stay in our motels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, RV parks, enjoy our restaurants, buy gas, make purchases at businesses and retail other words, they spend money. That money circulates within the community over and over...the longer we can keep the money, the more it contributes to a better economy.

This may be a good year to plan a Kentucky Vacation! Or you may want to see what is available in your own county. Adair County has many "well-kept secrets" of good places to visit. Many of our own citizens do not know what there is to see here in Adair County and the region. If you would like to know what is available here at home, day trips, or any place in the region, stop by the Chamber/Tourism office and let Sue Stivers and Kathy Johnson inform you on places to visit. You will be glad you did!

The Chamber/Tourism/Economic Development office is located at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia. Look for the white brick building with the emerald green roof. You can't miss us!

LWC Study Proves Generosity Of Adair County Residents
By Dr. Dan Koger

Adair County residents have long prided themselves on their willingness to contribute to worthy causes, from cancer research to girl scouts.

Now the breadth of that pride has a number: $786,902. That's how much money a research team of students at Lindsey Wilson College determined that local charities raised from January 1, 2009 until December 31, 2009.

"We've known for years that residents in this area are willing to donate to help others. I tell people everywhere that Adair County has the most generous people in the Commonwealth. Now we know just how willing they are," said Sue Stivers, Executive Director of the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a formidable amount when viewed in the context of tough economic times in the area, where it is estimated that more than one-third of the population receives some form of public assistance each year," Stivers said.

In researching area generosity, the students catalogued the county's many charitable organizations and summarized their activities in 2009. Stiver sees this as the start of a way to track charitable giving in the future.

Students doing the study asked each charity four questions:
  • Who do you serve?
  • How much did you raise in 2009?
  • Who was the recipient of your donated funds?
  • What fundraising methods did you use?
They discovered, for example, that charities raised funds using such diverse activities as road blocks on busy streets, selling cookbooks, waiting on tables for tip donations, radio auctions and various other activities.

To keep the scope of this study within manageable proportions, only non-church charity drives were examined. This, said Stivers, means that area residents contributed even more money than the LWC study revealed.

Members of the study group, most of them graduating seniors, included Tasha Warren, Keith Young, Anca Verona, Roberto Pedroza, Vanessa Smith and Tony Perugini.

Charities studied included Relay for Life, The Salvation Army, The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Ronald McDonald House, The Columbia Woman's Club, The March of Dimes. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, The Crusade for Children, The Green River Animal Shelter, The Rotary Club, The fund for the Adair County High School band trips, The Mark Twain-Kosairs to take kids to the circus, Lindsey Wilson College and The Pines at Lindsey Wilson College.

The students heard compelling reasons from charity participants for why they devote so much of their time and money to the causes of their choice. Examples include:
  • "I hold the March of Dimes close to my heart because my daughter was born at 24 weeks."-Angie Pierce
  • Girl Scouts have been a good experience for my daughters because they get to help people in the community. They visit the nursing homes, the homeless shelter, taking gifts, doing chores and taking food." - Crystal Turner
  • "The Women's Club helps women get acquainted with other women and make our communities better places to live." - Vonnie Kolbenschlag
  • The Columbia Rotary Club is the most active club I have ever been associated with." - George Kolbenschlag
  • "When I was diagnosed with MS in 1999, I contacted the MS foundation just to see what exactly what MS was. I had never heard of it before; I wanted to help find a cure and so I started the Columbia MS foundation, the Adair County Dream Walkers. I may have MS, but it won't have me!"- Lynda McKinley
The study generated several recommendations from the student group on ways charitable organizations can sustain and enhance their efforts. Among these were:
  • Make sure charity leaders are passionate about their work
  • Charities need to report end of year totals to the Chamber of Commerce as a way of tracking performance
  • Detailed and accurate records should be kept of money earned in a charitable campaign and the events that earned that money.
  • Each charity should have more than one contact so officials and members of the public can get more information when they want it.
  • The charities should routinely use the charitable-giving data base developed by the LWC study group.
  • Charities and local officials should work hard to learn from successes for what to do and from failures and disappointments for what not to do.

A Good Laugh Will Do You Good

By Sue Stivers

Like good nutrition and regular exercise, a sense of humor is one of the essentials of a healthylifestyle. Interestingly, the important role of humor has been recognized throughout history andacross cultures.

A medieval professor of surgery, Henri de Mondeville, recommended mirth of an aid to recovery from surgery. In days of old, court jesters relieved melancholy and brought merriment to royalty. Native American tribes, such as the Pueblo, Hopi and Cree, included groups of ceremonial clowns who regularly provoked laughter and lightheartedness.

More recently, modern science has confirmed the accuracy of the ancient proverb: "A merry heart doeth good like medicine."

Laughter is indeed a wonder drug. It stimulates the cardiovascular system, sends surges of oxygen throughout your bloodstream, and exercises the muscles of your face, shoulders, diaphragm and abdomen. While laughter itself is delightfully stimulating, its afterglow creates a positive temporary reduction in blood pressure, respiration, heart rate and muscle tension.

Laughter also enhances creativity and problem solving, reduces stress, eases strained relationships, and promotes mental health. It may even encourage healing, strengthen the immune system and contribute to longevity.

While it would be foolish to think you can "ha ha" your way out of physical illness or emotional trauma, it is clear that good humor contributes to our physical health as well our emotional and mental well-being.

Laughing at yourself and the everyday incongruities of life is an excellent way to quell stress. In research carried out by the Laughter Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, laughter was as effective in reducing stress as complex biofeedback training programs. And laughter requires neither special training nor special equipment. All it requires is a funny bone.

Whether rearing children, managing work, or responding to the unpleasant realities of life, a sense of humor is a blessing in times of stress. Humor also promotes good will and cooperation between generations, between those with opposing views, and between nations.

Mark Twain said it well: "Humor is the great thing.... the minute it crops up, all our harnesses' yield, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place."

Long Live Your Laptop Battery!

Here are a few tips from to help you improve your laptop's battery life.

Contrary to what we would like to think, laptop batteries do eventually die, but there are ways to extend their life. Lincoln Spector of PC World has busted several myths about how to extend your laptop's battery life.

Don't Run It Down to Empty

Although you may have heard letting your battery drain all the way will not affect it and possibly improve it, in reality it puts a lot of strain on and eventually weakens it. Fortunately, most PC's today will not let you completely run out your battery before shutting down.

Keep it Cool

Heat breaks down the battery and reduces its overall life. To prevent overheating, make sure all vents are unblocked, never work with the laptop on pillow or cushions, and if possible, put it on a raised stand that allows for airflow. Also, don't forget to clean the vents with a can of compressed air occasionally.

Give It a Rest

Don't be fooled by your AC power. Just because your AC power is plugged in and you may not be discharging your battery, you are still charging it when you don't need to be. Also, it is still getting warm, which as learned above, is harmful to the battery.

P.S. Only remove or reinsert the battery when it is completely shut down.

Don't Refrigerate You Battery

If you've ever heard the myth of refrigerating your battery, it is just a myth. Not only is it unnecessary, it is potentially harmful to your battery because of the moisture in the fridge.

If you do store your battery somewhere, be sure it is at room temperature and in a dry place.

How To Achieve Longer Life Between Charges

Although you can never regain the electrons you've lost from your battery, you can at least extend the life it has.

Dim your screen

Your laptop's backlight requires a lot of power. Keep it as dim as you can without straining your eyes.

Shut off unneeded hardware

There are several things to shut off that you may not realize are running. Turn off your Bluetooth, your Wi-Fi receiver if you aren't using it. Don't use an external mouse or other device, Eject any discs in the CD or DVD drive, and mute the PC's sound system.

Avoid multitasking

Run as few programs as you can. The more programs you use, the more Random Access Memory (RAM) you use, draining your power.

Avoid multimedia

If you can wait, save things such as video watching, photo editing, or music listening for when you have AC power.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope we have helped extend your battery life and your time of enjoyment on your laptop. Keep an eye out for next month's article. -Ramie Hutchison

This story was posted on 2010-05-27 03:10:59
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