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Welcome to Chamber Insights - Complete December 2010

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Editor: Sue Stivers
  • President's Message: Ron Heath
  • Feature Writers: Ron Heath, Sue Stivers, 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 For the Month"

The greatest Christmas gift cannot be purchased in a store or ordered from a catalog, 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.

A Salute to Chamber Members

President Ron Heath and the Chamber Board of Directors wish each Chamber member, your family and employees a Merry Christmas. May 2011 be filled with good health, renewed energy, joy, love, peace and happiness. Thank YOU for making an investment in "Your Community" and we look forward to your continued support of the Columbia-Adair county Chamber of Commerce throughout the coming year.

President's Message

December is a time of giving and sharing the joy of Christmas. Angel trees abound at many area churches to give individuals and families the chance to make Christmas morning brighter for area children. Coins are dropped into the Salvation Army red kettles outside many stores to help those who work need financial help in difficult times. Area service groups collect toys to be distributed to young people. The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Adair County.

Christmas in Columbia is a great way to start the holiday season. This year's parade was no exception. The light rain didn't dampen the spirits of the children who waited anxiously for Santa to arrive on the fire truck. Despite the rain this year's parade was bigger than the one last year. The floats were better, our Adair County High School band was super, and the Kosair Shriners brought a smile to everyone with their funny antics. The kings, queens, princes and princesses, area dignitaries, antique cars, horses, motorized mules, and bicyclists all added to the festive atmosphere. People in the parade and those standing along the streets or sitting in their cars seemed to enjoy themselves. It was a great evening for Columbia and Adair County.

What made this parade really special were the four young men who served as Grand Marshals. The theme "I'll be Home for Christmas" was chosen especially to recognize all the young men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They represented all the service men and women who have given everything they have to keep this country safe. What a wonderful gift they have given to us! Recognizing them during the parade was our way of saying thanks. We look forward to the day when all our service men and women can say to their families and friends, "I'll be home for Christmas."

Few people realize how much time and work goes into putting the Christmas in Columbia celebration together. Work begins during the heat of the summer to plan the parade and other activities. These volunteers give up work time and time with their families to do something special for the community. Yet they aren't the only ones who give to make this event a success.

Area Chamber businesses provide financial and in kind support each year. In the true spirit of Christmas they give back to the people of Adair County without any tangible benefit to themselves. A list of Gold and Bronze Sponsors is included on this page along with the sponsors that provided in kind gifts and services. When you visit their business say a word of thanks for their gift to you and all the other residents of Adair County.

On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. We look forward to making Christmas in Columbia even more special next year.

Chamber Board of Directors

The Chamber will say good-bye to 4 Board Members and welcome 4 new Directors at their January Board meeting. Those leaving the Board of Directors are Stephen Keen, Doug McCammish, Mindy Smith and Darrell Treece. Each has truly been an asset to the Board and will be missed. "Thank You" for the outstanding job you did and for giving of your time and talents to serve in the leadership positions.

Joining the Board for a three-year term will be Wesley Bryant representing First and Farmers National Bank; Carla Denton of WAIN Radio Station; Brenda Mann, Assistant Supt. of Adair County Schools, and Debbie Selby representing Bank of Columbia. We welcome them to the Board and appreciate their being willing to serve as a Director.

Officers for 2011 will be President Ron Heath, Vice President and membership Chairman Roger Meadows, Secretary Amy Thompson and Treasurer Robin Smith. Others on the Board are Wendy Butler Burt, Brady Button, Lee Ann Collins, Sheila Hare, Patricia Harper, and Billy Rowe. Honorary members are Mayor Mark Harris and County Judge Executive Ann Melton. Sue C. Stivers is the Executive Director.

New Member Highlights - The Chamber is extremely pleased to welcome three new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Burger King - Columbia: 101 Dohoney Trace, Columbia 270-380-1544Mgr. Tracee Wallace

Hosparus of Central Kentucky: 105 Diecks Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 42701Annette Jones, Volunteer Coordinator - 270-737-6300

A.W. Reed, LTD: 2310 Milltown Church Road, Columbia, Owners Bob & Pam Reed.

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 business voice in our community...helping to make Columbia-Adair County "A Great Place to Call Home". Remember, what you get out of a membership association is what you put into it. You are encouraged to get involved today!

Dates to Remember

January 2011 is Membership Month: Chamber membership dues should be paid by Jan. 31. Watch for your statement in the mail

January 6 - Kentucky Chamber Day: Convention Center in Lexington, KY.

January 11 - Chamber Board Meeting: 7:30 AM at Chamber Board Room.

January 18 - Monthly Chamber Meeting: 11:45 AM at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson.

Speakers will be the newly elected Mayor Mark Harris and County Judge Executive Ann Melton who will share their plan and vision for 2011. Corporate Sponsor will be: Walker Realty & Auction Service

Saturday, January 22 - Chamber Board Retreat - 8:00 AM

Special Thanks and Appreciation to Local Businesses

Christmas in Columbia Week-end was once again an outstanding event. It was a big success with the activities coming to a close on Sunday night with the Lindsey Wilson College Choral Ensembles giving a performance at Columbia Baptist Church.

Without the cooperation of the business community, "Christmas in Columbia" would not be a reality. The Chamber would like to express their appreciation and say a special "Thank You" to all the businesses for their financial support of the 20th Annual Christmas In Columbia. The Old Fashioned Carriage Rides throughout the city added much enjoyment for folks of all ages even though the "weather was cold outside". The carriage rides are always a big hit. Local citizens are asked to please tell the businesses how much you appreciate them for giving their support to the Chamber "Christmas In Columbia Week-end".

Gold Sponsors: Bank of Columbia, Community Trust Bank, First & Farmers National Bank, United Citizens Bank, Duo-County Telephone, Community Medical Supply, Garrison Construction, Key Mortgage Company, Gaddie-Shamrock, McDonald's, Stotts Construction and Burton Stone, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors: Barger Insurance, Reed Bros. Insurance, Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, Estes Insurance Inc.-Nationwide Insurance, Walker Realty & Auction, Harris & Harris PSC, Jeffries Hardware, Joyce's Hallmark, Central Bookkeeping, Lynn's Service Center, Day & Day Feed, and Durham & Zornes.

In-Kind Sponsors: WAIN, WHVE, Adair Progress, The Community Voice, Columbiamagazine.com, McCammish Manufacturing, Franklin Motors, Adair County Garden Club, Adair County Fiscal Court, City of Columbia, and IMO Pump.

Special Thanks and Appreciation to the following.

The Don Franklin Ford-Mercury has provided vehicles for the parade celebrities for many years. Chairman Dan Franklin and co-chairman Don Franklin, Jr. continue to play an important role, not only in providing the transportation of beautiful cars and trucks, but having golf carts in place for use in judging the floats. We are grateful to the Franklins for their support for the past 20 years and look forward to their continued support in years to come.

Ted Vogelsberg for providing the military truck for transportation for the young military men who have recently served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Chamber was honored to have Specialist Tyler Royse, SFC Bryan Walker US Army, Senior Airman Jordan Baker USAF and Corporal Daniel Kermeen serve as Grand Marshalls of the parade. Each of you are loved and appreciated.

McCammish Manufacturing, IMO Industries, the Little League Park and the Columbia Nazarene Church for the use of their parking lots for the parade line-up, etc.

Columbia Rotary Club for their annual Breakfast at Columbia Baptist Church to kick-off the opening of the Christmas in Columbia week-end. Everyone who attends not only enjoys the good home cooked meal, but the fellowship with people throughout the county.

Artisans Henrietta and Jeff Scott, of Highland Raku and David Waltz of Hearts Image forOpening their Studio and Gallery to the public for Open House on Friday and Saturday. This is an event enjoyed by people throughout the Cumberland Area.

Alan Reed and the Lindsey Wilson College Concert Band and Dr. Gerald Chafin and the Lindsey Wilson College Concert Singers for their performances held during the week-end. These events were truly enjoyed by the public and added much to the week-end.

Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton for doing a great job of the "Lighting of the Christmas Tree Ceremony" with Parade Grand Marshalls in attendance.

Columbia Woman's Club for once again sponsoring the Home Tour, an event enjoyed by so many people as they have the opportunity to visit the beautiful homes in Columbia and Adar County

Last but certainly not least...the week-end comes to an end with the Antioch United Methodist Church presenting the play "Jesus Loves Fruitcake" which proved to be an outstanding production and enjoyed by folks throughout the County.

Again...A Special Thank You to everyone who helped in any way to make the 2010 Christmas In Columbia Weekend, one that will long be remembered.

The Chamber truly appreciates our local businesses and Wish you a Merry Christmas and that 2011 will be your best year ever. Your continuous support for the Chamber of Commerce and our community is a great gift.

How to make text larger in Windows XP.
By: Ramie Hutchinson


No matter what age you are, sitting in front of a computer for a long period of time can be tiring on the eyes and sometimes the standard Windows font is just small enough to be irritating and painful.

In the next few paragraphs, I will give you step by step instructions on how to enlarge the text throughout Windows XP, making your PC easier on the eyes.

First, minimize or close all open windows so you can have a clear view of your desktop (The main screen of your computer).

Find a blank spot without any program icons and right-click your mouse. When you right-click, select the Properties option in the right-click menu. From there you will see another menu window pop up.

At the top of this menu you will see several tabs, one of which is Appearance. Choose it.Under the Appearance tab, you will see three drop-down menu bars; Windows and buttons, Color scheme, and Font size. Click the Font size drop-down menu. By default, Windows XP sets the font to Normal, you have the option to change it to Large Fonts or Extra Large Fonts.

After selecting the size you want, you should see a dramatic difference in your PC's font, in turn making working on your computer easier on the eyes.

hope this was a helpful tip and keep your eyes peeled for next month's tip from Duo County Telecom.


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