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Chamber Insights September 2011

In this issue
  • Purpose of Chamber
  • Thought for month
  • President's Letter: Ron Heath
  • Corporate sponsor: Walmart of Columbia
  • Christmas Parade
  • Looking Ahead: Events
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Editorial: Sue Stivers

Welcome to Chamber Insights September 2011

The monthly newsletter of the

Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce
201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, Kentucky 42718
(270) 384-6020 / -

Editor: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Ron Heath
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"
"I am only one; but still I am one"
"I cannot do everything, but still I can do something"
"I will not refuse to do the something I can do"

Recently a survey was e-mailed to all members of the Columbia - Adair County Chamber of Commerce seeking comments and suggestions about how the Chamber might better meet the needs of its members and the rest of the community. No organization can exist in a vacuum. The world changes every day. If we just try to stay the same we lose ground. There is a constant need for feedback so existing programs can be improved, new programs can be added, and ineffective programs can be dropped.

In an effort to gauge the effectiveness of the Chamber we seek comments and suggestions from our members. The few minutes you take to complete the survey will help assure that the Chamber is moving in the right direction to be of service to area businesses and is helping to enhance the quality of life for area residents. The Board will use information gathered from these surveys as it sets goals and plans activities for 2012.

If the Chamber is doing a good job we always appreciate positive feedback. If, in your opinion the Chamber is falling short of your expectations we need to how and what suggestions you have to make it better. No feedback makes it difficult to know if what we're doing is effective and helpful for our members.

As a member of the Chamber you have shown you care about the future by making an investment in your community. The Board of Directors represents the businesses and individuals that have chosen to join the Chamber. Just as legislators in Frankfort and Washington seek input from citizens in the areas they represent before they make decisions, so too the Chamber Board seeks your thoughts and comments as they plan for the future. This is your Chamber and this is your community. By completing the survey and returning it to the Chamber office your voice will be heard.

If you are not currently a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you will have an opportunity to join during the annual membership drive to be held in November this year. The Chamber is only as strong as its members make it. You can make a difference. Let us hear from you.


The Chamber is your goodwill ambassador.

It tells people everywhere about business, commercial, cultural, educational and recreational facilities and events, stimulating trade and increasing your enjoyment of the area in which you work.


When Walmart opened its doors in Columbia on November 29, 1984, in a building almost 35,000 sq. ft. in size it employed 80 associates. Many changes have taken place since that time and today we operate in a building over 4 times that size and employ almost 3 times that many associates. Our move to the Supercenter allowed us to offer shoppers "one stop shopping". You can now purchase everything from bait for your next fishing rip to eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Walmart now serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 9700 retail units in 28 countries. In our store alone we serve over 20,000 customers a week. Saving people money to help them live better was the goal that Sam Walton envisioned when he opened the doors to the first Wal-Mart almost 50 years ago. Today, this mission is more important than ever to our customers and members. We work hard to deliver on that promise and strive to make a difference in the lives of our customers, members and associates.

At Walmart, we believe in giving back. We know that we can make the greatest impact on our communities by supporting causes that are important to our customers and associates. This year our store has already given almost $25,000 to a variety of organizations right here at home including Relay For Life, Children's Miracle Network, American Cancer Society, Teacher of the Year and various community grants.

The Columbia Walmart welcomed a new store manager last year, Carla Thomas. She is a Kentucky native born and raised in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. She is married and has one child. Her career with Walmart began when the new Supercenter was built in Tompkinsville in 1997. She was hired as a Produce Associate, but quickly moved up the ladder and came to us last year from her most recent position as the Shift/Co Manager of the Glasgow store.

Walmart is proud to be a part of this community and looks forward to providing even greater customer service and values for its customers.

"The Spirit of Christmas"
Saturday, December 3rd
Christmas Parade "Under the Lights" theme
LOOKING AHEAD: Chamber Activities and Events
  • October 1: Giles Society Arts and Crafts Festival, 360 Spout Springs Rd. Knifley, KY. Hours: 9:00 to 4:00 CT. For more information call 270-465-9573

  • October 7-8: Downtown Days on Public Square. Mark the date on your calendar and make plans to attend: A great program has been planned. The Chamber of Commerce will be there distributing information. Stop by our Get directions, time for events and information. For additional information contact the Chamber office at 201 Burkesville St. or the City office 116 Campbellsville St. Don't miss Country Singer Joe Diffie...

  • October 18th, Chamber Monthly Meeting, 11:45 AM at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson. Program: Honoring the 2011 Rogers & Governor's Scholars. The speakers will be Rogers Scholar, Emmalee Baker and Governor's Scholars, Kyle Mann and Eddie Franklin, Jr. Corporate Sponsor for October: Community Trust Bank All Chamber members are encouraged to attend.

  • October 20 - 4th Annual Ronald McDonald House Wish List Project - 3:00 - 6:00 PM. The Chamber is once again sponsoring the Ronald McDonald Project. Adair County families and businesses have in the past been very generous is providing items for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Lexington and Louisville. Your support is needed again this year. Items are to be brought to the rear of the Chamber office on Thursday, October 20th between the hours of 3:00 - 6:00 PM. A special thanks to Chairman Donna Stotts, Ellen Zornes, and all committee members for the leadership in making this event a reality.
    2011 Wish List for Ronald McDonald House

    The following items are needed at Ronald McDonald House & Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and help families maintain their health and well-being while staying as our guest. (* denotes items for the greatest need)

    Food Items:
    • *Butter/Margarine.
    • *Individually packaged snacks.
    • *Baking supplies
    • Icing
    • Individual microwave meals
    • Assorted variety chips/cookies
    • Flour
    • Fresh fruits & vegetables
    • Salad dressing (Ranch)
    • Cooking spray
    • Assorted breakfast cereals
    • Crackers
    • Tuna
    • Plastic spoons and forks
    Office Needs
    • 8.5 x 11 copy paper
    • Colored copy paper
    • Avery 5160/5262 labels
    • AA & AAA batteries
    • C & D batteries
    Cleaning Supplies/Kitchen Needs
    • *Swiffer supplies (wet/dry floor cloths)
    • *Disinfectant spray
    • *Napkins
    • *Paper Towels
    • *Brown paper Lunch Bags
    • Toilet Paper
    • Disposable gloves
    • 8 and 12 ounce Styrofoam cups
    • Laundry detergent
    • Large Food storage containers
    • Ziploc sandwich/freezer bags
    • Dishwasher detergent
    • Plates and bowls
    Other essentials
    • *13 gallon garbage bags
    • *Dishtowels
    • 8/10 gallon garbage bags
    • 30 & 55 gallon garbage bags
    • Feminine sanitary pads
    • Razors
  • October 21 - 22: Lindsey Wilson College Homecoming: The Chamber would like to welcome all Lindsey Wilson College alumni and family back to Columbia and the Hill at Lindsey Wilson for the annual Homecoming week-end. The "Welcome Mat" is out to each of you as you enjoy your return to our wonderful city and community. For additional information contact Alumni Director Randy Burns or the Chamber of Commerce.

  • October 31 - Treats on The Town - Hours 4:00 to 7:00 PMTreats on the Town...a special time for children to have a safe and fun time trick or treating. Business people are asked to set up a table on the "Square" in Columbia and give out treats to our most precious gem...children. Your support is needed in order to make this event happen. For additional information contact Chairman Debbie Selby at 384-6433 or the Chamber office at 384-6020.

Make A Difference Day is one of the most widely observed national days of helping...a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors in which everyone can participate. Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event observed the fourth Saturday of October. This year, it falls on Saturday, October 22.

The goal of Make A Difference Day is to inspire and encourage local residents to participate in community service projects. Large or small, as individuals or in groups, one-day or ongoing... The nature of the service isn't as important as simply giving your time, effort, resources, skills or support to make a difference in the lives of people in your community.

Just think what it would be like if each Adair County citizen helped only one person in a special way. It does not have to be "big things". Something as small as making a phone call, call or visiting a shut-in, an elderly person or your next door neighbor. Or make a favorite dish and take to your neighbor. Buying a child an ice cream cone...or taking canned food to a food pantry. Or how about telling someone other than your immediate family that you love them, or that you appreciate them. There are so many things YOU can do to Make A Difference in the life of an individual.

Each of you are challenged to observe "MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY" by doing something good for some one else. You will be blessed.

Editorial Of The Month
By Sue C. Stivers
Are you a good listener? Most people are not. Oh, they may hear but they fail to comprehend and evaluate what they hear. Hearing is a physical act that takes place in the ear. Listening is a mental act and takes place in the brain. If you don't have a hearing problem it still doesn't mean you will be a good listener.

Research shows that NOT listening costs businesses and industries millions of dollars a year. Not listening is also a major contributor to relationships of all kinds, and prevents us from gaining the knowledge that we need to move through life with peace, happiness, balance and success.

Here is the amazing thing. We spend only 7-10 percent of our waking time talking and from 40-50 percent of out time listening. We don't listen to our employees, customers, children, parents, spouses, friends, managers, ministers, doctors and just about everyone who crosses our path in life. Why Not??

We don't listen because: (these are only a few of the reasons)
  • We are not interested in what is being said.

  • Our response to the speaker seems to be more important than their message.

  • We fail to control distractions in our environment.

  • We let the speaking style of the other person get in the way of their message.

  • We listen only for content and not the emotional message behind the content.

  • Either party lacks the vocabulary to effectively communicate their message.

  • We don't like, respect or trust the person.

  • Our ego is out of control.

  • We are impatient with the pace of the speaker.

  • We have a negative history with speaker that influences the current dialog.

  • We pay attention only to the words spoken and miss the intent of the message.

  • You may not listen because you are thinking about what response you will give.
It takes time, willingness, patience and a desire to learn and grow to be a better listener. Listening to people says you care, validate them, are interested in them and their ideas. You don't have to agree. But it makes it a lot easier to have working relationships if you will only learn to become a better listener. -SUE C. STIVERS.

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