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Chamber Insights September 2011
In this issue
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 / email@example.com - www.columbia-adaircounty.com
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"PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: Ron Heath
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.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?.....
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.
WALMART OF COLUMBIA. CHAMBER CORPORATE SPONSOR 9-20-11
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"LOOKING AHEAD: Chamber Activities and Events
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.
"ARE YOU LISTENING"
Editorial Of The MonthAre 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)
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