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Welcome to Chamber Insights - Complete December 2011 Issue

Click on headline for complete Chamber Insights, with outgoing President Ron Heath's last message as President, coming events, upcoming events, and editorial by Sue Stivers.

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

Editor: Sue StiversPresident'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.


"No person has ever been honored for what he received.Honor has been the "Reward" for what he gave."
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Ron HeathThe President's Message

As I reflect back on the two years I've served as President of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, I realize how much I learned about this community and its residents. There's no better way to get to know about your home community than to get involved in a local organization like the Chamber of Commerce or any of the many other active civic groups in the area. The people in these different groups I've met and worked with, or heard about through the local media, all seem to share one common trait. They have "passion" for what they're doing to make this community a great place to call home.

That passion was most evident with the success of the recent Christmas in Columbia weekend. In October, the Board of Directors of the Chamber made a decision to move some of the activities to the Holloway Health and Wellness Center on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College to provide an opportunity for area children to welcome in the holiday spirit. Joel Peterson, Director of the Holloway Center, went about recruiting about 30 students, faculty, and staff members to plan and carry out this activity which attracted more than 300 children (that's almost 20% of all the grade school age children in Adair County). With their parents and other area residents that came to look around total attendance was estimated at 900-1,000.

No sooner had the decision been made to conduct this Christmas Carnival when members of City Council and several businesses on the square decided there needed to continue to be some kind of activity on the square. Charles Grimsley stepped forward as did the Adair Heritage Association to plan and carry out an "Olde Fashioned Courthouse Christmas Shoppe." Members of the Adair Heritage Association and other volunteers cleaned and decorated the courthouse and secured vendors to sell handmade crafts and goodies. It was their passion for the tradition of having activity on the square that made this event so successful.

Members of the Rotary Club put on another great breakfast on Saturday morning which got the day off to a good start. This was one of the club's best attended breakfasts in many years. On Sunday, the Columbia Woman's Club held its annual Home Tour which drew a large crowd. Both of these organizations continue to do big things here in Columbia and Adair County because their members have passion for what they are doing for the community.

That passion is not limited to Christmas in Columbia. Relay for Life is successful each year because the volunteers involved share a passion to defeat breast cancer. The Adair County Band boosters support and follow the band wherever it goes. The Jaycees work hard to make the community better. Members of the Garden Club have spent countless hours planting and maintaining flower beds at the Trabue House, on the square, and at various other locations throughout the community.

There are many other groups and organizations that do good things for the community. Space doesn't allow me to list every one, but that doesn't mean the work they are doing is any less important. They all have members that possess that passion for what their group does here in this community.

One of the greatest lessons I've learned during my term as President is that it's not necessarily the Chamber's responsibility to plan and carry out a wide variety of events and programs to benefit area businesses and the whole community. The Board's job is to engage, empower, and support other groups and organizations to help. We need to tap into their network of volunteers and harness their energy and passion. When we do that the possibilities of what we can do together are endless. If you have a passion for Columbia and Adair County I encourage you to get involved in any group or organization and make a difference.

In closing, I want to thank the members of the Chamber of Commerce for all the support and encouragement they've provided during my term of office. It's been an honor and a privilege for me to serve as President. I encourage everyone to give the same support to new Chamber President Roger Meadows.

Appreciation Expressed to Board Members

You have heard the expression that all good things must come to an end. At the end of this month, the Chamber Board of Directors says good-bye to three persons who have truly been an asset not only to the Chamber but to Columbia and Adair County.

Ron Heath, a retiree from Lindsey Wilson College has done a great job serving as President of the Chamber for the past two years. He has worked hard and long hours working with local businesses, and in developing board leadership through the use of new committees, etc. which has resulted in new programs and activities. Not only has he shared his time but has also given freely of his resources which has been greatly appreciated and a special thank you to Ron's wife Ginny for her help and encouragement. Ron will remain on the board as past President for one year.

Roger Meadows of United Citizens Bank will serve as new President for 2012-2013.

Patricia Harper and Billy Rowe's term of office has ended and we are grateful for their leadership. Patricia represented the Health Industry and Billy represented the Agriculture Industry. They each did an outstanding job serving on the board and representing their respective industries. The Board is grateful for their leadership.

Coming on the Board will be Julie Combs of Day & Day Feed representing the Agriculture Industry and Pam Hancock of McDonald's representing the Food Industry.

Chamber Board of Directors 2012

If any Chamber Member has ideas, thoughts or suggestions, you are encouraged to contact any Board Member or the Chamber office. Leading the Chamber for the year 2012 will be the following Board Members:
- Brady Button - Lindsey Wilson College Advancement Office
- Wendy Butler Burt - Crocus Mills Associates
- Wes Bryant - First & Farmers National Bank
- Amy Chaney - Edwards Jones Investments
- Lee Ann Collins - Community Trust Bank
- Julie Combs - Day & Day Feed
- Carla Denton - WAIN Radio
- Pam Hancock - McDonald's
- Ron Heath - Past President
- Brenda Mann - Asst. Supt. Adair County Schools
- Roger Meadows - United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky
- Dr. Ronald P. Rogers - Rogers Chiropractic Office
- Debbie Selby - Bank of Columbia
- Robin Gayle Smith- Wal-Mart
- Eric West - Duo County Telephone/Telecom
Mayor Mark Harris and County Judge Executive Ann Melton serve as Honorary Members of the Board of Directors. Sue C. Stivers serves as the Executive Director. Kathy Johnson serves as Administrative Assistant at the Chamber/Tourism and Economic Development offices, 201 Burkesville Street. Phone 384-6020.

Looking Ahead.....
January - Chamber Membership for 2012 will be due the end of January.

January 10 - Chamber Board of Directors meeting, 7:30 AM at Chamber Board Room.
January 17 - Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting 11:45 AM at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson; Speakers: Ann Melton, County Judge Executive; Mark Harris, Mayor - City of Columbia.
The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank the following sponsors.

Without the support of these major businesses and organizations, we could not celebrate Christmas in Columbia weekend. Please let these sponsors know you appreciate their participation.
Gold Sponsors: Burton Stone, Inc.**Community Medical Supply**Community Trust Bank. Duo-County Telephone**First & Farmers National Bank**Gaddie ShamrockGarrison Construction**Key Mortgage Company**McDonald's of Columbia.Stotts Construction**United Citizens Bank**Walmart
Silver Sponsor: Columbia United Methodist Church
Bronze Sponsor: Barger Insurance**Day & Day Feed**Durham & Zornes Attorneys-At-Law. Jeffries Hardware**Lewis Transport**Lynn's Service Center, Reed Bros. Insurance**Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home. Walker Realty & Auction
In-Kind Sponsors: Adair County Community Voice**Adair County Fiscal Court.Adair County Garden Club**City of Columbia** Motors**IMO Pump**Lindsey Wilson College. McCammish Manufacturing**The Adair Progress**WAIN**WHVE.Town & Country Lanes & Inflatable's Inc.
Editorial of the Month, by Sue Stivers, Editor

A new year is just around the corner. Will you make a New Year's Resolution? How about making a new year's resolution to be more thoughtful!'s a simple enough concept, and not always the easiest to practice. Yet, if we make a conscious decision to demonstrate "thought-filled-ness" regularly, every day and in every circumstance possible, we will have a giant head start toward "winning without intimidation" throughout our life. Let's see how.

Thoughtfulness is a habit; a way of life well worth cultivating through self-discipline. Thoughtfulness doesn't come needs to be practiced and internalized so that it becomes part of our essence, our very being.

Working at being thoughtful makes sense because, let's face it, it is often easier NOT to be thoughtful. "Easy to do...Easy not to be". It's up to you in the short run. But in the long run, being thoughtful is useful in three ways: it's balm on the conscience; it may brighten someone's day; and developing it as a habit will allow you to be more effective in "Winning Without Intimidation" throughout your life. Your short-run choices will become long-term habits!

Thoughtful people don't wait; they create opportunities to make life brighter, smoother and more enjoyable for those around them.

But how is that possible in our fast-paced society?

What works for me is to take time to, for example hold the door open for anyone near me. I practiced this until I was doing it without thinking or evaluating whether the person behind me was the right gender, was close enough to the door, or who was older, or looked worthy! It became automatic, and always comes with a smile. It has been a part of my life since I was a teenager.

It's just the right thing to do!

Here's another one that takes practice...When a baby is near you in a restaurant and is crying or making a bit more noise than is comfortable, and you see the parent looking embarrassed...Smile and comment on how cute the baby is. Be sure to give a sincere smile and comments in order to differentiate from sarcasm. Practice makes perfect!

A thoughtful person is always quick to pay a compliment, realizing the value it sometimes has beyond the obvious!

How about writing a note or sending a card with your personal message...sending congratulations to someone who has received a promotion or some special recognition! Or sending a "thinking of you" note. Maybe a sympathy card...get well card...with a personal note. Or how about writing a note to let people know you love and appreciate them! Remember, you don't need to have a reason for sending someone a hand written note!

A thoughtful person parks a bit further from the entrance to the store or the post office, leaving closer spaces for those not as nimble, not covered by handicap status, or REALLY in a hurry. You might ask, "Why should I do that? Nobody will know why I'm choosing to park farther away...maybe they'll think I just didn't see the closer spot."

Let me offer two reasons: (1) It's the right thing to do which makes you feel better about yourself, which in turn influences your self-esteem. (2) As touched on earlier, by repeating thoughtful acts, they become habitual. Learning how to apply and perfect these two skills will lead to personal and professional success. Then when it really counts, you'll already be doing them naturally.

Your thoughtfulness makes other people feel better. If we can make other people feel good about themselves, I can assure you that you will have a more positive attitude, along with more personal and professional success.

Until next time...May 2012 be your best year ever. -SUE STIVERS

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