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Welcome to Chamber Insights - December 2012

In this issue: Thought of the month, President's Message, Welcome New Board Members, Thank You for Christmas in Columbia, Saying Goodbye to Board Members, "Wonder-ful, saying good bye to Paul Hayes

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: Roger Meadows
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

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, al listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

Presidents Message:

It has been an exciting year at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce with several new businesses coming to Columbia-Adair County, some businesses moving to new locations and others doing major remodeling to better serve their customers. The Chamber held 9 Ribbon Cutting ceremonies in 2012 to recognize these businesses.

The chamber joined the world of social media with the addition of a new Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. Our goal with this new promotional platform was to add a new dimension to what we already do to help promote your business to area residents and the thousands of tourists who visit our region every year. It is our hope that you will keep us informed with what is happening with your business, so that together we can pair your products and services with buyers and clients.

We created a business directory listing of all Chamber businesses that we distribute at events. This directory lets consumers know that you are a reputable member of the community. At the various events the Chamber participated in this year we passed out approximately 500 of these to potential customers.

The chamber also held our annual events which started with the Chamber Banquet where we recognize Outstanding Business/Professional Man and Woman, Educator, Agriculturist, Industry/Business, Employee and Volunteer of the year. This year instead of the normal speaker we had a group of well-known local musicians perform for us. They were, Jr. & Donna Feese, Gerald & Cynthia Coomer, Buddy & Nancy Smith, and Bobby Lee and Sammy Blair. Comments after the banquet from a majority of participants were this was one of the best ever.

We also held our annual Golf Tournament, Picnic at the Roadside Park, Wares Fare, Ronald McDonald House drive, and wrapped up the year with Christmas in Columbia. Each of these events was a huge success and we want to thank all those that participated in the events and especially our sponsors for making these events possible.

We are continually looking for ways to improve the Chamber and better promote our member businesses. If you have ideas or suggestions of things we could do better, please let us know.

Those of us at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce wish to thank you for your support in 2012 as we look forward to an even better 2013.

Welcome New Board Members

The Chamber is extremely happy to welcome the following new members to the Board of Directors: Ellen Zornes, Chris Wilson and David Rasmussen.

Ellen Zornes is the District Coordinator A.C.T.I.O.N. Generation with the Adair County Schools. She has been an active member of the Chamber and served as Coordinator for the LEAD Program for several years.

Chris Wilson is owner of Wilson-Golden Rule Real Estate & Auction Service and Hill & Valley Farms Bed & Breakfast. Both businesses are members of the Chamber. Chris will represent the Real Estate industry on the Board.

David Rasmussen is CEO of our local hospital. He brings a lot of leadership to the Board from past experiences with other Chambers. We welcome him to Adair County and to the Chamber Board

Saying Good Bye to Board Members

It is with deep regret that we say good-bye to three Board members. Amy Chaney, Robin Gayle Smith and Ron Heath. All three have been faithful board members and have provided outstanding leadership to the Board.

Amy Chaney, Officer Administrator for Edwards Jones Investments served as Secretary and did an outstanding job. She was actively involved with many of the Chamber events and shared new ideas for fund raising and other activities.

Robin Gayle Smith, Invoice Department at Wal-Mart served as Treasurer, a job that most people don't want to do. Being a lover of working with numbers her work was superior.

Ron Heath is past president of the Chamber. The by-laws state that the President will serve another year on the board as an advisor to the new president. Ron served, not only as an advisor, but chaired a number of activities including Chairman of the Soft Skills division of the Community Work Ready Program.

The Board would like to say a special "Thank You" to Amy, Robin and Ron for the outstanding job they did of volunteering their time and talents with the Chamber. Because of their efforts every business in Adair County has been helped and every person has enjoyed the benefits of making our community a better place to live and work. Thanks for a job beautifully done. You are appreciated and look forward to your continued support of the Chamber of Commerce and our wonderful community.


By Sue Stivers, Executive Director

Elmer Kline, a bakery manager in 1921 was given the job of naming the company's new loaf of bread. As he struggled to come up with something "catchy", he found his answer in an unlikely place. While visiting the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he stopped to watch the International Balloon Festival.

Later he described the sight of the beautiful hot-air balloons launching into the Indiana sky as one of "awe and wonderment". The thought stuck, and he called the new product "Wonder Bread". To this day, the packaging for Wonder Bread is brightened by colorful balloons.

Wonder, however, is a word that evokes something more significant than a loaf of bread or hot-air balloons. One dictionary defines wonder as "a cause of astonishment or admiration. It's a word that captures the experience of all the people surrounding the events and activities in our community, such as Christmas in Columbia "Parade Under The Lights".

As I write this column, I am saddened to think about the death of our dear friend Paul B. Hayes. Throughout the years, Paul and I have been in "wonder" thinking why certain things happened or did not happen in our county, state and nation. At least once a month, Paul would drop by the Extension Office (when I was Extension Agent) and later by the Chamber office and ask, "What is going on?" We would discuss ideas, projects, events, etc. and "wonder" if it would work. By wondering and working together, many things were accomplished.

At the Chamber Christmas Gathering, December 10, Paul Hayes was really missed...He was not there taking pictures and talking with everyone. I "wonder" what Paul would have said and what he would have written in this week's paper. There will be many times when I will stop and think as all Chamber members will...I "wonder" what Paul would say or write. But I do know what we would all say..."WONDER-FUL PAUL".

January Monthly Chamber Meeting

The January Monthly Columbia/Adair Chamber meeting will be at 11:45amCT, Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Chamber Office, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY. Speakers for January will be Ann Melton, Judge Executive & Mayor Mark Harris.

Welcome New Member

The Chamber is extremely happy to Welcome TaPs Diner as a new member.

TaP's Diner is located at 104 Public Square, Columbia 270-385-6003. Owners are Letisha Paris & Pamela Miller.

The Chamber welcomes this new business on the square and encourages you to stop by and give this new restaurant a try.

2013 Membership Renewal

We want to thank you for your membership in 2012 and we look forward to your continued support in 2013.

Membership shows your pride in being a part of an organization that plays a key role in the community making it a better place to work, live and play.

Membership forms will be sent out the end of December for 2013 renewal.

Again, Thank you for your support.

Thank You for all of Your Support

It has been a long and busy Holiday Season and the Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Debbie Selby, Events Chairman, all individual businesses and organizations for their help and support in making this year's "Christmas in Columbia" a success. We couldn't do this without your support.

The Gold and Bronze Sponsors were:

Gold - Burton Stone, Community Medical Services, Community Trust Bank, Duo County Telecom, First & Farmers National Bank, Gaddie Shamrock, Key Mortgage Co., McDonald's of Columbia, Stotts Construction Co., United Citizens Bank.

Bronze - Bank of Columbia, Barger Insurance, Columbia United Methodist Church, Day & Day Feed, Jeffries Hardware, Lewis Transport, Lynn's Service Center, Reed Brothers Insurance, Stotts, Phelps, McQueary Funeral Home, Walker Realty & Auction.

In-Kind Sponsors - who promoted and gave their time, talents, facilities, and resources to Christmas in Columbia: Adair County Fiscal Court, Adair County Garden Club, Adair Progress, City of Columbia, Columbiamagazine, Community Voice, IMO Pump, Lindsey Wilson College, McCammish Manufacturing, WAIN, WHVE, Z.R.T. Services for the sound system and Franklin Motors, Dan Franklin for supplying cars for the dignities and other participants of the parade.

The Rotary Club for their excellent breakfast that started the festivities.

Charles Grimsley and the Adair County Heritage Association for organizing the Arts & Crafts booths at the Historic Courthouse and the wonderful chili/soup supper served that evening.

Holloway Health & Wellness Center-Christmas Carnival - Joel Peterson, Chairman, the LWC staff & students, Tony Rose 4-H Extension Agent and a special Thank You to Justin and Sarah Cason (Santa & Mrs. Claus) for making the Center into a Christmas Wonderland for the community's children.

The Community Christmas Caroling organized by the Ministerial Association, the Open Houses by our Local Artist's and the Columbia Woman's Club Home Tours.

Most of all we want to thank everyone who participated in the parade & activities, supported the arts & crafts vendors, visited the Home Tours and enjoyed the Christmas Carnival.

Creating Our County & Area History

By Sue C. Stivers

I have always found it interesting that there is often a close correlation between an individual's interest in history and his or her own age. And while this correlation certainly isn't universal, it does seem to occur to a significant number of people. Prior to adulthood it is a rare individual that develops an appreciation for the study of history. You may have heard school aged children complain about having to take history classes and lament that those classes are useless. (Perhaps some readers may relate to those feeling back in their school days.) However, somewhere along the line, a transformation seems to occur and your thinking began to change.

My belief is that the transformation begins to occur when we start to develop an appreciation for our own personal history. As we go through our teens and twenties and beyond, we begin to look back at events that have occurred in our own lives and how they have affected who we have become. The appreciation for our personal history and realization of our mortality is only the beginning of a wider appreciation of the history of others.

The wider appreciation of history seems to come when we begin to understand not only how events and actions affect us, but also how our actions affect others around us and the events we are involved in. We begin to wonder how we will be remembered in years to come. What legacy will we leave behind? We move beyond a sense of personal history and look to how they can contribute to the general history of their country, state, or county/city.

What does this have to do with you and with me? Over the years, we in the Adair/Columbia area have been very fortunate to have had a number of such individuals that have shaped our local history. They were each leaders in their own way, but all contributed to the quality of life we enjoy here today. But that quality of life will only continue if today's leaders also have a sense of history.

As leaders in the community, Chamber of Commerce members need to ask how decisions made in both their personal and professional lives will affect the future of our county and area. Are we adequately planning for the future of our area? Will there be safe neighborhoods where our children and grandchildren can play in years to come? Will our school system prepare our children for the "real" world and will there be local jobs available for them?

But beyond the questions are actions. And as leaders, we need to give of our time, talents and financial resources to ensure that history treats the leaders of today as responsible individuals who worked to make our county and city a wonderful place to live.

In the end, it will be our actions that will write the history of Adair County in years to come.

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