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Chamber Insights May 2006 Issue

Welcome to Chamber Insights, the May Newsletter of the

In this month's issue:
  1. President's message: special tribute to Richard Phelps
  2. New members: Five join Chamber in May 2006
  3. Annual Chamber Picnic June 11, 2006
  4. Columbia Kentucky: A Good Place To Call Home. By Lloyd French
  5. Corporate Sponsor of the Month: Bank of Columbia
  6. 4th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. Big Prize: 2006 Mustang!
  7. Trees: An essay on the value of trees in the townscape

Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce<
Editor - Sue Stivers
Reporters - Katy Davis, Yvonne Kolbenschlag, Monica Rodgers, andDarrell Overstreet
May Feature Writer - Lloyd French
Thought for the Month: "Don't point a finger...lend a hand."

President's Message

As I write the President's Message it is hard to believe that we are already into the late spring season and before long we will be into the summer season.

That thought causes me to reminisce about what has taken place so far this year and look forward to the exciting things ahead. Since the last month's message, we have dedicated the new playground equipment at the Roadside Park.

I want to thank Richard Phelps for all his work and dedication to getting the park cleaned up, adding the picnic shelter, seeing that the park is maintained and most recently obtaining the grant through Cellular One for the playground equipment.

I want to thank Richard, the city employees and others who donated time and materials in getting the playground equipment installed. We also give a big thank you to Cellular One for the grant, for without it, the equipment could not have been purchased. The joint efforts of several people brought an idea to reality. That is the spirit of Columbia and Adair County.

We have great things ahead to look forward to here in Columbia and Adair County. The new roads, new school, great people and I think the greatest opportunity we have seen, to move our community forward. Lets continue to make 2006 a great year for our community. Remember, "COLUMBIA, KY, A Great Place to Call Home."

Our membership continues to grow and we would like to encourage each business and individual who is not a member to join the Chamber by calling 384-6020 for additional information.

New Member Highlights

We are happy to welcome the following new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce during the past month.

Bryant Realty & Auction is located at 304 Campbellsville Street in Columbia and is owned by Joe Bryant. Manager is Rodney Karnes. Phone 384-0888.

Century 21 Smith Realty Group, located at 306 Campbellsville Street, Suite 101 in Columbia is owned by Shannon Smith. Phone 384-0005.

Citifinancial is located at 839 Jamestown Street in Columbia. Manager is Stacy Popplewell and the phone # is 384-2171.

Columbia's Professional Massage Center, located at 101 Campbellsville Street, Suite A is owned by Joan C. Dulworth. Phone 385-9498.

Minty Hills Ranch is located at 2635 Barnetts Creek Road, Columbia, Ky. and is owned by Lamyaa Hashim-Albayaa. Phone 606-787-0360.

A special thanks to each of you for becoming a part of the Chamber family. Your investment in the Chamber means an "Investment in Your Community." We appreciate your membership and encourage you to become involved as your time allows. Your membership shows that you believe in the mission of the Chamber.

Annual Chamber Picnic June 13, 2006

It's that time of year again! Time for the annual Chamber Picnic. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 13th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Roadside Park located on Hwy. 55 south.

Come enjoy good and fellowship....and good entertainment. You won't want to miss this event!

Reservations are due to the Chamber Office not later than Thursday, June 8th and may be made by calling 384-6020.

Corporate Sponsor will be Key Mortgage Company, located at 203 Burkesville Street. Owners are Barry Corbin and Darrell Overstreet.

Columbia Kentucky: A Good Place To Call Home

By Lloyd French

I was born and raised in northern California. I worked for Wells Fargo Bank for 25 years and raised three children during that time. In 1976 I joined a recycling firm and built four recycling plants during the next 15 in St. Louis, Missouri, two in Florida and one in Huston, Texas.

In 1992, I retired and moved to Adair County. During my first 63 years I lived in 4 states, visited 44 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Korea. I tell you this so that you know my first wife and I have been in many communities and have met a lot of people.

Adair County had been our home for 2 years when my wife Patricia passed away due to cancer. I got into my truck and drove 10,000 miles during the next 2 months trying to decide what I was to do now. I asked my daughter and her husband who were living in California if they would like to have a new house in Kentucky.

They said sure! I thought it would be good to build a small cabin down by the creek (branch) and slow down for the first time in my life. But wait...I was introduced to Ivy Collins in October of 1994 and after a short courtship married December 30th 1994. (Wow what a courtship.)

Ivy's mother was in Summit Manor so she thought it would be better to live in her house in town so she could be close to her mother. I agreed but said, "Don't expect me to get involved in any local activities." Did I say slow down? Being Ivy's husband I found kept me very busy. The rest is history.

I have found being involved with the people of Adair County has changed my life for the better. The citizens of Columbia and Adair County are the most friendly and generous people I have ever met.

When Ivy passed away almost three months ago, it was a terrible shock not only to me and our family but to the whole community. Our families have been overwhelmed with kindness and love.

I will continue to be a part of this community as I have tried to do for the last eleven years. I have enjoyed gaining new friends and being INVOLVED!

Yes, Columbia is a great place to call home!

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

A new feature of the monthly Chamber meetings was implemented during the March meeting. Each month there is a Corporate Sponsor. If your business is interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor, please contact Sue Stivers, Executive Director by calling the Chamber Office at 384-6020 for more information on how your business can be spotlighted by being a Corporate Sponsor.

During the month of May, the corporate sponsor of the month was the Bank of Columbia. The Chamber Board would like to say a special "thank you" to Robert Flowers, President and CEO and the Board of Directors for being the Corporate Sponsor and providing the door prize.

All chamber members appreciate your generosity and support of our Chamber of Commerce, not only as a Corporate Sponsor, but for the leadership, support and contributions that you have given the local Chamber since it was organized in 1957. Thank You for 49 years of service to the community and to the Chamber!

Bank of Columbia Corporate Sponsor of the Month

The following presentation was given by Chris Quinn at the May monthly meeting of the Chamber of Commerce held at the Pinewood Country Club.

I would like to thank the Chamber for the opportunity to say a few words about the Bank of Columbia.

I have been a part of the BOC for a little over a year now. I have noticed that this is a bank that has a tradition of being there for the community, during growths and during stagnate periods.

I expect that the next few years could be a period of remarkable growth for Adair County. We will need the aid and experience of those on the chamber and those of you here today to do the most for the whole county.

The BOC started with the idea of a bank that was customer focused and community minded. The basic purpose was to improve the quality of our customers lives through quality financial services. This adds value to being one of our customers.

Value is the bottom line in financial service. We have a tradition of value, one that is passed on from management to employees, from employees to customers and from our customers to their friends and families.

Our goal is one of tradition that we hope will continue to pass on from one member of a family to another. We hope that we can be one of the family values you can pass on to your children.

Many people these days live on their cell phones and work on line. In today's busy life, convenience is very important. We hope that you will check out our banking by phone and on line banking services.

4th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

The 4th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, June 15th at the Pinewood Country Club. The tournament will begin at 12 Noon with a blind draw to pair teams.

The cost to play is $35.00, which includes a mulligan and a skirt. $700.00 in prize money will be awarded to the top 3 teams: 1st place = $400.00, 2nd place = $200.00 and 3rd Place = $100.00.

There will also be chances to win prizes on sponsorship holes and lots of "freebies" given out from sponsors! Everyone is invited to participate in this year's event!

Anyone interested in playing in the tournament may contact Monica Rodgers at 270-384-2866 or call the Chamber office at 270-384-6020.

This years tournament is made possible by the following sponsors:Corporate Sponsors: Bank of Columbia. Duo-County Telecom, Branscum Construction, First National Bank, Central Kentucky Realty, Gaddie Shamrock, Dr. Chuck and Melissa Giles, Key Mortgage.

Hole In One Sponsor: Don Franklin Ford-Mercury-Nissan. Prize: 2006 Ford Mustang

Putting Contest Sponsor: United Citizens Bank: Prize: Golf Club from Pinewood Country Club

Hole Sponsors: Adair Progress, Community Trust Bank, Downeys Eye Clinic, Family Home Health, Grimsley's Jewelry & Bluegrass Cellular, Hancock Tire, Insurance Etc., Jeffries Hardware & Wholesale Electric, L.E.A.D. Adair County, Lindsey Wilson College (Ron Heath), MLS Showroom, NAPA Auto Parts, Quality Personnel, Reed Brothers Insurance, State Farm Insurance, WAIN Radio, and Walker Real Estate


Spring is a wonderful time to be aware of how any community benefits from green spaces- grass and trees. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (exhaust gases) and give off oxygen.

They help reduce urban heat where asphalt covered areas hold the heat. Trees can cool towns and reduce pollution. Greenery promotes a sense of community, leading residents to feel safe and be more civil toward one another. They help muffle noise, provide visual screens and contribute to surrounding property values.Trees help prevent heat-related illnesses.

In parking lots, trees provide beauty instead of ugliness and variety instead of monotony. They attract and please customers and clients by providing a pleasant transition from the roadway into the store or business area. In hot summer weather, parking in the shade keeps a car cooler than if it were parked in the sun. Less gasoline vaporizes and the car requires less air conditioning to cool it. A parking lot and town can be more than asphalt and cement; it can be an oasis.

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