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Chamber Insights for December 2008: Complete issue

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Welcome to Chamber Insights - December 2008 The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Editor and feature writer: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Donna Stotts
Feature Writer:Ramie Hutchison

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
"To Think A Good Thought
To Speak A Good Word
To Do A Good Deed
Is Happiness
For Him Or Her Who seeks No Reward"
President's Message

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce would like to express their appreciation to all who played a part in making "Christmas in Columbia" a successful event.

Sponsors: Bank of Columbia, First and Farmers National Bank, Key Mortgage, United Citizens Bank, Community Trust Bank, Central Kentucky Realty and Auction, Burton Stone, Gaddie Shamrock, Garrison Construction, McDonald's, Majestic Yachts, Hi-temp Graphics, Stotts Construction, Duo-County Telecom, Community Medical, Lewis Transport, Jimmy Reliford.

Publicity & Promotion:WAIN, The WAVE, Adair Progress, Community Voice and ColumbiaMagazine.

Parade Transportation: Franklin Motors - Dan Franklin

Arts, Crafts, & Goodies:Lisa Lee and Gail Cowan, County Judge Executive Ann Melton's office, Stephen Keen and Susan Loy, Barger Insurance Agency, Dr. Ben Arnold for the use of his buildings. All vendors that participated.

Santa's Dream Shop: WAIN for providing the tent, Bobbie Allen Owen and Holli Scavenger from LWC for the interior. Billy Pickett, Sammy and Angela Dean for the cotton candy. Adair Co Band for taking awesome pictures with Santa. Stephen and Patti Reliford.

Crafts: LWC Education Department, Adair County High School Art Students, Tony Rose, Adair County 4-H

Pony Rides:Arlinda Kessler, Duo-County Telecom, for coordinating, Vernon Mast for providing the ponies. Sponsors: Sano Park Training Center, J & B Construction, Grider Stables.

Bouncy House & Slide:Donna Stotts for coordinating, Rodney & Amy Thompson for set-up. Sponsors: Golden-Rule Wilson Realty, Dollhouse Daycare, A.C.T.I.O.N. Generation.

Local Entertainment: Chasity Yarberry, Westlake Regional Hospital, for coordinating, all performers, Rogers Trucking for providing the stage.

Personalized Ornaments: Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce and Beth Cahoe, The Painted Cottage.

Decorating Contests: Sheila Hare for coordinating, All Judges, All participants

Carriage Rides: Richard Phelps for coordinating. Sponsors: Barger's Insurance, Central Bookkeeping, Adair County Community Voice, Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, Harris & Harris, Attorneys, Jeffries Hardware, Reed Bros. Insurance, Grimsley's Jewelry, Walker Realty Lynn's Service Station, Community Medical, Lewis Transport, Jimmy Reliford, Durham & Zornes, Insurance Etc.

Christmas Reading: County Judge Executive Ann Melton

Lighting of the Tree: State Representative Elect, John "Bam" Carney

Scavenger Hunt: LWC Bonner Leaders

Parade: Leanna McGinnis, Bluegrass Cellular for coordinating<

Special thanks to all merchants that had special hours and sales.

Special thanks to McCammish Manufacturing, IMO Industries and the Little League Park for use of parking for parade.

Special thanks to Alexis Spires for graphic design and sponsorship signs.

Special thanks to other groups for scheduling events to coincide with Christmas in Columbia: The Rotary Club, Columbia Woman's Club, Tumbletown USA, Trabue Russell House, Highland Raku Art Studio, Hearts Image Studio and Gallery, The Dream Depot, Adair County Band Boosters, Adair Co Search and Rescue, Lindsey Wilson College Choral Ensemble, Antioch United Methodist Church, Sue Stivers, and Kathy Johnson.

We would also like to thank everyone for the great attendance at the Chamber Christmas Party, over 100 attended at LWC Cramner Dining Center. Thanks to Mindy Smith and her committee for fun games and awesome door prizes sponsored by: Bank of Columbia--Barger Insurance Agency--Bluegrass Cellular-- Bryant Realty--Central KY Realty--Community Trust Bank--Dairy Queen--Duo-County Telephone--Jim Flowers, Edward Jones--Family Home Health--First and Farmers National Bank--Flowers N'Things--Grimsley's Jewelry--IGA--Joyce's Hallmark--Jeffries Hardware--Julia's Flower Garden--Kessler Mortgage Co.--Key Mortgage Co.--Mr. Lloyd French--McDonalds--Newcomb Oil Co.--OK Country Cooking--Reed Brothers Insurance--Sheila's Country Junction--Shoreline Communications--Sonic--Trays Garden--United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky--Wendy's

-Donna Stotts, President

A Salute to the 2008 Chamber Members

Merry Christmas Chamber members...May you, your family and your employees have a wonderful Christmas and may 2009 be your best year ever....filled with good health, renewed energy, joy, peace and happiness. Thank YOU for making "An investment in Your Community" and we look forward to your continued support of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce throughout the coming year.

Editorial of the Month
By Sue Stivers, Executive Director
He was a relatively small, quiet kind of man, the kind you almost never see get his feathers ruffled. But there was no doubt when he was on the job that he was in charge. He summed up how he motivated people and made them accomplish great things this way.

"Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve". Was it a president? A big corporation CEO? A great war hero, maybe? No, it was just a football coach. A rather slight and quiet man named Tom Landry, who took his Dallas Cowboys to five Super Bowls bringing home the winners' rings twice.

But what Landry said can be applied to a lot more than a football field. It can be applied to the family, government, the military, business, industry and almost any walk of life. And it can especially be applied to community. What is a leader? Some people will immediately answer that a leader is someone who has been elected to office. That's true. But elected officials are only a part of any community's leadership picture, although a very important part. The total leadership of any community includes people from a diverse range of groups...from churches to business organizations to civic groups to schools. And we have been graced in this community with active, intelligent and bold leadership.

But you don't have to be a war hero or the coach of a Super Bowl team to be a good leader. Nor do you have to be involved in politics. Leaders are needed every day in the Rotary Club, Ministerial Association, Relay For Life, and Oh yes, the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. All of these people work in some capacity for the betterment of this community. As a matter of fact, this community couldn't exist without them. But just think how much better it would be if we had more of them. Each year, another group of current and future leaders convenes here at the Chamber office to learn how this community works. For the past few years, LEAD Adair County has worked to educate those with the desire and the drive to help lead this community. If you need more information about LEAD Adair County, you may contact Monica Rodgers Shuffett, or the Chamber office.

The truth is, this community needs more people who will serve in leadership roles. I urge you not only to take part in leading this community yourself, but to find employees, neighbors, and friends who could be involved if only someone would politely and persistently urge them to do so. We need those people.

So get involved and become a leader. Join the Chamber of Commerce, volunteer to serve on a committee, or join another civic organization. Teach Sunday School at your church. Run for office. Volunteer to lead your kid's scouting group, coach a kid's basketball or softball team. What you do isn't as important as the fact that you're doing something to make this community better for your family, your business and your neighbors. This community needs you. Are you willing to answer the call?

2009... Beginning A New Year

January means the beginning of a new year. We Say good-bye to 2008 and ring in a time for looking ahead to new beginnings. It's also a time when New Year resolutions are made. Did you know that more diets begin in January than any other month? Another resolution which follows closely to diet is an exercise program. What's your resolution for 2009?

January is the prime time for new procedures in business, fresh starts and a time to implement new and exciting ideas to make you business more successful. Celebrate the New Year throughout the entire month of January...not just the first day. Go ahead and try it...people will love it.

Here are some tools for getting your business started off to a good start in 2009.
  • Decorate your counter with New Year's items and keep them displayed the entire month.
  • Greet everyone checking in with "Happy New Year" and always use an enthusiastic tone!
  • Design a note pad to offer each customer titled "New Day" or "New Beginnings". They can use this as a daily to-do list reminder.
  • Advertise "For a New You in the New Year".
  • In your home, serve juice in champagne glasses during meals. This just adds that celebration look and feel to every meal.
Some things that make January special are: New Year's Day, Pro Football Games, College Bowl Games, National Hobby Month, Hot Tea Month and more time to relax as you sit by the fire on a cold winter night watching our favorite TV Program or reading a favorite book.

Tips on Happy Holiday Returns, Refunds and Exchanges

Following the opening of the Christmas gifts, many people will head to the store to return the item or items they have received as a present. Wrong size, don't fit right, wrong color, just don't like it, don't need it, along with many other reasons will be given for returning. Some people will be stuck with items they can't return.

Some stores give refunds, issue store credits, or allow an exchange. Others consider all sales to be final. A store is not legally required to accept items for refund, exchange, or credit unless the merchandise is defective or was misrepresented.

A Better Business Bureau (BBB) survey shows that nearly three in 10 adult consumers don't carefully read return and exchange policies when making a purchase in a store or retail outlet.

If you are the gift recipient, don't assume you have the right to return or exchange an unwanted present. Like the shopper, you are bound by the merchant's return policy. Make sure you save your gift receipt. Also, keep the item in its original packaging and be aware that some merchants charge "open box" or restocking fees. Don't wait too long to return the item. The store could have a deadline on its return policy. Following these tips will help you to keep your holiday spirit just a little bit longer.

Here's some advice for you to keep in mind not only for Christmas but throughout the year when making purchases for your family members or friends.

  • Ask the store about its return policy. Can a customer obtain a refund, a store credit, or exchange unwanted merchandise?
  • Ask for a gift receipt and enclose it with the gift.
  • Don't remove electronics or similar products from their wrapping as the original packaging may be required for a return.
  • Some merchants charge a restocking or "open box" fee for returns of electronic products or large-ticket items. Ask it that is their
  • Do not assume the regular return policy applies to sales or clearance items. Some merchants consider clearance and sale items to be final, so ask.
  • Health regulations, which can prohibit the return of hats and intimate apparel, may apply.
Attaching pictures and other files to your emails

What is an attachment? - An attachment is a file that you "attach" with your email message. Attachments can consist of anything from a Microsoft Word document, to a picture you took on vacation.

Attachments are useful because they allow you too share almost any file (depending on the size of the file) with anyone you would like.

How to attach - Most email applications have similar attach options, but we will discuss how to attach on Microsoft Outlook.

First you need to compose an email by selecting New at the top of your inbox. A blank email message should appear. From this point, type in the recipients email address in the To bar and type your desired message in the designated message area.

When you are ready to attach the file, find the paperclip symbol near the top of the message window. Click on the paperclip and a new window should appear titled Insert File. Using the drop down bar, click on the arrow and select the folder where your file is located.

When you see the file you wish to attach, highlight it and select insert. Your attachment should appear in the attachment bar once you have done this.

Now you are ready to click Send.

You may attach more than one item depending on the size of the files. If you receive an undeliverable reply to your message, you may have attached too many items, or selected an item that is too large for the email to send.

If you do not have Microsoft Outlook your attachment options may be slightly different, but most email applications have Attach options located in the same general vicinity.

If you have any questions, please contact Duo County Telecom at 378-4141 -RAMIE HUTCHISON

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