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Chamber Insights: Complete January 2007 Issue

Chamber InsightsJanuary 2007

Welcome to Chamber Insights, the monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Editor: Sue Stivers

Feature writers: Darrell Overstreet, Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Thought for the month:
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.

President's Message
I want to wish everyone a very prosperous 2007. It is hard for me to believe that a new year is already here. The chamber is already getting in gear for lots of happenings in 2007. The Chamber Board met last week for a planning session. I want to thank our Executive Director Sue Stivers for encouraging us to have a planning meeting. It was the first session that has been held for several years for the single purpose to brainstorm short-term and long term goals. We came away with lots of ideas and goals with some of those already being put into action. I so much appreciate our Board of Directors for their ideas, their support and their excitement about 2007 and all the things that the Chamber will be involved with. We will be sharing goals and happenings with everyone in the future.

This is the time of the year to renew your chamber membership. I am sure you have received your notice, please let me encourage you to send your dues in today. Also this is the time of the year when we encourage and challenge those of you who are members to become members of the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce. With everything that is planned for this year, you will be glad that you are a member of the Chamber. The Chamber's overall goal is to "promote business and community growth and development by sponsoring economic programs which are designed to strengthen and expand the income potential of all businesses within the City of Columbia and Adair County." Strength in numbers is important in reaching this goal. The mission is not always easy but we can make "COLUMBIA, KENTUCKY, a great place to call home."

New Member Hi-Lights
The Chamber is delighted to welcome the following new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Personal Touch Home Care: located at 801 Westlake Drive in Columbia and is operated by Susan Breeding and Terry Carpenter.

Bob Belknap: from Elizabethtown and is with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program.

Dora Mae Stone: An individual member from Columbia

A special "Thank You" for becoming a part of the Chamber family. Your investment in the Chamber means an "Investment in Your Community." This is your Chamber...Your voice in our community...helping to make Columbia a good place to call home.

Katy Walker
Student Board Member

The Chamber welcomes Katy Walker to the Board of Directors. Katy, a junior at Adair County High School is honored to be on the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors representing FBLA (Business Leaders of America). She is dedicated to her responsibilities as President of FBLA and by holding the highest office of the organization, she automatically serves on the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Katy said, "This is a very unique opportunity for me and I feel very confident as well as being excited about learning much from this experience." I know this will be an educational experience for me and I look forward to working with the Board."

Katy, the daughter of Dickey and Amy Walker, is actively involved at ACHS. She is president of the junior class, member of the varsity cheerleaders who has won national recognition and is color guard in the State Champion ACHS Marching Band. She also participates in shot put and discus throwing on the track and field team and is a member of the student council.

Katy takes pride in her accomplishments and in providing leadership to her school and community.

The Chamber is very proud to have Katy serving on the Board of Directors.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month
A special "Thank You" to Walker Realty and Auction Service for being the Corporate Sponsor of the month.

Walker Realty and Auction Service is owned and operated by Richard L. Walker, principal broker and auctioneer. The office is located at 107 Burkesville Street in Columbia.# Richard has been a broker for 35 years.

Walker started in the real estate business in 1971 as a partner with the late T.M. "Buck" Watson. In 1985, Walker bought out Watson's interest and Watson retired.

Walker Realty is a diversified agency, focusing on private and auction sales of homes, acreage, farms farm equipment, livestock and personal property. He has been involved in the development of 14 subdivisions and has also built and sold approximately 140 homes.

Richard has 10 licensed sales associates, including his wife, Marsha, who is a broker associate, while son Dickey, daughter Leigh Ann, brother Billy and his wife, Tammy are sales associates. Broker associate Emily Sargent has been with Walker since 1985.

Richard says he has enjoyed the real estate business, because he likes talking to and helping people he knows and he gets to meet new people almost every week. He has no plans for retirement, because he loves what he does.

Richard L. Walker has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce ever since he has been in the Real Estate business. He is a strong believer in the purpose and mission of the Chamber and has provided leadership by serving as Vice President, Board of Directors and as Chairman of various committees. In 2003, Walker was the recipient of the Chambers Outstanding Business Man of the Year Award.

The Chamber is indeed grateful to Walker Realty and Auction Service and all other businesses who have served as Corporate Sponsors during the ten months. Any business interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor should contact Executive Director Sue Stivers at the Chamber office (384-6020).

Looking Back and Looking Ahead
People have always wanted goods and services. The Internet allows buying and selling world wide. E-Bay auctions and the practice of "trading" can now be accomplished on one's computer.

Changes in commerce continuously occur causing the need to find innovative ways to market skills and products.

The following article appeared 100 years ago in a newspaper.
The Local Store
The country storekeeper believes in the total depravity of all who patronize the big mail order houses in the city. He cannot understand how neighbors can be so mean as to send five hundred miles and patronize strangers just to save a few cents, when he can have his capital invested in business here that serves customers in lots of ways that the mail order houses cannot possibly do.

That storekeeper makes a good point the need to support our local businesses. Commerce continues to change with new products, new services, and new ways to make these available. Your local Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Rural Development offer workshops and other help for local businesses - something the storekeeper did not have 100 years ago.
How do you suppose commerce will be 100 years from now?

Yvonne Kolbenschlag

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