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Chamber Insights July 2007: Complete latest issue & added links

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

In this issue:
  • President's Message: Darrell Overstreet on the Roadside Park, Richard & Mary Beth Phelps', Robert Flowers' contributions
  • Ribbon Cutting
  • Membership News
  • A tribute to Chamber members
  • Remembering Gradyville Flood, Coach Ed Diddle
  • Special George Kolbenschlag photographic art exhibit at Chamber Office
  • Did You Know? Kentucky trivia
  • Making the clock work for you. Time management tips
  • Commerce has a human face: How Lindsey Wilson alumni are connecting Adair County to places around the globe

Editor: Sue Stivers

Feature writers: Darrell Overstreet, Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Thought for the month: I never notice what's been done - I see only what remains to be done

President's Message

I just came back from the Roadside Park Dedication where we had several folks from the community attend the ceremony. I want to personally thank Richard Phelps for his work and dedication in getting the park in such great shape and also a word of appreciation to Sue Stivers who has been very instrumental in the park improvements. It is such a joy to visit the park and see the walking trails, new benches, and the playground equipment and places to gather and picnic. Again, thank you Richard and Sue for all your work.

Robert Flowers, President and CEO of the Bank of Columbia gave a $1000 check in honor of Richard and Mary Beth Phelps to be used for the park. This is the kind of community cooperation that makes Columbia-Adair County "Great".

Our next big event will be the Wares Fair, which is coming up in August at Lindsey Wilson College; for more information call the Chamber office. It was a great success last year and we anticipate even greater this year. Ron Heath with LWC and Donna Stotts and her committee from the Chamber have been working for sometime to assure that the Wares Fair is very successful. I suggest that if you did not participate last year and want to this year that you call the Chamber as soon as possible. It is a great opportunity to show the students and Faculty at the College and others in the community what you offer with your business.

Our membership continues to increase, with the Chamber now boasting the largest membership in many years. I think that is indicative of all the happenings in our community. I know sometimes I sound like a broken record, but I challenge anyone who has not joined the Chamber to do so and be a part of "Columbia, KY, A Great Place To Call Home".

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, July 30 beginning at 5:00 PM at Damon's CTA, located at 15 Shady Lane, (formerly the Bingo Hall). Owner is Damon Hicks and can be reached at 384-8825. Open House will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. All Chamber members and the public are invited to attend as we welcome Damon's CTA to their new location.

Membership News

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and we are happy to welcome four new members Damon's CTA, Windstream Communications and Lewis Log Homes, LLC. Damon's CTA has moved to a new location...the old bingo hall...just off Campbellsville Road. Owner is Damon Hicks and can be reached by calling 384-8825.

Windstream Communications is located at 1715 E. Broadway in Campbellsville. Steve Richardson is the manager and can be reached at 270-789-0154. Lewis Log Homes, LLC, 389 T. Flatt Road, Columbia. Bob Lewis is owner and general contractor and can be reached at 270-378-4744.

United Country Realty - Auction. The main office is locate in Albany, Kentucky and has branched out with a representative to Adair County and the surrounding area. The representative is Realtor, Roger Morris and he can be reached at his home at 270-378-6072 or cell 270-250-5597, or the main office at 606-387-0020

We also welcome back the Adair County Health Department and Rutherford's Nursery as members.

A special "thank you" to each of you for placing your membership and becoming a part of the Chamber family. Your investment in the Chamber means an investment in your community.

Chamber meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:45 AM at Lindsey Wilson College, unless otherwise specified. You are encouraged to attend. Your membership shows that you believe in the mission of the Chamber of Commerce.

A Tribute to Chamber Members

Volunteers like you are priceless!

Always caring, always sharing.

You represent our beautiful Adair County at its best!

Whether taking action in your own Community

Or involved in a State or National effort,

your contribution of time, talent and compassion

make a valuable difference.

Volunteers Like you are people who reach out to others and,

in so doing, become extraordinary!

You bring joy and sunshine and set an example,wherever you go.

"Thank You" for all you do, to make Columbia-Adair

County a "Great Place To Call Home."

You're truly a treasure!!

Remembering the Gradyville Flood & Coach Ed Diddle

Remembering the past will be celebrated Saturday, August 4, at 10:00 AM at the D & F Grocery and Deli, 4731 Edmonton Road, in the Gradyville Community. The occasion will be to dedicate the wayside exhibits that have been placed on the property of the store owners Daril and Frances Salyers.

The historical signs will reflect information on the Gradyville Flood and the life of Coach Ed Diddle.

Gradyville flood happened June 7, 1907. Stories of the 100 year event will be told by J.W. Keltner, a lifelong Gradyville resident who grew up hearing the many stories told by his mother and other family members about the flood.Jim Richards, an Adair County native who was associated for many years with Coach Diddle at Western Kentucky University will share some of the stories of Diddle that you may not see in print.

Funding for the wayside exhibits came from a grant made possible through the Scenic Byways Program of the Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association. Adair County is a part of the Cumberland Cultural Heritage Scenic Byways and Hwy. 80 East and West is a Kentucky Scenic Byway. Jeff Crowe is the Scenic Byways Director with his office located at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY.

The public is invited to attend. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy hearing history of the past and seeing the historical wayside exhibits.

For further information contact Executive Director Sue Stivers at the Chamber/Tourism office at 384-6020.

Art Exhibit on Display at Chamber Office

The public is invited to stop at the Chamber office, located at 201 Burkesville Street, and view the beautiful photographs by George Kolbenschlag. The photos, matted and framed, are all taken in Adair County. They feature spring, summer and fall scenery, flowers, birds, a night scene of the Begley Chapel and a fall scene of the administration building at Lindsey Wilson College, just to mention a few. You do not want to miss seeing this exhibit! The exhibits may be viewed Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (closed for lunch 12:00 - 12:30 PM).

Did You Know?

1792 - Kentucky was the first state on the western frontier to join the Union.

1856 - The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville.

1816 - (first promoted) Mammoth Cave, with 336+miles of mapped passages, is the world's Longest cave. It is 379 feet deep and contains at least 5 levels of passages. It became a National Park on July 1, 1941.

1893 - Happy Birthday To You, probably the most sung song in the world, was written by two Louisville sisters, - Mildred & Patricia Hill.

1934 - Cheeseburgers were first tasted at Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville, KY.

1937 - The first Wigwam Village Motel, with units in the shape of a "teepee", was built by Frank A. Redmon in Cave City... and it is still in operation today.

Making the Clock Work for You

Have you ever said, "I'd like to be involved in my Community, but I just don't have the time. Or perhaps you have said or heard people say, "There's just not enough hours in the day" or "There's just not enough time." Of course, we all have heard these statements. Did you know by efficiently managing the hours in the day, we can produce more in less time? Research shows that it is easy to waste three to four hours each day.

No matter what your occupation, here are some steps that can help you to manage your time more efficiently and effective.
  • Planning: preparing ahead of time is critical to your success at work; your most important task.

  • Goal Setting: Set specific goals. You are more likely to move closer to them if you set firm objectives.

  • Write It Down: Successful people make lists. A to-do list each day is essential. So are weekly, monthly and even yearly lists. It's fun to be able to mark those items off the list, plus it gives you a feeling of accomplishment!

  • Prioritize: Some tasks aren't as important as others. Decide what your priorities are. Then work to accomplish them.

  • Establish A System: Choose a time management plan that is right for you.

  • Organize: Don't waste time looking for lost memos and other things. Get organized.

  • Analyze Your Career: What habits are not increasing efficiency?

  • Beware of Time Wasters: Various time wasters are inevitable every work day.

  • Waiting: Make sure you always carry something you can work on.
The Top 10 Time Eaters
  1. Crisis management, shifting priorities

  2. Telephone interruptions

  3. Lack of objectives, priorities, planning

  4. Attempting to much

  5. Drop - in visitors and sales representatives

  6. Ineffective delegation

  7. Personal disorganization

  8. Lack of self-discipline

  9. Inability to say "NO"

  10. Procrastination
Each Day Is A New Account

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,000...

That carried over no balance from day to day...

Allowed you to keep no cash in your account...

And every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day...


Draw out every cent every day, of course, and use it to your advantage.

Well, you have such a bank...and its name is "Time".

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night, it rules off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.

It carries over no balances.

It allows no overdrafts.

Each day, it opens a new account with you.

Each night, it burns the records of the day.

If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back.

There is no drawing against the "Tomorrow".

It is up to each of us to invest this precious fund of hours, minutes and seconds in order to get from it the utmost in job performance and personal happiness.

Commerce Has A Human Face

Commerce is a major human activity of life. Exchanging goods, services, and ideas is part of all civilizations which over the years have developed faster and better ways to communicate, travel and send goods by land, sea and air. E-commerce gives us access to global market places.

Our community is part of all the above. There is also a human connection of commerce apart from connecting technologically. In both subtle and obvious ways these connections influence our global commerce with lasting impressions.

This coming semester about 90 students from many parts of our globe other than the United States will be at Lindsey Wilson College. The population of international students has been near 100 the past few years. These students learn to adapt often with difficulty, but in doing so they acquire a most necessary skill in doing business in a global economy. This is, indeed, why some international students want an education in the United States - to be better equipped to understand other cultures and ways of doing business.

While here, what do international students learn besides what is in books? What impressions of the United States will remain in their memories? What do their parents learn from the students who come here? What do United States' students learn from them? How does this affect the commerce of our community?

In Sudan one Sudanese former Lindsey student frequently checks In a remote Chinese village a Chinese teacher corresponds with Lindsey teachers and other people in Columbia. In London a former Lindsey student from Romania has a job with an international financial news service.

All over the globe there are people who know about Columbia, Kentucky. Each of us can be involved as one of the human faces in global commerce that exists right under our noses!

One direct involvement with international students is as a host family. There is no financial obligation. It's just being a contact and sharing some time together. Students' parents are especially appreciative knowing someone cares about their son or daughter.

You may contact Lindsey Wilson international student coordinator Suzy McAlpine for information about this program. 270-384-8236.

Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

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