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Year 21 - Issue 7
The annual DMA Christmas Party is on December 7th at the New Dawn Theater. Tickets are $10 and will cover a wonderful meal offered by Chocolate Perks as well as beverages and a snippet of a play by the New Dawn Theater. Merchant of the year will also be awarded at this event, so be sure to attend!
From the President Dear DMA Members… th
2010 OFFICERS President
Vice President Sunny
Past President Harold
Board of Directors Al Brown (770) 495495-8900 Dave Cook (770) 476476-5080
Tis’ the Season and The Dec 7 DMA Meeting / Christmas Party will be hosted by the New Dawn Theater and the Duluth Merchants Association, with food provided by Chocolate Perks. New Dawn Theater will treat us to Glenn Sarver a short preview of the "A Candle in the Window." The announcement of the DMA Merchant of Year and the new President will be installed. I promise a good time so bring your friends, family and other business folks. The nominal cost is only $10 per person for this event, and this includes the awesome food and beverage. This is my final column for the DMA Gab-RRR as your President. The last 7 years I have spent with the DMA and 3 years on the Board have provided me with a wonderful experience. I had a lot of apprehension when I took over as President for this year, so I want to thank those who believed in me before I believed in myself. First, I want to thank Dennis & Carol Keller for the initial invite to a DMA meeting, then Albert Marquez for ‘pushing’ me onto the board, then Harold Stamey for bringing me on board as his VP and then onto President. THANK YOU!
Richard Daluga (770) 366366-4561 Jim Johnson Johnson (404) 626626-6245 Chris McGahee (770) 476476-3434 Albert Marquez (770) 330330-5469 John Monk (770) 495495-8900 Sunny Ramsay (678) 312312-6857 Glenn Sarver (770) 265265-2448 Vally Sharpe (770) 289289-5248 Harold Stamey (770) 476476-1943 Don Weir (678) 987987-2606 Richard Jackson (678) 644644-2007 Allan Roth (770) 401401-2013
The Gab-RRR is a monthly publication of the Duluth Merchants Association. Back issues are available at
We have had twelve meetings and hosted speakers from business brokers, social networking experts, probate issues, Duluth & Gwinnett economic issues. We had a first time ever special event featuring an internationally known speaker and author, a charity event to benefit the community, a 5k run, a snow day, Christmas Party, and at each and every meeting networking opportunities … good food…and great people. We upgraded our DMA newsletter to digital format at a cost savings for DMA. We donated over $10,000 to charities this year and awarded a Scholarship to Lindsay Van Pelt. I keep a personal reminder on my desk that says… “When you want what you’ve never had you must learn to do what you’ve never done” ! Again, I thank you. The DMA has been truly a learning experience with many growth spurts for my leadership skills. I want to thank those that believed in me before I believed in myself. But it is not about me; the Board did a fabulous job this year of coming together and making things happen. Thank you for your commitment to the DMA this past year and I look forwarding to working with you in the future.
Glenn Sarver 770-265-2448
From the President-Elect
2011 OFFICERS President Sunny Secretary Al
Board of Directors Al Brown (770) 495495-8900 Jim Johnson (404) 626626-6245 Chris McGahee McGahee (770) 476476-3434 Albert Marquez (770) 330330-5469 John Monk (770) 495495-8900 Harold Stamey (770) 476476-1943 Richard Jackson (678) 644644-2007 Allan Roth (770) 401401-2013 Greg Steele (770) 495495-0585 Mark Williams (770) 441441-0945
The Gab-RRR is a monthly publication of the Duluth Merchants Association. Back issues are available at www.DuluthMerchants.com
Dear DMA Members,
Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. Our annual Holiday Christmas Party is just a few days away and I hope that everyone is in good health and spirits and will be joining in the festivities on December 7th at the New Dawn Theater. (There is no way in the world you could have missed this fantastic campaign to make certain that everyone is attends…Rich Daluga…you rock)! Join in the festivities…see your fellow DMA Members in fancy dress and meet the DMA Merchant of the Year! At our Christmas Party we will be honoring Glenn Sarver, President 2010. Glenn has been a strong leader and has introduced us to many innovative ideas and fabulous speakers, including the internationally known Dr. Robert Rolm, PhD. who gifted DMA an evening of insight and personal development education! I am honored that I will be receiving the Presidential Gavel from Glenn (a mentor and a friend) and will serve as your 2011 DMA President. Also that evening you will meet some new faces and greet some familiar faces when the 2011 DMA Board is presented. The year 2011 is just around the corner and this past year has been some ride. What 2011 will present remains to be seen, but as your President, the Board and I want to make certain that DMA is the best it can be and that will be with your membership and participation. You will see a new emphasis on expanding our membership in the Duluth community and beyond. Growing the membership is great for all and will expand the networking opportunity for all as well as see new professional relationships develop. The monthly meetings will be hosted by DMA Members and will continue to be on the first Tuesday of the month…unless noted on the calendar. That way you can always have concrete plans for the First 3
Tuesday of the Month. The meeting host will present the membership with a presentation about their particular area of expertise and give everyone the opportunity to network with fellow merchants, business owners, not for profit organizations, city, county, state and entrepreneurs! What a great way to expand your knowledge about current business trends, success business ideas, and having that wealth of experience available for you to draw upon. Remember what the DMA is all about… The DMA Mission Statement is: The DMA was conceived with the idea that as business people we can best accomplish together what no one could do alone. It is an association for members to participate in and improve the Duluth Community. THE DMA Purpose: To promote the general welfare of our members, by interacting with fellow members, their community, and city, county, and state governments. To advise our members on pending government actions of local significance. To foster a spirit of cooperation and trust between our members and the community, and between our members and the city government. To promote the highest business standards among our members. To discover better business methods for our members through personal networking and outside guest speakers. To promote the economic interest of all members of the association. So…Mark your Calendars…see you on December 7th (Pearl Harbor Day) at the New Dawn Theater, and then on January 4th at Howard Brothers, Inc. for the First Meeting of 2011. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year to everyone. May 2011 be the best year…so far! Sincerely Sunny Sunny Ramsay President Elect 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org 678-312-6857 P.S. If anyone asks what I want for Christmas…Please, More Hours in the Day!
Performance Dates: December 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2010 Thurs, Fri, Sat. Eveâ€™s at 8pm Sat & Sun Matinees at 2pm www.newdawntheatercompany.com
678-887-5015 3087 Main St. Duluth 30096 DMA-GAB-RRR
July Events in Duluth December 4 Annual Lighting of the City of Duluth Christmas Tree
6:30 in the Town Green (Santa will be arriving)
Enter your cutest holiday photo of your pet and you could win a year’s supply of Advantage Flea Prevention!!
How To Enter • • • • • •
Simply e-mail your cutest holiday pic to info@PlannedPEThoodGA.com and follow-up with a $5 donation either through our Paypal account, by mail, or by dropping by our clinic Mon – Thurs. The deadline for entries is December 19, 2010. Once the photo and entry fee/donation have been received, we will have fun Oohing and Awwwing until we decide on the Top 5 pics. The Top 5 will then be posted on our Facebook wall for everyone to vote on. Just comment on the pic you want to vote for and whichever photo receives the most comments will be the winner. We will notify winners on our facebook wall and via e-mail Check us out on Facebook to join in the fun!! http://www.facebook.com/PlannedPEThoodGA
Of course GMC-D is the Best Hospital in Gwinnett…it is your Center for Orthopedic Surgery, your Center for Bariatric Surgery, has a world renowned Rehabilitation Center and we can address all of your Medical needs. When thinking medical…think of GMC-D first! Oh…and your Best Little Gift Shop and Auxiliary Sales Ever! GMC-D has the most wonderful Auxiliary Volunteers who operate a fantastic Gift Shop…the hours are Monday-Friday from 9am until 4:45pm…Main Lobby of the Hospital. You will find the most unusual, beautiful and fantastic Gifts, Décor and Holiday Items! On top of that…the GMC-D Gift Shop strives to give the best pricing and selection. Do yourself a favor…shop with a DMA Member and you will become a loyal shopper after your first experience. Hummmm, more…yes! There are 10 Auxiliary Sales throughout the year…starting in 2011…all sales will be located in the Fast Track Hallway…that is on the lobby level just past the Gift Shop…and My Office (do drop in to see me!) January 12-13th… Dynamic Cookware February 9-10th…
Uniforms and Scrubs
Phantasia $5.00 Jewelry Sale (More goodies than you can imagine)
Books are Fun!
These sales are great fun, will save you money and they are so convenient. Do put them on your calendars. I will post the rest of the sales later in the year. One more thing …the GMC-D Cafeteria is full of Yummy Food. Great for a quick lunch…plenty of tables so that you can even make it a working meal. Breakfast 6-9:30 am, Lunch 11-1:30 pm, Dinner 4-6:30 pm and the Grill is open from 11 am until midnight! (Who knew that a hospital could be so much fun and feed you too and then on top of that meet all of your medical needs.) I always look forward to seeing my DMA fellow members at GMC-D…and do drop in to see me when you are here…my office is just past the Gift Shop! Sunny Ramsay, Volunteer Coordinator DMA President Elect 2011
Upcoming Audition and Performance Information Audition Dates: December 2010 “Pride and Prejudice” (Drama) Directed by Sherry Ingbritsen (Performances in Feb &March, 2011) ****************************** Audition Dates: Jan / Feb 2011 “All My Sons” (Drama) Directed by Judy McElroy (Performances in April & May, 2011) ****************************** Audition Dates: April 2011 “Arabian Nights” (Family) Directed by Sherry Ingbritsen (Performances in June 2011) ****************************** Auditions: June 2011 “Seeing Stars in Dixie” (Comedy) Directed by Sherry Ingbritsen (Performances in August 2011) ****************************** Auditions: August 2011 “Death of a Salesman” (Drama) Directed by Joanie McElroy (Performances in October 2011) ****************************** Auditions: October 2011 “Dad’s Christmas Miracle (Christmas Production) Directed by Sherry Ingbritsen (Performances in December 2011) ***************************** Auditions: December 2011 “Run for your Wife” (Comedy) Directed by Sherry Ingbritsen (Performances in Feb & March 2012) ***************************** DMA-GAB-RRR
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DMA Meeting Locations NOTE: All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.
Jan 5, 2011
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