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Accomplishing together what no one could do alone Year 21 - Issue 1



Tuesday, January 5, 2010 @ 6:00pm

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From the President

2010 OFFICERS President Vice President

Glenn Sarver Sunny Ramsay


Al Brown


John Monk

Past President

Harold Stamey

Board of Directors Al Brown

(770) 495-8900

Dave Cook

(770) 476-5080

Richard Daluga

(770) 366-4561

James Johnson

(404) 626-6245

Andy Kite

(770) 476-3259

Chris McGahee

(678) 999-9999

Albert Marquez

(770) 330-5469

John Monk

(770) 495-8900

Sunny Ramsay

(678) 312-6857

Glenn Sarver

(770) 265-2448

Vally Sharpe

(770) 497-1888 Ext 13

Harold Stamey

(770) 476-1943

Don Weir

(678) 987-2606

The Gab-RRR is a monthly publication of the Duluth Merchants Association. Back issues are available at Editor/Publisher

Vally Sharpe Courtesy of Rainbow Village, Inc. (770) 497-1888 Ext 13

First and foremost, I want to extend my most sincere thank you to Harold Stamey, for his commitment over the years in various positions of the DMA. He has provided true leadership and direction to our Association and raised the bar personally for Glenn Sarver me as the incoming president! Harold, I accept the challenge. Thank you to all the board members, past and present, for serving on the DMA Board, and for your future support during my year as president. Your board members give of their time to keep the DMA what it is and I’m indebted to them for their dedication. I also want to say a special thank you to Sunny Ramsay for her dedication this year as my vice president. Sunny, you have made a real impact on my life and to the DMA. Vally Sharpe, with Rainbow Village, has agreed to take over the newsletter from Terry Palmer at QuickCreative Advertising Thank you, Terry, for keeping us informed over the years. Twenty years ago the DMA was created to help the Duluth business owners deal with the challenges of the mall opening, and today we have similar challenges to deal with. In 2010 we will strive to move forward in a positive direction to help our Duluth business community continue to succeed. 2010 is already off to a great start – and it’s not even here yet. The Duluth’s 1st ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA will be held on the town green. For more information html. Tuesday January 5th will be the first meeting of the new year held at Signs by Tomorrow at 2650 Chattahoochee Drive at 6pm. www.signsbytomorrow. com John Cloonan, a Duluth business associate from Realize, LLC will be talking about social networking web sites and how to create business from using them. Bring your questions. In his book Leading Without Power, Max De Pree says “people in places of realized potential know that organizations are social environments.” Let’s work together through our association. Mark your calendars, make it happen and commit to one evening a month! I extend my personal wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

President, 2010

January Guest Speaker

John Cloonan The founder and right brain of Realize, John Cloonan started his career creating marketing impact in the civil engineering arena. Since then, he has crossed industry lines ranging from mental health through staffing services and crisis management, all with the goal of creating return on investment through marketing impact. Not content to just do his regular corporate marketing jobs, he also has over ten years of freelance marketing experience, and can even back up his opinions with an MBA from Georgia State University. He must know something, as he recently joined the adjunct faculty of Shorter College to teach marketing theory and management. He has recently appeared in a number of traditional and online media outlets as a marketing, branding, and social media expert, including guest appearances on “Getting Back to Business� on WIMO radio, High Velocity radio, and as a guest blogger on the High Velocity blog.

What Does Realize, LLC Do?

In short, John and his colleagues work with you to determine the best combination of traditional marketing and the most modern strategies to help your business make marketing impact and realize greater ROI. And once they’ve done that, they help you implement those strategies. Sample traditional marketing services Direct mail Public relations Sample Internet marketing services Direct e-mail Search engine optimization Pay-per-click and banner ad campaigns DMA-GAB-RRR


Marketing strategy Advertising and media Graphic design Internet marketing strategy Search engine marketing Web site design Social media programs January 2010

January Events in Duluth BUFORD HIGHWAY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN CHARRETTE A public design input session, also known as a Charrette, on the Buford Highway Redevelopment Plan will take place in the Community Room of City Hall on Thursday, January 7 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please make plans to attend. Input from the DMA is crucial. Refreshments will be provided.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK January’s First Friday Art Walk, “The Art of New Beginnings” will be celebrated on the second Friday of the month (January 8th), as the first Friday is New Year’s Day. Watch for upcoming details on the city website and around town!

DULUTH’S GEORGE ROGERS TO BE HONORED On January 25th, during the City Council meeting, Heisman winner George Rogers will be honored. A graduate of Duluth High School, Rogers went on to outstanding play at the University of South Carolina and in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins. He was elected in 1987 to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame (first player to have his jersey retired while still active at the school) and to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Note: City council meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Some of George Rogers’ football accomplishments: 1980 Heisman Trophy winner ... was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1997... led the nation in rushing as a senior with 1,894 yards and was second in 1979 with 1,681 and scoring records, including most career rushing yards (5,204); most yards rushing in a single season (1,894); is tied for most career touchdowns (33) ... rushed for 100 or more yards in 27 of his 46 games played as a collegian including his last 22 games in a Gamecock uniform ... topped the 200 yard rushing mark three times during his college career, with a single-game high of 237 yards in 27 attempts against Wake Forest on November 18, 1978 ... selected as the first player overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 1981 NFL draft ... named The Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year in 1981 after leading the league in rushing with 1,674 yards ... rushed for over 1,000 yards in four of his seven NFL seasons ... played for the 1988 Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins. DMA-GAB-RRR


January 2010

January Events in Duluth STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS January 26, 2010 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Duluth First United Methodist Church

Mayor Nancy Harris

Mayor Nancy Harris gives her annual address, speaking of past achievements, current issues and future challenges and opportunities for the city. Please come to learn about the plans for 2010 and the integral part DMA members will play. Sponsorship opportunities for this event are still available.



January 2010

DMA’s Merchant of the Year for 2009

The 2009 Duluth Fall Festival Volunteers Photo by Marsha Anderson Bomar

DULUTH FALL FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS HONORED BY DMA The Duluth Fall Festival Volunteers were honored as the Duluth Merchants Association’s 2009 Merchant of the Year. The award was presented by Richard Daluga, John Monk and Glenn Sarver at the DMA’s annual Christmas Party at the New Dawn Theater Company, and accepted on behalf of the DFF by Kathryn Parsons Willis. Although a number of qualified merchants were considered, the Festival Volunteers were chosen because of their longstanding commitment to the town of Duluth and work in the community. The Duluth Fall Festival gives back to the City each year from the Fall Festival proceeds for downtown projects. They are currently paying for the Festival Center building, but have contributed to many other projects in downtown including the cemetery, lighting, sidewalks, Taylor Park, the brick paver lot and more! In conjunction with the annual tree lighting, a check for $50,000 from the 2009 Fall Festival was presented to the city on December 5. Thanks once again, Duluth Fall Festival Chairs and Volunteers, for all the work you do.



January 2010

DMA’s 10th Annual Spring Benefit GIVE A MAN A FISH‌TEACH A MAN TO FISH Hands of Christ and Rainbow Village, the beneficiaries of the DMA 10th Annual Spring Dinner and Auction (to be held in late March 2010) both give and teach families in crisis. Learn more about each by reading below. As in the past, auction items are needed, volunteers are welcome, and sponsorships are available for the spring benefit. More details to come.

Hands of Christ A Duluth Cooperative Ministry The Duluth Cooperative Ministry is an ecumenical Christian, non-profit 501c(3), non-political organization providing aid for people in our community with urgent physical, economic, social and spiritual needs. A cooperative effort prevents duplication of services and provides a more efficient use of our resources.

Rainbow Village, Inc.

Breaking the Cycles of Homelessness, Poverty and Domestic Violence The mission of Rainbow Village is to provide families in domestic or economic crisis a healing environment to rebuild their lives through a community based transitional housing program that promotes self-sufficiency. Each family that comes to Rainbow Village receives a furnished home for a one-to-two year period and enters into a covenant based on accountability, initiative, and the achievement of mutually agreed upon goals. By becoming a part of a supportive community families not only stay together but find hope and promise for the future. By forming new habits and lifestyles, acquiring better job skills, and learning to live as healthy members of our community, all are served. Begun in 1991 as an outreach ministry of Christ Episcopal Church in Norcross, Rainbow Village came to Duluth in 1998. DMA-GAB-RRR


January 2010

2010 DMA Meeting Locations NOTE: All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

March 9

June 8

February 9

May 4 TBA

January 5

April 6 TBA

September 7


TBA August 3



November 2 December 7

July 6 TBA

October 5


PO Box 559 Duluth, GA 30096