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Accomplishing together what no one could do alone Year 21 - Issue 2

February meeting

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 @ 6:00pm

StreetSmarts

Contact: Marsha Anderson Bomar 3160 Main Street, Suite 100 Duluth, GA 30096

StreetSmarts was founded in early 1990 as a sole proprietorship and incorporated in 1991. The firm provides service to both the public and private sectors in data collection, traffic engineering, roadway design, surveying, transportation planning, land planning, landscape architecture, transit analysis, traffic signal design, training, planning and zoning work, impact studies, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), analysis programs, goods movement, impact fees, parking studies, public involvement and facilitation, freight planning, computer modeling, and geographical information services (GIS). They have served many hundreds of clients, many on multiple projects, from single site developments to statewide efforts. At present they have a staff of more than 100 full-time employees.

Marsha Anderson Bomar, founder and president, has worked in the field of traffic and transportation since 1972. Ms. Bomar is International Past President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a 20,000-member professional society, and serves on the Board of Governors for the Transporation & Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The recipient of many personal and professional awards including the Burton W. Marsh award for lifetime service in the field of transportation, and the National Association of Women Business Owners Atlanta Women Entrepreneur Excel Award 2008, Marsha is a member of the Duluth City Council.


From the President

2010 OFFICERS President Vice President

Glenn Sarver Sunny Ramsay

Secretary

Al Brown

Treasurer

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 www.DuluthMerchants.com Editor/Publisher

Vally Sharpe Courtesy of Rainbow Village, Inc.

www.RainbowVillage.org (770) 497-1888 Ext 13 vsharpe@rainbowvillage.org

“Every time we encourage someone, we give them a transfusion of courage,” said Charles Swindoll. Wow! What a great meeting we had at Signs by Tomorrow, standing room only! Thank you Glenn Sarver for sponsoring a meeting and introducing all the DMA Members to your business and convenient location. I want to personally thank Albert Marquez for encouraging to me to become a DMA Board Member and to Dennis Keller who first invited me to a DMA meeting. As your president, I will continually strive to bring you opportunities in avenues that move you to improve your effectiveness and success, even as I avail myself of the wealth of knowledge that each of you bring to the DMA. We will be having educational segments as well as great networking opportunities at the meetings. Your DMA Board is working very hard to make the Duluth Merchants Association the best it has ever been. Please continue to offer your suggestions and invite, invite, invite, invite guests. Then invite them to join DMA. The February 2nd meeting will be at StreetSmarts on Main Street. The food will be provided by Chocolate Perks – yummy. Our speaker will be ETHEL D. ANDERSEN, Esq., from Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. www.atclawfirm.com. Ethel will be talking about estate planning and probate issues. Bring your questions! The Spring Benefit Dinner and Auction is planned for March 27th and our beneficiaries are Rainbow Village and Hands of Christ. The co-chairs are Vally Sharpe (770) 497-1888 x13 or vsharpe@rainbowvillage.org and Mary Roberts (770) 623-9563 or maryrent@aol. com). Please contact them for volunteering opportunities for DMA’s annual fundraiser at the Glass Gallery at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth. Invite your business neighbors and let’s have another great meeting on February 2nd at StreetSmarts. The DMA is a great way to encourage others and to pass it on…


February Guest Speaker

Ethel D. Anderson Ethel D. Andersen has concentrated her law practice in the areas of estate planning and probate since she and her husband, Tom, founded the firm in 1988. She represents a variety of individuals, many with complex estate tax issues and family issues. She has spoken frequently at the annual Basic Estate Planning Seminar sponsored by the fiduciary law section of the Georgia Bar Association. Ms. Andersen has been given an “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell National Legal Directory. Ms. Andersen attended the University of Georgia School of Law where she was selected for membership on the Georgia Law Review. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1975 from the Emory University School of Law, where she was a member of the Emory Moot Court Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Duke University in 1971. Ms. Andersen was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Georgia in 1975 and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia and a former Administrative Law Judge for the State of Georgia. She has been designated as a Special Master for the Georgia Supreme Court in attorney disciplinary proceedings. Ms. Andersen has been very involved in the Gwinnett County community and has served on numerous charitable boards. She currently serves on the board of the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia and recently served as board president. She is on the boards of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation and the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services. She was recently appointed by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to the Citizens’ Advisory Board for Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. She participates in the Gwinnett Bar Association’s Truancy Intervention Project and recently served as attorney volunteer coordinator for the Project. She is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and has served on the executive committee for its alumni council. Ms. Andersen was also a founding board member of the Gwinnett/North Fulton Junior League and was a founding board member and past president of the Gwinnett Council for the Arts. DMA-GAB-RRR

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February Events in Duluth

Valentine Celebration! In the spirit of this special holiday, we invite you to a celebration of LOVE & FRIENDSHIP! Do something fun & unique this year by attending this heart-filled celebration with your neighbors, family & friends! Singles & Couples are welcome. Seating is limited so purchase your ticket TODAY! Reservations Required by February 11th Saturday, February 13th: 9 pm to Midnight

Red Clay Theatre

$20 per person

Includes: Delicious Gourmet Dessert/Coffee Bar, Improv Show featuring the “Ragamuffins”, back by popular demand from our New Year’s Eve Gala; these guys are absolutely hilarious and will have you rolling on the floor, then dancing to the sounds of popular “Interactive DJ” Jesse Giles. For over twenty years, Jesse has been adding to his musical "bag of tricks." A guitarist and pianist with a gifted singing voice, he also has the ability to find the heart of his audience and touch it. After hundreds of special events he has become one of the most sought after DJs in Georgia Cash bar will be available # of Guests: ____

Name: _____________________________________________________________

Phone: ________________________ Email: _________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________ Type of Payment: Cash ____ Check # ____ (Payable to City of Duluth) Credit Card ____ Credit Card Type: ______

Name on Card: _______________________________________________

Card Number: _____________________________ Exp: ________ 3 digits on back:______ NOTE: Tickets will be sent electronically OR if no email is available we will mail. Present electronic ticket at the door for entry. Tickets may be purchased at City Hall, Business Office: Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. If paying by credit card you may email form to jmadigan@duluthga.net OR make payment by phone at 678-4753512 OR mail to: City of Duluth, ATTN: Jayne Madigan 3167 Main St. Duluth GA 30096

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News from DMA Members Edward Jones ranked #2 on FORTUNE Magazine’s List of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For” The financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 2 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” 2010 list. It was the firm’s 11th year on this prestigious list, according to DMA board member DAVID C. COOK, a financial advisor in Duluth. Edward Jones also ranked No. 1 for large-sized companies. The full list and related stories appear in the February 8 issue of FORTUNE, available on newsstands Jan. 25 and currently at www.fortune.com/bestcompanies. Edward Jones’ 11 FORTUNE rankings include “top 10” finishes for eight of those years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. This is the firm’s second consecutive year in the No. 2 spot. In naming Edward Jones to the list, FORTUNE editors said: “The investment advisor weathered the recession without closing one of its 12,615 offices or laying off a single employee. Salaries were frozen, but profit sharing continued.” “This honor is especially gratifying in the face of the adversity and challenges the financial-services industry has faced the last two years,” said James D. Weddle, Edward Jones managing partner. “But we were able to stay focused on the long-term because we are a partnership and we know who we are and what we do. We had no layoffs. We had to make some difficult decisions in terms of cutting back expenses, which we did successfully. But when you respect the people who work here, you take care of them - not just in the good times, but in the difficult times as well.” Currently, Edward Jones has more than 600 positions available throughout the country. The FORTUNE ranking is only one of several important honors that Edward Jones has received in recent weeks. In early December, the firm was ranked No. 1 in Registered Rep. magazine’s annual brokerage report card for the 17th consecutive year. Last month, Edward Jones ranked No. 10 among the “50 Best Employers in Canada” in the Globe and Mail’s annual listing in their “Report on Business.” Over the past year, Edward Jones also has received workplace recognitions from dozens of state publications in the U.S. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. DMA-GAB-RRR

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DMA’s 10th Annual Spring Benefit

SAVE THE DATE!

Gwinnett Medical Center - Duluth to Host DMA Spring Benefit

Glass Gallery, GMC-DULUTH

SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010, 6:00 PM TICKETS: $75 EACH Reserve your seats at

www.duluthmerchants.com

A Taste for Charity benefiting

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. www.DuluthCo-Op.org

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. www.RainbowVillage.org

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March 2

May 4 TBA

June 1

ALL EVENTS TBA RENTAL

TBA

September 7

PARTY

CHRISTMAS

November 2 December 7

DULUTH FINE WINES

August 3

February 2

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

January 5

April 6 TBA July 6 TBA

October 5

TBA

PO Box 559 Duluth, GA 30096


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