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Year 22 - Issue 10

November meeting Tuesday, November 1, 2011 @ 6 pm Hosted By: Planned PEThood of Georgia 2860 Buford Highway Bldg F, Ste 2 Duluth, GA 30096 Phone: 678-561-3491

About Planned PEThood of Georgia Planned PEThood’s mission is to provide a solution to the warehousing and euthanasia of homeless pets by offering affordable, accessible spay/neuter services to individuals and animal welfare organizations. We promote awareness of pet overpopulation and the beneficial effects of spay/neuter to underserved communities; specifically low-income, non-English speaking, and those with feral cat populations. Planned PEThood presents a sustainable, expandable model for low-cost spay/neuter, maintaining and improving this model until there are no communities in Georgia without local access to education and services. We plan to produce a significant impact on the number of dogs and cats born, sheltered, and killed in Georgia.


2011 Officers

Dear DMA Members, As promised, the October Meeting at

President Sunny Ramsay Vice President James Johnson Secretary Al Brown Treasurer John Monk Past President Glenn Sarver

Board of Directors Greg Steele

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Al Brown

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Jim Johnson

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Chris McGahee

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Mark Williams

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Albert Marquez

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John Monk

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Sunny Ramsay

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Glenn Sarver

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Harold Stamey

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Richard Jackson

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Allan Roth

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Michele Murray

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Lynette Purves

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The Gab-RRR is a monthly publication of the Duluth Merchants Association. Back issues are available at www.DuluthMerchants.com

was as great as always! The setting is just wonderful…while networking and chatting you can pick out your bathroom tiles…new carpet while munching on the most wonderful goodies! Then up to the Networking Meeting. Donny Phillips shared his view of successful networking and encouraged all to participate once your name was drawn! Those 60 second commercials are extremely important to all of us when introducing ourselves as well as our businesses. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to participate and learn. Then we were once again spoiled with a huge selection of delicious mouthwatering desserts! You do know that all the food at this meeting is made by the Staff! Hey Donny…how about a recipe book for next year with all the great recipes! Thank you for hosting a marvelous meeting and always being there for DMA. Our November meeting is with a first time host and board member ! This meeting will open your eyes to a world of some of the most wonderful people you will ever meet that are on a mission to ‘Promote awareness of pet overpopulation and the beneficial effects of spay/neuter to underserved communities.’ The program will open your eyes and hearts to the education and need in the community. The Executive Director, Lynette Purves, is the editor of this newsletter. Planned PETHood is excited about the meeting and hopes that everyone turns out. And NO…you will not be given a puppy or a kitten when you leave! (edited by Lynette: I cannot promise that!) Ride ON! Wow…what a great time for all at the first The Light up the 9/11 Living Honorarium Bike Ride held by DMA on September 15th! Take a look at the GABRR for the full article along with some great photos. Jim Johnson and Benny Griffis along with a very energetic committee put together a great day for the Bikers! Probably the first time ever that they had a planned stop for shopping…P Parsons in Cumming hosted our group with tasty tidbits, drinks and coupons…thank you Kathryn Willis! DMA will be making this an annual fund raiser…and we urge you to get involved! By the way…we do have some of the T’s still available and they will be available for purchase at the meeting on the 1st of November. See you can still support the event. Hard to believe but the Holidays are coming down the mountain! Our Holiday Party will be on the Tuesday the 6th of December…at the N N w D w m Neeew wD Daaaw wnnnTTThhheeeaaattteeerrrCCCooom mpppaaannnyyy... Once again, New Dawn will delight us with a short version of “Dad's Christmas Miracle". Boudreaux's Cajun Restaurant, a new DMA member, will be spoiling us with their food for the evening’s event! If you would like to be a sponsor for beverages, we are currently looking for a sponsor(s) for the beverages…just call anyone on the board…if you would like to host or co-host. SO…Now it is time for you to make your reservations to attend… $10.00 per person and a $10.00 gift card (from a grocery store, Target or Wal-Mart) to donate to the Hands of Christ. What a wonderful deal! Please join in wishing all a very happy holiday. So much to be thankful for…wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season…Thanksgiving is just around the corner…then Christmas…the days have a way of flying…please make the best of each and every one! Sincerely, Sunny Sunny Ramsay, DMA President 2011 678-312-6857 lramsay@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org

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Minuteman Press of Duluth - Creative Solutions For Your Printing Needs

It was just a few short years ago Vivian Eckman was an employee of Minuteman Press of Duluth. When the company changed hands and the new owner brought in his own staff, Vivian left the company. She was able to rely then on her reputation with Corporate Minuteman, and she began working as a “fill-in” at other Minuteman locations around the metro Atlanta area. She honed her best practice skills from these multiple work assignments, while she maintained her association with other printing companies in the area. Then in Dec 2010, Vivian and her husband Steve purchased this very franchise, and Vivian’s role changed from employee to employer.

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The Duluth Minuteman team members of Steve and Vivian, supported by their employee, Payton Truitt, all work well together. They strive to combine the quality of commercial printing with personalized creative solutions, delivered to their customers on budget and on time. Each has business experience and personal talents that synchronize their customer projects. With over 20 years of experience in printing and graphic design, Vivian uses her creative resources to help design and shape customer layouts and display. With a degree in finance, and years of experience as accounting manager, Steve's business experience guides Minuteman and its clients to make cost effective, financially sound decisions. Production capacity and equipment is engineered, cajoled and massaged by Payton, who knows every nut placement, bolt position, and ink characteristic in the known universe. In fact Steve and Vivian refer to Payton as “their secret weapon”, with his dedication to both his job and to their company’s success. Vivian and Steve joined Duluth Merchants Association earlier this year to enhance their current marketing strategy, and they offer a 15 % discount to all DMA members. Now DMA members can get top quality, custom design products, at very competitive prices …….. by Positive Public Image, Inc. DMA-GAB-RRR

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Pancakes and Harleys for C.O.P.S. and Heroes -Local Community Organizations Combine Their Strengths for Common Goals. What do you get when you coordinate Duluth Kiwanis, Duluth Merchants Association, and Duluth High School Key Club, with Duluth City Police on a chilly‌breath in the air‌Saturday morning? You get a warm and fuzzy family style breakfast, and a motorcycle ride that turns on your heart light.

At sunrise, it was a crisp fall morning at Bunten Road Park. Just outside, fresh brewed coffee and the welcome heat from the grill invited high spirited, early rising volunteers to gather and receive their marching orders. Kiwanis members, Jim Barns, Bruce Saarela, and George Rhode, along with Duluth Merchants Association leaders, Sunny Ramsay and Jim Johnson huddled to organize their thoughts. "An hour from now several hundred mouths will be asking us for $5.00 worth of yummy, all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee.

That feast will be followed by a 3 hour, traffic stopping $25.00 motorcycle ride around Lake Lanier, pausing to salute the new Living Honorarium in historic Duluth, Georgia. Door prizes, commemorative tee shirts, and lunch at local restaurants will cap this very positive community event. Pretty good deal", Jim said. "Everyone will be proud to wear their shirts."

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By the way, there are still some shirts available from Duluth Merchants Association for $10.00. Some really neat things happened in the process that morning. In this coordinated effort between several Duluth organizations, money and community awareness was raised for the Duluth C.O.P.S program, and for the Living Honorarium. Over a hundred combined volunteers got up at Oh-Dark Thirty on a Saturday morning, and managed a smile for the cause. A gazillion phone calls and handshakes bonded all participants. Police officers volunteered their time to escort our bikers.

And now a little background….. C.O.P.S. stands for Community Oriented Police Services. The purpose of C.O.P.S. is to create a police/community partnership to reduce the likelihood of crime occurring in your area. This is accomplished by many techniques. including the training of residents on how to resolve neighborhood problems. The “Living Honorarium” at the Duluth Town Green honors our Living Heroes, those who serve us and put their lives on the line for us every day. An “Honorarium” is something that honors the living whereas a “Memorial” is something that honors the dead. The city of Duluth, Georgia is alive and well, thank you, and so are its firefighters, police, Emergency Medical Services, and military personnel. Shirley Lasseter, was founder of the Living Honorarium, that shines a positive light for those that serve us now, and deserve our gratitude today. “We have always been a patriotic community. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day we proudly line our streets with thousands of American flags, honoring our deceased veterans. Now we want to show our gratitude, and put our hands together in applause for those that can hear it”, said Commissioner Lasseter.

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Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. “Our club is involved in local fundraising events and helping organizations that are children-focused in our community by providing grants and volunteering for local service projects. We also sponsor programs in schools and we provide an opportunity for individuals to volunteer their time in the community they live and work.”

Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization whose goal is to teach leadership through serving others. Key Club International is a part of the family of service-leadership programs. The Duluth High School key Club is sponsored by a local Duluth Kiwanis Club. The Duluth Merchants Association (DMA) was conceived with the idea that business people can best “accomplish together what no one business could do alone.” It is an association for members to support the economic interests of all members, and the community as well.

The DMA, in cooperation with the City of Duluth, works to attract and keep new businesses in Duluth. DMA members are encouraged to buy from other members and promote one another whenever possible, thus providing an instant customer base and marketing force for its members. This paradigm helps maintain a sound economic base for the Duluth community. Per R. D. Belcher, Chief of Duluth City Police, "Our [Duluth] Police Officers are some of the best trained in the State...The Duluth Police Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life of our citizens by protecting and serving our public. Through fair, yet vigorous enforcement of laws and education of the public our Police Department expects to maintain Duluth’s safety and quality of life."

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This Pancake/Ride event was a "light bulb moment". In today's economy where businesses and people are stretched, worthy events can still find success when synergistic groups unite their resources, and focus on a common goal. We satisfied hunger, put on a successful entertaining event, honored local heroes, and lifted spirits. We think we will see more of this popular business model.…by Positive Public Image, Inc.

Contact any DMA Board Member if you are interested.

“Light Up the Living Honorarium” Motorcycle Fundraiser

Thanks to our Sponsors!! HAROLD STAMEY CPA PC JMS MANAGEMENT CONSULTING SCORPION CYCLES POSITIVE PUBLIC IMAGE INC SUNNY RAMSAY JOHN A MONK CPA PC

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DMA Holiday Party Make plans to join your fellow DMA Members, Friends and Business Associates… D Deecceem mbbeerr 66ttthhh~~~TTuueessddaayy 66::0000 ppm m uunnttiill 99::3300 ppm m N Neew wD Daaw wnn TThheeaatteerr C Coosstt:: $$1100..0000 PPeerr PPeerrssoonn PPlleeaassee B Brriinngg:: aa $$1100..0000 G Giifftt C Caarrdd (Publix, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Target-for Hands of Christ) Tantalizing Taste Treats: Boudreaux's Cajun Restaurant Sipping Refreshments: Sponsored Bar (Looking for Sponsors} Entertainment: NNeew w DDaaw wnnTThheeaatteerrCCoom mppaannyy “Dad's Christmas Miracle"

Come and celebrate at the DMA Holiday Party… RSVP: Richard Daluga rdaluga@bellsouth.net or (770) 366-4561

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Planned PEThood Low Cost Vaccine Clinics!! Planned PEThood holds low cost vaccine clinics each month for pets who are already spayed/neutered. Check our website for our next clinic. They are usually held on the first Saturday of the month, but sometimes have to be moved for holidays or other events.

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Do you have news or an article you like to include in the DMA Newsletter? Send it in by the 15th of the month in order for it to be included in the next newsletter. DMA-GAB-RRR

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