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Sept. 2011

Chamber Upcoming Events Sept. 27 Chamber board meeting Chamber, 5:15 p.m. Oct. 4 Chamber luncheon FUMC Activity Center, Noon Beth Shelburne, Fox 6, News

Clanton • Jemison • Thorsby • Maplesville Chilton County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 66, Clanton, AL 35046 Email:

Phone: (205) 755-2400 Fax: (205) 755-8444

Letter From executive Director I recently wrote that it makes sense to shop with those who help to make our community a success, namely, local businesses. Here are a few additional reasons to shop in Chilton County. 1. Fuel. Probably the biggest “hidden tax” on out-of-town shopping is the cost of fueling up the family car, especially in these days of rising fuel costs. Don’t forget that getting there costs more than we care to calculate. 2. Better Streets. Have you ever noticed how those communities with growing retail

districts have big broad avenues out front? Tax dollars build roads. Tax dollars come from retail sales. Every buying spree in any other town rewards that community with better streets and shortchanges ours. 3. Jobs For Our Kids. Funny how the local stores aren’t good enough until we want to line up an after-school job for our kids. If we actually shop there, our chances of getting that child a job will increase dramatically. Just a few reasons to shop locally!

Mike Robertson Executive Director

CHAMBER BOARD of DIRECTORS Britt Culpepper President Peoples Southern Bank Russ Hamlin Vice President Edward Jones Investments Mollie Smelley Secretary/Treasurer Carl Mims Chairman of the Board Central Al Electric Co-op

Carl “Jr” Baker Clanton Furniture Co.

Maurice Lyn 20/20 Eye Care

Peggy Hall Realty South

Andy Millard Entrepreneur

Carol Harrison U.S. Postal Service

Ron Porter Alabama Power

Janice Hull Hull & Russell, P.C.

Rick Shrader Practical Healthcare Consultants

Joy Littleton Industrial Development Board

Susie Williams Tom Murphy Realty


CALHOUN, ALLSTATE SALES TEAM SPECIALIZE IN VARIETY OF COVERAGE—FROM LIFE TO RETIREMENT Jason Calhoun is the Clanton Allstate sales team leader for the Chris Millard Agency, located on Highway 31. Jason and his professional sales team specialize in a variety of coverage, ranging from automobile to commercial as well as life insurance, retirement planning and supplemental workplace policies such as cancer, accidental, short-term disability and group life insurance. Stop by anytime or give Calhoun a call at (205) 755-8181.

This Chamber Member Spotlight will be a regular feature in our newsletter. If you would like for your business to be featured here, please provide a picture and text and we will include it in an upcoming edition.




A few things you will find: •A smiling face to help you with your inquiry •State, county and lake maps •Information about places of interest in Chilton County •Listings of restaurants, motels, schools, churches, utilities, realtors, media, retail stores, etc. •Demographic data •Department of transportation traffic count •Telephone books •Brochures for numerous attractions and businesses •Chamber newsletters

•Oct. 4: Beth Shelburne, news anchor at Fox 6 •Nov. 1: Glenn Murdock, Alabama Supreme Court justice •Dec. 6: Open House at the Chamber •Jan. 10: Chamber banquet •Feb. 7: Jim Byard, ADECA director •March 6: Attorney General Luther Strange •April 3: CRH North American Chief Executive Officer

•6 most important words: “I admit I made a mistake.” •5 most important words: “You did a good job.” •4 most important words: “What is your opinion? •3 most important words: “If you please.” •2 most important words: “Thank you.” •Least important word: “I.”

Corporate SponSorS Platinum $2,000 and up

Gold $1,500 - $1,999

Bronze $500 - $999

CoPPer $100 - $499

Alabama Power Company

Baptist Health Systems


Chilton Medical Center

Hull & Russell, P.C.

Heaton Pecan Farm

Clanton Furniture

Martin Funeral Home

Guesthouse Inn

Silver $1,000 - 1,499

McKinnon Toyota-Nissan

Giles Cooling & Heating

CRH North America

Peachtree Bank Regions Bank

Mutual Savings Credit Union

AT&T Central Alabama Electric Co-Op The Clanton Advertiser Dr. Jim Driggars Peoples Southern Bank

Durbin Farms Market Lemak Sports Medicine

Southfirst Bank

Personnel Appearance Catering Wadsworth Oil Heart of Dixie Parts & Equipment

Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors for their extraordinary support. Your financial gifts ensure that your chamber can sponsor initiatives like ... the Peach Jam Jubilee, Chilton Leadership, Farm-City, Shop Chilton County First, Youth Citizen of the Year, Community Spirit Award and Business Member of the Year Award.

CHAMBER BITS AND PIECES NEW MEMBERS •Heart of Dixie Parts and Equipment Wade Burt PO Box 25, Maplesville, AL, 36750 (334) 366-2778 •The Carpet Store & More Van and Joyce Headley 1606 7th Street North, Clanton, AL, 35045 (205) 755-1000 van@

Peggy Hall of Realty South’s Chilton office was given the Birmingham Association of Realtor’s 2010 Cathy Whatley Award, named in honor of the 2003 National Association of Realtors president who stressed making home ownership a priority.

ANNOUNCEMENTS •We are pleased to announce a new chamber corporate sponsor at the copper level: Heart of Dixie Parts and Equipment owned by Wade Burt of Maplesville. Wade joins 25 other Corporate Sponsors who support the Chamber in an extraordinary way. Thanks to all! •Beth Shelburne, news anchor with WBRC Fox 6, will be our guest speaker at the Oct. 4 Chamber Luncheon. Don’t miss it!


The Chamber of Commerce sponsored ribbon cuttings at “This Is Bliss� Therapeutic Massage and Spa in Clanton (left, above) and at Chilton Medical Center to celebrate the installation of new mammography equipment.

Left, above: The renovation to the Chamber office has begun. Left: Vickie Moseley of The Gardens of Clanton Assisted Living addresses the August Chamber Luncheon during the Business Member Spotlight segment. Above: Chamber president-elect Russ Hamlin presents Heaton Pecan Farm candy to luncheon guest speaker Dr. Mike Patterson of Lemak Sports Medicine.


905 Samaria Road Clanton, AL 35045 205-755-1551 / 205-755-5075 Commissioner Allen Caton 625 County Road 8 Jemison, AL 35085 205-755-1551 / 205-646-0066 Commissioner Heedy Hayes 4960 County Road 73 Randolph, AL 36792 205-755-1551 / 205-665-7008 Commissioner Joe Headley P.O. Box 1730 Clanton, AL 35046 205-755-1551 / 205-755-8246 Commissioner Tim Mims P.O. Box 30 Maplesville, AL 36750 205-755-1551 / 334-366-5670 Commissioner Greg Moore 25 County Road 494 Verbena, AL 36091 205-755-1551 / 205-755-5589 Commissioner Red Turnipseed 20110 Alabama Hwy. 22 Clanton, AL 35045 205-755-1551 / 205-755-7318

JUDGE OF PROBATE Judge Bobby Martin P.O. Box 270 Clanton, AL 35046 205-755-1555

CHILTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Dave Hayden, Superintendent Joe Mims, President Howard Daugherty Chris Davis Ann Glasscock Joe Mims Curtis Smith Ann Thomas George Walker


Clanton Billy Joe Driver, Mayor Bobby Cook Greg DeJarnett Bobby Easterling Mary Mell Smith Jemison Eddie Reed, Mayor George Brasher Faye King Donnie Lane Robert Morris Sam Reed Thorsby Dearl Hilyer, Mayor Neil Benson Willis Britt Marvin Crumpton Tara Jewell Jean Nelson Maplesville Aubrey Latham, Mayor John Caudle Michael Bearden Ray Charles Mitchell Jim Threadgill

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Chamber direCtory

Soon, production of the 2012 Chamber Membership Directory and Buyer’s Guide will begin. As you know, this publication offers an effective, affordable marketing tool that gets your message out to all Chamber members, to new businesses and new residents and to the general public. As you consider ways to spend your advertising dollars in 2012 please take advantage of this publication by promoting your business in the Chamber Membership Directory. You will be glad you did! For more information, please contact the Chamber at 205-7552400 or Britt Culpepper Chamber President

Chilton County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter--September  
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