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Northwest Florida Daily News...Count On Us! The Fort Walton Beach/Crestview/Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has been recognized nationally for its business climate and quality of life. Fort Walton Beach is the best performing small city in the nation, according to the Miliken Institute. The ranking is based on job and salary growth and the report shows jobs growing by 4.2 percent across Okaloosa County. New home sales nearly doubled in the first quarter of 2006 in Okaloosa County. A total of 569 new homes were sold compared to 285 in the first quarter of 2005. The Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Okaloosa Walton Building Industry Association (BIA), was the largest ever with 84 homes featured in June 2006. Three new missions are projected to come to Eglin Air Force Base as a result of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Eglin AFB, along with Hurlburt Field and Duke Field, have over 25,000 military and civilian personnel. Okaloosa boasts one of the largest veteran populations in the U.S. Tourism’s local economic impact exceeds $1 billion each year. Emerald Coast Beaches were ranked as the No. 1 Beach in America by USA Today readers. Southern Living has ranked this area as the Best Beach in the South and the Top Family Destination 9 years in a row.

Readership Daily 94,200 Sunday 108,600 According to the ABC Readers Profile, May 2005

Readership Past Week Past Sunday Key Indicators Population Households Retail Sales Total EBI Median EBI

64% 60% Okaloosa 183,700 72,500 $ 3,327,790,000 $ 3,689,603,000 $ 50,891

Retail Categories Food-Bev Stores Food-Drink Estab Gen Merchandise Furn-Elec-Appl.* Vehicle-Parts Dealers

Okaloosa $ 455,181,000 $ 398,045,000 $ 621,766,000 $ 95,827,000 $ 598,731,000

Santa Rosa 137,300 51,500 $ 1,166,931,000 $ 2,671,898,000 $ 51,882

Walton 49,600 20,600 $ 651,551,000 $ 923,560,000 $ 44,833

Santa Rosa $ 196,033,000 $ 88,307,000 $ 323,201,000 $ 8,070,000 $ 180,203,000

Walton $ 113,264,000 $ 94,487,000 $ 83,790,000 $ 60,343,000 $ 24,613,000

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T h e P r e m i e r G u i d e To B o a t i n g , F i s h i n g , Wa t e r And Outdoor Activities On The Emerald Coast


17, 2005

The Florida Sportsman Fishing Show returns to t h e O k a l o o s a Fa i r g r o u n d s February 26 - 27 Find out more on page 14

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Welcome to the world of Sandestin where what’s outside is always better than what’s on TV. Nestled on 2,400 acres of spectacular beach and bayfront, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is like a world unto itself. While you are in our world, be sure to catch all of the tournament action at the Baytowne Marina as anglers vie for the No. 1 spot and reel in some fun for yourself with the endless activities and events the resort has to offer. From teeing off at one of four championship golf courses to shopping ‘til you drop at the many boutiques at The Village of Baytowne Wharf and The Market Shops, Sandestin will lure the kid in you to come out and play.

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Dock Walk at Baytowne Marina

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Registration at the Baytowne Conference Center, 2nd Floor

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Captain’s Meeting in the Azalea Ballroom, Baytowne Conference Center

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Boat Parade at Baytowne Marina and Start of Tournament Fishing. View the parade from the Baytowne Marina or the boardwalk in the Village.

Subject: Pete Smith, Okaloosa County property appraiser, will discuss fair equitable property values, as well as exemptions.

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Saturday, June 24


Official End of Tournament Fishing


Boats wishing to weigh fissh must be under the Destin Pass Bridge


Grand Fireworks Finale over the bay produced by Pyro Shows

Thursday, June 22 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

When: The first Wednesday of every month Time: 0715 Place: Eglin O' Club

Mini Gras in The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Wednesday, June 21

Breakfast Discussion

Sunset Cinema in The Village of Baytowne Wharf featuring “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

What’s Hot Report from the President 2 Legislative Views 3 Chuck's Column 5 Membership 6 Healthline 7 Chaplain’s Column 8

Sunday, June 25 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Awards Brunch hosted by Marine Max/Bertram in the Azalea Ballroom, Baytowne Conference Center

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Communication, attitude are key for successful change By Col. Ken Wilsbach 53rd Wing Commander

Editor’s Note: Col. Ken Wilsbach, 53rd Wing commander, was the guest speaker for the NWFOA’s breakfast Feb. 7. The colonel discussed the 53rd’s operational test mission and its role in supporting the Combat Air Forces. In this editorial he discusses the importance of change and how to implement it. Change is all around us these days and in order to successfully live in our world we must adapt. No one knows this better than Airmen of the United States Air Force. We frequently change jobs, PCS locations, career fields as well as procedures that are handed down to us from our leadership. Change is inevitable, but many resist change. I had to ask myself why people resist change. One reason people don’t like change is because they have become accustomed to the current state of affairs. Another reason people don’t like change is because change may bring about a shift in the balance of power. Also, change often causes more work initially in adjusting to the new circumstances. Whatever the reason, changes often bring about resistance in the workplace. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an advocate of change for change’s sake, but rather making changes for improvement. One of the strengths of airmen is their ability to assess a situation, and offer solutions. Implementing smart changes to solve a problem is exactly what we need our Airmen to do. It goes along with one of the tenets of airpower: centralized control and decentralized execution. We have the smartest and most motivated military that has ever been assembled, and we should take advantage of that strength by tapping into that great talent. There are two aspects of change management I would like to address. The first is how the leadership can bring about a change that sticks and the second is how those who the change influences can react to the change. Let’s start with how leadership can effect the change more efficiently. Communicating with those who will go through the change is so important. Explaining in clear terms why the change is necessary and how the change is going to be carried out will pay huge dividends in the long

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term. It is also important for supervisors to get inputs from subordinates on how to execute the change. People tend to buy into a change when they feel they are part of the solution. Changes that fail in the execution phase are often forced on workers who had a better way of bringing about the end result of the change, but were not consulted by management. The people who are being affected by the change also have a responsibility. First, attitude plays a big role, and a positive outlook can overcome deficiencies in the plan. Attempt to be a part of the solution, but if that isn’t possible, give constructive feedback to your supervisors so they can adjust the plan as it is being executed. Remember, no plan survives contact with the enemy, further changes are almost always necessary. In conclusion, there isn’t a lot we can do to stop change, but there is a lot we can do to make the changes that come about better. I challenge us all to implement these and other steps to improve what we do to the betterment of our service.

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Cutaway Car 1. Front Grill Openings – Allow air to pass through the radiator and ensure that the engine performs at the optimum temperature. 2. Hood Pins – Four metal-and-wire pins with wire tethers that keep the hood closed. 3. Shock Absorbers – Help control the compression and rebound of the suspension springs and provide a smooth and controlled ride to the driver. 4. Cowl Induction – Housing for the air cleaner that connects the air intake at the base of the windshield to the carburetor. 5. Jack Post – This is the area where the jackman must place the jack on each side of the car during a pit stop. 6. Impact Data Recorder – Records measurements such as G Forces and Delta V (chance in speed) from an accident. 7. Roll Cage – A cage made of steel tubing inside the car that protects the driver from impacts and rollovers. 8. Window Net – Safety device located on the driver’s side window that helps keep his or her head and arms inside the car during an accident. 9. Windshield Clips - Allow for easy removal of the windshield should a driver need to be extricated from the vehicle. 10. Television Camera – Allows NASCAR fans a great view of their favorite driver in race traffic. 11. Roof Strips – Two half-inch-tall aluminum strips which run lengthwise on the roof and help prevent the car from flipping when it is turned sideways during a spin or accident. 12. Roof Flaps – Help prevent the car from becoming airborne when it is turned sideways or backward during a spin or accident. 13. Jacking Bolt – Area where the crew uses a tool to adjust the handling of the car by altering pressure on the rear springs. 14. Rear Spoiler – deflects the air coming off the roof and onto the rear deck lid, which in turn creates greater downforce and more traction for the rear wheels. 15. Dry Break Fuel Cell – Holding tank for car’s gasoline. It can hold 22 gallons of fuel. 16. Deck Lid – Slang term for the trunk lid of a stock car. 17. Firewall – Sheet steel plate that separates the engine compartment from the driver’s compartment of the car. Also used at the rear to separate the fuel cell compartment from the driver’s compartment. 18. Track Bar – Lateral bar that keeps the rear tires centered within the body of the car. 19. Sway or Anti-Roll Bar – Used to resist or counteract the rolling force of the car body through the turns. 20. Alternate Exit – More commonly known as a “roof hatch,” it provides drivers with an alternate exit from the car in the event of an emergency situation. Page 4

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Saluting Chamber History Can you share a memory of one person or event that stands out in your memory? Marnie (Kenney) Tate handled our membership drive and processed 81 new members, up from 41 the year before. Marnie was quoted as stating, “Last year we worked hard, this year we worked smart.” Charlie Burgess was Membership Chairman and was constantly saying, “More younger generation members are needed.” They were both an inspiration.



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The nation’s home builders are confident that a new temporary $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers included in a landmark housing bill enacted into law will get buyers back into the marketplace and help end the current cyclical downturn in the housing industry. “First-time home buyers make up about 40 percent of the entire market,” Sandy Dunn, president of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Point Pleasant, W.Va., said during a news tele-conference to highlight the provisions and benefits of the new housing stimulus legislation. “They don’t have a home to sell and they bring demand to the market. As more than 2 million

anticipated first-time buyers enter the market and claim the credit, this will stimulate buying up the housing ladder.” Ed Brady, a home builder from Illinois who builds about 130 homes annually, said the biggest problem in his market is a backlog of inventory. “The housing bill contains two key components that will help take inventory off the market and restore a more normal supplyand-demand balance,” said Brady. Brady said the temporary, first-time home buyer tax, which expires on July 1, 2009, will provide prospective buyers a major financial incentive to get off the fence and jump back into the market. While getting more first-time home buyers into the market will help to whittle down existing inventory, Brady also noted that the new law provides FHA insurance for a program geared to prevent families facing foreclosure from losing their homes. “Together, the first-time home buyer tax credit and foreclosure relief in the housing bill will help to reduce inventories,” said Brady. “In turn, this will firm up prices and send a signal that we are either at the bottom or very near the bottom and that there isn’t a better time to buy than today’s market.”

Major builders also see the benefits of the new home buyer tax credit. Richard Dugas, president and CEO of Pulte Homes, said the tax credit will “stimulate buying and selling activity and contribute to a much-needed turnaround in housing.” “The tax credit will free up home sellers who can then purchase a home they have their eye on,” said Dugas, whose firm operates in 26 states. Last year, the active adult business accounted for about 50 percent of Pulte’s closing volume, and Dugas said the home buyer tax credit will provide a big boost for this market segment. “The single biggest challenge for seniors to move into our active adult communities has been their inability to sell their own homes. The tax credit will help to break this logjam,” said Dugas. NAHB tax economist Rob Dietz explained how the tax credit works and encouraged those interested and wondering if they qualify to consult NAHB’s new Web site, The Web site, which attracted more than 50,000 unique visitors during its first four days, contains consumer information about the tax credit, including eligibility requirements.

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Chamber President - 1980 1980 Chairman, President & CEO Vitro Services Corporation 2008 Retired, President Emeritus Slogan: “Involvement” Our area was in a growth mode and it was essential that every Chamber member become involved to ensure we continued to be a great place to live and work. This is why I selected, “Involvement” as the slogan that year. What was most rewarding about your year as Chamber president? Getting the owners of the business to personally become involved in the activities of the Chamber was most rewarding for me. Some of the “movers and shakers” of the area that contributed to the success of my year were: Preston Hood, Art Schweitzer, Walt Ruckel, Chris Johnson, Fred Pryor, Tom Abernathy, John McGee. Dan Houghton, Randy Stokes, Brentwood Bryant, Eulice Shelley, Marnie Kenney, Gary Lee, Charlie Burgess, Don Anchors, Joe Guidry, Gene Smith, Bob Lee and many others. If something needed doing one of these people would step up and it would be done.

Was there a most difficult moment or most challenging event that stands out for you? 1980 was the year of the Cuban Refugee Crisis. In May, President Carter allowed thousands of Cubans to enter the country. Fort Walton Beach was selected as an area to accept over 10,000 refugees. Eglin built temporary shelters and infrastructure at the local fairgrounds. Our Chamber served as the conduit for area residents to volunteer to care for and process the refugees. The Chamber staff did a great job handling all the sometimes adverse publicity. The continuous news coverage made Fort Walton Beach a location heard nationwide on all the networks.. There were many calls from the prospective visitors wanting to know if it was safe to come to the area with all the refugees here. The staff did a great job, for tourism did not suffer. Are there any other vivid memories or feelings that you want to share?  In 1980, as today, traffic in the summer months was a problem. Many hours of effort was expended in trying to arrive at a solution. There were numerous suggestions, all requiring funding, which was a problem then as now  The Chamber was in the forefront to eliminate/ reduce the unsightly signs in the area. Again, this same problem continues today; however the Chamber did give it a good try.

Accomplishments of the Chamber in 1980:  The Chamber directors moved from a group that passed resolutions to a group becoming involved with all community elements. The Chamber petitioned the County Commissioners to form a County Management form of operation and this eventually came about in the 1990’s.  We formed the Past President’s Council, in an effort to use the experience of past Chamber presidents, with Bill Harbeson as its first chair. The first task of the council was to investigate and determine how the existing Chamber building could be modified or how/where to build a new facility, as more space was needed as the area grew. In addition, there was not sufficient parking at the facility. We were renting parking spaces. Later adjacent property would be purchased and the building expanded.  Our country was in the first gasoline crunch, where gasoline was not just costly, but was not available. The Chamber made an effort to establish some form of public transportation, working with the county commissioners. As always funding was a problem, but the effort paid off later, as there is now a limited public transportation system. The Chamber’s ad, “More Beach per Gallon”, was nominated for the “Florida State Public Relations Award”.  Our Transportation Committee did pressure the airline to change the local destination in the” Universal Airline Guide.” from Eglin Air Force Base to Fort Walton Beach. The Transportation committee was in constant communications with Republic Airlines (now Northwest) concerning the service into and out of the local airport. Constant communications were necessary to keep the airline from canceling the local flights.

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The Chamber hosted a delegation of England’s travel agents, in an effort to get these tourist to venture to our area, instead of always going to Orlando. While the agents were impressed, I do not believe we have ever had many tourists from England. In August the Board voted to request the County Officials revive the effort to establish a “911” system in the county. This became a reality later through the effort of the Chamber presidents and boards. The Task Force concept was initiated in 1980. This allows a problem or idea to be studied, a decision made and the task force disbanded. The first such task force was the Northwest Florida Motion Picture and Television Council. This was chaired by Fred Pryor and did expose the area and allow us to meet with the Florida council. In October the Chamber, again, backed a bed tax, in an effort to generate needed funds. The tax did become a reality in 1989, again through the efforts of the Chamber. Under the chairmanship of Preston Hood we held the first Military Appreciation Day. Three others must be mentioned who made the day a success were: Art Schweizer, Lake Hamrick and Walt Ruckel.. The Chamber endorsed the Downtown Redevelopment Project.

Vision: I would like to see an increase in the participation of business owners and senior managers. More of them need to become involved directly in the activities of the Chamber, such as serving on the Board of Directors, participating in Hosts Committee events and attending the First Friday meetings. We need more involvement!!

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KITCHENS AND BATHS From local college project to making dreams come true

The Allegiance® 18 & 16 Ultimate Comfort: Two-Stages Of Colloing For The Quietest Operation, The Highest Efficiency and the Greatest Comfort


Climate Makers of N.W. Florida, Inc. 663 B Navy Street, FWB Fl Ph: (850) 863-9416 Fax: (850) 862-4160 E-mail: Climate Makers of N.W. Florida, Inc. has been locally owned and operated since March, 1st 1990. They originally opened the business under the name, Climate Masters Air Conditioning but aer 15 years were forced to change their name due to a copyright infringement. Climate Makers is still operated by the same great team that made Climate Masters one of the leading air conditioning contractors in the area. The office is located in Fort Walton Beach at 663 B. Navy Street. They serve areas surrounding southern Okaloosa county, including: Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, and the Destin areas. Climate Makers is a local, family owned and operated business that has a great reputation for both reasonable pricing and honesty. They pride themselves on honesty and integrity, and they will not sell you something that you truly do not need. The primary goal of Climate Makers is to provide quality and honest service! In fact, they were voted “Best on the Emerald Coast “in 2007 by the readers of Emerald Coast magazine. Climate Makers also had a

100% customer satisfaction rate and a 100% customer referral rate from prior customers. Their customers rated them on how prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, tidy and helpful they were. Climate Makers encourages customers to ask their friends and neighbors about them and to call the Beer Business Bureau. They specialize in repairing and replacing air- conditioning and heating equipment in both residential and commercial properties. Their services include: repairing and installing equipment, fabricating and installing duct systems and electric air filtration. Climate Makers offer free estimates for the replacement of equipment. “Simply call the office and schedule a convenient time for a skilled technician or estimator to stop by and take a look. Appointments are usually scheduled within two business days, but are available for emergency services the same day that you call. Climate Makers takes pride in maintaining excellent customer service with reasonable pricing to provide the best air conditioning company in a competitive market.

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The Ultimate Investment In Your Home’s Comfort If you’re looking for long-term energy savings, an elevated level of comfort that includes dehumidification, super quiet operation and even, consistently cooler air throughout your home, then the Allegiance® 18 is the perfect comfort system for you.

You’ll Love the Quiet American Standard’s Allegiance® 18 air conditioner is designed to work as quietly as possible, regardless of the weather or the level of comfort you wish to maintain in your home. This is because of our innovative variable speed fan motor, which operates at a low speed. Even on the hottest summer days when it operates at a higher speed, it does so with a significantly reduced rpm (rotations per minute), giving you the kind of quiet operation you’d expect from an Allegiance® 18.

1 Woven Spine Fin™ coil is the next generation of our innovative outdoor coil design. Its unique all-aluminum structure provides very low airflow resistance for more efficient heat transfer capabilities and superior efficiency levels in the Allegiance® 18. The Allegiance® 16 contains conventional Spine Fin™ coil. 2 Variable speed fan motor operates very quietly so noise levels are kept to a minimum. And, it conserves energy for lower cost operation. 3 Steel louvered panels are designed to protect the coil from leaves, hail and damaging elements. 4 Baked-on paint coating on the louvers won’t scratch and prevents rust and corrosion. 5 Durabase™ basepan is made from a durable composite material that won’t crack, warp, corrode or rust. 6 Easy-Sess™ service access panels protect all electrical and refrigerant controls with a side panel that can be quickly removed for installation or service. 7 Dual Duration™ compressors provide two-stage cooling. The smaller compressor works to handle your daily comfort. On the hottest days the larger compressor takes over to provide you with the ultimate comfort experience in the Allegiance® 18. The Allegiance® 16 uses a single two-step Duration™ compressor, which also provides two stages of cooling. 8 SermaGuard™ rust resistant screws resist against rust and corrosion.

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Two-Stages of Comfort Staged cooling means exactly what you think it does. Instead of operating on a single speed, an Allegiance® 18 two-stage, two-compressor air conditioning system operates efficiently at a lower speed most of the time. On extremely hot days, it switches to the higher stage to make sure your home’s comfort is maintained. Two-stage cooling also puts an end to temperature swings. Since it operates at a slower speed most of the time, cool, conditioned air is distributed consistently and evenly throughout your home for the ultimate level of comfort.

When John Linn and his wife Sherrie decided to take the steps to turn their local college project into a reality they could only dream about the possibilities for the future. Now, 28 years later, their company has grown to 3 locations (Ft. Walton, Destin & Pensacola), employs 31 talented designers and craftsmen, and has won countless accolades and awards for their design expertise. A unique approach is given to the design process at Linn’s. First their designers measure the entire space including adjacent rooms, they analyze the measurements and meet with you to discuss your wish list for your new kitchen or bath, then normally three entirely different and unique plans are created for your consideration. They can move walls and change room sizes and shapes to maximize storage, flow, function and design. They constantly hear from their clients “I didn’t realize you could do this with my existing home. I’m amazed!” Since Linn’s Prestige Kitchens and Baths is a licensed Florida Residential Contractor, they can do the plumbing, electrical and sheetrock to expedite the remodeling process. They are also happy to work as a team with your contractor. Much recognition has been won for their company and their work for local residents along the gulf coast. They have been featured in such publications as Women’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Accents magazines. Sherrie, as lead designer has won over 25 National Kitchen and Bath design contest awards as well as the Grand Aurora Award for luxury bath design for the southeast for


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9 Compressor sound insulators reduce noise for quieter operation. (Some models.) 10 Energy Star® qualified. The Allegiance® 18 and 16 well exceed the minimum efficiency level of 13.00 SEER designated by the EPA for Energy Star recognition. This product meets Energy Star requirements when appropriate coils are used. Ask your contractor for details.

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You present air conditioner more than likely allows a temperature swing of 3 to 5° before turning on or off. With an American Standard Allegiance® 18 or 16, those days are gone forever.

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“From Sherrie’s fabulous vision and designs, to their skilled installation team, everyone at Linn’s helped to make our dreams come true.” - Gloria and Rick Moulton Crestview, Florida

2006. Linn’s has been chosen by Qualified Remodeler magazine as one of the top 500 remodeling companies in America for four consecutive years and also chosen by Southern Accents Magazine to be their custom cabinetry supplier for their show homes in Watersound and Windmark Beach. Linn’s is also proud of the commercial and high rise condominium projects they have completed. Recently completed were the Beach Club Penthouses on Pensacola Beach, One Water Place Condominium Towers in Kelly Plantation, Compass Point I & II in Watersound, Bella Vita and Grand Harbor are just a few. Banks, car dealerships and restaurants have also hired Linn’s for their custom capabilities. John Linn has meticulously researched and chosen a mix of products to offer their clients from quality economy priced cabinetry with great design flexibility to very high end exotic woods for the discriminating buyer. Their custom cabinetry facility has now grown to more than 6500 square feet with the latest in woodworking machinery and an experienced staff of quality craftsmen. Linn’s is also a full appliance dealer representing most of the premium gourmet appliance brands, such as, Sub-Zero & Wolfe, Viking, Dacor and Asko to make the kitchen design process streamlined and efficient for their clients. Whether you are building your first budget minded starter home or building the gourmet kitchen or luxury bath you have always dreamed about, the team at Linn’s is ready to make your dreams come true. Visit us at to see examples of our work and all the new exciting design trends.

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ft. walton beach, fl chamberpublications


July 2008

The Official Publication of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce

Working Together to Create a Healthier Environment Rising medical costs are a challenge facing everyone including hospitals, physicians, health plans, employers, and consumers. Until recently, consumers have been largely shielded from cost increases, but that is changing. By understanding what factors are contributing to rising costs, and learning some basics about health insurance and how health plans work, we can all play a role in keeping health care affordable and reduce costs for everyone. The economic consequences of illness and obesity related illness are enormous. Obesity is an epidemic and the American Cancer Society research findings have linked dramatic increases in risk for multiple cancers to carrying too much body fat. For many companies, health insurance is the second highest expense following employee salaries. Studies show that employers who offer wellness/health programs have long term positive affects on employee wellness and employer costs. Over 95% of our nation’s health expenditures are committed to diagnosing and treating disease only after it manifests. Researchers estimate preventable illness makes up approximately 70% of the burden of illness and the associated medical costs. Seventy percent of healthcare costs are driven by lifestyle (Dr. David Honeycutt, Wellness Councils of America). Fifty percent of healthcare costs can be reduced with an effective wellness program (Dr. David Honeycutt, Wellness Councils of America). The connection between obesity and illness is well established. According to the CDC, heart disease costs the U.S. $52.4 billion each year - $14 billion in direct care, $3 billion in lost workdays, and $34 billion in foregone earnings. Cardiovascular disease & high blood pressure

Cultural Awareness Committee

What’s the “Tapestry of Cultures” costs U.S. employers $4-5 billion annually (27 million lost International Celebration”? workdays). Approximately 13 times as many deaths occur The Cultural Awareness Committee due to high blood pressure as due to industrial accidents. is staying busy planning this MultiSeriously overweight employees spend 30% more days in Cultural Event. The event will be help on October the hospital each year than active individuals, and are 20% 25th from 10am until 4pm at the Fort more likely to call in sick more than one week per year. Walton Beach Landing Park. It’s a Close to 50% of all U.S. adults over age 50 do not know family event and open to the public. their blood pressure, raising their risk for undetected and We are planning entertainment though untreated hypertension. the day and are looking for free enterExercise can decrease disability days and absenteeism. Mary Florence tainment from all different cultures Work injuries cost $121 billion a year in medical care, lost African American within our community. Cultural Awareness productivity, and wages. At least 100 million workdays are We have food vendors and art and Task Force Chair craft vendor spaces. Our food vendor lost each year to lower back pain, costing employers about spaces are limited. $20 billion. We invite you to be part of history Return on investment (ROI) data from over 20 years in in the making. Please join us the fourth the US, Europe and Canada have shown “The average ROI Wednesday of each month. Some for health promotion programs (wellness) is somewhere meetings will be held at 11:30am and around $3 for every $1 invested” Dr. Ron Goessel, PhD, other months they will be held in the and director of Cornell University’s Institute for Health and evening for members’ convenience. Productivity Studies. Workplace health promotion programs On June 25, we will have a Cultural Awareness Committee Social. This can reduce absenteeism and employer costs - improving social will be held at the Greater Fort performance and productivity. Workplaces are recognized Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce as “the single most important channel to reach the adult Aminta office board room. Come out and join population through health promotion programs” (WHO, Montanez us and learn more about the “Tapestry Hispanic Cultural 2001). of Cultures” International Celebration Awareness Task There are many local companies that offer fitness opporand the Cultural Awareness Committee. Force Chair tunities with reduced fees for their employees so check with The social will start at 5:30pm. the HR department. If your company doesn’t have exercise Free food and drinks will as an available tool for your health plan get proactive and be available. Please RSVP by calling the Chamber office at 244-8191. encourage their participation. You may also email the committee co-chair Aminta Montanez at or Mary Florence at

n e e r G t I ’ n i p e e K

When replacing your light bulbs at home and work use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime. Produce about 75 percent less heat, so they’re safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling. Are available in different sizes and shapes to fit in almost any fixture, for indoors and outdoors. Source: From

Mary Florence African American Cultural Awareness Task Force Chair Cultural Awareness Committee Aminta Montanez Hispanic Cultural Awareness Task Force Chair Cultural Awareness Committee

navarre, fl

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July/August 2008

Prove your Love… We’ve all heard it before, “if you don’t vote, you don’t have a say in the future of the ___ _________ (fill in the blank here-school system, fire department, county governments, etc.). While that is true, it’s more important E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R to remember that your absence at the polls speaks volumes. When you don’t vote, you not only relinquish your constitutional power as a U.S. citizen, you give up your opportunity to decide who will make local decisions on your behalf. In other words--your silence is one sure way to ensure that someone else’s agenda will be served. Our Constitution places the power to govern in the hands of our elected officials, however, this power is temporarily returned to us, the people, on each and every Election Day. Now is not the time to be an armchair quarterback. If you “Love our troops”, than prove it—make freedom count by exercising your right to vote. Love our teachers? Then make sure the right administrators are elected to manage them and the thousands of children

Tracey Terry


Nava r re So u n d

in their jurisdiction. Think we need more training and pay for our firefighters? Talk to the candidates, and see where they stand on these and other issues. If you are unsure of who the candidates are and what their platforms are—we can help! This month, the Government Affairs Committee will host a Candidate Forums on August 4th at the NHS Gymnasium and August 7th at the HN Intermediate School Cafeteria, both forums will be from 6:30-8:30. We are hosting two nights of forums in order to thoroughly interview the many candidates running for positions at various levels of local and state government. For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a voter, when and where you can vote, and other local political rallies and forums, see the official website of the SR County supervisor of elections (Ann Bodenstein) at: Ann and her staff have everything you will need to prepare you for your big day in power. For more information on the Chamber’s forum (open to the public) and a list of those invited to present their position, see page 6 of this issue. If you love our teachers, troops, and firefighters…PROVE IT--Get out and vote! Their fate is in your hands. The primary election is August 26th followed by the General Election November 4th.

To make Navarre the best environment to live, wor k and do business.

2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers President Stacy Dahlberg, Regions Bank President-Elect Sandi Kemp, Navarre Press Vice President Cinnamon Holderman, Abaca Mortgage Treasurer Jon Kagan, Raymond James Financial Services Secretary Bart Pullum, Bill Pullum Realty Directors

Ed Betts, Publix NiCol DeBruicker, Baptist Medical Park-Navarre Joyce Enghauser Jean Goodin Frankie Gibbs Holly Hernandez

Reviewing our Legislators “Report Cards” in Business The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently published “report cards” to illustrate which of our state legislators supported jobs, business and community development during the 2008 Legislative Session. To see the report cards of Rep. Greg Evers, Rep. Ray Sansom, and Sen. Don Gatez, see page 6.

Marcia Monti, Navarre Real Estate Connection, Inc. Dr. Joel Rudman, Holley Navarre Medical Clinic Tom Vatter, Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Chad Volland, Cocodrie’s Restaurant Ken Walters, Emerald Beach RV Park

CHAMBER STAFF Tracey Terry Executive Director Liz Simmons Membership Director

Audrey Bawcum Administration

Maureen LaMar Accounting

Ellen Greaves Event Coordinator


Infor mation

Navarre Sound is a publication of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Drawer 5430, Navarre, FL 32566. (850) 939-3267 Fax (850) 939-0085.

Pictured at the FL Chamber of Commerce’s legislative Update are: Sandi Kemp/Navarre Chamber President-Elect and Government Affairs Co-Chair; Pam Tedesco/Florida’s Great Northwest, Representative Greg Evers, and Tracey Terry/Navarre Chamber Executive Director.

Published and printed by The Northwest Florida Daily News. Submit Chamber and community information and articles to Ellen Greaves at the Chamber. To advertise, contact 863-1111, ext. 1361.

niceville, fl

2 | September 2008 | Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce | | | 678-2323

2008 EXECUTIVE BOARD Greg Smith Gulf Power Company Chairman of the Board Brian Walsh Key Lime Homes, Inc. Chairman Elect David Goetsch Northwest Florida State College Past Chairman of the Board Philippe Miceli BankTrust Treasurer Gordon King Okaloosa Gas District Vice Chairman Community Development Division Steve Schutt Superior Home Loans, LLC Vice Chairman Membership Development Division Darlene Taylor Ruckel Properties, Inc. Vice Chairman Public Relations Division Lorena Spillar Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Vice Chairman Special Events Division


2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jenni Brunson Twin Cities Hospital Jeff Campbell State Farm Insurance-Jeff Campbell Agency Debbie Carloni Professional Records Mangement Carolyn Chesser Bayou Book Company Hallmark Bernie DeLong Vanguard Bank Janet Norris Bluewater Bay Elementary Tim Parsons Northrop Grumman Corporation Steve Sabin Association of Chief Master Sergeants Okaloosa Gas Ronnie Shell Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC Scott Summerlin Peoples National Bank Sharon Tatum-Jones Coldwell Banker United, Realtors Randall Wise City of Niceville

Official Publication of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce 1055 East John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-2323

September 2008

LIFE DIRECTORS Walt Ruckel Ruckel Properties, Inc. Rae Williams Valparaiso Realty Company Beverly Rasmussen (Deceased)

CHAMBER STAFF Tricia Brunson Kelli Lusk





Workplace Stress: Tips to Avoid Burnout It seems like everyone is searching for ways to streamline our business practices these days in an effort to conserve resources. Many businesses have downsized their workforce by not filling open positions and redistributing responsibilities. This can help bring the bottom line to a more acceptable number, but it can also cause problems within the business such as higher stress levels and burnout among employees. There are many ways these problems can be alleviated and creativity is needed in addressing these issues. Most of us experience increased stress when additional tasks are given to us. Managers can help ease this type of transition by making sure the employee is given complete training and support. Employees need to know specifics about what is expected of them and where they can find guidance and assistance when they need it. Consideration can also be given by taking a team approach to projects, holding a group responsible for dividing the workload and following through to successful completion. One of the most important things managers can do for their employees is to empower them to make decisions. It can be quite stressful to be the lead person on a project, yet not have any decision making power. Giving employees ownership of a project can result in success far greater than normally anticipated and everyone thrives on success! Managers may also use creativity in how they reward their team members for extra effort. These rewards don’t have to be costly; choosing someone who has put in more hours than required during a week could be given a longer lunch hour or a small gift certificate for a frozen treat at Dairy Queen or Hershey’s Ice Cream. Even a quick handwritten note or even an email to thank someone for their extra effort can make someone’s day. Little things go a long way in making employees feel appreciated. Also, the power of words of praise should never be discounted. Acknowledging someone for a job well done in front of coworkers or clients is often the best thing you can do - never take good team members for granted - they are your business! If you are not responsible for managing employees, think

about how you can help your coworkers when they are overwhelmed and how to show your appreciation when they assist you. These same tips can be used to build a better work environment no matter what your level of responsibility may be. Sometimes simply offering to help can decrease stress levels because you realize that someone is there for you if you need them. Downsizing and streamlining business practices is a trend that is not likely to go away soon so the potential for increased stress levels will be there. Hopefully we can all be aware of it and work together to show our appreciation for the valuable contributions that coworkers and employees make on a daily basis. We hope you enjoy this issue of the Business Connection and wish you the very best for success, health and happiness throughout September!

Mark Your Calendar for the September

Second Wednesday Breakfast Sponsored By:

The Manor at Blue Water Bay Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at the Niceville Community Center 7:30 a.m.

Please Note: There is no parking allowed at the back entrance to the Community Center, in the loading zones, or along the curb. Please park in the front parking lot or in the large parking lot behind City Hall. Thank You!

Business Connection is a publication of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 1055 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578. Phone: 850.678.2323 Fax: 850.678.2602 email: Published and printed by the Northwest Florida Daily News. Submit Chamber and community information and articles in writing to the Chamber by the 15th of each month. To advertise, contact Diane Watkins at 850.863.1111, ext. 352.

crestview, fl



Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce  Gateway to Opportunities

And Wayne Says..... Officers

by Wayne Harris, Director

Mike Roy (Bryan Pest Control)/President Pat Dingess (Covenant Hospice)/President-Elect Tim Bryant (Publix)/Past President Stacy Lingenfelter-Sarikanon (Arena Landfill and Sand LLC) Secretary & Treasurer Foy Shaw (Shaw Moving & Storage) President Emeritus Craig Shaw (Shaw Moving & Storage) Vice President-Capital Improvements Jon Kurpil (Wal-Mart) Vice President- Special Events Betsy Miller (Cracker Barrel Old Country Store) Vice President-Ambassadors

SEPTEMBER 4 7:30 am

Chamber Breakfast @ ROC

SEPTEMBER 9 11:30 am


MAC Meeting @ Ryan’s

SEPTEMBER 18 12:00 pm

PILOT Luncheon @ Coach-n-Four

Elaine Courtney (UF Extension Office) Vice President-Education Robyn Helt (Brooks & Brooks Real Estate) Vice President - MAC

Board of Directors David Sanders/ NOMC Phyllis Enzor/ Shoal River Learning Center Cal Zethmayr/ WAAZ-WJSB Bob Jones/ Richbourg Middle School Ken Frost / Uniform Connection & Trophy Shop Gail Kaltz /Okaloosa Walton College Jason Green/ Airport Road Church of Christ Frank Brooks/ Brooks & Brooks Real Estate Dr. Earl Moore/ Moore’s Chiropractic Health Clinic Dr. Jim Hankison/ Hankison Family Chiropractic Kelly Humphrey/ Crestview News Bulletin Paul Palmer/ Allstate Insurance Co./Palmer Ins. Services Derek Lott/ First National Bank of Crestview Elaine Hill / Crescent Park Village Timothy Grandberry Bob Keller/ Sunshine Aero Industries Cheri Pittman/ Childcare Network Dino Sinopoli/ Re/Max Southern Realty

Staff: Wayne Harris - Executive Director Stephanie Baggett - Office Manager La’Terica Clark - Administrative Staff Helen Symonette - Administrative Staff

SEPTEMBER 23 8:00 am


Government Issues Meeting @ the Chamber

Focus is a publication of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, 502 S. Main Street, Crestview Fl 32536, (850) 682-3212 and Fax (850) 682-7413 Published and printed by The Northwest Florida Daily News. Submit articles to the Chamber at the numbers listed above or by email at To advertise, contact Randy Beard at 863-1111 ext. 372.

On behalf of the Officers, Directors and staff, please accept our most sincere condolences to Mrs. Brenda Bush’s family. Brenda was a long and ardent supporter of our Chamber and we will miss her caring and loving smile around the community. God bless her and may she rest in the loving arms of her Savior. My last two articles were in honor of two very important members of our Community and our Chamber, Mr. Mike Josey and

Mrs. Brenda Bush. Both of these wonderful folks gave so much of themselves to our community and asked very little in return. Each in their own special way contributed significantly to help our community grow yet at the same time keep it a “community” where people are proud to be from and proud to call it home. Mike spent many years, literally, building our community, helping it grow and become a better place to live, work and play. He took great joy in turning out great products, whether it was his work with CHELCO, his building plans business (by the way he drew my house plans and still to this day my wife and I receive tremendous compliments from total strangers and neighbors), to actually building the houses. He loved his children and

took great pains to insure he spent a good part of his life with them. He will be truly missed. Brenda devoted her life to our community by being a leader, decision maker and advocate. Her time on the City Council was not a job but a passion for our City and a true labor of love for her. You could see it in her face and in her heart. She loved what she did and it truly showed. Her involvement in everything Crestview will be a living legacy and testament to her forever. Her belief in her Savior too showed in every aspect of her life. She not only “talked the talk” she “walked the walk” I suspect every waking minute of her life. There is no doubt in my mind that if you ever met Brenda you knew she was a true, loving, caring Christian woman. God bless and keep both of

these true leaders of our home and let them be the example of what can be done if you dedicate your life to giving to others and giving of yourself first. We are very fortunate to live in a place where people, albeit maybe for a short time, give so much to better our “little piece of paradise.” Is it perfect? By no stretch of the imagination, but it’s much, much better because of folks like Brenda and Mike. And what’s really great is that we have many more people around us that have committed themselves to bettering our community, our home. Most, if not all, ask for nothing in return only that when its time to meet St. Pete, he recognizes them and ushers them in with a great big, accepting smile. Like I am sure he has for both Mike and Brenda.

W W W. C R E S T V I E W C H A M B E R . C O M IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE Wayne Says... . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2

Breakfast Meeting . . . . . . . . Page 11

Presidents Message . . . . . . . Page 3

Fuzz Buzz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13

UWF/PTAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4

The County Line . . . . . . . . . Page 14

New / Renewed Members. . . . Page 5

CIC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 16

June Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 7

Ambassador News . . . . . . . . Page 17

Discount Program . . . . . . . . Page 9

Tea Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19

Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . Page 10

Tears & Cheers . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19




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