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Official Newsletter of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce

THE CHAMBER CORNER

Volume 12, Issue 2

February 2012

Tickets on Sale Feb. 1 Ho, Ho, Homicide!

Calling All T-Shirts!

Your business can Sponsor T-Shirt Friday simply by donating three of your company logo shirts for our staff to wear on a Friday rotation. We will take a fun photo and share it on Facebook and in our weekly email. If you do not receive the weekly email and would like to be added to the list, please email becky@eatonton. com and we will happy to add you! Thank you so much to Allgood Pest Solutions, Putnam General Hospital, Pinnacle Credit Union, Saltamacchio’s Tang Soo Do Karate School and Gatewood Schools for bringing us shirts to showcase your business / organization!

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“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” will be back in Eatonton for two nights only on March 2 and 3 for the Chamber’s highly anticipated annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Ho, Ho, Homicide! Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Chamber office. Major and minor tickets are available for all the famous North Pole characters from the Clause family, elves, reindeer to snowmen, and even a few surprises! The event will take place at The Plaza Arts Center starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 a person and includes dinner. The Murder Mystery is sponsored by Putnam County Charter School System, Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, Smith Communications, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Putnam General Hospital and The Peoples Bank.

How Satisfied are Your Employees?

Happy employees stay longer and work a lot harder! When asked the question, how satisfied are your employees, can you answer the question honestly? Join the Chamber on Feb. 15 for our Lunch-N-Learn on Employee Satisfaction. We have the pleasure of learning from Marilu Cowan with the Georgia Employers’ Association. For more information, view page two under the RSVP section or view the enclosed insert.

Leadership Putnam is off to a great start!

Despite the efforts of the arctic inhabitants, productivity is at an alltime low causing much frustration around the pole while putting Santa’s legacy at stake. Desperate for a change, there are many who are willing to do almost anything to increase efficiency and restore peace at the North Pole. But only one will go too far and commit a murderous act in this winter wonderland. Will it be the audacious elf who believes he could run the workshop better? Perhaps the remorseful reindeer, anxious to hide his secret, has one more to add to the naughty list? Or could it be the unwavering queen of Christmas, Mrs. Clause, who will do anything to protect her family through this ordeal?

Advertise in the Chamber Business Report We are currently accepting Chamber members to advertise in the award winning Chamber Business Report. The Chamber keeps our citizens informed about what is happening in the Business Community through this quarterly publication distributed through the Eatonton Messenger and Lake Oconee News. The deadline to advertise in the Spring Issue is Feb. 1.

Leadership Putnam, our community development program, is off to a great start! The class kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 12, with the first class Understanding Leadership at The Plaza Arts Center. On Thursday, Jan. 19, the class learned how to run an Effective Meeting. On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Class learned how to work as a team on the Low Ropes Course at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.


Welcome!

New Chamber Members!

RSVP For Events!

441 Fitness and Fun

Donna and James Bolan (706) 623-1789 1001 N. Milledgeville, RD, Suite N. Eatonton, GA 31024 Fitness / Zumba Dance Studio

Sponsored by Lake Oconee Urgent & Specialty Care Center

China Yuan

Li (706) 485-3399 651 Old Phoenix Road Eatonton, GA 31024 Chinese Restaurant

Lake Oconee Living Andrea Gable (706) 342-7440 235 S. Main St. Madison, GA 30650 Magazine / Publication

Main Street Home Loans, LLC Joe Kurelic (706) 485-8177 115 Meadow Ct. Eatonton, GA 31024 Reverse Mortgages

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Greg Covington (478) 452-0262 127 Executive Parkway Milledgeville, GA 31061 Financial Advisors / Investments

News for your business! Georgia New Hire Reporting Program Mandatory Employer Reporting Requirements

The Georgia New Hire Reporting Program assists employers with federal and state new hire reporting requirements on behalf of the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services. New hire reporting offers the following benefits: Speeds up the child support income withholding order process; Expedites the collection of child support from parents who change jobs frequently; Quickly locates non-custodial parents to help in establishing paternity and child support orders; Helps prevent fraudulent payments to recipients of unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and welfare benefits. For more information, visit www.ga-newhire.com or call the Georgia New Hire Reporting Program at (888) 5410469.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 5 to 7 p.m. 105 Harmony Crossing, Suite 3 Eatonton, GA 31024 Enjoy networking, refreshments and a 50/50 cash raffle!

Employee Satisfaction Wednesday, Feb. 15 / $15 Includes Lunch Lunch served at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at Noon Located at the Lodge on Lake Oconee 930 Lake Oconee Parkway Eatonton, GA 31024 Seminar will cover: Factors which influence employee satisfaction; Basic theories of employee satisfaction including motivation & reward; Causes of employee dis-satisfaction; How do you know whether your employees are satisfied?; Analyzing satisfaction problems; and Designing target programs to improve employee satisfaction. The seminar will be taught by Marilu Cowan from the Georgia Employers Association. Marilu has over 30 years experience in the field of human resources and employee / career development. Sponsored by: Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, Smith Communications, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Putnam General Hospital, The Peoples Bank and Putnam County Charter School System.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Located at The Plaza Arts Center 305 N. Madison Ave. Eatonton, GA 31024 Connect over coffee with a representative of the Chamber board and staff along with fellow members. This month meet with: Board Member Cynthia Wallace & Membership Manager Becky Needham. Sponsored by: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Putnam General Hospital, The Peoples Bank, Putnam County Charter School System, Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee and Smith Communications. Save the Date: Wednesday, March 21 Sponsored by Piedmont Financial Partners February 2012 / Page 2


-Month in Review-

Chamber celebrates Sinclair-Oconee Mortgage’s New Location 995 Lake Oconee Parkway, Eatonton, GA 31024 | (706) 485-1324 The Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Sinclair Oconee Mortgage on Thursday, Jan. 5 to celebrate the new location at the intersection of Harmony Road and Highway 44 in the former Peoples Bank building. Sinclair Oconee Mortgage originally opened for business in 2004 and relocated to the current office in November 2011. Services range from refinance programs saving hundreds of dollars a month, to programs that offer a variety of incentives such as 100 percent financing, no down payments, no appraisals and no mortgage insurance. Loans are offered for multiple property ownership as well as Conventional, FHA, USDA and HomePath Mortgage financing, and Manufactured and Mobile Home financing. The mortgage team at Sinclair Oconee includes Tammy Smith, director of business development, Paula Farlow, president/broker, and Jan Long, processor, together offering over 60 years of mortgage and real estate experience.

Gatewood Schools Sponsors Networking @ Noon On Wednesday, Jan. 18, Gatewood Schools sponsored the first Networking @ Noon of 2012. Over thirty Chamber members attended the event to engage in networking over lunch. Headmaster Chris Charles gave the sponsor presentation, where he shared with the group the details on the merger with Redeemer Episcopal Academy. For more information, visit http://gatewoodschool.com.

New Member Reception

Welcome New Ambassadors!

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Chamber held a New Member Reception. New Members in attendance included Harmony Crossing Foods, PeachState Cleaning and Restoration, and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Staff, Board, Ambassadors and Sponsors were present to give our new members a warm welcome to the Business Community. The New Member Reception is sponsored by Pinnacle Credit Union, Smith Communications, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Putnam General Hospital, The Peoples Bank, Putnam County Charter School System and Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee.

The Chamber is proud to announce that Donnan Oyler, R&R Insurance Group, and Heather Thrift, Putnam General Hospital, have joined the Chamber Ambassador Program, our group of official volunteers! Ambassadors attend Ribbon Cuttings and events, volunteer in the office and at fund-raisers; and help recruit and retain Chamber members. Thank you Donnan and Heather for your commitment to serving your Business Community! Anyone interested in becoming an Ambassador may request an application. We will be accepting new Ambassadors in May.

February 2012 / Page 3


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Chamber Sta Roddie Anne Blackwell, President Becky Needham, Membership Manager Bonnie Simmons, Tourism Manager Chairman: Mike Rowland Vice Chair: Laura Gailey, The Gailey Law Firm, LLC Treasurer: Jon Butler, The Peoples Bank Terri Camp, Rock Eagle 4-H Center Rita Daniel, Eatonton Chiropractic Center Bernard Holston, Bernard’s Family Funeral Care Joe Hudson, Farmers & Merchants Bank Wes Lewis, Georgia Power Company Land Department Marty Phillips, Techknow Gurus Gene Thurston, Neighborhood Cleaners Cynthia Wallace, Sycamore Oconee Real Estate Lowell White, III, Calvert & White Custom Homes February 2012 / Page 4

Chamber Champions! Thank you to our 2012


Member News & Events

-‘M2M’ News-

-‘M2M’ Events-

Infinity Network Solutions is proud to announce TechTartare. com, the online home of the Infinity Learning Series - a monthly events series whose mission it is to provide I.T. food for thought to the Middle Georgia community. Each event will focus on a current I.T. topic or trend crucial to success in business.

Feb. 6: Pathways to Healing presents Free Movie Night: InGREEDients, 7 p.m. at Spotlight Theatres. The move follows registered nurse and filmmaker David Burton as they take a journey through the history of human food consumption and finds an alarming connection between diet and illness while investigating trans fats and hydrogenated oils in America’s food supply.

Crooked Pines Farm is calling all vendors for its Multi-booth Yard Sale on March 3 to benefit a wildlife rehabilitation program on the farm, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Booth fees, of $25, will go towards developing a wildlife rehabilitation program at Crooked Pines Farm. Sellers keep proceeds from their sales. For more information call (706) 347-0274 or visit www.crookedpinesfarm.com for a booth application. The Plaza Arts Center announces its Amateur Photography Show and Contest. Entries will be accepted Feb. 20-27. This contest is for anyone who qualifies as an amateur as defined in the Contest Rules. The contest is not limited to Putnam County residents. For entry rules, visit www.theplazaartscenter.com. If you have questions, please contact putnamsnapper@gmail.com or call The Plaza Arts Center at 706-923-1655. FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy is calling all vendors for the Marketday & Yard Sale at The Plaza on Sat. April 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Sell your household items, antiques, collectibles, plants, jewelry, handmade crafts) for ONLY $25.00 a space. Call: Linda at (706) 473-2256 or Gail at (770) 286-2174. Exchange Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Hope Hines to Vice President - Mortgage Lending. Hope has been a part of the Exchange Bank organization since 1993. Chris Jacobs has been promoted to the position of Branch Manager of the Exchange Bank Lake Oconee Office. Chris joined Exchange Bank in 2008. For more information, email tkennedy@exchangebankshares.com. Bodyplex Lake Oconee has opened an Ideal Protein Nutrition Clinic. Lose 3-7 Pounds per week. Natural and effective weight-loss method with long-lasting results. Doctor Recommended, 4 easy phases. Supports cellulite Reduction. For more information, contact Jennette Snider (706) 986-9376 jennettesnider@gmail.com. Lake Oconee Area Builder’s Association is accepting vendors for The Big Event on Saturday, March 19 at Lake Oconee Village, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to register, visit www. LOBALive.com.

Feb. 7: OPAS Presents Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway at The Plaza Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Recreate the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century. For more information, please call (877) 725-8849 or visit www.OPAS.org. Feb. 7: Bodyplex Fitness Adventure of Lake Oconee Free Informational Seminar at 7 p.m. on the new Ideal Protein Nutrition Clinic. Lose 3-7 Pounds per week. Natural and effective weight-loss method with long-lasting results. Doctor Recommended, 4 easy phases. Supports cellulite Reduction. For more information, contact Jennette Snider (706) 986-9376 at jennettesnider@gmail.com. Feb. 9: Lake Oconee Living Magazine invites you to Come “Boogie with the Best” of Lake Oconee, 6 p.m. at The Plaza Arts Center Celebrate the winners of Lake Oconee Living’s third annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This free event will include food and beverages from our “Best of Food & Dining” following the awards ceremony. A silent auction will showcase items from other winners with all proceeds benefiting winners of our “Best Volunteer Organization.” Hit the red carpet in style! Event is black tie optional. For more information, http://www.lakeoconeelivingmag.com. Feb. 10 & 11: Little Cupids Camp hosted by Crooked Pines Farm. While the parents are dining out at their favorite restaurant or spending an evening alone, their children ages 5 to 12 are invited for dinner and fun from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Little Cupids evening will include a hayride, craft activity, games and dinner for your child. The cost of Little Cupids is $25 for the first child per family and $15 each additional sibling. Space is limited; please call Crooked Pines Farm at (706) 347-0274 to get registration information or download the registration form at www. crookedpinesfarm.com. Feb. 11: Steffen Thomas Museum of Art Family Workshop “Making a Memory Box,” 10 a.m. to Noon. Create a family treasure by making a Memory Box covered and filled with your personal memorabilia from your family, taught by Yvonne Studevan. Adults $10, children $8. Limited seating, call (706) 342-7557 or visit www.steffenthomas.org.

Continued on back... Please remember to submit your Member to Member News & Events formatted to 50 words or less to becky@eatonton.com by the 20th of each month to be included in the following month’s newsletter. Visit eatonton.com for a full calendar of community events.


Member News & Events

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Feb. 11-19: The Plaza Arts Center presents a juried fine art show and contest for amateur artists. The exhibit is free to the public and is open from Saturday, February 11 through Sunday, February 19; Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2 - 4 p.m. Entries for the exhibit will be accepted from Tuesday, January 3, through Friday, January 20, 2012. For show rules, requirements and entry application forms visit www.ThePlazaArtsCenter.com or call (706) 923-1655. February 11: The Plaza Arts Center presents the Oyster Roast at 5:30 p.m., at the Haley’s Cabin on Wild Turkey Lane. All you can eat’ Oysters, Chicken Gumbo, Dessert and ‘all you can drink’ beer and wine! Enjoy your feast while the Tim Cadiere Band entertains throughout the evening with their musical talents. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at The Plaza Arts Center or The Peoples Bank Town and Lake Oconee Branches. For more information, call (706) 923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com February 12: The Plaza Arts Center presents The Amazing Kreskin, world famous mentalist, who is ready to read your mind, 3 p.m. Tickets on sale for the Sunday Matinee at only $20 per person! For more information, visit theplazaartscenter.com. Feb. 20-27: The Plaza Arts Center will be accepting entries for the Amateur Photography Show and Contest. This contest is for anyone who qualifies as an amateur as defined in the Contest Rules. The contest is not limited to Putnam County residents. For entry rules, visit www.theplazaartscenter.com. If you have questions, please contact putnamsnapper@gmail.com or call The Plaza Arts Center at 706-923-1655. March 3: Crooked Pines Farm will be hosting a Multi-booth Yard Sale to benefit a wildlife rehabilitation program on the farm, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a rain or shine event. No gate fees apply. Hayrides and petting farm will be available during the event. Booth fees, of $25.00, will go towards developing a wildlife rehabilitation program at Crooked Pines Farm. Sellers keep proceeds from their sales. For more information call (706) 347-0274 or visit www.crookedpinesfarm.com for a booth application. March 16, 17 & 18: The Plaza Arts Center presents Night Watch by Lucille Fletcher. March 16 and 17 at 8:00 p.m. March, 18 at 3:00 p.m. A good old “who done it” drama that steadily builds suspense, beginning with the first blood-curdling scream to the final, breathstopping moment of its unexpected “twist” ending. For more information contact The Plaza Arts Center at (706) 923-1655 or visit www. ThePlazaArtsCenter.com. March 17: Steffen Thomas Museum of Art Family Workshop “Pysanky - Eggs with Pizazz!,” 10 a.m. to Noon. Just in time for Eas-

ter, Ingrid Bolton, master Pysanky painter introduces you to the beautiful art of patterned Ukranian eggs. All supplies provided. Adults $10, children $8. Limited seating, call (706) 342-7557 or visit www.steffenthomas.org. March 17-25: The Plaza Arts Center presents Amateur Photography Show and Contest Exhibit open to the public at The Plaza Arts Center. The exhibit is free to the public and open MondayFriday from 10:00-5:00, Saturday from 10:00-4:00 and Sunday from 2:00-4:00. March 19: Lake Oconee Area Builder’s Association presents The Big Event at Lake Oconee Village, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the LOABA office at (706) 999-1591 or info@loabaemail.com. March 23 & 24: The Plaza Arts Center presents Night Watch by Lucille Fletcher. March 23 & 24 at 8:00 p.m. A good old “who done it” drama that steadily builds suspense, beginningwith the first blood-curdling scream to the final, breath-stopping moment of its unexpected “twist” ending. For more information contact The Plaza Arts Center at (706) 923-1655 or visit www.ThePlazaArtsCenter.com. March 24: Crooked Pines Farm Second Annual Easter Egg launch and lunch from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come to the farm and enjoy a lunch with fresh ham and all the fixings. After lunch, test your skill at launching eggs into the pasture using our huge sling shot! For more information, please call Crooked Pines Farm at (706) 347-0274 or visit www.crookedpinesfarm.com. March 29: Infinity Network Solutions presents Sushi & Secure Networks at Taki Japanese, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Securing your computer network isn’t a “set it and forget it” activity, nor does it have to be overly complex. Learn how security of your organization’s data and network assets plays a key role in ongoing success. Visit www.techtartare.com.

Please remember to submit your Member to Member News & Events formatted to 50 words or less to becky@eatonton.com by the 20th of each month to be included in the following month’s newsletter. Visit eatonton.com for a full calendar of community events.


After Hours

BUSINESS  Sponsored by

Thursday, Feb. 2, From 5 to 7 p.m. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards to pass out to contacts that you meet!

Come enjoy food, drink and the opportunity to network! Remember, this is your chance to meet other contacts in the business community.

Networking Activities Cash Raffle People do business with those that they know, like and trust! Business After Hours creates relationships that will last a lifetime!

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS 

will be held at  Lake Oconee Urgent &  Specialty Care Center  105 Harmony Crossing  Suite 3  Eatonton, GA 31024   

Please RSVP to Becky@eatonton.com or (706) 485-7701.


Lunch-N-Learn:

Employee Satisfaction

Wednesday, February 15

$15, Includes Lunch Lunch Served at 11:45 a.m. | Program Begins at Noon Located at The Lodge on Lake Oconee 930 Lake Oconee Parkway, Eatonton, GA 31024 Please RSVP: (706) 485-7701 | Becky@eatonton.com

Seminar will cover the following:

Factors which influence employee satisfaction; Basic theories of employee satisfaction including motivation & reward; Causes of employee dis-satisfaction; How do you know whether your employees are satisfied?; Analyzing satisfaction problems; and Designing target programs to improve employee satisfaction.

About the Speaker:

The Lunch-N-Learn will be taught by Marilu Cowan from the Georgia Employers’ Association. Marilu has over 30 years experience in the field of human resources and employee / career development. She has worked in various industries, and her career focused on assisting organizations with strategic change. She has taught in the business schools at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Georgia College and State University, Wesleyan College, as well as a variety of human resources classes and seminars around the country. She holds a Master of Education in Occupational Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Augusta State College. She has done doctoral work at Duke University.

Lunch-N-Learn series is Sponsored by:

The Peoples Bank, Putnam County Charter School System, Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, Smith Communications, Farmers & Merchants Bank and Putnam General Hospital.



February 2012 Newsletter