Jan 2017 Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail Newsletter

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PPBT Birding Photo Contest

Open to youth, age 15 and under, and any amateur photographer, with “amateur’ defined as someone who does not earn a living from photography!

Photos must have been taken during the calendar year 2016 and must have been taken at any of the thirty-four (34) official sites on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail. We naturally accept photos of birds, but any artistic view of the official site as well. Your pictures must easily identify the site at which you are taking photos. A simple solution is to take a picture of the site signage before and after your subject photos. These will NOT be counted in your ‘5 picture’ submission guidelines.

There is no charge for entering this contest. All photos should be at least 300 dpi and may be submitted on CD or flash drive in the jpg format, or via email to ppbtphotocontest@gmail.com. Each should be accompanied by your name, address, contact information and telephone, all in legible handwriting.

Winning entries will be highlighted in the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail newsletter, official Facebook page and displayed on our Flickr page as well. By submitting entries, participants grant permission for the Alabama Birding Trails, the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, along with any partner organization to publish any/all submissions on printed materials, official websites and to share on social media. The contest begins March 1st and the deadline is 5:00 pm October 31, 2016.

Our contest has two classes: birds & artistic site shots. There are two levels of entry: youth ( 15 & under) & amateur. You may enter up to five (5) photos in each class.

Submit your photos at any time to either ppbtphotocontest@gmail.com or the Goin’ Postal office: Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail c/o Goin’ Postal, 2036 Cherokee Road, Suite 40 Alexander City AL 35010

This contest is a project of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, with thirty-four sites in the counties of Autauga, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Randolph and Tallapoosa.

For details, contact Joanne at 256-786-0541 or via email at ppbirdingtrail@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/piedmontplateaubirdingtrail

www.flickr.com/photos/piedmontplateau

ppbtphotocontest@gmail.com

2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

Dear Chamber Investor,

The Chamber greatly appreciates your continued sponsorship support through the years as it is your support which has enabled us to fund high quality educational programs and events for the membership as well as our community. As you know the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization and continues to work to improve the business climate, quality of life and social experiences of Randolph County.

This year the Chamber is offering many opportunities to spotlight businesses and other organizations through recognition as named sponsors. Our sponsors not only benefit the community with their investments but sponsorship also provides a powerful marketing tool. When a member sponsors Chamber events, their company or organization gains increased credibility, publicity and brand recognition in a positive advertising and promotional environment.

In consideration for contributions, the Chamber makes every effort to bring recognition to the businesses that have so graciously supported us. You will receive excellent exposure at some of our community’s premier events and an opportunity to showcase your business. Chamber events and programs are highly publicized – and so are our sponsors.

The Chamber is offering four levels of ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP for 2017. Sponsorship is broken down into great promotional packages that are sure to fit any budget. Choosing from one of the Sponsorship Levels will offer prestige, increased community recognition and visibility, improved branding, augmented advertising, additional website exposure and an investment in the future of our area. Annual Sponsorship will eliminate the repetitive solicitation of funds necessary to carry out the many events and programs the Chamber hosts throughout the year by contacting the sponsor ONLY ONCE. All levels of Annual Sponsorship will be recognized on signage at the Chamber office, all Chamber events, activities in which the Chamber participates and on the Chamber website and Facebook page.

The Annual MILLENNIUM Sponsor opportunities of the RANDOLPH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is available at a cost of only $2,500. This sponsorship includes being a named sponsor at ALL Chamber events including but not limited to:

  • 28th Annual Professional Women’s Luncheon March 2017
  • Roanoke Town Hall Meeting April 2017
  • 8th Annual Prayer Breakfast May 4, 2017
  • Wedowee Town Hall Meeting May 2017
  • 7th Annual Summer on Main Street Festival & Concert June 3, 2017
  • Lunch & Learn July 2017
  • Business after Hours To Be Decided
  • Annual Meeting October 2017

Organizations who make this commitment will receive all benefits associated with the highest level of sponsorship for the individual events including special sign placement, recognition in advertising, tickets, special seating, photos, etc. This payment can be a one-time payment or upon request may be made in installments.

The Annual PLATINUM Sponsor opportunities of the RANDOLPH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE are only $1,000. This sponsorship would include being a named sponsor at three (3) Headline Chamber events (indicated by * above) and two (2) minor events.

The Annual GOLD Sponsor opportunities of the RANDOLPH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE are only $500. This sponsorship includes being a named sponsor at two (2) Headline Chamber events (indicated by *) and 2 minor events.

The Annual SILVER Sponsor opportunities of the RANDOLPH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE are only $250. This sponsorship includes being a named sponsor at one (1) Headline Chamber event (indicated by *) and 1 minor event.

Additional ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP Benefits will be given as each event is planned.

We ask that you please contact us as soon as possible to notify us of your desire to be an Annual Sponsor of the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce so that we can begin to include you on our advertising, press releases, etc.

Annual Sponsorships must be received no later than Friday, March 3, 2017.

Allow the Professional Women’s Luncheon to be held in March 2017 to be the beginning of a wonderful year of your working together with the Chamber of Commerce as we work to strengthen, grow and improve Randolph County for all businesses, organizations, and our citizens.

We appreciate and thank you for your continued support of the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and your contribution toward the success of the exciting events for 2017. When you invest in the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, you invest in our community.

If you should have any questions or would like to have additional discussion regarding Sponsorship Opportunities, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Dorothy B. Tidwell, Executive
Paula Lambert, Director President, 2014 – 2015
Randolph County Chamber of Commerce
(334) 863-6612 0r (334)863-1402

United Cerebral Palsy Yeti Package Raffle

yeti-groupUCP of Randolph County, along with our sister Counties in United Cerebral Palsy of East Alabama, is raffling a Yeti Tundra 45 cooler (blue), a 30 oz and 20 oz Yeti Rambler Tumbler and a Yeti Colster. Retail value is $450.00. Chance tickets are $5.00 each. Drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13th.

To obtain tickets, call 256-276-1934 or send a private message to United Cerebral Palsy of East Alabama on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/ECAUCP/.

PPBT Birding Photo Contest

Open to youth, age 15 and under, and any amateur photographer, with “amateur’ defined as someone who does not earn a living from photography!

Photos must have been taken during the calendar year 2016 and must have been taken at any of the thirty-four (34) official sites on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail. We naturally accept photos of birds, but any artistic view of the official site as well. Your pictures must easily identify the site at which you are taking photos. A simple solution is to take a picture of the site signage before and after your subject photos. These will NOT be counted in your ‘5 picture’ submission guidelines.

There is no charge for entering this contest. All photos should be at least 300 dpi and may be submitted on CD or flash drive in the jpg format, or via email to ppbtphotocontest@gmail.com. Each should be accompanied by your name, address, contact information and telephone, all in legible handwriting.

Winning entries will be highlighted in the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail newsletter, official Facebook page and displayed on our Flickr page as well. By submitting entries, participants grant permission for the Alabama Birding Trails, the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, along with any partner organization to publish any/all submissions on printed materials, official websites and to share on social media. The contest begins March 1st and the deadline is 5:00 pm October 31, 2016.

Our contest has two classes: birds & artistic site shots. There are two levels of entry: youth ( 15 & under) & amateur. You may enter up to five (5) photos in each class.

Submit your photos at any time to either ppbtphotocontest@gmail.com or the Goin’ Postal office: Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail c/o Goin’ Postal, 2036 Cherokee Road, Suite 40 Alexander City AL 35010

This contest is a project of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, with thirty-four sites in the counties of Autauga, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Randolph and Tallapoosa.

For details, contact Joanne at 256-786-0541 or via email at ppbirdingtrail@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/piedmontplateaubirdingtrail

www.flickr.com/photos/piedmontplateau

www.ppbtphotocontest@gmail.com

PPBT March Newsletter

PPBT Newsletter MAR 2016

Great Backyard Bird Count Prep Walk

Great Backyard Bird Count Prep Walk!  Chewacla State Park, Lee County

Auburn Alabama–The Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail (PPBT) is pleased to announce our Saturday, February 6, 2016 event, a Great Backyard Birding Event preliminary learning session and bird walk at Chewacla State Park, Lee County, Alabama. The event starts at 8:00 am.

Join the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, Chewacla State Park, Alabama Extension Service/4-H and Auburn/Opelika Tourism for a morning of fun preparing for Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), the following weekend, February 12-15, 2016.  The February 6 events include an introduction to common birds; feeding wild birds (Wild Birds Unlimited); planting native landscapes (Master Gardeners); instruction on participating in the GBBC (PPBT); the Great Migration Challenge game (Extension 4-H) and finally a short bird hike lead by Chewacla State Park staff.   The Southeastern Raptor Center will be with us early with their education raptors, giving an up-close look at the hunters of the bird world.

Chewacla State Park is one of 34 sites on the Piedmont Birding Trail, covering nine counties in east central Alabama.

Contact:
Joanne Ninesling
ppbirdingtrail@gmail.com

Alexander City, Alabama

Ph:  256-786-0541

 

Site information:   http://alabamabirdingtrails.com/sites/chewacla-state-park/

http://www.alapark.com/chewacla-state-park

 

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED IN CASE OF RAIN.  SUBMIT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ppbirdingtrail@gmail.com TO BE NOTIFIED OF ANY WEATHER-RELATED CHANGES.  CHANGES WILL ALSO BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/piedmontplateaubirdingtrail

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Katie Wesson 256-404-2948
American Cancer Society
Katie.wesson@cancer.org

Cancer Screening and HPV Vaccination Save Lives
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and serves as a reminder to all women to talk with their physician about the risks of developing cervical cancer, what causes it, and what they can do to prevent it.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2016 an estimated 12,990 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,120 will die from the disease. With access to vaccination and regular screening, most of these cases could be prevented.

The death rate from cervical cancer, which was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women, has dropped by more than 50 percent over the past 30 years, thanks in large part to screening with the Pap test.

“The majority of cervical cancer cases in the U.S. could be prevented with HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines, which have been recommended for a decade,” said Richard C. Wender, M.D., chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society. “In fact, about 90 percent of all cervical cancers could be prevented with screening and HPV vaccination.”

According to Dr. Wender, despite the enormous potential to reduce suffering and death from cervical cancer, millions of women who should be screened are not getting screened. The HPV vaccination rate among youth has been widely underutilized.

The American Cancer Society recommends the HPV vaccine to be given to girls ages 11 to 12. Cervical cancer screening with a Pap test should start at age 21. Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years. Women aged 30 to 65 should have an HPV test with a Pap test every five years. Another option is to have just a Pap test every three years. Women over 65 years who have had regular screening with normal results should not be screened. Women who get the HPV vaccine still need to get regular screening for cervical cancer.

Uninsured women or those without a regular health care provider are significantly less likely to receive cervical cancer screening. Still, studies show about seven in 10 women who had not been screened in the previous five years had a regular doctor and health insurance.

“Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, but it does not affect everyone equally,” said Dr. Wender. “Statistics show that some minority populations and people who lack health insurance are more likely to develop cancer – and die from it – than the general U.S. population. The opportunity to prevent death and suffering from cervical cancer is real. Screening can find changes in the cervix before they turn into cancer, and vaccination can prevent most cervical cancers. If we can apply what we know today, it is possible we may see a day when cervical cancer is virtually eliminated.”

For more information, on how to become involved in your area, contact Katie Wesson, 256-404-2948 or katie.wesson@cancer.org. Make a difference in a local cancer patients life!
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The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress, 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

New Randolph County ‘Brand’ revealed

 

From The Randolph County Leader – 30 Dec 2015

2016 randolph county new brand logoRandolph County Economic Development Authority hosted a media conference to announce a new county-wide brand on Tuesday morning at the Bank of Wedowee-Roanoke Branch.

The “Genuinely Different” logo created by award-winning community marketing firm, Red Sage Communications Inc., will become the icon for Randolph County defining the county as it is today and supporting the county as it continues to define its future.

The new brand and messaging for Randolph County reflects the genuine Southern experience found across the county. Few communities offer such an authentic spirit and wealth of preserved natural resources. This strength is now highlighted to capture the unique characteristics of each of the four towns and to bring attention to the intriguing history, wide-ranging industrial base, diversity of land and unspoiled beauty, such as Lake Wedowee, found throughout the county.

“As we worked through the strategic planning process, a theme that kept occurring time after time was one of promoting county unity,” said Jared Kirby, president of First Bank and chair of the strategic planning committee. “We began working with Red Sage to achieve the goal of branding our county. The process included the insight and contributions of numerous community members. We are excited to unveil a brand that can be used consistently and help Randolph County become instantly recognizable. ”

Red Sage Communications Inc. President Ellen Didier said, “To learn what makes a community special, you have to go to the people. We kept hearing words like genuine, community, authentic, close-knit, pride and heritage. Our task was to translate these attributes into a tagline and logo that clearly and uniquely defined the county as a whole.”
The logo uses a bold color palette to represent many sectors of the county, including education, downtown streetscapes, industry, agriculture and beautiful landscapes, including rolling hills and peaceful waters. The logo, as well as the tagline, captures the genuinely different features and character of Randolph County.

“Our county has so many unique aspects, and they all work together to make Randolph County a dynamic place to live, work and visit. The branding committee wanted the logo and tagline to encompass the things that make the county what it is; therefore the elements of the logo represent a variety of things that people think of when they think of our county,” said Shondae Brown, director of public relations at Southern Union, who served as the branding committee co-chair.

“In order to move the county forward on many different fronts, it is important to promote unity. This branding process helped us to be able to look at the many wonderful things that Randolph County has to offer, and to bring them all under one umbrella to effectively promote our great county,” said Larry Roberts, chair of Randolph County Commission.

The brand was developed with input from a local brand advisory committee of eight (Shondae Brown, Vickie Cummings, Tom Garland, Gregory Johnson, Larry Roberts, Marian Royston, Cotina Terry and Clay Tinney) following two focus group sessions conducted on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30. These two sessions welcomed 54 participants, including representatives from the county commission, every municipality in Randolph County, state representatives, the chamber of commerce, school systems, healthcare, local businesses, economic development and other key groups. Following the focus group sessions, an online survey was launched to determine the new tagline. The resulting brand supports the core strengths and unique characteristics identified in these sessions.

“Throughout the focus group process, people kept mentioning the genuine compassion and authenticity of the people of the county. The committee felt that these are among our greatest strengths, and we wanted to be sure to capture that sentiment in our brand,” said Vickie Cummings, co-chair of the branding committee and sales supervisor for TEC.
The branding project and implementation efforts are being partially funded through the Community Marketing Program, a program developed by PowerSouth Energy Cooperative to provide the counties within their service area with tools for leveraging their county’s presence on the regional, national and international stage and drive economic development efforts.

“PowerSouth Energy was happy to be able to play a role in the Randolph County Community Branding Initiative,” said Caleb Goodwyn, economic and community development representative for PowerSouth Energy Cooperative. “The level of community participation throughout this process lends further proof to the commitment of the citizens of Randolph County and the dedication and professionalism of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority. We hope that this unique brand will lead to greater visibility for Randolph County on the national and international levels and will lead to future economic development successes. Randolph County is a unique place to live, work and play, and we hope this will allow the county to more effectively reach their target audience.”
The new logo and tagline will be adapted for use and implemented throughout the county with brand-building activities led by the brand advisory committee, including county marketing, as well as national and international recruitment. The Randolph County Economic Development Authority is sporting a custom adaptation of the logo and commissioned a county brochure utilizing the new brand and messaging.

“The Genuinely Different logo and tagline for Randolph County fully captures the essence of Randolph County. I am very excited to have a unified brand to use in all of our marketing and recruiting efforts,” said Cotina Terry, executive director, Randolph County Economic Development Authority. “The brand is a great fit for all of RCEDA’s efforts in promoting existing industry, enhancing our workforce, highlighting our educational offerings, as well as recruiting new business and industry to the county. We are now ready to let the world know that Randolph County is ready to offer tourists, businesses and industry a ‘Genuinely Different’ experience.”

“When we started the planning process a year and a half ago, we really wanted to capture who we already are as a county. We feel this logo and tagline embodies our strengths. Our hope is that the brand is embraced by all who live in and love Randolph County,” stated Wendell Shelton, immediate past president, RCEDA.

Chamber Annual Meeting Celebration

Randolph County Chamber of Commerce  Annual Meeting Celebration

2015 Member of Year - Small Town Bank

Member of the Year – Small Town Bank. Left to right: 2014-2015 RCCC President Paula Lambert, Teller Rich Phillips , Executive Vice President Harold Heard and Executive Director Dorothy Tidwell.

The East Alabama Antique Tractor Club Pavilion located in the Wedowee Kiwanis Park in Wedowee was the setting for the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The well-attended member event provided a networking opportunity for a diverse group of individual, business persons, governmental agencies, and civic and social organizations to gather in celebration of the Chamber’s successful 2014-2015 year. A pink theme was carried out to promote the Chamber’s campaign for “Think Pink Randolph County” in support of breast cancer awareness. Dorothy Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chamber welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked those attending for their continued membership, sponsorships and participation in the year’s events.

Director Tidwell recognized the following Annual Meeting Sponsors: Regional Medical Center, Tanner Medical Center, Small Town Bank, W M Grocery, Bank of Wedowee, First Bank, Purohit Pediatric Clinic, Roanoke Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Alabama Power, Eagle 1023, Eye Care Alabama, Lake Wedowee Life/Southern Holiday Life, Randolph County Ag & Equine, Randolph County Economic Development Authority, and The Randolph Leader.

District One Board of Director Tom Garland recognized Bill Caypless, Randolph County Health Care Authority Chairman, for his long hours of hard work on the 1% Sales Tax in support of a new hospital in Randolph County.

2015 Community Service - State Farm

Community Service Award – State Farm. Left to right: 2014-2015 RCCC President Paula Lambert, State Farm Insurance Agent Ken Seiffert and RCCC Executive Director Dorothy Tidwell.

Highlighting the celebration was the presentation of the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards. The Chamber Awards were presented by 2014-2015 President Paula Lambert and Executive Director Dorothy Tidwell. Receiving this year’s awards are: Member of the Year: Small Town Bank, Community Service Award: State Farm Insurance, Ken Sieffert Agent and a tie for Lifetime Achievement Award: Roanoke Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and Traylor Retirement Center. See more photos.

Director Tidwell thanked the 2014-2015 Chamber Board of Directors for their continued support and guidance during the year. Out-going directors, Joe Ammons, Doug Williams and Jimmy Allen were thanked for their years of service to the Chamber and presented plaques from President Lambert and Director Tidwell.

Dr. Carol Knight, long-time Chamber supporter, presided over the swearing ceremonies of the in-coming Board of Directors. The 2015-2016 Board of Directors are as follows:

President- Richard Cotney, Vice President- Barbara Burroughs, Secretary/Treasurer – Daniel Bozeman, Past President – Paula Lambert, District 1 – Tom Garland, District 2 – Marie Lanier, District 3 – Marty Kirby, District 4 – Margaret Calhoun, District 5 – Gertie Hill, Roanoke District – Amy Goode, Wadley District – Open, Wedowee District – Amy Pike and Woodland District – Fred Lovvorn.

Newly sworn-in President Richard Cotney closed the meeting.

See more photos at http://randolphcountyal.com/photo-gallery/.

Upcoming Events

Jan
23
Mon
3:00 pm Randolph County Commission Meeting
Randolph County Commission Meeting
Jan 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Randolph County Commission meets every second and fourth Monday of each month with a workshop meeting on the Thursday prior to.  All meetings are at 3:00pm.
6:00 pm Roanoke City Council Meeting
Roanoke City Council Meeting
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Roanoke City Council Meeting – 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00pm.
Feb
6
Mon
11:00 pm Wadley Town Council Meeting
Wadley Town Council Meeting
Feb 6 @ 11:00 pm – Feb 7 @ 12:00 am
Wadley Town Council Meeting  – 1st Monday of every month.
Feb
7
Tue
5:00 pm Wedowee Town Council Meeting
Wedowee Town Council Meeting
Feb 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wedowee Town Council Meeting – 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Feb
13
Mon
3:00 pm Randolph County Commission Meeting
Randolph County Commission Meeting
Feb 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Randolph County Commission meets every second and fourth Monday of each month with a workshop meeting on the Thursday prior to.  All meetings are at 3:00pm.
5:00 pm Woodland Town Council Meeting
Woodland Town Council Meeting
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Woodland Town Council meets the second Monday of each month.
6:00 pm Roanoke City Council Meeting
Roanoke City Council Meeting
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Roanoke City Council Meeting – 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00pm.
Feb
21
Tue
5:00 pm Wedowee Town Council Meeting
Wedowee Town Council Meeting
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wedowee Town Council Meeting – meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Feb
27
Mon
3:00 pm Randolph County Commission Meeting
Randolph County Commission Meeting
Feb 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Randolph County Commission meets every second and fourth Monday of each month with a workshop meeting on the Thursday prior to.  All meetings are at 3:00pm.
6:00 pm Roanoke City Council Meeting
Roanoke City Council Meeting
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Roanoke City Council Meeting – 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00pm.