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Registration Deadline for 2015 Alabama Cooperative Extension System Beekeeping Symposium

Greetings Beekeepers

Just one last reminder, the pre-registration deadline for the 20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and Alabama Beekeepers Association is this Friday, January 23.  After Friday, registration is only available at the door.  Take a moment to register online or to mail your registration form.  The attached announcement includes a registration form, registration information, the final program, and driving instructions. 

Online registration is available at:   https://mell-base.uce.auburn.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=C150207

If you are having trouble locating a hotel in Clanton, Alabama, you may want to check Prattville to the south of Clanton or Alabaster to the north of Clanton.  If traveling on I65, these are about 30 miles from the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center.  If you have reservations at The Inn at Clanton, you may want to check to be sure this hotel is still available.  More information about hotels in Clanton, Alabama is available at www.alabamabeekeepers.com .

You may also want to visit www.onetew.com for information about vendors who will be available during this event.

To avoid registration lines at the door, have your registration materials ready for you when you arrive, enjoy lunch with us at the symposium, and save $10 per person, get your registration in by Friday. 

Please join us in Clanton, Alabama on February 7 and please pre-register by January 23.

Jim

Dr. James E. Tew

State Specialist, Beekeeping

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Auburn University

Tewbee2@gmail.com

http://www.onetewbee.com

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NOW HIRING – 10 Health Insurance Agents MyBamaCare

NOW HIRING – 10 Health Insurance Agents MyBamaCare, Alabama’s fastest growing Health Insurance Agency is now hiring 10 of the best health insurance agents in Alabama.

The Open Enrollment Period for the HealthCare Exchange opened on November 15, 2014 and will close on February 15, 2015.

Responsibilities:

Assist clients in selecting health insurance plan, qualifying for financial assistance and completing enrollment application. Average enrollment takes 20 minutes. This is NOT a sales position! Alabama has more than 500,000 un-insured residents who qualify for these guaranteed issue health plans. 90% clients do not currently have health insurance and will face a Federal Tax Penalty if they do not enroll by February 15, 2015.

What we offer:

State of the art technology that allows you to work from home in our virtual office suite. Leads, Leads, Leads Guaranteed Issue Health Insurance Plans with financial assistance – Average client pays less than $50 monthly premium. Professional training program designed and managed by a 20 year tele-sales expert. Top commission and BONUS program. Flexible shifts – Morning, Afternoon and Evening shifts are available.

What you can make:

The average monthly premium BEFORE subsidy is $450. You will be paid 3% Commission which averages $13.50 per month. You will receive a 5 month advance and months 6 – 12 are paid as earned. You will be paid directly from the insurance carrier on the applications you submit. The average agent can expect to complete 250 enrollment applications by February 15, 2015. 250 Enrollment applications will generate $40,500 in income for 2015.

What we require:

You must have a VALID Health Insurance License for the State of Alabama. You must be customer service oriented and be able to work in a tele-sales environment. You must be computer proficient. You will need a high speed internet connection, computer and headset with microphone.

If you would like more information, join us for a group webinar / tele-conference, Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. (1-6-2015)

Steps to register are listed below:

  1. Visit MyBamaCare.com and click on HAVE QUESTIONS? in the top right corner.
  2. Complete the registration.
  3. Click submit to receive the email with tele-conference phone number and password.

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Parents As Teachers

Parents As Teachers

Serving Clay, Coosa, and Talladega Counties

Parents as Teachers is a free home visitation program that provides support to pregant women, mothers, fathers, and other caregivers of young children in their home.

  • Parenting and family enrichment activities.
  • Activities, books, and learning materials for families.
  • Monthly home visits that include vision, hearing, and development screenings.
  • Guidance to set and achieve personal and family goals.
  • Support through connections with other families.
  • Free resources for families.
  • Links to community resources..
  • Fun activities for the whole family.
  • Free prenatal support.

A program of Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement
Primary funding for this service is provided by the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs
78 Betsy Ross Lane / P.O. Box 1122
Sylacauga, AL 35150
256-245-4343
www.safefamilyservicescenter.com

Download the FAQ to learn more.

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Visit the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail

Fall is around the corner. It’s time to start planning to get outside and do some bird watching on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail.grosbeak

From the edges of the black belt to the Southern Appalachians, the PPBT offers over 3.6 million acres to explore with several excellent sites in Clay County. East Central Alabama is a pathway during Spring and Fall migration.

While you’re at it, read this great article on bird watching that was recently in the Montgomery Advertiser.

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New Job Opportunities

Posted July 9, 2014

Job Opportunity: Automobile Logistics in Lincoln, AL

Elwood Staffing is currently recruiting for forklift operators for an Automobile Logistics Company in Lincoln, AL. Must be able to work 1st or 2nd shift. 1st shift hours are 6am-2:30pm and 2nd shift hours are 4pm-12:30am. Prior forklift experience required. Pay will be based on experience. Please apply online at www.elwoodstaffing.com and then give our office a call at 256-362-1953.  If you already have an application on file, give us a call.


 

Posted July 9, 2014

Job Opportunity: Honda Manufacturing in Lincoln, AL

Elwood Staffing is recruiting for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, AL. M-F, 8 hour shifts. Must be able to rotate shifts every two weeks. First shift (6am-2:30pm) pays $12.00/hr and Second shift (4pm-12:30am) pays $12.60/hr. Background Check/Reference Checks/ Drug Screen/Physical are all required.  Please apply online at www.elwoodstaffing.com and then give our office a call at 256-362-1953.  If you already have an application on file, give us a call.

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Chamber Executive Position Opening

Applications are being accepted for the position of Clay County Chamber of Commerce CEO

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Chamber CEO directs all planning to carry out chamber objectives and implement chamber policy, as established by the Board. This executive position is accountable for the effective and efficient operation of all organizational activities of the chamber and its foundation, including but not limited to: program initiatives; membership recruitment, development and retention; training and supervision of volunteers and program participants; certain fiscal responsibilities as dictated by the executive board; developing and maintaining a collaborative working relationship between the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and business, public policy/governmental organizations, other regional chambers and other regional organizations to foster a strong business environment for the members. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Send letter of application and resume to: aha@centurytel.net
Or mail to: CCCC Search, P.O. Box 475, Ashland, Al 36251

Application deadline June 18, 2014

Position Description: Clay County Chamber of Commerce CEO
Reports To: Executive Board

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Chamber CEO directs all planning to carry out chamber objectives and implement chamber policy, as established by the Board.

This executive position is accountable for the effective and efficient operation of all organizational activities of the chamber and its foundation, including but not limited to: program initiatives; membership recruitment, development and retention; training and supervision of volunteers and program participants; certain fiscal responsibilities as dictated by the executive board; developing and maintaining a collaborative working relationship between the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and business, public policy/governmental organizations, other regional chambers and other regional organizations to foster a strong business environment for the members.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

  • A proven track record of managerial success through well-developed leadership and organizational skills resulting in achievement of goals; well-developed and proven organizational and program design skills.
  • Strong political acumen in this apolitical position with an ability to tactfully work with differing opinions, build consensus, represent chamber members individually and collectively and have strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, oral and listening skills, public speaking in large and small groups, representing the chamber in both print and broadcast interviews and attention to a multitude of detail.
  • Technical ability to advertise/manage social media pages/campaigns and website content.
  • Serves as the organization’s primary liaison with the public sector and with major trade and professional organizations. Acts as the primary spokesperson for the organization and represents the officers, Board and membership in this capacity.
  • Responsible for maintaining financial records and accounts, to include collection efforts when necessary.
  • Ability to create strategic public/private partnerships, including building alliances with a wide range of constituencies and influencers that include business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, elected officials and the media.
  • Passionate enthusiasm and desire to help the organization reach its goals.
  • A person of integrity who is a proven organizer and visionary with outstanding time management skills.
  • A strong understanding of what a chamber of commerce or similar membership-driven organization is and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Personally visits Chamber members on a regular basis for the purpose of building goodwill and gathering information to address member needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least five years experience as a successful leader, with business acumen. Chamber and/or other non-profit management, or related field experience, is preferred.
  • Must have proven communication skills and be able to effectively deal with volunteers, public officials and the general public. Excellent planning, writing and verbal skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively affect change and manage balanced budgets in a business/non-profit/membership-driven or comparable organization.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work effectively without direct supervision.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

THE CHAMBER:

The Clay County Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring that all businesses, regardless of their size are positioned to succeed and grow in Clay County. The Chamber is committed to being the voice of business. The Clay County Chamber of Commerce currently has over 190 members and is proud to have been chosen as the 2012 Tourism Organization of the Year by the Alabama Department of Tourism. More information about the chamber can be found at www.alabamaclaycounty.com

Send cover letter of application and resume to: aha@centurytel.net Or mail to: CCCC Search, P.O. Box 475, Ashland, Al 36251
Application deadline June 18, 2014

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Clay County Featured on Alabama’s 13 TV

“What’s Working?”: Clay Co. draws tourists with unique finds, natural beauty and resources.

In this What’s Working online video report, Alabama’s 13 Bettina Boateng , Producer Danielle Deavours and Photojournalist Ben Bryson take you to Clay County to show you how officials and locals are working together to highlight destinations ranging from gold panning spots to outdoor recreational retreats in efforts to attract more people to a county that has so much to offer.

Please click here to watch the video.

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Letter From The Chamber President

April 7, 2014

To the members of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, citizens and elected officials of Clay County:

As chamber president I am proud, excited, saddened and excited (again). I am proud to be able to live and work in Clay County. I am proud of our residents and chamber members that have supported the chamber and its leaders, both past and present, in the work that has been done to improve Clay County. I am proud to serve with my fellow board members and for their dedication, commitment and work ethic as we promote our great county and work to make it an even better place to live, work and play. I am also extremely proud of our Executive Director, Mary Patchunka Smith, and how she has poured herself into the job. Her energy and excitement is contagious and she has worked as hard as anyone I know to put Clay County on the map. Due to her efforts the Clay County Chamber of Commerce was awarded the 2012 Tourism Organization of the Year by the Alabama Tourism Department.

I am excited about the progress we have seen in Clay County and about the potential we have. The things that we often take for granted are highly sought-after and considered prime assets by those who live and work in urban areas. Our beautiful scenery, natural resources, friendly residents and laid-back lifestyle are assets that we can capitalize on. Clay County is located 90 miles from millions of people who love to visit areas like ours when they learn what we have to offer. Business and small industry leaders are looking to locate, or re-locate, in the southeast due to our lower cost and business friendly environment.

However, I am sad that our director will be leaving us. Mary has been noticed by others outside our county for the work she has done here. Community leaders and elected officials from surrounding areas have often commented to me that they wished they had someone like Mary on their team. So, it came as no surprise when Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce contacted her regarding an opening in their organization. Mary’s love of Clay County made it a difficult decision, but after some serious considera-tion (and a few tears) she has decided to do what is in the best interest of her family. She will be joining the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce as Director of Travel and Tourism effective April 12, 2014. Change can be difficult, but our chamber board is committed to work together to manage this change and keep the momentum moving in a positive direction.

I am excited again; for our friend Mary as she advances into a new position and for our county as we continue to move forward. We are losing a great leader, but we still have the same potential and amazing assets and opportunities. The chamber board will be meeting with our elected officials and community leaders to solidify our common vision and their continued support. We will then seek a qualified and committed individual to fill the position created by Mary’s departure. Public announcements will be placed in the local media outlets so that all interested persons will have opportunity to apply.

Respectfully,

Stan Gaither
President of the Board
Clay County Chamber of Commerce

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Adult Basic Computer Classes

Three different classes will be offered on consecutive Monday nights beginning April 14th.

Monday, April 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 Basic PowerPoint presentations
Monday, April 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 Basic Word documents
Monday, April 28 from 6:00 – 9:00 Basic Excel spreadsheets

These classes will be $25 each. Receipts will be given for tax purposes.

The classes are not for beginning computer users, but no prior knowledge of Microsoft Office applications is required.

The classes will be taught by a Microsoft Office Specialist, certified in all three applications.

Classes will meet at Central High School of Clay County, in computer lab #155.

Class size will be limited; preregistration is required.

Please contact:
Ann Thompson Work Phone 256-396- 1400 thompsona@clayk12.org
Denise Keith Work Phone 256-396-1400 keithd@clayk12.org
Home phone 256-396-6386 (4:00 – 9:00 pm)

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