Lake Norman Chamber Members and Stakeholders:
Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo
Peoples Bank - Best of Show Booth
Last Monday’s Business Expo was all we could have hoped for and more! A special “Thank You” to all our exhibitors and guests who made it an outstanding business to business event. If you have some great photos you took or have a wonderful success story you would like to share, consider emailing me. We will try to share some great networking encounters and positive feedback in the April newsletter and on our new website when it is unveiled soon.
Real Estate Forecast Luncheon
One of the very positive signs of encouragement in this year’s Expo was participation by home builders, home improvement, and real estate businesses. On March 29th join us for a Real Estate Forecast Luncheon at NorthStone Country Club as Pat Riley, President & CEO of Allen Tate Realtors discusses residential real estate news and trends. Kate Gaither, Owner and Broker at Newport Properties will be on hand to share her insight on commercial activity in the South Iredell and North Mecklenburg markets. The event is sponsored by Allen Tate Mortgage and Business Today / Cornelius Today.
To register visit the PowerLuncheon registration on the website or call the Chamber at 704-892-1922. The cost is $16 for members and $20 for non-members.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual “Champions of Diversity Breakfast” on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville. Save this date and registration information will follow in the next week.
Awards will be presented for Lifetime Achievement and to businesses that have demonstrated their support and commitment to a diverse workplace. Last year, Ms Nannie Potts, the first African-American female Mayor of the Town of Cornelius was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award with McIntosh Law Firm and Duke Energy collecting the business awards.
The public is invited to submit nominations for individuals or businesses that support efforts to attain and inspire diversity through innovation, education and collaboration. To submit nominations for businesses, download and complete the Champion of Diversity Nomination Form and submit to Jack Stevens by March 16, 2012. You may also submit an individual for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Forms are also found online at Business Today at any Aquesta Bank or Insurance location. Any questions, please call Dave Yochum, LN Chamber Diversity Council Chair at 704-895-1335.
Operation Medicine Drop & Shredding Event
On Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Cornelius Police Department will host a combined Operation Medicine Drop and Document Shredding Event in the parking lot of Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue.
Operation Medicine Drop is a FREE event that offers the public a safe and secure way to dispose of their medications. Residents can dispose of expired, unused prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications and keep them out of the wrong hands. Unintentional poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise in North Carolina. Since 1999, nearly 4,500 people have died from prescription poisoning. Also, disposing of medicine in the trash or by flushing them down the toilet is harmful for the environment. We’ll take them safely off your hands, no questions asked! Operation Medicine Drop cannot accept biohazard materials.
The Document Shredding Event, sponsored by Cintas Document Management, is also FREE to the community. The public is encouraged to bring documents such as obsolete tax documents, financial statements, cancelled checks, insurance documents, business records or any records that they want safely destroyed to this event. There is no need to remove clips, staples, or binders from these documents. Document shredding is an opportunity for the public to learn about the dangers of identity theft and take action in preventing identity theft from occurring in the community.
For more information about the March 17 Operation Medicine Drop and Document Shredding Event contact Sgt. Brinzey or Betsy Shores at the Cornelius Police Department at (704) 892-1363 or visit www.cornelius.org/police
Huntersville Behavioral Health Hospital
This past Monday’s decision by the Huntersville Town Board to reject a proposed 66-bed behavioral health hospital is very disappointing. The Charlotte Observer wrote an editorial this past Wednesday reflecting the need and how our town missed a great opportunity to meet the health care needs of local residents, not currently addressed, when it comes to behavioral health. I shared with many my own past personal experiences dealing with my grandparent’s health issues on my blog.
Some of you may know in addition to my role at the Chamber, I am blessed to serve as an advisor to a group of special needs young people as the Lake Norman Kiwanis Aktion Club Advisor. I chose to work with this dynamic group years ago in large part, not because I have a family member with a mental disability, but rather how uncomfortable I was early in my life being near special needs people. I now feel it is a rare gift from our creator that I was given the opportunity to work with these special kids and wonderful young people in our Kiwanis Aktion Club.
Indeed, none ask to be treated special, they merely ask to be treated the same. I believe, as many do in our community, folks who deal with depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, and other behavioral issues should have the same opportunity for quality health care as someone who might visit the urgent care center because they have the flu or a broken limb.
We now know that one in four families have someone in their family that needs this type or treatment but we often forget or turn our heads to the fact sometimes these patients are themselves children or perhaps our grandparents or perhaps that man or woman returning home from serving our country.
Kiwanis Aktion Club 2011 Coat Drive
Last Monday, our elected leadership in the Town of Huntersville made a difficult decision. I respect every one of them who weighed the needs of the few and the many. While I do respect the decision makers and the process, I hope and pray that Carolina HealthCare System pursues the goal of bringing a hospital to Lake Norman.
I have hope that fear and intimidation when it comes to understanding mental health does not trump common sense and compassion. When the generation who inherit what we are building today reflect back, I hope they recall we were business and community leaders who put others before self. Who used the talents and gifts our creator bestowed on us to create a community that is a livening testament to creativity and the goodness of mankind… and we would settle for nothing less than our absolute best.
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