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Total Resource Campaign Kicks-off trc


     The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce kicked-off the nullTotal Resource Campaign (TRC) for fiscal year 2013/2014 August 28.   The theme this year is "SCORE for the Chamber! - Supporting Chamber Opportunities Reaps Excellence". The purpose of the campaign is to develop support for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce through a nine-week, all-volunteer campaign to attract new members and secure business sponsors for chamber programs, events, publications and electronic media.

     The TRC format was adopted to organize the Chamber's wide array of sponsorship opportunities into a "catalog" that will help Chamber members plan their marketing in an organized fashion and to complete fund raising for the upcoming fiscal year during a finite period of time.

     During the campaign, Chamber members can select the sponsorship opportunities best suited to their needs from an inventory of sponsorships ranging from $150 to $25,000.

     The campaign will end on October 24. Neither volunteers nor staff will be calling on members who have committed during the campaign for sponsorship support until the next Total Resource Campaign in Summer/Fall of 2014.

     Volunteers are currently being recruited to help market the campaign. Want to meet new people? Want an opportunity to win a trip to New Orleans? Do you enjoy challenging competition? Give Amy or Pat a call at 928-6387. In-depth training is provided.

     Money raised will help fund the Chamber's numerous programs, events and publications throughout the year. It is a great way for businesses to promote themselves.

     "Our theme says it all," said Ed Hammele, campaign chairman. "We are inviting our members to 'SCORE for the Eastern Shore Chamber! - Supporting Chamber Opportunities Reaps Excellence' - promote your business and at the same time help the business community grow and strengthen."

     Interested in promoting your business in a creative manner? Want to help promote and sustain the local business community? The TRC offers opportunities for all size businesses. A volunteer should be contacting you to help you get your company name out there. If you do not hear from someone and would like to participate feel free to give us a call at 928-6387.


Silver Anniversary of the Jubilee Festival Just Weeks Away jubileefest
The Planning Committee for the Silver Anniversary of the null Jubilee Festival, held in Olde Towne Daphne, September 28 & 29 are wrapping up details for the fun event.  The entertainment schedule is now completed:   



9:50...Opening Ceremonies with Chamber & City Officials, Dogwood Trail Maids

10......Faulkner State's Sunchief Sound

11......Susan's Academy of Dance

12......Christina Cecrle

1........Gypsy Chicks & Baklava Dancers

2........Neil Dover

3........Marjorie Searcy's Vocal Students

3:30...The Unknown Bluegrass




10......Mark R. Kent

11......Eastern Shore Dance Academy

12......Zuri Dance Troope

1........Argentine Tango By The Bay

2........Mario Mena

3........This Side of 49 Band


The festival takes place on Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne and Centennial Park.  There will be nearly 130 fine arts & crafts booths set up for the juried show.  The Kids Art in the Park will have booths set up for youngsters to explore their creative side.  Live entertainment on the stage and classic festival food in the food court will also be featured.  A large screen TV will be set up in City Hall for those wanting to catch the football games.  There is no admission to the festival.  The official artwork by Jean McKee will be printed on posters and t-shirts for sale.  Call 621-8222 or visit our website at for more information.


(Photo:  Kristin Marshall, Liz Roberts, Kathleen Fernandez, Barbara Charnetski, Kayla Palea, Jane Ellis, Sally Wagner, Linda Mong, Millie Long, Norma Davis, Diane Seifert, and Alton Long.)


Ribbon Cuttings ribboncuttings
The Eastern Shore Chamber welcomed new members and celebrated recent new beginnings of the following members this past month:  



 The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of a new location for Re/Max By The Bay Real Estate recently with a ribbon cutting at the 300 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope location.  Attending the event were (front row) Sally Wagner, chamber ambassador; Angela Golfos, Phil Cusa, past chairman of the ESCOC; Deanna Auner, chairman of the ESCOC; Paige Moore, owner; Geneva Shouldis; Barbara Reeves; Alice Eskridge and Mark Stejskal, chamber ambassador.  Back row: Donna Wood; Paige Turberville, City of Fairhope; Cindy Zebryk, chamber ambassador; Kathy Ross; and Rhonda LeNaire.  Fine art paintings are exhibitied on the walls of the new office.  Everyone is encouraged to drop by and check out the new space.  For more information call 928-7474.
Ambassador of the Monthambassador
     Congratulations to Tabitha Raus for being selected Ambassador of the Month for July.  Tabitha was selected because she attended numerous Chamber functions, delivered new member plaques and served as a liaison for the Chamber.

     A native of Mobile, Tabitha moved to Baldwin County three years ago and resides in Spanish Fort.  She has a bachelor's degree from the University of West Florida in Communication Arts.  She is unmarried and her "only child" is her pet dog Sophie.  Tabitha has worked in the banking field for 15 years and has been employed with Pen Air Federal Credit Union for three years.  She is currently the Investment Executive for Pen Air Asset Management.

     When not working and volunteering for the Chamber, Tabitha enjoys running, bike riding, fitness training and spending time with her family.


Great Deal to Costa Rica
The Eastern Shore Chamber is collaborating with The Collette Foundation to offer a GREAT deal on a vacation to Costa Rica for 9 days, including transportation, hotel, 14 meals (8 breakfasts, 6 dinners), air taxes and fees/surcharges and lots of fun activities.  The dates are October 12 - 20, 2013.  There will be an optional 3-night Jungle Adventure Post Tour Extension for an additional cost.  The fee is $1,969 per person for triple, $1,999 per person for double, $2,399 per person for single.  This is open to friends, family and the community.  For more information call the Chamber at 621-8222. Visit: Costa Rica Vacation
Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope Ranks #23 Out of 100 in Sunshine Artist Magazineartsandcrafts
  The Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope, an Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce  event, has been honored by being chosen #23 of 100 of the Best Classic & Contemporary Crafts Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine.  This is the eleventh year the festival has been listed. 

    The ranking was published in the magazine's September issue featuring 200 of the Best Shows in the nation - 100 of the Best Classic & Contemporary Crafts Shows and 100 of the Fine Art & Design Shows.  This is the 21st year the magazine, which is the leading trade publication, surveyed and published its readers' top-selling events.

     The survey requests various pieces of information such as actual sales totals at top shows, the art medium, price range, attendance, etc.  Entering all the information into a database created the results comparing shows held nationwide.  In addition, the special comments and rankings were reviewed as well as state reports, audit cards and letters.

     According to the festival planners, the 23rd place ranking among the top 200 shows is a true accolade of a direct response to the attitude of the community and the warmth displayed by its residents. 

      "We are so honored that over 230 artists and craftsmen choose to participate in our show," said Jaca McLaren, chairman of the festival.  "This is such a wonderful festival for such a small town.  It's amazing that we can bring so many people to the area.  To be ranked so high in the nation really puts Fairhope on the map."

       She added that city lavishes tender loving care upon the show's entry way and streets in anticipation, and merchants welcome the exhibitors with open arms, by inviting them to utilize their facilities by dropping by for a cup of coffee or using the rest rooms.

       McLaren is one of over 50 volunteers who go beyond the call to make the exhibitors feel at home.  High school groups comb through the crowds throughout the three-day event to serve drinks and fruit and they also booth sit so exhibitors can take a well-needed break.

       The Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope will be 62 years old in 2014.  The festival takes place March 14, 15, and 16 in the streets of beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama.  The festival hours will be 10 am - 5 pm daily, and there is no admission charge.

      "Not only are we able to showcase the hospitality and beauty of Fairhope and the entire Eastern Shore, we are extremely proud that our festival has such an economic impact (an estimated $8 million) each year," said Darrelyn Bender, chamber president.

     Last year the event attracted nearly 300,000 visitors to the area.  This upcoming event will feature more than 230 exhibitors from throughout the U.S.  More than $14,500 in prize money will be awarded to winning artists.

     In addition, live local entertainment will take place on stage throughout the event, and classic festival foods will be served up to highlight the weekend.

     For more information call the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at (251) 621-8222 or visit the website at  

Special Thanks:  Meet the
Board of Advisor

The Eastern Shore Chamber's Board of Advisors is a group of members that go far beyond the call to help make the Chamber's Plan of Action become a reality.  These businesses pledge funds to the Blueprint for a Better Tomorrow.  The 2013/2014 board are:


Beverley Allen

Allen, Allen & Foster


Bucky Jakins

Baldwin EMC


Edward H. "Bubba" O'Gwynn



Ed Hammele

BBVA Compass Bank


Christopher L. Lee

Bedsole Foundation


Greg Strachan

Bryant Bank


Chris Myers

Chris Myers AutoMall


Mayor Mike McMillan

City of Spanish Fort


Mayor Tim Kant

City of Fairhope


Mayor Dane Haygood

City of Daphne


David J. Cooper, Sr.

Cooper/T. Smith Corp / Felix's & Bluegill


Bruce Smith

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa


Roger Weahner

Mobile Airport Authority


Brian Willman

Regions Financial Corporation


Miles McDaniel

Rivera Utilities


Bill McLaughlin

Infirmary Health Systems


Mike Fine

Mobile Gas Service Corporation, A Sempra Company


Cedric Hatcher

PNC Financial Services Group


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In This Issue

Community Calendar

 September 2013 
5 Business After Hours, 5 - 7 pm, Eastern Shore Antiques, 1401 U.S. Highway 98, Ste. A, Daphne.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.
19   Morning Marketing Meeting, 8 am, Scenic Overlook office.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.
19  Young Professionals Social, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, McSharry's Irish Pub.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.
27 27th Annual Mercy Medical Charity Golf Tournament, Rock Creek Golf Club, 621-4884.
28 & 29  25th Annual Jubilee Festival, Main St., Daphne, 621-8222.  An Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce event.
28 & 29  Baldwin County Home Builders Assoc. Parade of Homes, 928-9927.



Housing Statistics

July 2013

Houses Sold
Average Selling Price
Average Days on Market
Units on the Market
Condos Sold
Average Selling Price
Average Days on Market
Units on the Market
Unemployment Stats
      7/2013     7 /2012
AL        6.3%        7.6%  
BC        5.3%        7.1%
US        7.7%        8.6% 





Business Interiors, Inc.

Sara Trione

309 Congress St., Ste. D




Heiko Einfeld

12635 Leatherbury Rd.




Fairhope Furniture Consignment

Cindi Silvernail

458-A North Section St.




Stucco M.D.

Danita Jackson

P.O. Box 2821

Gulf Shores



Raymond James Financial Service, Incorporated/Gulf Coast Group

J. Scott Hunter

955 Dauphin St.




Serving Hands Concierge

Tammie Fontaine

27796 AnnaBelle Lane




Safety Plus

Keith Wichmann

4254 Halls Mill Rd.




Cintas Corporation/David Cross

David Cross

5689 Commerce Blvd., E




South Shore Insurance Agency

J. Taylor Norton


State Highway 59, Ste. EDaphne



Alabama Credit Union/Daphne

Elizabeth Cole

38509 Highway 98





Alabama Career Center

Hank Lahti

201 Faulkner Dr.

Bay Minette



Dunkin' Donuts

Rebecca Sexton

29160 US Highway 98



D'Olive Bay Family Chiropractic

Steven Wetzonis

28080 US Highway 98



Renewed Members



Regions Bank-Greeno


Member 35 Years


Walmart Stores, Inc./Fairhope

Department Store

Member 6 Years


Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Architectural/Engineering Contractors

Member 6 Years


LaQuinta Inn & Suites


Member 5 Years


Pittman Tractor Company, Inc.

Tractor/Equipment Dealer

Member 6 Years


Ed Brinson


Member 4 Years


Edward Jones Investments-Carla Stewart

Investment Brokers/Securities

Member 12 Years


IDeACOM of the Gulf Coast

Telephone & Voice Mail Systems

Member 18 Years


Regions Mortgage, Inc.

Mortgage Banking

Members 11 Years


TTL, Inc.


Member 1 Year


Hand Arendall, LLC-Jack Edwards


Member 16 Years


Hargrove Engineers & Constructors

Perkins Fendley

Vicki Studstill

Engineers/Construction Management

Members 5 Years


Heart Group of the Eastern Shore


Members 16 Years


Merrill Lynch

Investment Brokers/Securities

Members 8 Years


Benchmark Homes, Inc.

Construction/Residential Building

Member 12 Years


Christ the King School


Member 16 Years


SEEDS (Supporting Educational Enrichment in Daphne Schools)

Educational Enrichment Foundation

Member 8 Years


Crown & Colony Antiques

Antiques & Gifts

Member 11 Years


Family Practice Associates-Michael McBrearty


Member 32 Years


Family Practice Associates-Stephen Winston


Member 15 Years


Value Place


Member 5 Years


Black Angus Development Co., LLC

Construction/General Contractor

Member 6 Years


Celebration Church 


Member 1 Year


Daphne-Spanish Fort Kiwanis Club

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 17 Years


Emma's Bay House

Bed & Breakfast Inn

Member 7 Years


Prodisee Pantry

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 4 Years



Clothing & Accessories-Women

Member 6 Years


Hand Arendall, LLC-David Ryan


Member 16 Years


Alter Ego Apparel Printing

Screen Printing/Promotional Products

Member 2 Years


Assisted Transition Senior Living & Care Finders

Assisted Living

Member 1 Year


Chris Myers Pontiac Nissan, GMC

Automobile Dealers

Member 5 Years


Creative Outlet Dance Center, LLC

Dance Studio

Member 27 Years


Daphne Pediatric Dentistry


Member 4 Years


J. H. Wright & Associates, Inc.

Industrial Equipment/Sales

Member 22 Years


Lake Forest Yacht & Country Club

Country Club

Member 34 Years


Princess Corporation

Commodity Trader

Member 2 Years


Reed Group, Inc

Business Consultant

Member 17 Years


Russell, Thompson, Butler & Houston, LLP-GiGi Lott


Member 6 Years


State of Alabama/Rep. Randy Davis


Member 11 Years


The Hearing Clinic

Hearing Aids/Audiology

Member 20 Years


Town & Country

Clothing & Accessories/Women's/Children's

Member 12 Years


Arbors By The Bay

Apartments/Income Based

Member 3 Years


Gateway Sourcing, LLC

Staffing Service

Member 5 Years


Redeemer Lutheran Church


Member 13 Years


Harvard Risk Management Corporation

Legal Services

Member 1 Year


Comfort Suites


Member 4 Years


Home Dialysis Options of Baldwin County

Home Health Services

Member 4 Years


Hope Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic

Member 4 Years


Brown & McCool, OB/GYN


Member 10 Years


BIS Designs

Web Publishing Development

Member 3 Years


Fairhope Health Foods

Health Food Store

Member 31 Years


Smeraglia's Puppy University

Pet Grooming/Boarding/Day Care

Member 2 Years


Baldwin County Eye Institute


Member 22 Years


Eastern Shore Choral Society, Inc.

Choral Group

Member 6 Years


Lenny's Sub Shop

Restaurant Café-Deli

Member 6 Years


As of August 31, 2013