Members, finances focus of chamber meeting

Members, finances focus of chamber meeting

Members of the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce learned about other members, what chamber membership offers and other chamber business during the quarterly chamber membership meeting held at Daleville Assembly of God on Monday, June 10.

Four members spoke throughout the meeting about the services they provide to the community and even other businesses. The members were Enterprise Insurance Services, Daleville Assembly of God, A&C Tax Service and Eagles Wings Technology.

The chamber also reviewed its financial report that compared this year’s cash flow to last year’s cash flow statements.

According to Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham, last year’s financial statements showed the city’s payment to the chamber for the executive director’s pay was given “in cash” as part of the organization’s income.

“(The chamber’s) total income in the first six months of their functioning included allocations from the city,” Ham said. “That’s what, last year, the chamber brought in through events and allocations up until June.

“This year, with the help of a great board (and great members), we have brought in $14,467.”

This income, a 33 percent increase in income from last year, does not include the water board’s financial assistance, according to Ham. She said the city now only covers the payroll for the chamber.

The financial statements for the chamber show the $14,000 includes income from Spartan Fest, the city’s pageant, membership dues, and other miscellaneous areas.

“We had no way to track what spending was done last year, what income was from membership, what income was from sponsors, so on and so forth,” Ham said. “That’s one thing that we have started separating (into categories) to let you know where this money’s coming from. We want you to know not only how much money we have, but where it came from and also where it’s going out.”

The financial statements for the chamber show that expenses for the chamber are down almost 19 percent than at this time last year. Last year at this time, there was around $11,000 in documented expenses, and this year, there have been about $9,000 spent in various categories.

Ham said this decrease in spending has come from looking at more options when purchasing materials, choosing more cost-effective office supplies and more.

“We don’t buy things that are unnecessary, for one,” she said. “We don’t have the expense of payroll that is being covered by (the water board).

“We got a laser printer, and it was more expensive, but you get a lot more copies. We print off a lot of stuff; that’s just one wa

FFA, officers receive honors at state convention

FFA, officers receive honors at state convention

The Daleville FFA Chapter and two of its officers received honors during the organization’s 91st Annual State Convention in Montgomery June 4-7.

The DHS chapter received the State Superior Chapter Award. To qualify for the award, the DHS FFA chapter had to “conduct one activity related to each quality standard (for FFA) in addition to meeting the minimum criteria outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards,” according to the National FFA Organization website.

The chapter also received the National Chapter Gold Award, one of the awards “designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization,” according to the organization’s website.

Both awards were presented to the chapter for its activities during the 2018-19 school year.

DHS Chapter President Lauren Dorminey and Secretary Sierra Lindsey also received their State FFA Degrees during the convention.

To be eligible to receive the State FFA Degree, a member must “have received the Chapter FFA Degree; have been an active FFA member for at least two years; have completed the equivalent of at least two years of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level; demonstrate leadership ability by performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law, giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, serving as an officer or committee chairperson; have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the local agricultural education instructor and the principal or superintendent; have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter’s Program of Activities; have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level and have participated in at least 25 hours of community service.”

Studio84 celebrates opening

Studio84 celebrates opening
A new hair salon and spa in Daleville on Highway 84 East celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, June 1, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Studio84 is located at 794 Highway 84 East. For information about services, call (334) 390-9760.

JROTC student recognized for service, program completion

JROTC student recognized for service, program completion
Andrew Legette a Daleville High School graduate, was recognized before the Daleville City Council on May 21 by Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kecia Ham for his service helping others during the city’s Spartan Fest on Saturday, May 18. Legette was also recognized for his completion of the DHS JROTC program, receiving his JROTC chords before the council from JROTC Senior Army Instructor Col. (ret.) Teresa Townsend.

Medley named new police chief

Medley named new police chief
Surrounded by family, friends and coworkers, Allen Medley, front, was sworn in as the new Daleville police chief and Department of Public Safety director by Circuit Judge Bill Filmore, right. He was pinned by Brandy Harris, left, and his grandson, Mason, held the Bible he was sworn in on.
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