Wetumpka Chamber News
2013 Annual Events
(with Chamber Participation or Representation)
1/17 WACC Annual Membership Meeting & Officer Installation
1/22 Sweetest Smiles Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
JAN Platinum Service Dry Cleaners Ribbon Cutting
2/2 Wetumpka Crater Tours
2/7 Business Builders Breakfast, Civic Center Board Room
2/7 AL Advantage Retiree Expo, Orange Beach, AL
2/9 Millbrook Mardi Gras Parade
2/21 WACC Board Orientation & Retreat, Camp Chandler
3/7 Business Builders Breakfast, Civic Center Board Room
3/7 Ambassador Meeting, Chamber Office
3/8 Solar Nails & Spa, Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting
3/15 Quarterly Luncheon, Speaker Billy Canary
3/21 Board of Directors Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
3/21 Business After Hours @ The Gab
3/25-3/29 Spring Break for Elmore County Schools
4/4 Business After Hours Air Evac & Wetumpka Municipal Airport @ Airport 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
4/11 Business Builders Breakfast, Civic Center Board Room
4/5, 4/26 WACC Brown Bag Concerts @ GoldStar Park, Free
4/6, 4/13, 4/27 Heritage Walking Tours at Elmore Co. Museum
4/25 Board of Directors Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
4/27 Relay for Life
4/16 A Taste of Elmore County
5/2 Business Builders Breakfast, Civic Center Board Room
5/2 Ambassador Meeting
5/4 Historical Tour of Wetumpka Homes, $10 Elmore Co. Museum
MAY Coosa River Whitewater Festival
MAY Attack on Swayback
5/15 Membership Appreciation Cookout, GoldStarPark
5/18 Antique Tractor Pull & BBQ Cookoff
MAY Retiree Appreciation
5/22 Elmore County Schools are out for Summer
5/23 Business After Hours @ Elmore Co. Extension Office
5/23 Board Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
6/6 Business Builders Breakfast, Civic Center Board Room
6/6 Ambassadors Meeting @ Chamber @ Noon
6/13 New Member Appreciation Breakfast
JUNE Quarterly Luncheon
6/20 Board Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
6/24-6/29 Chamber Institute at Georgia for Vanessa Lynch
7/4 City of Wetumpka Fireworks & Jr Anglers Bass Open
7/11 Business Builders Breakfast, Civic Center Board Room
JULY Millbrook Summerfest
JULY City of Wetumpka River & Blues Festival ECCF BBQ Cookoff
JULY Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony rep. Wetumpka
JULY Annual Living in AL Communities Expo @ Capitol
7/25 Board Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
AUGUST WACC Political Forum, Civic Center
AUGUST Buckmasters Expo @ Mtgy
8/1 Business Builders, Civic Center Board Room
8/22 Board Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
8/29 Quarterly Luncheon
AUGUST Dragon Boat Races @ Mtgy
SEPT Wetumpka City Elections
SEPT Titus Bluegrass Festival
9/5 Business Builders, Civic Center Board Room
9/5 Ambassador Meeting @ Noon @ Chamber Office
9/19 WACC Business Expo, Wetumpka Civic Center
SEPT Bark in the Park
SEPT Rumbling Waters Bass Tournament
SEPT Zombie Walk downtown Montgomery
9/26 Board Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
10/3 Ambassador Meeting @ Chamber @ Noon
10/1-10/4 LPGA Golf Tournament, Prattville
10/10 WACC Golf Tournament
10/11,10/18,10/25 WACC Brown Bag Concerts @ GoldStar Park
OCT War of 1812 Ft Toulouse
OCT Coosa River Challenge
OCT WHS Homecoming Parade downtown Wetumpka
OCT Color the Town Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Civic Center
OCT Eclectic Cotton Festival
OCT Spinners Pumpkin Patch, Prattville
OCT Wetumpka Scary Movie night
OCT City of Wetumpka Candywalk
10/24 Board Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
NOV Christmas on the Coosa Pageant
NOV AL Frontier Days
NOV Charis Crafters Craft Show, Civic Center
11/1 Business Builders, Civic Center Board Room
11/7 Ambassador Meeting @ Noon @ Chamber
11/15 WACC Holiday Auction
NOV Poarch Creek Thanksgiving POW WOW
NOV City of Wetumpka Tree Lighting & Nativity
11/21 Board Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
11/28- 11/29 Thanksgiving Day - Chamber Closed
12/5 Business Builders, Civic Center Board Room
12/5 Ambassador Meeting @ Chamber @ Noon
DEC Prattville Christmas Parade
DEC Millbrook Christmas Parade
DEC Wetumpka Christmas Decorations Contest
DEC Montgomery Christmas Parade
12/7 COTC Parade, Character Breakfast, Arts & Crafts, Food
DEC Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Tours
DEC Chamber Ambassador Christmas Luncheon
12/13 Luminaria Night & WACC Chamber Open House
12/14 COTC Ball
12/18 Board Meeting @ Civic Center @ Noon
12/25 Christmas Day - Chamber Closed
12/31 Wetumpka’s Asteroid Drop & Fireworks @Elmore Courthouse
*All Business Builders Breakfasts begin at 7:15 am & are free to Chamber Members
* Business After Hours are scheduled one month in advance
WETUMPKA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
BUSINESS ALABAMA MAGAZINE, Jan. 2012
Wetumpka is embarking on a master revitalization plan that will involve community input and architectural planning by a firm that worked with Montgomery's riverfront development, says Barry Mask, executive director of Elmore County Economic Development Authority.
The ECEDA is project manager, and the final plan is expected to be ready for public review in March or April 2012.
Wetumpka is also moving ahead on a science-based interpretative center that would attract visitors from throughout the region. Wetumpka has the only authenticated impact crater in the eastern U.S., and just one of 200 worldwide.
The center would be part of the state's "trail" of science and space related attractions. The Elmore County Economic Development Authority, Wetumpka city officials and Auburn University school of architecture have been working on the development.
In September 2011, the Wetumpka Impact Crater Commission was awarded a $20,000 grant to help study the potential economic impact of the center. Funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the University of Alabama's Center for Economic Development will conduct the study.
The grant also includes developing a website, and local agencies are matching the grant finds.
Lynch Steps in as Chamber Director
News Article Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:30 am The Wetumpka Herald updated: 9:52 am, Tue Jan 3, 2012.
Vanessa Lynch is eager to start her first day at work on Tuesday. She also knows she faces a challenge and welcomes it with open arms. Lynch will begin her first day as the new executive director of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce. The challenge is stepping into a position which was held by Jan Wood for nearly 20 years.
“I’m not intimidated of that fact, but I also recognize and want to honor the fact that Jan put so much of her life into the chamber,” Lynch said.
Lynch, 36, is a 1997 graduate of Lee University. After graduation she spent three years working in the public relations and marketing section for an outdoor recreation company that was later purchased by Patagonia – an outdoor clothing, apparel and gear company.
She later moved to Nashville and spent a decade as a song writer while also developing a well-followed blog.
While as a song writer she sat around coffee houses and fast food restaurants writing songs with fellow writers, including Jason Aldean, Lynch remained an outdoors enthusiast.
“She comes to us with a great knowlege in the tourism industry, and her experience in the music industry will help jump start the downtown revitalization,” said Dennis Fain, chamber president. “She is very entergetic and a creative person, and I’m excited to have her come on board.”
Lynch is an avid runner and kyacker, and recently competed in the Attack on Swayback.
“I think Wetumpka could easily capitalize on Swayback and the Coosa River,” she said. “The Coosa River is a gold mine. ... I could see Wetumpka being one of the top places to live in the Southeast for recreation lovers.”
But at the top of her list, Lynch said the first few weeks on the job will be spent observing and listening.
“I want everyone to know that I will have an open-door policy and look forward to listening to every chamber and non-chamber member’s needs,” she said.
Wetumpka, The Golden Years: Books for sale!
You can purchase your copy of Wetumpka "The Golden Years" 1942-1965 from the Chamber Office. Written by Mary & Butch Gantt and compiled by Edgar Welden, this book features history of Wetumpka football teams, bands, scores and highlights, The Truman Welch Story, band members' stories and trips, honors and achievements and much much more! Get your copy today for only $40!
Purchase your copy today of Alabama Home Sweet Home. This is a beautifully completed, 380+ page, full color, hard cover, 9” by 12” coffee table book featuring all the best of Alabama. With Introduction by Randy Owen, this stunning compilation features compelling stories of famous and not-so-famous Alabamians who have brought great pride to their home state. The selection committee chose to include Alabama Celebrities, Statesmen and Visionaries with Regional Photo Essays and Profiles of Distinction.
The beauty and unique character of the entire state was photographed by some of the area’s finest photographers. Profiles of the history and contributions of outstanding Alabama organizations that continue to positively impact the state’s economy provide opportunities for Alabama’s workforce.
These books can serve as gifts, information for company executives, recruitment efforts, employees, or to sell within your own organization. Purchase your copies today for $35.00 from the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce or the Elmore County Historical Society.
Heritage of Elmore County Books
Purchase price is $70.20
The Heritage of Elmore County Books may be purchased in the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce office or they may be purchased at the Elmore County Museum during hours of operation.
Elmore County Museum
Elmore County Museum
112 South Main Street
Open: Friday and Saturday
10:00am - 3:00pm
For special tours call:
Kathleen Holt - 334-567-6688
Elmore County Association of Black Heritage
202 Lancaster Street
Open: Every Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm
For private showings call
Elmore County Historical Society Post Card Sale
The Elmore County Historical Society is selling post cards of buildings which have historical interest to Wetumpka. Pictured locations include: Elmore County Court House, Elmore County Museum, Elmore County Museum of Black History, Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, Bibb Graves Bridge, Old Calaboose, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church and Guilfield Baptist Church. This pack of 10 cards may be purchased for $5.00. Individual cards are $.50 each. Cards may be purchased from the Chamber Office or the Elmore County Museum.