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COAST CONNECTIONS | Events & Opportunities from the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber   
August 4, 2014
 
 
BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY 150th ANNIVERSARY
A HUGE SUCCESS
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Hundreds of Chamber and community volunteers, perfect weather, and a conservatively-estimated 10,000 visitors to our island came together to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay at Fort Morgan, one of the critical battles of the Civil War.    Your Coastal Alabama Business Chamber partnered with the Alabama Historical Commission to make this once-in-a-lifetime event a reality.  
The event featured a moving opening ceremony honoring those on both sides who gave their lives in battle, and featured re-enactments of the historic events leading up to a re-enactment of the surrender on Sunday which was attended by Governor and Mrs. Robert Bentley.
The Chamber's Vicki Stillings was on hand and took time out of her own volunteer duties on Saturday to take some exciting photos and you may view them on the Chamber's Flickr PhotoStream by clicking either the photo aboveor the photo below.
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Chamber 101 is This Friday! 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN 
FEATURED AT FIRST FRIDAY FORUM;
PHASE 1 IS COMPLETE, PHASE 2 IS UNDER WAY!
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Our friends at Pen Air Federal Credit Union  were the sponsors of last week's First Friday Forum featuring an update on the Chamber's 5-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan from Vice Chairman David Clark.
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David Clark
Vice Chair
Economic Development
  David's Economic Development Council has been working since February on drafting a 5-year plan for enhancing the development ofbusiness in the Orange Beach-Gulf Shores area.    Last week, the plan moved into its second phase, which is a Feasibility Analysis Study to determine success factors and providing the Chamber's Board with additional guidance and direction about the future of the plan's implementation.  The third phase would be a capital campaign designed to finance the five-year plan.  Between 50 and 75 business leaders interviews will be conducted as part of Phase 2 and this process is expected to last through late September or early October.   Over 92 chamber members have been actively involved in the process so far!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ORANGE BEACH!
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Chamber Chairman Susan Sizemore presented City leaders with a special recognition commemorating the City of Orange Beach's 30th Birthday at our First Friday Forum last week. The REAL party is Monday night and we hope EVERYONE will come out to the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach to celebrate. The festivities get under way at 6:00 pm.
 
RIBBON-CUTTINGS   


 

Ribbon-Cutting for The Squashed Grape THE SQUASHED GRAPE - Foley


 

Ribbon-Cutting - RJ's Liquor
 

RJ's LIQUOR - Gulf Shores


 


 

HIBBETT PATIENT CARE - Foley

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ATTENTION RESTAURANTS:
WE WANT YOU FOR OUR
RESTAURANT CHALLENGE! 
The Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge will be taking place August 27 at the Gulf Coast Culinary Institute at Faulkner State Community College.

This cooking challenge is FREE and open to ALL Coastal Alabama Business Chamber restaurant members.

Prizes include up to $2,000 in cash and a lot of great recognition to the finalists and winner.

For more information and an application, please click here or contact Ann vonEberstein at the Chamber at 251.968.6091.
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UPCOMING
CHAMBER MEMBER
& BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES 
 
Register for any Chamber event by clicking on the link above OR from our new smartphone app, Gulf2Go. 
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COMMUNITY EVENTS 
Community Calendar  
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DID YOU KNOW?
WE CAN BRING "CHAMBER 101" TO YOU!

Each month the Chamber conducts a Chamber 101 Class designed to provide members with information on how to utilize their Chamber membership to dramatically increase their exposure in the community and on the internet. 
For some members are unable to attend, and other members would like to have multiple employees attend but cannot send them all at once, the Chamber will be happy to conduct a "Chamber 101" session for your employees in our boardroom -- or at your location -- at a special time that is convenient to all.   
 
We do not want any Chamber member to miss taking advantage of these valuable tools just because they cannot attend our "second Friday" morning classes," said Chamber President Ed Rodriguez.  "We'll schedule it at a different time and we'll even take the class to you -- whatever it takes!"
For more information, please contact Vicki Stillings at 251.968.7200.

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Member News 
Do you have news about your business? New location? New manager? New owner? Important award or recognition? Share the news with us and we 'll do our best to share it with our members.
 

 
 ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE HONORS WWII AND OTHER US VETERANS AT MILITARY APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
 
Honor, the four-foot tall, fiberglass oyster statue painted by local artist Ameri'ca Jones and inspired by Dr. Barry Booth, founder of Honor Flight South Alabama (HFSA), is the latest sculpture sponsored by the Original Oyster House and unveiled on the Oyster Trail. The Oyster Trail is a fun, educational and public art program that benefits restoration efforts of the all-volunteer Oyster Gardeners, Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center, The downtown Mobile Alliance, the Mobile Arts Council, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

 

Honor was unveiled at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores on Saturday morning, July 12 at a breakfast reception honoring veterans. The breakfast was fully attended by veterans including WWII vets/Honor Flight participants, Honor Flight guardians, media, local representatives, sponsors, oyster enthusiasts and art patrons.

"From the very beginning we knew this oyster was special. This Oyster, named Honor, allows us to step back and consider the sacrifices of those before us that help us live our dreams," noted Oyster Trail coordinator and scientist P.J.Waters, as he presented the Oyster Trail Program to the attendees. He also recognized Marie Dyson, a volunteer Oyster Trail coordinator.


 

Dr. Barry Booth, DMD was requested to join Waters, Joe Roszkowski and David Dekle, co-owners of the Original Oyster House restaurants and Ameri'ca Jones in unveiling the spectacular Oyster with his Honor Flight team that included Colonel Pat Downing, Colonel John New and Margaret Coley.

"It's a communal effort for us to support each other and give honor to those who sacrificed so much 60 years ago along with their families, because they gave us their youth so we can live our dreams today and have the America we have," Booth stated passionately to his captive audience.


 

"In unveiling this wonderful honor to all the veterans, I think Ameri'ca Jones did a magnificent job capturing the essence of the support of all vet organizations.

Honor flight is depicted on the back of the oyster. Each of you and everyone was a support: the kids, the schools, the families, vet service organizations, communities, churches throughout South Alabama made Honor Flight a success."


 

Pointing to the HFSA belt buckle worn by the flight team, Booth continued, "The belt buckle is depicted on the back of the oyster. We are very proud. We have Bill Tunnel here from the Battleship, which is depicted on the other side.


 

Ameri'ca has done a fantastic job capturing veteran and community support, and portraying the honor of all those who serve...not only those in uniforms but the families cause the families give to the nation the most precious things in their lives; they give their children and we should never forget them," Booth said emotionally as Honor was unveiled.

David Dekle, co-owner and vice president of the Original Oyster House restaurants, followed Booth with a short tribute to the veterans. "Honor is integrity in your beliefs and integrity in your actions. I have had the opportunity, through David Riley, to host deep sea fishing trips for disabled veterans. They exude honor. This comes naturally to them. It's hard to thank these guys because they have given all. What a treasure you are to this country," said Dekle.


 

Deacon George Yeend opened and closed the program with blessing stating, "Our job now is to pass on what motivated you to the next generation."


 

Honor became the second Oyster Trail installment in Gulf Shores, the first installation at the oldest Gulf Shores' seafood restaurant and the 17th installment on the Oyster Trail.  Honor pays tribute to all who serve and also documents the Honor Flight South Alabama logo and history with a plaque inscription mounted to the base of the oyster that reads: From 2008 thru 2013 Honor Flight South Alabama honored 957 World War II veterans with a visit to their Memorial in Washington DC. Our thanks to Dr. Barry L Booth and the entire honor-flight team of guardians, donors and volunteers. The "greatest heroes of our time" received the recognition they deserved for saving our nation and the world.

 
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