ADEL-COOK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INITIATIVES BY COMMITTEE
Back to School Breakfast
This annual event sponsored by the Chamber kicks off the new school year by taking a moment to thank all of the teachers, administrators and support staff who work in the Cook County School System. At this event, Teachers of the Year are recognized and new teachers are welcomed with special gift bags, all compliments of the Adel-Cook Chamber.
Leadership Cook is a program conducted by the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with The Fanning Institute . Leadership Cook brings together people from diverse backgrounds and varying perspectives to learn more about themselves and their communities. Participants share their ideas and experiences with each other, gain new skills and knowledge about leadership, and develop plans and strategies for implementing community betterment projects.
Monthly programs are lead by experts in economic development, government, public works, transportation, education, and other fields. The program focuses on current decision-making and explores ways in which regional efforts may prove fruitful. Field studies and community awareness visits augment the curriculum. The class members are required to attend a retreat and seven one-day sessions beginning in January and ending in May 2017. Actual schedule may vary.
Class size is limited to 20. Program fees of $300 (Chamber Member) $350 (Non-Chamber Member) covers all costs for the five-month period, including speakers, scheduled meals, materials, fieldtrip transportation, and graduation. Program fees are subject to change.
Leadership Cook is offered every other year in rotation with Future Leaders of Cook County (FLOCC). For more information about Leadership Cook, contact the Chamber.
Candidates for Leadership Cook must be residents of or work in Adel-Cook County. The candidates participation must be endorsed by his or her employer (employer shall be broadly construed to include all companies under a corporate umbrella, wholly-owned subsidiary, political entity, etc.) or sponsored by a civic or non-profit organization.
If employed, the candidates participation must be approved by his or her Manager or Supervisor. If not employed, the candidate must have a letter or nomination from the sponsoring organization. For more information, call 229-896-2281.
Future Leaders of Cook County (FLOCC)
Every two years, the Chamber of Commerce organizes a youth leadership program, Future Leaders of Cook County. The program is held once a week for 6 weeks and the activities are modelled after the Fanning Institutes Youth Leadership Program. Upcoming eighth and ninth grade graders are nominated by their teachers and the selection committee picks 25 students to participate in the program. The sessions begin with teambuilding day completing challenging activities at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College's ropes course. The remainder of the sessions are held at various locations around the community and facilitators are brought in from the community to teach the group about leadership and to help them develop leadership skills. During the afternoon, the group tours different businesses and organizations in the community. The program is possible through a grant provided by the Cook County Family Connection.
The Chamber assists with various events associated with Cook Elementary Schools Renaissance Program, including quarterly festivals used to reward the students who participate in Renaissance.
Job Shadow Day
The Chamber works in conjunction with the Cook High School Leadership Team to offer members of the senior class the opportunity to spend the day working with a member of the Cook County community whose job most closely matches what they would like to do upon graduation from school or college.
STAR Student/STAR Teacher Program
STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school's STAR Student. Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the classroom teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student's scholastic achievement. The Adel-Cook County Chamber co-sponsors a dinner honoring the areas STAR Student and STAR Teacher with BASF Corporation.
The Chamber makes an annual contribution of $1,500 to the CHS Foundation for two scholarships a $1000 4 year college scholarship and a $500 technical college scholarship.
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Business After Hours
Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours are exciting business social events that provide an excellent opportunity for Chamber members and prospective members to network, establish, and renew relationships.
Ribbon Cuttings / Ground Breakings
The Chamber offers the opportunity to get new businesses and industries off on the right foot by holding Ribbon Cuttings and Ground Breaking Celebrations. Such events offer a wonderful opportunity for new businesses to meet current Chamber members and form business alliances and contacts. Ribbon Cuttings and Ground Breakings are free to Chamber members.
Small Business Seminars
These quarterly seminars offer members the opportunity delve into topics of interest to small business people including inside theft, counterfeit currency, tax issues and customer service.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Adel Daylily Festival
Adels' downtown festival since 2007, the Adel Daylily Festival offers events for every member of the family. The festival kicks off with the Miss Adel Daylily Pageant on Thursday followed by a street dance on Friday evening. Early Saturday morning, runners participate in the Adel Daylily 5K Road Race and 1K Fun Run. Then thousands of visitors from aroung the region descend on downtown Adel for a day-long festival featuring arts and craft vendors, food, and live entertainment. The Adel Daylily Festival is held the first weekend of June.
Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
This annual tournament is held at Circlestone Country Club in Adel and offers the opportunity for golfers of all abilities to spend a fun-filled day on the links. Proceeds from this tournament benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cook County, the Renaissance Program at CES and other worthy Cook charities.
Adel Christmas Parade and SnowFest and Bed Race
Here comes Santa Clause! This parade marks the official start to the Christmas season in Cook County and is one of the most popular events on the Chamber calendar. Floats compete in the contest to see who can best personify the parades theme, high school bands march and groups from all over the county either participate in the parade or enjoy it as it goes by. The Christmas Parade is held the first Saturday in December.