The Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce High School Diplomats and the Moody Area Chamber of Commerce High School Ambassadors teamed up last week for a charter bus trip to Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta. This group toured the main headquarters to learn more about what makes the Chick-fil-A company so successful. A big thank you to Scott Robinson and Chick-fil-A Leeds for making this trip possible.

The Moody High School Band Boosters held their 27th Annual Queen of Hearts Pageant last Saturday. Miss Kaleigh Parker was crowned the 2017 Queen of Hearts. She has participated in pageants since kindergarten. Kaleigh was also crowned as UNM Miss Alabama Teen 2017 and will be competing at the UNM Nationals in July. Congratulations, Kaleigh!

I had the honor of teaching a Lunch n’ Learn at the Moody Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week for “Marketing Your Small Business.” I help many local companies with their marketing to help grow their business and this particular class explored many internet marketing options that are available. During the last recession, many of the companies who cut back budgets on their marketing and advertising are no longer in business today, but many of those who “beefed up” their marketing and advertising efforts not only survived, but thrived. This is a great lesson for all of us today. We need marketing the most when we can least afford it. If you have a local business and would like to discuss your marketing efforts, I would be happy to talk with you.

There’s a lot going on in the Leeds/Moody area so be sure to mark these calendar items and plug in to what’s happening.

The next Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. today in the Leeds First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Guest speaker will be Barry Wright, the Fire Marshall for Leeds. The Leeds Elementary Jump Rope Team is scheduled to perform. Lunch is $12 with RSVP ($15 without). Please RSVP to Sandra McGuire, Executive Director, at (205) 699-5001.

The Opry is coming to Leeds Theatre and Arts Center! On Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m., Steve Pennington will bring his group “Nashville Bound” to present A Night at the Opry. It is comprised of a group of young people ages 9 to 17 years old who will perform four acts of varied types of country music ending with a Gospel segment. Tickets are $10.00 each and may be purchased at the door. Come support these up and coming Nashville Stars.  Please call (205) 699-1892 and leave a message including your name, phone number, number of tickets needed and the date of the performance you wish to attend. All reservations must be prepaid so someone will return your call to finalize your ticket purchase.

The Leeds Arts Council will also present the final home performance of their award winning play, The Rabbit Hole, on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. This event is just prior to their performance in the National competition in Lexington, Kentucky at ACTFEST 2017 which will be the first weekend in Mar. At the state level this play won Best in Show, Best Set, Best Costumes and Best Supporting Actress - Mary- Page Wilson Lyons. The play was directed by Dianne Rowe and our own resident award winning director, Cliff Keen Jr. Cliff was also a member of the cast. Tickets are $10 and all monies will be used to offset the expenses of the trip. You may pay at the door or call (205) 699-1892 for prepaid reservations. If you cannot attend, donations will be accepted. There were only two community theatre plays selected to represent Alabama and they were the #1 choice. Our theatre and the city of Leeds will be in all the National programs. We are very proud of the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.

Scholarship Opportunities are available through Distinguished Young Women of St. Clair County: Scholarship. Leadership. Talent. Eleventh grade girls graduating in May 2018, and interested in earning college scholarships through Distinguished Young Women are invited to go to www.DistinguishedYW.org and click on “Apply Now”. An informational meeting for potential participants and parents will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Springville Middle School. For more information, please contact stclair@DistinguishedYW.org or (205) 640-3078.

Leeds City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at the Leeds Civic Center Meeting Room.

The Moody Lions Club is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at White’s Chapel.

The Moody Area Chamber of Commerce Corporate Liaison Group will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at SKF Solution Factory. This month’s meeting will be a company tour of SKF located in the Moody Industrial Park at 2575 US Highway 78. You must be a chamber member and an RSVP is required to participate. Please contact Andrea Machen, Executive Director, at (205) 640-6262 for a reservation.

Moody Kiwanis Club is scheduled to meet at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Moody City Hall.

The 3rd Annual Miracles in Motion 5K to benefit Moody Miracle League is scheduled for Saturday, March 11. This is a great opportunity to support a great cause. Sponsorships are available and participant registrations are currently being accepted for the 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk/Roll. Visit www.MoodyMiracleLeague.org for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: The 23rd Annual Creek Bank Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 with a rain date of May 27. Vendors & Entertainers are wanted as plans get underway for a fabulous 2017 festival.  Whether you are an arts and craft vendor, a retail vendor or an entertainer, please download the vendor application at www.LeedsAreaChamber.com or contact Sandra McGuire, Executive Director, at 205.699.5001 or Sandra@LeedsAreaChamber.com.

Please remember that the St. Clair County School System needs your help. Tie One On for Success is an initiative to put a new or gently used tie in the hands of every 8th grade male in the St. Clair County School System. Their goal is to teach them how to tie a tie and let them leave with a tie in their hand. Please drop off gently used or new ties at Moody Junior High School or Eden Career Technical Center. For more information, please contact Leann Ford at (205) 753-1749 or leann.ford@sccboe.org.

Quote for the Week: “Five things you cannot recover in life: 1) A stone after it’s thrown, 2) A word after it’s said, 3) An occasion after it’s missed, 4) Time after it’s gone and 5) Trust after it’s lost!”

I truly appreciate each of you who read my column and I really love sharing news so please remember to send your Leeds and Moody news to me at leedsmoodynews@gmail.com. See you next week!

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