Young Professionals – Website Update

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I recently, over the summer, learned how to write HTML and CSS. As an intern with the Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals, I thought updating the website would be an easy enough task. I was wrong… This wasn’t due to my misunderstanding of HTML or CSS but it was due to my lack of knowledge of WordPress websites. Writing code in WP is not as easy as inputting data. There are some areas that do allow you to insert code but as you get into the intricate information, such as, links opening up new tabs (or windows) that allow you to remain on the same, previous page while allowing you to move on to a new site. Many of this information was not available to the Chamber employees because they outsource their website creation to a 3rd party marketing company. wplogoblue-stacked-rgbSo I relied on YouTube to supplement the learning that I needed to maneuver to the information I needed to accomplish. I also went through all of the pages and ensured every one was working properly. It was a task I thought would take no longer then 30 minutes which ended up taking me 2 days to complete. It is no fault of the chambers because they are doing a great job on everything they put their hands on; some things just fall at the wayside and this just so happened to be the situation. The website is currently up to date and running smoothly! Check it out! Click Here! Also, If you are a professional, or anyone between the ages of 21 – 40 you should consider joining. It is a great opportunity to be a part of a professional organization that helps you gain valuable skills and is a great networking opportunity.

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Design Principles for Valentine’s Day – The Chamber – Symone Grady

With love filling everyone’s hearts as Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching, staff at the Chamber of Commerce decided to host a luncheon for all of their partners and sponsors. Utilizing the “Holiday”, Valentine’s Day, the staff decided to have this event on Valentine’s Day with an appropriate theme to show their appreciation for members.

Days before this joyful day, one of the coordinators for this event asked me to create gift tags that would accompany gift bags for guests. With this assignment, I was simply told that the labels must say “We love our members”, and incorporate the organization’s logo. That’s it. Without very much direction for  how to create these gift tags, I had to put my creative print media skills to the test. Not only did I need to  create labels that would capture one’s attention, but that also effectively communicates the desired message.  With only an hour to complete this task I knew that I needed to work diligently to create an exceptional finished product.

Before beginning this task, I immediately thought of the principles that I have learned in the Interactive Media Production course that I am currently taking. These basic design principles include proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast.  I wanted to be sure to incorporate each of these  principles into the design that I created.

Ultimately, I created three different gift tags and allowed my supervisor to select the one she thought was most appropriate. After she told me which she selected, I understood that the design she favored the most best utilized proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast. I was very proud to walk into the building during the luncheon to see the gift tags that I created being used and appreciated by all of the guests. I was also very excited to be able to use skills that I learned in class, and directly apply it to a task for my internship.

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The gift tag that I created for the member appreciation luncheon.

Jennifer Therrien – Military Appreciation Golf Tournament

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WOW! This was an exciting week at the Chamber. On Friday October 18th, I attended my first Golf Tournament. It was exciting to be out of the office and experiencing something different and fun at the same time. Before the Golf Tournament the week before was spent preparing for the tournament and getting things ready. One of my tasks included creating cart signs and ordering signs for each hole and creating the program. I got to communicate with Sunshine Banners when creating the signs.

There were several different sponsors for this event. The Title Sponsor was Ranger Joe’s and they helped make a huge part of this event a success. Other sponsors included Carl Gregory, Clear Channel, Masterbuilt, Snyder’s Lance and much more!

I was a little worried about rain appearing at the Golf Tournament but it didn’t. Friday morning started off really early, arriving at Ft. Benning at 8am . Amy and I started the day by putting together signs that would be placed on the holes. Next, we drove to each hole and placed each sign. It was fun to be able to ride the golf cart and see the entire golf course. After placing all the signs in their correct location we then begin to help make sure all of the coolers were set and ready to be distributed.

Next on my list was to place the cart signs on the correct cart and distribute flyers and goody bags to each cart. At first Dana and I made a mistake and took off signs that were not supposed to be taken off! I ended up having to dig some signs out of the trash. Not fun at all!!

Around 11 o’ clock people started arriving. My next duty was to sell mulligans for each of the golfers after they registered. The mulligans were $10 a piece and most people would buy several for their teammates.

At 12 o’ clock I was to report to Hole 4, where I would help conduct the Hole-In-One. I had to make sure each golfer was standing in the correct location and they followed the rules. If they did make a hole-in-one they would receive a dodge truck. Unfortunately there was no winner. Maybe next year!

My last task of the day was to help at Par 3 Poker. At this hole we would conduct a card game and the golfers would pay $5 to play. The golfer with the highest score would get half of the pot and the remainder would go to United Way. It was fun to see everyone get so involved in this card game.

My first time helping out at a golf tournament was a success! Hopefully I get to experience more golf tournaments. It was interesting to see the way one was put together and see everyone take part in such a great event,