Guest speaker at Bright Area Business Association (BABA) July Meeting! Our guest speaker was musician/singer Jamie Johnson from Nashville. Jamie rode a pretty high wave of success as a founding member of the Grascals. He also found out the personal strains of meeting those demands and has since committed himself to sobriety and helping others – particularly musicians – overcome those same challenges and addictions. He travels outside of work to speak with various support groups around the eastern half of the country. His is a great story of professional success resulting in personal success in the most important matters. Jamie spoke and sang to the BABA members and the membership meeting was conducted after his presentation. Bright, Indiana/SHOW LESS

BABA Minutes

Friday, July 9 at 9:00 am

Bright Lion’s Club

  • Introductions of members
    • Joni Helton; Mary Kay
    • Tonya Wolfe; Preferred Rate Mortgage
    • Jay Knowles; Keller Williams Realty
    • Quinn Johnson & Caroline Moeller; relatives of Jamie Johnson
    • Jill Ruther; United Way
    • Patt Riebsomer; George’s Pharmacy & Medical
    • Larry Schideler; H7 Network
    • Jim Kinnett; The Kinnett Consulting Group
    • Bebe Kinnett; Absolute Web Marketing
    • Lisa Cox; JDC Construction
    • Doris Gibbons; American Family Insurance
    • Justin Rains; The Portal Planet
    • Eojhan Reade; Cincinnatus
    • Terry Hahn; Friendship Bank
    • Nick Bader; First Financial Bank
    • Kim Joerger; Tri-Force Fitness
    • Nicole Wuestefeld; Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home
  • Terry Hahn introduced musical guest Jamie Johnson of the Grascals
    • Jamie Johnson graduated from Milan High School
    • Played with Terry Hahn in a band when they were younger
    • His interest in blue grass music developed after his brother passed away
    • He plays blue grass music and played guitar & sang for us
    • He had much success in Nashville including going to the Grammy’s multiple times
    • Talked about his life in Nashville and how you have to go the extra mile for something you are passionate about and in which you want to succeed
    • To be successful you have to get up early and stay late. You’ve gotta show up.
    • Fell into a depression and became alcoholic
    • Now a recovering addict and sober for 6 ½ years, he shares his story in addiction recovery centers
    • Saved his marriage and family by putting in the time to get better
    • Still works with Dolly Parton, but also has a “normal” full time job
    • Still plays for fun at the clubs 4-5 times a year
  • Minutes from June’s meeting were posted to BABA’s website
  • Treasurers report-Kim
    • BABA received a thank you letter from Bright Lions Club for our $500 donation
  • Membership report-Nick
  • Ribbon Cutting on Friday, August 13 for Loving Hearts Hospice at 9:00
    • Ribbon Cutting
    • Tour & Open House
    • Coffee & donuts
  • Calendar for the rest of 2021
    • Friday, August 13 at 9:00 – Ribbon Cutting for Loving Hearts Hospice
    • Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 – evening event At the Barn Winery
    • Friday, October 8 at 12:00 – lunch at Shift
    • Friday, November 12 at 9:00 at Bright Lions; developing BABA
    • Friday, December 10 at 9:00 at Bright Lions – membership meeting
  • Revitalization of BABA
    • It’s really important to the Board that not only our sponsors, but our members find value in being a BABA member so we’re going to start updating a few things
      • Combine Zoom meetings with our face to face meetings for those that are not able to attend in person
      • Want to give our website a facelift. Anyone that can help with that would be appreciated
      • Would love for members to post on our Facebook page happenings with your company, good news, or accomplishments by members, etc
        • Anyone can post, but the Board will approve everything prior to it being posted to screen anyone that is not a member
      • Would love to highlight members on our Facebook page throughout the year. Submit to any board member.
        • Members can submit their logo and/or a picture plus information such as:
          • How long you’ve been a local business
          • Special services that you offer
          • Contact information
    • Looking for someone to help manage our social media. Justin Rains has volunteered to help with this. Thank you!
    • Target area – Bright & surrounding areas
    • Have more meetings at the local business to get to know what everyone does
    • Flyers about who the members are, events and share to local businesses
  • Announcements
    • Lonny Barnett & Edward Jones Investment is hosting a Kona Ice Customer Appreciation Event on July 29 from 12-2 in the Edward Jones parking lot in Bright
  • Meeting Adjourned