Leadership positions for the coming year were announced at the Monett Chamber of Commerce's April board meeting. Dates for summer events were set and plans put in motion.
President Lori Negre named the following committee chairmen: Clif Crockett, prayer breakfast; David Young, junior livestock show; Jay Apostol, Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament; Jim Haston, July 4; Mike Garrett, government affairs and new teachers luncheon; Cindy Stephens, Chamber Ambassadors and the Festival of Flavors; Danny Vaughn, Festival of Lights; Randy Henderson, agriculture conferences; Mike Golfhoffer, annual meeting; and Regina Bowsher, membership.
Plans have begun for several upcoming events. The prayer breakfast, set for May 7, will have Bob Hubbard and Duke Mason as special guests. The Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament was scheduled for Friday, June 5.
Contrary to previous scheduling, the junior livestock show has been rescheduled to June 20, a week later than the original date.
Moving into the third year of sponsorship by the Chamber, the Fourth of July celebration will have several different features this year. Chairman Haston said activities will begin at 4 p.m. and run into the evening. A talent show will open the scheduled events, followed by activities like a pizza pie eating contest, bingo tent and YMCA inflatables opening at 6 p.m.
The usual vendors and fireworks remain part of the evening fun, Haston said. Donations are still being accepted to cover the cost of fireworks. Chamber Executive Director Suzy McElmurry said donations have reached about half of the targeted amount to date.
A workshop on team building took up most of the meeting. Jane Swortwood, with Seeking Success Consulting, led board members into a discussion, using information from a personality assessment done prior to the meeting. Swortwood reviewed strong characteristics within the group and how board members could work together with such personalities to make a better team.
The May board meeting will include the second half of the retreat, focusing on the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities facing the Chamber. Gail Melgren from Missouri State University will lead the session and help participants develop targets and a work plan for the Chamber over the next three-to-five years.
New members joining the Chamber include Accents-N-Tents, the martial arts school Monett RWTB, Benchmark Mortgage Funding Company and Preferred Pet Supply.
In recent activities, McElmurry, Ken Gaspar and Frank Washburn attended the Ozark Regional Economic Partnership spring retreat in Springfield. The Industry Council has set its next meeting for May. The final presentation by the Drury University Center for Community Studies on Monett is scheduled for May 11.
McElmurry said activity at the license office has continued strong. Business was on target for meeting the year's budget. The new service allowing use of credit cards in license office transactions is gaining in popularity, she added.