Preparing for holiday activities and seasonal programs was the focus of the Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at the November meeting.
Plans were announced for the next Chamber membership mingle on Dec. 9. Since the event occurs during the Christmas season, Chamber Executive Director Suzy McElmurry has dubbed this the "jingle mingle."
McElmurry said a new chamber program that benefits members will be announced at the mingle. To encourage interaction between members, members are welcome to come early to place business cards or other contact information at each of the place settings.
Danny Vaughn, chairman of the Festival of Lights, briefed the board on preparations for this year's event, now underway. The lighting exhibit has 49 displays at South Park, many with multiple pieces added by sponsors.
McElmurry said since the Festival of Lights opened on Nov. 25, the chamber has received inquiries about catalogues and interest in purchasing more displays for next year.
Key tags for the new Chamber Advantage program have arrived, McElmurry said. Chamber members can pick up the tags at the chamber office. The tags allow chamber members and their employees access to special services and discounts at the Chamber office.
Chamber Checks for 2010 are now in. McElmurry said 42 businesses are accepting the certificates this year. The 2009 checks, which are blue, will expire on Dec. 31 so McElmurry urged those who still have the old checks to redeem them. The new checks are red.
Board members enthusiastically discussed the success of the first Broadway Nights on Nov. 14. In a gesture of support for the next Broadway Nights on Dec. 11, the chamber office at 200 E. Broadway will be open. McElmurry said the chamber will have an "old timey" photo booth set up where visitors can get pictures taken for free.
"The municipal parking lot behind the chamber office is well lit and would be an excellent place to park for Broadway Nights," McElmurry said. "People can easily walk to stores from there."
The chamber is also participating in State Senator Jack Goodman's Season of Hope food pantry donation drive. A drop-off spot has been established in the chamber lobby for non-perishable food items.
"I hope it overflows and we have gobs and gobs of food to distribute," McElmurry said. "We're hoping people will help us support the effort."
Keeping up with news around the community, Monett School Superintendent John Jungmann briefed the board on the Annual Performance Report issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and provided an overview of plans for construction at Monett Elementary School.
Reporting on the License Office, McElmurry said the staff processed 2,299 transactions in October. Survey cards turned in by customers continue to give very high marks to the staff. One person wrote, "Visits to the license bureau are absolutely wonderful."