Leadership roles for Monett Chamber of Commerce projects for the coming year were named at the April meeting by Board President Danny Vaughn.
Chairpersons were named to head up the following committees: David Young, junior livestock show; Randy Henderson, agriculture conferences; Leonard Witt, Christmas parade; Cindy Stephens, Festival of Flavors; Keith McCracken, Festival of Lights; Jay Apostol, Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament; Walter Branch, leadership development; Regina Bowsher, membership; Doug Childress, new teachers luncheon; and Clif Crockett, prayer breakfast.
Newly elected alternates to the chamber board also took on project duties. Janell Patton agreed to work on membership, and Israel Patino will work on the Festival of Lights.
"One thing that has made the chamber board good, in addition to dedicated board members," said Suzy McElmurry, executive director, "has been the alternates attending meetings and being active on committees. If someone leaves, we have a continuation of experience, which has been very valuable."
Preparations were discussed for a number of chamber projects. Apostol reported invitations and sponsorship opportunities for the golf tournament have been mailed. The tourney will be held on Friday, June 4.
According to McElmurry, the membership mixer held the day after the meeting went very well. Those attending saw a demonstration of the chamber's updated website and were treated to a gourmet meal by Raine Holly, Cox Monett Hospital's food nutrition director.
The 2010 leadership class, which is presently underway, heard a presentation on economic development by banker Mark Nelson, who serves on a state panel focused on transportation, and Jeff Siefried, a speaker from Springfield. A subsequent class was held on quality of life, reported Walter Branch.
Board members decided that the junior livestock show will be held in the future without using the permanent fixtures in place for fencing at the old grounds at Bridle Lane and County Road. The event will move to the South Park, and tents will be rented from Weiser Tent and temporary fencing installed.
Consequently, the board decided to accept bids for the old fencing and other materials. All the items are presently stored south of the Monett Justice Center.
The 2010 junior livestock show will be held on Saturday, June 19 at South Park, south of the soccer fields.
Regina Bowsher reported renewals for chamber membership for the coming year had been mailed and 172 had come back.
According to Bowsher, Frame It-Print Shop Plus and Davidson Door Service have joined the chamber as new members.
The license office had concluded the chamber's fiscal year having processed 28,281 transactions. McElmurry said the volume of business has increased by around 100 transactions in each of the last three years. Activity in March was more than 2,500 transactions.
The chamber board will next meet at 5:30 p.m. on May 19.