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Monett Chamber of Commerce gears up for summer events

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Monett Chamber of Commerce office
Monett Chamber of Commerce board members firmed up plans for summer activities at the group's May meeting.

The next event will be the 23rd annual Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament on June 4. All the hole sponsors have now signed up, including some from out of town. More than 70 players have registered. Executive Director Suzy McElmurry anticipated a field of around 100 players.

Graduation for the Monett Leadership session has been scheduled for June 15. McElmurry reported the current class has been very busy, recently taking a tour of the Monett Justice Center.

The next session, dubbed "Profit 101," will have class members develop a dummy company and walk through the steps needed to develop and market a product. On June 10 the class will tour a number of Monett industries, meet with business leaders and end their day repainting the Festival of Lights elf hut.

"This has been a fantastic program," McElmurry said. "The leadership alumni have been active in all the chamber's activities. It speaks so highly of the program and benefits the whole community."

Invitations were mailed in mid-May for the Junior Livestock Show to be held Saturday, June 19 at South Park, south of the soccer fields. Those who have participated for the last two years will get a written invitation. E-mail invitations have been sent to all FFA chapters and 4-H groups.

Anyone else interested in participating can sign up on the chamber's website or call the chamber office at 235-7919. Livestock show chairman David Young reported the program books have been completed and will be available at agri-business outlets on June 1.

McElmurry is expecting a good turnout for the event and expects the new location will work well. Fencing from the old arena, which has been in storage for two years, was sold recently by bid. The Lawrence County Fair Board, represented by David Middleton, was the high bidder and got the fencing for $3,200.

The red iron superstructure for the pole barn at the chamber's old livestock iron was donated to the city for use as a storage building for vehicles.

"The city helped us a lot when we had the show at the old location," McElmurry said. "Everybody won on this deal. It's better to put the stuff to use."

Fundraising efforts are continuing for the July 4th celebration. Currently, fundraising is about $1,200 short of the goal to fully cover the expense for the fireworks. In other activities, the board voted to provide scholarships to two out of four local youths selected to participate in the Missouri Chamber Foundation's Youth Leadership Academy. Devon Overall and Bailey Pfitzner will receive support from the chamber for their experience this summer at the Military Academy in Mexico, Mo. Jim Haston with Edward Jones Investments and International Dehydrated Foods agreed to provide scholarships for the others.

Six new members joined the chamber in the past month, according to Regina Bowsher, membership chairman. Membership renewals for the new year were also going well, McElmurry added.

The license office continues to do well, McElmurry reported. A new promotional effort will be made to increase public awareness that the office is open until 5:30 p.m. every Thursday. McElmurry said there are no lines during the extended half-hour, making it an ideal time to do business.

During the recent Missouri General Assembly session, the chamber became active in the final days lobbying against a provision added at the last minute to the ethics bill. The clause would have restricted the operation of license offices to county or state government entities, effectively freezing out operation by the chamber or not-for-profit groups. The provision was dropped from the final bill.

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