By MURRAY BISHOFF
Monett Chamber of Commerce board members looked at scheduling for the rest of 2010 and the success of summer activities at the June board meeting.
Executive Director Suzy McElmurry reported several parties have come forward saying the first Saturday in December has presented problems for the annual Christmas parade. Local Shriners have a state conclave in Springfield that day, and problems have even arisen for the Monett High School band.
Board members reviewed the calendar and decided for 2010, the parade would return to the second Saturday and be held on Dec. 11.
Further review led the board to target one of two days for the fall Festival of Flavors. Dates were also considered for the annual membership meeting in March.
Plans were shared for the upcoming membership mingle on July 22. The gathering will be held at the Southwest Area Career Center and will offer a networking-plus-educational seminar dubbed Social Networking 101. The speaker will be Kristie Smith, from Joplin, who will talk on how a small business can utilize social media to market and enrich business opportunities.
The chamber will also host a luncheon for more than 20 new Monett R-1 School District teachers and administrators next month. The gathering, designed as an introduction to the community, will be held on Aug. 4 at a location to be determined.
Board members spent time reviewing preparations for the July 4th Celebration at South Park. The board agreed to again make the downpayment to commit A.M. Pyrotechnics to return and run next year's fireworks show.
|Jay Apostol, chairman of the Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament, said this year's event attracted more than 100 players.|
The board reviewed scheduling and preparations for the Junior Livestock Show.
Walter Branch reported on the recent graduation concluding this year's Leadership Monett program. Several from the class voiced interest in continuing to be active with the other leadership alumni and future chamber activities.
Regina Bowsher reported Verizon Wireless has recently joined the chamber.
Monettans will again have a chance to participate in the 100-mile yard sale slated for Saturday, Aug. 28. The route will again extend from Highway 37 to Broadway and east on Highway 60. Posters will be available to anyone wishing to hold a sale that day.
The license office processed 2,000 transactions in May, McElmurry reported. According to the field representative from the Missouri Department of Revenue, the office is in compliance with its contract. A new security camera was recently placed in Manager Jamie Stephens' office where money is counted.
The next Industry Council meeting will be held on July 12 at the chamber office. The next chamber board meeting will be held on July 21.