Programs and projects offered by the Monett Chamber of Commerce underwent a review at the August board meeting.
Monett Downtown Coordinator DJ Miller has moved into his new office in the chamber's headquarters at 200 E. Broadway. Miller will be in the office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday unless attending meetings elsewhere around town.
Miller can be reached at 417-635-1139. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Vision 2030 meeting for all four committees has been scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the chamber's meeting room.
The next Industry Council meeting has been scheduled for Sept. 13 at Big Baldy's BacWoods Barbeque.
The monthly membership mingle will be a networking session without a program on Thursday, Sept. 23. Chamber Executive Director Suzy McElmurry said the gathering will be held in the new meeting room at Big Baldy's restaurant. A fun activity is planned to help chamber members become better acquainted and to share information about their businesses.
Cindy Stephens announced the Festival of Flavors has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 11 at the family life center of the First United Methodist Church. Verizon Wireless has agreed to sponsor the event and have its corporate staff involved. Additional activities will be planned, and door prizes given away.
Board members discussed the new Chalk Walk art contest held during the August Broadway Nights. McElmurry said the art created was outstanding and board members were pleased to have good participation. Inquiries have been received about doing the event again next year.
The new teacher luncheon, held annually for new employees in the Monett R-1 School District, went well, according to project chairman Doug Childress. The event was well attended, and a new trivia contest about Monett was a hit.
Ex-officio members provided word about other activities around town. City Administrator Dennis Pyle offered an update on how city sales tax revenues are continuing to rebound. Pyle also reported the Missouri Career Center was shopping for a new office in town.
School Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann sent word through Jay Apostol that attendance on the first day had grown by 91 students over a year ago. Apostol spoke for other school officials in voicing satisfaction that the community and the schools continue to grow.
License office update
McElmurry and Jamie Stevens, the license office manager, recently attended a training meeting in Springfield hosted by the Missouri Department of Revenue on software updates for inputting data.
During the session, McElmurry asked about state plans to annually put the license office contract up for bid. The current contract runs out on Sept. 10. According to McElmurry, state offiicials said the way the contract is set up, an option is in place to renew the agreement annually as long as the office continues to operate smothly and remains in compliance.
"We are in compliance," McElmurry said.
The next chamber board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the chamber office.