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Chamber presents new member benefit

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A new benefit for Monett Chamber of Commerce members was discussed at the September meeting of the chamber board of directors.

Two ideas for non-dues revenue income were brought back for discussion by Executive Director Suzy McElmurry, who recently attended an American Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference. The board voted to initiate working with Office Depot as a benefit. Members who sign up can secure discounts of 20 to 60 percent on purchases made in person, on the phone, online or from a catalogue.

"We felt that any way we can help members would be good," McElmurry said.

Year-end activities

Plans were made to advance several year-end activities.

Special features are planned for the annual Festival of Flavors dining event, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. With Verizon Wireless as the event sponsor, those attending will be able to cast votes for specific vendors by texting during the event.

Anyone interested in being a vendor for the Festival of Flavors can contact the chamber office at 235-7919.

Leonard Witt has been named chairman of the Christmas parade for the third year. Letters of invitation have been mailed. The parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. "Christmas Through The Ages" will be the theme.

About half the slots for the Festival of Lights elf hut have been filled. Keith McCracken, festival chairman, distributed a list for volunteers. The Festival of Lights will open after Thanksgiving and run through Christmas.

Administrative reports

Board members extended congratulations to International Dehydrated Foods (IDF) for being named Exporter of the Year by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. "The board is extremely pleased to have nominated IDF and see them selected," McElmurry said. "IDF has been a steady, growing company in the community."

IDF had been awarded the Agriculture Exporter of the Year honor under Governor Mel Carnahan in 1996 and 1997.

Board members agreed to again be a $250 sponsor for the Tri-State Water Coalition's Springfield meeting.

The board voted to fill a part-time vacancy in the license office staff. Nora Ruiz has been hired to fill the position that has been open since July.

Activity has remained steady at the license office. McElmurry reported total transactions in August were down by about 50 from a year ago, but September numbers were up.

The license office was expecting an influx of business this week with offices in Cassville and Mt. Vernon being closed. The office will be closed on Monday for Columbus Day.

Briefings on the city

City Administrator Dennis Pyle updated the board on September sales tax figures. Despite a one-month downturn, the fiscal year total showed gains over 2009. Pyle also discussed talks the city has had with architect Richard Werner over improvements on the City Park Casino.

DJ Miller, downtown coordinator, recounted the first meeting he hosted on the Vision 2030 program using the framework of the Main Street program. Miller reported he has started compiling a database of businesses and building owners in the downtown area.

The next chamber board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the chamber office, 200 E. Broadway.



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