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Chamber taps new leadership

Friday, April 8, 2011

New leadership for the Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was selected at the annual joint meeting of the incoming and outgoing boards. The dinner meeting was held at The Bayou restaurant.

Outgoing President Danny Vaughn presided at the opening of the meeting as new board members Janell Patton, Cindy Stone, Jeremy Vanderbol and Scott Smith were welcomed. Alternates for the coming year are Rod Anderson and Noel George.

Walter Branch was elected as the president-elect and will serve with President Regina Bowsher.

Commendation was extended to Jim Haston, Leonard Witt and Randy Henderson, who completed their three years of service on the board.

Bowsher handed out descriptions of the various committees for the year to give board members a chance to volunteer in areas they would like to serve. Committee assignments will be made at the April board meeting.

Dates for upcoming spring events were announced. Clif Crockett, chairman of the Prayer Breakfast committee, announced the event will be held on Thursday, May 5. In a change from recent years, the breakfast will be held at the American Legion Home.

The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. with a meal provided by the Kiwanis Club. The event will conclude by 8 a.m.

Jay Apostol, chairman of the Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament, reported this year's rounds will be played on Friday, June 3 at the Windmill Ridge municipal course.

The April membership mingle will be a Dutch treat luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 21 at Denali Dreams.

Administrative action

By unanimous action, the board voted to continue sponsorship of the Main Street coordinator, a joint financial commitment with the City of Monett and the Downtown Betterment Group. The chamber's portion involves $3,000 in cash and providing office space and supplies, a commitment valued at $7,000 to date.

Board members voted to again sponsor two Monett High School students to attend the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's leadership conference. International Dehydrated Foods, Tyson Foods and Buchanan Funeral Home have agreed to sponsor two additional students. Participants will be selected from underclassmen at the high school by the Missouri Chamber and the school counselors.

"We're really pleased to be part of that program," said Suzy McElmurry, chamber executive director. "Students get to use what they learned to take on leadership roles in their later years at the school."

The conference will be held in June at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico.

McElmurry reported there had been a good response to membership renewal letters.

License office business

Representatives from the Missouri Department of Revenue made a visit to the license office to re-verify all the staff with access to the office.

All of the license office staff, the incoming and outgoing chamber presidents, the president-elect, McElmurry and D.J. Miller, the downtown coordinator, went to the Monett Justice Center for fingerprinting to enhance the background checks. McElmurry said federal stimulus money paid for the background check upgrade.

The license office had a good month of transactions, McElmurry said. Charging for faxes has generated more business instead of discouraging it, and brought in more than $300 in revenue for the month, she said.

The board will next meet on April 20 at the chamber office at 200 E. Broadway.

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