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Chamber plans for spring activities

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors made plans for spring activities during its January meeting.

The most time was spent focusing on the annual membership meeting, which will be held on Thursday, March 8 at the Southwest Area Career Center. Tickets will cost $20 and go on sale next week.

"The Sights and Sounds of Monett" will be the theme for the membership meeting. Heno Head will serve as master of ceremonies. Monett singer songwriter Leon Troyer will provide the entertainment.

Members interested in adopting a table to decorate it for the occasion can call the chamber office at 235-7919. A limited number of tables are available. Suzy McElmurry, chamber executive director, said it is not necessary to purchase a table's worth of tickets to adopt a table. Member businesses usually use the decorating opportunity to showcase their firm in stylish and creative ways.

Nominations for chamber board members are now being accepted. McElmurry said with the bylaws change, the nomination process has become very important. Only six candidates will be placed on the ballot. Of those, four will be selected for the board and two will be named alternates.

Names placed on the ballot will depend on the number of nominations received for that person. The nominating committee, headed by incoming president Walter Branch and board members Rod Anderson and Keith McCracken, will tabulate the names received, validate the willingness to serve and place the names before the board for approval.

Nominations for the board must be received by Feb. 17. Ineligible to serve are outgoing board members Jonathan Apostol, David Young, Cindy Stephens and Regina Bowsher.

The board is also accepting nominations for the chamber's two top honors: the Community Service Award and the Pride and Progress Award. The Community Service Award is given for making a long-term contribution to improving the quality of life in Monett. The Pride and Progress Award recognizes a specific area of work, possibly over a short period of time.

Nominations for the awards are due by Feb. 15. Nomination forms are available at the chamber office.

Other upcoming events

Vendors can still sign up to exhibit in the trade show for the Dairy Day and Beef Cattlemen's conferences. Both will be held on Feb. 21 at the National Guard Armory in Monett. More than 300 attended the two conferences last year. McElmurry called the trade show an excellent opportunity to reach ag producers in the Monett area.

The Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Friday, June 1. Scott Smith, who served as co-chairman last year, will head the 2012 event. With the course reserved, invitations for players and sign-up for hole sponsors will be made closer to the event.


The committee managing the Festival of Lights program updated the board on plans to add more storage for materials involved. The white building near the former Missouri Department of Transportation storage building in the northwest corner of the park is full and the slope of the adjacent land offers little room for expansion.

McElmurry said efforts to get an additional trailer will provide more storage space. The city has offered to store the new trailer and all the wiring needed for the displays at the utilities warehouse. Future displays will likely be kept at the warehouse as well.

Orders for new displays are being accepted. Maneco, the manufacturer, is offering its annual sale through March 31 with discounts up to 30 percent on custom orders or selections from the catalogue. McElmurry said several parties have expressed interest in making purchases.

City Administrator Dennis Pyle attended as an ex-officio board member, briefing the board on positive sales tax receipts for the close of 2011. Pyle updated the board on plans to lease the Community Building at Maple and County Road as the new location for the Missouri Career Center and the kick-off meeting for the Monett Main Street program.

With construction advancing on the Monett Area YMCA building, Pyle said construction of a new clubhouse for the golf course is likely to begin by June. The clubhouse will be located south of the YMCA. Pyle also discussed how the city has hired a golf course consultant to help resolve the loss of grass on the course in recent years.

Activity at the license office was up over the end of 2010. McElmurry reported Erica Biloki has been hired as a second part-time staff member. She works 20 hours a week with the two full-time employees. Biloki started on Jan. 17.

The board will next meet on Feb. 15.

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