The Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors passed its budget for the 2012-13 business year and prepared for the annual membership meeting during the board's February session.
The 2012-13 budget called for income of $240,209 and expenses of $235,875. Executive Director Suzy McElmurry said both reflected a slight increase over the 2011-12 year.
The chamber plans to continue all of its programs in the coming year. In addition, McElmurry said board members are exploring creation of a good youth program in conjunction with the Monett R-1 School District that will help build leadership years earlier than the current Leadership Monett outreach program, which targets adults.
Much of the meeting focused on preparations for the annual membership meeting and dinner that will be held on March 8 at the Southwest Area Career Center. Judy Landoll Meirick's "Times and Places" collage will be used to illustrate the "Sights and Sounds of Monett."
Tickets are still available for $20 at the chamber office. The Junior ROTC cadets from the Southwest Area Career Center will present the colors and help with the serving. Monett singer/songwriter Leon Troyer will present selections from his Route 66-themed recording, "The Common Man's Road," for entertainment.
All of the tables have been adopted and will be decorated sponsoring Monett businesses. Door prizes will be awarded in a unique way, McElmurry added.
Much of the February chamber board meeting was spent selecting winners for the Community Service Award and Pride and Progress Award. McElmurry said there were around six nominees for the long-time service recognition and up to 10 nominations for the recognition of a specific type of service. The awards will be announced at the banquet.
A slate of candidates for service on the chamber board will be presented to the membership on March 8. Votes will tally who will serve as board members and alternates. A joint meeting of the incoming and outgoing boards will be held on March 21.
Board members completed preparations for the chamber's annual agriculture conferences at the Monett National Guard Armory. Food items left over from the lunch served at the Dairy Day conference were donated to the Monett Community Kitchen.
Progress from ongoing meetings in the Monett Main Street effort prompted enthusiastic support from board members. McElmurry said the four sub-committees are meeting regularly, working on assignments and developing solid strategies.
One of the most requested services mentioned over the past year has been for the chamber to accept credit cards for general orders or for memberships. McElmurry said the board approved setting up credit card processing options that should be available soon.
Membership renewal letters and reminders have been mailed. Board members renewed health insurance with Anthem for the chamber's four full-time employees.
An order has been received for a new lighting display for the Festival of Lights for the Christmas season. McElmurry said manufacturer Maneco has a sale on displays running through April 15.
A search committee has been organized to review applications for a new executive director. Interviews will begin shortly.
Business activity at the license office has continued to be strong, bringing in revenues ahead of budget projections. McElmurry said the "Plates from the States" display of licnese plates continues to expand. Additional from Colorado and Alaska have now been added.