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Monett Chamber elects new board members

Monday, March 12, 2012

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New members of the Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were announced at the annual membership meeting on March 8. Incoming President Walter Branch announced the winners of balloting. Shown, from left, are: Branch, board members Donna Beckett, Lisa Schlichtman, Bob Markovics and Russell Moreland. [Times Photos by Murray Bishoff]
New members of the Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were elected at the annual membership meeting on March 8. The gathering represented a celebration of the past year, recognizing achievements and preparing for the year ahead.

Following balloting, incoming president Walter Branch announced the new board members would be: Donna Beckett, from Community National Bank; Bob Markovics, from UMB Bank; Russ Moreland, from the Monett R-1 School District; and Lisa Schlichtman, from The Monett Times.

The alternates will be Todd Schubert, from Barry County Farm Bureau, and Rhonda Schilly, from Drury University.

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Suzy McElmurry, retiring executive director of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, received a plaque of appreciation bearing a picture of the chamber office, during the chamber's annual meeting. McElmurry, at left, received the plaque from President Regina Bowsher, at right, plus resolutions from the Missouri General Assembly in her honor.
Board members completing their three-year terms received plaques for their service. They were David Young, from Tyson Foods; Cindy Stephens, from UMB Bank; and Jay Apostol, from the Monett R-1 School District.

Regina Bowsher, the outgoing president, will remain for four years for leadership continuity. She received a clock from Branch in appreciation for her service.

Bowsher reviewed the year using the theme of the banquet, the "Sight and Sounds of Monett." Bowsher described the sight of forks and the sound of people eating as the Festival of Flavors, the tradition in November, that has generated $18,000 in non-dues revenue over nine years.

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Regina Bowsher, at left, having completed her term as Monett Chamber president, received a clock for her years of service from Walter Branch, at right, incoming president.
The sight of hundreds of cars and the excited faces of children seeing Christmas lights is part of the Festival of Lights. Bowsher said the holiday event had attracted 90,000 vehicles in nine years to Monett and $115,000 in donations, used to pay the electric bill, buy nine new major displays and 20 smaller ones.

Bowsher further described nervous faces and science demonstrations at the welcoming luncheon for new teachers, the energetic volunteers seen at Leadership Monett, the debt-free Chamber office building and well-trained staff at the license office completed the portrait.

The programs mentioned and the building all began under the tenure of Suzy McElmurry, the retiring executive director. Bowsher presented McElmurry with a token of appreciation from the chamber board.

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Members of the Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors who had completed their three-year terms received plaques of appreciation during the chamber's annual membership meeting. Presentations were made by Regina Bowsher, outgoing board present. Shown, from left, are: David Young, Bowsher, Cindy Stephens and Dr. Jay Apostol. Bowsher will serve an additional year as past president.
"Thanks for your confidence in my ideas," McElmurry said. "Thank you for letting me be a small part of your dreams and schemes."

The audience gave McElmurry a standing ovation.

Entertainment for the night was provided by Leon Troyer, of Monett, who sang a half dozen songs from his "Common Man's Highway" recording and told background stories of incidents that took place along historic Route 66.

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Leon Troyer, of Monett, performed music and told stories centered around historic Route 66 during the Monett Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting. Troyer sang a half-dozen selections, including an unreleased song from the second compact disc on the Table Rock Records label. [Times Photos by Murray Bishoff]
Heno Head served as master of ceremonies. He introduced the cadets from the Junior ROTC program at the Southwest Area Career Center, who presented the colors. The National Anthem was sung by the Monett High School Cub Singers, directed by Brock Glidewell.

Each of the tables at the Career Center had a colorful centerpiece donated by a business. Those attending also had the opportunity to view artwork, from paintings to the creation of violins, from local artists.

The dinner was catered by Camp Barnabas. JROTC cadets assisted with the serving.



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