The incoming and outgoing boards of the Monett Chamber of Commerce met for the annual joint meeting on March 21, at which time the leadership for the coming year was selected.
The meeting was held at Big Baldy's Barbecue. New board members were introduced during the dinner session, followed by business.
The new board voted to name new board member Bob Markovics as president -elect, serving as the vice president to new president Walter Branch.
The election of a new board member as an officer is a change of routine for the chamber board. Markovics would conclude his term as president after the second year of a three-year term, making it unnecessary to serve a fourth year on the board, as past presidents have done for leadership continuity.
New board member Donna Beckett was named the secretary/treasurer for the board. Beckett is the first person elected to the position, created in the bylaws change in October 2011. Outgoing board member Cindy Stephens filled the duties for the remainder of the past year.
Another staffing change was approved by the board. Alice Heim resigned as administrative assistant to take a position with Crowder College. Adriana Salas, who has worked full-time in the license office, was moved to Heim's post, beginning April 1.
"Adriana started as a chamber intern while in high school," said Suzy McElmurry, chamber executive director. "She will be a delightful addition."
The board will seek a full-time replacement for Salas in the license office.
Outgoing president Regina Bowsher conducted the meeting. She briefed new board members on how meetings are conducted and introduced discussions on recent activities.
In addition to Beckett and Markovics, the other two nedw board members were Russ Moreland and Lisa Schlichtman. Outgoing board members are Bowsher, Stephens, David Young and Jay Apostol.
The annual meeting was extremely successful, Branch said. Many positive comments were received on having displays by artists at the event and the live entertainment by singer-songwriter Leon "The Common Man" Troyer.
Plans were discussed for the annual prayer breakfast to be held on Thursday, May 3 at the Monett City Park Casino and the Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament slated for Friday, June 1 at the Windmill Ridge Golf Course.
Branch will name committee chairmen for other chamber activities at the April 18 board meeting.
New board members filled out paperwork on the chamber's anti-trust, code of conduct, conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.
State policy requires board members having access to license office records to adhere to specific conduct standards. McElmurry said the Monett chamber has made it a policy to have all board members agree to the policies, which is becoming more common among chambers.
Changes in banking records for signators on accounts were made. Board members decided to renew several certificates of deposit approaching maturity. Funds were reinvested in CDs for six and 12 months.
The board also voted to commit $3,000 to the Monett Main Street program. The chamber's previous two-year obligation had been completed. Action coincided with the Monett Downtown Betterment Group and the City of Monett voting to continue their commitments to funding the Main Street effort. Funds will be used during the 2012-13 fiscal year, beginning April 1.
Activity at the Monett License Office rose during the 2011-12 fiscal year. McElmurry reported total transactions through mid-March were up by a little over 400, mostly in new car purchases and also in more driver's licenses.
The license office will be open on March 31, continuing the practice of being open the last Saturday of the month.
A new product is now available at the license office. Handicapped placards placed on dashboards tend to crack after extended exposure to sunlight. McElmurry said a plastic cover is now available for $3.