New programs for the Monett Chamber of Commerce were discussed during the May and June meetings of the chamber board of directors.
The chamber cookbook will return this fall with a another batch of favorite recipes from the community. Local residents and restaurants are invited to share how to make some of their best dishes. Ethnic dishes will be welcome as well. Submissions should be taken to the chamber office at 200 E. Broadway.
Jeff Meredith, chamber executive director, hoped to have the cookbook ready for the Festival of Flavors in November. Chamber administrative assistant Adriana Salas is the cookbook editor.
The chamber has become a partner in the National Career Readiness Community, a service available through the Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center. Meredith explained a career-ready community shows prospective employers that qualified workers are available.
The service relies on having perspective employees, including high school graduates entering the workforce, take the Career Readiness Community test that documents their skills. The test can be taken through the Missouri Career Center office at Maple and County Road in Monett.
The chamber uses completed tests to tell employers interested in coming to Monett that workers are present and available.
"This is a way to make the Monett area that much more attractive to companies looking to bring people to the community," Meredith said.
Plans are beginning for the chamber to host a lunch for small businesses. Meredith said he found considerable interest in forming a body comparable to the Industry Council that will give small business operators a voice.
The chamber will have an intern this summer through the work experience program. The intern will be provided through the Joplin office of A/O Employment. Meredith said the intern will work on transferring records to a digital format.
A new program through the Missouri Chamber of Commerce will fund three scholarships to send high school students to leadership training in July through the Students for Leadership and Practice program. The purpose of the program is to build leadership skills in young people that will translate into future community involvement.
A membership mingle is planned for Wednesday, June 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Family Room Steakhouse.
Chamber members will host a public performance by the Bluecoats on Wednesday, July 18. One of the top eight marching drum and bugle corps in the nation, the Bluecoats will be making a return visit after stopping in Monett last year on their way to competition in Fort Worth, Texas. They will run through their routine at 7:30 p.m. at Burl Fowler Stadium. The public is encouraged to attend.
The chamber is providing water for the band members and will help collect donations at the gate to cover the group's travel expenses.
A fifth Friday coffee gathering is planned for Sept. 29 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the new office of the Missouri Career Center at Maple and County Road. Chamber members will be able to tour the facility and learn about how the service helps train and connect prospective workers with employers.
In recent events, Noel George reported more than 100 people attended the annual Prayer Breakfast on May 3.
A total of 108 golfers from 27 teams participated in the Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament on June 1. The goal for next year's tournament will be to have 144 golfers participate.
The Air Putt tournament promotion using a hot air balloon from RE/MAX Properties proved to be a crowd pleaser. Meredith said the balloon may be back for next year's event.
The chamber's membership drive is continuing. Meredith reported 12 new members have signed up since April 1, compared to 22 who joined in the entire preceding year.
New License Office staff
Two new employees have joined the staff at the Monett License Office. Tammy Culpen, who previously worked at the license office in Sarcoxie, started work on June 18. Anna Garcia began work part-time in early June. Meredith said the addition of Garcia again makes bilingual service available at the license office.
Activity at the license office has remained steady through May and June, Merdith said.
Ex officio member Dennis Pyle reported the "Broadway Beat" newsletter was distributed in May in both English and Spanish versions. Adriana Salas has been working with the Monett Main Street program to network information with the Hispanic community.
The next chamber board meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 25. Meetings will now regularly start at 5 p.m.