The Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors tapped both of its alternates at the August meeting, filling vacancies due to resignations.
Jeremy Vanderbol and Russ Moreland, newly elected board members, tendered their resignations due to time conflicts. Taking their places are Rhonda Schilly, with Drury University, and Todd Schubert, with Farm Bureau Insurance.
Chamber executive director Jeff Meredith received formal board approval to shift some of the hours at the Monett license office. Meredith said the change was an effort to make office hours better fit the schedules of its customers.
Instead of being open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the office is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Meredith hoped the earlier half-hour would prove more convenient once word of the shift circulated.
The office will also be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 to 5 p.m. during the last four business days of the month. The move drops the last Saturday morning of the month. Use of the drop-off box is still available, Meredith added.
To help the staff, the license office will be closed at noon on Christmas eve. The office previously stayed open after the chamber office closed.
Another new service introduced for the staff is a 401K for retirement savings. The service will be administered by Jim Haston with Edward Jones Investments.
In upcoming activities, the chamber will host a Fifth Friday coffee from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, at the Monett Job Center, formerly the Missouri Career Center, at 100 S. Maple. The occasion will provide members with a networking opportunity and a chance to see the work of the Job Center, which is playing a key role in finding positions for the Hydro Aluminum staff losing their jobs in the pending closing.
The Industry Council will next meet on Sept. 10. Planning has begun for the next Festival of Flavors in November and the Festival of Lights. The chamber will host a chalk walk art contest for the next Broadway Nights, which will be held in October.
The community has been invited to suggest a theme for this year's Christmas parade, Meredith said. Rod Anderson is serving as event coordinator.
Recipes are still being accepted for the new edition of the chamber's cookbook. Submissions can be dropped off at the chamber office, located at 200 E. Broadway.
The fall session of Leadership Monett has held its retreat and the first classes. Twelve people are participating and sessions have gone well, Meredith said.
Directors talked about the small business forum Meredith recently organized. A spin-off group planned to meet at noon on Aug. 27 at the chamber's community room.
Four new members joined the chamber in the past month. They are: DC (Professional Dance Company) Studios; Bates Sales Company, an industrial power transmissional sales firm from Pittsburg, Kan.; Johnson Heating and Cooling; and Kum & Go on Highway 60 in Monett.
The next board meeting will be Sept. 19.