November 14, 2017
A bi-monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

Beat the Rush...Order Early!!!
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The Holidays are always a busy time...for you and for your Chamber! Why not beat the rush by placing your Chamber Gift Certificate order early this year? 
Just call us at 417-256-4433. Let us know how many you need, for what amounts and the date you will pick up! We do the rest and have them ready and waiting!!! 
Here's a check list just so you don't forget anyone...we probably could think of more! 
  •  Employee Gifts
  •  Teachers
  •  Admin Professionals    
  •  Grandparents
  •  Stocking Stuffers 
  •  Minister
  •  Babysitter
  •  Bus Driver
  •  Hostess Gifts
  •  Doctor
  •  Dentist
  •  Neighbor
  •  House/ Pet Sitter
  •  Work Exchange
  •  Pet Groomer
  •  Mail Carrier
  •  Co-workers
  •  Cleaning Person
  •  Teacher 's Helpers
  •  Hair Stylist
  •  Coaches
  •  Secret Santa
  •  Sunday School Teacher
  •  Handyman
Upcoming Chamber Ribbon Cuttings
RIbbon Cutting
Steve Bunn Construction, LLC
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
1:30 p.m.
508 Porter Wagoner Blvd.
New Location!

Bartlett Moving Services, LLC
Thursday, November 30, 2017
11:30 a.m.
401 Jefferson Avenue (Chamber Office)
Membership Directory Advertising will soon be available!!!

The Chamber will begin advertising sales for the 2018/2019 Chamber Membership Directory beginning in December!!!
Watch for spaces will go fast!!!

Chamber Office Closing

Wishing our members, their employees and families a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday. We are thankful for each and every one of you! Your investment in the Chamber and our community really does make a difference!  

The Chamber Office will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.
Christmas Assistance Program

West Plains Chamber Non-Profit Alliance helps coordinate Twelfth
Community-wide Christmas Assistance Program
Christmas can be a difficult time for some of our area citizens. Many families in West Plains struggle with limited resources. During the holidays those resources are spread, often too thinly. It becomes difficult for parents to provide any kind of Christmas cheer for their families. Not knowing where to turn only adds to the frustration.
For the twelfth year, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Alliance, along with Ozark Action, representatives from WP R-7 Schools, West Plains Area Rural Schools, Law Enforcement, Businesses and other community groups, have joined forces to form a Community-wide Christmas Assistance Program to help those in need.
West Plains' families in need of assistance can pick up an application form at the Ozark Action office located at 710 East Main Street in West Plains. The Committee compiles a centralized database of those who have applied. This helps prevent the duplication of services and provides the ability to serve more of those in need. This year's application deadline is November 22, 2017.
Once returned, the Committee reviews each application and then tries to match an appropriate agency or donor with the family/individual in need. While filling out an application does not guarantee assistance, the committee makes every effort to help each qualified applicant. Last year, with the help of the agencies involved plus donations from area businesses, individuals, organizations and churches, they were able to serve over 1200individuals and families.
In order for this program to be successful, the committee is asking for community involvement. There are many different ways to lend assistance to this program. Conducting a toy drive, adopting a family or making a donation are just some of the ways to get involved. The Committee explains eleven different ways to lend aid on a donor form that is available at the Chamber office. For planning purposes, donor forms are due December 1, 2017.
If you, your company, organization or church would like to help someone this holiday season, the Committee can match you with someone in need. If your group already has an assistance project in place, please consider sharing the names of those you help with the Christmas Assistance Committee. They will eliminate those names from their master list, and free-up resources to serve even more people.  For a donor application, please call the Chamber office at 417-256-4433. 
Chamber Christmas Parade

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 9th.  This year's Parade theme is " A Year to Give Thanks ".  The Parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Porter Wagoner and Missouri Avenue, travel down Porter Wagoner past People's Park, rounding the corner onto West Main, and then disbursing at the corner of West Main & Preacher Roe Blvd. at the 4 way stop.
Parade entry forms are available at the Chamber office, 401 Jefferson Avenue.  All those who wish to participate in the Parade must register in advance.  A panel of judges from neighboring communities will evaluate entries on Originality, Workmanship and Relevance to the Parade Theme.  First and Second Place prizes will be awarded in three categories: Commercial, Religious and Miscellaneous, plus an overall Grand Prize.
Mark Your Calendar!
The West Plains Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the West Plains Civic Center. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner and awards to follow at 7:00 p.m.  

Nomination forms are now available at the Chamber Office or they can be emailed to you. Your nominee can not win, if they are not nominated!
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