December 2, 2020
Andrew County Museum
President Becky Gall welcomed everyone to the meeting. Andrew County Mutual Insurance sponsored the meal. The Ugly Duck Supper Club catered the meal.
Becky reported that North Central Missouri College has purchased the old McCarty Motors building. They plan to consolidate their programs from Bethany and Maryville and bring them to Savannah.
Cindy Taylor, Chamber Assistant, Cindy filled in for Mary who was unavailable to attend. The new business in Savannah is North Central Missouri College. The Chamber Community Support Campaign has exceeded all expectations. The flowers for the nursing home residents had a goal of a hundred $25 donations and received 140. The flower order will be divided between Landers Flowers and The Blooming Branch. The Adopt A Family had a goal of raising $1000, so far this has raised $1260. This allowed all seniors on the list to be adopted. There are still families that need adopted, to help please call 816-408-0450. Treats for Teachers is a donation to give gift certificates to Andrew County school teachers. These gift certificates will be from local restaurants who belong to the Chamber. Nominating season is here, watch your email for the Chamber Board slate and then e vote next week. The "Welcome" signs have had the design approved and are in the process of being made. There will be spaces on the back for businesses to advertise. Cindy thanked Andrew County Mutual for sponsoring the meeting.
Annual Banquet -01/29/21 5:30 pm at the Clasbey Center. The theme will be "Maskquerade" There will be a mask decorating contest.
Introductions and announcements from members:
Christina Melton, Bank Midwest, Christina said that their lobby is still closed. Business has been good.
Nancy Wilson, RSVP, She reported they are doing their best to service their senior clients at this time. RSVP will be having their main fundraiser on December 11th. This is the chicken dinner, which will be available through drive thru pickup. The cost is $8 for adults, children 10 and under $4 and children 3 and under free. The drive thru will be open from 11:00am to 1:00pm, or they will deliver to your business. This would be a great way to treat your employees to lunch.
Leah Garcia, Freudenthal Home Health/Hospice, was present.
Erin Gardner, North Central Missouri College, Erin said that they have recently purchased the old McCarty Motors building. There is a huge need for some technical and health occupation classes in this community. They will start with community education classes first and then add more technical classes. They will also accept the A+ program.
Brian Hansen, Savannah School District, was present.
Mike Gallagher, Wells Bank was present.
Stacey Cole, Creations was present and wished everyone a "Merry Christmas".
Felisha DeSpain, Andrew County Mutual Insurance, wanted to thank everyone for coming.
Ray Furst, Andrew County Mutual Insurance, Ray informed us that you could have them check on your insurance policies with no obligations.
Jason Sarsany, Edward Jones, Jason said there were around three to four openings left for the 2021 Leadership Savannah class. This is an awesome program. The class will start in January with a two day retreat.
Brent Rosenauer, The Savannah Reporter, Brent said their latest big stories were the Andrew County mask mandate and the North Andrew football team playing in State finals. He encouraged business owners to call them to do a story for the paper. They are also offering an Ambassador Space to businesses with low price advertising. Brent also passed out the latest addition of The Savannah Reporter to all in attendance.
Wakefield Hare, Greater Than Financial, Wakefield reported that he is ending his Chamber term. He expressed how important he felt that the Chamber unifies a lot of different people in Savannah. Wakefield thanked North Central Community College for choosing to locate in Savannah. Thanks to all those who have agreed to be on the Chamber ballot, it's a great opportunity.
Dean Kratochvil, DK Pharmacuticals, Dean reported that he has not traveled to any show or distributors this year, but has had the best year yet. Ivy Cottage had been closed for a few months, but is now open and business is picking up. Ivy Cottage is celebrating their 25th year in business.
Mary Kay Lyle, ReMax Realty, Mary Kay said that business has been good this year.
Chad Higdon, Second Harvest Community Food Bank, Chad said there would be a food drive at Brothers Market on December 3rd. Most of the food that will be collected will go to the Campus Cupboard program. The Fresh Mobile Pantry will be at the First Baptist Church in Savannah on December 22nd. They are seeing a lot of first time recipients.
Eric Kurre, Savannah School District, There is not a lot going on from now until Christmas. He's hoping after first semester the high school can go back to in person learning. He's very excited about North Central Missouri College coming to town and being walking distance from the high school. There is even a possibility they could share teachers. He hopes to keep kids in school and less quarantines.
Jan Glenn, Andrew County Museum, The Winter Event is going strong. There are twenty one trees and 5 wreaths along with twenty five groupings of items available for the raffle. There is also two $100 cash prizes and a $200 cash grand prize. This year you can come in person to purchase raffle tickets or purchase them on line. They will do a live Facebook event to announce winners on December 12th. This upcoming year (2021) is the bicentennial for the state of Missouri. The museum will have the Missouri State Quilt on display in November 2021. Keep your eyes open for future programs.
Becky Gall ended her year as Board President by closing the meeting and asking for people to share a positive thing they have encountered this year.
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