April 23, 2021

Thanks to improvements in the number of COVID-19 cases reported, hospital capacity and number of residents vaccinated, the Clay County Public Health Emergency Order has been updated and will go into effect at 5 p.m. today.

Key points and changes are:
  • Clay County will move into Phase 3 of its COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
  • All residents 16 and older are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
  • Masks will continue to be required while indoors, however social distancing indoors will no longer be a requirement but a strong recommendation.
  • Masks are no longer required outdoors but are still recommended when social distancing cannot be met.
  • Social distancing continues to be strongly recommended.
  • The order is set to expire Friday, May 28 at 5 p.m. unless it is amended, rescinded, superseded or extended.

For more information about Clay County’s emergency order, recovery plan and more, please visit clayhealth.com/recovery. You can also see a graphic version of the county’s “Road to Recovery” attached.
Member Announcements & Events
Memorial Bench for Bob Tate

In honor of our dear friend and colleague, Bob Tate, the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors endeavors to purchase a memorial bench at Lions Park and invites the business community to join in the effort.
The park bench installed is $2,650 and includes an 'In Memory Of' plaque.

Bob’s bench will be one of seven placed around the new splash pad and playground due to open in June, 2021.

“With this being in our park I think it hits both children and our community, both things that Bob cared deeply about,” said Board President, Gerri Spencer.

All donors contributing to the memorial bench for Bob will be acknowledged in the June 4 Chamber Chat newsletter.

Any excess funds collected for the bench will be donated to the Kearney Food Pantry per his family's request.

The Kearney Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the launch of a new Facebook Group: Kearney Job Board
The Kearney MO Job Board has been created to connect employers with potential employees. A one stop shop for all job postings in the Kearney, MO area.
Join the group and post a job today!
A Meaningful Mother's Day Gift! (Hint: It's Sunday, May 9)
This year skip the expected and give that thing that's unlike anything else. The #ShopLocalKearney Coupon Book contains the 55 best Mother's Day gifts we've found so far! A solid gift idea for your wife, mama, sister, and other heroes in your life. Or, better yet, for an amazingly unique gift they've never seen, give them the Coupon Book paired with Chamber Cash for an unforgettable local shopping spree!

Purchase coupon books at Betty's Place, D'Creamery, Pizza Shoppe, State Farm Insurance-Stella Spiking, Summers Pharmacy, Tracy Tucker State Farm Insurance, Kearney Chamber or Commerce, or order online.
Kearney Clean Up Competition
KSD 6th and 7th grade students are working on a project called "Make Kearney a Better Place". A couple of the 7th grade students, Patrick and Carter, would like to focus their project on an idea for cleaning up trash around Kearney.

They have created a flyer to explain the details. They are proposing a Kearney Clean Up Competition and are asking businesses to get involved by donating items or gift cards for the prizes.

To Donate please contact Teacher, Jennifer Chrane at chranej@ksdr1.net.
Board of Directors
On Tuesday, April 27th, the Nominating Committee presented the following candidates for approval to the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors: 
Michelle Turner, Pizza Shoppe
Carrie McCarthy, Academy Bank
In accordance with our by-laws, a mass email was sent 4/27 to general membership serving as notification of the slate of nominees for the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Additional candidates for directorship can be nominated by petition by Friday, May 7. If there are no petitions filed, the nominations will be closed and the above nominated slate of candidates will be declared elected by the Board of Directors.
All newly elected and appointed board members shall be seated at the regular May board meeting and shall be participating members thereafter. Retiring directors (Jason Hoyt and Siouxsan Eisen) shall continue to serve until the end of the regular June board meeting.
Complete details of the election process can be obtained at the Chamber office. Please call 816.628.4229 or contact Stacie Bratcher if you should have any questions.
Thank you to the Nominating Committee for their diligent service:
Jennifer Grossl, Jeff Fort, Gerri Spencer, Mike Davis, Jerry Singleton, Stephanie Deprenger.
Business of the Month
We are celebrating
Paisley Candle and Home
as our Business of the Month!

Since their Grand Opening in August 2019 Paisley Candle and Home has quickly become a Kearney favorite! Offering a variety of home décor, hand poured candles (thanks to Terry), boutique items, gourmet foods, and even products to show your love of your pets.
This innovative business kept us all in the shopping habit during the shut-down by offering personal shopping experiences, Paisley Pack deliveries, and porch pick-ups.
You can count on the Paisley staff, Melissa and Greg, to help you pick out that perfect gift or accent piece. They are constantly updating and adding items to the store’s unique and stylish inventory with each new season. As if it couldn’t get any better, they added Paisley Perk to the lineup last spring (shout out to Barista, Natalia).
And now, owner Brian Hamm is about to realize the fruits of his labor after planting 2000 tulip bulbs last October.
Drop by to congratulate and support our business of the month !
(Paisley staff pictured Greg, Melissa, & Natalia)
Chamber Meetings & Events
5 – Membership Luncheon
18 – Marketing Committee
20 – Off the Clock | After Hours
24 – Nonprofit Forum
25 – Finance Committee Meeting
25 – Board of Directors Meeting
26 – StrengthsFinder Workshop
29 – Kearney Scavenger Hunt
The Chamber office will be closed May 10-12 as Stacie attends the MAKO Chamber Conference in Branson, MO. Phone calls and email will be monitored as time permits.
Visit the Chamber Calendar for more information on Chamber meetings and events. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Chamber events will look slightly different due to additional safety precautions that are being taken to ensure the safety of those in attendance. Details can be found within each event listing.
Membership Luncheon
Join us for our monthly Chamber Luncheon the first Wednesday of May from Noon-1:00pm at the First Christian Church in Kearney, MO.

Registration is Required! Attendance is limited to 60. A boxed lunch by D'Creamery is included for in-person attendees.
For those who prefer to attend by Zoom a link will be emailed separately.

Deadline to Register: Noon, Monday, May 3.

Thank you to our event sponsor: 
Off the Clock | After Hours
Join us for this come and go networking mixer providing a safe opportunity to meet and network with fellow chamber members and guests face-to-face. Location TBD.

Registration and masks required. 

Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and one free drink ticket. Introductions and door prizes at 5:30pm. Don't forget your business cards!

Strengthening Your Business
Do you have an opportunity to use your strengths every day? Chances are, you don't.
All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

Please join the Kearney Chamber of Commerce and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Adam Mustoe, for this workshop designed to help business leaders understand their strengths.

Registration is Required. Limit of 20 participants for social distancing. Registration deadline is Monday, May 24.
Chamber Photo Contest
ISO photos of your business!
Member Renewals
Above & Beyond Club

Chamber Partners
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