Clay County COVID-19 Recovery
Clay County Recovery Plan

Please see the attached guidance for the official Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan . We hope this will provide more insight into what this gradual process will look like for our community and provide guidance to businesses and individuals. More graphics and tools will be provided on our website at .

As we remain in Phase 2, Step 2 of recovery, please note the following changes to the Clay County Public Health Emergency Order, which will go into effect June 16. You can find the full document attached and also find detailed info and guidance at

All parts of Public Health Emergency Order Amended 05312020 dated May 31st, 2020, remain in place with the following exceptions:
  • All business and organizations, occupancy restrictions are relaxed to 50% of the entity’s authorized building/fire code occupancy.
  • Gatherings including but not limited to, religious services, weddings, funerals of 50% of listed occupancy may continue provided physical distancing is maintained.
  • Relaxing the maximum allowable attendance at mass gatherings to 250 provided physical distancing is maintained.
  • Public/Neighborhood Association Pools are limited to 50% of the bather load within the pool enclosure
and is set to begin 12:01 A.M., June 16th, 2020 and set to expire on 12:01 P.M., Sunday, July 5, 2020.

Member Announcements & Events
At the time of the COVID-19 stay at home order we were in the beginning stages of appointing and organizing the Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee made the decision to put nominations on hold as we didn’t feel it appropriate to ask anyone to consider a board roll when change was ever constant and members were fighting for their business and personal safety. Thankfully, the three directors who were due to complete their terms in April, agreed to extend their position in the interim. Now that the economy has reopened and restrictions are beginning to relax we are ready to move forward in the relentless pursuit of a vibrant and prosperous business community thru new board leadership.
Executive Committee
The Board of Directors met in person (while social distancing) for the June 23 Board Meeting. During this meeting, the Board elected new officers. I am pleased to present to you the new Kearney Chamber Executive Committee:
  • President: Gerri Spencer
  • Vice-President: Brian Watts
  • Treasurer: Jason Hoyt
Jennifer Grossl will continue on the board as Immediate Past President. We are grateful to our outgoing officers Jennifer Grossl and Bree Switzer . The leadership these two ladies demonstrated was exemplary and set the tone for the future of the chamber.

Terms Ending
Three amazing Kearney Chamber Board Members are finishing up their terms at the end of the July: B ree Switzer, Shawn Barber, and Sheri Gillespie . We are grateful for all they brought to the board table; their dedicated leadership and service will be deeply missed. Although they are leaving the board they don't get off that easy, we will definitely be tapping into their knowledge and skills moving forward.

Board Elections
It is our hope and plan to make Wednesday, August 5th our next full Membership Luncheon (watch for location details). We are making plans for a safe and socially distant event. Our guest speaker, Dr. Matthew Miller , Incoming KSD Superintendent, will share his entry plan as-well-as insights on the pandemic.  At this meeting, per our by-laws, the Nominating Committee will present a slate of nominees for Directors to the general membership for vote. We have three seats open and three candidates the Nominating Committee is presenting for election. This slate of candidates includes: Adam Mustoe ( First United Methodist Church) , Heather Billings ( 9Round Kearney) , and Jewelee Cox ( Tobacco Barn Farm) . Additional nominations for Director positions may be made from the floor at the August meeting by any member in good standing.

Adam Mustoe
Heather Billings
Jewelee Cox
Nominating Committee
Each year the Board President appoints a committee of at least three people, known as the Nominating Committee, to present a slate of nominees for Directors to the general membership. the Nominating Committee is comprised of one person from each standing committee, who is not a Board member. This years committee members were Debbie Holt (Marketing Committee), Pam Crow (Finance Committee), Shaney Othic (Nonprofit Forum), and Tina Rankin (Ambassador Committee). We are grateful for the extra time and effort these individuals gave to find champions for the chamber, and for their quick and efficient work.
At Sam’s Club, we realize that in today’s environment it is not advisable to hold live membership drives with your employees at your physical location. Therefore, I’ve been authorized to provide you with the special new member offer below that you can give to your employees as a special benefit. This offer should be distributed through company channels and is only good for employees of your company.

Get this offer when you join as a new Sam’s Club member* using this link: 
• One Sam’s Club membership with complimentary household card 
• One $25 Sam’s Club e-gift card
• One Instant Savings for a free rotisserie chicken (in-club only).
• $20 e-gift card after purchase of $20 or more on 

*Must join as a new Sam’s Club member for $45 through the link provided to qualify for this offer. E-Gift card will be sent to the email address provided when joining on and will arrive within 10 days. Only one gift card per primary member. Gift card may not be used to pay for membership fee or select services. Limited availability. No substitutions or rain checks. No cash value. $20 E-gift card for first online purchase on must be made within 60 days of activating membership and eGift Card will be delivered approximately three weeks after your first purchase on Instant Savings for the free chicken is valued at $4.98. Instant savings will be loaded on membership account within 72 hours of membership activation. Instant Savings are subject to availability and are valid in U.S. clubs with a U.S. membership, excluding Puerto Rico. Prices shown are pre-tax amounts. State and local laws may require sales tax to be charged on the pre-discounted price. For Club Pickup orders not paid online, savings will be based on and limited to the Instant Savings offers available to the paying member on the date of in-club payment. No money will be returned to the member if the price of the item falls below zero after applying Instant Savings discount. If more than one Instant Savings offer is available for an item, the highest-value discount will be applied. Multiple offers will not be combined for any item. By accepting this offer, you authorize annual recurring charges to any card on file for your Sam’s Club membership fee(s) plus any applicable taxes at then-current rate every year until you cancel. Visit or a club or call 1-888-746-7726 for full terms or to cancel autorenewal. Visit or see a Club Associate for additional details. Offers valid for limited time only

For questions contact:
Sara Winingear, Membership/Marketing Representative
Sam's Club #6247
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MO Chamber
Employees and consumers alike are seeking out more socially responsible companies, and organizations have taken notice. More and more companies are taking intentional action to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for employees. During this 4-week series on Tuesdays at 10am, we will explore best practices and inspire frank discussion around this critical issue.
The Kearney Chamber is partnering with the Missouri Chamber to bring you the upcoming Diversity and Inclusion Webinar Series (July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4). Upon registering, Kearney Chamber members can use this promotional code to receive the Missouri Chamber member rate:
  • D&ISeries2020 (Promo Code for the whole series)
  • D&ISegment2020 (Promo Code for the individual segments)
In addition, the Kearney Chamber will earn $10 for every registration that comes from your community. Registrants MUST use the promo code provided AND list the Kearney Chamber as the referral source in order to qualify. 

Registration and full details can be found on the Missouri Chamber website at:
Again, registrants MUST use the promo code provided AND list Kearney Chamber as the referral source in order to qualify for the Missouri Chamber member rate.

  • Members: $150 (All 4 sessions) or $50/session
  • Non-members: $200 (All 4 sessions) or $65/session
We have a strong line up of state and national speakers to help employers navigate through this complex issue. Our hope is that this offer will help provide additional value to Kearney Chamber members.
Watch on demand: Unemployment update webinar

In July the Department of Labor will shift back to charging employer accounts for unemployment claims, requiring individuals to search for work and waiting a week to be eligible for unemployment. The state is also highlighting how shared work can be a useful tool as businesses bring workers back. Learn more from DOLIR Director Anna Hui and Strategic Communications Director Dee Rose in this free webinar.
Free webinar content,
just a click away

The Missouri Chamber offers a wide variety of free content from experts around the state to help answer employers' most pressing questions about doing business in a COVID-19 world. Recent webinars include: 
  • How to host virtual internships
  • What employers need to know about the CARES Act
  • Building resilience during supply chain disruption
  • Guidelines for a safe return to work
  • And many others. 
Meetings & Events
Mark Your Calendars:
June 29 – Nonprofit Forum
July 3 – Independence Day (Chamber Office Closed)
July 14 – Ambassador Committee Meeting
July 16 – Off The Clock & Ribbon Cutting
July 20 – Coffee Connections at D’Creamery
July 21 – Marketing Committee Meeting
July 28 – Finance Committee Meeting
July 28 – Board of Directors Meeting
August 5 – Membership Luncheon

Visit the Chamber Calendar for more information on Chamber meetings and events.
Off The Clock | Ribbon Cutting

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Coffee Connections at D'Creamery

Please join us July 20 for Coffee Connections at D'Creamery - Limit 40 attendees (registration required)! Coffee Connections is the perfect time for you to grab a yummy breakfast, a hot cup of coffee, and make connections that will last a lifetime!

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