March 3, 2021, Clasbey Center, Savannah
Mary Ingersoll welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked the City Of Savannah for being the host and sponsoring lunch. El Rey Papi's catered the meal.
Mary gave the blessing before the meal.
Mary Ingersoll, Chamber Director, Mary reported that there are still opportunities to sponsor or host a Chamber Meeting for the May through December meetings. Cost of sponsorship is $350.
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Thursday 03/11/21, 10:00 am, there will be a ribbon cutting at Cabin Coffee.
Tuesday 03/23/21, 7:00 pm, a Candidate Forum for the candidates running for School Board will be on Zoom and then sent to Facebook Live. There are three candidates running for two open positions. Ken Rosenauer will be the moderator.
Friday 03/26/21, 7:30 am, a Legislative Connection Breakfast will be held at The Space Between with State Senator Dan Hegeman and State Representative Dean VanSchoiack. Sponsorship is available for the breakfast.
Immediately following this, a ribbon cutting will be held for The Space Between.
Wednesday, 04/07/21 12:00 pm, the April Chamber Meeting will be held at the Andrew County Youth Building (4-H) on the fairgrounds. Rolling Hills Library will be the sponsor.
Dr. Eric Kurre, Chamber President, Dr. Kurre welcomed Jerry Baker as the new Chamber Board member. Jerry will replace Kirk Larson who is unable to attend Chamber Board Meetings due to work conflict. The School District will continue to have students and staff wear masks, although Andrew County has lifted the mandate. This should help keep the quarantine rate low. Teachers and Staff should be receiving the Covid vaccine in the near future. The high school will have Prom this year on 04/24/21, with outside dates allowed. The location is yet to be determined. Summer School will be held this year and the 2021-2022 calendar should be coming out soon. Plans are to hold a parade on 05/20/21, which is the last day of school. This will honor Spring Sports and Seniors and will try to have things as normal as possible.
Keli Morris, Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation, Keli reported that Leadership Savannah will meet on Tuesday 03/16. The topic of the meeting is Exploring Small Businesses. They will be going out to small business from 1:00 to 2:00 pm to visit. If you know of anyone looking to start a business please refer them her way.
Leah Garcia, Freudenthal Home Health, They have started a new tandem bicycling
program for Parkinson's patients. They now have eight bikes and it is going very well. Looking to expand with more bikes in the future.
Jeff Leake, Village Storage, Jeff said they have all kinds of storage to offer. Small personal storage, boats, RV's and shipping containers. They also offer fireworks in the Summer.
Mike Gallagher, Wells Bank, Mike is the past Chamber Board President. He's been spending most of his time at the bank and brought along his customer Gary Howard who owns the Comfort Center.
Rachel Piper, Wells Bank, was in attendance.
Jessica, Manager of Sonic, Jessica said open interviews are going on now at The Space Between. This Sonic will be the first in Missouri to have the new look the Company is going forward with. She is excited to see the new look with the color scheme of red, white and blue. Jessica said there will also be an actual drive up window. They are hoping to open mid to late March.
Gina Lucas, University of Missouri Extension, Gina is the nutrition and health specialist with the Extension. She gives educational programs on these topics. If you need or are interested, please give her a call.
Jason Sarsany, Edward Jones, was in attendance.
Brad Jarvis, Clean Freak Auto Spa, Brad said the car wash has been busy lately. He is looking to remodel, by tearing out the old automatic and putting in a new one. He also sells cleaning supplies to car washes, detail shops and dealers in the four state area. Brad is starting to plan a customer appreciation night at the car wash in the next couple of months. He would close down for an evening and bring in entertainers and food.
Cindy Esely, Andrew County Treasurer, reported that last month's sales tax was the lowest she has seen since 2007. She will continue to monitor this closely. The County Commissioners have let the mask mandate expire on February 28th. Cindy is also a volunteer at His Princess Boutique. This is a free program for girls/boys to receive dresses and tuxes for Prom and other formal events. It had started out slow, but has picked up since area schools are starting to announce if they will hold a prom this year. She said this is such a good ministry for our community.
Erin Gardner, North Central Missouri College, Erin said that they are moving forward with getting up and going at their Savannah location. They plan to have community education classes first and then education classes in the Fall. They are looking for adjunct professors, please send them her way. North Central Missouri College really wants to be a part of this community and is wanting to sponsor any activities/opportunities in the community, please let her know.
Chad Higdon, Second Harvest Food Bank, Chad has some open positions for a warehouse supervisor, warehouse drivers/workers and also a CDL driver. They have been very busy. Chad wanted to also share that the Andrew County Rotary Club is having a Disc Golf Tournament fundraiser on 04/24/21.
Chanda Proffit, Nodaway Valley Bank, Chanda is a new Chamber Board member. Chanda wanted to add that the Andrew County Rotary Club Disc Golf has two divisions, recreational and pro.
Jerry Baker, City Councilman, Jerry said that the City is focusing on contracts for the sewer and water programs. Please see him with any concerns regarding the City.
Chad Fulton, Fulton Construction, Chad builds new residential homes and also works on septic systems, water lines and utilities.
Jill Weaver, Rolling Hills Library, Jill reported they are still open. They are still requiring masks to be worn inside the library. The Sock Drive they recently held brought in 700 pairs of socks, the Belt branch collected a few more. These will go to Andrew County schools and Andrew County Ministries.
Stacey Cole, Creations Engraving and Embroidery, They offer engraving, embroidery and personalized gifts. Come see them on the Square.
Leigh Spicer, The Sports Page, Leigh reported they are working on their fifth year of business. They offer t shirts, screen print, vinyl, decals and embroidery. See them for any needs you have. Leigh is also Vice President of the Chamber Board.
Brent Rosenauer, The Savannah Reporter, Brent reported that he had attended two exciting ball games. The North Andrew boys won and are now one game away from the final four. The Savannah girls lost. He is working on creating a community events calendar. This will be web-based and also printed in the newspaper. The Chamber will work with them to add events on the digital sign on Hwy 71.
Ken Rosenauer, The Savannah Reporter, Ken said they will soon be moving to the Square. They are relocating to 5th and Main in the old Mexican Restaurant. Cliff Brothers Construction owns the building and are renovating it. They hope to be moved by April and are excited to be back on the Square.
Jan Glenn, Andrew County Museum, They are excited to start planning events. On 03/20/21 they plan on having an informational meeting for making an Andrew County quilt during this Bicentennial year for Missouri. Jan would like to do an Andrew County quilt, looking for squares of Andrew County. They would have quilt blocks due in May and they have quilters that have volunteered to put it together. The State Quilt will be on display for the month of November at the museum.
They currently are open on Saturdays, but starting right away for a couple of months they are going to be open only a couple of Saturdays a month. They are going to try to be open an evening each week until 7:30 pm, starting March 23. Kathy Ridge will give a program that night at 6:30 pm on family history and genealogy, she is an expert in this field.
Getting ready to do a program on the Rural Electrification Act in October. The local Electric Co-op started in 1936. They are looking for items and stories for this program. They need to start collecting items from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Get with Jan to be in a focus group about what is important for these eras. They are hoping to do their kids camp in August and their tractor event on June 12. This is also the year for the all school alumni event to be held on the SHS homecoming on October 9th.
Brian Hansen, Assistant Superintendent of Savannah School District, was in attendance.
Cindy Taylor, Chamber administrative Assistant, was in attendance.
Mary thanked everyone for coming.
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