December 2016 Volume 20  Issue 10

Happy Holidays

From Your Friends at The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce, We Wish You All a Very Merry Christmas and an Incredibly Prosperous New Year!!

Don't forget to shop LOCAL this holiday season! Support the Small Businesses who Support our Communities!
Inside this Edition
Chamber Closed
Gone, But Never Fogotten...
Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade
Holiday Investor Meeting
Tushies & Toes
Installation Banquet
Chamber Trip
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
16 Tech Gadgets for Christmas
The Boss's Christmas Wish List

Welcome NEW Investors!!

Thank You for Continuing to Invest in Our Chamber!!

Friends in Action Clubhouse
Since 1996

Busenbark Granite, LLC
Since 1996

Since 2011

Kevin Ball Auto Body & Sales, Inc.
Since 1996

OzarcGas Equipment & Supply, Inc.
Since 2011

Proffer Produce
Proffer Wholesale Produce
Since 2012

Serenity Hospice Care Serenity HospiceCare
Since 2010

SEMO Family Violence Council
Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council
Since 1997

The Pasta House Co.
Since 2003

The River Worship Centre
Since 2016

Giggle Break!

Office Holiday Memo

To:  All Employees 
From: Management 
Subject: Office conduct during the Christmas season

Effective  Immediately: 
E mployees should keep in mind the following guidelines in compliance with  FROLIC 
(the Federal Revelry Office and Leisure Industry Council).
  • Running aluminum foil through the paper shredder to make tinsel is discouraged.
  • Playing Jingle Bells on the push-button phone is forbidden (it runs up an incredible long distance bill)
  • Work requests are not to be filed under "Bah humbug."
  • Company cars are not to be used to go over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house.
  • All fruitcake is to be eaten BEFORE July 25.
  • Eggnog will NOT be dispensed in vending machines.
In spite of all this, the staff is encouraged to have a Happy Holiday.

All I Needed to Know About Life I learned from Santa
  • Encourage people to believe in you.
  • Always remember who's naughty and who's nice.
  • Don't pout.
  • It's as much fun to give as it is to receive.
  • Some days it's ok to feel a little chubby.
  • Make your presents known.
  • Always ask for a little bit more than what you really want.
  • Bright red can make anyone look good.
  • Wear a wide belt and no-one will notice how many pounds you've gained.
  • If you only show up once a year, everyone will think you're very important.
  • Whenever you're at a loss for words, say: "HO, HO, HO!"

Visual Giggle

Happy Holidays!!

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Chamber Office to Close - 
December 13 through January 2

The Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Office will be closed beginning on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 and continuing through Monday, January 2, 2017.

Due to staff health issues and the holidays, access to voicemail and email will be very limited.  If you need assistance, please be patient, and someone will return your email or voicemail at our earliest ability.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  It is our goal to have normal operations return beginning on Tuesday, January 2, 2017.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Super Prosperous New Year!
Gone, But Never Forgotten...

Kelly Valle, Board Member & Friend
January 5, 1955 - November 29, 2016

Members of the Park Hills Leadington Chamber Board of Directors would like to extend their deepest condolences to Susan Ward Valle; Children, Grandchildren, and Family Members of Susan & Kelly Valle; Kelly's KFMO & B104 Radio Family; and everyone who is morning the loss of this incredible man.

Kelly was presently serving on the Chamber board and has been an active Chamber Family Member since 1987. He has served 3 terms on the Chamber's Board of Directors, 30 Years a s an Investor, 3 years as an Ambassador, 2 terms as 1st vice-president, 1 term as 2nd vice-president, and 2 terms as President.

He was instrumental in coordinating and executing the historic Flat River Grand Prix for many years. As you can see in the photo above, he loved and always helped out with the Chamber's Annual Firecracker Run, as well as many other Chamber ribbon cuttings and events. He was a founding member of the Park Hills IDA, and has served several years on the Park Hills Planning & Zoning Commission, as well as the Park Hills Board of Adjustments. He has contributed so much to this Chamber... this City... this Community... and more importantly, Our Lives.

He will be missed so very much and I can easily say that he will never, ever be forgotten... Much love, Kelly, from your Chamber Family; Sending many prayers for all those grieving your passing.
Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in The 2016 Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade

From everyone here at the Chamber Office, we want to say a heartfelt "Thank You" to all who participated in this year's "Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade"!

Whether you were our sponsor, a parade participant, a vendor booth host, our entertainment, a volunteer, an organizer, a parks or street department worker, a police officer, a marketer, or a spectator, you played a very important role! We need each and every one of you in order for this event to be successful --- and suc cessful it was!!

As I rode in the parade for the second year in a row, I am excited to say that the community really stepped up this year! There was hardly a bare spot from parade beginning to end along the route! I would venture to say that spectator attendance doubled as compared to last year!

As always, we are keeping notes to ensure more and more improvements for next year, and we hope that you will again be apart of this fantastic holiday event in 2017! Mark your calendars -- next year's parade will be on December 7th!

Congratulations to the Winners of this year's Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade!
  • 1st Place - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War & Auxiliary (Winning the Championship Trophy, A Fabulous Gift Basket of Goodies from Hefner Furniture & Appliance Farmington, Mo, and $200 Cash!)
  • 2nd Place - First State Community Bank (Winning $150 Cash)
  • 3rd Place - American Home Care - Park Hills (Winning $100 Cash)
Thank you to all who participated in this year's parade! Each and every Float was beautifully designed! We wish we could have awarded you all prizes! We thank you for your contribution to this Community & our Chamber! 

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas, and an Incredibly Prosperous New Year!
Holiday Investor Meeting - December 20

The December Investor Meeting is a Special Holiday Meeting!  This meeting will be held at Elizabeth Hall and will last 1/2 hour longer than regular investor meetings! 

Join us for a special Chamber "Holiday" Investor Meeting on December 20, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Elizabeth Hall in Leadington. Lunch is being catered by Glenda Straughn this month.   There is no set fee for lunch this month, however, we will be accepting cash donations. Any proceeds made from the luncheon will be used to purchase more socks & undies for the Chamber Cares Tushies & Toes Holiday Drive.
Special  HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT by the  Central High School Sing Choir with a limited business agenda and lots of time for networking!

Because we've had so much fun with it holiday's past, we're again having a GIFT EXCHANGE!  Bring a WRAPPED GIFT, with your BUSINESS CARD ATTACHED for the exchange!  What better way to promote your business/organization than to capture someone's (or, in this case, possibly everyone's) attention with a gift?! 

Remember, creative wrapping of your gift is sometimes the key to being the "most wanted" gift on the table.  If everyone is fighting for your gift, chances are, your business/organization will be highly remembered before the gift is even revealed! 

We will also be doing the Final Collection for the Chamber Cares Tushies & Toes Drive at this meeting.  If your business or organization is a collection point, or if you would simply like to donate items, we ask that you please bring all your donations to this meeting.  We will be taking a photo of all the donations and collection point sponsors.

This is an Excellent Relationship Building Opportunity!  And, you never know what other little "Holiday Surprises" might be in store for you!!

Monthly investor meetings provide Chamber investors with a variety of information through guest speakers.  Topics range from small business information to governmental issues and assistance to community interests.  Monthly meetings keep investors abreast of current chamber happenings and provide an excellent networking opportunity.

Register Your Attendance Here:     December Investor Meeting 

Third Annual Tushies & Toes Drive:

The Annual Chamber Cares - Tushies & Toes Drive is a Holiday Drive for Children's Underwear & Socks Hosted by: The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce

Area Businesses & Organizations will be Collecting New Undies and Socks for Children Pre-School - 11 Years
  • Undies Any Size from 0 to 12
  • Socks Any Size From 1 to 10
Benefiting Children of Central R-3 Schools.

Drop off your donations at any of the following locations now, through December 20, 2016:
  • American Home Care - 905 E. Main Street, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Belgrade State Bank - 414 N. State Street, Desloge - Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Bottoms Up Bar & Restaurant - 201 House, Park Hills - Tue-Sat: 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
  • Daily Journal - 1513 St. Joe Drive, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (*Donations made here entitles you to FREE assistance in activating your new or existing Full Access  DJ Subscription!)
  • First Bank - 1000 E. Main Street, Park Hills -  Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. -  4 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • First State Community Bank - 365 West Main Street, Park Hills - Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Heartland Memorial Services - 1823 Hwy. 8, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Hefner Furniture & Appliance - 4850 US Hwy 67, Farmington - Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • KFMO/B104 Radio - 804 St. Joe Drive, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Missouri Baptist University - 507 East Woodlawn, Leadington - Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m
  • Missouri Job Center - 403 Parkway Drive, Suite A - Mon - Wed & Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Mueller Ace Hardware - 3412 Rosener Road, Park Hills -  Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • NHC Desloge - 801 Brim Street, Desloge - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Proball  Cages & Activity Center - 103 St. Francois Plaza, Leadington - Mon-Fri: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat-Sun: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (*Donations made here entitles you to 10% Off Cage Rental!)
  • Special Memories - 210 Woodlawn Dr., Leadington - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • University of Missouri Extension - 1 West Liberty, Suite 101, Farmington - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chamber Investors are can Bring Donations to a sponsoring business or the December Investor Meeting.  Sponsors should bring all donations to the December Investor Meeting for a Photo Op.
Installation Banquet to Feature "The Royal Dumpe" - One of St. Louis' Longest Running Dinner Theater Groups

You're invited to the Chamber's Annual Installation Banquet on Friday, January 20, 2017!

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with social hour; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment by "The Royal Dumpe"!
At this year's Installation Banquet, we will Step back into 16th century England with King Henry VIII and his bevy of wenches!  It's a riotous night of bawdy, naughty, but never really vulgar, merry making and song as you are transformed back to the days of yore!

About The Royal Dumpe Dinner Theater
The Royal Dumpe Dinner Theater opened in 1973 on the historic Laclede's Landing in St. Louis, Missouri. It has St. Louis's largest dinner theater cast, and has run with the same script since it opened. 

The show is a fun mix of songs, audience participation, jokes by the Fool and other cast members, as well as some story telling.  It has several variations to its show, including a Christmas style show.

It is billed as the poor man's Medieval Times, featuring a bevy of busty wenches, all improvisational comediennes who will stay in character throughout the evening. The evening delivers non-stop corniness, with tons of off-color humor and a visit from Henry VIII himself. 
Its current owner, Jim Dannek, plays the role of Itchy Rumpe (an Innkeeper) who keeps watch over the ruckus house, until his Majesty, King Henry VIII, arrives. Along the way you meet a familiar cast of characters, including his jester, Master Patch Piece, Rosie Rumpe, and a slew of other cast members with equally bawdy names. 

Of its type, no other "medieval style" dinner theater has been entertaining guests as long as The Royal Dumpe has.   Learn more about The Royal Dumpe Here.

Also on the Evening's Agenda
As always, we will install the 2017 Board of Directors and Officers at the banquet, and there will again be a number of awards presented to various chamber investors and deserving individuals.  Awards include the Chamber's "Friend" and "Lifetime Achievement Award".

Reserve your tickets now.  The cost is $25.00 per person in advance and $30.00 per person at the door.

For more information, or to reserve your tickets, call the Chamber office at 573-431-1051.

We hope you'll plan to join us for a contagious evening of spontaneous fun!

Save the dates have been emailed & official invitations to arrive in the near future!  Watch your mailbox!

Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Invites Chamber Investors and Community Members to Enjoy a Trip to Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast!!

The Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce is excited to announced that it will be visiting irresistible Southern Italy & Amalfi Coast, departing October 26, 2017  and is inviting chamber investors, and family and friends of chamber investors to join them on this once in a lifetime experience.

Rich in culture and stunning scenery, irresistible Southern Italy is the setting for this breathtaking journey. Enjoy an eight day journey back to the old country where you will explore not one, but many Italies. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, find yourself relaxing in the town of Sorrento or sight-seeing along the Amalfi Coast, which includes gorgeous places such as, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. On this remarkable trip you will also encounter the world famous archeological site of Pompeii. The beautiful Amalfi Coast awaits you with its great food, historical sites and beautiful architecture, providing an unforgettable Italian experience.
"This is truly an amazing opportunity to participate in an international journey to irresistible Southern Italy, where program participants can experience the country's culture, learn about its business climate, and make new friends," said Tamara Coleman, Executive Director.
Space is limited, so act fast. Don't miss out on this opportunity to visit irresistible Southern Italy, exchange ideas with local business representatives, make new friends, and build new memories.

For more information about this amazing trip please call the Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce at (573) 431-1051 or email the chamber at
Investor Announcements
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Investor News
Investor Events
How often do you check the Chamber Events Calendar?
Looking for something to do?  One of the best places to get you event fix is on the Chamber's website.  Click the event link to find out more about some of the great events coming soon:
And this is only a few of several events coming in August!  See the entire list on the Chamber's Online Event's Calendar !

Investor Job Listings
Your fellow Chamber Investors have Employment Opportunities available now!
Are you, or is someone you know, looking for employment?  We've got the low-down on some of the area's current job openings!  Look who's hiring right now:
Find out what other local companies are in need of employees on the Chamber's Job Listings page!  

Investor Deals
Have you checked out this month's Hot Deals
on the Chamber's website yet? 
Don't miss out on these Chamber Investor's "Hot Deals" available on the Chamber's Website!
Check our Hot Deals page often -  New Deals Added Regularly!!

Would you like to receive notifications each time new deals are added to the website?  If so, CLICK HERE and subscribe to the "Hot Deals eNewsletter" and we'll send you an email each time a new Hot Deal is available!

Seminars, Training & Workshops  
Are you looking for opportunities to improve on something old or learn something new?  We have several learning opportunities, business and personal interests, for you and your employees listed on the Chamber's Event Calendar!
Various training opportunities are offered by Chamber Investors and the St. Louis SCORE ( St. Louis SCORE offers free business counseling and resources, low-cost workshops, and free business scan services. ) See what benefits YOU
Find out more about these and other upcoming seminars, training opportunities and workshops on the Chamber's Seminars, Training, and Workshops page!

All About Business 
Interesting business related articles to help exercise your brain, peek your curiosity, increase your knowledge, or simply to make you smile; all intended for finding ways to enhance your business.
These 16 Tech Gadgets Are a Must-Have This Christmas

By: Rhett Power, Co-Founder Wild Creations
Image Credit: Getty Images
What to get that tech geek in your life.

I know its Thanksgiving when my business partner starts playing Christmas music throughout the office. But that has nothing to do with this post. It just means its time to start shopping for that tech geek in your life. Whether you're looking for something special for that friend or family member, here are 16 tech gifts you can put on your list.

1.  Amazon Echo-Dot ( $49.99 at Amazon)
The little sister of Amazon Echo, this gadget is essentially the next coming of Siri. With the help of Alexa, you're able "to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more," per Amazon.

2.  NES Classic Edition ( $59.99 at Best Buy)
One of the greatest gift finds for the gamer on your list. This plug-and-play version of the Nintendo Entertainment System comes with a controller and HDMI cable to connect to your modern TV. Once set up, you can play Super Mario Bros. and other classic games included with the system. The drawback? It's sold out pretty much everywhere. You will need good luck and timing to score this gift.

Continue reading here:     16 Tech Gadgets for Christmas

The Boss's Christmas Wish List

By: Geoffrey James, Contributing Editor,
Image Credit: Shutterstock Images
What every entrepreneur really needs this season and in the New Year.

Dear Santa:

I been pretty good this year, so I'm going to ask for a lot, but they're all things I could really use in the month ahead.

1. Humility.  Please give me the ability to put my own contributions into perspective and remember that, without employees, there would be no bosses nor would any work get done.

2. Clarity.  I don't want my team guessing about what I really want them to accomplish, so please give me the ability to direct their activities in clear, simple sentences that everyone will understand.

3. Forbearance.  When I feel that I can do a certain job better than the team member to whom I've assigned that job, I tend to micro-manage, so please give me the wisdom to coach when asked but otherwise avoid interfering.

4. Perspective. Please help me to keep my expectations and plans reasonable, to give my employees sufficient time to get the job done, and to assign the right tasks to the right people.

Continue reading here:    The Boss's Christmas Wish List
Wishing You a Joyous Holiday & Prosperous New Year!