Join us for our monthly networking luncheons!
Each month, our members are invited to a FREE networking luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month (except April). The luncheons are from 11:30am to 1:00pm and are held at the Montgomery Event Venue, except in December when we meet at the Elms Hotel and Spa for our holiday luncheon, pictured above. The luncheons are sponsored by various businesses and organizations in our community. Dollar donations are accepted at the door to benefit a local non-profit.
Each month a business card is drawn for the opportunity to be a featured Chamber business of the Month, so members are encouraged to bring their business cards and participate. The business selected will be featured on the Chamber website for a month, and will have the chance to talk briefly about their business. Plus, there are door prizes at each luncheon too. An average of 100-125 people attend, so it’s a great opportunity to meet other business people in our community!
The City of Excelsior Springs sponsored and catered the November luncheon. The luncheon meal was prepared by Kris Bishop and staff of the Excelsior Springs Golf Course.
Jesse Hall, pictured at right, updated the attendees on the progress that has been made with membership and programming since the opening of the Community Center. A video featuring Donald and Linda Sloan was shown, talking about the benefits of the Water Aerobics program. Jesse thanked those present who had worked for the passage of the Community Center initiative and luncheon attendees received a complimentary day pass.
Also speaking on behalf of the City were School Resource Officer Mike Lewis, who talked about the Shop with a Cop program that provides about 25 local kids an opportunity to shop for Christmas for their families and themselves. The program has benefited over 100 students since it began. “Walmart has been a tremendous supporter,” said Officer Lewis. “I look forward to it and I know our officers do.”
Dean Berry provided updates on the progress of the Golf Course Clubhouse. Dean will be working to make sure course revenues grow. The golf courses is working to implement new packaging for month-to-month play that will include other city amenities, such as the Community Center. A focus on adding younger members and providing new opportunities for the lady golfers is also planned. The new dining facilities when the new clubhouse opens will be renamed the Golf Hill Grille. The clubhouse is expected to be complete by the end of December this year. “We have a great golf course,” said Dean. “I think many people don’t know it.”
Nate Williams, Director of Parks & Recreation, also spoke. He said the department gets a phone call almost daily asking about the new dog park. The dog park, located adjacent to Century Park, is slated to open in the Spring of 2019. A ribbon cutting will be planned “with snacks for owners and their dogs”, he said. Dirt is being spread out to level some of the low areas. Most amenities have been installed. He also updated on the purchase of the old Rainbow Swim Club property, which will be converted to a new splash park. The department is in the final stages of a grant application that would help fund the project. The annual Piccadilly Gala also provides funding for the project and a pre-sale of tickets for the event will be held in January for the April event.
The Chamber Business of the Month is Main Spring Arts Studio and Galleries. Gary Lemmons, President, pictured at right, spoke on behalf of the association. The new enterprise began approximately a year ago, formed under the wing of the Excelsior Springs Cultural Guild. A home was found in the Masonic Center at the corner of Main and Spring streets. It features a gallery, private students and supports local artists and students. “It’s a beautiful place. The Arts Association is thrilled to be there,” said Gary.
“We want you to come. We have a lot of things going on,” Gary said. There are membership meetings held monthly that are more of a social than business, with a speaker provided. Anyone with an interest in the arts is invited to attend. For more about the Chamber Business of the Month, click here.