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. 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 the November Chamber Luncheon with box lunches prepared by Willow Spring Mercantile. The $1 Donation from the luncheon will benefit the Excelsior Springs Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program.
Jesse Hall, Director of the Excelsior Springs Community Center, along with Terri Iron, Operations Manager, talked about the role of the Community Center and new programs of wellness for the coming year.
“There are two kinds of wellness,” said Jesse. “Reactive and proactive.” Jesse talked about a Community Center member who began taking advantage of the fitness center after a medical scare. Now the man and his family members are using the center for proactive health fitness. The center offers personal and group training activities, fitness equipment, indoor pool and track.
Local businesses have partnered with the Community Center to encourage proactive wellness, including the Excelsior Springs School District, Ventana and Magna, some of which pay for employee memberships. A nutrition counselor has been added to staff and, coming in 2021, a nurse will be available on staff as well. The Wellness Cafe is now open at the center for the public, offering nutritious drinks. Stop in for a smoothie or coffee.
Terri invited attendees to get involved in 2021 with a new 12-week wellness challenge that will be sponsored by the Community Center. Team of four are invited to participate and can do it in the center or on your own. Learn more about the Excelsior Springs Community Center by visiting the website or Facebook page, #SeeYouAtTheCenter.
Member Spotlights included Slightly Off Broadway and Dance Theatre Workshop. “The dance studio and theater have worked together through many years,” said Tonya Duncan. “My mother began the dance studio in 1945 and now represents three generations. My daughter, Samantha Barrett, now manages the studio.” Originally known as the Lois Duncan Dance Studio, the Dance Theatre Workshop is celebrating 75 years in business in Excelsior Springs. While 30-percent of the studio’s students have scholarship support, with COVID-19 that has risen to about 50-percent. “I want to thank the community for the years of support for students and the studio,” said Tonya. Students participate in productions at the Slightly Off Broadway Theatre.
“We celebrate 40 years of live theater in Excelsior Springs”, Tonya said. “One of our original members, Wayne Day, will be performing in our Christmas Show. The theater was forced to close because of the pandemic, but through support of individuals in the community and a grant from the city, will be moving forward with a plan for the 2021 season. “We will be operating at 50-percent capacity, according to Clay County Health Department guidelines, and will cut two shows this season,” said Tonya.
David Shewell, theater cast member, board member and sponsorship chair, also spoke. “Live theater is very near and dear to my heart,” said David. “It brings community together.” David extended an invitation to businesses to partner with the theater for sponsorships in the upcoming season. Sponsorships include having business name included on show bills, posted throughout the community. If you are interested in supporting live theater productions, please get in touch with David for additional information. Visit the website and watch for upcoming shows!
The Business of the Month is Liberty Hospital. Stacey Hamby, Community Relations Director, gave an update on COVID-19 projections for our area. “We are at a critical tipping point. Next Monday, the Clay County Health Department will impose new restrictions for businesses,” said Stacey. “Our hospital is not at capacity yet. We are not turning away ambulances or needed procedures.” Stacey did caution about attending large gatherings and to take precautions for the Thanksgiving holiday. “Zoom is lifting its one hour restrictions for Thanksgiving day. So you might consider that for your family gathering,” Stacey said. The hospital provided handouts for Thanksgiving planning.
Stacey said that Liberty Hospital will be introducing three new clinics, including Dr. L. Nathan Gause with Orthopaedic for foot and ankle surgery. A new Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic and pulmonology services are also being added. For information about Liberty Hospital, click here.