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!
Excelsior Springs School District was the sponsor of the September luncheon, catered by Excelsior Springs Golf Course. Lewis Elementary Assistant Principal Katie Andreasen, speaking above, was joined by other Early Childhood Center staff to provide information on programs. the ESSD has five early childhood education options. The program serves 122 students, ages 0-5. There are currently eight half day programs and one full day program. The half day programs are structured to have three year olds in the morning and four year olds in the afternoon. Six of these classrooms contain students with special needs and also typically developing peer models. Two are founded through Title 1 funding. The full day program is a Head Start based classroom within the district. Student families must meet the eligibility requirements to receive placement in this classroom. The Early Childhood Center is active in the community, offering events such as ECC Parent Council Meeting, Dental Screenings, Community Forum, Parents As Teachers (PAT) Play Dates on Fridays, Halloween Story Time in the Park, Safety Fair Car Seat Checks, events for Father and male guardians, Parent Vitality Cafe, and more. If you know of a child that would benefit from preschool education, contact Kathy Taylor at 816-630-9293. The Center is located at 113 Line Street.
The Chamber Business of the Month is Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives. Speaking on behalf of the Museum was volunteer Kathy Duncan. An additional 500 persons visited the Museum this year than in the same time period as last year to view “The Hubcap as Art” display. The Museum provides six new displays each year. The Museum & Archives is managed completely by volunteers and depends on donations. On October 20, the Museum will sponsor a Trivia Night fundraiser, followed by the annual dinner. The dinner will be a celebration of the Museum’s Golden Jubilee year, held at the Montgomery Event Venue. Kathy promised that there would be a very special guest at the dinner and invited everyone to come dine with Harry Truman.
The archives of the Museum number approximately 33,000 items. Volunteers estimate thousands of records still need to be cataloged. The Museum also offers research for area businesses, with free research on Fridays during 2nd Weekends. The Museum also features ancestry research and is creating an inventory of obituaries with photos. For more about the Chamber Business of the Month, click here.