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!
Platte- Clay Electric Cooperative sponsored the July Chamber Luncheon with box lunches prepared by Ventana Gourmet Restaurant. Jennifer Grossl, Communications & Marketing Manager, introduced Platte-Clay Electric Board President Debbi Koechner. Also in attendance were Dave Christianson, Energy Auditor, and Linemen Brad Mick and Seth Henry. Platte-Clay Electric Co-op is a member-owned rural electric company serving residents and businesses in a seven county area that includes Clay and Ray counties. The company, which began in 1938, is associated with Touchstone Energy, and is among the fastest-growing cooperatives in Missouri.
During the luncheon, attendees viewed a slide presentation that featured how the local company has partnered with other service providers to benefit impoverished countries through the NRECA International Program. Those countries include Bolivia, Liberia, Haiti, Southern Sudan and Guatemala. The co-op has participated in four of these projects and hopes to continue the important work of “trying to put more power all over the world”.
In 2019, both Brad and Seth participated in missions to Guatemala. They shared their stories of installing 204 miles of wire to bring power from the countries hydro dam to villages in the rugged countryside. Preparation included land clearing and the digging of 6-ft. deep holes for the posts to be set. The villagers partnered to do the preparation work, most all of it by hand with machetes, clearing the way for the linemen. “These are the hardest working people I have been around,” stated both Brad and Seth. In addition to bringing electricity to the villages, the linemen also ran the services into the individual homes, installing two light fixtures and two outlets per household to approximately 20 homes per day. A video in the slide program showed the expressions of the village children when power was turned on in their school building for the first time.
Platte-Clay Electric Co-op has offices in Kearney and Platte City. For more about their services and educational programs, contact Jennifer at 816-903-7310 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The July Member Spotlight was Itchin’ To Go Travel, managed by Anna Sue Spohn. Anna Sue brought information about how COVID-19 has impacted the travel industry and how people can still vacation safely during this time. There are 330 million jobs worldwide that depend on the travel market. While most people think of travel pertaining to weddings and honeymoons or family vacations, the market also include travel for film making, concerts, sports events, and corporate travel. “We are open domestically for travel,” said Anna Sue. Requirements for travel to other countries, however, sometimes changes daily and travel inside the U.S. may require temperature checks for airports and hotels and wearing masks and social distancing for most states.
As a travel expert, Anna Sue works with her clients to create safe, exciting travel packages. According to Anna Sue, there are still some small, secluded beaches that travels could be enticed to. Amtrak has created vacation packages for vacationers with various cities across the country. Our own south Missouri provides beautiful wine country escapes for a good getaway. Ocean cruises … not so much, however, Missouri provides two exceptional riverboat cruises that are open. “2021 will be wonderful,” said Anna Sue, “but get your reservations in early.”
Itchin’ To Go Travel is partnering with Willow Spring Mercantile to provide a Fall Wine Tour to Augustus, Mo., November 6-8. Give her a call at 816-900-1312 or visit her Facebook page.
For information about the Featured Business of the Month, Liberty Hospital, click here.