Join us for our monthly networking luncheons!

Each month, our members are invited to a $5 networking luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month (except April). The luncheons are from 12 to 1:00 p.m. 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. An average of 100-125 people attend, so it’s a great opportunity to meet other business people in our community!

The March meeting was opened by Brian Rice, Chamber Director. He thanked the Excelsior Springs School District for sponsoring the event. Wabash BBQ catered with a selection of its award-winning meats for sandwiches, cole slaw and baked beans. Several new attendees were present and were given a chance to introduce themselves and say a little about their businesses. Brian then invited School Superintendent Dr. Jaret Tomlinson to the podium.

Jaret invited those in attendance to attend the upcoming “A Night with the Band” on April 4 at the Montgomery Event Venue and support the Tiger Pride Band. He then gave an update on the construction of the new Lewis Elementary School. “We conducted a walk-through yestereday and are ahead of schedule and under budget,” said Jerrit. “January of 2025, students will move in.” He then introduced Career Center Director  Ben Rubey to speak.

Benjamin Rubey, Director, Excelsior Springs Career Center“We offer 11 programs at the Excelsior Springs Area Career Center and to students in Excelsior Springs and other communities, including North Kansas City, Liberty, Lawson, Orrick, Kearney, and Richmond,” said Ben. Career and Technical Education (CTE) engages students in active learning that promotes technical skills, rigorous academics, and employability skills.

Ben said that there are multiple points of data used in deciding what courses are offered. “Our classes are well thought out to address local needs,” said Ben. “Technical school is a great opportunity to get a head start on a career.” CTE students graduate high school with a solid foundation for a succesful transition into post-secondary careers and/or college.

Ben said there are multiple ways that a business member can be involved. There are advisory boards that the public can serve on. Also, fall mock-interviews are a great way to be involved and, perhaps, find potential workers.

Ben also talked about the Career Center’s Adult Education programming that provides an opportunity for persons to take a class or teach a class.

For more information, contact Ben Rubey, Director, ESACC, at 816-630-9240 or send an email. The Career Center is located on the High School Campus at 614 Tiger Drive.

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries Assistant Directory Becky PoitrasGuest speaker for the March luncheon was Becky Poitras, Assistant Director of the Metro Lutheran Ministry. Becky was there to inform on services for homeless and at-risk households.

The outreach ministry has a mission to help those in need experiencing housing insecurity.  Assistance available includes help with rent, utilities, childcare payments, food and more. “There is special funding for Clay County residents with children,” Becky said. “We partner with the school district.” There are also funds available to help with eviction prevention.

Their homeless program provides a full time street outreach case manager, assessments to place unhoused people on a HUD coordinated entry housing prioritization list, emergency needs, basic needs, and a 30-day voucher is available to Clay County families with children for hotel stay. MLM participates in the Balance of State Continuum of Care. “We are getting ready to do outreach and assessment to 89 counties,” Becky said.

During the last week of January this year, Becky said that MLM helped with the Point in Time Count of homeless in Excelsior Springs, joined by City Planner Shantele Frie, other members of city staff and the police department. Two homeless persons were connected with. In the counties of Clay and Platte, Becky said there are probably 300-325 homeless at any one time. Currently, they are housing 43 families with children in a hotel environment.

“While it may not be very visible, homelessness does exist here,” Becky said. “We want you to know we are here to help.”

In the Northland, Metro Lutheran Ministry can be contacted at 1100 Northeast Vivion Rd., Kansas City, MO 64118, 816-454-5295. Visit the website for more information on how to access assistance.


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