If everything goes according to plan, this will be my last update for a while. I am scheduled to have total hip replacement surgery this Tuesday (10/18). I hope to be back in action sooner rather than later and keeping you up-to-date with everything the Chamber and tourism has going on.

This week, I added some new “Featured in Photos’ on the Chamber’s Facebook page. Be sure to go to that page and check out pictures from ROYAL ROOFING AND SOLAR…PRECISION BODY SHOP…REMAX TRUMAN LAKE…SEEDS OF FAITH PRESCHOOL…SERRANO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT…SCHULTZ TRACTOR AND MACHINE SERVICE…SERVPRO OF HARRISONVILLE/BELTON/RAYMORE AND SHERWIN-WILLIAMS. You can also see other photos and videos from the past that were posted to the Chamber’s Facebook Page.

On Wed., I attended the monthly Board meeting for Clinton Main St. During the meeting, one member of the Board said that they had heard from someone that the reason the final Cruise Night for 2022 was cancelled was because Clinton Main St. and the Clinton Chamber were not getting along. “Are you kidding me?” was my reaction. I would just like to let everyone know that since I started at the Chamber more than two years ago, the Chamber and Main Street have gotten along great, have helped each other with many projects and will continue to work together for the betterment of Clinton and this area. Last Saturday’s Cruise Night had to be cancelled because there were not nearly enough volunteers available to put this on.

Don’t forget the 8th Annual Clinton Main Street Wine Stroll is Oct. 22nd. For all the details, please call Bree at 660-885-2121.

Congrats to Stephanie Stephenson and Lori Watson, our first two callers with the correct answer on Thursday. They each won two tickets to this Sunday’s Chiefs-Bills game, courtesy of the Clinton Tourism Association.

License plates from all over the Country…Atomic Hog BBQ…Tents…Bicycles…Music…and plenty of people. The Henry Co. Fairgrounds Sunday was the staging area for this year’s Bicycle Across Missouri. Special thanks to the Fair Board and Comm. Center.

Congratulations to Moreland Day Care! Celebrating 45 years of teaching, loving, caring, hugging, playing and so much more. On Wed. morning, our Ambassadors Committee and some other folks stopped by Moreland Day Care to celebrate with Vickie, her staff and all those kids!

Happy 30th Anniversary to Gregg Smith Ford Lincoln! Congratulations on the first 30…and here’s to at least 30 more! On Wed., our Ambassadors Committee and others were on hand to tell Gregg and Preston good job on the first 30 years and best of luck in the future.

Schreiber Foods Career Fair; Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 8am – 11am Apply, interview, and get hired on site Hamburgers and hot dogs!

“Murder They Wrote” Join the Retired Super Sleuths Sat. Oct. 15th at 7pm for a night of non-stop twists, turns and murder…Enjoy a hefty appetizer buffet while you unravel the mystery! Tickets are $25 in advance and available at ReMAX Truman Lake or by calling 660-351-0362. This is a limited seating mystery theatre special. It will be held at the Heartland Pavilion, 108 North Washington.

Care Connection launches Kinship Connection program in Clinton. If you are one of the estimated 3 million older adults raising their grandchildren in the United States, Care Connection can provide support for your family. Care Connection has partnered with ParentLink of University of Missouri and Friends of the Library to present a regular support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children in Henry County. The new group is part of the Kinship Connection program to serve relatives raising children. The group will meet in the Community Room at 123 E. Green St., Clinton from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month starting Nov. 16. Participation in the group is free, but registration is preferred. To register, call Tammy Wilkey at 660-438-3300, ext. 3, or Lisa Lewis at 1-800-748-7826.

From the Clinton Animal Shelter: Looking to add a fur baby to add to your family? Give us a call at 660-885-7999 or stop by. Let us help you find your new forever friend. Monday thru Friday 2pm to 6pm and Saturday noon to 4pm. You do need an appointment for a Meet & Greet with the dogs.

Looking to see a good Halloween display? Clinton has a few of them, but the “Skeletons on Ohio Street” definitely deserves your attention. It’s also a VERY POPULAR destination for trick or treaters each year. Tami would love for you to stop by.

Be sure to check out the new directory that the Chamber had put together by E&M Publications. You can find it right now on our Facebook page and on our website, www.clintonmo.com.

The Clinton Senior Center is recruiting volunteers who care about aging adults in the community to serve on its Center Services Board. Volunteers will be asked to serve a few hours a month. If you are interested, call Wilson at 660-885-3482 or visit the center at 970 E. Sedalia.

We preach it a lot, but I’ll say it again; Shop and Buy Local First. Many if not all of our businesses in Clinton are needing you to buy from them. Here’s a note to our Chamber Members and anyone and everyone looking for employment; The Chamber of Commerce continues to receive calls…people come in…and email us about jobs that might be available in and around Clinton. When we see our Chamber Members post information about job openings, we do share that to our Facebook page. However, we’re pretty sure we don’t catch all of those job opening posts. Please remember that YOUR Chamber is here for YOU. If you (a Clinton Chamber of Commerce Member) have any job openings that you are posting or if you want us to post it for you on our page, just let us know. Let us help you find employees! Send your job openings to: david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com. If you are not a Chamber member, we can still post your openings on our Facebook page for $25.00. If you have any questions at all, email us or call 660-885-8166.

You can be ‘Featured’, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. READ MORE HERE: You want your business to be featured but you don’t want to be recorded. We can do that with pictures and a story. The day after Labor Day last year, the Clinton Chamber began our ‘Featured with David Lee’ program. If you are a Chamber member, you could be ‘Featured’. We recorded more than 50 videos in the fourth quarter of 2021 and filled the Chamber’s Facebook page with those videos of our Chamber members. The videos featured business owners, managers and others getting the message out to the public. The Facebook posts featured the interview and photos of area businesses. Once a week for a month, the ‘Feature’ was brought back to the top of our Facebook page. After a month, of course it will still be on our Facebook page. HOWEVER, we realize not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera being interviewed. So, David can come to your business, take some pictures and you can tell him what you would like the Chamber to say about your business and we’ll include that info along with the photos. We will post these photos along with your information on the Chamber’s Facebook page and update it on our page once a week for a month. So contact us at 660-885-8166 or email david@clintonmo.com. We are also still recording the videos as well if you would like to do that. It’s just another service of your Clinton Chamber of Commerce.

We have several committees here at the Clinton Chamber and volunteers are always welcomed. Our committees include Academic Excellence, Agriculture, Ambassadors, Military Affairs, Olde Glory Days and Tourism. If you would like to get involved in helping to move Clinton forward, just call, email, stop by or if you see me out and about…let’s visit!

The State of MO and the Clinton Chamber of Commerce are working to get jobs filled. If you are looking for a job or if you are looking for employees, we are here to help: IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER OR A JOB SEEKER we want to remind you of Missouri Job Center resources supported by your tax dollars. There are two great locations at 515 S. Kentucky Ave, Sedalia P.660-530-5627 and 621 E. Highland Ave, Nevada P.417-448-1177. We offer an amazing website https://jobs.mo.gov/ that can be conveniently utilized from your personal computer. A chat feature has recently been added to assist with questions. You may also call during business hours and receive one on one services over the phone. Job Centers are eager to assist employers and job seekers in your community.

Don’t forget, if you’re a business owner and belong to the Chamber, be sure to update those Facebook pages so we can share your information on the Chamber’s Facebook page. Be sure to like us on Facebook: Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce or check out www.clintonmo.com.

We are writing a lot of checks to Chamber member businesses as they either bring in or mail to us gift certificates they have received. Joyce and I are also going to businesses to complete this process as well. People buy these to give to friends, family, co-workers, employee of the month, as a thank you and so many other reasons. Call 660-885-8166 and order your gift certificates. They will be ready when you get here.

We get about three or four inquires each week from the public about places to rent in Clinton. We do have a list of landlords we give to them or email. If you have houses or apartments to rent, make sure the Chamber knows about it so you will be on the list.