One month ago (10/18), I was having total hip replacement surgery at GVMH.  I would like to thank all of the folks at GVMH that took care and continue to take care of me before, during and after my surgery.  Much to the amazement to everyone, and myself, I made it back to work exactly two weeks after my surgery.  The first two weeks back were only on a part-time basis.  I have gone from using a walker to now using a cane and I hope to be walking on my own in a week or two.  I would also like to thank Joyce Carr and Mark Dawson here at the Chamber for keeping this Chamber moving forward.  More on that in just a moment.  A big thanks also goes out to the Board of Directors of the Clinton Chamber as they were supportive during the time I missed work.  Finally, thanks to everyone who has reached out over the past month asking how I’m doing and if I needed anything.  As long as my wife Bretta is by my side, as she always is, I am doing just fine.  Now, about the Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism since the last time I talked to you on Oct. 14th:

The Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is giving you the chance to get free money! Our “150 to get 25” promotion is underway! All you have to do is buy at least $150 in Chamber gift certificates and we’ll give you an extra gift certificate worth $25. That’s right, spend at least $150 with us and you’ll get an extra Christmas gift worth $25 for someone, or yourself! This promotion will end at 4pm on Dec. 23rd. We are open Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm. If you would like for your gift certificates to be ready when you come in, just call ahead and tell us how much you are wanting to spend and any names you may want on the cards. Gift certificates can be used at most of our Chamber-member businesses and you can find all of our more than 400 Chamber members on our website, www.clintonmo.com. To order your gift certificates or if you have any questions, just call 660-885-8166 or email david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com. We are located at 200 South Main St. Only one free gift certificate per household.

It’s Nov. and it’s time for the Holidays! You may think the Holidays don’t actually begin until after Thanksgiving. However for the Greater Clinton-Area Chamber of Commerce, we are ready to give you a chance to win…several chances to win, actually. It’s the Clinton Chamber’s Third-Annual ‘Receipt to Receive’. Right now, folks can bring in or email a receipt from a Clinton Chamber-member business and they will then be entered to win. Thus, Receipt to Receive. At the Chamber, we will copy, scan or print that receipt and get your name and phone number. Keep in mind that the item or items on your receipt has to be at least $25 in total and those items need to be purchased from members of the Clinton Chamber to be entered, but you can enter multiple times each week with different receipts. Each week, those receipts will be entered into a drawing to win $25 in Chamber gift certificates. We will give our prize away each Monday. To be entered to win each Monday, you must bring at least one receipt to the Chamber that previous week. All qualifying receipts will be eligible for our grand prize giveaway. On Dec. 23rd at noon, we will take ALL those receipts entered and draw the big winner of $200 in Chamber certificates. We are open Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm at 200 South Main St. The Clinton Chamber of Commerce is giving away $375 in Chamber gift certificates with our seven weekly winners and that grand prize winner of $200 in Chamber gift certificates. You can find a list of Clinton Chamber members when you go to www.clintonmo.com, call the Clinton Chamber at 660-885-8166 or look for the Clinton Chamber decal near the front of each business. You can email david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com.

Please join the Chamber and welcome Main Street’s new Executive Director, Amanda Johnson! Amanda is no stranger to the community as she’s originally from Clinton, and graduated in 2004. Later, she and her husband, Ben Johnson, moved back in 2017. They have two children, Maleah who is 14, and Bennett, 10. They’re very active in Clinton Schools as their children participate in cheer, basketball, dance and pageants.

Welcome New Chamber Member:  St. Croix Hospice  811 Westchester Ave  Harrisonville, MO 816-380-3912  www.stcroixhospice.com  We listen to patients & families to understand their individual wishes for the end-of-life journey, with a focus on comfort and quality of life, our teams across the Midwest provide care with dignity and respect.

Clinton Senior Center invited The Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and our ambassador’s to join them for lunch for National Chamber of Commerce Day! We want to send a big Thank you to Kathy and her staff for having us!

Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s celebrated with Legacy Memorials for their 10th Anniversary! Congratulations  From their Facebook page:  Monuments, Vases, Flags, Flagpoles & More. Marty Loyd has experience in masonry and construction  938 N. 3rd St, Clinton  660-492-5433  www.legacymemorialsclinton.com

Welcome New Chamber Member:  The Dalton House  816-507-6451  The Dalton House exist to be a lighthouse for community members to find refuge, support and education related to trauma, grief and loss.

Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated with Timothy P. Meyers & Co., P.C. on their 35th Anniversary! Congratulations  From their website:  We provide a wide range of services to individuals and businesses in a variety of industries. Our firm strives to meet each client’s specific needs in planning for the future and achieving their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment.  www.timmeyersscpas.com  660-885-3919.

Welcome New Chamber Member:  Sweet Vanity Beauty Salon  Hair cuts-men and women, colors, specialty colors, extensions, styles, updos, perms, waxing services, conditioning treatments.  1733 E Ohio Clinton 660-924-3222.

Welcome New Chamber Member:  Blush Boot Camp-Clinton 1832 E. Ohio 660-223-2149.  www.blushbootcamp.com  Fitness boot camp for women. Blush boot camp is different from other facilities and after your first session, you’ll understand why. We are a boot camp studio that is focused on empowering women through fitness. Blush Bootcamp understands the daily battles that women have to go through, whether it’s rearranging their schedule to accommodate their families or staying late at work to have to support themselves.

Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Ambassador Committee held a ribbon cutting with Clinton Candle Co.  Congratulations to them on their new business!  135 W. Franklin St Clinton  660-351-1695  Clintoncandleco.com  From their Facebook page: Candle bar + market. Come create your own custom candle or shop our hand poured candles & more!

Clinton Chamber Ambassadors and Clinton Main Street helped Bread of Life celebrate their 10th anniversary. What a beautiful store in Downtown Clinton. Here’s some info from their Facebook page: Christian Hallmark Gold Crown store. Bibles, cards, gifts, books, keepsake ornaments, toys, jewelry and more.  130 S Main St. Clinton  +1 660-885-2909  Breadoflifebooks@yahoo.com  Breadoflifehallmark.com

Welcome New Chamber Member:  Pivot Group Investments LLC  913-362-1120  www.pivotgroupinvestments.com  Pivot Group Investments are working to create affordable housing and rental opportunities along with other amenities in town.

All the snowflakes are rebulbed and ready!  A huge thank you to Bill Thole, Dave Garnett, Gene Henry! Also a huge thank you to Clinton Christian Academy 7th and 8th grade kiddos for all their help!

7th Grade:  Kaylana Scott

Katie Largent

Brooklyn Wisniewski

Hadley Hyke

Parker Lowe

Gauge Schlagle

Allie Thornton

Abram Dody

Collin Higgins

Elizabeth Chavez-Walter

Miyah Carmichael

Kylee Mount

Sophia VanNatta

Kynlee Stocking

8th Grade:  Jake Williams

Carissa Compton

Emma Hansen

Oliver Mosley

Clark Harmer

Vivian Cronhardt

Kyler Foley

Maggie Foster

Jacob Wombles

Chloe Long

Thanks to the Clinton Elks Lodge and David Cummings, the Clinton Chamber has two brand new flags just in time for Veterans Day. We would like to take this time to thank all Veterans for your service to this great Country.

Heartland Community Theatre presents the Mistletoe Homes Tour Sunday, December 4th, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The tour will feature three beautiful older homes within a couple blocks of each other, fully decorated for the holidays!

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Switzer Law Firm on the square, Designers Edge or from Linda at ReMax. Last minute tickets will also be available at the Heartland Community Theatre pavilion between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. on the day of the tour. You can tour the homes in any order – but be sure to drop by the Heartland Community Theatre pavilion for refreshments!

The Clinton Chamber Announces It’s Small Business Season: Support Local Clinton and Henry Co. businesses. Throughout the holiday shopping season, the Chamber is encouraging consumers to “Think Small” and earmark at least part of their holiday spending in support of local small business.  Mark, David and Joyce at the Clinton Chamber remind you that small business is the backbone of our economy. 64% of our new jobs in the US come from small business. When people spend their dollars locally, more money stays local. On average, for every $100 spent locally, $68 of that stays here.