I would like to thank the Phoebes Group at the Clinton Christian Church for inviting me to be their speaker on Thursday.  A real nice group of ladies listened to me go on and on about my time on the radio, what we are doing now at the Chamber (and how much I love it) and more.  We all had a great time and they asked some really good questions.  So, thanks again ladies!

When you have an idea, but you’re not an artist, where do you go? C Squared on the Downtown Clinton Square. From a ROUGH sketch to reality, we now have some t-shirts for sale at the Chamber!  These t-shirts are now for sale at the Clinton Chamber, 200 South Main St., M-F 8 till 4:30pm. Prices range from $12 to $17.  Go to the Chamber’s Facebook page and you’ll see these Truman Lake/Clinton, MO shirts!

This week, we started working on Academic Excellence.  Getting the students names from Clinton High School and Clinton Christian Academy…ordering medals…sending out invitations to sponsor A.E…setting up times for a ceremony and more, it’s a busy time, but the Chamber enjoys working with these two schools and honoring those students who have excelled in the classroom.

We placed our order this week for the Olde Glory Days banners that will be up and down Second and Ohio streets and around the square from the beginning of May till the second week of July.  In a two-week period, individuals and businesses bought 130 banners that will now be made and probably delivered to us by the end of this month.

Speaking of Olde Glory Days, Joyce and I had our first official meeting with the four OGD chairmen; Dave Garnett, Tim Glasscock, Craig Thompson and Dan Wallace.  Since Dec. of last year, we have already booked seven acts, the carnival, the sound crew and more.  This week’s meeting was to make sure we are getting everything else taken care of so this year’s celebration June 29th-July 2nd can hopefully run smoothly.  We’ll start releasing details for this year’s Olde Glory Days next month! 

David Scott is the Director of Heartland Comm. Theatre’s next production, “The Cemetery Club”. Tickets are available here at the Chamber of Commerce, 200 South Main St. Go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ClintonMO/ to find out why YOU should attend this comedy to die for.

The Eagles Lodge is having a dance and hoping to raise a little money for some repairs at the club.  Dance to the sounds of local musicians, The Jim Lower Trio, at the Eagles on Friday, March 10th. Smothered BBQ riblets with tots or fries is the special and open grill is also available from 5-8. The dance will be from 8pm to 11pm. Open to the public, come out and join us for some fun, food and good music! 723 N. 3rd St. Clinton.

Attention ALL Veterans!!  Don’t forget this Saturday March 11th from 8am – 10am at our VFW Post 1894, we will be hosting our Monthly Shootin’ the Breeze Breakfast for ALL veterans and VFW Auxiliary members. This month’s breakfast will be sponsored by The Bradley Hadley Funeral Home. We hope to see you there for some good food, coffee and conversation!

Amanda Johnson is the Director of Clinton Main Street and she is ‘Featured’ on the first Monday of each month. Watch as she talks about upcoming events and…why does Clinton Main Street exist.  You’ll find this interview on the Clinton Chamber’s Facebook page.

Art for the Ages.  An art auction fundraiser to benefit the Clinton Senior Center.  Live auction, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.  The Clinton Senior Center is at 970 East Sedalia St.  Lunch from 11 till 1 with the auction to follow on Sunday, March 26th.  Lunch provided by Perryman’s Kickin’ Chicken.  Tickets are $15 and that includes lunch and admission to the auction.  Buy tickets at Gallery Three on the Square…the Clinton Chamber of Commerce or at the Senior Center.  Bid on local art and more!

Tax help available at Clinton Senior Center Older adults who need help preparing their income tax returns can get free assistance from the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program at the Clinton Senior Center.  Care Connection for Aging Services, which operates the center, has trained volunteers available to help file federal and state income tax returns, as well as the application for the Missouri Property Tax Credit. The service is available to people 60 and older by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, call (660) 885-3482.  The service is for senior adults who need to file simple returns.  Care Connection for Aging Services is a private nonprofit area agency on aging serving people 60 and older in 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Henry. The agency mission is to provide opportunities for positive aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or visit goaging.org.

The Henry County Library will be replacing the entire roof of the library starting April 1, 2023. This construction will cause changes in normal traffic and parking patterns. Please pay attention to these changes and/or closures. Do not park in areas designated for construction and workers. This project will last approximately 2 weeks but will be dependent upon the weather. Thank you for your patience!

The Katy 225 in Oct. will be run on the beautiful Katy Trail in Missouri. Katy is a point-to-point rail-trail race with ZERO REPETITION! Runners will travel eastbound on the Katy Trail from Clinton to St. Charles. During their 225-mile journey, they will pass through many small towns that dot the Katy Trail. They will see many relics of the old railroad, run along the Missouri River, cross numerous rail bridges, and enjoy plenty of beautiful scenery before ending their adventure in the heart of the historic city of St. Charles.

Henry County Health Center New Facility Fundraiser-HCHC seeks your support to help achieve the mission of promoting health and wellness for Henry County residents. HCHC has a four-tiered fundraising approach to accept donations from community supporters with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsor levels. Funds raised will assist HCHC in purchasing the following items for the new facility:




Each sponsorship level includes unique benefits that are available to donors based on the level of financial contribution.





Henry County Health Center

1800 Community Drive, Suite A

Clinton, MO 64735

All sponsorship donations are tax exempt.

For our Chamber members:  The Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered again with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce our annual Community Guide & Business Directory.  The publication will be available in both print and digital formats.  E&M will manage the entire project, including advertising sales and layout/graphic design.  We have found that they are highly professional and produce a high-quality publication, and we ask that you give them a moment of your time.  E&M will be contacting all members about the advertising opportunities available.  The publication will be mailed to every member and distributed throughout the area – an excellent opportunity to promote and give you additional business exposure.  If you have any questions or want to advertise, please contact an E&M sales associate at 800-572-0011or advertising@eandmsales.com.  As always, your support is appreciated!  If you have any questions for your Chamber, call us at 660-885-8166, david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com

Also for our Chamber business members:  I want to tell you about Amazon Delivery Partners.  The following is from their website:  When customers make their purchases online, Amazon’s people, technology, and operations work together to fulfill their orders. The items are packed at fulfillment centers and then sent to delivery stations. At the delivery stations, packages are prepared to be loaded into delivery vehicles, which is where you come in. Each morning, you’ll lead your team of delivery associates as they load packages into their vehicles and deliver them to customers’ homes and businesses.  You can see Todd Ghys on the Chamber’s Facebook page right now explaining this partnership.    https://www.facebook.com/ClintonMO/   Amazon Delivery Partner Program  E: toddghys@amazon.com | M: 417-848-0920 

For our Chamber businesses: For the past eight years, the Center for Human Services (CHS) Employment Services has been a proud provider of the Summer Work Experience (SWE) program in collaboration with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation. This program was designed to give early employment experiences to incoming high school juniors and seniors with a documented disability, IEP or 504 Plan. Over the course of six weeks, the students are provided with the opportunity to learn a variety of job skills while working at businesses like yours.  The students will be paid employees of the CHS, your only responsibility is to provide jobs/positions for them to complete. An important part of this program is that the students have a real work experience. Each group of students (in groups no larger than seven) will be accompanied by a CHS job coach who will be in direct oversight of all the participating students while working for you. Please respond back to David or Joyce at 660-885-8166 and let us know what kinds of projects you would like help with this summer, we will be happy to visit with you about the program and add you to the summer schedule.   

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you that you can always find job openings on our Facebook page. When we receive job openings from our Chamber members, we post those openings. If you are not a Chamber member, we can still post your openings on our Facebook page for $25.00.  Here’s what we need our Chamber members to do: Send us your job openings. We can put those on our Facebook page.  If you have any job openings now, or if you’re just looking to add potential employees to your list, please email that info to david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com.

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 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.

We have several committees here at the Clinton Chamber and volunteers are always welcomed.  Our committees include Academic Affairs, 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!