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July 16th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jul 16 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of July 16, 2018
Our mission: To improve the overall business climate for our members and quality of life for the community through sponsorship of programs which promote civic and economic development, stimulate growth, and support relevant political action.
Our vision: To foster and facilitate the success of Carthage area businesses, so our community is financially healthy and the people living, working, and playing in Carthage can enjoy a higher quality of life.

All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Quarterly Member Luncheon
Wednesday, July 18
11:45 a.m. • Oak Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care, 300 W. Airport
Reminder only…RSVP deadline has passed
Join us for our next Quarterly Member Luncheon sponsored and hosted by Oak Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care. Representatives from Integris Hospitals’ Generations Behavioral Health Services will be our featured speakers.  Lunch will be $12* for members, $15* for non-members. For info, contact Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
New Teacher Goodie Bags Items Needed
The 2018/2019 school year will have new teachers joining the ranks of our already amazing school faculties in each of our schools. We will hand out goodie bags to these new teachers at the annual New Teacher’s Breakfast Monday, August 6th. If you have any promotional items that you would like to provide for the goodie bags, please let Neely know at nmyers@carthagechamber.com. 40 items will be needed and the deadline to donate is Friday, July 27 at 4 p.m.

Maple Leaf News
See the latest at www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com!
Car Show and Dachshund Race registration, Downtown Closures info, and more information about the Night of Magic...all now on our website www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jul 17 ▪ Marketing Committee meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 18 ▪ Vision Carthage meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 18 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Oak Pointe of Carthage, 300 W. Airport Dr.
Reminder only…RSVP deadline has passed
Cost $12* members, $15* non-members.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 19 ▪ Board of Directors meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 19 ▪ “From Vietnam to Carthage”
3:45-5:45 p.m. ▪ CMR Complex, 1900 Grand Ave.
Reminder only…RSVP deadline has passed
ALL Chamber members are invited to join the Emerging Leaders (CELs) for this very special event.  A video history (in English) of the escape from Vietnam and what happened next.  No charge. For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Missouri Southern State University is now reserving booth space today for their annual Community Day, scheduled for August 22.  For info, call 417-625-9343.

The Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau is working with Spring Hill Press to produce a new map for the City of Carthage. The map is due out in October and will be available in print and digital. Call Spring Hill Press for additional details 1 800-627-8141.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is still taking appointments for their July 20th blood drive, hosted by Carthage Water & Electric Plant.  Late-morning timeslots are still available.  Reserve your preferred time by logging onto: https://donate.cbco.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/120270.  For info, call CW&EP at 417-237-7335.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jul 20 ▪ Kids artCamp (ages 8-14)
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ artCentral Hyde House, 1110 E. 13th St.
Cost $35/class, includes supplies. Student exhibition: July 20 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Through Jul 25 ▪ Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!”
Mon-Tues 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Closed July 4.  Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Through Jul 29 ▪ Annual Membership Mixed Media Exhibition
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. 
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  Opening reception picnic 6/1 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jul 16 ▪ Bi Lingual Story Time with Ms. Janine (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 17 ▪ Building a Business Plan 
1:30-3 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd., Joplin
Cost $39/person.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Jul 17 ▪ Teens & Tweens (ages 7th grade & up) Movie Day
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, 4 p.m. snack provided by Carthage Bright Futures. Featuring “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”. For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 17 ▪ John Day Beach Party & JACC Business After Hours
5:30-7:30 p.m. ▪ SNC Squared, 706 W. 26th St., Joplin
For info, call 417 624-4150.

Jul 18 & 21 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Jul 18 & 19 ▪ Story Time with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 18 ▪ Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Health & Rehab, 1901 S. Buena Vista Ave.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1937.

Jul 18 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 19 ▪ Kids STEAM Activity (grades 3-6)
3:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, 3 p.m. snack provided by Carthage Bright Futures.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 19 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 20 ▪ Blood Drive with Community Blood Center of the Ozarks
8 a.m.-2 p.m. ▪ CW&EP Community Center, 627 W. Centennial
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7335.

Jul 20 ▪ Adult String Art Craft (ages 18+)
4-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 21 ▪ Veterans Town Hall/Candidates Forum
1-3 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96).  Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 21 ▪ Lowe’s Gold Scramble
1 p.m. shotgun ▪ Carthage Golf Course, inside Municipal Park
To benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  For info, call 417 237 7030.

Jul 21 ▪ Summer Concert in the Park
7-9 p.m. ▪ Central Park, 714 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Carthage Council on the Arts.  Featuring “Robin’s Hood”.  For info, call 417 359-8181.

Jul 22 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 22 ▪ Community Movie Night “Dumbo” 
8-11 p.m. ▪ Central Park, 714 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  Hosted by Bykota Church.  For info, call 417 358-3991.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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July 9th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jul 9 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of July 9, 2018
Our mission: To improve the overall business climate for our members and quality of life for the community through sponsorship of programs which promote civic and economic development, stimulate growth, and support relevant political action.
Our vision: To foster and facilitate the success of Carthage area businesses, so our community is financially healthy and the people living, working, and playing in Carthage can enjoy a higher quality of life.

All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Monday Member Meet up
Monday, July 9
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Please join the Chamber to celebrate our new members Monday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at the Chamber office. Meet our new members, new employees at member businesses, and new businesses. New members will have a chance to tell our Ambassadors, board members, and fellow members about their businesses.

Jeremy Robinson – Carthage Health & Rehab
First Response Lawncare
Peter Thompson – Jordan CPA Services
KFC Carthage
Maple Leaf Music Company
Mauve-Modern Marketing Solutions
Lorna Kleine – Simmons Bank
Clint Spencer – Southwest Agency

Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the quarterly prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Quarterly Member Lunch
Wednesday, July 18
11:45 a.m. • Oak Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care, 300 W. Airport
Join us for our next Quarterly Member Luncheon sponsored and hosted by Oak Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care. Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association and Integris Hospitals’ Generations Behavioral Health Services will be our featured speakers.  Lunch will be $12* for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP deadline is Friday, July 13. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

New Teacher Goodie Bags Items Needed
The 2018/2019 school year will have new teachers joining the ranks of our already amazing school faculties in each of our schools. We will hand out goodie bags to these new teachers at the annual New Teacher’s Breakfast Monday, August 6th. If you have any promotional items that you would like to provide for the goodie bags, please let Neely know at nmyers@carthagechamber.com. 40 items will be needed and the deadline to donate is Friday, July 27 at 4 p.m.

Maple Leaf News
Exclusive Marketing Opportunity with 500 Possibilities!
The Chamber is looking for a partner for a marketing opportunity that will reach 500+ current/potential customers!  Instead of using disposable plastic bags to hand out information and goodies to 500 residents and visitors after the Maple Leaf parade, we will distribute light-weight nylon drawstring backpacks.  These bags will be reusable and offer a much longer lifespan for your marketing dollars.  We will see these bright colored bags all over town for months or years to come.  The requested investment is $900, which covers the cost of the bags and the cost of having them packed with information on our festival, our community, and a few of our business partners.

Would you be interested in partnering with us?  This opportunity is first come, first-served and is limited to one sponsor.  Please let me know if you need any more information or have any questions. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jul 9 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 9 ▪ Leads Group One
2:30 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 10 ▪ “You Knock Our Socks Off” Award Presentation
2 p.m. ▪ Southwest Missouri Bank, 303 W. 3rd
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 10 ▪ Maple Leaf Committee meeting
NOTE DATE CHANGE
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 11 ▪ Non-Profit Network meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 11 ▪ Ambassadors’ quarterly meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 18 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Oak Pointe of Carthage, 300 W. Airport Dr.
Cost $12* members, $15 non-members.  RSVP by 7/13. For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 19 ▪ “From Vietnam to Carthage”
3:45-5:45 p.m. ▪ CMR Complex, 1900 Grand Ave.
ALL Chamber members are invited to join the Emerging Leaders (CELs) for this very special event.  A video history (in English) of the escape from Vietnam and what happened next.  No charge but FIRM RSVP deadline of 7/13. For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Missouri Southern State University is now reserving booth space today for their annual Community Day, scheduled for August 22.  For info, call 417-625-9343.

The Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau is working with Spring Hill Press to produce a new map for the City of Carthage. The map due out in October will be available in print and digital. Please call Spring Hill Press for additional details 1 800-627-8141.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is now taking appointments for their July 20th blood drive, hosted by Carthage Water & Electric Plant.  Reserve your preferred time between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. by logging onto: https://donate.cbco.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/120270.  For info, call CW&EP at 417-237-7335.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jul 14 ▪ Jasper County Youth Fair
Municipal Park, west Oak St.
Pageants, food, 4-H exhibits, auto/tractor show, mini-tractor pull, kids’ tug-of-war, and much more.  Presented by MU Extension Jasper County.  For info, call 417 358-2158.

Through Jul 25 ▪ Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!”
Mon-Tues 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Closed July 4.  Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Through Jul 29 ▪ Annual Membership Mixed Media Exhibition
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. 
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  Opening reception picnic 6/1 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jul 9 ▪ Bi Lingual Story Time with Ms. Janine (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 9-20 ▪ Kids artCamp (ages 8-14)
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ artCentral Hyde House, 1110 E. 13th St.
Cost $35/class, includes supplies. Student exhibition: July 20 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jul 9 ▪ “O Brother Where Art Thou” Movie (ages 18+)
5:25 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 10 ▪ Starting a Small Business: The First Steps 
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd., Joplin
Cost $29/business (up to 2 attendees).  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Jul 10 ▪ Teens & Tweens (ages 7th grade & up)
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, 4 p.m. snack provided by Carthage Bright Futures.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 10 ▪ City Council meeting
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7000.

Jul 11 & 14 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Jul 11 ▪ Successful Customer Service Tactics 
8-9:30 a.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd., Joplin
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Jul 11 & 12 ▪ Story Time with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 11 ▪ Caregiver Support Group
4 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-7201 or 417-359-8808.

Jul 11 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 12 ▪ Social Hour
10:45 a.m. ▪ Carthage Senior Center, 404 E. 3rd St.
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Maple Tree Terrace.  For info, call 417 358-7201 or 417-358-4741.

Jul 12 ▪ Family Movie “Coco” (all ages, under 8 must be w/adult)
3:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, 3 p.m. snack provided by Carthage Bright Futures.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 12 ▪ Meet & Greet w/Jeremy Robinson, Admissions Coordinator
4-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Health & Rehab Gym, 1901 Buena Vista Ave.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1937.

Jul 12 ▪ 2nd Thursday Monthly Gun Swap 
5-7 p.m. ▪ Liberty Tree Guns, 530 W. Fir Rd.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-5700.

Jul 12 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 13 ▪ Food Truck Friday
12-9 p.m. ▪ Central Park, 714 S. Garrison
Presented by Carthage CVB.  For info, call 417 359-8181.

Jul 13-14 ▪ “Pullin’ for Aggies” Truck & Tractor Pull
7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Roughrider Arena, 608 W. Field, Neosho
Tickets $10 adults, kids 6-12 $8, ages 5 & under free.  For info, call 417 455 5720.

Jul 14 ▪ Escape the Library! (ages 13+)
3:30-5 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, pre-registration required.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jul 15 ▪ Community Brunch
9:30-11:30 a.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96).  Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 15 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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July 2nd, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jul 2 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of July 2, 2018
Our mission: To improve the overall business climate for our members and quality of life for the community through sponsorship of programs which promote civic and economic development, stimulate growth, and support relevant political action.
Our vision: To foster and facilitate the success of Carthage area businesses, so our community is financially healthy and the people living, working, and playing in Carthage can enjoy a higher quality of life.

All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Monday Member Meet up
Monday, July 9
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Please join the Chamber to celebrate our new members Monday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at the Chamber office. Meet our new members, new employees at member businesses, and new businesses. New members will have a chance to tell our Ambassadors, board members, and fellow members about their businesses.

Jeremy Robinson – Carthage Health & Rehab
First Response Lawncare
Peter Thompson – Jordan CPA Services
KFC Carthage
Maple Leaf Music Company
Mauve-Modern Marketing Solutions
Lorna Kleine – Simmons Bank
Clint Spencer – Southwest Agency

Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the quarterly prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
New Teacher Goodie Bags Items Needed
The 2018/2019 school year will have new teachers joining the ranks of our already amazing school faculties in each of our schools. We will hand out approximately 40 goodie bags to these new teachers at the annual New Teacher’s Breakfast Monday, August 6th. If you have any promotional items that you would like to provide for the goodie bags, please let Neely know at nmyers@carthagechamber.com. 40 items will be needed and the deadline to donate is Friday, July 27 at 4 p.m.

Maple Leaf News
Special Event: Night of Magic - Saturday, October 13
Tickets are now available at the Chamber office for this special festival event!
For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jul 3 ▪ Banquet Committee meeting POSTPONED TO AUGUST
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 4 ▪ Chamber office closed for Independence Day

Jul 9 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 9 ▪ Leads Group One
2:30 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 10 ▪ “You Knock Our Socks Off” Award Presentation
2 p.m. ▪ Southwest Missouri Bank, 303 W. 3rd
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 10 ▪ Maple Leaf Committee meeting
NOTE DATE CHANGE
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 11 ▪ Non-Profit Network meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 11 ▪ Ambassadors’ meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 18 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Oak Pointe of Carthage, 300 W. Airport Dr.
Cost $12* members, $15 non-members.  RSVP by 7/13. For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Do you have a heart for teachers? Looking for a way to show your support? Carthage Bright Futures is kicking off a pilot program called "Class Champions", which will pair a volunteer with a specific Columbian Elementary teacher for the 2018-19 school year. The volunteer will get to know the teacher and students, giving a helping hand or supplying a backup snack or just dropping off a Sonic surprise for the teacher. The investment of time and resources will be minimal, but volunteers should plan for some involvement AT LEAST every 9 weeks (once per school quarter). If this sounds like the project you've been looking for, contact Kim Hoover 417-758-0899. Groups are also welcome!

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jul 25 ▪ Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!”
Mon-Tues 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Closed July 4.  Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Through Jul 29 ▪ Annual Membership Mixed Media Exhibition
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. 
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  Opening reception picnic 6/1 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jul 4 & 7 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Have a Safe & Happy Independence Day!
Jul 4 ▪ Carthage Fireworks Celebration
4-11 p.m. ▪ Municipal Park, west Oak St.
Free and open to the public.  Presented by the City of Carthage.  For info, call 417-237-7000.

Jul 5 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 6-14 ▪ Jasper County Youth Fair
Municipal Park, west Oak St.
Pageants, food, 4-H exhibits, auto/tractor show, mini-tractor pull, kids’ tug-of-war, and much more.  Presented by MU Extension Jasper County.  For info, call 417 358-2158.

Jul 6 ▪ First Friday Gospel Singing
6:30 p.m. ▪ Fairview Christian Church, 2320 Grand Ave.
Featuring Crawford & Co. International.  Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 529-9569.

Jul 7 ▪ Walk with a Doc
9 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-556-2260.

Jul 8 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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Sign up for text reminders about networking, events & Chamber news! Text CARTHAGE to 417-356-3157 to subscribe. Powered by txtfyre. Standard text messaging rates apply.

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June 25th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jun 25 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of June 25, 2018
Our mission: To improve the overall business climate for our members and quality of life for the community through sponsorship of programs which promote civic and economic development, stimulate growth, and support relevant political action.
Our vision: To foster and facilitate the success of Carthage area businesses, so our community is financially healthy and the people living, working, and playing in Carthage can enjoy a higher quality of life.

All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, June 27
2 p.m. ▪ 1021 S. River St., Carthage
Join us to celebrate the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity’s 150th home dedication and the 4th home built in Carthage. Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the quarterly prize valued at $100. RSVP to Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
New Teacher Goodie Bags Items Needed
The 2018/2019 school year will have new teachers joining the ranks of our already amazing school faculties in each of our schools. We will hand out approximately 40 goodie bags to these new teachers at the annual New Teacher’s Breakfast Monday, August 6th. If you have any promotional items that you would like to provide for the goodie bags, please let Neely know at nmyers@carthagechamber.com. 40 items will be needed and the deadline to donate is Friday, July 27 at 4 p.m.

Emerging Leaders News
Strategic Planning Update
Thursday, June 28
3 p.m. • Mother Road Coffee, 325 S. Main
Join us for our quarterly planning meeting.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Special Event: Night of Magic
Tickets are now available at the Chamber office for this special festival event!
For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jun 26 ▪ Leads Group Two meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 27 ▪ Joplin Habitat for Humanity 150th home ribbon cutting
2 p.m. ▪ 1021 S. River St., Carthage
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 28 ▪ Emerging Leaders quarterly planning meeting
3 p.m. ▪ Mother Road Coffee, 325 S. Main
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jul 4 ▪ Chamber office closed for Independence Day

Upcoming Member Events
Economic Security Corporation has opened a Carthage outreach office at 739 E. 7th St.  Staffed Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-12 noon, they can provide families in need with information about ESC programs and how to apply.  For info, call 417 781-0352 x216.

Ozarks Community Hospital - Jasper County Clinic announces their back-to-school immunizations and physicals are now being scheduled.  Contact them to schedule your child’s appointment at 417-237-0604.

Sign your kids up now for Summer Theatre Camp at Stone’s Throw Theatre.  This two-week program will be held July 23-27 and July 30-Aug 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day, with a special program on Saturday, August 4.  The cost is $125 per student.  For info, call 417-358-9665.

The Carthage Technical Center and Mercy Hospital Carthage have announced a new 16-week Clinical Medical Assistant program, which will be offered at no charge for the first 8-person class. Training will begin in late August, but spots are expected to fill quickly for this unique opportunity.  Participants must be at least 18 years old and pass a drug screening. For info, call 417-359-7095.

Do you have a heart for teachers? Looking for a way to show your support? Carthage Bright Futures is kicking off a pilot program called "Class Champions", which will pair a volunteer with a specific Columbian Elementary teacher for the 2018-19 school year. The volunteer will get to know the teacher and students, giving a helping hand or supplying a backup snack or just dropping off a Sonic surprise for the teacher. The investment of time and resources will be minimal, but volunteers should plan for some involvement AT LEAST every 9 weeks (once per school quarter). If this sounds like the project you've been looking for, contact Kim Hoover 417-758-0899 and plan to attend the orientation meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. Groups are also welcome!

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jul 25 ▪ Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!”
Mon-Tues 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Through Jul 29 ▪ Annual Membership Mixed Media Exhibition
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. 
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  Opening reception picnic 6/1 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jun 26 ▪ Carthage City Council meeting
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7000.

Jun 27 & 30 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Jun 27 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 28 ▪ 10th Anniversary Party & Lunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 5201 N. Main
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 782-6533.

Jun 28 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 30 ▪ Card Party
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66. Cost $8.50, includes lunch. Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-9665.

Jun 30 ▪ Fireworks
6 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jul 1 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

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June 18th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jun 18 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - 
Week of June 18, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
“You Knock Our Socks Off” Member of the Month Award Presentation
Monday, June 18
2 p.m. • Murphy Chiropractic, 530 W. Fir
Join us to celebrate the May “You Knock Our Socks Off” Chamber Member of the Month award recipient Dr. Isaac Murphy at 530 W. Fir, at 2 PM on Monday, June 18th.  The Member of the Month award is sponsored by Specialty Risk Insurance.

Emerging Leaders News
“People You Need to Know” with Nate Dally 
Reminder only…RSVP deadline has passed
Wednesday, June 20
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Mis Arcos, 1926 S. Garrison
Cost $12*, includes lunch. Chamber members ages 21-40 are invited to participate in a casual lunch and learn with this local expert in personal injury, family law, estate planning, and general civil law.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Parade, Vendor, and other applications now ONLINE!
Applications are being added to the website as they become available, so check under "Festival Applications" for your favorite event registration forms, vendor applications, and more at www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com! For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jun 18 ▪ “You Knock Our Socks Off” Award Presentation
2 p.m. ▪ Murphy Chiropractic, 530 W. Fir Rd.
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 19 ▪ Marketing Committee meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 20 ▪ Vision Carthage meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 20 ▪ CEL “People You Need to Know” w/Nate Dally
11:30 a.m. ▪ Mis Arcos, 1926 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 21 ▪ Board of Directors meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 26 ▪ Leads Group Two meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Member Events
Economic Security Corporation has opened a Carthage outreach office at 739 E. 7th St.  Staffed Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-12 noon, they can provide families in need with information about ESC programs and how to apply.  For info, call 417 781-0352 x216.

The Joplin and Carthage CVBs remind area drivers that a bicycle rally will be passing through Jasper County over the weekend and into Monday and ask that drivers be cautious around the additional traffic especially near and along Route 66.  For info, call 417-359-8181 or 417-625-4789.

Ozarks Community Hospital - Jasper County Clinic announces their back-to-school immunizations and physicals are now being scheduled.  Contact them to schedule your child’s appointment at 417-237-0604.

Sign your kids up now for Summer Theatre Camp at Stone’s Throw Theatre.  This two-week program will be held July 23-27 and July 30-Aug 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day, with a special program on Saturday, August 4.  The cost is $125 per student.  For info, call 417-358-9665.

The Carthage Technical Center and Mercy Hospital Carthage have announced a new 16-week Clinical Medical Assistant program, which will be offered at no charge for the first 8-person class. Training will begin in late August, but spots are expected to fill quickly for this unique opportunity.  Participants must be at least 18 years old and pass a drug screening. For info, call 417-359-7095.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jul 25 ▪ Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!”
Mon-Tues 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Through Jul 29 ▪ Annual Membership Mixed Media Exhibition
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. 
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  Opening reception picnic 6/1 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jun 18 ▪ Bi Lingual Story Time with Ms. Janine (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 19 ▪ QuickBooks Desktop: Utilization, Tips, and Tricks
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $79/person. Open to the public.  For info, call 417-624-3128.

Jun 19 ▪ Teens & Tweens Movie “Jumanji” (ages 7th grade & up)
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, snack at 4 p.m. provided by Bright Futures Carthage.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 20 & 23 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Jun 20 & 21 ▪ Story Time with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 20 ▪ Value Proposition Canvas
1:30-3 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $39/person. Open to the public.  For info, call 417-624-3128.

Jun 20 ▪ Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Health & Rehab, 1901 S. Buena Vista
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1937.

Jun 20 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 21 ▪ Children’s Readers Theater (grades 3-6)
3:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, snack at 3 p.m. provided by Bright Futures Carthage. For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 21-24 ▪ “Rumors” Comedy by Neil Simon
Fri & Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66. Tickets $26 adults, $23 seniors, $21 ages 13-18, $12 ages 6-12, 5 & under free.  For info, call 417-358-9665.

Jun 21 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 22 ▪ Carthage Art Walk “Food Around the World”
6-9 p.m. ▪ Carthage Square
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Carthage CVB.  For info, call 417 359-8181.

Jun 22 & 23 ▪ 41st annual Carthage Stampede Rodeo
7:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Saddle Club Arena, inside Municipal Park, west Oak St
Advance tickets available at Race Brothers Farm & Home adults $10, ages 6-12 $5.  At the gate, adults $12.  Co-sponsored by Carthage CVB, Carthage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Specialty Risk Insurance, Lucky J Steakhouse & Arena, Sirloin Stockade, Cornerstone Family Dental, and Quality Inn & Suites Precious Moments. For info, call 918-697-8979.

Jun 23 ▪ Car Show to benefit Down Syndrome of the Ozarks
9 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ Auto 66 Color, East 20th St., Joplin
Free and open to the public.  Coi-sponsored by Leggett & Platt.  For info, call 417 825-6773.

Jun 23 ▪ Summer Craft/Boutique Events
10 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Bykota Church, 3727 S. Garrison
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 592-2161.

Jun 23 ▪ Escape the Library! (Teens & Adults)
3:30-5 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. Pre-reg required.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 24 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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June 11th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jun 11 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of June 11, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Monday Member Meet-up Invitation
Monday, June 11
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Please join the Chamber to celebrate our new members Monday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Chamber office. Meet our new members, new employees at member businesses, and new businesses. New members will have a chance to tell our Ambassadors, board members, and fellow members about their businesses.

First Response Lawncare
Lillian James & Co.
Mauve-Modern Marketing Solutions
Village Square Boutique

Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the quarterly prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
“Practical Steps to Make Your Business More Profitable” Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, June 13
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Cost $12* for Chamber members, $15 for non-Chamber members, includes lunch.
Hosted by Andrew Jordan of Jordan CPA Services.  Your accounting should take minimal effort; be accessible anywhere; have reports ready for when you, your banker, or your tax preparer need them; and make your business more profitable. If this doesn’t describe your business today, learn how to leverage technology to set up a system that does all these things.  RSVP extended to Noon TODAY, Monday, June 11 by contacting Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Parade, Vendor, and other applications now ONLINE!
Applications are being added to the website as they become available, so check under "Festival Applications" for your favorite event registration forms, vendor applications, and more at www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com! For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jun 11 ▪ Monday Member Meet-up
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact NeelyMark at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 11 ▪ Leads Group 1
2:30 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 13 ▪ Non-profit Network
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 13 ▪ Lunch and Learn with Jordan CPA Services
11:45 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 15 ▪ Abernathy Roofing & Construction ribbon cutting
12 p.m. ▪ 1901 N. Rangeline Rd.
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jul 25 ▪ Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!”
Mon-Tues 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Through Jul 29 ▪ Annual Membership Mixed Media Exhibition
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. 
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  Opening reception picnic 6/1 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jun 11 & 13 ▪ Microsoft Level 1
Both days ▪ MSSU SBTDC, Robert Plaster School of Business, MSSU
$124. For info, call 417 625-3128.

Jun 11 ▪ Bi Lingual Story Time with Ms. Janine (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 11 ▪ Beauty and the Beast
5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 12 ▪ Teens & Tweens (ages 7th grade & up)
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, snack at 4 p.m.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 12 ▪ 2018 Top Phishing Holes
12 p.m. ▪ SNC Squared, 706 W. 26th
Business seminar. Limited seating. To register, call 417 622-0933.

Jun 12 ▪ The Missouri Southern Chamber Singers
7:30 p.m. ▪ Faith Lutheran Church
For info, call 417 358-5059.

Jun 13 & 16 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Jun 13 ▪ Special Event-Jennifer Daniels
10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. ▪ Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison
Jenn works with Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin. Hear her stories! Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 13 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 14 ▪ Family Movie, Moana
3:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. Pre-reg required.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 14 ▪ Summer Cookout
4:30-6:30 p.m. ▪ Oak Pointe of Carthage, 300 W. Airport Dr.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-3355.   

Jun 14 ▪ 2nd Thursday Monthly Gun Swap
5-7 p.m. ▪ Liberty Tree Guns, 530 W. Fir Rd.
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-358-5700.

Jun 14 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 15 ▪ Carthage Area United Way Day of Caring
7:30 a.m. ▪ CW&EP Community Room, 627 W. Centennial
Volunteers should register before 6/10 by calling 417-358-2948. 

Jun 15 ▪ Colored Hands Craft (adults)
4-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. Pre-reg required.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 16 ▪ Tie Dye (Ages 13+)
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Pre-registration required. Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 17 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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June 4th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - June 4, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of June 4, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Mid-Morning Mingle
Friday, June 8
9:30-10:30 a.m. • Maple Tree Terrace, 2510 Clinton
Please join us between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. this Friday, June 8 for the next Mid Morning Mingle hosted by Maple Tree Terrace. Shake some hands, meet some fellow members, have some breakfast snacks and coffee, and share information about your business. ONLY 4 speaking spots remain.  To secure a speaking spot or RSVP, contact Neely nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
“Practical Steps to Make Your Business More Profitable” Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, June 13
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Cost $12* for Chamber members, $15 for non-Chamber members, includes lunch.
Hosted by Andrew Jordan of Jordan CPA Services.  Your accounting should take minimal effort; be accessible anywhere; have reports ready for when you, your banker, or your tax preparer need them; and make your business more profitable. If this doesn’t describe your business today, learn how to leverage technology to set up a system that does all these things.  RSVP no later than this Friday, June 8 by contacting Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Parade, Vendor, and other applications now ONLINE!
Applications are being added to the website as they become available, so check under "Festival Applications" for your favorite event registration forms, vendor applications, and more at www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com! For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jun 7 ▪ Maple Leaf Committee meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 8 ▪ Mid-Morning Mingle
9:30-10:30 a.m. ▪ Maple Tree Terrace, 2510 Clinton
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.
Jun 8 ▪ Public Policy meeting
11:30 a.m. ▪ Mother Road Coffee, 325 S. Main
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 11 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jun 1 ▪ Doug Hall Exhibition
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (except holidays) ▪ Crowder College Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception May 12 from 1-4 p.m.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Through Jul 25 ▪ Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!”
Mon-Tues 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Through Jul 29 ▪ Annual Membership Mixed Media Exhibition
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. 
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  Opening reception picnic 6/1 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jun 4 ▪ Happy 86th Birthday, Carthage VFW Post 2590
16759 Inca Rd. (west Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 4 ▪ Preschool Safety Town (ages 3-6)
Mon-Fri 8:30-11 a.m. ▪ Fair Acres Family YMCA, 2600 Grand Ave.
Open to the public.  Y members $15, non-members $25 includes AM snack.  Presented with Carthage Police & Fire Depts.  For info, call 417-358-1070.

Jun 4 ▪ Bi Lingual Story Time with Ms. Janine (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 5 ▪ Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Family & Teachers
8 a.m.-5 p.m. ▪ Access Family Health Care, 530 S. Maiden Ln., Joplin
Free and open to the public, lunch provided.  Limit of 30 attendees.  Sponsored by Alliance of SW MO.  For info, call 417 782-9899.

Jun 5 ▪ Starting a Small Business: The First Steps
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $29/business (up to 2 attendees). Open to the public.  For info, call 417-624-3128.

Jun 5 ▪ Teens & Tweens (ages 7th grade & up)
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, snack at 4 p.m.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 6 & 9 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Jun 6 & 7 ▪ Story Time with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-2nd grade)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 6 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 7 ▪ Veterans Summit 2018
8-10 a.m. ▪ MSSU North End Zone, 3950 Newman Rd.
Free and open to veterans & spouses.  For info, call 417-624-3128.

Jun 7 ▪ Kids STEAM Activity (grades 3-6)
3:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public, snack at 3 p.m.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 7 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

Jun 8 ▪ Food Truck Friday
12 noon-9 p.m. ▪ Central Park, 714 S. Garrison
Presented by Carthage CVB.  For info, call 417 359-8181.

Jun 9 ▪ 17th Annual Kids Fishing Day
8 a.m.-12 noon ▪ Kellogg Lake, Hwy 96
Free fishing and activities for ages 15 & under.  Presented by City of Carthage and MO Dept of Conservation.  For info, call 417 629-3423.

Jun 9 ▪ Escape the Library! (Teens & Adults)
3:30-5 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. Pre-reg required.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 10 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage VFW Post 2590, 16759 Inca Rd. (Oak St. & Hwy 171/96)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1657.

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May 28th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - May 28, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of May 28, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Chamber 101
Member Academy
Wednesday, May 30
9 a.m. ▪ 402 S. Garrison
The Carthage Chamber is proud to present our Chamber 101 Member Academy this Wednesday, May 30 at 9 a.m. The presentation will be a one-hour spotlight focused on all that your Chamber membership has to offer you, whether you’ve been a member for a week or ten years.  Bring your whole staff. Refreshments and materials provided. Due to limited space and materials provided, please RSVP to Neely at 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News

2018 Calendar of Events is now ONLINE!
Mark your calendar now for all the fun of the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival!  Visit www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com and click on “Calendar of Events”.  With new and expanded events, this year’s Maple Leaf Festival will offer something for everyone! For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
May 30 ▪ Chamber 101
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 1 ▪ Chamber Birthday & Community “Thank You” Party
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jun 1 ▪ Doug Hall Exhibition
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (except holidays) ▪ Crowder College Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception May 12 from 1-4 p.m.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

May 30 & Jun 2 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

May 30 ▪ Summer Reading Program Kick-off “Libraries Rock!”
10 a.m. & 3 p.m. ▪ Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  All ages welcome.  Live animal show “Born to be Wild!”.  Sponsored by Carthage Public Library.  For info, call 417 237-7040.

Jun 1 & 2 ▪ Secure Paper Shredding & Recycling
Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 8-11 a.m. ▪ Innovative Industries/Infoguard Professionals, 421 W. Centennial
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Harry S Truman Coordinating Council, Region M Solid Waste, and MO Dept of Natural Resources.  For info, call 417-649-6400 x302.

Jun 1-Jul 29 ▪ Annual Membership Mixed Media Exhibition
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. 
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Underwritten by McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation.  Opening reception picnic 6/1 6-8 p.m.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Jun 1 ▪ First Friday Gospel Singing
6:30 p.m. ▪ Fairview Christian Church, 2320 Grand Ave.
Free and open to the public.  Featuring Crawford & Co. International.  For info, call 417-529-9569.

Jun 1-3 ▪ “Jeeves at Sea” Comedy
Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Theatre, 601 Laclede 
Adults $8, students $5.  For info, call 417 455-5540.

Jun 2 ▪ Route 66 Mother Road Bicycle Tour (15, 30, 45, 66, 100 mi.)
7 a.m. ▪ start at L&P Corporate, No. 1 Leggett Rd.
Starting at $30, children under 12 free w/paid adult.  To benefit Joplin Trails Coalition.  For info, visit joplintrailscoalition.org.

Jun 2 ▪ Walk with a Doc
9 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-556-2260.

Jun 2 ▪ Indoor Market Place “Trinkets to Treasures to Whatnots”
9 a.m.-5 p.m. ▪ First Presbyterian Church, 115 W. Chestnut
Open to the public.  Booth space available.  For info, call 417-358-2341.

Jun 2 ▪ Carthage Relay for Life 2018 “Passport of Hope”
2 p.m.-12 midnight ▪ Central Park, 714 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  To benefit American Cancer Society.  For info, call 417-447-1472.

Jun 2 ▪ “Rhythm & Brews: Forty Years of Excellence Tour”
6 p.m.-12 midnight ▪ Wilder’s Event Center, 1208 S. Main, Joplin
Tickets $40/person.  To benefit Community Support Services of MO.  For info, call 417-624-4515.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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May 21st, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - May 21, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of May 21, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Days Inn Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, May 24
1 p.m. ▪ 1441 W. Central
Join us to celebrate the rebranded and remodeled Days Inn with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at 1441 W. Central. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Our Birthday/Community “Thank You” Party Needs YOU
Plans are coming together for the 7th Annual Chamber Birthday and Community “Thank You” Party, and we are looking for new ways to make the event fun for our members and the community.  If your business/organization would like to host a table from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, June 1, we just ask that you provide a free game or activity.  Other activities include free brat lunch and shaved ice, fire truck tours, crafts, and more.  For info or to sign up, contact Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Emerging Leaders (CEL) News
Highway Patrol Crime Lab Tour SOLD OUT
Tuesday, May 22
2 & 2:30 p.m. ▪ 4282 Grand Ave.
Join us for a tour of the Missouri Highway Patrol crime lab on Tuesday, May 22.  Tours will be held at 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. with a limit of 8 attendees per tour.  Carpooling to the facility is recommended, due to limited parking.  Cameras are not permitted.  All attendees must bring photo ID.  If you need to confirm your spot or tour time, contact Mary Jo at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
2018 Calendar of Events is now ONLINE!
Mark your calendar now for all the fun of the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival!  Visit www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com and click on “Calendar of Events”.  With new and expanded events, this year’s Maple Leaf Festival will offer something for everyone! For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
May 22 ▪ Leads Group Two meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 22 ▪ Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum
10:15 a.m. ▪ Crowder College Wright Cntr, Neosho
$10 includes brunch.  For info, contact Ashley at 451-1925 or ashley@neoshocc.com.

May 22 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) Crime Lab Tour
2 & 2:30 p.m. ▪ MO Hwy Patrol Troop D Cntr
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

May 24 ▪ Days Inn ribbon cutting
1 p.m. ▪ 1441 W. Central
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 28 ▪ Chamber closed for Memorial Day

May 30 ▪ Chamber 101
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jun 1 ▪ Chamber Birthday & Community “Thank You” Party
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
Game On! is offering summer specials on batting cage rentals.  Sign up by June 1st , buy three 30-minute rentals, and get three rentals free.  Or buy four 60-minute rentals and get four rentals free.  Visit gameoncarthage.com to sign up.

Purchase a luminaria for just $5 to honor a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who lost their fight.  Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society Carthage Relay for Life.  Luminaries will be lit during the Carthage Relay For Life on June 2.  For info, contact Mistie at 417-358-8131 x4896.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Jun 1 ▪ Doug Hall Exhibition
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (except holidays) ▪ Crowder College Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception May 12 from 1-4 p.m.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

May 21 ▪ Auditions for “A Streetcar Named Desire”
6:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66
Open to the public.  Show dates: Aug 17-19 & 24-26.  Needed: three women ages 25-35, one women 40s, four men ages 30-50, one man 60s, and one man age 13-16.  For info, call 417 358-4300.

May 22 ▪ Carthage City Council
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant 
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7000.

May 23 & 26 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

May 23 ▪ Ribbon Cutting/New Member Welcome
10 a.m. ▪ Phillip Camerer Roofing, 1110 W. Harmony, Neosho
Open to the public.  Hosted by Neosho Chamber of Commerce.  For info, call 417-451-1925.

May 24 ▪ Cyber Awareness: Security, Disposal, & Incident Response
11 a.m.-2 p.m. ▪ MSSU North End Zone, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $15, includes lunch.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

May 25 ▪ Round Robin Basketball Tournaments
Game On!, 400 S. Maple 
For high school girls & boys.  For info, call 417 388-4236.

May 25 ▪ Carthage Art Walk “Carthage in Bloom”
6-9 p.m. ▪ Carthage Square
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Carthage CVB.  For info, call 417 359-8181.

May 26 ▪ Spring Native Plant Sale
9 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 Riviera Dr., Ste A, Joplin
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-782-6287.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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May 14th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - May 14 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of May 14, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Cyber Security Lunch & Learn with SNC Squared
Wednesday, May 16
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. ▪ Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison
Free to Chamber members, firm limit of 14 - RSVP Deadline TODAY

2018 Top Phishing Holes- What to look for so your business doesn’t get hooked! John Motazedi will be speaking on the top 10 newest cyber threats that put your business at risk. This seminar will be held at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce. Lunch is provided. Please email Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com to RSVP.

Chamber News

Monday Member Meet-up
Monday, May 14
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Please join the Chamber to celebrate our new members Monday, May 14 at 2 p.m. at the Chamber office. Meet our new members, new employees at member businesses, and new businesses. New members will have a chance to tell our Ambassadors, board members, and fellow members about their businesses.

Aarron Bittick
Carthage Family Worship Center
Jeremy Strup – Carthage Ford
Crawford & Co. International
First Response Lawncare
Knights of Pythias – Fraternal Lodge No. 14
Dene Staunton Lemongrass Spa Consultant
Lillian James & Co.
MOpawz
Village Square Boutique

Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the quarterly prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

April “You Knock Our Socks Off” Member of the Month Award Presentation
Friday, May 18
10 a.m. ▪ Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison
Join us to celebrate the April “You Knock Our Socks Off” Chamber Member of the Month award recipient Children’s Haven at the Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison, at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 18.  The Member of the Month award is sponsored by Specialty Risk Insurance.

Our Birthday/Community “Thank You” Party Needs YOU
Plans are coming together for the 7th Annual Chamber Birthday and Community “Thank You” Party, and we are looking for new ways to make the event fun for our members and the community.  If your business/organization would like to host a table from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, June 1, we just ask that you provide a free game or activity.  Other activities include free brat lunch and shaved ice, fire truck tours, crafts, and more.  For info or to sign up, contact Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
More Applications now available!
Applications are being added to the website as they become available, so check under "Festival Applications" for your favorite event registration forms, vendor applications, and more!  Visit www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
May 14 ▪ Family Literacy Council “Little Free Library” ribbon cutting
10:30 a.m. ▪ Mark Twain Elementary, 1435 S. Main St.
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 14 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 14 ▪ Leads Group One
2:30 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 15 ▪ Marketing Committee meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 16 ▪ Vision Carthage meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

May 16 ▪ Cyber Security lunch & learn
11:45 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Free of charge.  Presented by SNC Squared.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 17 ▪ Board of Directors meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

May 17 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) “Tiger Builders”
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ R-9 Intermediate Center, Chapel/Fir Rd.
Optional $2.50 lunch.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

May 17 ▪ Herrington Dental ribbon cutting & open house
1 p.m. ▪ 2507 S. Clinton
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 17 ▪ Business After Hours w/Carthage Rotary Club
5-6:30 p.m. ▪ The Woodshed, 311 S. Main
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 18 ▪ “You Knock Our Socks Off” Member of the Month award presentation
10 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Thanks to a generous donation, current and incoming Crowder College agriculture students have the opportunity to apply for new scholarships to further their college education.  Students can apply at www.crowder.edu/scholarships/application and select James Agriculture Scholarship.  Deadline to apply is June 1.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Game On! is offering summer specials on cage rentals.  Sign up by June 1st , buy three 30-minute rentals, and get three rentals free.  Or buy four 60-minute rentals and get four rentals free.  Visit gameoncarthage.com to sign up.

Purchase a luminaria for just $5 to honor a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who lost their fight.  Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society Carthage Relay for Life.  Luminaries will be lit during the Carthage Relay For Life on June 2.  For info, contact Mistie at 417-358-8131 x4896.

Upcoming Member Events
Through May 20 ▪ Josie Mai “Eat Art” Exhibit
Fri-Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  For info, call 417 358 4404.

Through Jun 1 ▪ Doug Hall Exhibition
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (except holidays) ▪ Crowder College Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception May 12 from 1-4 p.m.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

May 15 ▪ Building Trades Career Readiness Program Info Meeting
10 a.m. OR 1 p.m. ▪ Advanced Training & Tech Cntr, 420 Grand, Joplin
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Workforce Investment Board of SW MO and Crowder College.  For info, call 417-629-3000.

May 16 & 19 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

May 16 ▪ Alzheimer’s Support Group
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Health & Rehab, 1901 S. Buena Vista
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1937.

May 16 ▪ 1st Annual Hump Night Cruise In
5-8 p.m. ▪ Sirloin Stockade, 1027 W. Central
Free and open to the public.  Visit facebook.com/car-buddies-cruises.

May 18 & 19 ▪ Round Robin Basketball Tournaments
Game On!, 400 S. Maple 
For high school girls & boys.  For info, call 417 388-4236.

May 18-20 ▪ “Things My Mother Taught Me” Romantic Comedy
Fri & Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66.  Tickets $26 adults, seniors $23, ages 13-18 $21, ages 6-12 $12, 5 & under free.  For info, call 417-358-9665.

May 19 ▪ Vision Carthage Restoration Carthage Work Day
8 a.m.-12 noon ▪ 900 block of Grant St.
Free and open to the public.  Text @restorecar to 81010 to receive reminders.  For info, call 417-793-6589.

May 19 ▪ Electronic & Household Hazardous Waste Recycling
9-11 a.m. ▪ Public Works Barn, Sarcoxie
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Harry S Truman Coordinating Council, Region M Solid Waste, and MO Dept of Natural Resources.  For info, call 417-649-6400 x302.

May 19 ▪ Smoked Pork Sale
10 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Family Worship Center, 629 S. Case St.
Lunch boxes $7, whole butts available.  For info, call 618-946-7473.

May 19 ▪ 8th Annual “Stomp the Blues out of Homelessness” Festival
Gate opens at noon, bands 1-10:30 p.m. ▪ Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, 220 W. Plainview Rd., Springfield
Tickets start $25/person.  For info, call 417 447-6090.

May 19 ▪ All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry Fundraiser
5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Shrine Train Crew, 2114 W. Mound St.
Adults $15, kids 10 & under free.  For info, call 417-317-0609.

May 20 & 21 ▪ Auditions for “A Streetcar Named Desire”
6:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66
Open to the public.  Show dates: Aug 17-19 & 24-26.  Needed: three women ages 25-35, one women 40s, four men ages 30-50, one man 60s, and one man age 13-16.  For info, call 417 358-4300.

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May 7th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - May 7 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of May 7, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Days Inn Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, May 9
1 p.m. ▪ 1441 W. Central
Join us to celebrate the rebranded and remodeled Days Inn with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 1441 W. Central. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Two National Marketing Opportunities
Chamber staff will be attending national training conferences in June and January, during which there is a silent auction held to raise funds for scholarships.  Silent auction items often highlight the community or businesses of a particular attendee’s hometown.  If you would like to introduce Carthage to hundreds of conference attendees from across the country and a few internationally, consider donating an item from your business or organization.  Mary Jo will collect items for the June conference until May 25, and Neely will collect items for the January conference until December 21.  For info, contact either Mary Jo or Neely.

Our Birthday/Community “Thank You” Party Needs YOU
Plans are coming together for the 7th Annual Chamber Birthday and Community “Thank You” Party, and we are looking for new ways to make the event fun for our members and the community.  If your business/organization would like to host a table from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, June 1, we just ask that you provide a free game or activity.  Other activities include free brat lunch and shaved ice, fire truck tours, crafts, and more.  For info or to sign up, contact Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Did you miss May’s “Spotlight on Carthage” newsletter?
Download a copy of the most recent or a past newsletter from our website at www.CarthageChamber.com/news/newsletter.
Maple Leaf News
PARADE Applications now available!
Applications for the 2018 Maple Leaf Parade are NOW AVAILABLE!  Visit www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com, or contact our office for an application.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
May 9 ▪ Non-Profit Network meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 9 ▪ Days Inn ribbon cutting
1 p.m. ▪ 1441 W. Central
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 14 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 14 ▪ Leads Group One
2:30 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 16 ▪ Cyber Security lunch & learn
11:45 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Free of charge.  Presented by SNC Squared.  RSVP by 5/8.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 17 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) “Tiger Builders”
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ R-9 Intermediate Center, Chapel/Fir Rd.
Cost $2.50 for optional lunch.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

May 17 ▪ Business After Hours w/Carthage Rotary Club
5-6:30 p.m. ▪ The Woodshed, 311 S. Main
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
Thanks to a generous donation, current and incoming Crowder College agriculture students have the opportunity to apply for new scholarships to further their college education.  Students can apply at www.crowder.edu/scholarships/application and select James Agriculture Scholarship.  Deadline to apply is June 1.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Upcoming Member Events
Through May 20 ▪ Josie Mai “Eat Art” Exhibit
Fri-Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  For info, call 417 358 4404.

Through Jun 1 ▪ Doug Hall Exhibition
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (except holidays) ▪ Crowder College Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception May 12 from 1-4 p.m.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

May 6-12 ▪ Teacher Appreciation Week
Show your support for our Carthage R-9 and St. Ann’s School teachers!

May 8 ▪ Carthage City Council meeting
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant St. 
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7000.

May 9 & 12 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

May 9 ▪ Celebrate MARET
11 a.m. ▪ Crowder College Roy Blunt MARET Center, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  Solar house renovation reveal and Alternative Energy Hall of Fame induction.  For info, call 417-455-5550.

May 9 ▪ Caregiver Support Group
4 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way
Free and open to the public.  Presented by Maple Tree Terrace.  For info, call 417-358-7201 or 417-359-8808.

May 10 ▪ 26th Annual Tournament of Miracles
Peoria Ridge Golf Course, Miami, OK
To benefit Freeman Health System.  For info, call 417-347-3793.

May 10 ▪ Social Hour
10:45 a.m. ▪ Carthage Senior Center, 404 E. 3rd St.
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Maple Tree Terrace.  For info, call 417 358-7201 or 417-358-4741.

May 10 ▪ Successful Customer Service Tactics
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main
Free and open to the public.  Presented by MSSU SBTDC and Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce.  For info, call 417-649-8846.

May 10 ▪ Monthly Gun Swap
5-7 p.m. ▪ Liberty Tree Guns, 530 W. Fir Rd.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-5700.

May 11 ▪ Food Truck Friday
12-9 p.m. ▪ Central Park, 714 S. Garrison
Open to the public.  Presented by Carthage CVB.  For info, call 417 359 8181.

May 11-13 ▪ “Things My Mother Taught Me” Romantic Comedy
Fri & Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66.  Tickets $26 adults, seniors $23, ages 13-18 $21, ages 6-12 $12, 5 & under free.  For info, call 417-358-9665.

May 12 ▪ Community Education: Advanced & Basic Self-Defense - Abduction Prevention
Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

May 12 ▪ Tower 2 Tower 5K & Fun Run
9 a.m. ▪ CW&EP South Water Tower, George E. Phelps Blvd.
5K $20, 1-mile Fun Run $15.  For info, call 417-237-7344 or register online at www.active.com/carthage-mo/running/distance-running/tower-2-tower-5k-2018.

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April 30th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Apr 30 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of April 30, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Generational Marketing Lunch & Learn with MSSU Small Business & Technology Development Center
Tuesday, May 1
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Lunch will be $12 for Chamber members, $15 for non-Chamber members

Participants will learn how to identify their firms’ target market and check to see if their marketing efforts are reaching and making an impact on those consumers. Characteristics of the living generations (i.e., the millennials, the baby boomers, etc.) in the U.S. will be described, and how companies can have marketing efforts that are targeted at different generations. This session will assist business owners or those in the business development planning stage in learning how to market more effectively to target consumers and build overall profitability.

Chamber News
Maple Leaf Committee meeting
Thursday, May 3
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
It is not too late to join in the planning of the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival.  This year’s theme is “Magic of Maple Leaf” and will be represented in events throughout October and the Parade on Saturday, October 20.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Two National Marketing Opportunities
Chamber staff will be attending national training conferences in June and January, during which there is a silent auction held to raise funds for scholarships.  Silent auction items often highlight the community or businesses of a particular attendee’s hometown.  If you would like to introduce Carthage to hundreds of conference attendees from across the country and a few internationally, consider donating an item from your business or organization.  Mary Jo will collect items for the June conference until May 25, and Neely will collect items for the January conference until December 21.  For info, contact either Mary Jo or Neely.

Maple Leaf News
Connect with Us on Social Media!
Connect with us online for Maple Leaf Festival news, announcements, photos, etc.  Find us on Facebook @CarthageMapleLeaf, on Twitter @MapleLeafFest, on Instagram @CarthageMapleLeaf, and of course our website www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events

May 1 ▪ “Generational Marketing” Lunch & Learn
11:45 a.m. ▪ CWEP Community Room, 627 W. Centennial
Cost $12* Chamber members, $15 non-members.  RSVP by 4/27.  Presented by MSSU SBTDC.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 3 ▪ Maple Leaf Committee meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

May 4 ▪ Public Policy meeting
12 p.m. ▪ Mother Road Coffee, 325 Main
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Arvest Bank, in Southwest Missouri, is partnering with Carthage Bright Futures and several other local organization for their 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need.  These organizations will receive nonperishable food and monetary donations made at Arvest Bank branches in Joplin, Neosho, Monett, Carthage, Lockwood, Nevada and Webb City through June 2.  For info, call 417-627-8086 or stop by any Arvest branch location.

Upcoming Member Events
Through May 20 ▪ Josie Mai “Eat Art” Exhibit
Fri-Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  For info, call 417-358-4404.

Apr 30 ▪ Relay for Life Carthage Survivor Dinner
6-8 p.m. ▪ Fairview Christian Church, 2320 Grand
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 455-5540.

May 2 ▪ Local Author Symposium
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Wright Center, 601 Laclede
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 455-5540.

May 2 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

May 2 & 6 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

May 3 ▪ Starting a Small Business: The First Steps
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $29/business (up to 2 attendees). For info, call 417-625-3128.  

May 3 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

May 4 ▪ Cruisin’Carthage
6 p.m ▪ Southwest Missouri Bank, 2417 S. Grand
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-2260.

May 5 ▪ Restoration Carthage Workday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. ▪ Vision Carthage, 900 Block of Grant
For info, call 417 358-2373. 

May 5 ▪ Walk with a Doc
9 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-2260.

Mar 5 ▪ First Friday Gospel Singing
6:30 p.m. ▪ Fairview Christian Church, 2320 Grand Ave.
Free and open to the public.  Featuring Crawford & Co. and Duke Mason.  For info, call 417 529-9569.

May 5 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

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April 23rd, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Apr 23 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of April 23, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Powers Museum
Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 24
4 p.m. ▪ 1617 Oak St.
Join us to celebrate the opening of the Powers Museum’s exhibit “Over Here Over There: Carthage and Jasper County in WWI” with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at 1617 Oak St. RSVP to Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Plaza Community Center Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 25
12:30 p.m. ▪ 137 Grant St.
Join us to celebrate the opening of the Plaza Community Center with the Workforce Investment Board of SW MO with a ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 137 Grant St. RSVP to Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Connect with Us on Social Media!
Connect with us online for Maple Leaf Festival news, announcements, photos, etc.  Find us on Facebook @CarthageMapleLeaf, on Twitter @MapleLeafFest, on Instagram @CarthageMapleLeaf, and of course our website www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Apr 24 ▪ Leads Group Two meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 24 ▪ Powers Museum ribbon cutting
4 p.m. ▪ 1617 Oak St.
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 25 ▪ Workforce Investment Board of SW MO Plaza Community Center ribbon cutting
12:30 p.m. ▪ 137 Grant St.
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 27 ▪ Carthage Art Walk
6-9 p.m. ▪ Carthage Square
Theme “Seasons of the Courthouse”.  Free and open to the public.  For info, contact Wendi at 417 359 8181 or wdouglas@ecarthage.com.

May 1 ▪ “Generational Marketing” Lunch & Learn
11:45 a.m. ▪ CWEP Community Room, 627 W. Centennial
Cost $12* Chamber members, $15 non-members.  RSVP by 4/27.  Presented by MSSU SBTDC.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

May 3 ▪ Maple Leaf Committee meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
Arvest Bank, in Southwest Missouri, is partnering with Carthage Bright Futures and several other local organization for their 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need.  These organizations will receive nonperishable food and monetary donations made at Arvest Bank branches in Joplin, Neosho, Monett, Carthage, Lockwood, Nevada and Webb City through June 2.  For info, call 417-627-8086 or stop by any Arvest branch location.

Upcoming Member Events
Through May 20 ▪ Josie Mai “Eat Art” Exhibit
Fri-Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  For info, call 417-358-4404.

Apr 23-28 ▪ Fine Arts Week
Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Week includes workshops, exhibits, presentations, and activities.  Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Apr 23 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Apr 23 & 26 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 24-Jun 1 ▪ Doug Hall Exhibition
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (except holidays) ▪ Crowder College Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception May 12 from 1-4 p.m.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Apr 24 ▪ Predicting Cash Needs
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $69/person, open to the public.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Apr 24 ▪ Teens and Tweens Night (ages 12-18)
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Apr 24 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 24 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 24 ▪ Carthage City Council meeting
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant St.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7000.

Apr 24 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 25 & 28 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Apr 25 ▪ “Small Business Program Eligibility” webinar
12 noon ▪ Register for webinar for details
Free and open to the public.  Presented by MU Extension and Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce.  For info, visit http://www.cohenseglias.com/seminars-events/everything-you-need-to-know-about-small-business-program-eligibility or call 417-358-2158.

Apr 25 ▪ Building a Business Plan
1:30-3 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $39/person, open to the public.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Apr 25 ▪ Construction Sector Hiring Event & Open House
2-5 p.m. ▪ Plaza Community Cntr, 137 Grant St. 
Free and open to the public.  Presented by Workforce Investment Board of SW MO.  For info, call 417 380-9626.

Apr 25 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 26 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 26 ▪ Stray-ghetti Dinner Fundraiser
6-8 p.m. ▪ Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Howard
Tickets $15 at the door.  To benefit Carthage Humane Society.  For info, call 417-358-6402.

Apr 26 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 27 ▪ Community Education: Kids Dance (ages 6-12)
4-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 27 ▪ Community Education: Dance for Tots (ages 4-5)
5-6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 27 ▪ Community Education: Relax & Paint
6-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 28 ▪ BARK Rangers
9 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ George Washington Carver Nat’l Monument, 5646 Carver Rd., Diamond
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-325-4151.

Apr 28 ▪ “The Princess Plays”
10 a.m. & 2 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Community Cntr, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Tickets $5 adults, $3 children.  For info, call 417-455-5458.

Apr 28 ▪ Roughrider Car Show & Kids Karnival
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Apr 28 ▪ FREE Kiddie Cones for Kids
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ McDonald’s of Carthage, 1111 W. Central
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-7796.

Apr 28 & 29 ▪ Turkey Shoot
12-5 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 28 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 29 ▪ Ralley66 Benefit 1 3 5
7:30-10:30 a.m. ▪ First Christian Church Lighthouse, 801 S. Main
Races start at $10.  Open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-4044.

Apr 29 ▪ Park Rx Day: Nutrition Workshop and Yoga Lesson
11 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ George Washington Carver Nat’l Monument, 5646 Carver Rd., Diamond
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-325-4151.

Apr 29 ▪ Ralley66 Benefit Car Show
12-3 p.m. ▪ First Christian Church Lighthouse, 801 S. Main
Free and open to attend, $15 to show a vehicle.  For info, call 417-358-4044.

Apr 29 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

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April 16th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Apr 16 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of April 16, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Quarterly Member Luncheon
Wednesday, April 18
11:30 a.m. • Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Just a reminder, as RSVP deadline has passed. 
Join us for our next Quarterly Luncheon at the Carthage Public Library, featuring Steve Runnels from the National Weather Service. Lunch will be $12* for members, $15* for non-members. For info, contact Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Carthage Family Literacy Council
“Little Free Library” Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 18
9 a.m. ▪ Early Childhood Education Center, 625 E. Fairview
Join us to celebrate the 5th Little Free Library with the Carthage Literacy Council at a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18. The ribbon cutting will be at the Carthage Early Childhood Education Center, 625 E. Fairview. RSVP to Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com

Chamber News

Carthage Emerging Leaders (CELs)
“Tiger Builders”
Thursday, April 19
Come-and-go 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Carthage Intermediate Center, corner of Fir & Chapel
Join us for lunch with the 5th & 6th grade students for one 30 minute lunch period, your lunch hour, or the entire 2 hour lunch block.  Lunch is optional and will cost $2.50 (cash or check for the exact amount).  If you plan to attend, let Mary Jo know TODAY at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News

Follow Us on Social Media!
Connect with us online for Maple Leaf Festival news, announcements, photos, etc.  Find us on Facebook @CarthageMapleLeaf, on Twitter @MapleLeafFest, on Instagram @CarthageMapleLeaf, and of course our website www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Apr 16-17 ▪ Chamber staff out of office
CVB and Chamber offices will be open regular hours, but consider emailing Chamber staff if you need to reach us specifically.

Apr 18 ▪ Vision Carthage meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 18 ▪ Carthage Family Literacy Council “Little Free Library” ribbon cutting
9 a.m. ▪ Early Childhood Education Center, 625 E. Fairview
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 18 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
11:30 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Cost $12* members, $15 non-members.  RSVP by Friday, April 13.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 19 ▪ Board of Directors meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 19 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) “Tiger Builders”
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ R-9 Intermediate Center, Chapel/Fir Rd.
Cost $5 for optional lunch.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 20 ▪ Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum
10:15 a.m. ▪ Continental Banquet Cntr, 2728 N. Rangeline
Cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  For info, contact Lisa at the Joplin Chamber at 624-1996 or lisa@joplincc.com.

Apr 24 ▪ Powers Museum ribbon cutting
4 p.m. ▪ 1617 Oak St.
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
MDC and MoDOT's Annual Trash Bash starts April 15
Missouri’s 16th annual No MOre Trash! Bash will focus on “spring cleaning” the outdoors by asking residents to pick up litter throughout the state during April 15 - May 15. The litter prevention campaign is sponsored by the Missouri departments of Conservation and Transportation.  For info, call 573-751-8647 or 573-522-4115 ext. 3362.

Hall of Carthage Heroes seeks nominations for Class of 2018
The Hall of Carthage Heroes Oversight Committee is now accepting nominations for the Hall of Carthage Heroes Class of 2018. The Hall, located in the entry and main corridor of Fair Acres YMCA, honors Carthage heroes past and present. Made up of two divisions, the Hall recognizes Pioneers & Citizens of Distinction, as well as outstanding Athletes. Requirements and nomination forms can be found online at hallofcarthageheroes.org.  Nominations must be received by June 30. 

UMB is currently offering an 11-Month Time Deposit Account (CD) Special. Visit your local UMB branch at 300 Grant Street or call 417-358-2135 for details.  Limited time offer, subject to change without notice. $1,000 minimum deposit required. Restrictions apply. Personal banking accounts only. Not available for individual retirement accounts or business accounts. A penalty will be imposed on early withdrawals. Member FDIC

McDonald’s of Carthage is currently hiring management and crew positions.  Flexible scheduling and a long list of benefits.  For info, call 417-358-7796.

Arvest Bank, in Southwest Missouri, is partnering with Carthage Bright Futures and several other local organization for their 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need.  These organizations will receive nonperishable food and monetary donations made at Arvest Bank branches in Joplin, Neosho, Monett, Carthage, Lockwood, Nevada and Webb City from April 2 through June 2.  For info, call 417-627-8086 or stop by any Arvest branch location.

Upcoming Member Events
Through May 20 ▪ Josie Mai “Eat Art” Exhibit
Fri-Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  For info, call 417-358-4404.

Apr 16 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Apr 16 & 17 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Apr 16 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Apr 16 ▪ Donation Night for Maddox Hill Center
4-9 p.m. ▪ Texas Roadhouse, 3317 S. Rangeline
To benefit Crowder College center for children w/autism, developmental disabilities, and behavior challenges.  For info, call 417 455-5540.

Apr 16 & 19 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 17 ▪ Women’s Roundtable: Generations in the Workplace
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Carl Junction Community Cntr, 303 N. Main 
Free and open to the public.  Presented by MSSU SBTDC.  Sponsored by Carl Junction Chamber.  For info, call 417 649-8846.

Apr 17 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 17 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 17 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 18 & 21 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Apr 18 ▪ Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Health & Rehab, 1901 S. Buena Vista
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-1937.

Apr 18 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 19 ▪ Increasing Profitability through Data Analysis
3-4 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Apr 19 ▪ Basic Excel 1 & 2
4-6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, Neosho
Cost $20/session open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 19 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 19 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 20 ▪ Benefits of a Student Intern Program
2-3 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Apr 20 ▪ Community Education: Lil’ Artists
3-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 20 ▪ Community Education: Kids Dance (ages 6-12)
4-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 20 ▪ Community Education: Dance for Tots (ages 4-5)
5-6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 21 ▪ Community Education: Concealed Carry
8 a.m.-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $80, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 21 ▪ 11th Annual Walk for Autism Awareness
9 a.m. ▪ MSSU L&P Athletic Center, 3950 Newman Rd.
To benefit Freeman Health System Leffen Center for Autism.  For info, call 417-347-7850.

Apr 21 ▪ MoCHIP Child Identification & Protection Program: Keeping Missouri Kids Safe!
10 a.m.-2 p.m. ▪ Carthage Masonic Lodge, 1339 W. Oak St.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-793-4496.

Apr 21 ▪ Art in the Park 2018
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ George Washington Carver Nat’l Monument, 5646 Carver Rd., Diamond
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-325-4151.

Apr 21 ▪ Card Party
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66
Canasta and Bridge.  Cost $8.50 includes lunch.  For info, call 417 358 7778 or 417-358-7268.

Apr 21 ▪ Garden Party at Sweet House
2-4 p.m. ▪ 311 13th St.
Free and open to the public.  Hosted by Carthage Historic Preservation.  For info, call 417-358-1776.

Apr 21 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 22 ▪ Sustainable Living Home Visit
2-4 p.m. ▪ Crowder College MARET Center, Neosho
Cost $25.  For info, call 417-455-5422.

Apr 22 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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April 9th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Apr 9 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of April 9, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Monday Member Meet up
Monday, April 9
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Please join the Chamber to celebrate our new members Monday, April 9 at 2 p.m. at the Chamber office. Meet our new members, new employees at member businesses, and new businesses. New members will have a chance to tell our Ambassadors, board members, and fellow members about their businesses.

Abernathy Roofing
Bright Futures
Jeremy Strup – Carthage Ford
Carthage Sports World
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks
Crawford & Co. International
Dene Staunton Lemongrass Spa Consultant
Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri
Impact Benefits LLC
Amy McWilliams – Jenny Craig
Theresa Kenney
Lillian James & Co.
MOpawz
O’Brian and Associates, LLC
Charlotte Pickering
Village Square Boutique
Bill White

Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 1st Quarter prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Quarterly Member Luncheon
Wednesday, April 18
11:30 a.m. • Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Join us for our next Quarterly Luncheon at the Carthage Public Library, featuring Steve Runnels from the National Weather Service. Lunch will be $12* for members, $15* for non-members. Please RSVP by Friday, April 13 to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com

Chamber News

Carthage Emerging Leaders (CELs)
Spring Wine Tasting
Thursday, April 12
5:30 p.m. ▪ Annie’s, 319 S. Main St.
Sample Annie’s extensive collection of libations and network downtown with fellow CELs.  This will be a casual event and a great opportunity to bring a guest.  Cost $12* per person and includes appetizers and wine samples.  Last day to RSVP is TODAY, April 9 to Mary Jo at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Official 2018 Maple Leaf Artwork Chosen
The planning committee for the 52nd annual Maple Leaf Festival has selected the winning artwork for the 2018 festival. Area artists, students, and residents were asked to submit work to represent this year’s theme “Magic of Maple Leaf”.  Chamber staffer Mary Jo Little submitted the winning design but kept her submission a secret from the committee until after they had voted among all the artwork entries and selected hers. The artwork features an oversized orange maple leaf emblazoned with the theme and surrounded by swirls of stars. The artwork will appear in coordinating marketing, including the official brochure for the annual city celebration with events spanning seven glorious fall weeks in Carthage, and will also be printed on official festival gear.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Vendor applications are NOW available
Vendor applications for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival are now available!  If you are interested in setting up an art/craft, food, or non-profit booth on Saturday, October 20, find them on our website at www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Apr 9 ▪ Last day to RSVP for CEL Spring Wine Tasting
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 9 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 9 ▪ Leads Group One
3 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 10 ▪ Marketing & Expo/Home Show meeting
CANCELLED 4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 10 ▪ 40th Birthday Party & ribbon cutting
4:30-5:30 p.m., ribbon cutting 4:45 p.m. ▪ Community Support Services Activity Center, 2312 Annie Baxter
Refreshments will be served.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 11 ▪ Non-Profit Network meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 11 ▪ Ambassadors’ meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 12 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) Spring Wine Tasting
5:30 p.m. ▪ Annie’s, 319 S. Main
Cost $12* includes appetizers and wine samples.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 18 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
11:30 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Cost $12* members, $15 non-members.  RSVP by Friday, April 13.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Carthage Community Foundation Spring 2018 Grant Round Now Open
Area 501(c)3 organizations and other IRS approved entities serving the Carthage community and its residents, may make application to Carthage Community Foundation (CCF) for its Spring 2018 Community Grant Round. CCF's community grantmaking policies and application link will be found online at cfozarks.org/carthage. Applications must be completed and submitted online. Carthage Community Foundation plans to award ten $2,500 grants across 3 service categories & you will need to select one category in which to apply. Each organization may apply only once. Deadline for submission is THIS FRIDAY April 13, 2018 without exception.

MDC and MoDOT's Annual Trash Bash starts April 15
Missouri’s 16th annual No MOre Trash! Bash will focus on “spring cleaning” the outdoors by asking residents to pick up litter throughout the state during April 15 - May 15. The litter prevention campaign is sponsored by the Missouri departments of Conservation and Transportation.  For info, call 573-751-8647 or 573-522-4115 ext. 3362.

Hall of Carthage Heroes seeks nominations for Class of 2018
The Hall of Carthage Heroes Oversight Committee is now accepting nominations for the Hall of Carthage Heroes Class of 2018. The Hall, located in the entry and main corridor of Fair Acres YMCA, honors Carthage heroes past and present. Made up of two divisions, the Hall recognizes Pioneers & Citizens of Distinction, as well as outstanding Athletes. Requirements and nomination forms can be found online at hallofcarthageheroes.org.

UMB is currently offering an 11-Month Time Deposit Account (CD) Special. Visit your local UMB branch at 300 Grant Street or call 417-358-2135 for details.  Limited time offer, subject to change without notice. $1,000 minimum deposit required. Restrictions apply. Personal banking accounts only. Not available for individual retirement accounts or business accounts. A penalty will be imposed on early withdrawals. Member FDIC

McDonald’s of Carthage is currently hiring management and crew positions.  Flexible scheduling and a long list of benefits.  For info, call 417-358-7796.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Apr 15 ▪ Central Ozark Conference Art Exhibit
Mon Fri 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Museum, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Through May 20 ▪ Josie Mai “Eat Art” Exhibit
Fri-Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  For info, call 417-358-4404.

Apr 9 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Apr 9 & 10 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Apr 9 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Apr 9 & 12 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 10 ▪ Spring Career Fair
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5618.

Apr 10 ▪ Early Childhood Education Training meeting
10 a.m. or 1 p.m. ▪ Casa de Sanidad, 122 Grant St.
Training program starts May 7.  Program presented by Carthage Technical Center and Workforce Investment Board.  Open to the public.  For info, call 417-629-3000.

Apr 10 & 12 ▪ Microsoft Excel Level 2 (2 days)
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd. 
Cost $124/person.  For info, call 417 625-3128.

Apr 10 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 10 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 10 ▪ Carthage City Council meeting
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant St.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7000.

Apr 10 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 11 & 14 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Apr 11 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Apr 11 ▪ Caregiver Support Group
4 p.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-358-7201.

Apr 11 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 12 ▪ Social Hour
10:45 a.m.▪ Carthage Senior Center, 404 E. 3rd
Free and open to the public.  Hosted by Maple Tree Terrace.  For info, call 417-358-7201.

Apr 12 ▪ Camp Crowder Anniversary & Mort Walker Tribute
12 noon ▪ Crowder College, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-451-3223.

Apr 12 ▪ Basic Excel 1 & 2
4-6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, Neosho
Cost $20/session open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 12 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 12 & 19 ▪ Residential Wind Workshop (2 days)
6-8:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College MARET Center, Neosho
Cost $40.  For info, call 417-455-5422.

Apr 12 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 13 ▪ Food Truck Friday
12-9 p.m. ▪ Central Park, 714 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  Presented by Carthage CVB.  For info, call 417 359-8181.

Apr 14 ▪ Community Education: Abduction Prevention
Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to youth & adults.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 14 ▪ Community Education: Kids Cake Pop
9 a.m.-12 noon ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 14 ▪ Free Kiddie Kones for kids and $3 Happy Meals
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ McDonald’s, 1111 W. Central
For info, call 417-358-7796.

Apr 14 ▪ Community Education: Kids Cupcake FUN
1-3 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 14 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 15 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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April 6th, 2018

Official Maple Leaf Artwork Chosen

The 52nd annual Maple Leaf Festival planning committee has selected the winning artwork for the festival. Area artists, students, and residents were asked to submit work to represent this year’s theme “Magic of Maple Leaf”.

Chamber staffer Mary Jo Little submitted the winning design. The artwork features a giant orange maple leaf emblazoned with the theme and surrounded by swirls of stars. The artwork will appear in coordinating marketing, including the official brochure for the annual city celebration including events spanning 7 glorious fall weeks in Carthage, and will also be printed on official festival gear.

Festival Co-Chair Alice Chorum said “The committee voted on the artwork without knowing the artists of any of the pieces and Mary Jo’s piece was by far the design that best embodied the theme.” Chorum’s Co-Chair Jeanine Poe added “When we found out that the artwork was submitted by Mary Jo, we were proud of the Chamber staff’s Maple Leaf spirit!” Upon being advised of the win, Little said “I am no professional artist, but the Maple Leaf Festival simply inspires me.  This year’s theme particularly tickled my fancy, so thank you to the Maple Leaf Committee for loving my artwork.”

For more information, contact Mary Jo at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.
 

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April 2nd, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Apr 2 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of April 2, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Maple Leaf Festival Committee meeting
Thursday, April 5
4 p.m. • Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
It is not too late to join in the planning of the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival.  This year’s theme is “Magic of Maple Leaf” and will be represented in events throughout October and the Parade on Saturday, October 20.
For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Did you miss any of the Maple Leaf deadlines?
Last week was the deadline for submitting artwork, listing events in the official brochure, and pledging your sponsorship for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival.  If you missed any of those submission dates, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Vendor applications are NOW available
Vendor applications for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival are now available!  If you are interested in setting up an art/craft, food, or non-profit booth on Saturday, October 20, find them on our website at www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Apr 3 ▪ VOTE TODAY!!

Apr 5 ▪ Maple Leaf Festival Committee meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 6 ▪ Public Policy meeting
11:30 a.m. ▪ Mother Road Coffee, 325 S. Main
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 9 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 9 ▪ Leads Group One
3 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 10 ▪ Marketing & Expo/Home Show meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 11 ▪ Non-Profit Network meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Apr 11 ▪ Ambassadors’ meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
Carthage Community Foundation Spring 2018 Grant Round Now Open
Area 501(c)3 organizations and other IRS approved entities serving the Carthage community and its residents, may make application to Carthage Community Foundation (CCF) for its Spring 2018 Community Grant Round. CCF's community grantmaking policies and application link will be found online at cfozarks.org/carthage. Applications must be completed and submitted online. Carthage Community Foundation plans to award ten $2,500 grants across 3 service categories & you will need to select one category in which to apply. Each organization may apply only once. Deadline for submission is April 13, 2018 at 5 p.m. without exception. 

Upcoming Member Events
Through Apr 15 ▪ Central Ozark Conference Art Exhibit
Mon Fri 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Museum, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Apr 2 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Apr 2 & 3 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Apr 2 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Apr 2 & 5 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 3-5 ▪ Friends of the Lee Library Book Sale
Crowder College Wright Conf Cntr, 601 Laclede
Open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5610.

Apr 3 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 3 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 3 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 4 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Apr 4 ▪ Spring Career Fair
10 a.m.-2 p.m. ▪ MSSU L&P Athletic Center, 3950 Newman Rd.
For info, call 417 625-9343.

Apr 4 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 5 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Apr 5 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 6 & 7 ▪ Citywide Garage Sale
Fri 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 6 a.m.-2 p.m.▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede
Open to the public.  For info, contact campuslife@crowder.edu.

Apr 6-May 20 ▪ Josie Mai “Eat Art” Exhibit
Fri-Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  For info, call 417-358-4404.

Apr 6 ▪ St. Ann’s Annual Auction
6 p.m. ▪ CMR Auditorium (formerly the CMC), Highland & Clinton
$25/person in advance, $30/person at the door.  For info, call 417 358 1841.

Apr 6 ▪ First Friday Singing w/Gary Crawford
6:30 p.m. ▪ Fairview Christian Church, 2320 S. Grand
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 529-9569.

Apr 7 & 8 ▪ Pickin’ on the Ranch
Civil War Ranch, 11838 Civil War Ave.
Open to the public.  For info, call 217-883-0570.

Apr 7 ▪ Carthage Farmers’ Market
Opens 7:30 a.m. ▪ north side of Carthage square
Wed & Sat, April-October weather permitting.  Coordinated by Carthage True Value Hardware.  For info, call 417 358-3579.

Apr 7 ▪ Walk with a Doc
9 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way 
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-2260.

Apr 7 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 8 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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March 26th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Mar 26 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of March 26, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
McDonalds Grand Reopening Ribbon Cutting Invitation
Thursday, March 29
Noon ▪ 1111 W. Central
Join us to celebrate McDonalds grand reopening with a ribbon cutting at Noon on Thursday, March 29. Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 1st Quarter prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Create the Official Maple Leaf Artwork Featuring the Winning Theme – "Magic of Maple Leaf"
Planning for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival, hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, is underway. This year’s theme will be "Magic of Maple Leaf" submitted by both Kim Sparks Jones and Corinne Bruegel Waggoner. The selected art will be included in all coordinating marketing, including the official brochure, festival shirts and web marketing, for the annual city celebration set for October 2018 in Carthage. Parade entries, booth vendors, event contestants, and other Maple Leaf Festival participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme into all parts of this year’s festivities.

Guidelines for submitting artwork:
- Submitted artwork must be no larger than 11” X 17”.
- Digital artwork is accepted (JPEG and PDF format only with a minimum output of 600 dpi).
- Non-digital pieces must be submitted on white paper (no 3-D images, sculptures or animated entries will be accepted).
- For maximum reproduction quality, vivid colors are encouraged. A limited color version will be developed with artist input for garment printing.
- All entries should incorporate images representing Carthage, the Maple Leaf Festival and this year’s theme.
- Winning entries become the property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

All entries must be received by the Chamber office by March 31. For more information, contact Mary Jo at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Festival
Sponsorships are now available for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Sponsorships are now open to all Chamber and community members!  Final sponsor deadline is March 30.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Promote Your October Event to Thousands
If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Friday, March 30 in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event.  Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Mar 27 ▪ Candidate Forum
7:30 a.m. ▪  CW&EP Cmty Room, 627 W. Centennial
For info, contact Mark at 417 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 27 ▪ Leads Group 2
9 a.m. ▪  Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 27 ▪ Carthage Emerging Leaders People You Need to Know with Steve Beimdiek
11:30 a.m. ▪  CW&EP Cmty Room, 627 W. Centennial
Reminder only: RSVP deadline has passed. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamebr.com.

Mar 27 ▪ March “You Knock Our Socks Off” Chamber Member of the Month award presentation
2:30 p.m. ▪  G.L. Hunt Exteriors, 729 Rangeline Rd., Joplin
For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 28 ▪ Vision Carthage meeting
8 a.m. ▪ Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358-2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 28 ▪ Chamber 101 New Member Orientation
3 p.m. ▪ Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 29 ▪ McDonalds ribbon cutting
Noon ▪ McDonalds, 1111 W. Central
For info, contact Neely at 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 29 ▪ CEL planning meeting
3-5 p.m. ▪ Mother Road Coffee, 325 S. Main
For info, contact Neely at 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Holley Goodnight has been named the Carthage Technical Center Director. Holley was previously Assistant Director and succeeds previous Gregg Wolf who was recently named Assistant Superintendent. Congratulations to Holley!

Carthage Community Foundation Spring 2018 Grant Round Opens March 26
Area 501(c)3 organizations and other IRS approved entities serving the Carthage community and its residents, may make application to Carthage Community Foundation (CCF) for its Spring 2018 Community Grant Round. CCF's community grantmaking policies and application link will be found online at cfozarks.org/carthage (beginning on the 26th. All applications must be completed and submitted online. Carthage Community Foundation plans to award 10 - $2,500 grants across 3 service categories & you will need to select one category in which to apply. Each organization may apply only once. Deadline for submission is April 13, 2018 at 5 pm without exception. 

US Cellular - Cellular Advantage is current running a promotion that can get you locked in at just $35 per line to have Unlimited Data!  If you would like to see if they can beat your current monthly price, you can use their Quick Quote tool and save a trip to the store by visiting bit.ly/uscellularquickquote (gmail account required).  If you would rather visit their store at 1715 S. Madison in Webb City, book an appointment by visiting bit.ly/bookwebbcity.  For info, call 417-782-9995.

March is National Nutrition month and the Carthage Senior Center along with the Area Agency on Aging and the other centers will be holding their annual “Dinner Plate Fundraiser”. Funds raised throughout the month will help the agency’s nutrition program at our local senior center. Anyone making a donation during this time will have their names placed on our Dinner Plate Hall of Fame located inside the dining room of our center. You may mail or drop off your donation to the Carthage Senior Center 404 E. 3rd Street Carthage, MO 64836 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 pm. For info, call 417-358-4741.

Upcoming Member Events
Mar 26 ▪ Suicide Prevention Town Hall Meeting
6 p.m. ▪ Hosted by The Alliance of Southwest Missouri at Joplin High School, 2104 Indiana. For info, call 417-782-9899. 

Mar 27 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 27 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 28 ▪ Generational Marketing
1:30-3 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $29. For info, call 417-625-3128.

March 28 & 31 ▪ Farmer’s Market
7 a.m. ▪ Historic Carthage Square
For info, call 417 358-3579.

Mar 29 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 29 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 30 ▪ Cyber Awareness 360 Workshop
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ MSSU North End Zone, 3950 Newman Rd.
Open to the public, $20/participant.  Sponsored by MSSU SBTDC and your area Chambers. For info, call 417-625-3128.   

Mar 30 ▪ Easter and Healthy Kids Day
1-4 p.m. ▪ Fair Acres Family YMCA, 2600 Grand Ave.
Free and open to the public. Egg hunts, story time w/Easter bunny, bounce house, games, crafts, and more.  For info, call 417-625-3128.  

Mar 31 ▪ Easter for Kids “His Story”
9 a.m.-2 p.m. ▪ Faith Lutheran Church, 2134 S. Grand
Crafts, activities, food, fun, and His story.  For info, call 417- 358-5059.

Mar 31 ▪ Easter at Bykota Community Egg Hunt
11 a.m.-2 p.m. ▪ Bykota Ministries, 3727 S. Garrison Ave.
Community wide event featuring a petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses, free food, and a huge egg hunt.  For info, call 417-358-3991.

Mar 31 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Apr 1 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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March 19th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Mar 19 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of March 19, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Kona Ice of Joplin Ribbon Cutting Invitation
Thursday, March 22
12:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Chamber, 402 S. Garrison
Join us to cut a ribbon for new business and new Chamber member Kona Ice of Joplin at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 1st Quarter prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Create the Official Maple Leaf Artwork Featuring the Winning Theme – "Magic of Maple Leaf"
Planning for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival, hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, is underway. This year’s theme will be "Magic of Maple Leaf" submitted by both Kim Sparks Jones and Corinne Bruegel Waggoner. The selected art will be included in all coordinating marketing, including the official brochure, festival shirts and web marketing, for the annual city celebration set for October 2018 in Carthage. Parade entries, booth vendors, event contestants, and other Maple Leaf Festival participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme into all parts of this year’s festivities.

Guidelines for submitting artwork:
- Submitted artwork must be no larger than 11” X 17”.
- Digital artwork is accepted (JPEG and PDF format only with a minimum output of 600 dpi).
- Non-digital pieces must be submitted on white paper (no 3-D images, sculptures or animated entries will be accepted).
- For maximum reproduction quality, vivid colors are encouraged. A limited color version will be developed with artist input for garment printing.
- All entries should incorporate images representing Carthage, the Maple Leaf Festival and this year’s theme.
- Winning entries become the property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

All entries must be received by the Chamber office by March 31. For more information, contact Mary Jo at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Festival
Sponsorships are now available for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Sponsorships are now open to all Chamber and community members!  Final sponsor deadline is March 30.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Promote Your October Event to Thousands
If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Friday, March 30 in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event.  Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Mar 19 ▪ Deadline to RSVP: Emerging Leaders (CEL) “People You Need to Know” with Steve Beimdiek
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 22 ▪ Kona Ice of Joplin ribbon cutting
12:30 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Holley Goodnight has been named the Carthage Technical Center Director. Holley was previously Assistant Director and succeeds previous Gregg Wolf who was recently named Assistant Superintendent. Congratulations to Holley!

The Missouri Dept. of Conservation is offering its annual cost-share grants to assist government agencies, public schools, and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land.  The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and the training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.  TRIM applicants must submit a completed application by June 1.  Additional details, including grant application forms, are available at mdc.mo.gov/trim. 

US Cellular - Cellular Advantage is current running a promotion that can get you locked in at just $35 per line to have Unlimited Data!  If you would like to see if they can beat your current monthly price, you can use their Quick Quote tool and save a trip to the store by visiting bit.ly/uscellularquickquote (gmail account required).  If you would rather visit their store at 1715 S. Madison in Webb City, book an appointment by visiting bit.ly/bookwebbcity.  For info, call 417-782-9995.

March is National Nutrition month and the Carthage Senior Center along with the Area Agency on Aging and the other centers will be holding their annual “Dinner Plate Fundraiser”. Funds raised throughout the month will help the agency’s nutrition program at our local senior center. Anyone making a donation during this time will have their names placed on our Dinner Plate Hall of Fame located inside the dining room of our center. You may mail or drop off your donation to the Carthage Senior Center 404 E. 3rd Street Carthage, MO 64836 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 pm. For info, call 417-358-4741.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Mar 21 ▪ Neosho School Art Exhibit
Mon Fri 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Museum, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Mar 16-18 & 23-25 ▪ “Lend Me a Tenor” Comedy
Fri & Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66 Blvd.
Tickets $26 adults, seniors $23, ages 13-18 $21, ages 6-12 $12, 5 & under free.  For info, call 417 358-9665.

Mar 20 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 20 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 21 ▪ Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Health & Rehabilitation, 1901 Buena Vista
For info, call 417-358-1937.

Mar 21 & 24 ▪ Farmer’s Market
7 a.m. ▪ Historic Carthage Square
For info, call 417 358-3579.

Mar 22 & 29 ▪ Residential Solar Workshop (2 days)
6-8:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College MARET Center, 601 Laclede
Cost $40.  For info, call 417 455-5422.

Mar 22-24 ▪ “The Shape of Things” Drama
7:30 p.m. nightly, Sat 2 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Theatre, 601 Laclede
General admission $8, seniors $5.  For info, call 417 455-5458.

Mar 22 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 22 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 23 & 24 ▪ Spring Fling Murder Mystery Masquerade Ball
6-10 p.m. ▪ Historic Phelps House, 1146 Grand Ave.
Tickets $50/person. For info, call 417-358-1776.

Mar 24 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 25 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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March 12th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Mar 12 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of March 12, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Monday Member Meet up
Monday, March 12
2 p.m. • Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Please join the Chamber to celebrate our new members Monday, March 12 at 2 p.m. at the Chamber office. Meet our new members, new employees at member businesses, and new businesses. New members will have a chance to tell our Ambassadors, board members, and fellow members about their businesses.

Aflac Agents JeAnna Sheppard and Rachel Huskey
Bright Futures
Bykota Church
The Carthage Press – Tonya Williams
Carthage Sports World
Cellular Advantage, Inc.
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks
Farmers Insurance Agent Gary Schiefelbein
Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri
Impact Benefits LLC
Amy McWilliams – Jenny Craig
Theresa Kenney
Kona Ice of Joplin
MOpawz
Charlotte Pickering
Simmons Bank – Derrick Masbruch
Bill White

Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 1st Quarter prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Expo & Home Show Winners
Best Use of Theme: Checkett and Pauly, PC
Best Representation of Business: Fox 14 and KOAM TV
People’s Choice: Mercy Hospital Carthage
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees!  Special thanks to spotlight sponsors Mercy Hospital Carthage and SNC Squared. For info, contact Neely at 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Create the Official Maple Leaf Artwork Featuring the Winning Theme – "Magic of Maple Leaf"
Planning for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival, hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, is underway. This year’s theme will be "Magic of Maple Leaf" submitted by both Kim Sparks Jones and Corinne Bruegel Waggoner. The planning committee is now accepting entries for the Maple Leaf Artwork Contest to select the official graphic design for the festival. The committee looks forward to artwork and float entries depicting this year’s theme. The selected art will be included in all coordinating marketing, including the official brochure, festival shirts and web marketing, for the annual city celebration set for October 2018 in Carthage. Parade entries, booth vendors, event contestants, and other Maple Leaf Festival participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme into all parts of this year’s festivities.

Guidelines for submitting artwork:
- Submitted artwork must be no larger than 11” X 17”.
- Digital artwork is accepted (JPEG and PDF format only with a minimum output of 600 dpi).
- Non-digital pieces must be submitted on white paper (no 3-D images, sculptures or animated entries will be accepted).
- For maximum reproduction quality, vivid colors are encouraged. A limited color version will be developed with artist input for garment printing.
- All entries should incorporate images representing Carthage, the Maple Leaf Festival and this year’s theme.
- Winning entries become the property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

All entries must be received by the Chamber office by March 31. For more information, contact Mary Jo at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Festival
Sponsorships are now available for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Sponsorships are now open to all Chamber and community members!  Final sponsor deadline is March 30.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Promote Your October Event to Thousands
If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Friday, March 30 in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event.  Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Mar 12 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 12 ▪ Leads Group One
3 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 14 ▪ Non-Profit Network meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 14 ▪ Carthage Fire Station #2 groundbreaking
10:30 a.m. ▪ 3000 S. Main
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 15 ▪ Board of Directors meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 15 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) “Tiger Builders”
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Carthage R-9 Intermediate Center
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 16 ▪ Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum
10:15 a.m. ▪ 21 S. Webb St., Webb City
For info, contact Gwen at 673-1154 or gwen@webbcitychamber.com.

Mar 19 ▪ Deadline to RSVP: Emerging Leaders (CEL) “People You Need to Know” with Steve Beimdiek
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

The Missouri Dept. of Conservation is offering its annual cost-share grants to assist government agencies, public schools, and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land.  The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and the training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.  TRIM applicants must submit a completed application by June 1.  Additional details, including grant application forms, are available at mdc.mo.gov/trim. 

US Cellular - Cellular Advantage is current running a promotion that can get you locked in at just $35 per line to have Unlimited Data!  If you would like to see if they can beat your current monthly price, you can use their Quick Quote tool and save a trip to the store by visiting bit.ly/uscellularquickquote (gmail account required).  If you would rather visit their store at 1715 S. Madison in Webb City, book an appointment by visiting bit.ly/bookwebbcity.  For info, call 417-782-9995.

March is National Nutrition month and the Carthage Senior Center along with the Area Agency on Aging and the other centers will be holding their annual “Dinner Plate Fundraiser”. Funds raised throughout the month will help the agency’s nutrition program at our local senior center. Anyone making a donation during this time will have their names placed on our Dinner Plate Hall of Fame located inside the dining room of our center. You may mail or drop off your donation to the Carthage Senior Center 404 E. 3rd Street Carthage, MO 64836 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 pm. For info, call 417-358-4741.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Mar 18 ▪ Joplin Regional Artists “Art Speaks”
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Opening reception 2/2 6-8 p.m.  Underwritten by Cherry’s Art Gallery and Koka Art Gallery.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Through Mar 21 ▪ Neosho School Art Exhibit
Mon Fri 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Museum, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Mar 12 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Mar 12 & 13 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Mar 12 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Mar 12 & 15 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 12 & 13 ▪ Auditions for “Things My Mother Taught Me” Comedy
6 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66 Blvd.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 388-1466.

Mar 13 ▪ Ozark Regional Safety Day
8 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Crowder College McDonald County Cntr, Pineville
Free and open to those who live near, work with, or respond to hazardous chemicals.  For info, call 417 831-761-2935.

Mar 13 ▪ Spuds N’More for Soroptimist of Carthage
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ▪ First Christian Church Lighthouse, 801 S. Main
Baked potato fundraiser, includes silent auction.  Cost $7 in advance, $8 at the door.  Eat-in or carryout.  Delivery available on orders of 10+ (order by 3/12).  For info, call 417-388-0851.

Mar 13 ▪ Value Proposition Canvas
1:30-3 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $29/person.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Mar 13 ▪ Teens and Tweens Night (ages 12-18)
4:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Mar 13 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 13 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 13 ▪ Carthage City Council
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7000.

Mar 13 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 14 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Mar 14 ▪ Caregiver Support Group
4 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way. 
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Maple Tree Terrace.  For info, call 417 359-8808 or 417-358-7201.

Mar 14 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 15 ▪ Community Education: Basic Excel 1 & 2
4-6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $20/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417 455 5716.

Mar 15 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 15 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 16 ▪ Community Education: Lil’ Artists
3-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 16-18 & 23-25 ▪ “Lend Me a Tenor” Comedy
Fri & Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66 Blvd.
Tickets $26 adults, seniors $23, ages 13-18 $21, ages 6-12 $12, 5 & under free.  For info, call 417 358-9665.

Mar 17 ▪ St. Patrick’s Day Party
Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 17 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 18 ▪ Community Brunch
9:30-11 a.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 18 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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March 5th, 2018

Create the Official Maple Leaf Artwork Featuring the Winning Theme – “Magic of Maple Leaf”

Planning for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival, hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, is underway. This year’s theme will be “Magic of Maple Leaf” submitted by both Kim Jones and Corinne Waggoner. Committee Chair Jeanine Poe says “Maple Leaf season is such a magical time in Carthage, from the beauty of our town and the festival’s namesake leaves, to the feelings of excitement and tradition that run through our residents near and far, our visitors, and our guests. We are excited to see how our business community and community will celebrate the magic of this year’s festival with their floats, decorations, get-togethers and festival participation this year!”

The planning committee is now accepting entries for the Maple Leaf Artwork Contest to select the official graphic design for the festival. The committee looks forward to artwork and float entries depicting this year’s theme. The selected art will be included in all coordinating marketing, including the official brochure, festival shirts and web marketing, for the annual city celebration set for October 2018 in Carthage. Parade entries, booth vendors, event contestants, and other Maple Leaf Festival participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme into all parts of this year’s festivities.

Guidelines for submitting artwork:
- Submitted artwork must be no larger than 11” X 17”.
- Digital artwork is accepted (JPEG and PDF format only with a minimum output of 600 dpi).
- Non-digital pieces must be submitted on white paper (no 3-D images, sculptures or animated entries will be accepted).
- For maximum reproduction quality, vivid colors are encouraged. A limited color version will be developed with artist input for garment printing.
- All entries should incorporate images representing Carthage, the Maple Leaf Festival and this year’s theme.
- Winning entries become the property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

All entries must be received by the Chamber office by Saturday, March 31, 2018. For more information, contact Mary Jo at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

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March 5th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Mar 5 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of March 5, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.

Spotlight Event
Business Expo & Home Show
Mar 9 ▪ Expo After Hours
5-8 p.m. ▪ CMC Auditorium, 1900 S. Grand
Spotlight sponsors Mercy Carthage and SNC Squared.  After Hours sponsored by Carthage Marine Transport, Halo Salon, and J Builders.  Admission: your business card.  For info, contact Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 10 ▪ Public Day
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ CMC Auditorium, 1900 S. Grand
Spotlight sponsors Mercy Carthage and SNC Squared.  Grand prize sponsored by Dr. Fly’s Salon.  Admission: $1 in advance, $2 at the door.  Veterans and students free w/ID.  For info, contact Neely at 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
LAST Chance to sponsor Business Expo/Home Show
The March 9 & 10 Expo/Home Show booth spaces are sold out, BUT you can still market to hundreds of potential customers by donating to the “bottle” auction. For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
52nd Maple Leaf Festival “Magic of Maple Leaf”
The Maple Leaf Committee selected “Magic of Maple Leaf” as the theme for the 2018 festival.  Watch for this theme to be incorporated in events, parade entries, pageant costumes, and much more.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Festival
Sponsorships are now available for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Sponsorships are now open to all Chamber and community members!  Final sponsor deadline is March 30.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Promote Your October Event to Thousands
If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.

Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Friday, March 30 in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event.  Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Mar 9 ▪ Expo & Home Show After Hours
5-8 p.m. ▪ CMC Auditorium, Grand & Highland
Admission: your business card.  For info, contact Neely at 417 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.   

Mar 10 ▪ Expo & Home Show Public Day
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ CMC Auditorium, Grand & Highland
Admission: $1 in advance, $2 at the door.  For info, contact Neely at 417 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.
Mar 12 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 12 ▪ Leads Group One
3 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
The Missouri Dept. of Conservation is offering its annual cost-share grants to assist government agencies, public schools, and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land.  The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and the training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.  TRIM applicants must submit a completed application by June 1.  Additional details, including grant application forms, are available at mdc.mo.gov/trim. 

US Cellular - Cellular Advantage is current running a promotion that can get you locked in at just $35 per line to have Unlimited Data!  If you would like to see if they can beat your current monthly price, you can use their Quick Quote tool and save a trip to the store by visiting bit.ly/uscellularquickquote (gmail account required).  If you would rather visit their store at 1715 S. Madison in Webb City, book an appointment by visiting bit.ly/bookwebbcity.  For info, call 417-782-9995.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Mar 18 ▪ Joplin Regional Artists “Art Speaks”
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Opening reception 2/2 6-8 p.m.  Underwritten by Cherry’s Art Gallery and Koka Art Gallery.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Mar 4-10 ▪ Severe Weather Awareness Week
3/5 Preparedness Day, 3/6 Tornado Safety Day, 3/7 Flash Flood Safety Day, 3/8 Severe Thunderstorm Day, 3/9 Weather Radio Day.  For info, call 417 237 7100.   

Mar 4 & 5 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Mar 4 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Mar 4 & 7 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 5 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Mar 5 ▪ Brunch with a Heart
11:30 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, mercy.net/heartbrunch.

Mar 5 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 5 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 5 ▪ International Dining Experience
6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Venezuelan meal to benefit International Club.  Tickets are $20/plate or $35 for two tickets.  For info, call 417-455-5550.

Mar 5 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 6-21 ▪ Neosho School Art Exhibit
Mon Fri 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Museum, Neosho
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5540.

Mar 6 ▪ Annual Statewide Tornado Drill
10 a.m. ▪ City of Carthage and all of Jasper County
For info, call 417 237 7100.   

Mar 6 ▪ Analyzing & Managing Cash Flow
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $59/person.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Mar 7 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Mar 7 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 7 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 8 ▪ Window Restoration Workshop Early Registration
Carthage Historic Preservation Sweet House, 311 E. 13th St.
Cost $350.  Workshop dates Apr 20-22.  For info, call 573 353 6858.

Mar 8 ▪ Social Hour
10:45 a.m. ▪ Carthage Senior Center, 404 E. 3rd
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Maple Tree Terrace.  For info, call 417 358-4741 or 417-358-7201.

Mar 8 ▪ Starting a Small Business: The First Steps
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $29/business (up to 2 attendees).  For info, call 417 625 3128.

Mar 8 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 10 ▪ Community Education: Abduction Prevention
Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  Adults & Youth.  For info, call 417 455-5716.

Mar 10 ▪ 4th Annual March O’the Kidney 1-Mile Walk
8 a.m. ▪ Northpark Mall, 101 S. Rangeline
To benefit Freeman Dialysis Fund.  Registration $10 advance, $15 at the door.  For info, call 417 347-8330.

Mar 10 ▪ Birthday Bash to benefit Heartland Senior Dog Rescue/Rehab
10 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Spinning Wheels Sk8 Center, Carl Junction
Open to the public.  Vendors, games, silent auction, photo booth, & more.  For info, call 417 483-2311.

Mar 10 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 11 ▪ Goat Yoga Benefit led by Yoga 4U
2 p.m. ▪ Carthage Humane Society, 13860 Dog Kennel Lane
Cost $25/person.  For info, call 417 358-6402.

Mar 11 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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February 26th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Feb 26 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of February 26, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Quarterly Member Luncheon
Wednesday, February 28
Reminder only, RSVP deadline has passed
11:30 a.m. • Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way

Join us for our next Quarterly Luncheon at Mercy Carthage Hospital, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way, Wednesday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be $12* for members, $15 for non-members.  For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Emerging Leaders (CEL) News
Modern Manufacturing Tour
Emerging Leaders (CEL) Modern Manufacturing Tour
Tuesday, February 27
11 a.m. • L&P Br0001, 215 N. McGregor
ONLY 2 spots remain. Cost $5 includes lunch. Reminder: no open-toes or high-heel shoes and no cell phones or photos/videos will be allowed.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417-358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
LAST Chance to sponsor Business Expo/Home Show
The March 9 & 10 Expo/Home Show booth spaces are sold out, BUT you can still market to hundreds of potential customers by sponsoring the Exhibitors’ Lounge ($300) or putting your items into 500 goodie bags or donating to the “bottle” auction. For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Submit Your Winning Maple Leaf Theme Idea
Entries for the 52nd annual Maple Leaf Festival theme contest are now being accepted.  Submissions for this year’s contest will be accepted through THIS Wednesday, February 28 only. Submissions must be in writing and can be brought to the Chamber office, 402 S Garrison, or e-mailed to mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.  Entries received after 5:00 p.m. February 28 will not be considered.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Festival
Sponsorships are now available for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Past sponsors have first rights to their previously sponsored event until THIS THURSDAY, March 1 only.  Final sponsor deadline is March 30.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Promote Your October Event to Thousands
If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.

Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Friday, March 30 in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event.  Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Feb 27 ▪ Leads Group Two meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 27 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) Manufacturing Tour
11 a.m. ▪ L&P Br0001, 215 N. McGregor
Cost $5 includes lunch.  FIRM limit of 20.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 28 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
11:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 1 ▪ Maple Leaf Committee meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 2 ▪ Public Policy meeting
11:30 a.m. ▪ Mother Road Coffee, 325 S. Main
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Mar 9 ▪ Expo & Home Show After Hours
5-8 p.m. ▪ CMC Auditorium, Grand & Highland
Admission: your business card.  For info, contact Neely at 417 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.   

Mar 10 ▪ Expo & Home Show Public Day
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ CMC Auditorium, Grand & Highland
Admission: $1 in advance, $2 at the door.  For info, contact Neely at 417 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.   

Mar 12 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
Carthage Walmart now offers FREE grocery pickup.  Shop and pay online, select a pickup time, and wait in your car while your items are loaded.  For info, visit www.walmart.com/grocery.

The Carthage post of the American Legion is looking for additional sponsors to help them send more young men to Missouri Boys State. Similarly, their Auxiliary is seeking sponsors to help them send more young ladies to Missouri Girls State. Contact Dale at 417-359-6161 to get involved!  http://www.moboysstate.org/basics/.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Mar 18 ▪ Joplin Regional Artists “Art Speaks”
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Opening reception 2/2 6-8 p.m.  Underwritten by Cherry’s Art Gallery and Koka Art Gallery.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Feb 26 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Feb 26 & 27 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Feb 26 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Feb 26 ▪ Community Education: Internet for Baby Boomers
4-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $20, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 26 & Mar 1 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 26 ▪ Community Education: All Season Wreaths
5:30-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 27 & Mar 1 ▪ Microsoft Excel - Level 1 (2 days)
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $124/person.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Feb 27 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 27 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 27 ▪ Carthage City Council meeting
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant St.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237 7000.   

Feb 27 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 28 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Feb 28 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 1 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Mar 1 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 3 ▪ Walk with a Doc
9 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-556-2260.

Mar 3 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 4 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Mar 4 ▪ Pittsburg State University Concert Tour Choir
7 p.m. ▪ Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Howard
40-voice choir free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Carthage Council on the Arts and Carthage Musical Devotees.  For info, call 760 880 8714.

Rescheduled Mar 5 ▪ Brunch with a Heart
11:30 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, mercy.net/heartbrunch.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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February 20th, 2018

2018 Leadership in Practice Scholarship now OPEN for CHS Freshman

The Leadership in Practice program was developed over 20 years ago by the Missouri Chamber Foundation to engage Missouri high school students in hands on, real world leadership training. Leadership in Practice is one of the state’s premier leadership emersion programs. Now for four days each June, Missouri’s brightest rising sophomore student leaders come together to learn what characteristics and tools that tomorrow’s leaders need to meet the challenges of the world.

Applications may be hand-written or typed but MUST be turned in to the High School Counseling Office by March 16, 2018.  The chosen student will be notified by April 1, 2018.  Program dates are June 24 27, 2018.  Download the scholarship application here.  For more info, contact the CHS Counseling Office or the Chamber of Commerce.

February 19th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Feb 19 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of February 19, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Women’s Roundtable: Generations in the Workplace Luncheon
Tuesday, February 20
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Cherry’s Event Space, 116 W. 3rd
Reminder only, RSVP deadline has passed

Panel includes – Marge Rogler (retired), Susan Moore of Southwest Missouri Bank, Heather Orscheln of Repurpose Boutique, Jade Reed of Halo Salon, and Claire Orscheln of Carthage High School. Attendees will be encouraged to participate and share their thoughts and experiences.

$12 for Chamber members, $15 for non-members. Both employers and employees of companies will find this event interesting as they learn about the key traits of the five generations living in America (Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Millennials, Generation X, and Generation Z). Participants will have an opportunity to share their ideas of how to improve their work environment. Reducing conflict, encouraging teamwork and effectively managing the diverse generations of employees in your organization can help increase your company’s profitability.

For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Quarterly Member Luncheon
Rescheduled Wednesday, February 28
11:30 a.m. • Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way

Join us for our next Quarterly Luncheon at Mercy Carthage Hospital, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way, Wednesday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. RSVP by 2/23.  Lunch will be $12* for members, $15 for non-members.

LAST Chance to sponsor Business Expo/Home Show
The March 9 & 10 Expo/Home Show booth spaces are sold out BUT you can still market to hundreds of potential customers by sponsoring the Exhibitors’ Lounge ($300) or putting your items into 500 goodie bags or the “bottle” auction. For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Submit Your Winning Maple Leaf Theme Idea
Entries for the 52nd annual Maple Leaf Festival theme contest are now being accepted.  Submissions for this year’s contest will be accepted through Wednesday, February 28 only. Submissions must be in writing and can be brought to the Chamber office, 402 S Garrison, or e-mailed to mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.  Entries received after 5:00 p.m. February 28 will not be considered.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Festival
Sponsorships are now available for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Past sponsors have first rights to their previously sponsored event until March 1 only.  Final sponsor deadline is March 30.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Promote Your October Event to Thousands
If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.

Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Friday, March 30 in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event.  Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Feb 19 ▪ Chamber office closed for Presidents’ Day

Feb 20 ▪ Women’s Roundtable: Generations in the Workplace luncheon
11:45 a.m. ▪ Cherry’s Event Space, 116 W. 3rd St.
Cost* $12 members, $15 non-members.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 20 ▪ Marketing & Expo/Home Show meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 21 ▪ Vision Carthage meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.
Feb 27 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) Manufacturing Tour
11 a.m. ▪ L&P Br0001, 215 N. McGregor
TODAY is the last day to RSVP.  Cost $5 includes lunch.  FIRM limit of 20.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 27 ▪ Leads Group Two meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 28 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
RSVP by this FRIDAY.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
The Salvation Army at 125 E. Fairview Ave. is once again offering free lunch to the community every Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m.  For info, call 417 358-2262.

In recognition of Grain Bin Safety Week (February 18-24), Specialty Risk Insurance is holding the 5th Annual Grain Bin Safety Contest now through April 30.  It will award grain rescue tubes and specialized hands-on training to help first responders save lives when farmers or other workers become dangerously entrapped in grain bins and other grain storage structures.  Nominations are accepted from the general public as well as firefighters who wish to nominate their own fire department.  Visit specialtyriskinsuranceagency.com for contest details.

Carthage Walmart now offers FREE grocery pickup.  Shop and pay online, select a pickup time, and wait in your car while your items are loaded.  For info, visit www.walmart.com/grocery.

Children’s Haven is celebrating 15 years of providing safe, nurturing emergency shelter to children of the Four States! Our new Playground Project is a great way to help us celebrate! Find out how your donation can help create a joyful, interactive outdoor space for kids to be energetic and carefree during times of family crisis! State tax credits may be available for gifts of $100 or more. Visit us at www.childrenshaven.org or call 417.782.4453 today!

The Carthage post of the American Legion is looking for additional sponsors to help them send more young men to Missouri Boys State. Similarly, their Auxiliary is seeking sponsors to help them send more young ladies to Missouri Girls State. Contact Dale at 417-359-6161 to get involved!  http://www.moboysstate.org/basics/.

Upcoming Member Events

Through Mar 18 ▪ Joplin Regional Artists “Art Speaks”
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Opening reception 2/2 6-8 p.m.  Underwritten by Cherry’s Art Gallery and Koka Art Gallery.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Feb 19 & 20 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Feb 19 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Feb 19 & 22 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 20 ▪ “Navigating Your Business Through Tax Season”
5:30-7 p.m. ▪ DriftAway Day Spa, 134 S. Main, Carl Junction
Free and open to the public.  Presented by The Serenity Keeper.  For info, email sarah@serenitykeeper.com.

Feb 20 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 20 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 20 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 21 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Feb 21 ▪ LivePlan: Building a Business Plan
1:30-3 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $39/person.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Feb 21 ▪ Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Health & Rehab, 1901 S. Buena Vista
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1937.

Feb 21 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 22 ▪ Brunch with a Heart
11:30 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, mercy.net/heartbrunch.

Feb 22 ▪ Targeting Your Customers using Social Media
11:45 a.m. ▪ Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by MSSU SBTDC and Carl Junction Chamber.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Feb 22 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 22 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 23 ▪ Community Education: Kids Dance (ages 6-12)
4-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25/month, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 23 ▪ Community Education: Dance for Tots (ages 4-5)
5-6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25/month, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 23 ▪ Community Education: Relax & Paint
6-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 24 ▪ Prom Dress ReSale
10 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ MSSU North End Zone, 3950 Newman Rd.
Free and open to the public.  To benefit St. Ann’s Youth Group.  For info, call 417 483-0167.

Feb 24 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 25 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 25 ▪ “Human Trafficking, what you need to know”
6-7:30 p.m. ▪ Christ’s Church of Oronogo, 22145 Kafir Rd.
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Soroptimist of Carthage.  For info, contact maggie.schade@cco.church.   

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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February 12th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Feb 12 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of February 12, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Wal-Mart Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, February 13
9 a.m. • 2705 Grand
Join us to celebrate the kick-off of FREE grocery pick up at Wal-Mart with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, February 13 at 9 p.m., 2705 Grand. Please RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com. Don’t forget to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 1st quarter prize valued at $100.

Chamber News
Monday Member Meet-up
Monday, February 12
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Please join the Chamber to celebrate our new members Monday, February 12 at 2 p.m. at the Chamber office. Meet our new members, new employees at member businesses, and new businesses. New members will have a chance to tell our Ambassadors, board members, and fellow members about their businesses.
417 Janitorial Services
AT&T Spring Mobile
The Carthage Press – Tonya Williams
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks
Farmers Insurance Agent Gary Schiefelbein
Impact Benefits LLC
Jenny Craig – Amy McWilliams
Joplin Supply
Nationwide Insurance – Ezra Cook
Charlotte Pickering
Simmons Bank – Derrick Masbruch
Top Notch Tree and Lawn Care
Bill White
Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 1st Quarter prize valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum
Friday, February 16
10:30 a.m. • Grace Pointe Assembly, 1605 S. Baker Blvd.
Join us to hear from our state legislators on what is expected in Jefferson City this session. Open to the public, although RSVPs were due by 2/8. Cost $10* includes brunch. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Quarterly Member Luncheon
Rescheduled Wednesday, February 28
11:30 a.m. • Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way
Join us for our next Quarterly Luncheon at Mercy Carthage Hospital, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way, Wednesday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. RSVP by 2/23. Lunch will be $12* for members, $15 for non-members.

Emerging Leaders News
Be a “Tiger Builder”
3rd Thursdays beginning February 15
We will kick off a new CEL program on Thursday, February 15 having lunch once a month with the 5th & 6th graders at Carthage Intermediate Center. All CELs are invited to participate, once or monthly, for just one 30-minute lunch period or the entire lunch block 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

LAST Chance to sponsor Business Expo/Home Show
The March 9 & 10 Expo/Home Show booth spaces are sold out BUT you can still market to hundreds of potential customers by sponsoring the Exhibitors’ Lounge ($300) or putting your items into 500 goodie bags or the “bottle” auction. For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Submit Your Winning Maple Leaf Theme Idea
Entries for the 52nd annual Maple Leaf Festival theme contest are now being accepted. Submissions for this year’s contest will be accepted through Wednesday, February 28 only. Submissions must be in writing and can be brought to the Chamber office, 402 S Garrison, or e-mailed to mjlittle@carthagechamber.com. Entries received after 5:00 p.m. February 28 will not be considered. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Festival
Sponsorships are now available for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Past sponsors will have first rights to their previously sponsored event until March 1 only. Final sponsor deadline is March 30. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Promote Your October Event to Thousands
If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.
Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Friday, March 30 in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure. A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event. Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Feb 12 ▪ Monday Member Meetup
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 12 ▪ Leads Group One meeting
3 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 13 ▪ Wal-Mart Grocery Pickup ribbon cutting
9 a.m. ▪ 2705 S. Grand
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 14 ▪ Non-Profit Network meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 15 ▪ Board of Directors meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 15 ▪ Emerging Leaders (CEL) Be a “Tiger Builder”
11 a.m.-1 p.m. ▪ Carthage Intermediate Cntr, Chapel/Fir
Cost $2.50 for lunch. For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 16 ▪ Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum
Reminder only, RSVP deadline has passed.
Doors open 10:15 a.m. ▪ Grace Pointe, 1605 S. Baker
Cost $10* includes brunch. For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 20 ▪ Women’s Roundtable: Generations in the Workplace luncheon
11:45 a.m. ▪ Cherry’s Event Space, 116 W. 3rd St.
RSVP by 2/15. Cost* $12 members, $15 non-members. For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 28 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
RSVP by 2/23. For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 19 ▪ Chamber office closed for Presidents’ Day

Member News
Dogwood Garden Club is selling hanging baskets of sun or shade flowers as a fundraiser to build a new fence at the wading pool in Central Park. Delivery will be April 12-14. Deadline to order is February 28. For info, call 417-850-4335.

The Workforce Investment Board’s pre-apprenticeship training programs through area tech schools such as Crowder College are not only helping our region’s residents become more employable, they also focus on helping the community at the same time. Part of the practical application portions of the WIB’s pre-apprenticeship training will be spent on refurbishment of a youth center for a local church group in Carthage, which will serve as a resource to the community upon completion. The effort is in need of cash donations and building materials. For info on how you can help, call 417-380-9626.

The Salvation Army at 125 E. Fairview Ave. is once again offering free lunch to the community every Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. For info, call 417 358-2262.

In recognition of Grain Bin Safety Week (February 18-24), Specialty Risk Insurance is holding the 5th Annual Grain Bin Safety Contest now through April 30. It will award grain rescue tubes and specialized hands-on training to help first responders save lives when farmers or other workers become dangerously entrapped in grain bins and other grain storage structures. Nominations are accepted from the general public as well as firefighters who wish to nominate their own fire department. Visit specialtyriskinsuranceagency.com for contest details.

To help area employers take care of everyday or acute healthcare needs, Freeman Health System announces Freeman First Care. Located at 3333 McIntosh Circle, Suite 4 in Joplin, Freeman First Care helps employees – whether new to the area or those without a healthcare provider – get established with a primary care provider and can assist with referrals to specialists as needed. This service is also for employees who are having difficulties getting a timely appointment with their current provider. Staffed by board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners, Freeman First Care also offers treatment for colds and non-work-related injuries, basic health tests and annual wellness exams. Freeman First Care is open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. No referrals are needed. To schedule an appointment, call 417-347-8200.

Children’s Haven is celebrating 15 years of providing safe, nurturing emergency shelter to children of the Four States! Our new Playground Project is a great way to help us celebrate! Find out how your donation can help create a joyful, interactive outdoor space for kids to be energetic and carefree during times of family crisis! State tax credits may be available for gifts of $100 or more. Visit us at www.childrenshaven.org or call 417.782.4453 today!

Serenity Keeper will be hosting “Navigating Your Business Through Tax Season” at DriftAway Spa in Carl Junction on February 20. Although the event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are due soon, so contact Sarah at sarah@serenitykeeper.com or find her Facebook event.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Feb 15 ▪ Crowder College Student Art Exhibit
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede
Free and open to the public. Artist reception 12/8 at 5-7 p.m. For info, call 417 455-5540.

Through Feb 17 ▪ Winter Reading Program (ages 0-18)
During normal hours ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-237-7040.

Through Mar 18 ▪ Joplin Regional Artists “Art Speaks”
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome. Opening reception 2/2 6-8 p.m. Underwritten by Cherry’s Art Gallery and Koka Art Gallery. For info, call 417 358-4404.

Feb 12-15 ▪ Chocolate-covered Strawberries
5:15 a.m.-9 p.m. ▪ Fair Acres Family YMCA, 2600 Grand Ave.
Preorders preferred. For info, call 417-358-1070.

Feb 12 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-237-7040.

Feb 12 & 13 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way. Free and open to the public, registration appreciated. For info, call 417 359-2636.

Feb 12 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417 556-8760.

Feb 12 ▪ Community Education: Intro to Computer Skills
4-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $20, open to the public. For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 12 & 15 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public. For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 13 ▪ Narcan Training
3 & 6 p.m. ▪ Carthage Nazarene, 2000 Grand Ave.
For law enforcement, school personnel, and parents. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Alliance of SW MO. For info, call 417 782-9899.

Feb 13 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public. For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 13 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public. For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 13 ▪ Carthage City Council meeting
6:30 p.m. ▪ City Hall, 326 Grant St.
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417 237-7000.

Feb 13 ▪ Community Education: Guitar Small Group Lesson
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $70 includes 8 weekly lessons, open to the public. For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 13 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public. For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 14 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-237-7040.

Feb 14 ▪ Caregiver Support Group
4 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way
Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Maple Tree Terrace. For info, call 417 358-7201 or 417-359-8808.

Feb 14 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 15 ▪ Increasing Profitability through Data Analysis
3-4 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-625-3128.

Feb 15 ▪ Community Education: Basic Excel 1 & 2
4-6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $20/session, open to the public. For info, call 417 455 5716.

Feb 15 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public. For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 15 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 16 ▪ Community Education: Lil’ Artists
3-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public. For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 17 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 18 ▪ Community Brunch
9:30-11 a.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 18 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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February 5th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Feb 5 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Week of February 5, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Quarterly Member Luncheon
Wednesday, February 7
11:30 a.m. • Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way

Reminder only…RSVP deadline has passed
Join us for our next Quarterly Luncheon at Mercy Carthage Hospital, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way, Wednesday, February 7, 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be $12* for members, $15 for non-members.

Chamber News
“You Knock Our Socks Off” Chamber Member of the Month Carthage Council on the Arts Award Presentation Invitation
Wednesday, February 7 • 2 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the January “You Knock Our Socks Off” Chamber Member of the Month award recipient Carthage Council on the Arts at the Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7.

2018 Business Expo/Home Show Sponsorships are in LIMITED Supply
The March 9 & 10 Expo/Home Show booth spaces are sold out BUT we are taking a waiting list AND there are sponsorships with AMAZING exposure still available. For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Maple Leaf News
Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Festival
Sponsorships are now available for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Past sponsors will have first rights to their previously sponsored event until March 1 only.  Final sponsor deadline is March 30.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Submit Your Winning Maple Leaf Theme Idea
Entries for the 52nd annual Maple Leaf Festival theme contest are now being accepted.  Submissions for this year’s contest will be accepted through Wednesday, February 28 only. Submissions must be in writing and can be brought to the Chamber office, 402 S Garrison, or e-mailed to mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.  Entries received after 5:00 p.m. February 28 will not be considered.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Promote Your October Event to Thousands
If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Friday, March 30 in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event.  Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Feb 6 ▪ Banquet Committee wrap-up meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 7 ▪ Quarterly Member Luncheon
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 7 ▪ “You Knock Our Socks” Member of the Month Award Presentation
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 13 ▪ Wal-Mart Grocery Pickup ribbon cutting
9 a.m. ▪ 2705 S. Grand
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 16 ▪ Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum
Doors open 10:15 a.m. ▪ Grace Pointe, 1605 S. Baker
RSVP by 2/8.  Cost $10* includes brunch.  For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 20 ▪ Women’s Roundtable: Generations in the Workplace luncheon
11:45 a.m. ▪ Cherry’s Event Space, 116 W. 3rd St.
RSVP by 2/15.  Cost* $12 members, $15 non-members.  For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News

Heartland Senior Dog Rescue & Rehab is offering an array of sweet treats for your Valentine as a fundraiser for their furry friends.  Orders for Salted Caramel Turtles, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Chocolate Covered Vanilla Cake, or Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake must be placed by February 9.  Pickup available in Joplin, Carthage, Webb City, or Carl Junction.  For info, email heartlandsdrr@gmail.com.

Dogwood Garden Club is selling hanging baskets of sun or shade flowers as a fundraiser to build a new fence at the wading pool in Central Park.  Delivery will be April 12-14.  Deadline to order is February 28.  For info, call 417-850-4335.

The Workforce Investment Board’s pre-apprenticeship training programs through area tech schools such as Crowder College are not only helping our region’s residents become more employable, they also focus on helping the community at the same time.  Part of the practical application portions of the WIB’s pre-apprenticeship training will be spent on refurbishment of a youth center for a local church group in Carthage, which will serve as a resource to the community upon completion.  The effort is in need of cash donations and building materials.  For info on how you can help, call 417-380-9626.

MSSU and the Joplin Chamber Young Professionals are currently collecting gently used professional clothing at the JACC office for their annual “Dress to Impress” event.  This event prepares students for their careers by helping them build a professional wardrobe.  The drive continues until March 2.  For info, call 417-624-4150.

MSSU SBTDC is currently seeking sponsors for their upcoming “Cyber Awareness 360” event.  Sponsorships are $1000 and include 20 event tickets.  For info, call 417 625-9575.

MSSU invites area businesses to pledge their sponsorship and reserve a booth for their Spring Career Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  For info, call 417 758 9330. 

Upcoming Member Events
Through Feb 15 ▪ Crowder College Student Art Exhibit
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception 12/8 at 5-7 p.m.  For info, call 417 455-5540.

Through Feb 17 ▪ Winter Reading Program (ages 0-18)
During normal hours ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Through Mar 18 ▪ Joplin Regional Artists “Art Speaks”
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Opening reception 2/2 6-8 p.m.  Underwritten by Cherry’s Art Gallery and Koka Art Gallery.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Feb 5 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Feb 5 & 6 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Feb 5 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Feb 5 ▪ Community Education: Learn Basic Power Point
4-5 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $20, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 5 & 6 ▪ Community Education: Zumba w/Beth McCully
5:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5 per class, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 5 ▪ Community Education: Guitar Small Group Lesson
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $70 includes 8 weekly lessons, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 6 ▪ Business Financials: The Basics
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $49/person.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Feb 6 ▪ Community Education: Carlette’s Crafts (All ages)
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost varies, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 6 ▪ Community Education: Gentle Yoga w/Cassie
6-7 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 6 ▪ Community Education: Beginners Line Dancing
7-8 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $10, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 7 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Feb 7 ▪ QuickBooks Desktop: Utilization, Tips, & Tricks
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $79/person.  For info, call 417-625-3128.

Feb 7 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 8 ▪ Social Hour
10:45 a.m. ▪ Carthage Senior “Can Do” Center, 404 E. 3rd St.
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Maple Tree Terrace.  For info, call 417 358-4741 or 417-358-7201.   

Feb 8 ▪ Starting a Small Business: The First Steps
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $29/business (up to 2 attendees).  For info, call 417 625 3128.

Feb 8 ▪ Community Education: Basic Excel 1 & 2
4-6 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $20/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417 455 5716.

Feb 8 ▪ American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kick-off
5:30-7:30 p.m. ▪ CW&EP Community Room, 627 W. Centennial
Free and open to the public.  Event date: Jun 2.  For info, call 417 447-1472.

Feb 8 ▪ Community Education: Basic Yoga w/Cassie
6-7:15 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $5/session, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 8 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 10 ▪ Community Education: Self-Defense-Abduction Prevention
TBA ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 10 ▪ Community Education: Kids Cake Pop (Ages 5-11)
9 a.m.-12 noon ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 10 ▪ Community Education: Kids Cupcake Fun (Ages 5-11)
1-3 p.m. ▪ Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho
Cost $25, open to the public.  For info, call 417-455-5716.

Feb 10 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 11 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

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February 2nd, 2018

Promote Your October Event to Thousands

If you have an event you’d like to promote to up to 20,000 residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.

The deadline for completed applications AND fees are due no later Friday, March 30th in order to be considered for the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival brochure. Applications will be reviewed by the Maple Leaf Committee upon completion and not all applications may be accepted.


A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event. These fees help defray the costs of printing 20,000 brochures and maintaining an online events calendar. Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.


You may request a copy of the application via fax, e-mail, or pick one up at the Carthage Chamber, 402 S. Garrison. For more information or to request an application, please contact Mary Jo at 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

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February 2nd, 2018

Submit Your Winning Maple Leaf Theme Idea

Entries for the 52nd annual Maple Leaf Festival theme contest are being accepted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

Submissions for this year’s contest will be accepted through Wednesday, February 28th at the Carthage Chamber. Submissions must be in writing and can be brought to the Chamber office, 402 S Garrison, or e-mailed to mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Those wishing to submit a theme entry should provide their theme suggestion, their name, address, daytime telephone number, and email. Entries received after 5:00 p.m. February 28th will not be considered.

The winning entry becomes the sole property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce and the Maple Leaf Festival and will be used on all promotional materials.

For more information, contact Neely at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

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January 29th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jan 29, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of January 29, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Chamber 101 New Member Academy
Wednesday, January 31
9 a.m. • 402 S. Garrison
The Carthage Chamber is proud to present our Chamber 101 New Member Academy, Wednesday, January 31 at 9AM. The presentation will be a one-hour spotlight focused on all that your Chamber membership has to offer you whether you’ve been a member for a week or ten years.  Bring your whole staff. Refreshments and materials provided. Due to limited space and materials provided, please RSVP to Neely at 358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Chamber News
Annual Chamber Banquet Survey
If you joined us for our 2018 Carthage Chamber “Evening at the Kentucky Derby” Banquet, please use the link below to give us your feedback…only 5 questions!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7ZLYWVG
If prompted, use the password “CarthageChamber” (no quotes) to access this survey. This survey will remain open through Wednesday, January 31. Please share with other attendees, especially at-the-door substitutions or last-minute changes. We want feedback from all our banquet guests!

2018 Business Expo/Home Show Sponsorships are in LIMITED Supply
The March 9 & 10 Expo/Home Show booth spaces are sold out BUT we are taking a waiting list AND there are sponsorships with AMAZING exposure still available. For info, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jan 31 ▪ Chamber 101 Member Academy
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 1 ▪ Maple Leaf 2018 kick-off meeting
3 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 2 ▪ Public Policy Committee meeting
11:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Feb 16 ▪ Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum
Doors open 10:15 a.m. ▪ Grace Pointe, 1605 S. Baker
RSVP by 2/8.  Cost $10* includes brunch.  For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
The Workforce Investment Board’s pre-apprenticeship training programs through area tech schools such as Crowder College are not only helping our region’s residents become more employable, they also focus on helping the community at the same time.  Part of the practical application portions of the WIB’s pre-apprenticeship training will be spent on refurbishment of a youth center for a local church group in Carthage, which will serve as a resource to the community upon completion.  The effort is in need of cash donations and building materials.  For info on how you can help, call 417-380-9626.

MSSU and the Joplin Chamber Young Professionals are currently collecting gently used professional clothing at the JACC office for their annual “Dress to Impress” event.  This event prepares students for their careers by helping them build a professional wardrobe.  The drive continues until March 2.  For info, call 417-624-4150.

Boomers BBQ & Catering is now taking pre-orders for Super Bowl Sunday orders of wings, ribs, meat platters, and bulk meat.  They will be open on Sunday, February 4 from 2-5 p.m. for pick-up and limited cash-and-carry orders (ribs must be pre-ordered).  For info, call 417-358-8112.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Feb 15 ▪ Crowder College Student Art Exhibit
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception 12/8 at 5-7 p.m.  For info, call 417 455-5540.

Through Feb 17 ▪ Winter Reading Program (ages 0-18)
During normal hours ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 29 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 29 & 30 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Jan 29 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Jan 30 ▪ Freeman Advantage: HealthWISE
10 a.m. ▪ Freeman Business Cntr, 3220 McClelland Blvd.
Free and open to Advantage members.  For info, call 417 347 5837.

Jan 30 ▪ First-Time Home Buyer’s 101 Seminar
5:30 p.m. ▪ CW&EP Community Room, 627 W. Centennial
Free and open to the public.  Presented by Pro 100 Realtors and Arvest Bank.  For info, call 417-237-8533.

Jan 31 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 31 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 1 ▪ Wellness Speaker Series: Bariatrics
12-1 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 781-4404.

Feb 1 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 2-Mar 18 ▪ Joplin Regional Artists “Art Speaks”
Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th
Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Opening reception 2/2 6-8 p.m.  Underwritten by Cherry’s Art Gallery and Koka Art Gallery.  For info, call 417 358-4404.

Feb 2-4 ▪ “The Night of January 16th” Drama
Fri & Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66
Ticket $26 adults, $23 seniors, $21 teens, $12 children, 5 & under free.  For info, call 417 358-9665.   

Feb 3 ▪ Walk with a Doc
9 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-556-2260.

Feb 3 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Feb 4 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

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January 22nd, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jan 22, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of January 22, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
Emerging Leaders (CEL) Planning Meeting
Wednesday, January 24
3-5 p.m. • Mother Road Coffee, 325 S. Main
Join us to finalize strategic plans and event calendar for 2018.  All Chamber members welcome. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373. 

Chamber News
Banquet Award Winners
On Friday, over 450 Chamber members and community leaders gathered to recognize outstanding teachers, business leaders, volunteers, and community members.

Thanks to all our sponsors including Leggett & Platt, H.E. Williams, Beimdiek Insurance, Central Pet Care, Mercy Hospital, Southwest Missouri Bank, Jordan CPA Services, KOAM/Fox TV, SNC Squared, Schmidt Associates, US Bank, US Cellular Premier Locations, 417 Janitorial Services, Carthage Animal Hospital, Community Bank & Trust, Empire District Electric, Fair Acres Family YMCA, Grundy Auto & Frame, Hometown Bank, LPL Financial, McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, Ozark Center, Prater Pharmacy, Professional Building, and Race Brothers Farm & Home.  Special thanks to the Fathers of the CMR, Bloom Boutique, Carthage High School Jazz Band #1, Carthage Police Honor Guard, Carthage Police Explorers, Carthage Nazarene, First Methodist, Carthage Press, Ron Petersen Sr., Chamber Ambassadors, Banquet Committee members, and ALL our volunteers and guests!

The awards and their winners were:
Retiring Board of Directors
Kenney Arnold - Allstate Insurance
Susan Wendleton - Carthage Water & Electric Plant
Given to retiring Board Members in appreciation of their continued insight, support and/or encouragement.

Chairman’s Award – Alice Chorum, Southwest Agency
Presented by the Chairman in recognition of contributions to the Chamber and Carthage community.

Special Recognition - J. Michael Harris, City of Carthage
Presented by the Chamber of Commerce to a person who has given of his time and talents for our community and deserves special recognition.

ATHENA Leadership Award – Cherry Babcock, Cherry’s Art Gallery, Cherry’s Event Space, and Annie’s 
Sponsored by the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation and Missouri Southern State University
A nationally recognized award presented in recognition of those who support, develop, and honor women leaders.

Artist of the Year Award – artCentral
Sponsored by artCentral
In recognition of contributions to the Carthage art community.

Golden Key Awards - 
Sponsored by S&S Computers
Sharon Frost - Pleasant Valley, Kindergarten
Travis Bolin - Intermediate Center, Counselor
Kim Pace - Junior High, Math/Algebra I
Kelsey Stenger - Carthage High School, Health/Cardio

Humanitarian of the Year Award – Shala Rogler
Sponsored by McCune Brooks Healthcare Foundation
Presented in recognition of improvements to healthcare in the Carthage community.

Golden Hammer Award - Janie Fraser & Bryan Williams
Sponsored by Edward Jones - Darren Collier
Presented by Carthage Historic Preservation in recognition of an historic property being preserved in an historically appropriate manner.

Community Enhancement Award – Carthage R-9 Schools
Sponsored by ADM Milling and the Carthage Chamber of Commerce
Presented to recognize an organization, committee, group, or individual that has contributed significantly to make our community a better place to live. 

Spotlight Award – Camp Mi Casa on the Route RV Park, Dale & Stephanie Garber
Sponsored by Woodpecker Products
Awarded to one business each year that has contributed to the overall enhancement of the business community of Carthage through revitalization or improvements made to their business location.

Small Business of the Year Award – Game On, Paul & Michelle Heidlage
Sponsored by Dr. Fly’s Salon
Presented to one business each year that has provided a positive image and been a vibrant entity within the Carthage business community.

Emerging Leader of the Year – Jonathan Roberts, Fair Acres Family YMCA
Sponsored by Southwest Missouri Bank
This award is presented in recognition of individuals who further their career path or begin a new career path.

Richard M. Webster Citizen of the Year Award – Mark J. Elliff, Carthage Chamber of Commerce
Sponsored by Carthage Rotary Club
Given in memory of the late Senator Richard M. Webster, the Citizen of the Year Award is presented in recognition of demonstrated devotion to the Carthage community.

Congratulations to all our award winners!  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417-358-2373.

Sign up for the 2018 Business Expo/Home Show
Get on the waiting list for the 2018 Business Expo/Home Show. The show, scheduled for March 9 & 10 is sold out but since cancellations do occur, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jan 23 ▪ Leads Group Two meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 24 ▪ Emerging Leaders planning meeting
3-5 p.m. ▪ Mother Road Coffee, 325 S. Main
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 25 ▪ Board of Director meeting & strategic planning
11 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Heritage State Bank, 2813 The Loop
For info, contact Mark at 358 2373 or melliff@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
Missouri Southern State University is now reserving sponsor and employer booth space today for their spring career fair, scheduled for April 4.  For info, call 417-625-9343.

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre is featuring the fine art of April Davis in their lobby gallery during regular business hours.  For info, call 417-358-4300.

MSSU and the Joplin Chamber Young Professionals are currently collecting gently used professional clothing at the JACC office for their annual “Dress to Impress” event.  This event prepares students for their careers by helping them build a professional wardrobe.  The drive continues until March 2.  For info, call 417-624-4150.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Feb 15 ▪ Crowder College Student Art Exhibit
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede
Free and open to the public.  Artist reception 12/8 at 5-7 p.m.  For info, call 417 455-5540.

Through Feb 17 ▪ Winter Reading Program (ages 0-18)
During normal hours ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 22 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 22 & 23 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way.  Free and open to the public, registration appreciated.  For info, call 417 359-2636.

Jan 22 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 556-8760.

Jan 22 ▪ Freeman Type 1 Diabetes Support Group
5:30-6:30 p.m. ▪ Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 347-5700.

Jan 22 & 23 ▪ Auditions for “Lend Me a Tenor” Comedy
6:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66
Needs: 4 men and 4 women.  Show dates: Mar 16-18 & 23-25.  For info, call 417 358-4300.   

Jan 23 ▪ Blood Drive
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ Freeman West, 1102 W. 32nd St.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 347-4603.

Jan 23 ▪ Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar
5:30 p.m. ▪ Freeman Business Cntr, 3220 McClelland Blvd.
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-347-1266.

Jan 23 ▪ City Council Meeting
6:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage City Hall, 326 Grant St. 
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 237-7000.

Jan 24 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 24 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 25 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 26 ▪ Leffen Center Parents Coffee
8:30-9:30 a.m. ▪ Ozark Center, 2808 S. Picher
Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417 347-7850.

Jan 26-28 & Feb 2-4 ▪ “The Night of January 16th” Drama
Fri & Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66
Ticket $26 adults, $23 seniors, $21 teens, $12 children, 5 & under free.  For info, call 417 358-9665.   

Jan 27 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 28 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public.  For info, call 417 358-1657.

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January 15th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jan 15, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of January 15, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight Event
2018 Chamber “Kentucky Derby” Banquet
THIS Friday, January 19
CMC Auditorium (please park at Carthage Nazarene Church)
Reminder only…RSVP deadline has passed
5:45 p.m. – Social Hour with appetizers and cash bar catered by Mythos and sponsored by Beimdiek Insurance
6:45 p.m. – Buffet Dinner catered by Mythos, a member of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Central Pet Care, Mercy Carthage, and Southwest Missouri Bank
Awards Presentations to follow dinner
Don’t forget to plan for our Derby themed hat contest, with prizes for the most unique, biggest, and best overall men’s and women’s. Special thanks to our Spotlight Sponsor Leggett & Platt and Diamond Sponsor H.E. Williams. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373. Details also available online.
*Cancellations less than 24 hours before event and no-shows will be billed.

Chamber News
Carthage Humane Society Ribbon Cutting
RESCHEDULED Saturday, January 20
12 noon • 13860 Dog Kennel Lane
Join us to celebrate the rededication and opening of Gussie’s Kitty Haven at the Carthage Humane Society with a ribbon cutting Saturday, January 13 at Noon, 13860 Dog Kennel Lane. Food trucks will be onsite for lunch. Please RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com. Don’t forget to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 4th quarter prize valued at $100 from Halo.

Sign up for the 2018 Business Expo/Home Show
Register today for the 2018 Business Expo/Home Show. The show, scheduled for March 9 & 10 is nearly sold out so don’t delay. For info or to register, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jan 16 ▪ Marketing & Expo/Home Show meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 17 ▪ Vision Carthage meeting
7:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 17 ▪ Ambassadors’ meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 19 ▪ 2018 “Kentucky Derby” Chamber Banquet
Social hour 5:45 p.m., Dinner/Program 6:45 p.m.
CMC Auditorium (parking & shuttle at Carthage Nazarene)
Spotlight Sponsor Leggett & Platt. Diamond Sponsor H.E. Williams. For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 20 ▪ Carthage Humane Society ribbon cutting
12 noon ▪ 13860 Dog Kennel Lane
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
Feeding Inc. is currently in need of: canned goods, volunteers, monthly financial support, grocery carts, paper plates, plastic silverware, cleaning supplies, mops and brooms, carpet cleaner, copy paper, toilet paper, diapers, feminine products, and plastic storage containers. Feeding Inc. (formerly River Street Food Pantry) is more than just a food pantry. It is a place where lives are changed through feeding both physical and spiritual food; equipping through classes; empowering through trust; and restoring dreams by restoring hope. For info, call 417-359-8800.

Missouri Southern State University is now reserving sponsor and employer booth space today for their spring career fair, scheduled for April 4. For info, call 417-625-9343.

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre is featuring the fine art of April Davis in their lobby gallery during regular business hours. For info, call 417-358-4300.

MSSU and the Joplin Chamber Young Professionals are currently collecting gently used professional clothing at the JACC office for their annual “Dress to Impress” event. This event prepares students for their careers by helping them build a professional wardrobe. The drive continues until March 2. For info, call 417-624-4150.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Feb 15 ▪ Crowder College Student Art Exhibit
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede
Free and open to the public. Artist reception 12/8 at 5-7 p.m. For info, call 417 455-5540.

Through Feb 17 ▪ Winter Reading Program (ages 0-18)
During normal hours ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 15 ▪ 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
8-9:30 a.m. ▪ MSSU Billingsley Student Cntr, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $10/person. For info, call 417 625 9795.

Jan 15 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 15 & 16 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way. Free and open to the public, registration appreciated. For info, call 417 359-2636.

Jan 15 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417 556-8760.

Jan 15 ▪ Freeman “Real Living with Diabetes”
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St.
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417 347-5700.

Jan 16 ▪ Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group
5:30-6:30 p.m. ▪ Freeman Business Cntr, 3220 McClelland Blvd.
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-347-1266.

Jan 17 ▪ Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
4:30-5:30 p.m. ▪ Carthage Health & Rehab, 1901 S. Buena Vista
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1937.

Jan 17 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 18 ▪ Ajinomoto Windsor Job Fair
9 a.m.-4 p.m. ▪ Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. Seeking quality technicians, production handlers, machine operators, maintenance and refrigeration technicians. For info, call 417 313-3221.

Jan 18 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 20 ▪ Card Party
10 a.m.-3 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66
Cost $8.50, includes lunch. For info, call 417 358-7778.

Jan 20 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 21 ▪ Community Brunch
9:30-11 a.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 21 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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January 8th, 2018

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Jan 8, 2018

Best wishes for a prosperous 2018!
Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of January 8, 2018
All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.
Spotlight News
LAST Chance to RSVP for Chamber Banquet
Thursday is the FINAL DAY to reserve your seat or table for the 2018 Chamber Banquet. Event is scheduled for Friday, January 19 and will have a Kentucky Derby theme. Reservations are $40 each or $360 for a reserved table for 10. Special thanks to our Spotlight Sponsor Leggett & Platt and Diamond Sponsor H.E. Williams. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417 358 2373. Details also available online.

Chamber News
Monday Member Meet-up
Monday, January 8
2 p.m. • Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
Please join the Chamber to celebrate our new members TODAY at 2 p.m. at the Chamber office. Meet our new members, new employees at member businesses, and new businesses. New members will have a chance to tell our Ambassadors, board members, and fellow members about their businesses.
417 Janitorial Services
417 Tubs
AAA Appliance Repair
Farmers Insurance - Gary Schiefelbein
iPacesetters
McCoy Cab
Myers Inn Haunted Hotel
Nationwide Insurance - Ezra Cook
Top Notch Tree and Lawn Care
Bill White
Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 4th Quarter prize from Halo Salon valued at $100. RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

December “You Knock Our Socks Off” Chamber Member of the Month Award Presentation
Wednesday, January 10
9:30 a.m. • Halo Salon, 2206 Maple
Join us to celebrate the December “You Knock Our Socks Off” Chamber Member of the Month award recipient, Halo Salon.

Sam’s Club Ribbon Cutting
Friday, January 12
9 a.m. • 3536 Hammons Blvd, Joplin
Join us to celebrate the grand re-opening of Sam’s Club with a ribbon cutting Friday, January 12 at 9 p.m., 3536 Hammons Blvd., Joplin. Please RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com. Don’t forget to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 4th quarter prize valued at $100 from Halo Salon.

Carthage Humane Society Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, January 13
12 noon • 13860 Dog Kennel Lane
Join us to celebrate the rededication and opening of Gussie’s Kitty Haven at the Carthage Humane Society with a ribbon cutting Saturday, January 13 at Noon, 13860 Dog Kennel Lane. Food trucks will be onsite for lunch. Please RSVP to Neely at nmyers@carthagechamber.com. Don’t forget to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 4th quarter prize valued at $100 from Halo.

Sign up for the 2018 Business Expo/Home Show
Register today for the 2018 Business Expo/Home Show. The show, scheduled for March 9 & 10 is nearly 80% sold out so don’t delay. For info or to register, contact Neely at 417 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Jan 8 ▪ Monday Member Meet-up
2 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 8 ▪ Leads Group One meeting
3 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 10 ▪ Non-Profit Network meeting
9 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 10 ▪ “You Knock Our Socks Off” Chamber Member of the Month Award Presentation
9:30 a.m. ▪ 2206 S. Maple
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 10 ▪ Ambassadors’ meeting
4 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 11 ▪ Deadline to RSVP for 2018 Chamber Banquet
Theme “Kentucky Derby”. Event date: Friday, January 19. For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 12 ▪ Sam’s Club ribbon cutting
9 a.m. (breakfast 7 a.m.) ▪ 3536 Hammons Blvd., Joplin
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 13 ▪ Carthage Humane Society ribbon cutting
12 noon ▪ 13860 Dog Kennel Lane
For info, contact Neely at 358 2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.

Jan 19 ▪ 2018 “Kentucky Derby” Chamber Banquet
Social hour 5:45 p.m., Dinner/Program 6:45 p.m.
CMC Auditorium (parking & shuttle at Carthage Nazarene)
Spotlight Sponsor Leggett & Platt. Diamond Sponsor H.E. Williams.
For info, contact Mary Jo at 358 2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Member News
Workforce Investment Board of SW MO is offering a skilled trade pre-apprenticeship training program at no cost, beginning January 8. Training will include the National Career Readiness Certification, resume preparation, construction training and safety, blueprint reading, OSHA 10 training, and math and forklift certifications. For info, call 417-625-3615.

Feeding Inc. is currently in need of: canned goods, volunteers, monthly financial support, grocery carts, paper plates, plastic silverware, cleaning supplies, mops and brooms, carpet cleaner, copy paper, toilet paper, diapers, feminine products, and plastic storage containers. Feeding Inc. (formerly River Street Food Pantry) is more than just a food pantry. It is a place where lives are changed through feeding both physical and spiritual food; equipping through classes; empowering through trust; and restoring dreams by restoring hope. For info, call 417-359-8800.

Missouri Southern State University is now reserving sponsor and employer booth space today for their spring career fair, scheduled for April 4. For info, call 417-625-9343.

Upcoming Member Events
Through Feb 15 ▪ Crowder College Student Art Exhibit
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ▪ Longwell Museum, 601 Laclede
Free and open to the public. Artist reception 12/8 at 5-7 p.m. For info, call 417 455-5540.

Jan 8-Feb 17 ▪ Winter Reading Program (ages 0-18)
During normal hours ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 8 ▪ 2017-18 Youth League Season 2
10 games ▪ Game On!, 400 S. Maple
Boys & girls K-6th grade. Open to the public. For info, call 417 650-0367.

Jan 8 ▪ Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Janine (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 8 & 9 ▪ Grief Support Group
Every Mon 1:30 p.m., Tues 6:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way. Free and open to the public, registration appreciated. For info, call 417 359-2636.

Jan 8 ▪ Parkinson’s Support Group
Every Mon 3-3:30 p.m. ▪ Mercy Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417 556-8760.

Jan 9 ▪ Blood Pressure Screenings
7-8:30 a.m. ▪ Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Rangeline
Free and open to Freeman Advantage members. For info, call 417 347-5837.

Jan 9 ▪ Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group
4:30-6 p.m. ▪ All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Dr.
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417 347-2662.

Jan 9 ▪ Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar
5:30 p.m. ▪ Freeman Business Cntr, 3220 McClelland Blvd.
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-347-1266.

Jan 10 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherry (ages 0-6)
10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-237-7040.

Jan 10 ▪ QuickBooks Desktop: Utilization, Tips, & Tricks
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $79/person. For info, call 417 625-3128.

Jan 10 ▪ Cancer Support Group
2-3 p.m. ▪ Freeman Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-347-4036.

Jan 10 ▪ Caregiver Support Group
4 p.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way
Free and open to the public. For info, call 417-358-7201.

Jan 10 ▪ Texas Hold ‘Em
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 11 ▪ Social Hour
10:45 a.m. ▪ Carthage Senior “Can Do” Center, 404 E. 3rd
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Maple Tree Terrace. For info, call 417 358-4741 or 417-358-7201.

Jan 11 ▪ Mercy Wellness Speaker Series: Plastic Surgery
12-1 p.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way
Free and open to the public. Featuring Dr. David Gray. For info, call 417-556-2264.

Jan 11 ▪ Starting a Small Business: The First Steps
1:30-4:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $29/business (up to 2 attendees). For info, call 417 625 3128.

Jan 11 ▪ Queen of Hearts
7 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 12 ▪ Value Proposition Canvas
1:30-3 p.m. ▪ MSSU SBTDC, 3950 Newman Rd.
Cost $29/person. For info, call 417 625 3128.

Jan 13 ▪ Bunco Night Fundraiser
7-9:30 p.m. ▪ Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66
Admission $15, includes 3 games. For info, call 417 358-9665.

Jan 13 ▪ Free Pool
7-11 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Jan 14 ▪ Pool Tournament
3 p.m. ▪ Carthage V.F.W., 16759 Inca (west Oak St.)
Open to the public. For info, call 417 358-1657.

Chamber members, if your Event is missing from this list, email Mary Jo at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com!

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December 13th, 2017

Celebrate Our Community

It’s barely a month until the Chamber celebrates the very best of Carthage with a Kentucky Derby themed banquet. We’ll be shining the spotlight on the amazing people, businesses, and organizations of Carthage so make plans to join us Friday, January 19th at the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix (CMC), 1900 S. Grand for entertainment, rub elbows with who’s who of Carthage, and help the Chamber honor the year’s most triumphant ladies and gentleman of the community.

Social hour will commence at 5:45 p.m. with appetizers and a cash bar. Mythos will provide dinner at 6:45 p.m. to accompany the evening’s program. We will be presenting awards to outstanding teachers, business leaders, volunteers, and community members, as well as thanking our leadership and members for their support in 2017. Kentucky Derby themed attire, including your biggest, fanciest hat, is encouraged.

The Banquet Committee has announced the top three finalists for the 2017 Spotlight Award, sponsored by Woodpecker Products. The business owners of Carthage want their facilities to be efficient, attractive, and beneficial to their business’s bottom line but some business owners invest extra time and effort into their facilities. A very few businesses devote an extraordinary amount of energy and resources. The Spotlight Award will be presented to a local business that enhanced the business community in Carthage in 2017 through improvements or expansions to their business location. This year’s finalists are Camp Mi Casa on the Route RV Park, Car-Mart of Carthage, and Carthage Ford. Congratulations to the finalists and thank you for helping make Carthage beautiful!

 

Previous award recipients have announced the top three finalists for the 2017 Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Dr. Fly’s Salon. Small businesses make up a huge part of every community’s economy. The same is true for Carthage. The Small Business of the Year Award will be presented to a local business that has presented a positive image and has been a vibrant entity within the Carthage business community. Recipient must be a Chamber member in good standing and have fewer than 50 employees. This year’s finalists are Game On!, Halo Salon, and Repurpose Boutique. Congratulations and thank you for helping make Carthage great!
We’ll also be announcing the Athena Leadership Award, Artist of the Year, Community Enhancement Award, Emerging Leader of the Year, winners of the Golden Key Awards, winner of the Golden Hammer, McCune Brooks Healthcare Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, and Richard M. Webster Citizen of the Year.

Tickets are $40 per person, or $360 for a table of 10. Deadline to reserve your spot is Thursday, January 11 at 4 PM. Contact Mary Jo today at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com or 358-2373 to reserve your table!

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November 10th, 2017

Nominate the Best of the Best of Carthage

by Neely Myers – Membership Director

In January, the Chamber will be shining the spotlight on the best of Carthage. It’s not too early to save the date for the annual Chamber Banquet on Friday, January 19th at the auditorium of the CMC Campus. We will celebrate with a Kentucky Derby theme and honor the year’s most triumphant ladies and gentlemen of the community. We will be presenting awards to outstanding teachers, business leaders, volunteers, and community members, as well as thanking our leadership and members for their support in 2017.

Most important right now though, we need your nominations for Citizen of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Spotlight Award by the end of this month, Thursday, November 30th. You can pick up the nomination form at the Chamber of Commerce, between 8:30 and 5 or download them from carthagechamber.com. You might be thinking who should I nominate? Here’s a little information to get you thinking.

The Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to an individual who has had a tremendous impact on the Carthage community.  Persons nominated for this award must:
• Be a current Carthage resident
• Actively volunteer with various organizations or events
• Show pride in Carthage
• Be highly regarded in the community
• Contribute to the overall well-being of Carthage
• Be dedicated to improving the lives of others in Carthage

The Emerging Leader of the Year Award is presented to one Chamber member each year in recognition of those who further their career path or begin a new career path.

The Small Business of the Year Award will be presented to a local business that has presented a positive image and has been a vibrant entity within the Carthage business community. Recipient must be a Chamber member in good standing and have fewer than 50 employees.

The Spotlight Award will be presented to a local business that enhanced the business community in Carthage in 2017 through improvements or expansions to their business location.

Additional information about the nomination process can be found on the nomination form. Help Carthage find and honor the very best in business by nominating your outstanding candidate in each category by November 30! We are also accepting Golden Key nominations through November 27th so make sure to have your student write in, or write in yourself, to tell us who the very best teacher in Carthage is, and what it is that makes them the best!

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September 26th, 2017

Leggett & Platt unveils bronze in honor of Harry M. Cornell, Jr.

Watch the ceremony here.

September 19th, 2017

5 FAQ Maple Leaf Questions

5 FAQ Maple Leaf Questions
From inside the bottle it’s not always easy to know for sure what Carthaginians and visitors know for certain, and what may be new information that we assumed everyone knew. And you know what they say about assuming right………? So, since we are up to our eyeballs in the excitement of Maple Leaf, here are answers to the top 5 most frequently asked questions about the festival.
1. Question 1 – Where do I park?
There are eight public parking lots near the Historic Carthage Square. They are located at 2nd & Lyon, 2nd and Howard, 3rd and Lincoln, 3rd and Lyon, just South of 3rd and Lincoln, 3rd and Maple, 4th and Howard, 4th and Maple, 5th and Grant, and 5th and Maple. Most of the free, city owned parking lots are handicapped accessible and a handicapped only reserved lot is available at 6th and Grant. Please be aware that if you park on private property, you may run the risk of having your vehicle towed. The parking map is located in the official festival brochure. Pick up your copy today at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison.
2. Question 2 – Where is the nearest ATM?
There are three ATM locations within 2-3 blocks of the Square. UMB Bank located on the East side of the square has an ATM on the back side of their branch. Hometown Bank is located 2 blocks North of the square on Central and Maple. Southwest Missouri Bank is located 2 blocks West of the square at 4th and Maple. There are also Arvest Bank, Heritage State Bank, Simmons Bank, and U.S. Bank branches located throughout town for your convenience. If you’d like to avoid the hustle and hassle of taking time away from the festival to get cash, consider bringing it with you on festival day!
3. Question 3 – Where are the bathrooms?
There will be lots of public porti-potties available on festival day. Porti-potties will be located at 3rd and Main, 3rd and Grant, 4th and Main, 4th and Grant, between Main and Grand on 4th (handicapped and diaper changing units also available), 6th and Grant (handicapped units also available), Chestnut and Grant, Grand and Howard,13th and Grand, Grand and Macon, Grand just North of Centennial, and Fulton and Centennial. Public restrooms are also available in the Courthouse, at the Police Department, and First United Methodist Church.
4. Question 4 – Where do I get the festival shirts?
Festival shirts are available for pre-sale at Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply, 2309 Fairlawn. Short sleeved t-shirts are $14.99, long sleeved are $19.99 and hooded sweatshirts are $29.99. If you can’t make it to Race Brothers before festival day, don’t fret. T-shirts will be available for sale on festival day at the Southwest corner of the square.
5. Question 5 – What if I get a boo boo, my kiddo wanders off, or I need a place to change a diaper or am a nursing mommy?
Mercy Carthage will host a tent on the South Courthouse lawn, providing basic first aid and paper bracelets for kiddos on which parents can write their phone number in case they are separated. Additionally, MOPS and MOMSnext will have a tent on the North Courthouse lawn with areas for diaper changing and private spaces for nursing.
Log on to carthagemapleleaf.com for a full calendar of events. Happy festival season!

September 18th, 2017

Maple Leaf Pageant Changes

As with everything, change is inevitable and usually for the better. A recent change to the Maple Leaf pageant structure is just such a change. You may be asking, Maple Leaf already, but it will be here before we know it and we don’t want to surprise our pageant lovers. Full pageant application packets including rules, regulations, deadlines, and requirements are available on carthagemapleleaf.com but the quick snapshot of dates, times, and ages for each pageant looks like the following:

• Baby Pageant to be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. 0-12 months of age, boys and girls, $5 entry fee.

• Toddler Pageant to be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. 13-up to 24 months of age, boys and girls, $5 entry fee. If your child has had their 2nd birthday on or before September 30, they will compete as a Little Miss or Mister.

• Little Miss and Little Mister Pageants to be held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. 2 years of age through 1st grade, boys and girls, $15 entry fee.

• Princess and Prince Pageant to be held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Grade 2-grade 8, boys and girls, $15 entry fee.

• Queen Pageant to be held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  Grades 9-12, girls only, $50 sponsorship fee.

Trisha Swoveland is the Chair of the Maple Leaf pageants ages 2- Maple Leaf Queen. She says of the changes: There are 2 reasons that I decided to change the ages on the Little Miss and Mister and Princess pageants and delete the Jr. Miss title.  Last year for the 50th Anniversary of the Maple Leaf Festival, we decided to add a special category, Maple Leaf Prince, for young men up through the 8th grade.  This went over very well so we decided to keep it this year.  Because we added that category last year we deleted the Jr. Miss title and expanded the age range for the Princess title.  However, that left a huge age division for the Prince and Princess of K-8th grade.  Little Miss and Mister was 2 years to 4 years.  So, we decided to divide them a little more evenly this year.  The Little Miss and Mister pageant is now aged 2 years through 1st grade.  And the Prince and Princess pageant is 2nd grade through 8th grade.

Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information, 417-358-2373.
 

September 18th, 2017

Maple Leaf is SO Close!

From where I sit, I can see the tops of the Police Department trees starting to change colors. That means fall and THAT means Maple Leaf is right around the corner. By now, unless there is some secret underground bunker that festival news can’t penetrate, most everyone in the area has heard of the Maple Leaf Festival. Hopefully, you probably know that the parade, art and craft show, car show, and fair food all fall on the third Saturday of October. And you probably even know that after the morning and early afternoon festivities, the marching band festival will celebrate their first year’s competition in the brand NEW R-9 Sports Complex, BUT, did you know that there are events running throughout the month of October (and even the day before the calendar flips to October) with some big events happening in the week before, and on, the big day?


Are you a chocolate lover? What a silly question. Who doesn’t love chocolate?!? Join the Carthage Senior Healthcare Alliance on Saturday, September 30, 4-7 PM at the Fair Acres Family YMCA for “Everything Chocolate through the Decades”. For only $10 per person, $5 for seniors and military, you will get your fill of gourmet chocolate tasting. All proceeds will benefit the Carthage Senior Citizen Center and Local Meals on Wheels.


The Powers Museum is introducing what promises to be a fascinating, informational look at several historical sites around town with the Carthage History Sampler Program & Mini Walk. Enjoy a slide program on the Digital Carthage Project and a brief walking tour of selected sites from the library to the historic Carthage Square on Saturday, October 14 at 10:30 AM. Call 237-0456 for more information.


Maple Leaf is bringing the circus back after many years off. The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus will perform two shows at 4:30 and 7:30 on Tuesday, October 17th. If that’s not enough family fun for you and your littles, the carnival is also back after a VERY enthusiastic reception at last year’s festival. Wednesday-Saturday the 18th-21st, check out the rides, attractions, and traditional carnival midway at Fair Acres Park.


The Maple Leaf Quilt Show has a new location and new look. Stop by Game On at 4th and Maple between Noon-5 after the parade on Saturday, October 21 to enjoy an exhibit of quilts ranging from antique to modern, nature to sports, wildlife to babies, and so much more.
Of course, these are just a drop in the giant, overflowing bucket of the many goings on that you will want to take advantage of during festival season. Log on to carthagemapleleaf.com to get a full calendar of events. Happy festival season!

September 18th, 2017

Buy Your Maple Leaf Tickets Before It’s Too Late

Our ticket boxes are full to overflowing with Maple Leaf event pre-sale tickets and have we got some deals for you!

Tickets for the 3rd annual Carthage Historic Preservation Lobster Boil are only $60 per person and you can only get them until October 1st. The boil is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th, 4:30-8. Located on the lawn of the stunning Historic Phelps House your plate will be teeming with succulent Maine lobster, sweet Alaskan crab legs, and tender gulf shrimp accompanied by vinaigrette coleslaw, corn on the cob, twice baked potatoes, garlic bread, iced tea, lemonade, and a great dessert buffet. If you don’t love seafood, you can substitute an Argentinian style grilled flank steak AND Cherry’s will be on hand providing a cash bar. Dine al fresco with a lovely live music soundtrack and raise money to preserve the oldest house in Carthage. Now that’s a win-win!

After a couple years break, the circus is back in town. The Kelly Miller Circus, “America’s One Ring Wonder”, will perform two shows on Tuesday, October 17th at 4:30 and 7. Started in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dory, the Al G. Kelly Miller Brothers Circus, now known simply as Kelly Miller, has entertained millions of American and Canadian citizens while establishing itself in the fabric and history of the American Tented Circus. The Kelly Miller Circus has gathered a galaxy of stars from many nations, as well as an exotic display of animals, enhanced them with beautiful theatrical lighting and lively circus music for a performance to warm the hearts of young and old alike. Tickets are only $6 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults in advance but will be $8 and $16 at the gate so don’t delay, buy today!

After last year’s rave reviews, the Maple Leaf Carnival is back. Located once again behind the Fair Acres family YMCA, Pride Amusements is providing even more fun, more rides, and more to see and do this year. Wednesday-Saturday the 18th-21st, check out the rides, attractions, and traditional carnival midway at Fair Acres Park. Arm bands are ONLY $16 if you purchase them in advance but you can only get them at the Chamber, 402 S. Garrison, until 4 PM on Friday, October 13th. That’s a savings of $4 per armband Wednesday and Thursday and an incredible savings of $9 over gate purchase on Friday and Saturday!!!

One of the hottest Maple Leaf tickets in town each year are the Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Competition tickets and I can’t imagine this year will be any different. Tickets are only $1 and ONLY 700 tickets are available. When they’re gone they’re gone, so come see us today and buy tickets for the whole family. You do not want to miss the hilarity of our local folks, dressed in their finest, silliest, and most outrageous, singing along with hits from today and yesterday. You’ll want to start saving your voice early to cheer for your favorites.

Bring your checkbook, your debit card, or your piggy bank and get your tickets today!

September 18th, 2017

You Knock Our Socks Off Chamber Member of the Month nomination form

Nominate your favorite Carthage business today!

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August 8th, 2017

Save the Date for the 2018 Chamber Annual Banquet

SAVE THE DATE
Chamber Annual Banquet
Friday, January 19, 2018

Sign up NOW to be a sponsor for the 2018 Chamber Annual Banquet (Friday, January 19).  We are offering an extensive menu of sponsorship options, so don’t miss out on these marketing opportunities!  Sponsorships begin at just $200!  

Past sponsors will have first rights to their previous sponsorship until November 1 only.  All sponsorships will become first-come first-served after November 1.  Final sponsor deadline is December 18.  Table and individual reservations will be accepted until January 11.

To pledge your sponsorship, contact Mary Jo at 358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

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August 4th, 2017

Business Flood Assessment May 2017

Linked below is a survey from the Dept of Economic Development.  They are looking for any businesses affected by the May 2017 flood and in need of assistance.

May2017BizFloodDoc_Final.pdf

August 4th, 2017

Maple Leaf 2017 Grand Marshal Chosen

The Maple Leaf committee has selected Bill Haughawout as the 2017 MaBill_Haughawout.JPGple Leaf Grand Marshal.

Nominations read in part “He is 95 and active. He is a Navy veteran born and raised in Carthage.” “Bill is an outstanding Carthage guy!” “He has lived in Carthage his entire life. He was the owner of Uke’s Tire and Sporting Goods which was a fine Carthage business. He served his community by being an officer of Rotary Club, Park Board, Carthage Historic Preservation, and Chamber of Commerce.” “Bill is a one of a kind man, native of Carthage, proud to live here, and served in the Navy to protect his country, the people he loves, and the place he grew up.”

Maple Leaf Chair Jeanine Poe added “Every year we receive so many nominations of such deserving, beloved, and respected community members who have made significant contributions to Carthage throughout their lives. It’s always a difficult choice and this year we are proud to celebrate and honor Bill Haughawout with the title of Grand Marshal!” Each year the Maple Leaf Grand Marshal leads the Maple Leaf Parade and participates in many other Maple Leaf events.

July 24th, 2017

August 8, 2017 Ballot Issue: Out-of-State Vehicle Sales Tax Continuation FAQs

Is this a new tax? No. The City of Carthage currently collects this Sales Tax and has been collecting it for many years. The question is on the ballot only as a result of the Missouri Supreme Court decision and the State Legislature’s fix that followed. If the question is not placed on the ballot by November 2018, the tax would cease to be collected beginning March 1, 2019.

How does the tax affect me? The tax only applies to you if you purchase a motor vehicle, trailer, boat or outboard motor from out-of-state or from other than a licensed Missouri dealer. Similar purchases from licensed Missouri dealers made in-state are subject to the local Sales Tax regardless of the vote on this ballot question.

Why is it important for Carthage to continue collecting this tax? The existence of the tax creates a level playing field for Carthage and other Missouri dealerships. If the existing tax were to end, Missouri dealerships would be at a competitive disadvantage with out-of-state dealerships, which would no longer be required to collect the City tax. This encourages residents to make purchases from out-of-state businesses, which do not create local jobs or reinvest in our community.

How much money will the City of Carthage lose if this is not collected? The City would lose approximately $63,000 to $70,000 annually if the Sales Tax is not collected on out-of-state purchases of titled property. These dollars currently provide funding for city services such as street repair, police and fire protection, and parks services.

How does the ballot question read? The question reads as follows:
Shall the City of Carthage continue applying and collecting the local sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors that were purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer? Disapproval of this measure will result in a reduction of local revenue to provide for vital services for the City of Carthage and it will place Missouri dealers of motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats and trailers at a competitive disadvantage to non-Missouri dealers of motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats and trailers.
YES × NO ×

What does it take to pass this measure? A simple majority of the voters will decide this issue.
A Yes vote means:
There will be no increase to your existing taxes and no change to City revenue. All motor vehicles, regardless of method or location of purchase, will be subject to City Sales Tax. Missouri licensed dealers will be placed on a level playing field with non-licensed dealers.
A No vote means:
Vehicles purchased through a source other than a Missouri licensed dealer will still be subject to State taxes. The City will no longer receive taxes on these purchases, resulting in a reduction of approximately $63,000 to $70,000 annually. In-state dealerships will be at a competitive disadvantage with non-licensed dealers.

Who Supports the Ballot Initiative?
Carthage Chamber of Commerce
Missouri Association of Counties
Carthage Economic Development
United for Missouri
Missouri Chamber of Commerce Missouri Municipal League
Missouri Auto Dealers Association

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July 20th, 2017

Chamber Golf Scramble REGISTER NOW!

Golfers, mark your calendars for Friday, September 15! The Chamber will host its 2017 Golf Scramble at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course. The event will kick off with a cookout and check-in at 11:30, a shot-gun start at 12:30 p.m., include 18 rounds of play along with contests and goodies, and will conclude with cash prizes.

Sponsorships start at $100, teams of 4 are just $300, and signups are now open!! NEW THIS YEAR…an exclusive Spotlight Sponsorship for $500 which includes a team registration and your company’s logo on EVERY tee (a $2100 value)! This one is first-come, first reserved. Deadline for sponsor and team signups is September 8, but don’t wait…register TODAY!
Thanks to Heritage State Bank for providing and preparing lunch and thanks to all our volunteers.

For info, call Mary Jo at 417-358-2373.

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July 11th, 2017

NOT A New Tax!!! (Part 2)

Carthage voters will have the opportunity on August 8, 2017 to decide whether or not the City will continue its collection of local Sales Tax on vehicle purchases from out-of-state vendors or from private individuals.  

For almost 50 years, residents have paid City Sales Tax on vehicles purchased in another state or from a private individual when they licensed the vehicle.  Those tax revenues went to the City to help pay for essential City services funded by those Sales Taxes, including street maintenance and improvements, police, fire and parks & recreation services. 

However, in 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court handed down a decision (Street v. the Director of Revenue) which determined that out-of-state or private purchases were exempt from the local Sales Tax.  In 2016, the Missouri Legislature provided temporary relief from this tax loophole, allowing cities to continue to collect the local Sales Tax on these vehicle purchases but also requiring cities to seek voter approval to continue the tax by November of 2018.

Carthage officials stress that this is not a new tax but just a continuation of something that has gone on for decades, which applies only to those who choose to purchase a vehicle from another individual or from an out-of-state dealer.

If the continuation of the collection is turned down by local voters, (that is, if voters do not agree the City should continue collecting the Sales Tax) the measure would no longer allow an important funding source to continue to support City services.    If not allowed to continue, City Staff estimates the City could lose $70,000 or more annually.  They say the loss will likely increase in future years as costs increase.    To maintain the present level of City services, the City needs to retain the Sales Tax on these purchases.  The City also said that Sales Tax, the major source of funding for General Fund services, ended fiscal 2017 a little over 8% ($196,200) below the same level of collections in fiscal 2016.  If this additional amount were to be lost, the drop in Sales Tax revenue in the General Fund would be about 10%. 

In addition to the revenues which the City would lose if the tax is discontinued, Carthage auto dealers would be placed at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state businesses.  Out-of-state auto dealers do not have to charge the City Sales Tax on vehicle purchases while local purchases would.  Keeping those sales local would not only generate tax dollars for the city, it would help local businesses who create local jobs and reinvest in the community.  Further, the State would still continue to collect its share (4.225%) of sales of vehicles in or out of state.  

According to the Missouri Municipal League (MML), as of March 2017, there have been 196 municipalities across Missouri that have received voter approval for the continuation of the local Sales Tax on out-of-state vehicle purchases. 

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce supports to continue collection of the of local Sales Tax on vehicle purchases from out-of-state vendors or from private individuals. Vote YES August 8th.

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July 5th, 2017

FEMA Private Sector Advisory

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to individuals and families in 27 Missouri counties to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding from April 28, 2017 to May 11, 2017.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas counties.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Please see “Press Release” for additional information.

Register with FEMA as Soon as Possible

The Federal Emergency Management Agency urges residents of the 27 Missouri counties designated in the federal major disaster declaration to register with the agency without delay. Registration is easy:
• Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
• Use the FEMA app for smartphones.
• Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

Eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive money for disaster expenses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property. FEMA Individual Assistance is grant money that does not have to be repaid.

“Don’t wait for a Disaster Recovery Center to open in your area,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Parker. “Register now so we can start the application process and determine whether you qualify for assistance.”

Please see DR-4317-Missouri disaster page for additional information.

Recovery Centers Open in Missouri

The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the
Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May
11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA) and other agencies will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who
needs information or assistance filing an application.

Disaster survivors may visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers and hours may be
found online at www.fema.gov/DRC or visit the State of Missouri’s Recovery Website at
https://recovery.mo.gov/ for updated information.

FEMA_Private_Sector_Advisory_001-4317-MO.pdf

FEMA_Private_Sector_Advisory_004-4317-MO.pdf

NR_016_What_to_Expect_in_the_FEMA_Registration_Process.pdf

DR-4317-MO_Registration_Flyer.pdf

June 13th, 2017

NOT A New Tax!!

In January of 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court issued the “Street Decision” creating a loophole in the Missouri sales tax laws allowing vehicles purchased out of state or from an individual to be excluded from the local sales tax.  In 2013, the Missouri Legislature provided municipalities with temporary relief from the tax loophole.  The legislature re-imposed the local sales tax on out-of-state vehicle purchases along with person-to-person sales, but required that cities must receive voter approval to keep the loophole closed by November of 2018, or the City’s portion of the tax will terminate.

In summary, this is what it means to Carthage:
• Carthage residents currently pay city sales tax and on vehicles bought out of state when we license them
• A 2012 change in the interpretation of the law changed everything. Now voters must approve continuing the motor vehicle sale tax 
• Carthage relies on these tax dollars for basic services like street and sewer maintenance and police and fire protection
• Carthage depends on this important revenue source which in the past is approximately $63,000 to $75,000 annually
• Carthage auto dealers will be at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state businesses, who don’t charge sales tax on our vehicle purchases. These out of state businesses don’t create local jobs or reinvest in our community. It’s not wise that tax breaks encourage Carthage residents to leave Missouri to make large purchases. 
• If the voters do not approve continuing the sales tax on motor vehicle sales, private vehicle sales will no longer be subject to the local sales taxes, however the state sales tax will still apply

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the voters of Carthage will have the opportunity to vote on this issue.  It is important for all citizens in Carthage that the City continue to collect this revenue.  The Chamber supports to continue application of the local sales tax to the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors that are subject to state sales tax under section 144.020 and purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer.

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June 13th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 06/13/17

Last week I asked a very simple question. Will Senate Republican leaders hold any public hearings on their healthcare overhaul?

That shouldn't be a hard question to answer—any legislation that will impact one-sixth of our country's economy, and determine whether costs go up or down, and whether folks who've been sick before can get health insurance, needs an open, transparent debate. But that's not what you're getting from Republican leaders in Congress. You're getting backroom deals, out of the public eye.

WATCH NOW: "Will we have a hearing on the healthcare proposal?"

Missourians' healthcare shouldn't be decided in a secret backroom deal.

The current healthcare law isn't perfect and needs fixing, and that's why I've always pushed for improvements (like my recent bill to let Missourians in counties without a provider on the individual market buy the same insurance as Congress): READ MORE: Springfield News-Leader

But the solution isn't an overhaul cobbled together in a secret backroom deal—with no public Senate hearings or bipartisan amendment process—that, by all accounts, will hike costs for older Americans and gut protections for folks who've been sick before and have a preexisting health condition.

If you don't want your access to healthcare decided behind-closed-doors, make your voice heard on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NoBackRoomDeals.

READ MORE: Business Insider

Thank you,

Claire

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June 13th, 2017

Disaster Assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency urges residents of 27 Missouri counties designated in the federal major disaster declaration to register with the agency without delay. Registration is easy:
• Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
• Use the FEMA app for smartphones.
• Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. 
Eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive money for disaster expenses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property. FEMA Individual Assistance is grant money that does not have to be repaid.
“Don’t wait for a Disaster Recovery Center to open in your area,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Parker. “Register now so we can start the application process and determine whether you qualify for assistance.”
Filing an insurance claim does not start the FEMA registration process. Neither does registering with the American Red Cross or other agencies. To be considered for FEMA grant assistance, applicants must register directly with FEMA. Even if they have insurance coverage, FEMA might be able to assist with disaster expenses that aren’t covered by insurance.
Twenty-seven counties affected by the April 28-May 11 flooding have been designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program– Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.
Missourians who have critical unmet needs are encouraged to call United Way 2-1-1, which can provide access to other assistance provided by voluntary agencies, faith-based organizations and state agencies. Those who have already called 2-1-1 for help with disaster recovery needs still need to register separately with FEMA.
After registering with FEMA, all businesses and most residents will be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA provides federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters impacted by this disaster. SBA disaster loans are to help pay for disaster repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other sources. In addition, for small businesses and most nonprofit organizations SBA disaster loans can help meet disaster-caused working capital needs. There is no cost or obligation to apply to SBA.
Homeowners and renters should apply to SBA, even if they are not sure if they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve their application, in most cases SBA refers them to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program for possible additional assistance
SBA representatives are at all of the Disaster Recovery Centers to help each applicant apply. Applicants may also apply to on line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, contact SBA for additional information at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

Getting_Disaster_Assistance_from_SBA.pdf

Release date:
June 10, 2017

Release Number:
NR-005

Last Updated:

June 10, 2017

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June 9th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 06/09/17

Missouri may not be a border state, but we all know we're less safe if our border isn't secure.

That's why I wanted to make sure you saw this, because it's a big win in my fight to protect Missouri families. The U.S. House just passed a bipartisan bill I'm cosponsoring that will strengthen border security by filling open positions with qualified veterans and experienced law enforcement officials.

I've been proud to work with my Republican and Democratic colleagues—including Senator John McCain, who serves with me on the Homeland Security and Armed Services committees—to pass this commonsense solution to keep our communities safe.

Working together, we passed this through the Homeland Security committee, which I lead alongside Republican Senator Ron Johnson, and I hope to see it head to the President's desk for final passage very soon.

Learn more about the bipartisan Boots on the Border bill, and share on Facebook and Twitter.

All the best,

Claire

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June 1st, 2017

Sign Up NOW For Maple Leaf Pageants

Baby Pageant to be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. 0-12 months of age, boys and girls, $5 entry fee.

Toddler Pageant to be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. 13 up to 24 months of age, boys and girls, $5 entry fee.

Little Miss and Little Mister Pageants to be held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. 2-year-olds through 1st grade, boys and girls, $15 entry fee.

Princess and Prince Pageants to be held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Grades 2-8, boys and girls, $15 entry fee.

Queen Pageant to be held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Grades 9th-12th, girls only, $50 sponsorship fee.

All listed ages/grades are as of October 1, 2017. All applications must be signed by a custodial parent or legal guardian. No exceptions. Applications for all pageants may be found at www.carthagemapleleaf.com or may be picked up at the Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison.

Please see applications for specific rules, requirements, deadlines, and regulations for each pageant.

For more information, contact Mary Jo at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

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May 27th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 5/27/17

On Monday, we as a country honor every American Soldier, Airman, Sailor, and Marine who has paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation. We commemorate men and women who share an unbreakable bond with centuries of Americans before them—men and women to whom we owe our very way of life.

As we head into the holiday weekend—and families and friends gather for barbeques and children run to pools—I join with all Missourians in saluting those who have died, those who still serve, and those families across the country who bear the burden of distance or loss.

It is in their honor—and for me and my family, in honor of my dad who served in World War II—that we must continue to fight on behalf of our servicemen and women, our wounded warriors, and our veterans. It was with great pride this week that I announced my office is now accepting applications for the Class of 2022 at U.S. Service Academies.

Helping Missouri students who want to attend some of our country's most prestigious institutions to serve our country means an awful lot to me, and it means an awful lot to the future of our country.

I wish you all a safe Memorial Day weekend.

With deepest gratitude,

Claire

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May 26th, 2017

Maple Leaf Parade Applications Now Available

Maple Leaf parade applications and regulations are now available. Festival Chairperson Jeanine Poe says “Every year, we see more traditional, bigger, more ambitious float designs and we anticipate this year being no different. Our theme is Carthage: 175 Years so we are excited to see your interpretations of Carthage history, Maple Leaf history, and YOUR company’s history represented in your float.”

If you aren’t sure where to find traditional float elements, the Chamber of Commerce has a list of resources to get you started. Poe continued “Each year, entries look more and more like the classic floats that so many remember from their childhoods and we think this will be the best year yet. We have so much fun with the classic float elements and decorations that the Maple Leaf Car Show Committee has once again pledged a generous cash prize to the best traditional float entry”.

Forms are available online at www.carthagemapleleaf.com or in the lobby of the Chamber, 402 S. Garrison. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Little at mjlittle@carthagechamber.com or 358-2373.

May 17th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 5/17/17

When we hear the word terrorism, we almost never think farms. We don't think about the possibility of a deliberate mass food contamination. We don't think about the danger of a major disease outbreak in the agricultural sector.

But we should.

As a leader of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, I want to make sure our country is prepared for all possible threats to our nation's security, that's why I've teamed up with my Republican colleague and Kansas neighbor Senator Pat Roberts to introduce an agro-terrorism prevention bill. Our legislation would address the threat of agro-terrorism and help to make sure that the food that winds up on Missourians' dinner tables is safe to eat.

Our state has almost 100,000 farms spread across more than 28 million acres. We have an agriculture industry that generates $88.4 billion each year for the state's economy, and Missouri is a top-10 producer of rice, corn, cotton, sorghum, and soybeans in the country... and it's potentially at risk.

In 2002, an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the United Kingdom led to the slaughter of 6 million animals and an economic loss estimated between $10 and $20 billion. In 1997, an outbreak in Taiwan led to the killing of 4 million hogs and an economic hit of $7 billion. And just last year, 400,000 birds had to be euthanized at 10 Indiana poultry farms due to a bird flu outbreak.

National security experts have warned that the same could happen here and with even greater consequences—which is why we need to be prepared. Missouri is home to nearly 100,000 farms, and the agriculture industry employs hundreds of thousands of Missourians. We've got to be prepared for threats to farmers and ranchers in order to protect our state and our national security as a whole. And that's exactly what our new legislation would achieve.

Help me spread the word online! Share on Twitter and Facebook, because protecting our farmland has never been more important.

All the best,

Claire

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April 29th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 4/29/17

This week Congress is back in session, and we've got a lot of work to do.

I spent a lot of time hearing directly from folks across Missouri during my statewide town hall tour earlier this month, and one thing is clear: Missourians are tired of elected officials ignoring their responsibilities. Whether it's holding public town halls with constituents... or following through on promises to protect Missourians' healthcare, schools, retirement, and jobs... or keeping the government's lights on with an operating budget—you have the right to expect better.

When my mom was alive, she would sometimes travel with me to these events. From her time on the Columbia, Missouri city council, she was always a big believer than when you're in public service, you should never be afraid to let people chew on you—and I took that to heart.

I've made public town halls a cornerstone of my time in the Senate and the ones I held two weeks ago took me to rural communities throughout the state—and most of what I heard from folks had nothing to do with partisan politics.

I heard about the impact of the opioid epidemic on small towns in Missouri and how families are scared of losing their healthcare.

READ NOW: McCaskill focuses on opioid crisis at Rolla town hall

I heard from veterans who have seen great progress in improving our state's VA services, and still others who need our help.

I heard from students, teachers and parents who were concerned about the future of our state's public schools, and from retirees and community leaders on the impact of proposed budget cuts to senior services.

Thousands of Missourians were able to share their thoughts directly and in-person, and every conversation I had, every question I was asked, informs what I do as your Senator. I'm planning more town halls this year that will take me to even more communities, because there's simply no substitute for face-to-face conversations between constituents and their elected officials. I owe every single Missourian my time and respect, and I plan to make good on that fundamental responsibility.

Click HERE to see more photos from my town halls across the state.

I hope to see you (in-person) very, very soon.

All the best,

Claire

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April 11th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 4/11/17

Last week, I was proud to take to the Senate floor with my Missouri colleague, Senator Roy Blunt, to mark the Senate's bipartisan 85–12 approval of our bill to bring the historic Delta Queen back to Missouri.
WATCH VIDEO

Getting the Delta Queen sailing again will bring an infusion of jobs and economic growth to Jefferson County, and will allow tourists to once again enjoy the rich history and heritage of an iconic Missouri landmark.

But before she can set sail, the Delta Queen will need support in the U.S. House... and I hope she gets it. Built in the 1920's, the Delta Queen has carried thousands of passengers through the tributaries of the Mississippi River, and served as a naval ship during World War II. Due to its historic nature, it had long been exempted from certain congressional regulations imposed on passenger vessels—but those exemptions expired in 2008. My bill with Senator Blunt would restore the long-standing exemption, while ensuring that the steamboat complies with federal safety law requirements.

READ MORE in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

All the best,

Claire

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April 6th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 4/6/17

My office has been receiving so much feedback, that we've extended the deadline for this cycle of the Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program to Sunday (April 9). If you're a veteran who has received care at a Missouri VA facility, please share your experiences using the confidential forms found on my website at: www.mccaskill.senate.gov/vcsp

Your feedback is crucial in helping me hold the VA accountable to the men and women who have served our country.

All the best,

Claire

P.S. Did you see my recent letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis urging him to hire a permanent director for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency? I want to make sure that our hard won efforts to bring home America's lost or fallen soldiers don't fall to the wayside because of bureaucratic nonsense. Our military families deserve better.

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March 30th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 3/30/17

I wanted to make sure you saw the big news. On Tuesday I launched a wide-ranging investigation into the companies that manufacture America's top-five prescription opioid products.

WATCH this short video on my new opioid investigation

All across our state, and across the country, communities are being devastated by the opioid crisis—and based on past evidence, we have reason to believe that some pharmaceutical companies may have intentionally misled the public and played a role in creating the epidemic to boost their bottom lines.

Investigations are a long process and we have a lot of work ahead of us—but this week we got the ball rolling with letters to Purdue, Johnson & Johnson, Insys, Mylan, and Depomed, asking for information on the sales, marketing, and education strategies they use to promote opioid prescription and use.

READ NOW: The Senate may finally try to hold big pharma accountable for the opioid epidemic

Good oversight and investigations can sometimes make a bigger difference in our lives than a new bill or legislation can—and as this investigation moves along, I'll make sure to keep you up-to-date every step of the way.

Learn more about my investigation at www.mccaskill.senate.gov/opioid-investigation.

All the best

Claire

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March 24th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 3/24/17

I hear it all the time; "With Republicans controlling the House, Senate and White House you should be getting more done. Why can't you push the President's agenda through?" The answer is simple: the Senate has what some consider an arcane rule that must gain 60 votes for cloture. What that means is that the Senate must have 60 votes to break a filibuster in order for a bill to pass. This is why we are using reconciliation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The reconciliation process was part of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, which sets out a list of procedures that allow House and Senate committees to produce legislation that can later be passed by a simple majority in the Senate. Since being enacted, policymakers have used reconciliation for 20 budget bills. The last time it was used was in 2016 to repeal key areas of Obamacare, although the legislation was vetoed by President Obama.

The reconciliation process allows for quick and easy movement of a bill. In order to begin the process, both the House and the Senate must first pass a budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions. This budget resolution can be passed by a simple majority in the Senate needing only 51 votes rather than the 60 votes required to break a filibuster. Once the reconciliation bill goes to the Senate it is limited to only 20 hours of debate and requires, just like the budget resolution, only a simple majority to pass.

What’s unique about the Senate’s process is the Byrd Rule, which was also part of the Budget Act. This rule blocks any provision in a reconciliation bill that does not directly impact taxes and spending. To put it simply, it means that the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) can only include policies that deal directly with budgetary items, such as spending and revenue.

This is why our approach to reforming health care includes three phases: 1) repeal and replace Obamacare through the reconciliation process; 2) remove burdensome regulations under the direction of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price which Obamacare gave the secretary of HHS the latitude to do; 3) enact additional free-market reforms that cannot be included in the reconciliation process, such as medical liability reform and allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines. The third phase will require bipartisan cooperation as it will need to meet the 60-vote threshold.

While it may be confusing to some, this is the only way to get this legislation passed, signed by the President and enacted into law. So when you hear that repealing and replacing Obamacare is being done in three phases, I hope this helps better explain why.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong.  You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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March 24th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 3/24/17

I've got some veterans-related news I want to share with you.

First—the deadline for my Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program is just around the corner (April 3). If you are a Missouri veteran who has received care at Missouri VA facilities, consider participating in my confidential survey. Your feedback helps me fight on behalf of veterans for the benefits they've earned.

Second—for any veterans who live in or visit Kansas City, you can now access the city's public transportation for free thanks to a three-year donation from the Kansas City AFL-CIO. I'm so proud of the generosity of our workers and the commitment of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to do right by our veterans and their families. Missouri is just an amazing state. I'm also pushing legislation that would offer veterans discounted access to the National Park System. This benefit currently exists for active-duty military, and I think it's just common sense that we'd offer the same to our vets who bravely served.

Third—my offices are always buzzing with Missourians coming to address their concerns, but meeting with veterans and veterans organizations will always be one of the most cherished aspects of my job. My dad was a World War II veteran, and getting a chance to talk to Missouri veterans and learn how I can serve them makes me proud because I know it'd make my dad proud.

This week, I met with a Joplin veteran who is the Southwest Missouri Chapter Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to discuss the importance of making sure our veterans receive the honor and recognition they deserve.

And recently, I sat down with veterans from American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to discuss veterans' access to healthcare and benefits—which I then discussed with representatives of Missouri's VA system as well.

Finally, I was honored to find out that American Legion Post 99 was awarding me a Citation for Meritorious Service for my work on expanding service at the Salem, Missouri, Veterans Clinic. I was touched by the gesture and truly appreciative-but make no mistake, it's the members of organizations like American Legion and VFW—Missouri's veterans—that really deserve our praise and gratitude.

Thank you,

Claire

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March 19th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 3/19/17

The best way to strengthen America's economy is to support the creation of good-paying jobs, and that's been a big focus of my work in the Senate.

Last week I was told that I'm being honored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Spirit of Enterprise" award for my ongoing work to protect Missouri's small businesses and industries and support in-state job creation—but truth be told, this award really belongs to the hardworking men and women of our state who make Missouri a leader in so many economic sectors.

Finding commonsense ways to boost job opportunities is one of the reasons Missourians sent me to the Senate, and the only way to do that is to reach across the aisle and break through partisan gridlock.

That's why in 2015, I worked with my friend and colleague, Republican Senator Rob Portman, to pass legislation which sped up the federal permitting process for complex infrastructure projects that private industry faces. Last year, I testified before the International Trade Commission on behalf of Missouri manufacturers and helped to level the playing field for our state's steel pipe and tube industry. And as we move forward in this new Congress, I'm going to be just as committed to protecting and advancing our small businesses and manufacturers.

Learn more about my work www.mccaskill.senate.gov/jobs

All the best,

Claire

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March 17th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 3/17/17

Recently, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the budgetary and coverage impacts of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The potential ramifications studied by the CBO include how many individuals may lose coverage under the new system, how insurance premiums may be impacted nationwide, and the effects of the legislation on taxes and the deficit.

Though there has been a lot of “noise” surrounding the release of this report, it’s important to not only understand what is in the report, but also the purpose of the CBO, its history and how it reaches its conclusions.

The CBO was first established in 1974 and began operating on February 24, 1975, when the first director, Alice Rivlin, was appointed. The CBO’s primary objective is to provide budgetary analysis, in a nonpartisan fashion, for both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The CBO not only supports the House and the Senate by analyzing budgetary legislation, it also aims to provide the general public with a better understanding of the financial impacts of major legislation under consideration by Congress.

Even though the CBO is a vital resource in understanding the financial impacts of bills, it’s important to approach each analysis with caution. In 2013, the CBO estimated that Obamacare would cover 24 million people by 2016. Last year, just a little over 10 million Americans were covered by the exchange. A number much lower than what the CBO predicted.

In the recently-released CBO report on the effects of AHCA, they estimate that over the next 10 years roughly 24 million individuals would lose their health coverage. However, it is important to note the difference between “losing insurance” and choosing not to purchase it. By eliminating the individual mandate to purchase health coverage, the AHCA is putting choice back in the hands of the consumer.

Along with lifting the burden of the individual mandate, the CBO found that the Republican health care bill will lower premiums by 10 percent, reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion and make the first meaningful entitlement reforms in decades, saving taxpayers $880 billion. At the same time, the proposed health care bill will increase health insurance choices for individuals, who currently under the Obamacare exchanges have the option of one possible plan in 84% of Missouri counties.

Increasing choices and lowering premiums were top priorities for Republicans when drafting the AHCA. Certain aspects of the CBO report’s findings are encouraging, but there is still more work to be done. The AHCA is the first step in reforming our health care system and untangling the mess that Obamacare has made. I look forward to continuing to work on this bill with my colleagues and getting the best possible deal for the American people.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report," by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

 

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March 16th, 2017

Missouri State Senator Ron Richard “Capitol Report” 3/16/17

The Missouri Senate has wrapped up its first half of the 2017 legislative session. To say it has been a productive few months is putting it mildly. The Senate has already passed legislation that will put an end to union-only Project Labor Agreements, reform our civil judicial system, prevent the Department of Revenue from collecting unfair taxes on our consumers and businesses, and help combat the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic. Of course, our biggest achievement this session was making Missouri the 28th Right to Work state, ending forced unionism and helping to create a more competitive business climate. While I am proud of what we have already accomplished, there is much more to be done, including passing a fiscally responsible budget.

The Senate spent a considerable amount of time this week discussing three House measures, with House Bill 251 kicking off floor debate. Also known as the Paycheck Protection bill, this legislation requires public labor organizations to obtain annual consent from an employee before withholding fees from the employee’s paycheck or using any collected fees or dues for political purposes. The act also stipulates that labor organizations must make their financial records available to the employee they represent, in an electronic searchable format. House Bill 251 ensures Missouri’s public union employees are in control of their hard-earned money and are made aware of what political activities their dollars are supporting.

The Senate then moved to House Bill 153, which modifies provisions relating to expert witness testimony. Missouri is one of only a handful of states that has not adopted the updated Daubert Standard, which provides a rule of evidence regarding the admissibility of expert witness testimony during legal proceedings. It also helps ensure that only those individuals who are truly expert witnesses may provide expert witness testimony. Considering expert witnesses have the ability to significantly influence the outcome of cases, it is troubling to know our current statute makes it all too easy for “junk science” to be admitted as testimony. House Bill 153 will allow judges to act as gatekeepers so that juries are not subjected to irrelevant or unreliable testimony. The measure does exclude legal actions in family court, juvenile court and probate court, as well as all other actions or proceedings where there is no right to a jury trial.

Our failure to adopt the updated Daubert Standard has had the unfortunate side effect of calling negative attention to our judicial system and is one of the reasons the American Tort Reform Association recently ranked the City of St. Louis as the “biggest judicial hellhole” in the country. Missouri has clearly fallen behind in this area, and it is well past time we get back on track. House Bill 153 has been passed out of both chambers and should be arriving on the governor’s desk shortly. If it is signed into law, Missouri will become the 43rd state to adopt a standard similar to Daubert. 

The Senate also gave its approval to House Bill 662 to address the misuse of herbicides that has caused devastating crop damage in certain areas throughout the state, particularly in southeast Missouri. Recent reports have surfaced showing some farmers are using an “off label” brand of herbicide for weed control, which is drifting to others farms and causing extensive crop and tree damage. Currently, there is no statute to allow the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) to recover costs for investigating these reports. And even if there was and they found evidence of wrongdoing, we do not have a strong penalty on the books. Essentially, the state has no ability to stop individuals from using the “off label” brand.

Also on its way to the governor, HB 662 grants MDA the authority to investigate complaints of the use of Dicamba, impose fines on those who continue to use it and even revoke certain licenses and permits. With planting season just around the corner, it is imperative to protect our state’s No. 1 industry from any further damage.

Today, the Senate approved Senate Bill 10, a major job training initiative that will help attract new business opportunities to the Show-Me State and encourage existing businesses to expand their operations. Specifically, this measure will make the Missouri Works Training program more user-friendly for businesses that need to train or retrain their employees. While a great program, it is too complicated and cumbersome of a system to navigate in its current form, involving redirecting withholding taxes and onerous reporting requirements. This has the practical effect of discouraging many businesses from taking advantage of it, especially our small and medium-size businesses.

Senate Bill 10 will gradually move us to a system where the Department of Economic Development can provide our community and technical colleges with up-front funding from general revenue appropriations to cover the costs of businesses’ job training projects. For every year the Legislature appropriates more money for job training, a business will be able to reduce the amount of withholding tax they are required to collect. Senate Bill 10 also allows the DED to partner with other entities to advertise, market and promote the Missouri Works Training program.

Job training programs provide workers with enhanced skillsets and attract and retain employers and working families in our communities. Senate Bill 10 appropriately balances incentives with demand to encourage economic growth, and I look forward to seeing it signed into law.

Finally, I was very pleased to meet with representatives of the VOYCE Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at the Capitol this week. These incredible men and women provide advocacy services to the 22,000 individuals who reside in more than 300 skilled nursing, assisted living and residential care communities in Greater St. Louis and northeast Missouri. According to the VOYCE website, more than 50 percent of these individuals have no one to advocate on their behalf.

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March 10th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 3/10/17

I am often asked by constituents what role staff plays in my office. Below is a list of each position in my D.C. office and what the role involves.

Chief of Staff: Joe Lillis
The primary role of a Chief of Staff is to make sure that the office is running smoothly while also having an active role in policy objectives and strategies to execute those policy objectives. Along with those responsibilities, a Chief of Staff manages both the D.C. and district office staffs, oversees the office budget and works with me on long-term legislative plans.
Joe Lillis has been my Chief of Staff since I first became a Representative. Previously he worked in Representative Lynn Westmoreland’s office as his Legislative Director.

Legislative Director: Pete Stehouwer
A Legislative Director’s job is to oversee the legislative staff, which includes Legislative Assistants and Legislative Correspondents. While also overseeing the legislative staff, a Legislative Director serves as my lead policy advisor by helping formulate positions on a variety of legislative issues.
Pete Stehouwer began his time in my office as a Senior Legislative Assistant. Shortly after, he was promoted to Legislative Director. Pete serves as my staffer for my role on the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health. He also is responsible for tax, trade, appropriations, commerce, and budget issues.

Press Secretary: Hannah Smith
The role of a Press Secretary is to manage press-related activities while also acting as my spokesperson. In addition to these duties, a press secretary is responsible for monitoring social media and drafting press releases and media advisories.
Hannah Smith, from Webb City, Mo., graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in journalism. Hannah was the Staff Assistant in my office before becoming Press Secretary.

Scheduler: Drew McDowell
The primary role of a Scheduler is to manage and maintain my DC office schedule, which includes booking flights to and from Springfield, votes, hearings and meetings. Along with those responsibilities, the Scheduler acts as a liaison for me. He is responsible for making sure the rest of the staff is aware of what my schedule involves.
Drew McDowell joined the office as my Scheduler. He previously worked for Representative Renee Ellmers as her Scheduler and Executive Assistant.

Legislative Assistant: Ben Elleson and Tanner Warbinton
A Legislative Assistant’s role is to advise me on a variety of policy related issues. This includes drafting policy memos, meeting with constituents and different stakeholders, writing legislation, as well as staffing me for my role on the Energy & Commerce Committee.
Ben Elleson, a graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., started in my office as a Staff Assistant, then moved to scheduler, and shortly after was promoted to Legislative Assistant. Ben serves as my staffer for the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He also is responsible for education, labor, immigration, judiciary, and transportation issues.
Tanner Warbinton, another Webb City, Mo. native, graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University and later got his master’s degree from Missouri State University. He also began his career in my office as a Staff Assistant and was later promoted to a Legislative Assistant. Tanner serves as my staffer for the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, and he is also responsible for international relations, armed services, veterans, homeland security, financial services, interior and agriculture issues.

Legislative Correspondent: Ross Olchyk
The role of a Legislative Correspondent is to respond to all constituent mail, phone calls and emails. Before responding to inquiries, a Legislative Correspondent must first consult the legislative staff and me.
Ross Olchyk joined my staff in May of 2016 as a Legislative Correspondent. In January Ross became responsible for certain issues, which include science, space, technology, pro-life issues, Social Security and postal issues.

Staff Assistant: Ashley Bailey
A Staff Assistant is the face of the office. They greet visitors, answer phone calls, respond to some constituent requests depending on the issue, provide tours of the U.S. Capitol and assist constituents with other tours Including the White House during their visits to Washington.
Ashley Bailey recently joined our office as a Staff Assistant. Ashley is from Mt. Vernon, Mo., and is a Missouri State University graduate. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Ashley worked in my district office as an intern in Springfield, Mo.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report," by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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March 10th, 2017

Missouri State Senator Ron Richard “Capitol Report” 3/10/17

Legislative News

The Senate began its 10th week of session focusing on legislation that will further reform workers’ compensation laws in Missouri. When an employee is injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits are there to cover medical expenses and provide compensation for lost wages. These benefits are meant to be temporary, created to help an employee get through the recovery process and back to work if possible.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Greer v. Sysco Foods has made it possible for temporary disability benefits to continue almost indefinitely, without the employee ever transitioning to permanent disability. This situation is not only costly for employers, but it also means both parties face prolonged periods of uncertainty. By creating a clear point in time when temporary disability benefit payments end and permanent disability payments begin, we can make our workers’ compensation laws more business-friendly and attract new investment to our state.

Under Senate Bill 66, an injured worker will only be eligible to receive temporary total and temporary partial disability benefits until he or she reaches “maximum medical improvement,” or MMI. Maximum medical improvement is defined as the point at which an injured worker’s medical condition has stabilized and can no longer reasonably improve, as determined by the employer’s physician within a reasonable degree of medical certainty. The maximum amount of time an injured employee can receive temporary total disability benefits is 400 weeks, even if the employee has reached MMI but is unable to return to work.   

Claimants will still have the opportunity to receive a second opinion from a physician of their choosing, but they must do so in a timely manner. For all compromise settlements offered after an employee has reached MMI, he or she will have 12 months to obtain a second opinion. Extenuating circumstances, as determined by an administrative law judge, can allow for an extension of this time limit. Employers may waive these provisions without stating a reason.

In addition to passing SB 66, the Senate also approved legislation that will make it easier for business and industry to take advantage of “Chapter 100” bonds — also known as Industrial Development Revenue bonds. Named for the chapter of Missouri statutes that authorizes them, Chapter 100 bonds are the state’s oldest form of economic development. Chapter 100 allows a private company to utilize a local government’s tax exempt status in several ways in order to save costs on property taxes or the purchase of construction and equipment.

Since Chapter 100 projects were first formalized in Missouri’s 1947 Constitution, changes in statute regarding eligible projects have created a great deal of confusion — so much so that businesses are being forced to hire a team of lawyers to determine project eligibility. The time and expense involved in accessing these bonds has discouraged companies from using them. Senate Bill 11 will eliminate confusion surrounding Chapter 100 projects, making it easier for businesses to take advantage of this great resource and invest in Missouri’s economy.

Finally, the Senate is also considering a measure (Senate Bill 29) that would save taxpayers money by eliminating prevailing wage laws in the state for maintenance work. Prevailing wage is essentially a minimum wage paid to construction workers who work on state projects. Prevailing wage rates are set by the Department of Labor and vary from county to county.

Missouri is a very diverse state, and what it costs to repair or maintain a school building in Kansas City is not the same as what it costs in southwest Missouri. As it stands now, our rural municipalities are subject to the prevailing wage standards for urban areas. Unsurprisingly, repealing Missouri’s prevailing wage law is one of the main requests we get from rural community leaders. As far as economic development, this is one of the most important labor reforms we can pass. Senate Bill 29 has been heard in committee and is awaiting debate on the Senate floor.

Finally, I was very pleased to meet with members of Crowder College and East Newton’s Youth Changing Youth Coalition at the Capitol on Wednesday.

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March 8th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 3/8/17

"Dear Mr. Secretary, you are cordially invited to meet with Missouri's retired Teamsters about their disappearing pensions."
That was my message to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week, because a pension is a promise—and I'm going to make sure he follows through on his promise to me to meet the hardworking folks that'll be hurt most by the government's failure to follow through on pensions.

WATCH: Sec. Mnuchin promising to meet with MO retirees

32,000 Missourians who are part of the Central States Pension Fund are at risk of losing their pensions. If no action is taken, the Fund will be out of money in less than 10 years—and that is simply unacceptable. Ensuring Missourians who worked hard and played by the rules receive the benefits they're owed is a real priority for me, and one I won't stop fighting for. That's why I was the only member of Missouri's congressional delegation—in the House or Senate—to vote against the legislation that would have allowed for cuts to the pensions promised by the Central States Pension Fund.

Read more about my letter and why fulfilling our promise to Missourians who have spent their life paying into this system is so important:
KANSAS CITY STAR: Sen. Claire McCaskill invites Trump's Treasury secretary to meet retired Teamsters

I bet that if Mr. Mnuchin takes some time to meet with these folks, he'll see decisions about pensions isn't some numbers game—in fact, I'm hoping he'll see it's not a game at all. It's people's lives and hard-earned retirements at stake, and I'm not going to stop until these men and women get the benefits they were promised. I've been beating this drum for years and I'm not stopping now.

PHOTO: Hearing from Central States Pension Fund retirees in Hillsboro, MO

All the best,

Claire

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March 3rd, 2017

U.S. Representative Billy Long’s “Short Report” 3/3/17

President Trump’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress was both unifying and encouraging. After 8 years of overregulation, a weak national security and a failing health care system, I am confident that the coming years will be much different. Trump laid out an optimistic vision for the nation that will allow for a strong national security, quality education, a free market health care system and an economy that works for the people.

Van Jones, a long-time critic of Trump, even had kind words to say following the President’s speech and the moving moment when Trump spoke to the widow of fallen Navy Seal, William “Ryan” Owens.

With just a little over a month in office, Trump has eased the burden of regulation on small businesses, kept his promise on making national security remains a top priority and continues to push for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

President Trump understands that the people deserve choices when it comes to health insurance. Instead of the government “mandating” that every American buy what the government says is “quality” health insurance, he understands the importance of making sure it should be up to the people. He called on Congress to act quickly, and as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, that is what I intend to do.

Along with making sure that the American people have access to high quality health insurance, the president made a point to address that education is “the civil rights issue of our time.” He began to tell the story of Denisha Merriweather who failed the third grade twice. Now, after having access to system that works for her rather than against her, she not only graduated high school and college, but later this year she will get her masters degree in social work.

Every child deserves access to an education that provides them the tools needed to be successful in the 21st century. With continual federal overreach in education as we have had in the past, I am confident that Trump will make good on his promise and give power back to both the state and local districts.

Finally, Trump not only talked about having a strong military, but making sure that those men and women are taken care of. As Trump said the other night, “Our veterans have delivered for this nation – and now we must deliver fort them.”

I look forward to working with President Trump in the coming years and I’m confident that effective change will take place that will have a positive and lasting impact on this great nation.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report," by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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March 3rd, 2017

Create the Official Maple Leaf Artwork Featuring the Theme – Carthage: 175 Years

Planning for the 51st Annual Maple Leaf Festival, hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, is underway. This year’s theme will be Carthage: 175 Years. Committee Chair Jeanine Poe says “Carthage has a quartoseptcentennial’s worth of history, stories, and celebrations. We are excited to see not only how our business community and community will celebrate 175 years of Carthage history, but also share in their birthdays, anniversaries, and significant moments as well!”.

The planning committee is now accepting entries for the Maple Leaf Artwork Contest to select the official graphic design for the festival. The committee looks forward to artwork and float entries depicting this year’s theme. The selected art will be included in all coordinating marketing, including the official brochure, festival shirts and web marketing, for the annual city celebration set for October 2017 in Carthage. Parade entries, booth vendors, event contestants, and other Maple Leaf Festival participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme into all parts of this year’s festivities.

Guidelines for submitting artwork:
- Submitted artwork must be no larger than 11” X 17”.
- Digital artwork is accepted (JPEG and PDF format only with a minimum output of 600 dpi).
- Non-digital pieces must be submitted on white paper (no 3-D images, sculptures or animated entries will be accepted).
- For maximum reproduction quality, vivid colors are encouraged. A limited color version will be developed with artist input for garment printing.
- All entries should incorporate images representing Carthage, the Maple Leaf Festival and this year’s theme.
- Winning entries become the property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

All entries must be received by the Chamber office by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3rd, 2017. For more information, contact Mary Jo at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

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March 2nd, 2017

Missouri State Senator Ron Richard “Capitol Report” 3/2/17

Legislative News

State senators spent the first two days of session this week debating legislation that will discourage frivolous lawsuits against Missouri’s employers and restore balance to our discrimination laws. After a combined 17 hours of floor debate and numerous discussions that took place off the Senate floor, a compromise was reached, and the Senate gave its approval to Senate Bill 43.

Currently, under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), an employee only has to prove that race, religion or another protected trait was a contributing factor in their employer’s decision to discriminate. By requiring such a low standard of proof, Missouri’s business community has repeatedly been exposed to costly and time-consuming frivolous lawsuits. If SB 43 is signed into law, employees will have to meet a higher standard by demonstrating that their protected status was a motivating factor in their termination or discrimination, not simply a contributing factor. As part of a compromise, language requiring an employee to prove their protected class was the sole reason they were fired or discriminated against was removed.

Language prohibiting state employees and employees of political subdivisions from being awarded punitive damages in MHRA cases was also dropped. Finally, the caps on punitive damages for the largest employers — those with more than 500 employees — was raised from $300,000 to $500,000.

Senate Bill 43 will help curb judicial overreach and restore fairness to Missouri’s discrimination laws. By ensuring our laws work for both the employer and the employee, we will create a more balanced legal system and a business environment that attracts and retains job creators. I am proud of how members on both sides of the aisle worked together to get SB 43 to a place where it was more palatable to its opponents yet still maintained its original integrity. Senate Bill 43 has one more hurdle to clear in the Senate before it can make its way to the House. 

Also this week, the Senate passed several Consent bills, which are non-controversial in nature and do not increase or decrease net expenditures or revenue of the state by more than $100,000. In addition, Consent bills cannot increase an existing civil or criminal penalty or create a new civil or criminal penalty.

Senate Bill 217 expands a current tax credit of up to $2,500 for donated food or cash to a local food pantry in a taxpayer’s area of residence to include donations to local soup kitchens or homeless shelters.

We also passed Senate Bill 252. Under current law, corporations and associations owned and operated by religious or sectarian groups are exempted from the MHRA. Senate Bill 252 also exempts corporations or associations owned or operated by religious or sectarian organizations.

Finally, I was happy to welcome members from the Jasper County 4-H club to the Capitol on Tuesday.

The Importance of Public Notices

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February 24th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 2/24/17

President Donald Trump recently nominated Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Mr. Gorsuch is a man who has had a long history of interpreting the Constitution as it was intended by our founding fathers.

Mr. Gorsuch is a graduate of Columbia, Harvard and Oxford. After law school, he worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C., the Department of Justice and clerked for two Supreme Court Justices, Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. His resume is quite impressive, but it is his commitment to upholding the Constitution and his commitment to justice that make him deserving of a seat on the Supreme Court.

Mr. Gorsuch is an excellent choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who also interpreted the Constitution as the framers intended it, and not what he or society wanted it to be. An example of this is Mr. Gorsuch’s record on the Second Amendment. Throughout his time as a judge, Mr. Gorsuch has been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

Another example of his commitment to upholding the Constitution is his dedication to religious freedom. In the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, Judge Gorsuch sided in favor of religious rights by ruling against an Obamacare provision that required companies to provide coverage for certain contraceptives despite their religious beliefs. The Supreme Court sided with Judge Gorsuch’s opinion and struck down the provision.

This is a man who has consistently been respectful of the Constitution and its intended purpose. Neil Gorsuch will make an excellent Supreme Court Justice. I am sure if my colleagues in the Senate to take the time to talk with him and listen to him he will be easily confirmed.

Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor should be one that holds the same strong conservative values as the late Justice and Mr. Gorsuch is such a person.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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February 23rd, 2017

Missouri State Senator Ron Richard “Capitol Report” 2/23/17

State senators spent a considerable amount of time this week debating two important issues: our state workers’ compensation laws and compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. Earlier today, the Senate approved legislation that will reform Missouri’s workers’ compensation system by carefully balancing the need to protect injured workers with the need to keep our business community and job creation efforts intact.

The Missouri Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Templemire v. W&M Welding opened up Missouri employers to greater lawsuit liability under workers’ compensation laws. The ruling broke with almost 30 years of case law that required employees who were injured on the job to prove their workers’ compensation claim was the “exclusive factor” for their firing. Since Templemire, in order to win a wrongful discharge lawsuit, injured employees only have to prove their workers’ compensation claim was a “contributing factor” in their firing. By significantly lowering the standard of proof, the Supreme Court made it easier for anyone with a prior workers’ compensation claim to file a lawsuit against their employers.

Senate Bill 113 will restore the original standard of proof in workers’ compensation discrimination cases. Additionally, it stipulates that workers’ compensation payments will be reduced by 50 percent if the injured employee tests positive for illegal drugs, alcohol or non-prescribed drugs within 24 hours of the incident; an administrative law judge may determine if there were mitigating circumstances on a case-by-case basis. It also stipulates that an employee who voluntarily quits their job after the employer has made medically compliant work available cannot receive temporary disability benefits. Finally, it provides that claimants may agree to a full and final workers’ compensation resolution that cannot be reopened.

Our laws and our judges should not favor one party over another. Unfortunately, the extreme decisions handed down by Missouri courts over the last decade has eroded the balance of our workers’ compensation system — so much so that many employers have started practicing more defensive business judgements because of the fear of retaliation. While it is absolutely essential that we protect injured workers, we must also ensure Missouri businesses are not being unnecessarily harmed by frivolous lawsuits. Senate Bill 113 provides a much-needed check on judicial activism in the area of workers’ compensation while maintaining adequate protections and remedies for workers who are injured on the job.

After the 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Commission recommended to the federal government that they set minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. In response, Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005. The Act requires states to scan and retain source documentation, such as a birth certificate, of their citizens. Due to privacy concerns, about half of states chose not to comply. In 2009, the Missouri General Assembly passed legislation banning the Department of Revenue (DOR) from complying with the REAL ID Act.

On Jan. 22, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security will implement the next phase of the Act, which requires all passengers to present a REAL ID-compliant license before they are allowed to board domestic flights. Without legislative action, Missourians will be required to present an alternative form of acceptable ID, such as a U.S. passport, to board their flights. 

While lawmakers’ concerns over privacy and federal overreach have not gone away, we do not want to see our constituents inconvenienced. This week, the Senate took up Senate Bills 37 and 244, which allows the DOR to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and IDs if applicants prefer to have one. This legislation strikes an important balance by giving Missourians the option of being REAL ID-compliant but not forcing them to do so.

For more detailed information about the REAL ID Act, please visit the DHS website at www.dhs.gov. You may also view the phased enforcement plan by clicking here.

Finally, Missouri 4-H youth leaders came to the Capitol this week for the 2017 4-H Legislative Academy. This annual, three-day event provides unique learning opportunities for promising 4-H youth leaders and participants, so they can attain skills in legislative advocacy. I was very pleased to present delegate Hannah Rockers with a resolution commemorating the occasion. A student at Carthage High School in Jasper County, Hannah has been an involved member of 4-H for the past 10 years.

Contact Me
I always appreciate hearing your comments, opinions and concerns. Please feel free to contact me in Jefferson City at (573) 751-2173. You may write to me at Senator Ron Richard, Missouri Senate, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Rm. 326, Jefferson City, MO 65101; email me at ron.richard@senate.mo.gov or visit me on the Web at www.senate.mo.gov/richard.

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February 22nd, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 2/22/17

I need your help.

We’ve made great progress in recent years to improve services at VA facilities across Missouri, but there are still too many Missouri veterans and their families waiting for help that is long overdue.

Share this e-mail with anyone you know who can help me spread the word—I need Missouri veterans to give me honest and candid feedback about their experiences at VA centers, so that I can hold the VA accountable for following through on their promises.

All surveys are confidential and very helpful to me, since my staff and I use the information collected when we advocate on behalf of veterans and their families throughout Missouri and in Washington.

There are six weeks left before the deadline. If you’re a veteran, take the survey now. If you know a veteran, send this e-mail to them today.

Heartfelt thanks,

Claire

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February 17th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 2/17/17

Imagine discovering a photo of your missing son or daughter on Backpage, a website known for selling sex. Imagine the cold fear of realizing your child has been trafficked and likely sold for sex. And then imagine that the website facilitating the sale of your underage child isn’t going to do a single thing about it.
That’s exactly the terror that Kubiiki Pride and her family lived through, and as a mother, I can’t even fathom her pain.

WATCH NOW: Leading the Fight Against Online Sex Trafficking

Last month, Kubiiki travelled to Washington and testified before the Senate about what it was like to be the mother of a trafficked child. What it was like to approach Backpage about removing the ad selling her 14-year-old daughter and being told they wouldn’t unless she could somehow prove that the underage girl in the pictures was hers. What it was like to “buy time” with her daughter in a desperate attempt to save her.
Kubiiki’s testimony was so brave, and it was part of an historic victory against child sex trafficking.

READ OUR REPORT: Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking

For years, my Republican colleague, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, and I had been pressing Backpage for proof that they weren’t facilitating the sale of children. Asking for documents that could show they were taking appropriate steps to prevent this tragedy, that they weren’t complicit in these crimes.
They wouldn’t.
They ignored our legal subpoena.
They ignored the order of a federal judge,
• Before finally… finally, having to turn over those documents after we fought them all the way to the Supreme Court.
Let me tell you, it was very clear why they didn’t want us to get our hands on those documents.
We saw a conversation over email discussing how many child exploitation reports Backpage could afford reporting each day to make sure its monthly totals weren’t too high. We reviewed documents exposing an automatic filter that would remove “problematic” words from posts—words like Lolita, teen, amber alert—before posting the ad anyway. And we learned that Backpage employees at all levels—from moderators to the company’s own CEO—were acutely aware of the illegal activity happening on the site.
This case shows why oversight is SO important. These bipartisan investigations have been my bread and butter since before arriving in the Senate because they have the power to force change, and alter laws and policy. I’m incredibly proud of the report Senator Portman and I released because I’m confident that the information we uncovered will help people around the country and in our very own communities… people just like Kubiiki.

Her fight, and the fight of parents across the country, can be seen in the new documentary, I Am Jane Doe. The film tracks the legal battle against Backpage from courtrooms in St. Louis, Seattle, and Boston, all the way to my hearing room in Washington and the Supreme Court.

I will never stop fighting for those without a voice and for those
who need us most. Learn more about our investigation at www.mccaskill.senate.gov/backpage and help me spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

All the best,

Claire

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February 17th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 2/17/17

One of my primary responsibilities as a Congressman, and something I am very honored to do, is to make sure that the men and women who serve our country are taken care of and get the care and treatment they deserve. Last December, I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017. This legislation funds the critical programs in the Department of Defense to ensure the military has the strength it needs to carry out its mission of protecting our country.

The NDAA provides $619 billion for national defense, which is $9 billion more than President Obama’s budget request. The additional $9 billion will help close the readiness gap, which will stop the drawdown of the military, rebuild our military and make sure that our troops have the most up-to-date resources and tools when carrying out missions.

Not only does the NDAA go above and beyond what former President Obama requested, it continues to prohibit transferring of Guantanamo Bay detainees to American soil and helps combat sexual assault in the military. Finally, this piece of legislation gives our troops a pay raise, something that was long overdue.

My first priority is making sure that that my constituents are safe, and by voting in favor of this bill, I am reassured it will accomplish just that. Not only does this legislation help our men and women in uniform, but it ensures those who do not serve are also taken care of.
With significant bipartisan support, the NDAA passed the House by a vote of 375-14, the Senate by a vote of 92-7 and signed into law by the President.

With so much talk about gridlock in Washington, there are still many issues my colleagues and I can work with each other on, and that includes making sure our military has the resources it needs to protect our country.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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February 16th, 2017

Missouri State Senator Ron Richard “Capitol Report” 2/16/17

LEGISLATIVE NEWS

State senators addressed a wide range of issues during this seventh week of session. We spent several days discussing a tort reform measure that will help reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits bogging down Missouri courts. Senate Bill 45 seeks to modify state laws regarding arbitration agreements between employers and at-will employees.

Arbitration is an alternative form of dispute resolution that occurs outside of the court system and is often used in the workplace. Compared to traditional litigation, it is generally faster and more cost-effective. Since arbitration proceedings are usually held in private, they also maintain the confidentiality of both parties. Despite being endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court, Missouri courts have repeatedly struck down employment arbitration agreements. Perfected by the Senate on Wednesday, SB 45 will codify the value of arbitration in Missouri law and help standardize the process.

On Tuesday, we passed Senate Bill 108 to grant reemployment rights to Missouri employees who are members of the National Guard of another state and are called up for active state duty. The legislation also applies to members of any reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty. Under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, members of the Army or Air National Guard are provided employment protection when they must leave their civilian job for federal National Guard service. Unfortunately, the Act does not apply when a National Guard member must be away from their job because of state service. Individual states have to pass their own laws in order for National Guard members to gain reemployment rights after active state duty. So far, 28 states grant reemployment rights to National Guard members after active state service.

In 2011, the Legislature passed the organ donor tax checkoff measure, allowing Missouri taxpayers to make a financial contribution when completing their income tax form. All contributions go to the state’s organ donor fund, which is currently set to expire Aug. 28, 2017. According to organdonor.gov, there are more than 119,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list — 3,606,335 of them are Missourians. The organ donor tax checkoff offers Missouri citizens an easy opportunity to make a small contribution and help save the life of someone who is currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. The Senate voted this week to pass Senate Bill 248, repealing the organ donor fund’s expiration date.

We also passed legislation pertaining to suicide awareness and prevention programs in Missouri’s higher education institutions. Although college is often an exciting time in a young person’s life, it has the potential to be incredibly challenging as well. Leaving the comforts of home, the pressure of making good grades, money challenges and having to make new friends can quickly become overwhelming and lead to depression, even thoughts of suicide. The rates of depression and suicide are even higher for medical students. Clearly, more action needs to be taken on our college campuses to help prevent our young people from getting to the point where they feel like they have no one to talk to, nowhere to turn and no other alternative.

Senate Bill 52 requires each Missouri public higher education institution to develop and implement a policy to advise students and staff on suicide prevention programs available on and off campus. Each school will be required to provide all incoming students with information about the depression and suicide prevention resources available to them. The policy shall also advise students, faculty and staff of the proper procedures for identifying and addressing the needs of students exhibiting suicidal tendencies or behavior and require training where appropriate. Senate Bill 52 specifically addresses the need to bring more awareness to the prevalence of depression and other mental health issues among medical school students.

Finally, a provision of law allowing counties to decrease their annual budgets expired on July 1, 2016. Specifically, the law permitted counties to decrease their annual budgets twice during any fiscal year in which they experienced a decline in revenue of at least two percent. Passed by the Senate this week, Senate Bill 95 simply extends the expiration date to July 1, 2027.

Contact Me
I always appreciate hearing your comments, opinions and concerns. Please feel free to contact me in Jefferson City at (573) 751-2173. You may write to me at Senator Ron Richard, Missouri Senate, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Rm. 326, Jefferson City, MO 65101; email me at ron.richard@senate.mo.gov or visit me on the Web at www.senate.mo.gov/richard.

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February 10th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 2/10/17

Reforming our tax code may be taxing and tedious but it must be done. I receive numerous complaints from my constituents and business owners demanding a fairer and simpler tax system. We need a tax code that stops raiding hardworking American taxpayer’s paychecks and ensures they are able to keep more of their own money. A unique concept in Washington, D.C.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Since then, our country has changed dramatically, but yet we continue to use an outdated tax system. That needs to change. Today, the Federal tax laws fill 70,000 pages. Families with children in college have to go through almost 100 pages of IRS instructions to figure out what tax benefits could help them pay for already high tuition rates. Requiring these hardworking individuals to go through hundreds and sometimes even thousands of pages is ridiculous. Especially when I know there is a better alternative.

It’s no wonder individuals use software or professionals to prepare their tax returns.

As a Congressman, I have continually supported bills that would reform our tax code. When I first came to office, I supported and cosponsored the Pathway to Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act. This legislation would have consolidated the individual income tax brackets into no more than two brackets, reduce the corporate rate and repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax. Finally, it would have changed the “worldwide” system of taxation to “territorial.”

In 2015, I supported the House passage of the Death Tax Repeal Act. This legislation would have repealed the estate tax, which is known as the “death tax.” Individuals who plan to leave their estates to their children and grandchildren should not have to worry about the government taxing life savings or ruining their plans to improve the lives of their families. The “death tax” hits small business owners and family farms the hardest.

Action needs to be taken on tax reform and I plan to continue to support legislation that will do just that. Our job in Washington isn’t to make Missourians lives harder, it’s to make them easier. Our broken tax code does not accomplish that and needs to be changed.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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February 9th, 2017

Missouri Senator Ron Richard “Capitol Report” 02/09/17

LEGISLATIVE NEWS

To say it has been a big week for labor reform in Missouri is an understatement. On Monday, the governor signed Senate Bill 19 into law, officially making Missouri the 28th Right to Work state. This was years in the making, and I believe it will lead to great things for the Show-Me State and exciting opportunities for our citizens. That same day, my Senate colleagues and I began debating another important labor reform measure — Senate Bill 182, which will END THE DISCRIMINATORY AND UNFAIR PRACTICES OF PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS (PLAS).

MISSOURI Taxpayers deserve the best product for the best cost, but PLAs drive up the cost of construction by effectively ensuring that all work on a public project is completed by union contractors or non-union contractors who will yield to union demands. PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS place unreasonable terms and conditions to limit fair competition. They are not equitable to all contractors, and they are a detriment to the free market.

If signed into law, SB 182 will remove the current 50 percent state funding threshold for political subdivisions and labor agreements and prohibit bidders from entering into those types of agreements. It will also ensure all contractors get a chance to bid on a project. By eliminating union-only PLAs, we will open the door to private sector bidding on government construction projects and encourage more responsible stewardship of taxpayer money.

In other news, a considerable number of Missouri’s more than 200 public boards and commissions currently have vacancies that the governor is trying to fill. From managing our state’s universities to advocating on behalf of our children and seniors, the men and women who serve on these boards and commissions are essential to the myriad functions of state government.

Every one of us has the ability to serve our state in some capacity, but many people are unaware of what opportunities are out there. If you are interested in serving the State of Missouri on a board or commission, I encourage you to review the Missouri Boards and Commissions website at www.boards.mo.gov. You may also contact Josh Foster in my office for more details (573-522-7972 or josh.foster@senate.mo.gov).

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February 3rd, 2017

U.S. Representative Billy Long’s “Short Report” 02/03/17

On January 27, 2017, thousands of men and women came to Washington, D.C. to support the March for Life. This event is held each year to raise awareness and advocate for the unborn lives taken by abortion. The first rally was held on January 22, 1974, one year after the Roe v. Wadedecision. Since then, the March for Life has taken place each year, and will continue to take place, until Roe v. Wade is overturned.

That same week, the House of Representatives took an important step in our pro-life agenda by voting to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment helps prevent taxpayer money from being used for abortions, except to save the life of the mother, or in the case of rape or incest.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act passed the House by a vote of 238-183. This legislation would not only make the Hyde Amendment permanent, along with any other legislation that prohibits funding of abortions government-wide. This bill would also ensure that the Affordable Care Act is held to the same standard.

I've always made it a priority to support legislation that saves lives and that’s why I voted in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. In 1973 when the Supreme Court said it was legal to kill an unborn child I didn't agree then and I still don't.

The American people have spoken, and as a Congressman, I listened. According to the Marist Institute for Public Opinion Polling, 62 percent of the American people agree, the government should not use taxpayer money to fund abortions. Through some current governmental funding policies, the government is only incentivizing abortion.

45 percent of individuals who identify as pro-choice even agree that taxpayer money should not be funding abortions. Most consider abortion a partisan issue, but when it comes to taxpayer funding, both Republicans and Democrats are much more likely to agree. According to the same poll, 44 percent of Democrats and 84 percent of Republicans don’t agree with taxpayer funded abortions.

It’s time to stop playing partisan politics and realize that a majority of Americans agree on this issue. It’s never okay to be political when human lives are at stake. I will continue to work and support pro-life legislation. Someone needs to fight for those that can't fight for themselves.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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February 3rd, 2017

Maple Leaf Theme Sought


Entries for the 51st annual Maple Leaf Festival theme contest are being accepted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce. Submissions for this year’s contest will be accepted through Tuesday, February 28th at the Chamber Office. Submissions must be in writing and can be brought to the Chamber office, 402 S Garrison, or e-mailed to mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.

Those wishing to submit a theme entry should provide their theme suggestion, their name, address, daytime telephone number, and email. Entries received after 5:00 p.m. February 28th will not be considered.

The winning entry becomes the sole property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce and the Maple Leaf Festival and will be used on all promotional materials.

February 2nd, 2017

Missouri Senator Ron Richard’s “Capitol Report” 02/02/17

LEGISLATIVE NEWS

The Senate continued working this week to make Missouri a more business-friendly state and improve our legal climate. The most notable success came on Thursday, when the Legislature sent Senate Bill 19 to the governor’s desk. Upon the governor’s signature, Missouri will become the 28th Right to Work state, ending forced unionism and helping to create a more competitive business climate.

Right to Work is an issue I have been working on for close to 16 years, with many coming before me who worked on it even longer. We have not just been fighting for more jobs. We have been fighting simply for the chance to be considered by companies looking to relocate. Regardless of what you may think of Right to Work, I believe today’s success sends a message to the people outside of our state, looking inward, that Missouri is serious about transforming the way it does business.

On a personal note, today has certainly been one of the great highlights of my career — if nothing else happens, I will still be pleased. While I wish we could have passed Right to Work 15 years ago, I have to say this day has certainly been worth waiting for. The governor called on his way back from southwest Missouri to offer his congratulations to both chambers, and I look forward to seeing SB 19 signed into law within the coming week.

Also on Thursday, the Senate gave its approval to legislation that aims to restore fairness to personal injury litigation and reduce the cost of insurance for doctors and businesses. Senate Bill 31 modifies provisions relating to the collateral source rule and provides that parties may introduce evidence of the actual cost, rather than the value, of the medical care rendered. Missouri lawmakers passed identical legislation last year, which was vetoed by the governor.

In 2005, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive tort reform bill that, among other things, aimed to fairly compensate injured parties for their medical expenses. The intent was always to allow an injured party to recover the actual cost of their medical bills, or the true dollar amount they paid. However, in 2010, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in Deck V. Teasley that the 2005 tort bill allowed plaintiffs to introduce evidence of the total amount they were billed, not just the amount that was actually paid. Over the years, this has resulted in plaintiffs trying to recover compensation for medical expenses they were never required to pay. To complicate matters, juries do not always see the actual cost a plaintiff paid; they only see
the full-billed amount and often award “phantom damages” as a result.

Very simply, SB 31 establishes that the appropriate recovery for medical expenses is the actual amount paid, not the value. This legislation ensures injured parties will be compensated for their out-of-pocket medical costs while restoring fairness to personal injury litigation. Furthermore, SB 31 does not affect a plaintiff’s ability to recover other forms of damages such as pain and suffering and lost wages. By reducing the cost of insurance for Missouri doctors and businesses, health care providers will be able to pass those cost savings on to consumers. More importantly, it increases our ability to attract top-rated physicians to the Show-Me State. 

The Senate also voted this week to perfect Senate Bill 16. This legislation seeks to roll back government overreach by exempting delivery charges from sales and use taxes. Historically, sales and use tax has never been applied to delivery fees in Missouri. Then, in January 2015, the Supreme Court of Missouri ruled in Alberici Constructors, Inc. v. Director of Revenue that charges for delivery of a rented crane are subject to tax because the parties intended for delivery of the crane to be part of the crane rental. The court’s ruling effectively opened the door for taxes to be applied to delivery charges. As a result of this change, the DOR sent a letter to Missouri business owners notifying them that they may have to start collecting and remitting tax on delivery charges.

Simply by sending the letter, the DOR was able to start collecting this new tax. Unfortunately, although unsurprisingly, this latest move by the DOR has led to a considerable amount of confusion for Missouri’s business community, who do not know if they should start collecting a tax that has yet to be uniformly applied or collected. Senate Bill 16 will put into statute the rule that was previously used by the DOR to determine how delivery charges are taxed. In doing so, it will protect Missouri business owners — especially our small business owners — from another egregious attempt by the DOR to generate revenue at their expense.

And last but certainly not least, I was happy to welcome a number of area students to the Capitol this week. Brandon Jordon and Deven Kimsey were visiting as part of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s legislative shadowing program. FCCLA is a national career and technical student organization that provides personal growth and leadership development opportunities.

Also this week, the Senate recognized several students who are currently participating in the state Historical Society’s premier educational program, National History Day in Missouri. This innovative program lets students in grades six through 12 explore the past in a creative, hands-on way. They become experts on a historical subject of their choosing while conducting extensive research to produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website.

Statewide, more than 3,000 students participate each year. Nearly 600 compete in the state contest at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and top finishers advance to represent the Show-Me State in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest in the D.C. area. In my district, I am proud to say Nian Wheeler of Joplin High School and Grace Carter of College Heights Christian School are currently participating in this year’s contest.

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January 27th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 1/27/17

Over the years, outgoing presidential administrations have pushed through last-minute rules that Congress can do little or nothing about. These rules are costly and have a significant negative impact on our economy. Since 2009, the estimated costs of these arbitrary regulations reached almost $2 trillion. The unelected bureaucrats in Washington aren’t the ones paying for the additional costs, hardworking American taxpayers are the ones who are paying for them.

I have talked with many small business owners in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District and their main concern is overregulation. The federal register boasts over 89,500 federal regulations, many of them outdated and ineffective. In the last year alone, over 4,000 regulations were working their way through the federal bureaucracy. Recently, President Donald Trump spoke with business leaders and said he is confident he can cut regulations by 75 percent, a comment that is a breath of fresh air to businesses everywhere.

My colleagues and I have made it one of our top priorities over the years to pass legislation that makes sure outgoing presidential administrations, regardless of their political party, can’t pass last minute rules and regulations that Congress cannot address. That’s why already this year I have supported bills such as the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.

The Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 would put in place a rapid-response method for Congress to undo last-minute rules from an outgoing administration. It would not require a minimum or maximum number of ‘midnight rules’ the Congressional Review Act can disapprove and would allow for Congress to group regulations together to overturn quickly in one single vote rather than making a potentially large number of tedious single votes.

The REINS Act requires agencies to submit any major regulations to Congress for approval, while also allowing for a quick up or down vote on the major rules within 70 legislative days. It also guarantees that any major regulation submitted to Congress must first be approved before going into effect.

A ‘major rule’ is any rule that will have an annual impact on the economy of $100 million or more, adds a significant increase in price or cost on consumers, individual industries or government agencies and negatively impacts competition, employment, investment, productivity and innovation.

The Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 and the REINS Act both create more accountability and ensure constituents have their voices heard. I’m confident that with the new administration and a unified Republican government, we will begin to weaken the federal government’s oppressive regulatory state on hardworking American taxpayers.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Longand my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report," by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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January 26th, 2017

Missouri Senator Ron Richard’s “Capitol Report” 1/26/17

LEGISLATIVE NEWS

Three weeks ago, I stated in my first column that reform was the name of the game for the 2017 session. While the Senate is diligently working to address tort reform and regulatory reform, today we took a major step forward in the area of labor reform. Just a few hours ago, state senators voted to make Missouri the 28th Right to Work state by passing Senate Bill 19 to end forced unionism and help create a more competitive business climate.

Besides the advantages of increased jobs and economic growth, Right to Work is the single biggest policy that can help protect a worker’s freedom to choose whether a union works for them. Organized labor’s chief selling point has always been that union representatives are able to negotiate the best possible deal for workers, but time has shown us that is not always the case. Right to Work laws hold unions accountable and encourage them to work hard to represent the best interests of their members. They benefit businesses, employees, the employees’ families and even the unions themselves.

It is also important to keep in mind that Right to Work, or workers’ choice laws, do not dissolve unions — the only thing they do is prevent forced unionism. Research confirms that in Right to Work states, unions pay more attention to their members. This has actually led to increased union participation in many cases. Senate Bill 19 does include a grandfather clause in order to protect Missouri from the threat of a future lawsuit. The clause allows currents contracts to remain in effect until they expire; once expired, they cannot be renewed. The clause will not affect any new business coming into the state.

In order for the Show-Me State to be competitive with our surrounding states, we must foster a better environment for our communities, businesses and Missouri families. By allowing workers’ choice, we are cultivating a free and fair environment in our state. While SB 19 must still go through the same legislative process on the House side, I am proud of how hard everyone worked in order to quickly move this important initiative through the Senate.

In other news, Missouri’s attorney general announced Jan. 19 that Missouri has joined 12 other states in suing the Obama Administration over burdensome regulations pertaining to coal mines. The suit, Ohio et al v. Department of Interior, alleges that regulations issues by the DOI’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Dec. 20, 2016, seriously overstep their authority and violate federal law. To add insult to injury, the agency aimed to make the rule effective on the eve of the former president’s last day in office — Jan. 19, 2017.

In his announcement, Missouri’s attorney general said: “The Obama Administration has no authority to issue these regulations. They will drive up the cost of energy for Missouri families and hurt Missouri workers … These draconian regulations by the Obama Administration are exactly the kind of federal overreach that is holding Missouri’s economy back.”

I absolutely agree with our new attorney general, and I greatly appreciate his efforts to stand up for Missouri families and against another gross display of federal overreach and secretive midnight regulations. The hardworking people of our state, and our entire country, deserve better.

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January 20th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 1/20/17

In 1976, Congress created the Congressional Award for young Americans between the ages of 14 to 23 years old to encourage America's youth to get involved in their local communities. The Congressional Award is a private-public partnership that receives all of its funding from the private sector. This award is forward looking - instead of recognizing past achievements, it requires applicants to set goals for helping out their local communities.

However, if an individual is a member of an organization such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or KEY Club, the activities they participate in can count towards whichever level they are working towards.

The Congressional Award has six different levels that an individual can work towards. Each level depends on the length of service in their local communities. For example, a bronze certificate requires 30 hours of voluntary public service, while the gold medal requires an individual completes 400 hours of voluntary public service.

To be considered for the Congressional Award, an individual must set goals in the required four program categories: volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration. The type of award an individual receives is based on what the individual accomplishes and the amount of time the individual spends on each category.

Regardless of an individual's background, anyone has the opportunity to earn the Congressional Award. Unlike many other awards, the Congressional Award does not set a minimum grade point average.

Missouri is one of the few lucky states that have a Congressional Award council. Each Congressman appoints two council members to help with more direct constituent engagement and outreach. Within each congressional office there is also a liaison to flag any issues there might be regarding an individual trying to work towards The Congressional Award.

Since its foundation, individuals participating in the Congressional Award program have completed over 7 million hours of public service, which has created a lasting impact for local communities. Missouri's 7th Congressional District has had nine individuals achieve the Gold medal. Currently there are seven individuals working towards a silver medal and one working towards a gold medal.

I encourage everyone who qualifies to participate in the Congressional Award to help our local community. If interested, more information can be found at http://congressionalaward.org/.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report," by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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January 19th, 2017

Missouri Senator Ron Richard’s “Capitol Report” 1/19/17

State lawmakers gathered in the House chamber Tuesday evening for the governor’s first State of the State address. The governor spoke for about 40 minutes, during which time he laid out his legislative priorities for 2017. At the top — enacting meaningful tort and labor reform and creating stable, well-paying jobs for our citizens. I am pleased to say bOTH CHAMBERS ARE ALREADY HARD AT WORK ADVANCING LEGISLATION THAT COMPLEMENTS THE GOVERNOR’S AGENDA.

THE Senate Committee on General Laws VOTED TO SEND TWO LABOR REFORM BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR DEBATE: Senate Bill 19 will make Missouri the next Right to Work state, while Senate Bill 21 will enact Paycheck Protection. The House has moved even faster on Right to Work; earlier today, it overwhelming passed House Bill 91, which is identical to the Senate version. While Missouri’s future status as a Right to Work state is not yet a done deal, it certainly looks more promising than it has in a long time, and I hope to see a bill on the governor’s desk very soon.

IN ADDITION TO RIGHT TO WORK, THE GOVERNOR ALSO CALLED FOR AN END TO THE DISCRIMINATORY AND UNFAIR PRACTICES OF PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS (PLAS). MISSOURI Taxpayers deserve the best product for the best cost, but PLAs drive up the cost of construction by effectively excluding nonunion contractors and their skilled employees from building projects paid for by their own community’s tax dollars. Oftentimes, PLAs place unreasonable terms and conditions to limit fair competition. They are not equitable to all contractors, and they are a detriment to the free market. If signed into law, Senate Bill 182 would prohibit PLAs.

Of course, labor reform is just one part of the equation when it comes to promoting job growth and economic development. We also need to address our legal climate. During his speech, the governor talked about the need for serious tort reform, stating that “our judicial system is broken, and the trial lawyers have broken it…” On Tuesday, I presented Senate Bill 5 to the Committee on Government Reform. This legislation modifies several provisions relating to tort actions, such as unlawful merchandising practices, class actions, venue and products liability.

At its core, SB 5 is about making it more difficult for trial attorneys to bring forth frivolous lawsuits, which force Missouri businesses to waste valuable time and money defending meritless claims. Those costs eventually get passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices. By passing substantive tort reform, we can finally shed Missouri’s ranking as the “No. 1 judicial hellhole” in the country and become a state that is truly open for business.

As I have previously stated, our new governor’s determination to transform the way Missouri does business is a refreshing change after eight years of failed economic policies and stagnant job growth. This truly is a new era in Missouri. I support the governor’s proposals, and I look forward to working with his administration as we build a better, stronger Missouri.

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January 13th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 1/13/17

In 2016 there were 135 law enforcement fatalities. According to the 2016 Law Enforcement Fatalities Report, that was a 10 percent increase from the previous year and the highest number of fatalities since 2011. Of the 135 officers that died, 64 of them were killed by gunfire with 21 of them being the result of an ambush-style attack.

Such statistics is a sobering reminder of the risk that law enforcement officials make to protect the safety of us all.

Earlier this year, news broke of a picture hanging in the U.S. Capitol depicting police officers as pigs. Police officers in my district brought it to my attention and I later brought attention to the issue during a GOP Conference meeting. My colleagues and I were outraged.

Each day our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for their communities, sometimes walking into situations knowing little of what to expect. Hanging paintings of pigs in police uniforms in the U.S. Capitol, of all places, is shameful. Our law enforcement officers deserve our utmost respect.

January 9, 2017, marked National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. I thought it was appropriate to take this time to once again thank our law enforcement for the hard work that they do. I want the men and women in uniform to know that I support them and will do all that I can to make sure that they are treated with the respect that they deserve.

The national dialogue regarding law enforcement over the past few years has been disheartening. Officers have been talked about as if they are the problem rather than the solution. I refuse to accept this as the new normal.

Each morning law enforcement officers wake up, put on their uniform and say goodbye to their loved ones. They go to work each day not knowing what exactly the next call will be, who they will encounter or what they will face.

135 law enforcement fatalities are 135 too many. They each had families and dreams and they were willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of all of us. I encourage everyone to let an officer know you care about them and that you appreciate what they do in often challenging circumstances. I will continue to voice my support for both local and state efforts that support our law enforcement as well as support legislation at the federal level that supports our law enforcement. It’s the right thing to do and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do so every day.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Longand my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report,” by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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January 12th, 2017

Missouri Senator Ron Richard’s “Capitol Report 1/12/17”

ON MONDAY, JAN. 9, STATE LAWMAKERS AND STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS, MEMBERS OF MISSOURI’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, OUR STATE SUPREME COURT JUDGES, A HOST OF MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, AND THOUSANDS OF MISSOURIANS DESCENDED ON THE SOUTH LAWN OF OUR MAGNIFICENT CAPITOL FOR THE INAUGURAL FESTIVITIES.

SEN. RON RICHARD PRESIDES OVER THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY OF MISSOURI’S NEW GOVERNOR AND STATEWIDE OFFICE HOLDERS ON THE SOUTH STEPS OF THE MISSOURI CAPITOL ON MONDAY, JAN. 9.

AS SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM, IT WAS MY DISTINCT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO CALL A JOINT ASSEMBLY OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO ORDER AND PRESIDE OVER THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY. AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE UNITED STATES AND MISSOURI FLAGS, MISSOURI SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE PATRICIA BRECKENRIDGE ADMINISTERED THE OATH OF OFFICE TO THE SHOW-ME STATE’S 56TH GOVERNOR AND OUR NEWLY ELECTED STATEWIDE OFFICE HOLDERS.

EVEN THE CHILLY JANUARY WEATHER COULD NOT DIMINISH THE FEELING OF HOPE AND EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR AS THE GOVERNOR TOOK TO THE PODIUM TO DELIVER HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS. HE GAVE AN INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH THAT SET THE TONE FOR HIS COMING YEARS IN MISSOURI’S HIGHEST OFFICE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING ALONGSIDE HIS ADMINISTRATION IN THE DAYS, WEEKS AND MONTHS AHEAD AS WE BUILD A BETTER, STRONGER MISSOURI.

CAPPING OFF THE DAY’S EVENTS WAS THE GOVERNOR’S BALL, WHICH WAS HELD IN THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA. It was a great evening, and I felt truly fortunate to have my family and so many friends and colleagues gathered together in celebration of this next chapter in our state’s history. Of course, all good parties must come to an end, and it was back to work on Tuesday.

Over 300 bills have been filed and are starting to make their way through the legislative process. The first measures were heard in their respective committees this week, with the most notable being two labor reform bills. Senate Bill 19 will make Missouri the next Right to Work state, while Senate Bill 21 will enact Paycheck Protection. The Senate majority caucus has stated its commitment to TRANSFORMING MISSOURI INTO A PRO-WORKER, PRO-TRANSPARENCY AND PRO-TAXPAYER ENVIRONMENT THIS SESSION, AND THESE MEASURES ARE A PART OF THAT LARGER PLAN.

AS A REMINDER, THE GOVERNOR WILL DELIVER HIS FIRST STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS ON TUESDAY EVENING, JAN. 17. DURING THE JOINT SESSION, HE WILL LAY OUT HIS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES AND RELEASE HIS BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING FISCAL YEAR. YOU MAY FIND THE LIVE AUDIO OF THE SPEECH ON THE MISSOURI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WEBSITE AT www.house.mo.gov.

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January 9th, 2017

U.S. Senator McCaskill’s Newsletter 1/9/16

It's a new Congress, and every single elected official in the House and Senate has a lot of work ahead of them in order to serve the families and communities they represent.

I wanted to make sure you knew that I've taken over as the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. It's an incredibly important committee—tasked with doing everything we can to protect Americans—as well as eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in government agencies-and I'll be using my leadership role to keep Missouri safe and hold government accountable.

Make sure you don't miss a thing from the Homeland Security Committee. Follow us online for hearing updates, video, and breaking news:
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I'm also a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, because maintaining Missouri's leadership in America's defense and serving those who serve our nation is not just my job, it's my honor. Just last week, I joined the Committee's Chairman, Republican Senator John McCain, to question America's top cybersecurity officers and defend our men and woman in the intelligence community from damaging and undeserved disparagement.

WATCH NOW: Questioning Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

This week, I'll be leading a Senate hearing with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio to keep up our bipartisan fight to protect kids from online sex trafficking. You'll be able to watch the hearing LIVE once it starts at: www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/hearings/backpagecoms-knowing-facilitation-of-online-sex-trafficking

There's a lot going on, and it's all important. Know that I'm fighting for you.

All the best,

Claire

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January 6th, 2017

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 01/06/17

On the eve of Hanukkah, the Obama administration abstained from voting on a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction. By not vetoing the resolution, the administration allowed the one-sided resolution to pass. Israel faces numerous security concerns from the instability in the Middle East, and the message that was sent from the United States only serves to weaken our relationship.

That’s why I voted in favor of a House Resolution that would reject the anti-Israel UN resolution that was passed in December. Since 1972 the United States has vetoed 42 anti-Israel UN resolutions. The House Resolution that was passed opposes the UN Security Council anti-Israel resolution, calls for a repeal of the resolution and highlights how the Obama administration went against longstanding U.S. policy that has continually protected Israel from one-sided UN resolutions. Finally, it warns that any future anti-Israel resolutions should be rejected.

The last 8 years have been challenging. I have watched the Obama administration sit on its hands as Israel continues to be bullied by the international community. I look forward to having a president who stands by Israel, our only democratic ally in the region, and sees it as a friend rather than a burden.

As Israel continues to be our strongest strategic, military and economic ally in the Middle East, the United States needs to remain on the right side of history and support our strongest ally. The United States must continually express its support for the people of Israel. I believe that on January 20, 2017, when President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office, Israel will finally have the friend and ally it deserves.

As the 115th Congress begins, I will continue to support legislation that strengthens our relationship with Israel. With a new Congress and a new administration, I am confident that Israel will once again see the United States as a strong ally it can count on.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong.  You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visitinghttps://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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January 5th, 2017

Missouri Senator Ron Richard’s “Capitol Report 01/05/17”

THE FIRST REGULAR SESSION OF THE 99TH MISSOURI GENERAL ASSEMBLY OFFICIALLY BEGAN AT NOON ON WEDNESDAY. THE HONORABLE PATRICIA BRECKENRIDGE, CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE MISSOURI SUPREME COURT, WAS ON HAND TO SWEAR IN 12 RE-ELECTED SENATORS AND FIVE NEWLY ELECTED SENATORS. OUR NEW SENATORS BRING WITH THEM FRESH PERSPECTIVES AND IDEAS ON HOW TO TACKLE THE TOUGH ISSUES WE FACE, AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH EACH OF THEM.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE, WEDNESDAY WAS PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT FOR ME, AS I WAS SWORN IN FOR THE SECOND AND FINAL TIME AS PRESIDENT PRO TEM OF THE MISSOURI SENATE. I WAS HONORED TO HAVE MY LONGTIME FRIEND, JUDGE DAN SCOTT OF THE MISSOURI COURT OF APPEALS, SOUTHERN DISTRICT, ADMINISTER THE OATH OF OFFICE, WHILE MY WIFE, PATTY, HELD THE BIBLE. I WANT TO THANK MY SENATE COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND FOR ENTRUSTING ME TO LEAD FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS.

REFORM IS THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR THE 2017 SESSION — LABOR REFORM, TORT REFORM, REGULATORY REFORM AND EDUCATION REFORM. AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF BEING AT ODDS WITH THE GOVERNOR, WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GIFT OF NEW LIFE. WITH OUR NEW GOVERNOR-ELECT, THE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE NOW HAS THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFORM THE SHOW-ME STATE INTO A PRO-WORKER, PRO-TRANSPARENCY AND PRO-TAXPAYER ENVIRONMENT.

IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS, WE ARE GOING TO WORK ON CREATING JOBS, MORE JOB TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND A SMALLER, BETTER GOVERNMENT. WE ARE GOING TO PUSH LEGISLATION TO REFORM MISSOURI’S LEGAL CLIMATE SO THAT IT IS FAIR AND STRUCTURED TO ATTRACT, RATHER THAN DISCOURAGE, INVESTMENT IN OUR STATE. WE ARE ALSO GOING TO CUT HARMFUL RED TAPE AND WORK TO END GOVERNMENT OVERREACH.

IF WE CAN BRING ALL OF THESE ISSUES TOGETHER — ISSUES THAT WILL PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC GROWTH — WE WILL ACHIEVE THE “MISSOURI MIRACLE.” WE WILL BRING INVESTMENT BACK INTO OUR COMMUNITIES, AND WE WILL FINALLY BE ABLE TO MAKE MISSOURI A PRO-WORKER STATE, RIPE WITH HIGH-SKILLED MANUFACTURING JOBS.

WE CERTAINLY HAVE A LOT TO DO, BUT I AM CONFIDENT THAT BY THE END OF THIS SESSION, WE WILL HAVE PASSED LEGISLATION THAT IS GOING TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE WAY MISSOURI DOES BUSINESS. AS ALWAYS, IT CONTINUES TO BE A PRIVILEGE SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF THE 32ND SENATE DISTRICT. I will continue to keep you updated on legislative news as session progresses.

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January 3rd, 2017

U.S. Senator McCaskill’s Newsletter 01/03/17

As we open a new Congress today, there's one thing I want to make sure you know: I'm working for you every single day. And I'm going to keep fighting as hard as I know how to achieve concrete results for Missourians, because it matters.

It matters when veterans suddenly have improved access to healthcare because of expanded access to VA services.

It matters when children are pulled out of the clutches of trafficking because of increased scrutiny of online business practices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYOBjxhvzyA&feature=youtu.be 

It matters when our brave men and women in uniform can seek help after sexual assault, without fear of retaliation, because elected officials from across the aisle said, "Enough."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVkcVYqJ5NM&feature=youtu.be 

And it matters when my office can work with a Missouri family whose father has been mistreated by the VA system, and it leads to a congressional investigation and new legislation that could help WWII veterans across the country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0CXEv0BYlM&feature=youtu.be 

Those are just a few of the many successes we had in 2016—and I'm ready for more.

See more highlights of Missouri's 2016 victories with my 16 in '16 review.

Fighting for Missourians is the honor of a lifetime, and as we hit the ground running in 2017, I wanted you to hear directly from me that I'll be on your side every step of the way.

Hello, 2017. Let's get down to work.

All the best,

Claire

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December 30th, 2016

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 12/30/16

As 2016 comes to a close, a new era begins. On January 3rd a new Congress will be sworn in. Our nation's 115th Congress begins on that day and a new presidential administration will take office January 20. With Republicans controlling the House, Senate and now the White House, a unified Republican government will set an aggressive conservative agenda.

As President-elect Donald Trump has said, some of his top priorities would be our health care system and immigration.

Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed in March of 2010, it has continually let the American people down. With premiums continuing to rise, hardworking Americans are being hit the hardest. In late October, the Show-Me Institute released a study that showed premiums rising for rural Missourians the most. With Missouri’s 7th Congressional District being predominately rural, this will hurt my constituents most.

Republicans will keep their promise and repeal this disastrous law. First we will start with the repeal resolution. The repeal resolution is a budget resolution that will allow for a repeal and stable transition between the old and new law. Within the repeal resolution will be reconciliation instructions. Reconciliation instructions allow for certain committees to produce legislation that can later be passed by a simple majority in the Senate.

Both the Senate and the House must pass the repeal resolution in order to move forward to the second step which would be reconciliation process.

The new law will reflect what Republicans believe is missing in the current law: more choices, more control and lower costs.

Though health care will be an important part of Republican's agenda in the 115th Congress, immigration will be as well. Ever since I became a Congressman the debate on immigration has continued to become more polarized. With our national security at risk, I have no doubt that President-elect Donald Trump will keep his promise and do all he can to protect our borders and country.

For the past eight years we have failed to enforce our immigration laws. The current administration has taken it upon itself to bypass Congress and use executive actions to set immigration policy. Starting in January, things will change. We will no longer use power of the pen to get things done. We will bring about reform through the legislative process with the president signing bills into law.

Though many legislative goals were accomplished during the 114th Congress like the 21st Century Cures Act, I know the 115thCongress with the House, Senate and White House being controlled by Republicans will be even better. It’s time to make America great again.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong.  You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visitinghttps://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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December 23rd, 2016

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 12/23/16

At times congress is portrayed as Republican v. Democrat, but even in a partisan environment we can still find areas of agreement to advance important legislation. During the 114th Congress my colleagues and I have passed several transformative bills that will go on to help millions of people. I worked hard to make sure that the people of Missouri’s 7th Congressional District and the American people got the best deal possible.

Two of the most recent examples of this would be the 21st Century Cures Act and the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Both of these bills had overwhelming bipartisan support.

The 21st Century Cures Act, which was led by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is a bill that will impact medical research for many years to come by addressing the 10,000 unknown diseases, with 7,000 of those unknown diseases being classified as rare.

Within this bill is a provision of mine that would allow further communication between drug manufacturers and health care professionals. After three years of bipartisan work on this bill, it was finally signed into law this December. This bill was very personal to me because I know what it’s like to have a loved one affected by a heartbreaking disease.

The WIIN Act, which was also signed into law this December,is a comprehensive water resources infrastructure bill that includes language that both Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and I worked on that involved the Table Rock Lake Shoreline Management Plan. After talking with constituents, it was clear to me that their voices weren’t being heard and something needed to be done. The language added within the bill would halt the plan by two years, lift the moratorium on issuing permits for new and existing docks and extend the public comment period.

The 114th Congress also worked hard to ensure our manufacturers have a level playing field to compete. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, which was passed in December of 2015, strengthened the enforcement of our trade laws and set parameters to future trade deals that ensure our importation laws will not be changed. This legislation included Customs and Border Protection tariff evasion policy changes that I’ve been fighting for ever since I came to Congress.

Though 114th Congress has come to an end, I look forward to the work that my colleagues and I can accomplish in the 115th Congress. We’ve had a successful two years, and I know the next two can be even better.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong.  You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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December 16th, 2016

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 12/16/16

January 20, 2017, will mark a new era for energy. For the first time in 8 years, we will have a pro-energy president who believes in an all-of-the-above approach to solving some of the energy challenges we are facing in the 21st century.

Though advances in technology have increased U.S. oil and gas production, we are still not a country that is utilizing all of its potential. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Energy and Power Subcommittee, I have seen firsthand the importance of an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence. Unfortunately, we have relied too much on buying oil from other countries than relying on our own natural resources.

The Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline are recent examples of our president's policies hindering energy and job growth.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, the Keystone XL Pipeline would have created 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs, and for Missouri specifically, those numbers would have been 576 jobs by 2015 and 1,015 jobs by 2020. Along with creating jobs, the pipeline would have also increased personal income by $6.5 billion for American workers during the span of the project.

Even after being aware of the benefits and knowing that there would be little to no effect on carbon dioxide emissions, the President was swayed by private interests and politics rather than doing what was right.

On November 18, 2016, the Obama administration released its five-year plan for offshore oil and natural gas lease sales. It once again proved that the President would rather enact last minute rules and regulations than go through Congress. This plan listed the Arctic as off limits for both oil and natural gas lease sales.

With the Arctic being resource-rich, it's unacceptable to cut off any chance of exploring economic possibilities that could increase jobs and advance our goal of energy independence.

I will continue to fight for an all-of-the-above approach to energy. With President-elect Donald Trump taking office in January, I know the United States will once again be the pro-energy and job growth country it once was.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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December 16th, 2016

U.S. Senator McCaskill’s Newsletter 12/15/16

That's the question Americans should always be asking their members of Congress—who are you fighting for?

For the record, here's who I'm fighting for...

Billy Hull. He's a retired coal miner with nearly 30 years working at the Peabody Coal Power Mine near Montrose, Missouri, who wrote me a letter earlier this year:

"My Wife and I, married 59 years fall under the Patriot Coal Companies Voluntary Employees Beneficial Association (VEBA.). My wife Earlene is a 2 time cancer survivor and I suffered a stroke in 2012. If we lose our benefits it will be hard for us to afford our medicine cost. Due to the bankruptcy of both Peabody Coal Co. and the Patriot Coal Company the Patriot VEBA fund will be exhausted in late 2016 leaving us without pension and healthcare benefits..."

Mr. Hull isn't alone. He's one of thousands of retired coal miners and their widows whose pensions and healthcare—promised to them decades ago—are in jeopardy. They were made a promise and, through no fault of their own, are about to have the rug pulled out from under them. A handful of my colleagues and I have been trying to fix this crisis for months, with our bipartisan Miners Protection Act. And I figured we'd have some big-time help from President-elect Donald Trump, who's vowed to help these miners.

But instead of seizing the last chance Congress had to fix the problem this year, U.S. House Republicans put a temporary bandage on these miners' benefits and then left town for their Christmas vacations. Meanwhile, retired miners, widows, and their families across Missouri are left in limbo. I don't know who these U.S. House Republicans are fighting for, but it's not working Americans.

Our own Harry Truman—whose Senate seat I hold today—made a promise to these coal miners when he was President. I'm fighting to keep his promise. And I'm fighting for Missouri's working families.

Watch my 5-minute speech on the Senate Floor and help me make sure Missouri's retired miners and their widows are protected by sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

All the best,

Claire

P.S. This debate reminds me of a fight in Congress exactly two years ago. Back then, Congress approved a sprawling, $1 trillion spending package—and tucked into that "omnibus" bill was a provision allowing for deep cuts to retiree benefits for 32,000 Missourians participating in the Central States Pension Plan. I was the only member of Missouri's Congressional delegation to vote against it, and today I'm backing legislation to undo that law. Then and now, I'm fighting for Missouri's working families.

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December 9th, 2016

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 12/9/16

In November, I voted in favor of making sure that the American people remain protected from Iran’s threatening behavior by voting for the reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act. Following the House’s vote, the Senate also voted in favor of reauthorizing the sanctions. Both the House and the Senate had overwhelming bipartisan support for this bill.

On a regular basis I receive calls from constituents who share their concerns about Washington’s weak response towards Iran.

With the Obama administration's Iran Nuclear deal, it makes reauthorizing these sanctions even more important.

This bill provides the authority to “snap-back” sanctions on Iran’s energy industry if they rush toward a nuclear weapon, it allows the legislative branch to have the final say on when Iran would get permanent sanctions relief and it extends the Iran Sanctions Act for another 10 years.

Though the bill does not affect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, it allows us to make sure that Iran is being held accountable for their actions. That includes any human rights abuses, state sponsored terrorism or failing to hold up their end of the deal regarding their nuclear weapons program that was agreed to during the JCPOA negations.

Failing to hold up their end of the deal would allow the United States to “snap-back” the sanctions that were once in place before the disastrous JCPOA deal.

If the president vetoes this bill, the sanctions currently in place would expire at the end of the year. This would send a message to the world that the United States condones the immoral behavior of Iran in the Middle East as well as further the damage already done by the Obama administration’s deal.

With a new Congress and new administration, reauthorizing these sanctions will be a fresh start for President-elect Donald Trump to combat Iran’s belligerent actions that have continued to threaten national security all across the world.

To put it simply, reauthorizing these sanctions will be an important tool to keep the Iran regime in check.

For more information on my activities in our district and in Washington I encourage you to follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Billy.Long and my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/USRepLong. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter, "Long's Short Report", by visiting https://longforms.house.gov/newsletter-and-email-updates-form.

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December 8th, 2016

U.S. Senator McCaskill’s Newsletter 12/8/16

I'm going to get to the bottom of this.

According to a Washington Post exposé published this week, the Pentagon buried a report that exposed $125 billion of waste in their budget:

"Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results."

If true, this is unacceptable—and today I told the Department of Defense that I want a full copy of this study, along with any background data.

The American people deserve to know if—while some in Congress were busy debating cuts to vital services, furloughing employees, and threatening working peoples' pensions—the Department of Defense knew it could be saving the American people billions and billions of dollars... and did nothing.

I'm going to get to the bottom of this, you have my word.

Claire

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December 6th, 2016

U.S. Senator McCaskill’s Newsletter 12/6/16

I've spent years making sure that Missouri's manufacturers can compete on a level playing field... which is why I'm so disappointed that U.S. House Republicans are trying to send American tax dollars abroad, instead of investing here at home.

READ my letter to House and Senate Leadership on the importance of #BuyAmerica

Under a bipartisan #BuyAmerica provision—which was passed by the Senate in a water infrastructure bill, and supported by Senate Republicans and President-elect Trump—taxpayer funded infrastructure projects would employ American workers and use American iron and steel, boosting American jobs and supporting American business.

But U.S. House Republicans are pushing to remove those protections, allowing foreign companies to get government business instead.
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I can't for the life of me figure out why the U.S. House refuses to get onboard and buy and hire American—but I'm fighting to restore these provisions and pass them into law.

Thank you,

Claire

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December 2nd, 2016

U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report” 12/2/16

On November 25th, news broke that Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro had died. While many Cuban Americans rejoiced about the death of a man who had caused them and many of their loved one’s pain, President Obama responded with one of the most deplorable responses the Leader of the Free World could give.

Growing up during the time Fidel Castro took power, I saw from the start the devastating effects his dictatorship had on the Cuban people. For further edification one only has to speak to some of my colleagues who were forced to flee his rule with their families as youngsters.

Our neighbor to the north, Canada, also gave a disgraceful response regarding the death of Fidel Castro. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went a step further to outright praise the Cuban dictator. He said that even his “detractors” understood his “dedication and love for the Cuban people,” as well as saying that he made “significant improvements to the education and health care.” 

I for one was not mourning Fidel Castro’s death. This man and the Castro regime have been constant human rights violators prohibiting free speech, free press and free and fair elections. They are also guilty of jailing, beating and executing many who speak out against them. 

President Obama was right when he said the Cuban people have a “friend and partner in the United States.” But that friend and partner shouldn't be one that continues to turn their backs on a country that oppresses its people. The United States needs to be a friend and partner who stands up to a dictatorship that has deprived its people, for far too long, basic human rights.

As President-elect Donald Trump said, “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate the deal.”  That is true leadership from a man who understands that you don’t negotiate with dictators, like Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul Castro, who is the current “president” of Cuba appointed by Fidel Castro himself. 

The Cuban people deserve a chance to live in a democracy and all the freedoms that come with that. They have been denied all of those things for far too long.
Though the death of Fidel Castro was celebrated by many, it does not mean freedom for the Cuban people. Sadly, there is still much more work that needs to be done.

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