Weekly Update from the Greater Clinton-Area Chamber of Commerce 11/20/2020

I start off this week’s report in a sad mood, just like most if not all of you.  COVID-19 is real, and it’s been real across the world since last year and here in the U.S. since the beginning of this year.  However, we are really struggling with it here in Clinton and Henry Co. at this time.  The Clinton Chamber of Commerce is going to do our best to keep providing for our members and the public, but of course we still want to be safe.  We are hoping at least one of us can continue to work out of the office but our doors are now locked.  If you need ANYTHING from us, call 885-8166, email david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com or knock on our door at 200 South Main St. Monday through Friday 8am till 4:30pm.  We will do our best to help out in any way we can.  Now on to the regular report:

It’s going on right now and we’ve had our third winner!  Congratulations to Melissa Scott.  One of the promotions that the Clinton Chamber is doing during the Holidays is now underway.  You will find out more about Receipt to Receive on the Clinton Chamber’s Facebook page, but I can tell you that it involves shopping at businesses that are members of our Chamber, bringing or emailing your receipt to the Depot and then waiting to see if you are winner of Chamber gift certificates each week.  The big money will be given away Christmas Eve.  Your chance to win is each Monday.  You can bring in receipts Monday through Friday for purchases that were made that week and then we give away our prize the following Monday.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm.  You can also email those receipts with the business, date and phone number to david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com.  So shop local, gather those receipts, bring them by the Chamber, and you may be a winner.

Also don’t forget our “$100 to get $25” and our “0%” promotions are also going on right now.  The “$100 to get $25” promotion is huge for the public and businesses and the “0%” promotion is beneficial to our businesses.  Find the details on the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

On Monday, a few of us met with some folks that are thinking about bringing a new event to Clinton next summer.  We can’t give you too many details now, but as soon as plans are finalized, we will tell you what it is, where it’s going to take place and more.

I visited with Clinton Police Chief Kevin Miller at the Chamber on Tuesday about economic possibilities that could exist in Clinton.  He just wanted us to know some of the things happening in the City that could be beneficial to existing or start-up businesses.  We appreciate Chief Miller thinking of us and giving us some ideas that can help Clinton move forward.

Joyce and I attended a meeting concerning Henry County’s celebration for Missouri’s 200th Birthday.  This committee is going to try to have every town in Henry Co. involved.  Right now, we are hoping to have kids’ games, a parade, music, a picnic, cemetery walks and more in Aug. of 2021.

Joyce and I met with Cary Ingram with Mortgage Enterprises on the Downtown Square.  She wanted to know how her and her employees can get more involved with the Chamber and Clinton Main St.  They seem eager to get more involved with events, activities and more so we will find a place for them you can be sure!

We have sent out our third weekly newsletter.  Here at the Clinton Chamber, we want to keep our members more up-to-date on what we are doing for them, activities and events that are coming up and any other information we need to relay in a timely matter.  Businesses, couples and individuals can all belong to the Chamber.  Just contact Joyce or me for more information.  Our phone number is 660-885-8166.  If you are a Chamber member, be sure to look for this new weekly newsletter in your email each Monday.

Our Friday Facebook Feature this week is with Dave Garnett with Hawthorn Bank and you can find this video when you go to the Clinton Chamber’s Facebook page.

Don’t forget, if you’re a business owner and belong to the Chamber, be sure to update those Facebook pages so we can share your information on the Chamber’s Facebook page.  If you would like to get involved in moving Clinton forward, just reach out and we’ll find the perfect place for you!  Be sure like us on Facebook: Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, and watch for the new website coming soon.

Upcoming activities, events and more:

For every $10 you donate to the Clinton Animal Shelter until Nov. 20th, you will get one chance entered into a raffle to win a turkey dinner from Clinton Price Cutter.  You can leave donations at Jim Raysik, Inc., The Dog Groomer or at the Shelter.

The 15th Annual Lighting Ceremony will be Nov. 27th.  Clinton Main Street will kick things off at 6pm with the lighting of the Magic Tree and Rotary Car giveaway!  We will flip the switch for all the lights to come on and Santa will be escorted onto the Square by the Fire Department.  Instead of a parade, we will be hosting lit entries around the inner lane of the Square which will allow guests to drive around to see them without having to leave the car.

Banks Motors “Keep the Kids Warm” drive continues through the end of this month.  They are collecting new and gently worn coats, hats, scarfs and mittens for Project Christmas Cheer distribution.  Cash and check donations are also accepted to help purchase needed outerwear.  They are located at the corner of Ohio and 8th streets.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse are being assembled with the central drop-off location at Clinton First Baptist Church.  For all the details, call 885-2211.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be Dec. 3rd from 11:30 till 5:30 and Dec. 4th from 11 till 5 at the Clinton First Baptist Church, 1531 North Vansant Road.

Santa Paws is Coming to Town!  Get a picture of your pet with Santa or Santa Grinch Dec. 5th from 10am till 4pm and take home some delicious Christmas cookies from the bake sale.  $10 for a digital image or $15 for digital image and 5×7 print.  All proceeds go to the Clinton Animal Shelter.  The Dog Groomer is located at 203 North Washington St.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Henry Co. wants to know if YOU are ready to make an impact in the lives of some kids.  There are many ways you may be able to help out.  For all the information, call 660-383-1121 or go to www.bbbshc.org.

The Henry County Library would like to invite children, and their parents to call Dial-A-Story. Each week we change the story, and there are many fun titles to listen to. You can access the Dial-A-Story by calling 660-885-4400. We hope you will take advantage of this free service offered to you from your library.  The Library has also opened its passport and notary services back up to the public and are now accepting appointments.  That number is 885-2612.

4-H has something for everyone.  Youth ages 5-7 can enroll in the special Clover Kids program.  Youth ages 8-18 can enroll in the traditional 4-H.  There are six clubs in Henry Co.  For all the information, call 885-5556 or henryco@missouri.edu.

Care Connection for Aging Services is providing free one-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help by phone.  You can get more information by calling 1-800-748-7826 or in Clinton, call Roy Qualls at 660-885-3482.  Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is open now and ends Dec. 7th.    

The Clinton Fire Dept. is in need of bicycles for Project Christmas Cheer.  They can be delivered to the fire station at 301 South Washington St. or they can be picked up in the City limits.  Call 885-2560.

If your non-profit has an event coming up, email that info to David Lee david@clintonmo.com