BY DAVID LEE-GCACC DIRECTOR: 3/17/23
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Mark Manuel is Clinton’s Fire Chief and he is now “Featured,” talking about how the CFD tries to teach kids early about fire safety…but it takes money. Find out how you can help when you watch his video on the Chamber’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ClintonMO
Did you know that the Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is not just for Clinton, MO? We have businesses and individuals from Kansas City to Republic and Overland Park, KS to Columbia as members of our Chamber: APPLETON CITY, BUTLER, CALHOUN, COLUMBIA, CREIGHTON, DEEPWATER, KC, LEE’S SUMMIT, LEETON, LOWRY CITY, MONTROSE, OVERLAND PARK, PLEASANT HILL, REPUBLIC, SEDALIA, SPRINGFIELD, URICH, WARRENSBURG AND WARSAW. Want to join the fun? 660-885-8166. 200 South Main. M-F 9 till 4:30. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Businesses, groups, clubs, churches, organizations, couples and individuals can, and have in the past, be sponsors of Academic Excellence! March, 2023 Dear Friends of Education: The Society for Academic Excellence invites students who have achieved a 3.5 or higher grade point average during this school year to be recognized. Last year, 257 students were honored, including 26 graduating seniors who maintained a 3.5 GPA each year throughout high school. In addition, four seniors from Clinton High School and one senior from Clinton Christian Academy received $500 scholarships. We invite you to join other individuals and businesses in the Clinton area to help honor the scholastic achievements of Clinton High School and Clinton Christian Academy students. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Academic Excellence Program, all because of our supportive community which has taken an interest in education for the youth within our school district. Our program this year will be focused on providing a quality experience for our students and an opportunity for the graduating seniors to be recognized with scholarships to encourage furthering their education. The consistent support of the program from sponsors like you have allowed the Society to provide this recognition for our top performing students and their families. Your contribution of $50.00 as a Silver Sponsor or $100.00 as a Gold Sponsor will benefit the students as they receive their official Academic Excellence medals and ribbons. For your support, you will receive the following:
1. Recognition in the Academic Excellence Ceremony that will be held this spring
2. Listing as a Silver or Gold sponsor in an ad the Chamber purchases in the Clinton Daily Democrat
3. Either a walnut plaque as a first-year sponsor or a 2023 date plate as a returning sponsor
4. Satisfaction from supporting our youth in Academic Excellence as a partner in education
Also, many continuing sponsors may need a new plaque for additional year bars. Let the office know when you send your
sponsorship. Please make your checks payable to Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce with a memo for Society for
Academic Excellence. Checks can be mailed or delivered to the Depot, 200 South Main, Clinton, MO 64735. Please respond by
April 21. Thank you for your consideration and support of our youth and education.
Don’t forget the 2023 Quilt Walk is March 31 st and April 1st on the Downtown Clinton Square. For all the details, call the Clinton Main Street office at 660-885-2121.
Help Save The Dorman House. Nickolas Smith and Suzanne Bush are organizing this fundraiser to benefit Henry County Historical Society. Built in 1852, the Dorman House is currently the oldest standing two-story home in Clinton and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The home remained in the Dorman family for over 150 years but fell into disrepair as fortunes dwindled. Clinton Main Street purchased the home in 1996 from the Dorman family and spent six years restoring the house using volunteer labor. Clinton Main Street utilized the home as its office until 2008 when it was deeded to the Henry County Historical Society. While the historical society has kept up with minor maintenance over the years, larger issues with the structure have become more apparent. The east side of the home exhibits minor cracking and separation — and after many severe rain showers for several years in a row — the house has developed a serious foundation and wall issues. The Henry County Historical Society needs to take immediate action to prevent further damage and possible loss of the Dorman House. It is hoped that listing as a Place in Peril will raise awareness for the Save the Dorman capital improvement campaign and help the historical society find the expertise needed to guide them through the creation of a historic structures report and the proper restoration of this Clinton landmark.
When you have an idea, but you’re not an artist, where do you go? C Squared on the Downtown Clinton Square. From a ROUGH sketch to reality, we now have some t-shirts for sale at the Chamber! These t-shirts are now for sale at the Clinton Chamber, 200 South Main St., M-F 8 till 4:30pm. Prices range from $12 to $17. Go to the Chamber’s Facebook page and you’ll see these Truman Lake/Clinton, MO shirts! Art for the Ages. An art auction fundraiser to benefit the Clinton Senior Center. Live auction, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. The Clinton Senior Center is at 970 East Sedalia St. Lunch from 11 till 1 with the auction to follow on Sunday, March 26th. Lunch provided by Perryman’s Kickin’ Chicken. Tickets are $15 and that includes lunch and admission to the auction. Buy tickets at Gallery Three on the Square…the Clinton Chamber of Commerce or at the Senior Center. Bid on local art and more!
Tax help available at Clinton Senior Center. Older adults who need help preparing their income tax returns can get free assistance from the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program at the Clinton Senior Center. Care Connection for Aging Services, which operates the center, has trained volunteers available to help file federal and state income tax returns, as well as the application for the Missouri Property Tax Credit. The service is available to people 60 and older by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, call (660) 885-3482. The service is for senior adults who need to file simple returns. Care Connection for Aging Services is a private nonprofit area agency on aging serving people 60 and older in 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Henry. The agency mission is to provide opportunities for positive aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or visit goaging.org.
New Growth Transit Introduces New Partnership to Encourage Shared Rides for Commuters in Nine West Central Missouri Counties – As businesses in the area continue to grow and commuting costs continue to increase, New Growth Transit is creating improvements to the area’s transit system to attract workers to the area while reducing expenses for commuters. In partnership with Commute with Enterprise, New Growth Transit is working to provide an innovative and sustainable shared mobility option: vanpooling. New Growth Transit, an affiliate of West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, serves a nine-county region which includes the Missouri counties Bates, Benton, Cass, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, St. Clair, and Vernon. The Commute program is a coordinated vanpool program available to people who live inside or outside of Cass County, Missouri for those who wish to access jobs in the area. The program coordinates participant/employee rides for those who indicate their interest through various channels such as at their jobsite or via an online portal. The program then matches riders who have similar work shifts in similar areas and who are interested in riding together. Once four or more people are matched, a Commute with Enterprise representative will contact the group to begin working out the details. Commute with Enterprise then provides a 7-15 passenger vehicle, insurance, maintenance and ongoing support. Each vanpool is customized to the specific needs of its four or more vanpoolers. People who commute to or from any West Central Missouri Community Action Agency-region county and are interested in joining the program can visit https://www.commutewithenterprise.com/…/newgrowth.html
The Henry County Library will be replacing the entire roof of the library starting April 1, 2023. This construction will cause changes in normal traffic and parking patterns. Please pay attention to these changes and/or closures. Do not park in areas designated for construction and workers. This project will last approximately 2 weeks but will be dependent upon the weather. Thank you for your patience!
The Katy 225 in Oct. will be run on the beautiful Katy Trail in Missouri. Katy is a point-to-point rail-trail race with ZERO REPETITION! Runners will travel eastbound on the Katy Trail from Clinton to St. Charles. During their 225-mile journey, they will pass through many small towns that dot the Katy Trail. They will see many relics of the old railroad, run along the Missouri River, cross numerous rail bridges, and enjoy plenty of beautiful scenery before ending their adventure in the heart of the historic city of St. Charles.
Henry County Health Center New Facility Fundraiser-HCHC seeks your support to help achieve the mission of promoting health and wellness for Henry County residents. HCHC has a four-tiered fundraising approach to accept donations from community supporters with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsor levels. Funds raised will assist HCHC in purchasing the following items for the new facility:
- ON-SITE BIOHAZARD WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEM: $5,000
- ON-SITE SECURITY SYSTEM: $3,000
- SOLAR PANELS: $10,000
Each sponsorship level includes unique benefits that are available to donors based on the level of financial contribution.