December Member News 2021

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share, email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Caitlin Ferguson, at

Weichert, Realtors® – First Tier is proud to announce April Ortiz has joined their Columbia office. Ortiz joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at Weichert, Realtors® – First Tier, who bring many years of combined real estate expertise to their clients.

Grade A Plus Tutoring is proud to announce that Math Up!, a partnership program with the University of Missouri Mathematics Department has received the 2022 American Mathematical Society Award for an Exemplary Program of Achievement. The outreach program pairs math graduate students from the university with middle and high school students from low-income and at-risk backgrounds for one-on-one math tutoring.

With their deep understanding of the subject matter, math graduate students make extremely effective tutors. Failing students were soon obtaining B or C grades, and B or C students became A or A+ students. Tutors and tutees also developed cultural competency. Graduate students, typically from privileged backgrounds, began to see that many people in the U.S. do not have access to academic support. Conversely, students who had previously aspired to simply make money at part-time jobs now realized that math graduate students were regular people just like they were, and that perhaps they too might aspire to take math classes beyond high school.

Read the full release here.

Shelter Insurance® will present its 56th annual tree lighting ceremony at the company’s home office in Columbia on December 2. The holiday filled night will begin at 5:30 as the West Middle School band begins its program. The tree will then be lit at 6:10 p.m. For the first time ever, Shelter Gardens will be decorated with several holiday scenes. Shelter Insurance® encourages the public to take part and walk through the gardens and enjoy the lights while the West Middle School choir performs. Santa Claus will also be available to take pictures with children in the school house building in the gardens.

What: 56th annual Shelter Insurance® tree lighting ceremony and first ever Winter Wonderland Garden of Lights in Shelter Gardens

When: Thursday, December 2

  • Tree lighting ceremony program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the tree being lit at 6:10 p.m.
  • Winter Wonderland Garden of Lights will open immediately following the lighting of the tree

Where: 1817 West Broadway

Who: Everyone in the community is invited to experience the tree lighting ceremony and to walk around Shelter Gardens as it has turned into the Winter Wonderland Garden of Lights


300 S Providence Rd
PO Box 1016
Columbia, Mo 65205