November 2018 Member News


  • As the City of Columbia staff and the Mayor’s Task Force for Climate Action and Adaptation Planning move forward in developing a plan to reduce emissions and prepare for Columbia’s changing climate, they are gathering feedback from the community on some of the actions being considered. The survey can be completed at November 12. Please share with your neighbors, colleagues and friends.  More information about the plan can be found at
  • November is Job Readiness Month for the City of Columbia’s Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE) Program! They’re offering free drop in employment classes for grades 6-12 students at the Armory Sports Center (701 East Ash St.). Classes include: How To Get The Job You Want, Make Your Own Resume, How Volunteering Can Help You Get A Job, How To Get Letters Of Recommendation, Make Your Own Cover Letter, and Job Interviewing Practice And Feedback. For more information, click here or contact or 573-874-6377.
  • Spirit of Excellence Allstar Cheer and Dance Academy hosted its Grand Opening on October 19The focus of the Grand Opening was to celebrate the launch of the new facility and to provide greater awareness of the program. Various community leaders, as well as notable organizations, were present to speak on the impact their program is making in our local community.
  • Boone County Joint Communications and Moberly Area Community College celebrated their partnership by offering the Emergency Telecommunicator course with a ribbon cutting on October 15. The ceremony took place at MACC.
  • Old Kinderhook would like to offer you the chance to spend Thanksgiving and/or New Year’s Eve with them. There will be several specials for each day. They would also like to encourage you to spend November 10 with them for the Wine and Distillery Tour. For more information on any of these events, call the resort at (573) 317-4314.
  • This summer, 20,501 athletes took part in the Show-Me State Games Olympic-style sports festival. Throughout the year, 28,896 athletes competed in year-round GAMES festivities, many taking home gold, silver and bronze medals. The Show-Me State Games is pleased to announce Max Starkloff II and Wendy Hatlestad are the 2018 Missouri Lottery Athletes of the Year. In addition to Athletes of the Year, the Show-Me State Games also recognizes a Missouri Lottery Male and Female Sportsperson of the Year. The 2018 honorees are Kate Ryan and Bradyn Garner.
  • Former first lady Michelle Obama recognized the dedication and success of the voters of Boone County during a voter registration rally in Las Vegas, Nev. on September 23. Mrs. Obama spoke about the Boone County Children’s Services Sales Tax, applauding the conviction of those who saw the need for the tax, the dedication supporters exhibited in getting the tax on the ballot, and the power of Boone County voters who supported the tax initiative. Mrs. Obama presented Boone County as an example of the positive change that can happen in a community when citizens use their votes as their voice.


  • The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Convention Sales Manager Terra Crane was named a Top Young Professional Under 37 by the national branch of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. To receive the recognition, young professionals were nominated by their peers and selected by a national panel. For more information on the award, SGMP and Crane, go here:
  • The Boone County Commission, on behalf of the County Commissioners Association of Missouri, honored Senator Caleb Rowden during the Commission Meeting on October 16. Senator Rowden is one of six Missouri legislators to be honored by CCAM for their commitment to improving county government operations. The Commission also presented a proclamation in Senator Rowden’s honor.
  • Central Bank of Boone County announces 13 employee promotions made in September. Catherine Seidel of the Rockbridge Bank has been promoted to teller II. Employees are hired as a teller I then, once they’ve completed their training and have had six months of successful experience, they are promoted to a teller II. Savanna Presson of the Motor Bank has been named senior teller. Senior tellers lead the branches operationally and assist fellow tellers when needed. Eleven employees in the bank’s Customer Service Center, which assists customers with account maintenance by telephone, were also promoted. Adrienne Barbero, Ally Boggs, Maya Medina-Guerr, Keishia Richmond, Zach Selby and Molly Willow have been promoted to customer service representative II. Gage Long, Zach Mertens, Stephanie Corrigan, David Fisher and Elise Castellanos have been promoted to senior customer service representatives.
  • Stephen Keithahn, MD, has been appointed as chief wellness officer for University of Missouri Health Care and the School of Medicine. In this role, Keithahn will be responsible for creating and leading the Office of Physician Well-being to optimize physician wellness and engagement.
  • Central Bank of Boone County has named Janet Armontrout manager of the Hallsville Bank.  In this role, Armontrout is responsible for sales management, customer service, and day to day operations of the branch. She previously served as a financial associate.
  • Central Bank of Boone County has named Lori Hill as Mortgage HELOC Originator.  As a HELOC originator she will assist customers with home equity lines of credit while developing relationships with both customers and community professionals. They have also named Sandy Jonas relationship banking officer.  In this role she is responsible for working to build and expand relationships with customers.
  • The Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau took home the Hospitality Award during the annual Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism September 25-27 in St. Charles. Columbia received the honor for its Certified Tourism Ambassador Program. The award is presented annually to an individual, business or organization that conscientiously supports and promotes Missouri tourism in any and all ways available to them. Columbia is the only city in Missouri that provides this national ambassador certification program. Over the past five years, 58 classes have been conducted and more than 720 people have become certified as tourism ambassadors for their city.

Non-Profit News

  • D&H Drugstore again this year joins Voluntary Action Center, local faith congregations, and others to Warm Up Columbia. Hundreds of coats, jackets, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, and socks have been collected by churches, groups, families, and individuals for distribution. Items will be distributed to low-income individuals and families Saturday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at The Armory, 701 East Ash, in downtown Columbia. A number of local agencies will also receive winter items for their clients on the following Monday. VAC anticipates serving hundreds of individuals with the service this year. Volunteers are also needed for set-up on Friday, November 3.
  • PedNet would appreciate your input on how they’re doing and what they can do better. They also want to know from you what issues you most need them to tackle in their advocacy so it’s easier and safer for you to get around town. The survey is anonymous and will only take about 10 minutes to complete.  It is open to everyone, so we’d appreciate your help in sharing it far and wide so we can get as much input as possible. Once you complete the survey, you can enter a drawing for one of four $50 Gerbes gift cards! Take the survey here:
  • The Heart of Missouri United Way would like to announce its Fall Summit on Financial Stability and Economic Mobility in Our Community. On November 8 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Shelter Insurance Training Center leaders will inform providers, employers, and other key stakeholders on issues around our economic landscape, and increasing financial capability and asset building in vulnerable households, and involve attendees in developing a plan of action to move our community forward. They will engage participants meaningful and informative dialogue around best practices in the field of service, in public and private policy making and advocacy, and in financial services and employment. The outcomes of this summit will help inform Heart of Missouri United Way grant targets for financial stability impact grants. Register here:

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