California Area Chamber of Commerce President Cale Brown conducted his final meeting in that role Jan. 11.
The Commerce Bank manager has lived in California with his family for nine years, the past three working for the retail side of the bank branches in Tipton and California. He became active with the chamber soon after that and was elected to vice president two years ago.
"This is a great community to be involved in," Brown said.
The chamber welcomes new residents and businesses, keeps members informed of new developments and offers a place to be part of community activities.
Brown said one of the events he is proud of this year is the chamber's Eclipse event at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds. And he said participating in the Ham and Turkey Festival and the chamber's annual meeting is always fun.
"Everyone on the board wants to help out; it's always a collaboration of everyone pitching in," he said. "If something's going to happen in Moniteau County, everyone will pitch in to make sure it is done right," he said, quoting Mayor Norris Gerhart from the meeting.
He was reared in Tipton and moved to California from Russellville after watching a fireworks display at one of the city's parks and deciding this was a good community to rear his children.
"I grew up a Cardinal and now I'm a Pinto," he said.
He and wife Ashley have four children: Logan, 15; Evan, 13; Byron, 10; and Caylee, 7.
At the chamber meeting, the board heard from Dan Mesey, Moniteau County coordinator for the Toys for Tots program. The first-year program was able to provide four toys each for 271 children with the help of local donations, including the hamber's $500. Mesey presented certificates of appreciation to Chamber President Cale Brown, Mayor Norris Gerhart, the California Democrat, state Rep. Sara Walsh and California Schools Superintendent Dwight Sanders.
The board and volunteers are preparing for the annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the West Ridge Event Center.