California Area Chamber of Commerce donates to Day of Service

California business owners continue to show support for veterans.

The California Area Chamber of Commerce donated $300 out of its Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival fund to the Moniteau County 4-H organization for its Day of Service event during its March 14 meeting. Throughout the past four years, 4-H members have visited different organization within the county to ask for funding for the event scheduled on Sept. 11.

Reagan Cain, of the Show Me 4-H Club, gave Chamber members an update on the event. Although the 4-H Day of Service primarily honors veterans it also highlights local heroes such as police, firefighters, healthcare workers and teachers.

The Chamber also received a visit from Moniteau County Toys for Tots program coordinator Kris Ingram. According to Chamber secretary Sandra Ratcliff, Ingram reported his organization provided gifts to 301 children within the area.

In other business:

Chamber members discussed the condition of the "California" sign on Lookout Trail. Ratcliff told the Democrat, members will visit the sign to evaluate its need for repair.

The Annual Dinner Committee reported to members its considering splitting the Annual Dinner Meeting into two events. One acting as the Chamber's scholarship fundraiser during the summer and the other acting as the annual meeting for members in the winter. This was spurred by the news that the Chamber's population is outgrowing many of the event centers within its organization.

The Chamber's annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 1 p.m. on March 23 at the East Shelter House at Proctor Park.