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February 2013

What’s Inside... Gala Recap Yours Truly Update Ribbon Cuttings Legislative Priorities StartFEST Event Washtington DC Trip Women’s Conference February Calendar

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Pictured Above: 2013 Chair of the Board Bob Glaser recognizes outgoing Chair Diane Forte at the Chamber’s Annual Gala.


2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Bob Glaser, Chair Summit Bank of Kansas City Dr. Carolyn McKnight, Chair-Elect University of Central Missouri Joe Stasi, Treasurer Saint Luke’s East Hospital Diane Forte, Chair Emeritis Dean’s Trophies, Shirts & Awards VICE CHAIRS Vicky Cundiff, Community Development Weed Man-Turfs Up Tyler Morehead, Membership Development Morehead Agency LLC Chip Moxley, Business & Economic Development Tingle Flooring BOARD MEMBERS Bill Baird Baird Group Real Estate John Beaudoin Lee’s Summit Journal John Brown Hollis + Miller Architects Daren Fristoe TFG - The People Side of Business Marcus Henley Bukaty Companies Brian Hutchin UMB Bank Rodney McBride John Knox Village Paul McClain Freedom Wealth Advisors Cindy Miller Columbia College - Kansas City Rosalie Newkirk HSMC Orizon Dr. Matt Niewald Matt A. Niewald, DDS Debbie Starke Eastland Community Foundation Jeff Sullivan Bank Midwest Deborah Swank KCP&L Jeffrey Williams Heritage Companies EX-OFFICIO Steve Arbo City of Lee’s Summit Carl Chinnery, Legal Counsel Chinnery, Evans & Nail, PC Dr. Fred Grogan MCC-Longview Dr. David McGehee R-7 School District Mayor Randy Rhoads City of Lee’s Summit CHAMBER STAFF Nancy Bruns, President Mark Dickey, Vice President Gina Seibel, Director of Communications Chrissy Symes, Director of Special Events Cathy Young, Director of Member Services Kathy LeChien, Administrative Assistant Nedra Hoover, Bookkeeper Marilyn Pemberton, Part-time Assistant

Saint Luke’s Health System Inducted to Chamber Hall of Fame In 2006, the Chamber established an annual “Hall of Fame” Award. The criteria for this award includes being a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber for a minimum of 10 years, showing continuous active involvement through financial and volunteer support and are respected throughout the community. Each recipient has had a significant positive impact and has consistently exemplified the philosophy, value and mission of the Chamber. The inductee for 2012 is Saint Luke’s Health System. Joining the Chamber in 2002, even prior to the approval of their new hospital, Saint Luke’s has been a strong chamber advocate. Several of their staff have participated in various committees since that time. They have been active on the Health Care Committee and Joe Stasi has served on the Chamber Board since 2010. In 2013, he is serving as the Treasurer position. Several of their staff have graduated from the Chamber’s Leadership Lee’s Summit program. They have been a Silver Partner since the inception of the program, providing sponsorships for many of Chamber events. The community has seen consistent growth at Saint Luke’s East since the hospital opened in 2005. The Chamber appreciates the strong partnership with Saint Luke’s and is pleased to include them in our Hall of Fame.

Past Hall of Fame Inductees: • • • • • • • • • • •

Bank of Lee’s Summit Chinnery, Evans & Nail, P.C. City of Lee’s Summit Dave Cross Motors Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Gale Communities John Knox Village Kansas City Power & Light Karl Bertram, Attorney Lee’s Summit Animal Hospital Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council

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Lee’s Summit Journal Lee’s Summit Medical Center Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Metcalf Bank Metropolitan Community College - Longview New Age Graphics Paradise Park Truman Medical Center Lakewood Unity University of Central Missouri


Past Chairs of the Board surprised Chamber President, Nancy Bruns, with a plaque and recognition at the Gala.

2012 Chamber Member Awards

Member recognition highlights annual gala

Each year at the Chamber’s Annual Gala, recognition is given to Chamber members who have donated much time and energy helping for the greater good of the chamber. These members attend as many events as possible, are always available when needed and include the Chamber as a part of their lives on a frequent basis.

Ben Martin

Summit Theatre Group

Jonathan Garlow Wells Fargo Advisors

Steve Gouldsmith New Member of the Year Award – Summit Theatre Group joined late in 2011 and Ben Martin immediately immersed himself into the Chamber world. He has been an active member on the Education Committee, also serving on the Scholarship subcommittee. He has also been involved with the Visitors Council and actively working to help promote the community and all that it offers.

Bob Glaser Ambassador of the Year Award – Jon Garlow was the Chamber’s New Member of the Year in 2011 and last year went on to win the Ambassador of the Year Award by recruiting the most new members during 2012. Garlow also attends many other chamber events and helps mentor new members. He has served as emcee at ribbon cuttings and helps with the Operation Thank You and Chamber 101: Get Plugged In events.

Bob Zajic

Marian’s Kids

Jon Plass

Volunteer of the Year Award – Bob Zajic recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service but has continued to help his wife Marian at Marian’s Kids, and offered up much of his time volunteering for the Chamber. Zajic has been one of those people that is available when there is a job that needs done. He was instrumental in all the muscle work at Oktoberfest, from moving barricades at 6 a.m. to cleaning up after the festival. He volunteered to help with the Golf Tournament and more.

Lifetime Membership Award – Jon Plaas is a long-time Chamber member and community supporter. He has been very involved with the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee and also served on the R-7 School Board for many years. Plaas has served Lee’s Summit Chamber well and the Chamber is pleased to present him with a Lifetime Membership Award.

Plaas Associates

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The Story Behind the Lee’s Summit Brand - Yours Truly From the beginning, our goal was to propel our fine city into the public consciousness.

product or service from all other competitors within the category.

While the world has changed in leaps and bounds, folks are still looking for a place that offers the safety and security of a small town where history converges with vision and energy, where the people are friendly, the values they hold are uncompromising, and the community holds the promise of being the place where anything is possible. We believe that place is Lee’s Summit.

• Advertising is the act of communicating your brand to your customer.

We also knew that a strong civic brand is invaluable as competition for the hearts, minds and pocketbooks intensifies. Consumers and businesses today work hard at making the best of a bad financial situation, living on a steady diet of uncertainty and constrained optimism.

To succeed in our branding challenge, we need to understand exactly what those needs, wants,desires and aspirations of our prospect audience are. Since brands are created in the hearts and minds of our audience, they represent the total sum of their experiences and perceptions whenever, wherever and however they come into our city.

We believe that correctly positioned, the Lee’s Summit brand could be a source of promise for all who choose to come here to live, work, open a business, shop, dine or just play. And here is where our brand building story begins. Let’s start by looking at the difference between advertising and branding: • A brand is the key connection between you and your customer that differentiates you, your city, your page 4

Therefore, it is important to understand that our goal was not to have folks choose Lee’s Summit over the competition, but more importantly it was our goal to get folks to see Lee’s Summit as the only option capable of providing a solution to their needs, wants, desires and aspirations.

Since the Lee’s Summit brand is steeped in research, here are some of the things we uncovered based on our North Star Report as well as the Yakelkovich Monitor, which just so happens to be the longest continuously running study (30 plus years) of lifestyle, values and attitudes in America. It allowed us to see what really matters when it comes to the daily forces shaping


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consumer behavior and its interaction with the marketplace. 1. There is a rising desire for all things “real” and “authentic” in this increasingly artificial, commercial and fast-changing world we live in. 2. “Success” today is defined by emotional experience, NOT “things.” 3. Individuals are craving the aspects of their lives that they can indeed control i.e. faith, family, friends, neighborhood and community. 4. The only true sign of success is achieving the right balance between work and family time. 5. People are looking to do things that make them feel closer to others in addition to connecting them to their community. Our “Yours Truly” campaign was intentionally created to be optimistic, enthusiastic and more importantly RELEVANT. We know that a strong brand is invaluable as the battle for the consumer intensifies.

Yours Truly,

James McKenna Community Brand Manager

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Recent Campaign Designs

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Outdoor. This digital outdoor board was a fun, quick way to introduce the brand to more than 80,000 drive-bys a day. The message displayed on both the Ward and 350 Hwy as well as the I-470 board. Look for new messages soon.

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Print. Here is one of many print ads that have been designed to reflect the new brand messaging and narrative. This template is very adaptable and works for nearly any type of business.

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Car Decal. The car window sticker is like a moving billboard for our new brand. It is a great way for citizens to show their community pride.

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Ad Speciality. Yum Yum! A delicious candy bar will be handed out for free by Mayor Rhoads at the Feb. 2 Chocolate Crawl at City Hall starting at 10 a.m. to the first 500 guests. A tasty way to experience the brand. This is just a small sample of Yours Truly designs. Keep your eyes open for more coming soon!

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February Networking Opportunities & Seminars

Register for the events below online at lchamber.com under the Calendar of Events

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BEFORE HOURS

Brew up Business

ProSource of Lee’s Summit, 1150 SE Century Drive, is hosting a Chamber After Hours on February 7 from 4:30–6 p.m. All guests can enjoy appetizers, adult beverages and a great opportunity to build business relationships. ProSource will also be giving away restaurant gift certificates and flooring discounts! So come join us and end your day on a high note!

It’s time to “Go Red” with your Chamber at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, the region’s leading hospital for heart care, 2100 SE Blue Parkway. The event is February 26 from 7:30–8:30 a.m. Come enjoy a free healthy breakfast and meet heart care professionals who will share healthy lifestyle tips! Be sure to take part in the drawings for prizes!

Membership Luncheon • February 15 Location: Emaline Ballroom, 616 SW Third Street • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Program: Cultural Arts Plan • Sponsor: Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary Club Presenter: Christine Bushyhead, Chair, Cultural Arts Facility Task Force Come learn about the Cultural Arts Plan that was developed for Lee’s Summit and the impact it can have on our community. Reservations can be made online at lschamber.com under the Chamber Events tab, or by calling 816.524.2424. Deadline is February 13 at noon. Registration is required. “…Communities that invest in the arts reap the additional benefits of jobs, economic growth, and a quality of life that positions those communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.” –Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

“Wellbeing”

Getting Things Done - Time Management

February 12 • 7:30–8:30 a.m. • John Knox Village, Courtyard B Presenter: Roseanne Corley - St. Luke’s EAP

February 5 • 3:30–4:30 p.m. • John Knox Village, Manhattan Rm Presenter: Mary Oritz, Saint Luke’s EAP

An introduction to the book written by Tom Rath titled, “Wellbeing”, this presentation highlights the results of thousands of interviews and Gallup surveys that revealed the top five elements that contribute the most to our personal well-being. Loaded with many interesting facts that offer a very different perspective in health and career, social, financial, physical and community wellbeing, this is a definite can’t-miss seminar. Sponsor: National Bank of Kansas City

Who doesn’t want to be better prepared to effectively manage time and projects, capably contend with interruptions, adeptly and proficiently get organized and optimally set goals and prioritize workloads? This presentation is based on research from several well known experts including Steven Covey and David Allen. Come away with solid approaches to increasing productivity and elevating outcomes. Sponsor: TFG - The People Side of Business

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Ribbon Cutting Celebrations

Welcome to Our Newest Members Etap Communications

Ashley Backhus 5616 NE MAYBROOK CIRCLE LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64064 (816) 854-9589 E: akbackhus@etapcommunications.com etapcommunications.com

Infusion Express

Don Peterson 3483 NE RALPH POWELL ROAD LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64064 (913) 269-4506 E: don@ivxpress.com infusionexpress.com

Turk’s Fish and Chicken Turk’s Fish and Chicken, 1196 NE Douglas Drive, celebrated a ribbon cutting with Chamber members on January 15. Owner Stephanie Hord provided all in attendance a free, delicious lunch buffet. Stop by and say hello and try her hand-battered fish.

Raymond James Financial Services Dana Schnelle 3301 SW HIGHWAY 7, SUITE A BLUE SPRINGS, MO 64014 (816) 229-4000 E: dana.schnelle@raymondjames.com raymondjames.com/danaschnellet.com

For a complete list of Chamber members and contact information, visit lschamber.com or download the free LS Chamber smartphone app.

Retirement Reception

Edible Arrangements - Independence January 18 Chamber members gathered to celebrate a ribbon cutting at Edible Arrangements with Matt and Kelly Best. This is their second location to join the Lee’s Summit Chamber, located at 18921 E Valley View Parkway, Suite G. Members were treated to fresh fruit, some even dipped in their gourmet chocolate!

“Like” the Chamber on Facebook to view more ribbon cutting photos.

After nine years as Administrative Assistant for the Lee’s Summit Chamber, Kathy LeChien will be retiring at the end of February. Please join us for a special reception on February 21 from 4–5:30 p.m. (open house) to thank her for all her hard work over the years. Kathy has been a great asset to the Chamber; she will be greatly missed. She will be joining her husband Jon in retirement. page 7


2013 Chamber Legislative Priorities Defined ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Support a comprehensive economic development strategy that includes tax credit restructuring that incentivizes private investment, quality business development and job creation. Impact: The concurrent restructuring of economic development incentives and the Second Injury Fund, along with the establishment of a strategy to finance the Unemployment Trust Fund, would allow the city of Lee’s Summit to experience significant private investment in building and equipment infrastructure and experience major-scale growth in quality jobs. Action Needed: Advocate for a comprehensive Missouri pro-growth strategy that includes the following: • Restructures economic development incentives, specifically targeting emerging job creation industries (i.e., data centers) • Leverages private investments made by Angel Groups • Expands workforce training and the development of the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit • Restructures Missouri’s Second Injury Fund • Reforms the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund TRANSPORTATION Support a smart, sustainable long-term state-wide transportation funding plan that enhances public safety and spurs economic activity. Impact: Missouri continues to be among the states with the largest losses in manufacturing and construction jobs. Better infrastructure will make Missouri and local communities much more competitive in the global marketplace for attracting new businesses providing new jobs and new opportunities. A comprehensive transportation plan will have an immediate and powerful impact on the economy in every region of the state creating thousands of immediate construction jobs and thousands of new, good paying jobs while enhancing public safety. Action Needed: Advocate for passage of legislation that creates a comprehensive, sustainable transportation funding strategy that addresses Missouri’s immediate and longterm transportation infrastructure needs. EDUCATION Support K-12 and post-secondary education funding that provides access to high quality, affordable education and training for children, young and aging adults; advocating for full funding of the Foundation Formula and prudent alternative funding opportunities and advocating for equitable distribution of state appropriations between the public university and community college sectors. Impact: The State of Missouri has been unable to fund its own foundation formula and basic program reimbursements such as transportation and has forced school districts to seek revenues from their local communities. After years of budget reductions resulting page 8

in loss of jobs and programs in our public schools, there are few options left to districts other than consideration of increases in local property taxes under the current structure. Missouri ranks second in the U.S. with the highest percentage (65%) of school funding coming from the local communities, while ranking next to last in the percentage (31.5%) of funding coming from the state. Action Needed: Passage of legislation that addresses L E G I S L AT I V E P R I O RITIES the shortfalls of the current Foundation Formula funding, provides for the availability of increased funding mechanisms at the state and local levels for school districts and provides for restoration and equitable distribution of state appropriations between the public university and community college sectors. A long-term sustainable funding strategy must include multiple policy and legislative changes to lessen the stress on the state budget and provide an opportunity for the state to appropriately fund education and other services vital to Missouri’s success. HEALTH CARE Support funding for MOHealthNet that ensures the ongoing viability of all health care providers who provide care to the uninsured and underinsured Missourians. MOHealthNet is structured to maximize all available resources outside Missouri general revenue, including federal matching dollars and Missouri’s FRA program. Impact: Medicaid expansion would cover an additional 220,000 Missourians. It would create 24,000 jobs in its first year, generating $977 million in wages. Federal funds totaling $8.2 billion would come into Missouri over 6 years, with less than $300 million funding required from the State. The program will provide better health care coverage for 220,000 people, eventually decreasing their cost of care by prevention Action Needed: Advocate and support legislative action to: • Maximize coverage under the Medicaid program to those newly eligible under the ACA by utilizing the federal funds contributed by employers and workers that are available to the State of Missouri • Encourage local control over health care decisions, keeping the workforce and management local • Reward improved health outcomes without jeopardizing viability of local health care providers


Starting the Year off with a Major BOOST... In January the Chamber and BOOST partners started off the year with a very successful event for BOOST Lee’s Summit. StartFEST was held at the University of Central Missouri Lee’s Summit location and showcased ten entrepreneurs. These budding businesses made pitches to more than 100 attendees, and had showcase tables to display business materials. Those in attendance included potential investors for the entrepreneurs, businesses and community resources. The 10 entrepreneurs featured included: • Ben Rao - Community Buying Group • Matthew Rice - PicPhix • Tammi Parrish - Pretty Christian • Molly Wichman - Life Transformations • Joe Mullins - KTS1, Inc. • Brian Pigg - Proconcretefix • Terri Wible - Paws4Autism • Abid Malik - vPhysicians, LLC • Ashley Grove - Trinity Tack & Feed • Don Baldwin - Global Treehouse What is BOOST Lee’s Summit? BOOST is a new and exciting effort to stimulate economic growth by attracting, creating, supporting and accelerating new and existing businesses within Lee’s Summit and eastern Jackson County. Designed as an online and offline multi-faceted community, BOOST Lee’s Summit exists to inspire, encourage, connect and equip entrepreneurs in our area and help them overcome the challenges of launching their business and getting from a great idea to a great business. Learn more online at boostleessummit.com. A special thank you to all the partners and sponsors that helped make the first StartFEST a great success:

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Area Chamber Washington DC Fly-in Join the regional chamber Washington DC Fly-In event and meet with our officials in Washington DC! The chambers in Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Grandview, Raytown and South Kansas City are joining forces for the second annual trip to DC. Last year's contingency met with the US Chamber representatives and each of our elected officials to advocate for pro-business issues that affect small businesses. We hope you can join our efforts this year. A meeting will be scheduled prior to our trip to prioritize items we want to discuss.

to make your hotel reservations quickly as a minimum number of rooms have been reserved. When making airline reservations keep in mind that we will be having a reception on the evening of Sunday, May 5 with formal meetings beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 6. We will adjourn around lunch time on Tuesday, May 7. If you have any suggestions on key topics you would like to see addressed, please contact Mark Dickey at 816.524.2424 or mdickey@lschamber.com.

Visit lschamber.com for a registration form, which should be mailed to the Chamber. We would encourage you

Tax Breaks Are Available for Certain Hires With a new tax year beginning, employers can be mindful that they can get as much as $2,400 in business tax credits per eligible worker when they hire job seekers with barriers to employment. There is no limit to the number of qualifying new hires or total amount of credits distributed per year. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) may be claimed by any private, for-profit business. The tax credits apply only when a business hires a job seeker with barriers to employment—a member of a target page 10

group indicated on Federal Form ETA-9061. Tax credits cannot be claimed on previous employees, relatives, domestic employees, or on wages federally subsidized by on-the-job training programs. The job seeker must be screened for target-group membership on or before the day the job is offered. For further information, go online at jobs.mo.gov, or contact the Division of Workforce Development’s WOTC Unit by calling (800) 877-8698.


Renewals

Conference for the Modern Business Woman Join us for a day dedicated on personal and professional enrichment as the Lee’s Summit and Grandview Chambers of Commerce partner together for a conference focused on leadership, work-life balance and communication for the professional woman. Event sponsors: Gail’s Harley-Davidson DATE: March 27, 2013 LOCATION: Gail’s Harley-Davidson, 5900 East 150 Highway, Grandview, MO 64030 TIME: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. COST: $75 per person, register online at lschamber.com (Deadline to register is March 22) SCHEDULE: • 11 a.m.: Vendor Showcase • 11:30 a.m.: Catered Lunch Sponsored by Saint Luks East Hospital • 1:15 p.m.: Presentation by Denise Mills, LeaderFuelNow LLC • 2 p.m.: Vendor Showcase • 2:30 p.m.: Presentation by Joyce Layman Blackburn, Mind By Design • 3:15 p.m.: Vendor Showcase • 3:30 p.m.: Presentation by Lesa Mitchell, Vice President of Innovation and Networks, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation • 4:30-6 p.m.: Cocktail Reception/Vendor Showcase VENDOR BOOTHS Email csymes@lschamber.com (includes six-foot table with linen and two chairs) • “Rural Drive” (good) placement, $100 • “City Street Cruise” (better) placement: $125 • “Open Highway” (best) placement: $150 (SOLD OUT) AVAILABLE SPONSORSHIPS (filled on the first-come, first-served basis) • Lunch Sponsor (SOLD) • Cocktail Reception Sponsor (SOLD) • Table Sponsors, register online at lschamber.com (includes reservations for event) - $750 for full table sponsorship: full table of 8 and logo recognition in program - $375 half-table sponsorship: table of 4 and business name recognition in program

R-7 Administrative Office 68 Rhodes Insurance Agency 68 Chinnery Evans & Nail, P.C.-Chinnery 38 Shelter Insurance-Veasman 38 Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport 31 Meyer Companies, Inc. 27 National Research Center for College & 24 University of Admissions Adams Toyota-Scion Lee’s Summit 14 Realty Trust Group 13 American Foodservice 10 Bartlett & West 10 Insurance & Benefits Group, L.L.C. 10 Baird Group Real Estate 10 CVS/Caremark Corporate 9 Health Care for Women-Hausheer, 9 Braby & Associates On The Border 9 Eyecare Associates of Lee’s Summit 8 Janet L. Sanders, Attorney 8 Lint, Singleton & Heintz, C.P.A., P.C. 8 Henry’s Antiques, Collectibles & 7 Tea Room Rudroff Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 7 Bruce Holiman State Farm Insurance 6 The Medicine Shoppe 6 A Thyme For Everything 4 Freedom Wealth Advisors, LLC 4 Integrity Roofing, L.L.C. 4 Lee’s Summit Mazda 4 One Stop Handyman Shop 4 Pulaski Bank Home Lending 4 Vatterott College 4 Buffalo Wild Wings 3 Lankford & Associates Consulting 3 Engineers, Inc. Lee’s Summit Downtown Rotary Club 3 Primerica 3 Summit Technical Solutions, LLC 3 The Horn Law Firm, P.C. 3 AAA Insurance & Travel 2 Bike America 2 City Scrap Metal, Inc. 2 Fatboy Electric 2 MetroMedia, Inc. 2 Massage Heights 2 Mrs. Golf 2 Professional Anesthetic Care, Inc. 2 Spencer & Spencer Pediatric Dentistry, 2 D.D.S., P.C. US Bank-Longview 2 Bruce Stansberry CPA 1 Command Research, LLC 1 F & R Associates-Printing & Promotional 1 Products Inspired Image Creations 1 Momo Bands 1 Strikerz Entertainment Center 1 Summit Oak Apartments 1 Waddell & Reed—Manning 1

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February 2013 Calendar 220 SE Main St. • Lee’s Summit, MO 64082

February 4 • 4 p.m., Annual Gala Task Force Wrap Up meeting, 810 Sports Zone February 5 • 3:30–4:30 p.m., Recess for Success TOPIC: Getting Things Done, Effective Time Management PRESENTER: Mary Oritz, Saint Luke’s EAP LOCATION: John Knox Village - Manhattan Room SPONSOR: TFG - The People Side of Business

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February 6 • Noon, Ambassador Committee meeting, Depot February 7 • 7:30 a.m., Health Care Committee meeting, Lakewood Counseling Service TMC, 300 SE 2nd Street • 4:30-6 p.m., Chamber After Hours, ProSource of Lee’s Summit, 1150 SE Century Drive February 12 • 7:30–8:30 a.m., Wake Up to Success TOPIC: “Wellbeing” PRESENTER: Roseanne Corley - St. Luke’s EAP LOCATION: John Knox Village - Courtyard B SPONSOR: National Bank of Kansas City February 14 • 11:30 a.m., Executive Committee, Depot • 7:30 a.m., Visitors Council Meeting, Legacy Park Community Center, 901 NE Bluestem Drive February 15 • 7:15 a.m., Membership Membership Luncheon PROGRAM: Cultural Arts Plan LOCATION: Emaline Ballroom, 616 SE 3rd Street SPONSOR: Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary Club Registration and prepayment required. February 18 • Chamber Officed Closed for Presidents’ Day February 20 • 8 a.m., Education Committee meeting, Depot • Noon, Board of Directors meeting, Emaline Ballroom, 616 SE 3rd Street • 3:30–5 p.m., Chamber 101: Get Plugged In, Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road February 21 • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.., Chamber Young Professionals Networking Lunch, University of Central Missouri, 850 NW Chipman Road. $10 to attend. Registration and prepayment required. • 1:30 p.m., Ribbon Cutting - Infusion Express, 3483 NE Ralph Powell Road • 4–5:30 p.m., Retirement Reception for Kathy LeChien, Depot February 22 • 7:30 a.m., Governmental Relations meeting, John Knox Village – Manhattan Room February 26 • 7:30 a.m., Chamber Before Hours, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 2100 SE Blue Parkway February 27 • Noon, Membership Committee meeting, Depot February 28 • Noon, Young Professionals Planning Committee meeting, Depot WINTER POLICY: For 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. meetings, if the R-7 School District has called off school because of bad weather, all meetings are automatically cancelled

2013 Partners GOLD

American FoodService Great Southern Bank Humana Health Plan, Inc. KCP&L Tingle Flooring

SILVER

Bank of Lee’s Summit Dean’s Trophies, Shirts & Awards Discover Vision Centers Edible Arrangements HSMC Orizon, LLC John Knox Village Lead Bank Lee’s Summit Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Metcalf Bank Paradise Park, Inc. Saint Luke’s East Hospital Steppin’ Out - The Studio Summit Bank of Kansas City Truman Medical Center Lakewood University of Central Missouri Wal-Mart

BRONZE

B Positively Promoting U, inc. Bank of Kansas City The Examiner KC Metro Insurance Agency Lakewood Counseling Service TMC Lee’s Summit Journal Lee’s Summit Nissan Mazuma Credit Union Missouri Central Credit Union Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Parker Swearngin, LLP Pfizer Global Supply Simmons First National Bank Technology Plus, Inc. Tim & Jana Allen-Realty Executives of Kansas City The Wilson Group, Inc. Wrisinger Law Firm



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