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Mark Parrish & Debbie Starke Named 2012 Dancing with the Chamber Stars Champions!

Turn to page five to see who won the Judges’ Choice award, and to see additional photos from Dancing with the Chamber Stars.

Nov. Luncheon Member News Chamber Awards Economic Census New Members Nov. Calendar

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On Thursday, October 25, more than 450 people attended the second Dancing with the Chamber Stars event to cheer on the eight couples performing.

When asked what being named Dancing with the Chamber Stars Champions meant to the winners, here’s what they had to say:

Mark Parrish, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and Debbie Starke, Eastland Community Foundation, were named the 2012 champions. Together this dancing duo raised the most money for the Lee’s Summit Chamber Students in Motion Scholarship Fund.

“We are extremely excited that the event was such an amazing success and to have been able to participate in helping to raise such an incredible amount of money for the scholarship fund,” said the dancing duo of Mark and Debbie. “This whole experience has been both thrilling and humbling.”

All together the eight couples raised $27,375 for the fund. Through the fund, the Chamber awards four $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year. Fundraising events for the scholarship fund help to secure the longevity and availability of these scholarships for years to come. One scholarship winner is selected from each of the three Lee’s Summit high schools, and one is selected from a school outside of the district. One of the parents of each recipient must be a full-time employee of a Chamber member business.

Ernest Campbell, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Ashley Boswell, Great Southern Bank, won a special prize for being the judges’ choice. (pictured top right) Many thanks to everyone who helped make this event a huge success including: The 16 dancers... • Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi, All World Languages & Cultures and

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2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Diane Forte, Chair Dean’s Trophies, Shirts & Awards Bob Glaser, Chair-Elect Summit Bank of Kansas City Dr. Carolyn McKnight, Treasurer University of Central Missouri Lynn Hinkle, Chair Emeritis Great Southern Bank VICE CHAIRS Rodney McBride, Community Development John Knox Village Jane Monroe, Membership Development Embrace the Grape Beverage Catering Joe Stasi, Business & Economic Development Saint Luke’s East Hospital BOARD MEMBERS Bill Baird The Baird Group John Beaudoin Lee’s Summit Journal Vicky Cundiff Weed Man-Turf’s Up Marcus Henley Bukaty Companies Brian Hutchin UMB Bank Paul McClain Freedom Wealth Advisors Tyler Morehead Morehead Agency LLC Chip Moxley Tingle Flooring Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi All World Languages & Cultures & Worldlink 360 Robert Pendland CE2L-Certified Energy/Environmental Labs Debbie Starke Eastland Community Foundation Jeff Sullivan Bank Midwest Deborah Swank Kansas City Power & Light 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

Creating a Culture of Collaboration November 6, 2012 • 3:30–4:30 p.m. • John Knox Village, Manhattan Room Presenter: Todd Long, Leadership Innovation Sponsor: Saint Luke’s East Hospital Employee engagement is critical for increasing organizational results and improving employee morale. Creating a culture of collaboration is an important way to enhance employee engagement.

encouraging and embracing “grass roots” collaboration.

This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of the principles of effective collaboration, an easy to use model for optimizing collaboration and ideas for

Register for this free seminar online at under the Calendar of Events tab.

Monthly Membership Luncheon•• November April 20 • 11:30 Membership Luncheon 16a.m. Location: Lone Summit Ranch, 28708 East Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Rd • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Roll out the Red Carpet for Harold Finch! Finch’s Movie “Unlimited,” to be released in 2013, is based on this local resident’s life and career experiences. Finch’s background includes work as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, Apollo Project Director, College Dean, missionary and author. Join us as he shares his story, and his message on the keys to greater success. Reservations can be made online at lschamber. com under the Chamber Events tab, or by calling 816.524.2424. Deadline is November 14 at noon. Registration is required. Sponsored by: Eastland Community Foundation

Save the Date: December 5, 2012 Annual Holiday Reception Longview Mansion • 5–7 p.m. • 3361 SW Longview Road Please bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation to be given to a non-profit Chamber member. Adults only, please. Register online at under the Calendar of Events tab.

Members Making Waves Lee’s Summit Journal Wins Gold Medal For the second year in a row, the Lee’s Summit Journal brought home the coveted Gold Medal award in the Class 3 Weeklies category from the 2012 Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet held in late September in Columbia. The Gold Medal awards are given to the newspapers who earn the most points in the Better Newspaper Contest in its class. To help earn the Gold Medal award, the Lee’s Summit Journal received first place in the General Excellence category, its first such award in several years. General Excellence rates newspapers on all aspects, including page design, overall look, reporting, advertising, headlines and photos. First place awards were also earned in Best Breaking News Story, Best

News or Feature Series, Best Editorial Pages, Best Special Section (for the annual Guide to Lee’s Summit), Best Coverage of Government and Best Story About Education. Second place awards were given for Front-toBack Newspaper Design, Best Sports Photograph, Best News Content, Best Sports Feature Story and Best Story About Education. The Journal also received several third place and honorable mention awards. “Keeping the Gold Medal in Lee’s

Summit is a huge honor and brings with it a renewed emphasis on responsible reporting and community journalism,” Publisher John Beaudoin said. “Our entire team, both past and present, had a hand in these awards. And being honored by our peers for meaningful journalism is something we can be proud of.”

Saint Luke’s East Hospital Designated Level III Trauma Center Saint Luke’s East Hospital has been designated a Level III Trauma Center after an extensive review by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. This five-year designation recognizes the hospital’s ability to provide assessment, resuscitation, stabilization, and emergency care for patients with time-critical diagnoses such as falls, motor vehicle crashes, acute injuries, stroke, and heart attack. The certification ensures the hospital has key systems and training in place to care for trauma patients, reviewing protocols in areas such as the emergency department, surgical services, anesthesiology, nursing, intensive care unit, laboratory and radiology.

A Level III Trauma Center offers 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and 24-hour-a-day access to traumatrained surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthopaedic surgeons, and laboratory and radiology services. In addition, Level III Trauma Centers have close working relationships with local and regional emergency medical services to ensure patients are transported to the most appropriate facility. Injury prevention, outreach activities, and educational programs for nurses, physicians, and allied health care workers involved with trauma are also functions of a Level III Trauma Center. “Having a multidisciplinary team to support both the physical and spiritual needs of patients starting in

the emergency room and after the trauma in outpatient rehabilitation is a critical aspect for a trauma center,” said Trina Cole, R.N., trauma program coordinator. “We are fortunate at Saint Luke’s East Hospital to have all of these services.”

2013 ANNUAL GALA Join the Journey January 26, 2013 The Pavilion at John Knox Village Additional details coming soon! Event Sponsor

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William Luther, D.D.S. 34 Diamond Muffler & Brake, Inc. 32 John Knox Village 31 Jeffrey L. Harsch, D.P.M. 28 Stemlock, Inc. 23 Polytainers, Inc. 22 Summit Litho, Inc. 22 Sean Murray 20 Kansas City Star-Neighborhood 18 News The Dodig Law Firm L.L.C. 18 SecurityOne Services, Inc. 17 Lewis Law Office, P.C. 14 Westlake Ace Hardware #2 14 (Ward Rd) The Auto Clinic 13 Ross Miller Cleaners 12 University of Central Missouri 12 First Federal Bank 11 H & R Block 11 RED Capital Holdings of 11 Lee’s Summit Adams Pointe Conference Center 10 B & L Plumbing Service, Inc. 10 Bliss Associates, L.L.C. 10 Chipman Road Animal Clinic 10 Consolidated Services, Inc. 10 Harmon Floor Covering, Inc. 10 Julia E. Hampton, CPA, PC 10 Langsford Development Co. 10 Plaas Associates, Inc. 10

Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit 10 Summit Christian Academy 10 Summit Solutions, Inc. 10 First Community Bank West 9 Lee’s Summit Social Services 9 Marshall’s Lawn Service, Inc. 9 Silverstein Eye Centers 9 The Portable Chef 9 Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC-Cooper 9 Boan Heating and Cooling, Inc. 8 Henks Financial Group 8 LeaderFuel Center 8 Lee’s Summit Family Eyecare 8 Olympic Lawn & Landscape, Inc. 8 Aurora Plastic and Hand Surgery 7 Home Video Studio of 7 Lee’s Summit Lee’s Summit Symphony 7 Akira Spa & Salon, L.L.C. 6 Columbia College-Kansas City 6 Four Seasons Sunrooms 6 Gomer’s Fine Wine & Spirits 6 Legal Center for New Families LLC 6 Lund Law Offices, L.L.C. 6 Children’s Mercy Hospitals & 5 Clinics Drayton W. Riley State Farm Agency 5 The Kiernan Companies 5 Ferguson Computer Services 4 Lee’s Summit Total Auto Care 4 Kristen Niewald, D.D.S., L.L.C. 4

Servpro of Lee’s Summit 4 Country Club Bank 3 American Duct Cleaning, Inc. 3 Burgio, Cooney & Associates 3 Great Southern Bank-Todd George 3 Humana Health Plan, Inc. 3 Lee’s Summit Family Care 3 The Law Office of Kelly, Symonds 3 & Reed LLC Vital Signs 3 Buckle 2 Eagle Fluid Power, Inc. 2 Family Health Specialists of 2 Lee’s Summit Flip Zone Shockwave 2 Hubbard & Ardebili, LLC–Hubbard 2 Mid-Continent Public Library- 2 Colbern Road Branch Portable On Demand Storage LLC 2 American Funding Solutions LLC 1 CCAR 1 Foot Clinic 1 Gregory’s Sunday Brunch & 1 Event Space Independence Women’s Clinic 1 Ingenuity Consulting Partners, Inc 1 Jay Hatfield Mobility & 1 Certified Used Cars KC Constructors, Inc. 1 Summit Pet Care 1

Chamber Recognized with Three Awards in October Lee’s Summit Chamber staff was recognized with three awards last month, one from Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri and two from Nonprofit Connect. The Chamber won the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri "2012 Award of Excellence" for programs and campaigns. This award was given during the recent CCEM conference held in Rolla, Mo. The award winning program and campaign was for the Chamber’s 2012 Annual Gala materials. “It’s always nice to receive validation from your peers that the work you and your staff are doing is excellent,” said Chamber President Nancy Bruns. The Chamber was also honored with two first place Philly Awards at an awards breakfast held Monday, October 22. The

Philly Awards are in place to honor excellence in nonprofit communications throughout the Kansas City region. The Chamber received first place honors in the Annual Report and Special Invitation categories for their layout and design. “We are honored to be recognized for our work with a Philly Award,” said Bruns. “Many nonprofits rely on the work of outside ad agencies for the design of their publications. Here at the Chamber we are fortunate to have talented staff to handle these duties, which results in great cost savings for our organization. This allows us to focus on our number one mission here at the Chamber, which is to help our members

be successful… of course it doesn’t hurt to have well–designed materials to help communicate our message.” The 10th Annual Philly Awards were a part of the annual Philanthropy Midwest conference sponsored by NonprofitConnect, Network.Learn.Grow.


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Trisha Drape, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Inc. Steve Arbo, City of Lee’s Summit and Vicky Cundiff, Weed Man - Turf’s Up Bill Baird and Hillory Baird, Baird Group Real Estate Monte Stull, Men’s Wearhouse and Michele Spilker, Spilker McKeone & Nelson PC Ernest Campbell, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Ashley Boswell, Great Southern Bank Joe Snook, Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation and Jackie DeSouza, Lee’s

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Summit Medical Center

• Dr. Jeff Miller, Lee’s Summit R-7

School District and Kristen Merrell, Lee’s Summit Elementary School • Mark Parrish, MO Association of Trial Attorneys and Debbie Starke, Eastland Community Foundation • Choreographers Phyllis Balagna with Steppin’ Out - The Studio and Monic Renwick of Monica’s School of Dance • The 2012 Education Committee • The judges: Jeanie Cook, 2012 R-7 Teacher of the Year; Cindy Miller, 2012 Chamber Education Committee Chair;

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Mayor Randy Rhoads, City of Lee’s Summit 2011 ensemble dancers Stars N Bars Music Lee’s Summit R-7 Broadcasting Students Hilton Garden Inn Independence HSMC Companies Great Southern Bank Show-Me Presentation Resources.

To view more event photos visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at facebook. com/lsummitchamber.

Saint Luke’s


You have questions, we have answers. Let’s chat, 816-932-5100. Saint Luke’s Concierge is here to share information about the health system, physician referrals, insurance coverage, and much more. Call Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Watch for Your Economic Census Form Chances are yours is one of the 16,000 businesses in the Kansas City region that will receive a 2012 Economic Census form from the U.S. Census Bureau in December. Forms go to all but the very smallest businesses in this tally done once every five years. The forms ask for basic information like your location, employment, payroll, and sales by type of product or service. Businesses that receive a form are required by law (Title 13, U.S. Code) to respond.

Businesses, communities and governments use Economic Census statistics for planning and market development. Information is published for more than a thousand industries as well as for states, counties, cities and metropolitan areas at Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has called this census "indispensable to understanding America's economy."

YOUR RESPONSE makes a difference 2012 Economic Census

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Missouri Teacher of the Year Finalist Jeanie Cook Honored at State Banquet Jeanie Cook, a kindergarten teacher at Pleasant Lea Elementary School, and one of Missouri's 2012 Teacher of the Year finalists, was honored at a state banquet October 15 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The event included a dinner and introduction of state finalists, and Cook was among featured speakers on the program. Cook was selected Lee's Summit R-7 2012 Teacher of the Year last spring. On August 2, she was named one of six finalists for Missouri's Teacher of the Year. Cook has taught at Pleasant Lea

Elementary since 2004, including kindergarten, first, second, fourth and fifth grades. She previously taught at Westview Elementary and at Underwood Elementary and has been with the R-7 School District for 19 years. In addition, Kristen Merrell, also a Lee's Summit R-7 teacher, was honored at the state event as outgoing 201112 Missouri Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Merrell, who teaches at Lee's Summit Elementary, spoke about her experiences over the past year as the state's top teacher.

Sixth Annual Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce is highlighting the spirit of entrepreneurship by hosting the Sixth Annual Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast. The event is set for Tuesday, November 13, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the University of Central Missouri, 850 NW Chipman Road, Door #54. Come meet and listen to one of Kansas City’s most successful entrepreneurs, Jo Anne Gabbert. Jo Anne Gabbert is CEO of JAG Portfolio Services. She specializes in Entrepreneur Business Advisory Services.

Jo Anne is currently using the vNacelle Entrepreneurial Flight model to help entrepreneurs accelerate personal and enterprise growth in order to achieve their goals and dreams. Over her illustrious career, Jo Anne has been recognized with several high level awards. She was recognized with the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001, 2002 and 2004. In 2003, Adams-Gabbert was named one of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Top 10 Small Businesses and the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and Jo Anne was recognized with the Women

Who Mean Business Award. In 2005, Adams-Gabbert was honored as a “Top 25 Under 25” Company by Small Business Monthly. In 2009, Jo Anne was recognized as one of Midwest CEO Magazines Most Influential Women throughout Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast is sponsored by HSMC Certified Public Accountants, LLC, Kansas City Power & Light and Sprint. Register for this free event online at under the Chamber Events tab.

Negocio en Movimiento (Business in Motion) Morning Fiesta on Tuesday, November 27 from 7:30–8:30 a.m. at Cartridge World - Lee’s Summit, 412 SW Ward Road.

Join fellow Chamber members on November 8 from 4:30–6 p.m. for a Chamber After Hours at Four Seasons Sunrooms, 821 SW Oldham Parkway.

Kick start your day with this fiesta, featuring a pinata, games, sangria, breakfast flautas, fruit and Mexican bread. Plus, giveaways and lots of fun. Ole!

All guests can enjoy assorted food, drinks and the chance to win a gas card!

Register to attend this free event online at lschamber. com under the Calendar of Events tab.

Register to attend this free event online at lschamber. com under the Calendar of Events tab.


November 1 • 7:30 a.m., Health Care Committee meeting,ReDiscover, 901 NE Independence Ave • 3:30–5 p.m., Chamber 101: Get Plugged In, Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road November 6 • 3:30–4:30 p.m., Recess for Success TOPIC: Creating a Culture of Collaboration PRESENTER: Todd Long, Leadership Innovations SPONSOR: Saint Luke’s East Hospital LOCATION: John Knox Village - Manhattan Room November 7 • Noon, Ambassador Committee meeting, Depot • 4 p.m., Ribbon Cutting/Open House - People Source, 735 NE Lakewood Boulevard November 8 • 7:30 a.m., Executive Committee meeting • 7:30 a.m., Visitors Council meeting, Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, 2751B NE Douglas • 4:30–6 p.m., Chamber After Hours, Four Seasons Sunrooms, 821 SW Oldham Parkway November 9 • 8 a.m., Council of the Chairs meeting, Depot November 12 • 4 p.m., Annual Gala Task Force meeting, Depot November 13 • 8–9:30 a.m., Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast PRESENTER: Jo Anne Gabbert, JAG Portfolio Services SPONSORS: HSMC Certified Public Accountants, LLC, Kansas City Power & Light and Sprint. LOCATION: University of Central Missouri, 850 NW Chipman Road, Door #54. • 4 p.m., Ribbon Cutting, Roberts Chevrolet, 945 SE Oldham Parkway November 14 • Noon, Board of Directors Meeting, Truman Medical Centers - Lakewood, 7900 Lee’s Summit Road November 15 • 4:30–6 p.m., Chamber Young Professionals Networking Event, Equity Bank, 909 NE Rice Road (committee at 4 p.m.) November 16 • 7:30 a.m., Governmental Relations Committee meeting, John Knox Village - Manhattan Room, Chipman Road & Jacob Drive • 11:30 a.m., Monthly Membership Luncheon, PROGRAM: Roll out the Red Carpet for Harold Finch! Finch’s Movie “Unlimited,” to be released in 2013, is based on this local resident’s life and career experiences SPONSOR: Eastland Community Foundation LOCATION: Lone Summit Ranch, 28708 East Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Rd November 21 • 8 a.m., Education Committee meeting, Depot November 22 & 23 • Chamber Office Closed for Holiday November 27 • 7:30–8:30 a.m., Chamber Before Hours, Cartridge World-Lee’s Summit, 412 SW Ward November 28 • Noon, Membership Committee meeting, Depot


American Foodservice Bank Midwest Great Southern Bank Humana Health Plan, Inc. KCP&L Sprint


Bank of Lee’s Summit Dean’s Trophies, Shirts & Awards Discover Vision Centers First Community Bank HSMC Companies John Knox Village Lead Bank Lee’s Summit Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Metcalf Bank Paradise Park, Inc. Saint Luke’s East Hospital Summit Bank of Kansas City Truman Medical Center Lakewood University of Central Missouri


Allee & Company, CPA, LLC B Positively Promoting U, inc. The Baird Group DVA Enterprises, Inc. Excel Bank Get In Shape For Women JobOne KC Metro Insurance Agency Lakewood Counseling Service TMC Lee’s Summit Journal Lee’s Summit Nissan Mazuma Credit Union Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Missouri Central Credit Union Parker Swearngin, LLP Pfizer Global Supply Technology Plus, Inc. Tim & Jana Allen-Realty Executives of Kansas City The Wilson Group, Inc. Wal-Mart

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