Community Matters
Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund, Inc. 

February 2016
A Very Successful Day at the Capitol!
Teresa Keller, MCB Director of Operations, Christa Atchison, MCB Executive Director and Makayla Koch, President, MCB Youth Advisory Board. 
John Gulick, MCB Board Member, Representative Jim Hansen and Robin Simpson, MCB Vice-President.

Louis Riggs, MCB Board Member, John Gulick, MCB Board Member, Geri Mills and Debbie Fisk, Annapolis, MCB Community.

The "Day at the Capitol" was an excellent opportunity to network and educate our legislators and individuals on the goals and objectives of MCB and how we continue to improve the benefits we provide Missouri communities. 

Attendees kicked off the day with a breakfast provided by Representative Craig Redmon and the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership.  Many conversations were had by our volunteers with their legislators and others attending the event throughout the day.  Christa Atchison spoke at the Great Northwest afternoon session.  The responses she received following the session were very positive.  Several of the board members and staff attended the Great Northwest Days evening event as well.  

This type of outreach allows for networking that is crucial to the growth and success of MCB.  Follow up conversations lead to opportunities that might otherwise have not been possible.

Don't Miss
The Last of 3 Webinars
on Grant Writing
For MCB Communities

Session III: Feb. 25 at 10:00 AM
Putting It All Together: Improving Readability, Using Plain Language, and Formatting

Bondi Wood, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Grantsmanship at MU's Truman School of Public Affairs and a workshop presenter at our recent statewide conference in Columbia
will conduct the webinars.  

The webinars are offered as a benefit to members of MCB Communities.  Individuals may sign up for any or all webinars by contacting Teresa Keller or by calling 660-383-1034.  
 Each of the three webinars will be recorded and available within the login section of the MCB website for our communities to view at their convenience as a benefit to their participation with MCB.

2016 Regional Meeting Schedule
The speaker at the 2016 Regional Meetings will be discussing volunteerism; both recruiting volunteers and retaining them over time.  It is impossible to have a successful community without volunteers and we all know that they are hard to come by and even harder to keep.  Everyone is busy and those who have served for years often times reach a point of burn out. 

Join us as DeNae Gitonga shares her expertise in this area.

March 29, 2016 - Trenton, 9am to 12pm
April 5, 2016 - St. James, 1-4:30pm 
April 12, 2016 - Poplar Bluff, 8:30am to 12pm
April 20, 2016 - Galena, 9:30am to 1:30pm (Change in Location)
April 26, 2016 - Perry, 1 to 4:30pm
April 27, 2016 - Concordia, 1:30 to 5pm

For more information please contact Christa 660-383-1034, or at for more information.

DeNae Gitonga , Regional Community Development Specialist, Madison County Program Director, University of Missouri Extension 

2016 Youth Civil Leadership Summit
March 4-6, 2016

Registration is closed and we are happy to announce that we have 164 4-H and MCB youth registered (this includes adult sponsors). 

The Youth Civic Leadership Summit is a statewide energizer for teens 14-18 and adult leaders who are engaged in leadership and service, and want to make a difference in their communities and world!
Check out the fun times ahead.  Click here to watch a video! 
Request Your MCB 
Sign Today

 The MCB signs are available to each of the MCB Communities, with the first sign being free to each community.  They are an excellent way to promote your community.  If your MCB Community has not requested your MCB sign, please contact Christa Atchison today

We want to hear
from you!

Have an idea, suggestions, comment?  Share it with us!  Your input is important to MCB, without it we cannot grow to be the best organization we can to help you and your communities!
MCB Quick Links
Press Release
  We now have a link in the "MCB Community Only" section of the website.  You submit the information about the project or event and we will write it for you!  It is that simple.  Log in and check it out.

Project Photos 

Please send us photos of any MCB Projects you have completed.  We will share them in our newsletter and on social media.  Let others see the accomplishments you and your community have achieved.

E-mail them to Christa today! 
Thank you to our MCB Sponsors
Wayne Gott logo                               
AECI 2012


B & L logo                   Hawthorn Bank logo

For more information about these and other sponsors click here!
Contact Information
Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund, Inc.
903 S. 3rd St.
Clinton, MO  64735
660.383.1202 fax