Chamber Connection
March 11th, 2016

Thank goodness it's FRIDAY!  There is a lot going on this week in Richmond. Get out, enjoy this beautiful weather and support Richmond!
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Chamber News!


Did you know the Chamber has an area job listings section on our website?  Chamber members are able to list their available positions on there for FREE!

Richmond Rotary 

  The Richmond Rotary will hold their weekly meeting today, March 11th at the 19th Hole at noon.  

Ray County Library

"Motors & Wheels"
Friday March 11th @ 10am

Read about different vehicles and see them up close. Best for ages 1-7.


This Saturday march 11th from 9am to 1pm the Richmond Area chamber of Commerce and Ray County Memorial Hospital have teamed up to offer the community the Richmond Area Business & Health Fair.  There will be door prizes for the first 100 visitors as well as raffles every 15 minutes ALL DAY LONG!  Tons of ecucational classes as well as live demos!  Hoops contest for the kids and adults as well!!!  Come check out what Richmond has to offer!


Also stop by Community Realty that day to get to know the newest business and Chamber member in Richmond....

Richmond Accounting and Tax...

offering reviews of self prepared returns for $25 through the end of the month. To see if you missed any credits on the return you filed, call them today for an appointment at 


The Farris Theatre

'RISEN' at the Farris Theatre
Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets $5

Tickets are available for two upcoming concerts at the Farris Theatre:
Nathan McEuen and Erik Stucky in concert Friday, March 25 at 8:00 p.m. and Tenasie in concert on Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Orscheln Farm and Home

will have blade sharpening at their location on Saturday March 11th, 2016 from 10am to 2pm.  Cost is $3 per blade
Harry Ritchie Concert and Dance!

The Ray County Historical Society is hosting local legend Harry Ritchie to the Eagleton Civic Center in Richmond for a fundraiser concert and dance on Saturday March 12.

   The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.
   Music will be provided by Harry Ritchie - Let It Swing. Tickets can be purchased at the Ray County Museum or the Eagleton Civic Center. The price is $7.50 a person or $13.00 for a couple.
   Please call Linda Emley at the Museum if you have questions. 816-776-2305
   Harry Ritchie is a native Ray Countian and his musical skills are well known in this area. Harry is retired, but for many years he was a brick layer by day and a guitar player by night. His musical career started in Ray County when he was 14 years old and he played in all the local places like the 210 Supper Club, south of Richmond, The Sunset, west of town, and the Blue Bonnet in Hardin. He also played the square dances in Lexington every Saturday night and Sundays were reserved for the Do Drop Inn, located in the Richmond Depot area. The Do Drop Inn was the Blues capital of Ray County. Harry traded his guitar for his dancing shoes when he 'dropped in' at the Do Drop Inn.
   When we asked Harry about his favorite place to play, he got a gleam in his eyes and told about playing at the Frog Hop Ballroom in St Joseph, Missouri. It was a "hopping" place from 1928 till 1978. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lawrence Welk and Benny Goodman are a few of the bands that played at the Frog Hop Ballroom.
   The band on Saturday night will feature Harry Ritchie on bass guitar, his brother, John Wayne Ritchie on the drums, Marty Guenther on the lead guitar, Bobby Demoss playing the steel guitar, Larry Hurst on vocals and Travis Inman playing the fiddle.
Ritchie brags on Inman, who is an award-winning fiddle player and has won the Missouri State Championship more times than anyone.
    Harry wants to remind everyone that this is not just a concert. He wants to see people out on the dance floor, "dancing the night away". So Do Drop In to the Eagleton Center on Saturday night and Let It Swing. 

Day Light Savings Time  will go into effect this weekend on Saturday, March 12th. Don't forget to change your clocks. "Spring" forward your clocks Saturday night/Sunday morning at 2:00am.

Ray County K9 Committee is EXCITED to announce our 2nd purchase of a K9 Dog for our Community.CITY OF RICHMOND'S New K9 Officer, Vengeance is out and in our community. Her Handler is Amy Sisson with City of Richmond Police Department.  We are excited to announce both K9 officer and Handler are out Protecting and Serving our community.We currently owe $4000.00 to Iron Heart Performance Dogs in Pomona, KS, to complete the purchase of Vengeance.  Other expenses the committee incurs in the year are Veterinarian bills, Fleas & Tick treatments and food for both K9 Deputy Dee and K9 Officer Vengeance. Both K9 Dogs help with locating unlawful drugs in our community as well as tracking services. You never know when a loved one may need to be located. Both K9 Dogs HELP in Protecting and Serving OUR COMMUNITY.We ask to please donate now; your DONATION will help your community with our K9 Dogs, which are officers in OUR community.  Your donation is appreciated. Any amount will be appreciated; our GOAL now is to pay the $4000 that is Due.
Please send DONATION to:
Ray County K9 Committee
Richmond, MO 64085
Natalie Macey
Ray County K9 Committee
816-260-3388 Mobile
816-776-6969 Office
816-569-9895 Fax

Grace Church

Every Sunday from 6:30pm to 8pm at their location 606 South Camden St. in Richmond.

Every Wednesday after school (even on early release days)  there is a FREE after school program until 5:30pm for grades K-6th.  

Ray County Library
The Ray County Library will be offering GED/HSE Tutoring from Noon to 2pm on Monday March 14th. 
The Ray County Library will be offering 
Family Story Time on Monday March 11th @ 10am and 1pm for ages 0-5yrs

Ray County Library
The Ray County Library will be offering AARP Tax Assistance every Tuesday from 9am to 1pm!

The Ray County Library will be offering Genealogical Assistance from 6:30 to 7:30pm on Tuesday March 8th.  

Monthly Unlimited Yoga
Unlimited Monthly Yoga: $75 (plus tax) for 30 days of unlimited yoga classes. Expires thirty days after purchase. Cannot be shared.
$75.00 per month

New Yoga Student Special
New Yoga Student Special: $30 (plus tax) for 30 days of unlimited yoga classes. Try all our classes and figure out what works best for you and your schedule. New students only. Expires thirty days after purchase. One time purchase so no monthly fees, cannot be shared.

4 Yoga Classes per Month
4 Yoga Classes Per Month: $40 (plus tax) for 4 yoga class credits per month. Expires thirty days after purchase. Can be shared with one other person. Contact us BEFORE purchasing if you would like to share this plan with another person.
$40.00 per month

8 Yoga Classes Per Month
8 Yoga Classes Per Month: $70 (plus tax) for 8 yoga class credits per month. Expires thirty days after purchase. Can be shared with one other person. Contact us BEFORE purchasing if you would like to share this plan with another person.
$70.00 per month
Richmond Kiwanis Club

Will host their weekly meeting on Tuesday March 15th at noon at the 19th Hole in Richmond.  

      Griffith-Skiles American Legion Post  #237    


On Tuesday March 15th,  The American Legion will be hosting
Bingo Night
at the Ray County Memorial Veteran's Building.  
The doors will open at 4pm for the meal and games will start at 6pm.  It only costs $20 to play all evening.  

     36th Annual Mushroom Festival

There will be an organizational meeting on Wednesday March 16th at noon at Home Town Pizza.  If you are interested in volunteering please plan on attending.  We could use your help. This year is going to be bigger and better than ever!  

     Oak Pointe Assisted Living Facility

will have blood pressure checks available Wednesday March 16thfrom 1-3pm at their facility in Richmond.  

Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce
will be holding our monthly Board of Director's meeting on Thursday March 17th at 11:30am at the 19th Hole in Richmond.  

Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter is co-hosting, along with the Ray County Historical Society, an open house to be held at the Ray County Museum on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and is intended to honor veterans of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War Room at the museum will be open and refreshments will be served.

The Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce is working hard to ensure that every decision made is supporting our effort to... 
"Be Relevant!"


Natalie Lamar
Executive Director
Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce
phone 816-776-6916
fax 816-776-6917