Chamber Connection
April 8th, 2016

Thank goodness it's FRIDAY!  Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming!  It's going to be a great weekend in 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!

The 36th Annual Mushroom Festival will be upon us before you know it.  We have lots of new events and vendors this year!  

Ray County Library
Teen Eco-Fashion
Ray County Library
Friday, April 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Use recycled materials to make accessories, bags or other wearables. Bring an old clothing item you would like to recycle. Learn about sewing techniques, fashion history and fashion design. Various materials will be provided.

Richmond Rotary 

  The Richmond Rotary will hold their weekly meeting today, April 8th at the 19th Hole at noon.  
~Friday April 8th @ 6pm~
Food or Money Donation To Harvesters!
Great for people completely new to yoga, Community Yoga class combines our Beginner's Yoga and Restorative Yoga classes into one wonderful experience.

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

The Farris Theatre

'ZOOTOPIA' in 2D on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
TENASIE in concert on Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.
(tickets are still available)
'BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE' on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in 2D and 9:45 p.m. in 3D, Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. in 2D, Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in 2D and 9:45 p.m. in 3D

will have blade sharpening on Saturday April 9th from 10am to 2pm at their location in Richmond

Ray County Library
There will be a hunters education course at the Library on Satruday April 9th.  You MUST preregister for this event.  Call 816-776-5102 for more information. 

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.  

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) is hosting its first Cooed Softball Tournament Fundraiser.  Twenty teams will join our staff at the Concordia Parks and Recreation Complex on May 14th to participate in a one day tournament and home run derby while "Knocking Poverty Out of the Park".  What a wonderful event for a wonderful cause.  Proceeds from this event will help customers of MVCAA.
MVCAA is invested in the communities and families in Carroll, Chariton, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saline counties.  We have programs that assist people in finding jobs, cut home and energy costs, gain access to local resources, support our Veteran families and make the first steps count through early childhood education.
Invest with MVCAA in the families we serve. Make checks payable to: MVCAA @ 1415 S. Odell Marshall, MO 65340 or donate online at by clicking the DONATE button.
Event Sponsorship Levels
  • Grand Slam: $500 + (A field will be named after you or your business for the event, plus your business logo on our sponsorship t-shirts!)
  • Triple Play:  $250 (Business logo on our sponsorship t-shirts!)
  • Double Play: $200 (Be a Team Sponsor! Have your name or business name on our sponsorship t-shirt!)
  • Single Play: $100 (Have your or your business name on our sponsorship t-shirt!)
Sponsors will be recognized on event marketing materials, social media, and at the event.
Please join us as we take a hard swing at "Knocking Poverty Out of the Park"!
Pam LaFrenz  
Executive Director

Ray County Library
GED/ HSE Tutoring
The Providing Academic Support Success (PASS) offers a strategy for high school exam preparation. Practice tests area available. Tutors help students evaluate areas they need to strengthen prior to taking the test. Work is assigned individually, with one-on-one support. There is no cost to participants, start at any time, self-paced learning, individualized tutoring, and they have six different locations. Currently at the Ray County Library the PASS program meets every Monday in the Community Room from 12-2pm. Interested individuals can contact the front desk or call 816-726-6717.

Family Storytime
Ray County Library
Mondays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly storytime as we sing, read and make crafts! The planned activities will help develop early literacy skills and are targeted for ages 0-5. Children 2 years old and under must have an adult with them throughout the program. 

National Library Week
Ray County Library
April 10th-16th
Join us as we have daily drawings for books for adults, children and teens and daily drawings for book bags. We will also have a poster contest and a creative writing contest in celebration of the theme Libraries Transform. On weekday mornings, we will also offer coffee, juice and pastries in our Community Room. 

Genealogy Assistance 
Are you needing help with genealogy research? Please stop in and talk to the Library Director to discuss the free local assistance that is available for your needs. Call the front desk at 816-776-5104 or email

Reserve a Librarian
The Ray County Library's Reserve a Librarian service allows you to spend a 30-minute session with a professional librarian who can offer assistance tailored to your needs. This will allow you to reserve a librarian for an uninterrupted one-on-one, face to face, 30 minute session. To inquire what assistance can be offered through this program and/or to set up a convenient time to meet with a librarian who will work exclusively with you, call Rochelle McCaulley at 816-776-5104 or stop by the front desk for a request form.

Outreach is available to patrons who are home-bound. The librarians pick a collection of books which suit that patron and deliver them to their home when needed. Please contact the front desk if you would like to be included in this service.

Richmond Kiwanis Club

Will host their weekly meeting on Tuesday April 12th at noon at the 19th Hole in Richmond.  

      Griffith-Skiles American Legion Post  #237    


On Tuesday April 12th,  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 TUESDAY APRIL 12th at noon at Home Town Pizza.  We are getting down to crunch time!  Meetings will be held weekly from this point out.  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 April 6th from 1-3pm at their facility in Richmond.  

     Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce
The City of Richmond

Will be going on our annual Jefferson City Trip on Wednesday April 13th.  There is still room available but you must contact me today!  Call 816-776-6916
Ray County Library
Imagination Day
Ray County Library
Thursday, April 14th, come and go from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Read books, play games and complete activities to expand your imagination. All ages welcome. 

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