Congratulations to Natalie's Studio of Dance for a great recital yesterday. She has a lot of talented young ladies and men, and lots of patience.

Our ambassador committee has been working hard to promote the Columbus Chamber and to encourage businesses to become a part of our business organization and for the Chamber to support them. We Welcome: New Beginnings Full Service Salon, 725 E. Maple; Patty Jessee Photography, 5806 SE Hwy 160, and Show Me The Ozarks, Neosho, Missouri.

A ribbon cutting for New Beginnings will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27.

Miss Columbus Abbey Peterson is in Pratt this week representing Columbus in the Miss Kansas competition. I'm not sure, but I think Miss Teen Columbus Anna Holman will also be joining her in Pratt.

The 2017 Miss Columbus cookbooks are now available for purchase ($15) at Farm Bureau Insurance and the Chamber office. The will also be available from a Miss Columbus candidate and at the "Tasting Bee" on Friday, June 16. For those who have recipes in the book, be sure and prepare the dish and have it at the community building by 10:30 a.m. on June 16. Someone will be in the building by 8 a.m. to receive the dishes.

June is Industry Appreciation Month and the industrial committee is hosting industrial leaders to breakfast on June 13, to say Thank You for being in Columbus, providing jobs - we have 13 state classified industries in our area. Can you name one that does a lot of exporting? Reminder, we need to have your RSVP from your industry by this Friday. Call and give them to the office or email.

Agriculture committee will be "Feeding the Farmers", if it ever dries out and there is any wheat that is good, left to be cut. This is the one event that we set the date, if we are lucky, a couple of days in advance. We have everything ready, we will just advise. The agriculture committee will also be meeting tomorrow, noon, to start work on their Ag EXPO that they want to do in the fall.

This Thursday, June 9, is the last Fireworks Cookout. The fund is at $5,000, so hopefully we will reach the goal of at least $7,500. That is the amount of fireworks used in the last several years. Crossland Construction will be serving as our grillmaster. I do need someone with a pick up to help me load everything from the Lions Shack and bring it down to the hotel. David has been doing it and he will be out of town that day. Everything we use will not fit in my car, and I can't lift the coolers anyway - it is hard enough on the guys. It will be at 9:45 a.m. at the Lions Shack. Thanks, will also need help with the serving.

Coming Up:

Tuesday, June 6 Agriculture committee meets, noon

Thursday, June 8 Fire up for Fireworks, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Maple UnCommon.

Monday, June 12 Tourism meeting at courthouse, 1:30 p.m. on our strip pits

Tuesday, June 13 Industrial Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Rowdy's Rustic Moose Lodge

Executive meeting, noon, for Chamber officers

Wednesday, June 14 Chamber board meeting, noon. Members are welcome to attend and give input. We do ask that you advise the office in order to have enough lunch on hand.

Friday, June 16 Miss Columbus Tasting Bee, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at community building.

Thursday, June 22 Girl Scout Taco & Dessert fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Have lunch or dinner at the Girl Scout house.

Tuesday, June 27 Ribbon cutting, 10 a.m. at New Beginning Salon

Thursday, June 29 CDF meeting, noon.

Have a good week,

Jean