The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet will be held at a new venue this year. The chamber board has voted to hold the 2007 membership banquet at the Coconuts Cafe/Roaring River Theatre and Events Center on Highway 112 on Saturday, Jan. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
For the past several years, the chamber has held its banquet in the Cassville High School commons year. Due to the fact that fewer people attended last year's event, board members decided to try holding the banquet at a new location.
"The school has always done a great job providing us with a place to hold the banquet, but this year, we wanted to try something new," said Amy White, chamber executive director.
The cost to attend the banquet is $20 per person. Those attending will have the choice of dining on Cornish hen or prime rib.
The chamber has also chosen an outstanding speaker for this year's banquet. Dave Phillips, a renowned Major League umpire, will speak to chamber members and guests about his umpiring experience, which included four World Series, eight American League Championships and two All-Star games.
In February of 2004, Phillips was inducted into the Missouri Baseball Hall of Fame in Springfield. He also has authored the book, "Centerfield on Fire," which offers a field level view of some of the stranger and more humorous events that took place during his umpiring career.
Many of these stories will be shared by Phillips at the chamber banquet. He will also provide insight into operating effectively under pressure.
The banquet will also feature speeches by outgoing chamber president Cheryl Williams and a preview of the year to come by incoming chamber president Stan Kelley. In keeping with tradition, the banquet will be highlighted by a drawing for table centerpieces donated by chamber businesses.
All area residents are invited to attend the chamber banquet. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 847-2814 by Jan. 12.