Chamber hosts Jingle Mingle

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
"Please Don't Start the Fire" Bob Allen, of Willis Insurance, was a tough act to follow at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon on Tuesday. He performed a parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" for those attending the catered luncheon. Allen was one of nine presenters at the luncheon. Democrat Photo/Roberts

Members of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce met for their quarterly luncheon on Tuesday, with the theme of December's meeting being the Jingle Mingle.

Nine chamber members presented information about their businesses and offered door prizes to guests.

Bob Allen, of Willis Insurance, located on the square in Cassville, said the business had been serving the needs of Cassville residents for over 81 years. The business offers insurance for commercial and residential properties, auto, health and brokerage services.

Allen also ended his presentation with a parody of Billy Joel's song, "We Didn't Start the Fire" with the Willis Insurance version of "Please Don't Start the Fire."

Pat Pilant, of Towneley Furnishings, said the business had imported candies from England for children's stocking stuffers, as well as discounts on holiday decor. Towneley Furnishings is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Christmas.

Jeff Mozingo, store manager at Satellite Center, discussed various services offered at the Cassville location. the business features satellite, Dish and Internet service and installations.

Kerry Hays, assistant parks manager at Roaring River State Park, spoke of the 87 parks and historic sites associated with the Missouri Parks System.

"We have a dedicated staff," he said, highlighting the care employees take in maintaining the grounds and facilities at Roaring River. He also invited chamber members to the upcoming Eagle Watch, starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 and the First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2014.

"We will be hiking the Devil's Kitchen trail starting at 10 a.m. at the trail head," Hays said. Plans for the first day hike include a drawing for a hiking stick, which will include the Roaring River State Park hiking stick medallion.

Jeremy Huse, of Jeremy Huse Photography, said he would be offering children's photo packages from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the studio, located on Farm Road 1250 about five miles east of Cassville on Highway 248. Packages start at $12.

Huse will also be taking free Mrs. Claus photos prior to the Cassville Christmas Parade at Forever Yours Embroidery in Cassville, with each child receiving a free four-by-six photo as a keepsake.

Sarah Lee, representing Herrin Animal Hospital in Cassville, spoke about the 14th annual toy drive to benefit Share Your Christmas through the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center.

Lee also said pet boarding services were available through the holidays.

Valerie Speer, of Forever Yours Embroidery, displayed several gift items offered by the business during the holidays.

"We are also offering bling and vinyl cutting," Speer said. Several gifts are cross-marketed with Jeremy Huse Photography, including portraits on slate, T-shirts and iPhone covers.

Angela Seymour, representing Crowder College, presented information about the school's newest degree offering in criminal justice. Classes will start in spring.

Other degree programs offered through the local campus include: nursing, business, teaching, psychology and general studies.

Enrollment for classes is underway for the spring semester, starting Jan. 13 and continuing through May 16, 2014.

This is the 50th year anniversary for the Crowder College system, which offers college courses to local students.

Kathy White, of the Barry County Museum, urged guests to bring holiday visitors to the facility.

"This is a great facility," White said. "We have a great staff, and we'd love other people to see our museum."

The catered lunch was provided by Subway in Cassville.

Mindi Artherton, director of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, reminded chamber members of the upcoming annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, slated for 6 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2014, at the Cassville High School commons. Jarrett Dougherty, of the Pierce Arrow Theater in Branson, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Advanced tickets for the event are $20 through Jan. 10. Admission at the door will be $25. The meal will be catered by John Sullivan and members of the FCCLA team at Cassville High School.

For more information, contact the Cassville Chamber of Commerce at 847-2814.

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