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Spoofhound fans gathered at the town square for a tradition of games, music and the announcement of high school fall sports. A Maryville organization planned and ran the event, one some know better than others.

Ambassadors of the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce discussed rejuvenating its vision Sept. 16, beginning a process of team building and providing the public an idea of what it does in the community.

The GMCC is known for providing resources and counsel to businesses that are members, as well as hosting and participating in community events throughout the year. Recently, there has been a push from members to re-evaluate what the organization is all about.

Executive Director of the GMCC Lily White led the meeting in the station at Northwest, where five ambassadors showed.

“We are in the middle of a rebranding,” White said. “We are going to address the wants and needs of our members and align what we do to better fit those needs.”

The chamber is reaching out to its members via personal contacts and surveys that the board developed, hoping the results provide a clear sense of what business owners want to see from the organization. For the city, a team of leaders do more than just organize events; they get down to business.

The GMCC vision statement is to strengthen business partnerships and foster community success while enhancing the social and civic environment of Maryville as a destination. Its mission is to inspire a progressive, dynamic community through business and leadership development. Its rebrand comes with the purpose to gain input from its 270 members and supporters, who are directly impacted by their changes.

Ambassador Gentry Martin said the rebrand has been a while in the making.

“Being on the chamber, I’ve seen the vision from the beginning,” Martin said. “It’s important to discuss what we find we are doing well, if we are doing the right things and are on track.”

At the meeting Sept. 16, ambassadors began making nominations for community service awards on behalf of the chamber. Early nominees consisted of those who presented exemplary public and customer service in the Maryville area.

After making nominations, the ambassadors signed up for volunteer spots in upcoming events.

The first event ambassadors discussed was Manufacturing Day, taking place Oct. 8, where eighth graders from all schools in Nodaway County will visit two small manufacturing companies in the morning and two large ones in the evening. Students will go to businesses like Kawasaki, Deluxe, Laclede, Nucor LMP and Federal-Mogul among others.

Ambassadors then talked about speaker Randy Lewis, who will be talking about diversity in the workspace Oct. 3, and asked for volunteers for the Downtown Trick-or-Treat event taking place Oct. 30.

The chamber will hold more events and planning sessions throughout the upcoming month, planning for the future of the organization.

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