Letter from the President
The Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce is deeply disappointed in the recent announcement of the scheduled closing of the Missouri Rehabilitation Center.
As Lawrence County's largest employer, the loss of the over 300 jobs is devastating to the local community and the county. The closing will result
in significant economic impact to Lawrence County, the city of Mt. Vernon, the Mt. Vernon School District and local businesses.
The Missouri Rehabilitation Center is an integral part of the Mt. Vernon Community. Beginning in 1905, the City of Mt. Vernon and the local residents
banded together and raised enough money to purchase 165 acres of land valued at $8,500 and donated it to State to care for those affected by Tuberculosis.
Also included in the donation was $7,000 with water, electric and phone services free of charge for five years. From the very beginning, Mt. Vernon has
been committed to successful operation of the facility.
Over the last century the Missouri Rehabilitation Center has changed names and missions several times but has always played an important role to the citizens
of Mt. Vernon and the State of Missouri. It is and always has been a place for those with serious illness or injuries to receive quality care regardless of
their means, a commitment to care that is woven into the entire health care centric community. In turn, the community has benefited from the economic activity
from the many thousands of patients and their families that have traveled to area and received care.
It appears a significant factor in the decision to close the facility is Governor Nixon's veto of appropriations resulting in a $5.2 million cut to the Missouri
Rehabilitation Center's operating budget. The Chamber is opposed to the cut and supports efforts to override this veto and restore funding to the facility. The
Chamber also urges University of Missouri Health Care to reevaluate their decision and ultimately keep the facility open and implement new programs and services
that would allow for the Missouri Rehabilitation Center to be self-sustaining and free of the need for State appropriations.
The Chambers urges all of its members and the local community to contact their Senators, Representatives and the Governor in support of keeping the Missouri
Rehabilitation Center open.
Brian George, President
Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce
Mount Vernon, Missouri is a unique community. It possesses, within its
city boundaries, everything that is "small-town" America:
from public gatherings on the lawn of the historic courthouse to
friends and family gatherings at more than a half-dozen parks found
throughout the town. Mt. Vernon even offers a 50-cent city taxi
people of Mt. Vernon have always rallied around the concept of "growing
together." At the same time they honor tradition, they are
also embracing the future.
Vernon, being rich in history,
is also a growing city. Located on one of America's major east-west
corridors, Mt. Vernon continues to draw interest from industrial
and commercial prospects throughout the region and abroad. In addition,
community leaders work hard to keep the town's traditions intact.
no matter how much Mt. Vernon grows in the future, it will always
honor it's past.
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS
Liberty National Life Insurance
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
Trinity Lutheran Church and School
207 North Main St.
Freistatt, MO 65654
CHAMBER GIFT CERTIFICATES
We are in the process of re-designing our Chamber Gift Certificates. If you would like to have your business name on these and be able to accept these certificates please call the Chamber Office by November 15. You must be a member of the Chamber to participate. It doesn’t cost anything to be on the certificates. Anyone can purchase them at the Chamber Office for the face value. You redeem them at the Chamber Office and we charge 2% for handling. This keeps people in Mt. Vernon shopping. They make good gifts for: thank you, job well done, birthdays, & etc. We have them in $10 & $25 certificates. Enclosed you will find a sample. If you have any questions call the Chamber Office 417-466-7654.
To use the ABMD Stage you must be a member of the Chamber and have written permission from the Chamber Office. It isn’t allowed out of the City of Mt. Vernon.
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN’ DAYS
ABMD 2013 was a huge success. The weather even cooperated. We want to thank everyone that helped. We will not name anyone because I’m sure we would leave out some important people. It takes everyone to make it the great festival it has become. They said we had over 50,000 people here for the three days. The free shuttles that went up and down the streets were a huge success. The winner of the raffle drawing from the Chamber was Donna Pikert. She choose the $300 gift certificate from Bass Pro Shop. There are two other items that will be given away at the Annual Banquet. They are a computer tablet and 42” flat screen TV. Tickets for those can be purchased at the Chamber Office and Mid America Dental & Hearing Center. They are $3.00 each.
ABMD SHIRT SALE
We have ABMD Hoodies (Blue & Gray) on sale for $10.00 and T-Shirts for $5.00. Sizes are limited. Come by before they are all gone. They would make excellent gifts.
We still put birthdays, anniversaries or special occasions on the Chamber’s sign for $5.00.
The Chamber is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to be involved and work on a committee Please call the Chamber.