Chamber of Commerce celebrates newcomers at annual banquet

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Chamber of Commerce members mingle and partake in appetizers and drinks from the bar before dinner at the 60th annual Newcomers Banquet Tuesday, Nov. 10. Several in attendance, such as Steve Graves (pictured, in hat), dressed for the occasion in accordance with the evening's western theme. (Arron Hustead/Democrat-News)

Cowboys and Cowgirls looked to "stirrup" a good time at the 60th annual Marshall Chamber of Commerce Newcomers Banquet Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, at the Martin Community Center.

The event celebrated the addition of 22 businesses as members of the chamber between December 2014 and October 2015. In addition, members celebrated the promotions and hirings of more than 45 employees at member businesses.

"I have to say, I've lived in Marshall lots of years and I've seen a lot of new faces tonight and that excites me as president of the chamber," Mary Fangmann said.

A group of youth from Shapes Dance & Acro Studio perform a line dance at the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Newcomers Banquet Tuesday, Nov. 10. (Arron Hustead/Democrat-News)

While not every new member business was able to send representation to the event, those in attendance were recognized and given turns to address the audience. New member businesses in attendance included Serenity Massage Studio, Saline County Family Dental, Paul Insurance, and Katy Trail Community Health. Each speaker expressed how pleased they were to be a part of the Marshall community.

Other new member businesses included: Toliver Painting & Refinishing, Central Missouri Safety Group, Springwater Greenhouse & Landscaping, The Lighthouse Shelter, Tyler Investments & Rental Properties, Josh Taylor, Attorney at Law, Simpson Chiropractic, Angie's Bar & Grill, Marshall Service Company, Northside Enterprises, Riback Supply, MC Power Companies, Gatehouse Media, Mustang Sallyz Saloon, Edward Jones, The Pistol Rack and Kosy Grove.

Mayor Mark Gooden complemented the chamber on its yearly progress.

"Ribeye," played by Nathan Gerdts, from The MVC Flatliners casts his line in a contest to catch the "largest fish" out of the members of the audience during the group's long-form improvisational comedy sketch performance at the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Newcomers Banquet Tuesday, Nov. 10. (Arron Hustead/Democrat-News)

"As the mayor, I am so honored to have such an awesome Chamber of Commerce in Marshall," Gooden said. "It's a blessing, ...I just want to say thank you guys for what you do."

Several chamber members dressed to match the western "round up" theme of the evening.

Randy Hinck and Plowboys BBQ provided dinner and desert consisting of beef brisket, pork loin, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, bread, and cherry and apple crumbles. George Brown of Stonehedge supplied a cash bar.

Themed entertainment was provided by Shapes Dance & Acro Group, who performed a line dance. The Missouri Valley College Flatliners also gave a western-themed performance of long-form improvisational comedy that included a fishing competition where performers "Ribeye" and "Cletus" sought to capture the "largest fish" from among the audience members.

"I think it was a great evening," Fangmann said. "The entertainment was great. The food was fabulous, and we certainly appreciate the great attendance."

The chamber has several events planned for the holidays. More information about those events can be found on the chamber's website.

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