It’s been a while since I wrote a Chamber Chat. I apologize for that, and I will try to recap the first six months of this year.

Feb. 3 was our indoor yard sale. As usual, we had many tables set up with a variety of items for sale.

Our annual banquet was held March 3 with a Saturday Night Fever Theme. It was such a fun night, and I think everyone had a good time. I do want to thank the following people for their sponsorship of the banquet. VIP sponsor was VIP Properties. Corporate sponsors were: State Farm Justin Shelby, agent; Houston Herald; TCMH; The Bank of Houston; Houston Do-it Center; Durham Co.; Walmart; and the City of Houston. Food sponsors were; Mitchell Insurance; Progressive Ozark Bank; Community Betterment; Kessler Accounting; Rocket Digital; Paws N’ Claws; and Moncrief Logging. I would also like to thank the following individuals and businesses for donating silent auction items: Oakstar Bank; New Concepts; Walmart; D & L Florist; Ream Optometry; Gigi’s Nail Salon; Paws N’ Claws; Bella’s Garden Essential Oils by Cheryl Pounds; MFA; Community Betterment; City of Houston; Brown’s Shoe Store; Forbes’ Pharmacy Powered by Walgreens; Piney River Brewing Co.; Oakwood Golf Club; Rustic Darlin Boutique; Blissful Nirvana; Russ Stigall; Dry Creek Market; Little House Gifts; Taylored Tips; and Crowley’s HomeWorks.

The spring bazaar was April 14 and as usual, every table was accounted for. We had a variety of items and people were shopping like crazy.

On May 5, the chamber partnered with a great group of downtown businesses. Downtown they had open houses, car show, vendors, a customer appreciation with free food and much more. The chamber had four –– yes, four –– ribbon cuttings that day. At the fairgrounds there was a gentleman giving helicopter rides for $25 per person. He flew from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that day. I went up twice, once at dusk and once during the day. Houston is gorgeous from the air. Also, at the fairgrounds was another indoor yard sale. As usual everyone stayed very busy. That morning, the chamber held its first-ever 5K that ran down through main street. There are a few things we need to work on, but I feel it was very successful.

In June, the Cabool chamber and the Houston chamber teamed up to do a countywide yard sale. Rosanna from the Cabool chamber created a map of all the countywide yard sales and made them available online and at each of the offices. It was a huge success and we plan on doing one next year.

On June 15, 300 people went to the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs game. The outcome of the game wasn’t what we wanted, but we all had a great time!

On June 30, thanks to Gary Parish, we had our first-ever Independence Day Parade. I can’t say how proud I am at the success it was. I want to thank everyone who participated in any way to make this a success. As usual and maybe I’m biased, but we had a beautiful firework show that night.

I want to remind everyone that the Old Settlers Reunion and the fair are back together. The fair starts July 24 and the Old Settlers Reunion begins July 26. Thursday night is an ATV rodeo, Friday Night is a pony pull in the arena and The South 63 Band will be in the Murfin Building. Saturday night is the Hawk Nelson concert. Southern Fun Carnival will be providing the rides.

There are several people I need to thank. First off, the city and rural fire departments. These guys are awesome. If I need anything, they are always willing to help and for that, I say thank you.

I want to thank the Houston Herald for attending my events and documenting them with photos. TCMH ambulance crew for always being there in case of an emergency. Finally, my board, Bruce, Bobby, Lori, Tanya, Kim, Dana, Justin, Tim and Russ. They make this job so enjoyable. They never complain and always are there to work. Not just them, their families, too.

I would also like to add, if you need tickets for the Hawk Nelson concert and I’m not at the office, you can purchase them from Rocket Digital, Mitchell Insurance or Southern Missouri Land Services located next to Hardee’s of Houston.

I apologize for not being at the office much lately. My dad has been very ill, and I have needed to be with him.

Angie Quinlan is executive director of the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce.

To contact her, call 417-967-2220 or email

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