By MELODY METZGER
Lamar Community Betterment is in the process of getting information out to the area, in order to provide assistance where needed. As with most organizations, membership seems to be waning and CB is in need of new ideas in order to keep the organization as prominent as it has been in years past. This can only be done with help from the public.
In 1963 the Missouri Department of Economic Development established Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) to encourage improvements in Missouri communities with a population of 5,000 or less. The Lamar CB was formed in 1965 and provides information, connections and a 501(c)3 (federally tax exempt) umbrella to help incubate and support community improvement projects.
CB membership is comprised of individuals, civic and fraternal organizations, businesses, city and county government, churches and other private and public agencies. Current Lamar CB partnerships include the Back Pack Snack Meals, LGL Sheltered Workshop bus, Tools for School, Truman Area Transportation Service, the 10th Street Community Farmers’ Market, Lamar Community Theatre and CB Youth involvement.
Organizations that are currently fostered by CB are About Our Kids Development Service, Barton County Achieving Wellness and Security Health Coalition and Community Plaza Rescue. Past projects that Lamar CB was instrumental in helping with were the Stilabower Observatory from 1993-94; the Plaza Theatre renovation from 1993-98; Moore Pavilion in 1999; the Wolf Community Center, 2001-03; the Constitution Square Memorial Sidewalk project, 2012-13 and Plaza Take 2 projector installations, 2012-13.
The CB meets the second Wednesday of every month, at 12 noon, at the Wolf Center, 801 E. 12th St., Lamar. Their mission is “To make Lamar a better place to live, work and raise families”. Over the past 48 years Lamar has earned more youth and adult awards than any other community in Missouri.
The MCB State Awards Committee stated the following this past year regarding Lamar, “Excellent examples of adult leadership and commitment to the welfare of the community through volunteerism and service. Outstanding youth are clearly in charge of selection and implementation of multiple community projects that positively impact various segments of the community”.
All are encouraged to attend the next meeting, to be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, 12 noon, at the Wolf Center in Lamar, in order to see what can be done to assist this great organization. I know I’ll be there!
For more information call Elaine Davis at 417-682-3579.