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6B--February 6, 2003 The Cuba Free Missouri Chamber praises Steelman's efforts to health care benefits more affordable for small Submitted photo Eugene Overhoff, center, was honored for 50 years of service to the Missouri Bar and the com- munity. Making the presentation were, J.D. Rohrer, and Judge William .. Seay. Overhoff presented gavel for service William E. Seay, the Pre- three foot "Texas Gavel" to Overhoff had given a great siding Judge of the 42nd Cir- thank Overhoff for the 50 deal of his time and effort to cult Court, and J. D. Rohrer, years of faithful service to the assure the pursuit of justice President of the Crawford Missouri Bar and the cam- was obtained. Rohrer further County Bar Association, pre- munity, explained that we all owe sented to Eugene Overhoff a Rohrer explained that Overhoff a debt of gratitude. Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce The Cuba Chamber of Commerce met at Country Kitchen at noon January 20. President Bill Lynch called the meeting to order with a welcome and a prayer. Lynch welcomed 27 members and guests in attendance at the meeting. Dawn Corbett new administrator of Courtois Creek Villa was introduced. Special welcome to volunteers that work at the Chamber's office (Bette Price, Betty Smith, Ronnie Sumner, Lucy Bates, and George Foster). Missy Mullally submitted a letter of resigna- tion from the Chamber board. We have appreci- ated all that Missy has done for us. We will continue to look for her at meetings so that she can keep us up dated about Shelter Pals. Taking Missy's place on the board will be Amy Mitchell. Christmas Event report was given by Lynch. The Drive-Thru Christmas Wonderland was a great success. The Chamber Board presented the Ministerial Alliance with a check for $1,500. The lighted displays by the City of Cuba, local businesses and organizations were outstanding. We hope that more displays will be in the event next year. Our hope is that everyone enjoyed the displays and that busi- nesses and organizations will make additions to their displays for 2003. Dan Robb Chairman of the event reports that a total of approxi- mately 1,600 vehicles went through the display. The event was will attended, well received and looking forward to doing it next year. Nominations Committee report by Jason Mehl and Roger Killeen. They are working on getting members to be listed on the ballot. If you are a member of the Chamber and would like to be on the board give Jason or Roger a call. The new board will take office in May. The Chamber's year runs from May t to April 30. Jason Mehl read the first reading of the by- law changes for Article III Officers and Directors ection 2 Nomination and Election F. Vacancies. Also an addition of Article VIII, Amendments, Section 2 The second reading will take place at the February 10 meeting being held at Country Kitchen. Norma and Bob Bretz reported for Tourism. They had gone to the Route 66 Tourism meet- ing in St. Robert. They found it very interest- ing that so many people attended the meeting that did not live along Route 66. They came from IA, KS, and IL. The Cuba brochures were given out to those in attendance and request were made for more to be sent to Topeka KS. The organization's next quarterly meeting will be held in St. Louis. Members of the organization that had come from the St. Louis area made the trip by com- ing out Route 66 and coming through Cuba. They were very complementary about the Murals and improvements that have taken place along our section of Route 66. Lynch informed members that the Information Center was back on schedule and that the money was coming to the community. We need to be reminded that a community divided is not good. Lynch told members that the city will be placing billboards along 1-44 at the east and west of the city. It has also been wonderful how the city and the Chamber have worked together on the Christmas Drive-Thru and on other projects that we have undertaken. Guest Speaker Craig Hopkins from Resource Recovery told members what roll the organiza- tion plays in the community. They were the ones that cut the lumber for the boxes and gin- gerbread man at the entrance of the Christmas Displays. The Resource Recovery is a work- shop for the disabled. They may come to the workshop if they are 16 years of age or older. At this time there are 25 to 30 people in attendance each day. They have a staff of six. The take monthly outings and these are enjoyed. Funding comes from golf tourna- ments, county/state taxes and National grants. The workshop has items that they have made and are for sale. The workshop does work for Versa Tag and Olin. Volunteers that worked in the Chamber this month were: Betty Smith, Lucy Bates, Lynda Weingart, Pat Cookson, Bette Price, Carol Ottinger and two of our newest volunteer Sandy Bond and Ronnie Sumner. The office could not be run without the help of volunteers. The Chamber office is open 10 to 4 most days. You can make a call to the office at 573-885- 2531 or 1-877-212-8429. The Chanber has 2003 Missouri Tourism books and we encourage you to stop by and get yours. Information has been coming in from states through out the United States. If you are planning your vacation you may want to come by and check out the information that we have. The Chamber has a worldwide chamber Directory so we can look up information for you. The Chambers website is www.cubamocham- bet.com. We meet the third Monday of each month. This month because of a holiday on our regular day, we will be meeting on February 10 at Country Kitchen at noon. The guest speaker will be Scott Taylor from MODOT talking to us about the Scenic By-Way program. Please come. Blooming Tree Azalea 6" Pot $25.OO Give your Valentine some of our Brightly Colored Bloomers this year! q@ l/ (Blooming Plants) v PlentyofPottedPlantsfori[ your Valentine/ Also a huge selection of Foliage & Hanging Baskets Remember you'll always find all your Vegetable, Flower & Grass Seed plus all of the supplies you need to  le __. " startseed Potted Miniature Il indoors. Roses Only I --li I s7.oo -- tmc 2/6 lGDB The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry testi- fied Tuesday before the Sen- sate Committee on Ways and "Means in support of legisla- tion to make health care benefits more affordable for Missouri small employers. Sponsored by Sen. Sarah Steelman (R-16, Rolla), Sen- ate Bill 26 would provide a tax credit to assist employers in setting up a health care program combining a tradi- tional health insurance plan with high-deductible coverage and health reimbursement accounts. "This specific approach, which Sen. Steelman's legis- lation promotes, is on the front of a wave of change in the insurance market to stem the spiraling number of em- ployers that are being forced to drastically trim or even drop health insurance bene- fits because of cost," said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber of Commerce presi- dent and CEO. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry re- cently introduced a similar type of insurance product for its members, Missouri Chamber Care. Employers are seeing a substantial re- duction in premiums by util- izing a high-deductible in- surance vehicle. This policy is supplemented by a health reimbursement account, a zero-balance account owned by the company and provided to the employee on a defined credit limit basis. Monies in that account are used on an as-needed basis to reimburse expenses on behalf of the em- ployee when medical ex- penses are actually incurred. "Our current health care system is broken because it insulates employees from true costs. Because employees and providers don't have a stake in controlling health care costs, both sides often seek the most expensive method of treatment," said Mehan. "This new approach empowers employees to make their own health care deci- sions, while providing the ings means for becoming consci- The Missouri entious consumers." Commerce and By utilizing such a system, (wwwa employers will: founded in 1923 Control annual fixed largest business costs by lowering premiums in Missouri an average of 40 percent; almost 3,000 Pay for claims on an "as- viding more than incurred" basis, rather than for Missourians. in advance; and ber's mission is Potentially provide for and advance a additional benefits with sav- ness climate in the a J.D. ROHRER LAW F Located at 211 West Main, Steelville, MO Office Hours Weekdays 8:00 - Saturday 8:00 - 12:00 General Practice--In Worker's Compensation Claim Personal Auto Accidents Social Security Claims Handled on a percentage basis of FOR APPOINTMENT OR INFORMATION Today's ealth Tips John W. Hewkin R.Ph VITAMIN C  TEETH Teeth are eroded by acids. As vitamin C is asco.rbic it is capable o! decal oth/Ing and erodtn.g teeth i n with them tor some tme. Chewable vtamin C, which stick to the teeth, is best avoided unless you have a complete set ot dentures. 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