January 23, 2003

SCBPA Will Elect New Officers At February Meeting

In two meetings this month, the Scotland County Business and Professional Association began the process of reorganizing its leadership and its focus to better serve local business in 2003.

The latest meeting took place at Java Jitters on January 17 and was presided over by interim SCBPA President Jim Nishida-Adams of Nishida-Auto Upholstery and Beads Lady Nishida.

"In the next month, we will be sending out (renewal) letters to all the businesses in Scotland County asking what they expect of the (SCBPA) and try to determine a level of interest in the business association," said Nishida-Adams.

Nishida-Adams also said that the SCBPA plans to elect a new slate of officers at the February meeting. 2002 Officers Jeff Behrens of Gerth & Baskett and Teresa Skinner of the Town Peddler are not seeking re-election. The offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are open.

Scotland County businesses should be looking for the membership renewal letter in the mail that will contain the survey and a new meeting time. Even if a business doesn't join the SCBPA, they are encouraged to return the survey. Sandy Arnold of the Bank of Kirksville volunteered to help send out the letters.

The business of the SCBPA does continue on. Members moved forward with plans for the Valentine's Day promotion, to be held in conjunction with KMEM 100.5 FM. Businesses that are interested in participating can contact Primrose Realty's Jeannie Bissell and Java Jitters' Mark and Ethel Barrett or Jonathan Bennett at KMEM, who are coordinating the promotion this year.

Memberships for the SCBPA are $35 a year, and are now due. Members need to have paid their dues by March 1 to be listed on the back of the Memphis Bucks. Checks can be sent to: SCBPA, P.O. Box 201, Memphis, MO 63555.

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