Several key decisions were made during a planning meeting held Tuesday at the Clinton Building for the upcoming celebration of Sikeston's 150th anniversary.
"The first and most important thing is the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce will be spearheading the Sikeston Sesquicentennial planning and implementation," said Linda Lowes, director of governmental services for the city.
Among the first Sesquicentennial Celebration tasks the SACC is working on is gathering event dates that will take place in 2010.
"Just notify us as soon as you have a firm date so we can get you on the calendar," said Missy Marshall, executive director for the SACC. "That way we can zero in on any scheduling conflicts and mediate any problems that might be there. We want everybody to do their celebration events but in a way that we're not stepping on each others toes in the process."
Lowes said it is important that all organizations and groups that will hold an event contact the Chamber office as soon as possible and no later than the end of this year.
"The reason for that is the Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitors Board will be writing a proposal to obtain marketing funds from the Missouri Division of Tourism," Lowes said. "Those applications must go in at the end of this year. The CVB needs to know the type of event and the timing so we can include that in our promotional designs."
Marshall said they are expecting special events will be organized specifically to celebrate the city's 150th anniversary. In addition to those, however, SACC and city officials are asking organizations and groups that already hold annual events to incorporate the Sesquicentennial Celebration.
"As they plan for their events in 2010, we are asking that they use the 150th anniversary celebration as the theme," Lowes said.
A logo for the sesquicentennial was also selected during Tuesday's planning meeting.
"Elaine Partridge volunteered her services and worked with city officials and myself in coming up with the logo," Marshall said. "We're very pleased with her work and thank her for her time."
Variations of this logo will be used for T-shirts, banners and other promotional materials, according to Marshall. Also, souvenirs will be designed and offered later as "official Sesquicentennial items," she said.
A committee will be formed to organize fundraising to cover the costs of promoting the sesquicentennial, Marshall said. "The Chamber will not be doing fundraising but we will be the clearinghouse for contributions and expenses," she said. "We will basically handle the bookkeeping of this event."
Marshall said the SACC is setting up a special Sesquicentennial Celebration Web page linked from the SACC Web site, www.sikeston.net, where Internet users can access all the latest information about upcoming Sesquicentennial events. "I'm working with our Webmaster right now," she said.
For more information call the SACC at 471-2498.