Thayer city leaders and some residents met May 27 in the Bank of Thayer board room with Jan Simon, executive director of the Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund Inc. They met to discuss the possibility of the city of Thayer competing against other Missouri cities for a Missouri Community Betterment Award (MCB).
Simon handed out brochures about Missouri Community Betterment membership and presented a PowerPoint presentation about MCB and tips on how to prepare for judging.
About five years ago, Thayer participated in the competition as a member of MCB and won a Community Betterment Award.
"The purpose of Missouri Community Betterment is to provide an opportunity for communities to learn from each other and kind of do what we call, 'celebrate the volunteer spirit,' and work to improve the quality of life in your community," Simon said. "What we do is we provide technical assistance. We recognize the communities that participate in our program and we reward the ones that excel."
The Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund (MCBEF) is a private, not-for-profit corporation consisting of businesses, public utilities, community representatives, federal and state agencies and individuals. The fund is a sponsor of MCB.
Simon said cities participate in MCB to show visitors that the community is progressive and is in a better position to apply and receive grants. Those cities that receive awards are recognized as leaders in Missouri for other cities to model after.
Simon explained how cities can organize to plan on how to participate. She also gave a list of what judges will be looking for in city projects. Cities can list up to five projects they have completed within the last year. Simon also passed out a list of projects award-winning cities submitted last year to give Thayer city leaders an idea of what projects to look for in the community.
Applications for judging must be completed and post marked by July 31.
For more information about MCB call 334-3474 or go to www.mocommunitybetterment.com.