The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce met Jan. 14 at noon at the Stateline Restaurant. Among the items discussed was the Russell family's trip to Nanchang, China, to add a new baby girl, Carly, to the family.
Steve Russell, the chamber president, has been posting a blog about his family's journey to China. This blog can be found at http://ourjourneytocarly.blogspot.com. People can follow Steve and his family as they go through Nanchang and discover what China is really like and learn about the adoption process in China.
Vice-President Glynda Pryor read a bit about the Russells' experiences with the Nanchang Walmart and a real Chinese buffet at the chamber meeting.
The Russells are scheduled to be back home with Carly before the end of the month.
In other business, the new quarterly ambassadors for the chamber are Harry Sorg and Joan Baker. Pryor said treasurer, Jennifer Crowe, may decide to be an ambassador, as well.
Pryor announced that the Spring River Fly Shop has moved from its old location to what was Allen American Reality on Highway 63 across from the Mammoth Spring State Park. Pryor said the owner of the shop, Mark Crawford, told her that they are hoping to expand their business and maybe sell some camping gear along with their fishing supplies.
The chamber approved the maintenance of the chamber Web site for another two years. The chamber's Web site is www.mammothspringchamber.org.
Dave Jackson, with the Christmas Parade Committee, said the 2009 Christmas Parade, although it was a bit wet, went smoothly with the route change. "I think, next year, weather permitting, it should fall into place a lot smoother," Jackson said. He said the parade still attracted a large crowd despite the weather. Jackson said the parade did end up with a shortfall of $31.56 and the chamber agreed to pay it.
A crochet class and "Cooking with Coals" are coming up. The crochet class is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. The fee for the class is $12. "Cooking with Coals" is scheduled for March 6 at 10 a.m. with judging at 2 p.m. The cost is $15. For more information about either event call 625-7364.
The next chamber meeting is tentatively scheduled at La Pastorella Bistro. Pryor said those who run the bistro recently found out that the building they are in is for sale and they are not sure whether the chamber can meet there or not.
The chamber will meet again at noon on Feb. 11. All those interested are welcome to attend.