August 2022 – Letter from the Chair
Greetings to each of you and WELCOME to our new members!
August is here and summer is in full swing!!! I hope you and your families are enjoying safe travels and exciting vacations. If you haven’t participated in any Chamber events this year, then you are running out of time! Please check out the Calendar of Events and make your plans now to attend at least 8 events this month (because it is now the 8th month of the year).
Did you know: The Great Depression began in August 1929, when the economic expansion of the Roaring Twenties came to an end. A series of financial crises punctuated the contraction. These crises included a stock market crash in 1929, a series of regional banking panics in 1930 and 1931, and a series of national and international financial crises from 1931 through 1933. The downturn hit bottom in March 1933 when the commercial banking system collapsed, and President Roosevelt declared a national banking holiday. Sweeping reforms of the financial system accompanied the economic recovery, which was interrupted by a double-dip recession in 1937. Return to full output and employment occurred during the Second World War. As we monitor the current economic environment and financial climate; you may find it helpful to contact your financial advisor for direction and assistance. If you are looking for financial advice, please contact the Chamber office for a great recommendation.
Did you know: The United States does not celebrate any official holidays during the month of August. There are several bits of history that occurred during the 8th month of the year you might find interesting:
- August 1, 1900, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum was copyright registered.
- August 1, 1941, the first Jeep rolled off the assembly line, and Willy’s Truck Company was the first company to create a jeep.
- August 2, 1904, a patent for a “glass shaping machine” was granted to Michael Owen. The immense production of glass bottles and jars today owes it inception to this invention.
- August 3, 1897, the Street Car Controller was patented by Walter Knight and William Potter.
- August 4, 1970, “Poppin Fresh” was trademark registered by the Pillsbury Company.
- August 27, 1855, Clara Barton became the first female federal employee to achieve equal status when she was hired by the Patent Office as a clerk.
Did you know: The steamboat Zebulon M. Pike, the first steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River above the mouth of the Ohio River, reached St. Louis on August 2, 1817. Missouri’s first state election as held on August 28, 1820 and Alexander McNair was elected as the first governor.
Please remember you are part of a Chamber that cares about you, your business and the community. For the Chamber to be successful, YOU must be successful. Our success is greatly determined by your participation in our Chamber events. Education, socialization, networking and so much more can be achieved if YOU will only participate. I look forward to seeing you soon.