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EDC Increases Membership Activities, Fun Events

May 2017

Jocelyn Rivard (left) and Suzanne Turner were among the EDC members attending a recent after hours event organized by the Membership Committee at Chicken N Pickle eatery and bar in North Kansas City.

The crowd enjoying a recent EDC After Hours event included (from left) Amy Justis, Markus Smith, Jim Hampton and Marisa Wiruhayarn.

The EDC’s newly combined Events and Membership Committee has achieved a “quiet revolution” in just a short while. Co-chaired by Sandi Rogers and Jeff King, the committee has increased the number of EDC events enjoyed by members.

“I think merging the Events and Membership Committees is beneficial,” Rogers said. “We are all working toward many of the same goals and it will be helpful to collaborate.”

The annual Golf Tournament was held May 5, Cinco de Mayo. Extra fun for the event at Smithville Lake included a tequila tent sponsored by Jeff King of Edward Jones Investments and El Sombrero Restaurant.

Two of several new and enjoyable networking events were also held recently. The first was the new Lunch Connection, a cooperative involving the EDC, the Riverside Chamber of Commerce and Briarcliff Business Partners. They feature an informal lunch and networking at Trezo Mare in Briarcliff on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

The second was an after-hours social on Thursday at the new Chicken N Pickle eatery and bar with pickleball courts in North Kansas City. These, the quarterly membership networking events and more are adding significantly to EDC’s membership value and visibility.

“The bottom line is to add fun and networking opportunities for our members,” King explained.

Rogers, a banker, noted that networking with other EDC members has several advantages. “It’s very beneficial to network and have the opportunity to hear first-hand what is happening in the banking and other industries,” she said.

One of the committee’s biggest successes are the new banner stands for Diamond Members that grace the EDC’s major luncheons. Other additions are just fun, including a new “Zinger Award” for the best quips during the annual State of the Cities Luncheon.

King noted that any member who wants to host or initiate networking or other events should contact him, Rogers or another committee member. “We just want to add value to EDC membership and get people engaged,” he concluded. “You can’t beat that.”

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