Chamber Is On The Move With New Office Location

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
The Chamber of Commerce office has moved from their location next to the Enterprise to the office at the front of the Warsaw Community Building.  The Warsaw City office has moved to the basement of the Community Building.
“We think this is an excellent spot for the Chamber since all the other offices are there,” Warsaw Chamber Director Mac Vorce said.  “We will be able to communicate quickly without the need for setting up a meeting.”
Vorce also commented that the Community Building office would serve the Chamber well as people coming to events would be able to pick up flyers and other information to keep them up to date on Chamber events.
“The Community Building is centrally located so everyone will have easy access to finding out what is going on with the Chamber,” Vorce said.
The City of Warsaw donated the space to the Chamber so that is also a savings on rent previously paid for office space.
Jenn Bradshaw has joined Vorce as his assistant director and is already working in the new office location.  The Chamber office is open from 8 AM until 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
The Chamber will be hosting the Fishing and Hunting Expo on February 24 from 9 AM until 4 PM in the Community Building.
“We already have over 30 hunting and fishing experts lined up to be on hand in the Community Building for the Expo,” said Vorce.  “We are expecting a big turnout.”
Events will be both inside and outside of the Community Building.  There is even a possibility of boat ride alongs in the Harbor so those selling boats can show off their newest models.    The Expo will also feature demonstrations, vendor booths, a silent auction and advice from hunting and fishing professionals.
Next on the agenda for the Chamber will be the Missouri Mountain Bike State Championships to be held in Warsaw at the Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park again on May 19 and 20.  This is the largest mountain bike race in Missouri and qualifies bikers to compete in the National Mountain Bike Race held in West Virginia.  Local biker Joe Vorce won his division last year and competed in West Virginia.
“With all our trails and gravel roads, Warsaw is the perfect place to live if you are a mountain bike enthusiast,” said Mac Vorce.  “We have seven adult state champions living in the Warsaw area and the interest is growing.”
There are different styles of racing such as short course, which is very intense, cross country and marathon (which involves biking 36 miles).  There are also different levels of competition such as Beginner, Intermediate and Expert level.  There are also levels for children, Junior Level, 15 through 18 years old and Junior Level, 14 years and under.
Vorce commented that the Missouri Bike Federation now uses Warsaw as an example of a unique place for biking as the USB Route 51 makes plans to make Warsaw part of the route from Bolivar to Sedalia.  When this is complete a biker could safely travel from Springfield to Sedalia. 
According to Vorce, Bike Packing is a growing national trend that will be important to the Warsaw area.  “Warsaw has so many great places for bikers from our numerous campgrounds to all of the convenience stores which makes bike packing easier,” Vorce said.  “Bikers who are going long distances look for places to spend the night and pick up groceries so Warsaw is a prime location.”
Other Chamber events include:  The Dam Experience, June 30, on the Truman Dam; Heritage Days, October 20-21; Halloween Hoopla, October 31 and the Warsaw Chamber Christmas Parade, December 8.