Sam’s Adventures in Leadership Camden County Part 7

Deputy Director Sam Henley is a member of the 26th class of Leadership Camden County! Former Director Ron Gentry nominated Sam so she could begin building a network here in Camden County and begin learning about our county through the eyes of the organizations, agencies, and businesses who serve our area!


Economy & Tourism – March 23, 2021

Starting Location:  Dierbergs Markets – Lakeview Pointe, 4655 Osage Beach Pkwy, Osage Beach, MO  65065


8:00 a.m.                  Pastries, fresh fruit, assorted granola bars, coffee & juice

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.      Chris Colter – Dierbergs Markets

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.      Community Service Organization Presentations

                                    Raising Hope Free Store

                                    Idiots Club

                                    Sharing & Caring Foundation

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.      Heather Brown – Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau

9:30 – 9:40 a.m.      Break

9:40 – 9:50 a.m.      More About You In Two

                                    Paige Dye

                                    Alycia Conrad

                                    Shana Aubuschon

9:50 – 10:30 a.m.   Team Building – Building Strong Families Money Matters – Bean Game

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Travel to Surdyke Yamaha – 5863 Osage Beach Pkwy, Osage Beach, MO  65065

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.   Tour Surdyke Yamaha

11:45 – 12:00           Travel to Margaritaville Lake Resort – 494 Tan Tara Est – Osage Beach, MO 65065

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch at Margaritaville Lake Resort – boxed lunch

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.    Dane Henry – Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.      Jessica Chancellor – Front Porch Village

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.      Break

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.      Tour Margaritaville Lake Resort

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.      Bowling at Margaritaville Lake Resort

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.     Session Wrap up

Hello, all!

Sam here!

March’s edition of the LCC class had us visiting some big names around the area and had some organizations visiting us to further the message of their efforts!

We started out on the upper level of Dierberg’s in the Lakeview Terrace. While the trees aren’t green yet, the clouds rolled out for a bit to let us take in the beautiful view!

Chris Colter from Dierberg’s addressed efforts to support the community and provide a great customer experience in Dierberg’s. One of the best stories related about the company wasn’t told by Chris, but by a member of the LCC class pertaining to a group of children who liked to get together to play games, but the place they were meeting closed and they would have had no place to play together. Dierberg’s stepped up and now allows the children’s group to use an adjoining meeting building near the grocery store once a week for their gaming. It’s kind-hearted efforts like these which help those in our community in a quiet, non-showy way which means so much to everyone whose lives Dierberg’s touches!

After that, we heard from representatives from the Raising Hope Free Store (website and Facebook page), Idiots Club (website and Facebook page), Sharing and Caring Foundation (website and Facebook page), and Front Porch Village (Facebook page). Each of these groups is working hard to meet unmet needs in the community, from helping with household items, helping a mom get her car fixed, to a simple pair of tennis shoes for a child who wouldn’t have had them otherwise. Thank you to the energetic, giving people who build there lives around helping others!

We completed a team-building exercise which encompassed budgeting and money management for families and then it was time to visit Surdyke Yamaha! We learned they are no longer taking custom orders as they are backed up for over a year on fulfillment! They do have plenty of items for sale and the salesmen are busy as can be! The secondhand market on motor bikes, jet skis, and boats is CRAZY right now!

From there, it was time for lunch in the Compass Rose Ballroom at Margaritaville!

Since our fearless leader Trish is leaving the Camdenton Chamber, the Leadership team gave her a little going away present and then KC (her replacement) gave a short speech on some plans to continue to grow and encourage development in Camdenton!

While I had to get back to the office to work on grants and other paperwork at this point, the remainder of the day looked fun! I have to hand it to all of the people at Leadership Camden County for their hard work to get us out of our comfort zone and introduce us to all aspects of our county, from the big stores to the tiny boutiques! Great job, everyone!

Video of Trish’s gift presentation!

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Other parts of this series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Published by camdensam

I became the Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in August 2021 after previously serving as the agency's Deputy Director for a year. As the Director, I manage the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the webpages for the Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), provide oversight and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am also the official "Bee Keeper" of our mascot, Buzzer the Bee, who wants you to BEE Prepared!!! I'm a certified CERT trainer and WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. I maintain an EXTENSIVE and ever-growing list of credentials and train vigorously with first responder agencies, other EMAs, and with anyone I believe will help me become a better, more well-rounded emergency management director.

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