Iron County – Annapolis and the Arcadia Valley were among 36 communities honored at the Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) conference held Oct. 22 at Lake Ozark. The awards banquet was the highlight of the 49th conference which assists communities improve their quality of life. Nearly 325 volunteers, community leaders and youth from across the state were in attendance.
The South Iron Community Betterment Association won first place in Category I. The SICBA was recognized for completing an addition to the Annapolis Community Building.
The South Iron Student Community Connection (SISCC) from Annapolis took first place in the Youth Division of Category I. This marked the 10th first place finish for the group since 1999. Projects they take place in each year include Make A Difference Day (leaf raking / yard work for Annapolis senior citizens), Pennies for Patients, Community Cleanup, an annual Toy Drive, Freedom Fest and others.
The Arcadia Valley Community Betterment Association won a fourth place award in Category III. Among the projects undertaken this year were the Iron County Hospital sales tax improvements, the Arcadia Valley Food Pantry, the city of Arcadia’s new fire house, the Signer Senior Center improvements and the new wrought-iron fence and signal light at Whistle Junction.
The AVCBA’s youth group received second place in Category III for their work with “Outstanding Arcadia Youth” and “Community Pride in Youth.”