Thanks for stopping by the website of the

Anderson Betterment Club

of Anderson, MO, USA.

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The Holiday season is quickly approaching! Here’s the list of Winterfest activities for you to plan on attending…

  • Saturday, November 28 -Winterfest Holiday Business Open House Tour! 9 am to 5 pm.
    Here’s how it works:
    Start at County Clothing Company and pick up your tour card. Visit each of the stores on the card. Then drop your card off at Anderson Floral when you’re done! If you are able to visit all the stores, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize. The others will be entered into a drawing for gifts from one of each of the participating stores. It’s a lot of fun, and who knows, you might find something for Christmas. Shop local and support your community. Below is a list of shops already signed up (alpahbetical order). More will be added soon! 
(updated 11/24/15)
Alpha Company Gym
Anderson Cheer
Anderson Dance (12pm to 2 pm)
Anderson Floral
Arvest Bank(9 am to Noon)
Casa Cataldo Cafe’/Incense & Peppermints (opens @ 11am)
Cooper’s Cafe
County Clothing Company
Discount Dollar
Golden Rose Flea Market
Rags to Riches Flea Market
Rustic Rhinestone
Town and Country Supermarket

  • Saturday, November 28 – 10:30 am – Pretty Baby Contest – Exciting Living Word Fellowship. Click here for an application and more information.
  • Saturday, November 28 – Noon – 2pm – Meet Me Downtown for Winterfest Street Fair. Head down to Main Street for some food, shopping & fun before the parade!
  • Saturday, November 28 – 2pm – Winterfest Christmas Parade. Enter a float, car, bike, or anything else you can think of in Anderson’s annual Christmas parade. Come out and enjoy all the entries! Click here for an entry form & more info!

Congratulations to Tom and Rose Blankenship and their family on the grand opening of their new business “The Golden Rose Flea Market“. And thanks to everyone who came out to attend the ribbon cutting as the Anderson Betterment Club welcomed them to the Anderson business community! Stop by the Golden Rose at 114 Main in Anderson to check out all the flea market finds and treasures! Tell them thanks for helping to make Anderson a better place to live, work & play!

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It’s a great time to be a part of the Anderson Betterment Club!

     If you’re not familiar with us, we’re a group of business owners and residents who are doing things to make Anderson a better place to live, work & play.

      Some of our projects and events are as follows:

  • Playground Project – An effort to buy and install new playground equipment for all city parks.

  • Berry Festival Celebration – An annual arts & crafts street fair on Mother’s Day weekend, including a popular 5k run, that celebrates the history of the strawberry industry in Anderson.

  • Movies in the Park – During the summer months, we show a free movie outside in Town Hole Park.

  • Meet Me Downtown Homecoming Street Fair & Parade – We work with the Booster Club to host a street fair & parade in the fall around football homecoming.

  • Monster Dash 5k Run – A 5k run & walk complete with a route infested with “monsters”! A fundraiser for a local charity.

  • Winterfest Celebrations – Anderson’s annual Holiday celebrations including a 5k run, a parade & street fair. Around the week of Thanksgiving

  • Economic Development Planning Working with the city to come up with ways to spur growth for new and exisiting businesses in Anderson.

          We invite you to join us in our efforts in building a better community.

     For just $40 a year, you get a chance to be a part of this thriving club. Your business will also be listed on our website so that people can find you on the web and in town. 

      To download & print and application, please click HERE or on the “Join Us!” tab at the top of this page.   

     If you have more questions, feel free to call Ken Schutten at 417 214 3455 or Crystal Sherman at 417 845 3395.

      The Anderson Betterment Club. Making Anderson a better place to live, work & play!

COMMUNITY VISIONING PROJECT vision just ahead  The Anderson Betterment Club has some great news!

The Anderson Visioning Project is underway! We had our first public meeting with the team from Drury University on Tuesday, September 15th. A handful of us turned out to talk about goals, objectives & methods to move Anderson into a place we all want to live! Some of the debate was lively! Everyone had a great time and lots of good ideas were shared!

The Drury team returns on Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30 pm at the McDonald County Administration building in Anderson. this is a joint meeting with the community of Pineville. The Drury team  be unveiling the final plans for what Anderson and Pineville could become in the next 20-25 years! It’s an exciting time, and we hope you’ll join us on this journey.

In case you’re wondering, the Anderson Visioning Project is where a team of architectural students from the Center for Community Studies at Drury University visits our community and then draws up a “vision” for the future of Anderson with artist renderings, books and a plan with a 15-20 year time line. Quite a few other communities in our area have participated in this program, including Carl Junction, Webb City, Lamar, Monett, Carthage and Joplin.

If you would like to be a part of this process, please let us know by emailing us at info@andersonbetterment.org. Or you can call Ken Schutten at 417 845 6939 for more information.

For more information about the visioning project program through the Center for Community Studies at Drury University, you can check out its website at http://www.drury.edu/architecture/centerfor-community-studies/ .

New and exciting things are developing with our efforts to rejuvenate the parks in the city of Anderson.swingset picture
We have decided to go ahead and purchase a new 4 bay swingset to replace the existing swingset in City hall Park! This will be the first major step toward getting our Playground Project completed! Look for this to happen before summertime!
Just to refresh your memories about the project, we plan to install new swing sets and play structures in the City Hall Park as well as build a pavilion of some sorts for picnics and install benches and picnic tables in that park. We plan to take the big slide and the merry-go-round and move them to the park on 2nd Street during this process. We will also be installing some sort of new play structure in the 2nd Street park.
Long range goals are to have new park equipment at the ball fields and also at Town Hole Park. We currently have $6,600 from donations and fundraisers for the park project. Our short term fund raising goal just to get City Hall Park completed is $50,000.playground image
We got the okay from city leaders to install a fund raising “thermometer” sign in City Hall Park so that residents can see how the efforts are progressing. Keep an eye out for it in the near future.
We are also working on artist renderings of what the finished project will look like so that people can get a visual image of the park project. Look for that to appear sometime in the next month or so.



Looking for more information about the City of Anderson?

Check out the City’s official website at www.andersonmo.us.

From your city council member’s phone numbers to city code information. It’s all there. Even some neat history about Anderson.



For more information, please email us at info@andersonbetterment.org.



What is the Anderson Betterment Club????

The Anderson Betterment Club was founded in 2010 as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and promoting the Anderson community. Its membership is open to any citizen of Anderson and the surrounding area. Meetings are usually on the second Thursday of the month in the Anderson City Hall Train Depot at noon. Yearly dues are $40 per business or $25 per individual. Check out our “Join Us” link a the top of the page for more info.

For other events, please visit our Calendar page.


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