Thanks for stopping by the website of the

Anderson Betterment Club

of Anderson, MO, USA.


  The Anderson Betterment Club will be hosting an evening meeting on Thursday, February 19th at 6:30 pm at the New Mac Community Room in Anderson. This meeting is open to everyone who wants to hear updates on some of our latest projects.
     But the big news here is our guest speakers.BIG NEWS
     Jeff Barber with the MU Extension office in Springfield and Jay Garrott with the architectural school at Drury University will be sharing with us the possibility of being involved in a community visioning project.This 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.

Mr. Barber and Mr. Garrott will be explaining the process, the costs, the benefits and will have some examples of how other communities are using this information to plan and grow.

   We at the ABC are excited about hearing more from Mr. Barber and Mr. Garrott about this visioning project. City, community and county leaders will be on hand to hear how we can plan for our community’s future.

We hope you will join us!
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.
A representative from Miracle Playground Equipment will be here on February 5th to tour the park areas we are focusing on to make sure we’re on the right track with our plans.
Just to refresh your memories about the project, we plan to install new swing playground imagesets 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.
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.

Some of our members brought up thlittle librarye idea about installing a “little library” in the City Hall Park area of town. If you’re not familiar with a little library, it’s a small, mailbox-like structure that holds a few books. People can take books and leave books as they want. It’s also known as a community book exchange. These are becoming more and more popular in communities in and around us. In fact, Goodman already has one near their City Hall.
We approached our city council about it, and council members gave the green light to install a little library in City Hall Park. However, after that meeting, we learned that a member of the local Boy Scout troop would like to take that project on as his Eagle Scout project. So we are handing it off to the capable hands of the Boy Scouts! The timeline for completion of the project is by the end of this school
year! We’ll keep you up to date on its progress.
This brings up a great point about our organization. As the Anderson Betterment Club comes up with ideas and projects for our community, there may be other groups that would like to develop those iedeas. We encourage that kind of activity. When we started the ABC, it was our intent that this be a group where ideas about improving Anderson are encouraged, developed and completed, whether by members of this group or other people in the community.

We’re excited about the prospect of the Boy Scouts taking on the little library project and will work with them in any way we can! If you or a group you belong to would like help on a project or goal, please let us know. We’ll be happy to help you make Anderson a better place to live, work & play!


That’s the new name of our annual Springtime event in Anderson!
A joint committee of the Anderson Betterment Club and the McDonald County Chamber of Commerce is working together to make this year’s event bigger and better. It’s going to be held on Saturday, May 16th.

     The Berries & BBQ Festival will feature arts & crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, games for kids, a donut eating contest, the Little Miss Berry pageant, a strawberry dessert contest a duck race, and a new backyard BBQ contest! We’re also moving all the activity to Town Hole Park, leaving Main Street open for parking and regular traffic.
The minor details are still being worked out. Our next Berries & BBQ Festival committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25th at 11:30 am at Rags to Riches Flea Market on Main Street. If you would like to help out with planning, we’d love to have your input!
We feel that this year is going to be the best year ever for this event! We’re excited about all the added activities and the new location.
Be sure to put Saturday, May 16th on your calendar! And keep watching your email, facebook & our website for updated information



  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!




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The Anderson Betterment Club wants to thank everyone who came out to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the “Pit Stop” convenience store with new owners Pam & Gene Holloway. The store is located just north of Anderson on Business 71 Highway. They are planning a special open house this Friday, September 26th from 4 – 7pm with give aways and more! Go check it out. And thanks to the Holloways for helping to make Anderson a better place to live, work & play!


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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