Thanks for stopping by the website of the

Anderson Betterment Club

of Anderson, MO, USA.


We have some exciting news to share!

Back in March, The Anderson Betterment Club entered into an essay contest sponsored by Shelter Insurance. The contest involved writing an shelter shieldessay about why you are thankful for your community and then getting as many people to “like” it as possible on Shelter’s contest page.thanful for our communities contest banner

The club put it on facebook and talked about it in the community. After weeks of friends and fans liking the essay, we were notified that we were in the top 10 of votes received from more than 30 essays from around the region! Then our essay, “The Pink Bathtub”, was one of 5 that was picked as a favorite of the judges and the ABC won $5,000! You can read a copy of the essay by clicking on this link:  THE PINK BATHTUB

We want to say a big Thank You to all of our friends and fans who helped make this possible. Without you, we would have never gotten the votes needed to be in the top 10. We plan to use the money to continue to do great things for our community. We’ll have more specifics in the coming weeks.

Shelter Insurance officials will be in Anderson on Friday, June 3rd at Noon at City Hall to present the check to the Anderson Betterment Club. We invite all of you to come out for the check presentation and celebrate with us.

Hope to see you there!


Anderson’s Visioning Process is in the books! And it’s here! We have an electronic copy you can pull up on your home computer, laptop or tablet and spend time looking at the ideas that are in it. Just click the link below to open the pdf copy.


Some great ideas are emerging from this process. We want to thank the team from Drury and the UM Extension folks for working with us in developing our vision plans for the future!

One of the ideas developing is a beautification of Main Street, including landscaping and even “street canopies”! Below we’ve assembled some images from different places to show the possibilities of what could be…

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There are many more ideas in this plan that we are looking at implementing.

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So what’s next? Throughout this year, we’ll be gathering to review the plans and start to prioritize the ideas as we try to make some of these ideas a reality.

We’ve been accepted to be a part of the “Feels Like Home” tour from the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Community Betterment team. This will help us with possible funding and more direction. The group will be here on Monday, March 14. We’ll keep you updated on the process.

If you have any questions about the plans, or would like to be involved in the future of this process, please drop us a note at info@andersonbetterment.org.


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!

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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