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MEXICO, MISSOURI: Lifetime Mexico resident, store owner, Melody Farnen will be the recipient of the Stribling Community Service Award. The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce will present the award at the annual meeting and dinner Jan. 17, 2020 at the Mexico Elks Lodge.

                The Stribling Community Service Award is the top presentation of seven awards given during the evening. The Stribling Award is given for exemplary efforts on behalf of the Community of Mexico for an extended period; the recipients of the award can only be nominated by past presidents of the chamber. Farnen was surprised to learn about the recognition, “I feel very honored to be receiving this award, I give my staff and our customers the credit, without them I would not be where I am today”.  

                Farnen is the owner of Melody’s Quality Jewelry, her drive for opening the jewelry store In 1995 came when Farnen’s father was diagnosed with cancer, she felt it was her responsibility to move back home and help care for him. Having been in the jewelry business since the age of thirteen, Farnen was no stranger to the industry. Although times have changed over the store’s twenty-five-year history, much has remained consistent, the store’s top priority has always been to make customers feel welcome and to know that Melody’s is there for everything from watch batteries to engagement rings and everything in between.  Farnen noted the long-time staff is like a family and the customers should always feel like they are part of that family.

                Farnen graduated from Mexico High School in 1979 and was a1981 graduate of Hannibal LaGrange College. On a community level, Farnen has been involved with the Village Square Association, Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Griffin Foundation, P.E.O. Chapter HD and Bethel Church.

She is a past president of the Missouri Board of Jewelers and served on the Review Board of the International Jewelry Group.  In 2018 Farnen was the recipient of the Missouri Business Women’s Center, Women Who Own It Award, Melody’s Quality Jewelry was the 2015 E. Warner Williams winner, in 2012 she was honored with the Linda Reed Community Service Award and 2015 Melody received the Dr. Ned Rodes, Relay For Life Award.

                Farnen supports everything Mexico and Audrain County, donating to so many organizations and even quietly paying the utilities for the downtown holiday lights. 

                Farnen is married to Patrick Farnen and has two children, Jared Buffington (Kansas City) and Jenna Frazier (Mexico) and three grandchildren.

                In addition to presenting the Col. C. R. Stribling Award, several other awards will be given throughout the evening.

 President’s Award:  Robby and Cara Miller

Andy Runge Ambassador Award: KXEO/KWWR

Civic Award: Northeast Community Service Agency

Philanthropic Award:  Don Decker

Excellence In Tourism Award: Mexico Public Schools Extra Curricular Activities

Educator Of The Year: Darlene Shopher, MMS

                 Reservations for the event can be made through the chamber office and will be accepted through January 6th, 2020. Those attending to honor one of the award recipients should let the chamber office know when the reservations are made.

 The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mexico

to honor the Webber Family of Pharmacies at the

35th Annual Commerce and Industry Dinner

 (Mexico, MO: August 20th, 2019) The Webber Family of Pharmacies began October 8th, 1976 when Larry and Laurann Webber opened their first pharmacy, Webber Pharmacy, at Summit Medical Park. For 43 years, the Webbers and sons, Justin and Brendan, have remained true not only to managing the prescription needs of the community but also being civic servants and supporters of many organizations.

Webber Pharmacy’s original location expanded in 1985 and then relocated to 1101 West Monroe on January 1, 2014. The Webbers purchased The Medicine Shoppe in June of 1994.  Laurann Webber was a pharmacist and managed that store for many years.  In 2010 the Webbers purchased the assets of The Drive In Pharmacy and moved the Medicine Shoppe to that location with the new name of Jackson Street Drug, A Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. Finally, in 2017 the Webber Family of Pharmacies opened Parkway Pharmacy at 340 Kelley Pkwy in Mexico.

Over the past 43 years, the Webbers have gone from two employees to twenty-six with an annual payroll of $1.16 million. Mr. Webber recalled filling 17 prescriptions on opening day in 1976.  The three pharmacies combined filled over 145,000 in 2018. The team now has five fulltime pharmacists, Debbie Abbott, Kathy Wall, Kim Ekern, Robyn Phipps and Garf Thomas.

Throughout the years, The Webber Family of Pharmacies has maintained a business model focused on serving both the customer and the community in which they live.

In addition to the Commerce and Industry Award, the four previous quarterly Excellence in Business recipients, Janet’s Dance Studio, Pratts on Monroe, First State Community Bank, and Callaway Fields will be recognized and one of them will be named the E Warner Williams Business Service Award winner.

The event will be at Heritage Fields on October 8th. The social begins at 6:00, dinner will be at 6:30 with the award presentation to follow. The tickets are $35.00. Call the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce for Reservations, the deadline is October 1st.


Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                                                                    573.581.2765 

Plans Underway for Fourth Annual Tyronn Lue Community Day of Service

(Mexico, Missouri: August 20, 2019) In recognition of Mexico Native and former Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue, the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for the fourth Community Day Of Service in his honor.  The event will be Friday, September 27, 2019.

It is our hope that the whole community will seek a way to be involved.  Businesses, churches and organizations are asked to register events with the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce to ensure that they are documented for Coach Lue. In the past three years about 25 organizations as well as all Mexico Public School Students participated. Projects range from special one day projects, kicking off annual campaigns, collection drives, and community beautification.

Chamber President Brian Haeffner remarked, “The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce is excited and honored to help organize the 4th Annual Tyronn Lue Community Day of Service. Coach Lue and his achievements are an inspiration to residents of Mexico and the surrounding area. His ongoing support of the Mexico community sets an example for community service. The Tyronn Lue Community Day of Service allows us to extend and honor his work. The Chamber appreciates all the businesses, organizations, and individuals participating in the Day of Service, helping to improve the quality of life in our community and to show Coach Lue our appreciation for his efforts. Thank you to everyone who lends a hand”!

To highlight and document the activities the chamber encourages the community to share pictures and commentary on the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.  For social media posts please use the hashtag #TyLueServes19.  Businesses and churches are encouraged to celebrate the event on their marquees. 

For more information or to register an event contact the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, 573.581.2765 . 


For Immediate Release
July 2, 2019
Nikki Leach

Graphitti Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
[MEXICO, MO]—July 2, 2019—GRAPHITTI, a business specializing in screen printing and embroidery is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“Graphitti has always been female owned,” stated Nikki Leach, “We now have the certification that will open doors to expand revenue opportunities when working with corporations and government institutes.”

WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

To learn more about Graphitti, please visit
About Graphitti: Graphitti opened its doors in 1992, with a single 4-head printer and a spot dryer. Now, Nikki operates out of her 4,000 square foot cornerstone location just off the square in Mexico, Missouri with her service offering including not only screen printing; but embroidery, vinyl and digital graphic transfers, trophies, plaques and offset printing offerings.

About WBENC: Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit


SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain offering new services with Memory Care Home Solutions

Mexico, MO (July 24, 2019) – SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain, SSM Health Medical Group, and Saint Louis University Geriatric Education Center entered into a cooperative agreement with Memory Care Home Solutions to enhance services to families caring for loved ones with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

 Memory Care Home Solutions (MCHS), a St. Louis based non-profit, provides free services and support to caregivers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in order to extend and improve quality time at home. The company has served more than 100,000 people since its inception in 2002.

 Funded by a grant through the Missouri Foundation for Health, the agreement initially focused on the Audrain county area and has since grown to serve families in much of the Mid-Missouri region.

 The grant has allowed SSM Health to provide referrals to the MCHS free Family Caregiver Training program for caregivers who may benefit from further education and training.

 Research has shown that after just three months of working with MCHS, people living with dementia experience 61 percent fewer trips to the emergency room, 69 percent fewer calls to 911 and 67 percent fewer hospitalizations. After working with MCHS, more than 90 percent of caregivers report reduced stress and increased confidence in their role.

 “The relationship between MCHS and SSM Health has greatly benefited families in our area,” said Jan Hanneke, program services coordinator at MCHS. “We are excited to share these services throughout Mid-Missouri.”

 If you are a caregiver or know someone who is caring for a person with memory changes, please contact 314-645-6247.

 About SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain

SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system. The organization’s more than 40,000 employees and 10,000 providers are committed to providing exceptional health care services and revealing God’s healing presence to everyone they serve.

 SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain opened in 1918 as Audrain Medical Center and became of a part of the SSM Health system in 2013. Today, the 77-bed community hospital offers a range of services including emergency care, cardiology services, medical imaging, a senior care unit, surgical services and a nationally-recognized cancer screening program. The hospital has recently earned two prestigious accolades for quality and safety including a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission and a Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. For more information, visit us at or find us on Facebook.

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