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New Columbia visitors center is looking for volunteers

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 10:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The first of three training sessions for volunteers interested in staffing a new visitors center is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Conference Room 1A at the Daniel Boone City Building.

The Columbia Hospitality Corps, a volunteer program with the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, will staff the center set to open Aug. 31 in city hall.

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“Volunteers should have the basic desire to be a welcoming face of Columbia,” said Beth Mead, the sales and tourism marketing manager for the visitors bureau.

Mead said anyone who knows about Columbia who would like to help others and meet new people should consider attending the training. Volunteers would typically work at least four-hour shifts two to three days a month, she said.

Volunteers must agree to a screening process that includes a background check and interview before placement.

The original visitors center, in the strip mall just north of Interstate 70 on St. Charles Road, will remain open until Oct. 1 during the transition.

Hours for the new center will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

It will be located in the city hall lobby and will contain brochure racks, tables, chairs and furniture.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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