2011 July

Minutes July 7th, 2011 at the Pastime Lounge - 7:00 p.m.

Current Agenda
Blaine County Cruise - Reports
Report on Signs Outside of Town - Committee - Chuck Hewitt/Kelcey Diemert/Max Hofeldt
Visitors Center - Heather DePriest/Larry Surber
CTEP - Heather DePriest
SBA Nominations - Heather DePriest/Nancy Diemert
Chamber Office Sign - Heather
Bear Paw Roundup - Larry Surber
Sugarbeet Festival Reports - Rita Surber/Heather DePriest/Jennifer Hellman
Report on Restaurant Meeting - Kelcey Diemert/Max Hofeldt/Bob Sharples/Richard Cronk
Treasurers Report - LuAnn Burkhartsmeyer
Calendar of Events Emails

Members Attending:
Nancy Diemert
Heather DePriest
LuAnn Burkhartsmeer
Rita Langford
Jared Payne
Larry Surber

Minutes were not read.  Need to read June minutes at August Meeting and Approve them.

NEW BUSINESS

State Swim Meet
Lara Paulsen approached Heather about possibly helping to spray Tempo on the lawn at the Pool and School to try and alleviate the bugs for the Swim Meet.  It was voted on and approved to purchase the tempo and help the organizers spray it.

Sugarbeet Festival
Rita has been getting together with the Oil and Gas businesses in the area and working on the festival.  Posters have been done and the next meeting is scheduled for July 20th at the Pastime Lounge in Chinook.

Winter in the Blood Film
Progress is being made on the film.   More to report on at the next meeting.

Calendar of Events Emails
Is anyone interested in implementing this?

Sustainabuild
Kathy-Creighton Smith sent the Chamber an email with a link to a “reclaiming” business that reclaims stuff from Schools and Stadiums, and she thought it might be something the Chamber would be interested in.  We reviewed the email and thought of several different things we might be interested in purchasing reclaimed if funds are available.

Blaine County Cruise
The Chamber agreed to make a $250 contribution to the Cruise.  It was voted on and 2nd.

Clean-Up Day
Rita Langford reported that there were 57 workers on June 8th to cleanup.  She states:  “We hit some pretty bad areas.  I kept track of our workers and gave each a coupon for ice cream at the Creamery.  Workers were:  Kyler Johnson, Ernie Johnson (representing Boy Scouts)
Krista Mundlin, Raja Signh, Josh Falkner, Zeke Sharples, Shane, Mike and Charlene Bradley (representing the Assembly of God Youth Group)
Adiranna Staniford, Melody Sand, Stanley Spangelo, Jacque, Courtney and Rachel Gunderson, Cyndi, Gemma, Ella and Talia Sharples representing 4-H
Tanner Jamieson and Myself - Bikini Parking lot and alley behind Jamieson Motors
Loaves and Fishes Youth:  Jasmine, Michelle and Robert Barfet, Chris, Josh and Matt Mundlin, Janelle Downs, Benton and Britton Elliot, Abby, Olivia, Isabella and Elliana Ellison, Chelsie, Hunter and Jenna Fox, Carrie Hofer, Jazzmine Morin, Jace McMaster, Olivia and Elizabeth Finley, Isaac and Ethan Bell, Roger Fisher, Shelbie, Lexi, Gracie and Trevin Warburton, Brianna and Bailey Zumbrun, Lexi and Bubba Pitkanene, Kyleigh Knight and Kelsey Mathon.
Highway 2 from Town Pump to the Nursing Home never did receive the attention it needs, but it is what it is - we tried!  I went back out the other evening but the mosquitos were too bad and I didn’t accomplish what I set out to do.
A thank you card has been mailed to Rita and Roxanne Townsend for their help in cleaning up town.  Should we send Thank You’s to the workers as well?

Planters on Main Street
Rita Langford asked if there were anyone interested in forming a committee to water the planters on Main Street?  She has been taking care of some of them, but they are all dying from lack of water.   Heather asked Betty Billmayer if the church was looking for any more projects, and she said they were not.

Brochures
We are needing more brochures.  Heather will see if we can get assistance from Russell Country again on this project.

OLD BUSINESS

Visitors Center
We need to get together sometime after the fair and put the visitors center together.  Schedule a day at the next meeting.

Signage
No report on the progress at this time.  We are waiting until our 4-wheeler raffle is over and the Sugarbeet Festival money is in.

CTEP
Heather spoke with Lorraine and she said she is waiting for an updated list of the “most important” parts of the sidewalk to be done.  Heather will be getting that completed before the next City Council meeting.

Tables and Chair Painting
Thank you’s have been sent to the parties that helped.

ATV Raffle - Tickets will be sold at the Blaine County Fair in the commercial building.  Heather was informed that we are not able to sell tickets at the Derby this year.  The Chamber will be inquiring on the reasoning behind this.  Timeslots have been setup for the Fairbooth and slots have been filled.

Treasurers Report
Operating - $33.45
Tables & Chairs - $472.35
Xmas - $24.97
Beet Fest - $378.39
Blaine County Cruise - $2230.74

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

TABLED ITEMS

LARGE SUGARBEET STATUE - Colleen had brought a photograph of a large sugarbeet that she had encountered in her travels and was wondering if something would be possible to add to our Visitors Center as a unique draw. We will be discussing later on when the building is complete and operational.

Notary Training
- Tabled at this time - do not know if we will have enough interest in it to justify bringing the trainer down.

Marquees - The PTO has decided to take some of the funds for the Marquees and use for another project. The Chamber decided to hold off on the marquees until we have a visitors center/rest area to place it at.

Festival of Trees
Heather spoke about the possibility of adding a Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Chamber in December and thought it would be a nice addition to the holidays. She would like to see businesses donate a tree and put gifts underneath of it and auction them at a dinner type setting. Tabled until next year.

Lights on the Tower
Anita DePriest Magnuson sent Heather a cutout of a Newspaper Article from Junction City, Oregon where they have succeeded in lighting up their water towers with LED lights that can change and be programmed to move and rotate. It was agreed that it was a neat idea and would be tabled until we had available funding to do a project of that magnitude. Heather will contact Chuck and see if he is interested in spearheading the project. <http://junctioncity.kval.com/content/eugene-company-helps-light-junction-city-water-tower>.

Strategic Alliance of Montana Chambers - Heather contacted SAMC and notified them of our interest in the project. We will wait to hear from them on when we will be doing a training in our area.

American Prairie Foundation
It was talked about at the meeting for our approach on this subject, and we decided to help encourage people to get educated on the subject and to express your opinion. The officers of the group decided to let the Stockgrowers and the CattleWomen do the public viewing of the movie with a speaker, etc. It was a unanimous opinion of the group that it will affect businesses and could directly affect each and every one of us. Heather will contact Lori Swanson.

Lambing and Calving Tour
Is in progress - Heather will contact Christie to see if she needs any help with anything.

Restaurant Issue
There has not been any report on the issue at this time. Max will report on at the next meeting.

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