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Chinook, Montana
Chinook Sugarbeeters
Business After Hours will be hosted by State Farm from 6-8pm May 4th, 2017
Our Business After Hours Event is looking for Hosts for 2017, please contact Jennifer at (406)945-7978 for more information.
Next monthly Chamber of Commerce Monthly meeting will be Thursday April 13th at the Chamber office just south of the Chinook Eagles Club. Please come and share your valuable input.

2013 July

Minutes July 9th 6:00 P.M.-Pastime Lounge

Current Agenda reads as follows:
Treasurers Report - Jennifer Hellman
Tables and Chairs-Jennifer Hellman
Bear Paw Battlefield - Heather DePriest
Fairgrounds Improvements - Heather DePriest
New Garbage Cans (In Front of Eagles - Need 2 More)
Sugarbeet Festival- Rita Surber
Items for tourist-Tomi Simenson

Attending:
Larry Surber
Rita Surber
Tomi Simenson
Nancy Demiert
Jennifer Hellman
Bruce Butcher
Frank Pehrson
Max Hofeldt

Guests:
Keri Hanson
Scott Mackenzie

Minutes were read and Nancy made the motion to accept minutes, Max 2nd it, motion passed.

OLD BUSINESS:

Bear Paw Battlefield - Nothing new to report.

Fairgrounds -The insulation is in, no other new information is known at this time.

Garbage Cans
-They are still unfinished, Larry will be talking to Ben on this project.

Garrett McHenry Memorial Tournament- The tournament was cancelled due to lack of teams, they will be trying again for next year.

Chamber Trailer- This project is finished.

NEW BUSINESS

Sugarbeet Festival- The poster is about ready to print and will be handed out to business’s. There will be no house tour or cattle drive. Some activities going on to go along with the western theme will be a Shootout, business decoration contest, lookalike contest, hay maze, vendors, farmers market, stick horse parade and a climbing wall. Other possibilities will be bucking bull and a movie on Saturday night. Rita will be making “Save the date cards” to be passed out and will be working on getting more sponsors and advertising done. The festival has also been extended out to Sunday.
Tables and Chairs- One chamber table was broken at one of the last events that it was rented out to, this table will be getting reimbursed for, so we will need to find out how much they cost and get another one bought. Discussion followed about possibly raising the deposit on the tables and chairs. One table is also unaccounted for.

Sign outside of town-
Discussion was held about the current Chinook sign outside of town that the Blaine County Wildlife Museum is interested in, and whether or not the Chamber wanted to give that spot to the museum. Max made the motion to give the museum the current location and Frank 2nd it. Motion passed, more discussion followed.

Weed Board Bill
-Jennifer brought up a bill from the Weed Board, discussion was held about whether it was correct or not, Max will be looking into it.

Letters and Thank you’s
- Jennifer read thank you’s form Cathy Dielman, and the Chinook Rod and Gun Club. Letters were also ready from people collecting t-shirts and items that resemble Chinook.

Treasurers Report:
BPCU CTEP checking $14657.95
BPCU Savings $25.05
SBF First Bank of MT $8,869.10
Wells Fargo Operating $12,341.36
Chamber Bucks -$2,185.00 (these are still out, have not been redeemed)
WF Christmas Lights $142.00
Wells Fargo Tables and Chairs $1,449.00

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 P.M.

Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13th at the Chinook Chamber Office

TABLED ITEMS

Sandwich Board - We talked about making a few sandwich boards with some plywood - we inquired that maybe the school would be willing to make them if we asked.  Heather will contact Robin about this project as well.

Cell Phone Towers
- Fred Langford Property

Grant Writing
- Bridgette will get in touch with Heather once she is done with School.

Grants -
Heather brought to the groups attention that there is a couple grants that may be worth looking into - one being Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Program.  Heather has the paperwork if anyone is interested in writing it.

Festival of Trees - Decided to possibly make a stand-alone event with drinks/hoursdoeuvres.

LARGE SUGARBEET STATUE
- Colleen had brought a photograph of a large sugar beet 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 visitor’s center/rest area to place it at.

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 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.

Mural
Fran Hodgson sent Heather a link in July that showcased Cut Bank’s murals through town. She would like to suggest that Chinook look into it. The link is: <http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/92734869.html>. Tabled at this time.

Signs Outside of town
The signage has been tabled still since the input we received from Krystal Steinmetz regarding CTEP.  Heather will work directly with Krystal on this project

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