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Chinook, Montana
Chinook Sugarbeeters
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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 June

Minutes June 12th 6:00 P.M.-Eagles

Current Agenda reads as follows:
Bear Paw Battlefield - Heather DePriest
Fairgrounds Improvements - Heather DePriest
Treasurers Report - Jennifer Hellman
New Garbage Cans (In Front of Eagles - Need 2 More)
Chamber Trailer - Pigtails and Jack/Tire and payment
Garret McHenry Baseball/Softball tournament BBQ- Jennifer Hellman and Heather DePriest
Sugarbeet Festival- Rita Surber

Attending:
Larry Surber
Rita Surber
Tomi Simenson
Nancy Demiert
Jennifer Hellman
Bonnie Weber

Guests:
Lori Swanson

Minutes were read and Nancy made the motion to accept minutes, Bonnie 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.

Chamber Trailer/Pigtails- New jack is on trailer and pigtails are in it.

NEW BUSINESS

Garrett McHenry Memorial Tournament- A date is set for June 28-29th, Ken McHenry will be doing the cooking, but extra help is needed in concessions and elsewhere.

Spring Cleanup- Tomi Simenson and the Valley Clovers 4-H Club will be putting on the annual Chinook Spring Cleanup, a date is set for June 15th from 8am to 12pm. Everything is ready, Jennifer will be getting a hold of Jim for the dumpsters.

Stockgrowers- The Montana Stockgrowers Association wants to put on their team sorting competition during the Sugarbeet Festival. We had originally decided on Saturday, but decided to change it to Sunday of the Sugarbeet Festival so we can expand the weekend out to Sunday. We will be asking vendors to stay an extra day for this. We will also be looking into putting up a maze, horseshoe tossing contest, and a pie/cupcake social to go along with it.

Sugarbeet Festival -Ideas were discussed for our “Wild Wild West” theme for the Sugarbeet Festival. Ideas for the weekend included Gun Smoke lookalike contest, kids stick horse parade, shoot out, mustache photo booth, House tour, style show, cattle drive, shoot out, business decoration contest, and a cupcake contest or pie social. Rita will be working on this.

Dates for Meetings-We decided that it would be nice to have set dates for Chamber meetings, that way we can post them on the website and inform people when they ask. It was decided to have the meetings the 2nd Tuesday of every month during the summer, and the 2nd Wednesday of every month during the fall, winter, and spring.

Treasurers Report:
BPCU CTEP checking $14652.46
BPCU Savings $25.05
SBF First Bank of MT $9060.89
Wells Fargo Operating $10230.27
Chamber Bucks -$2285.00 (these are still out, have not been redeemed)
WF Christmas Lights $142.00
Wells Fargo Tables and Chairs $1045.00

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 P.M.

Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9th at 6:00 at the Pastime

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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