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Chinook, Montana
Chinook Sugarbeeters
Chinook Rod and Gun Club Gun Show will be October 7th and 8th.
Our Business After Hours Event is looking for Hosts for 2017, please contact Jennifer at (406) 945-7978 for more information.
Farmer Rancher Committee will meet at the Chamber office October 9th to finalize details for event.

2013 November

Minutes November 13th, 6:00 PM First Bank

Current Agenda reads as follows:

Bear Paw Battlefield-Heather DePriest
Fairground Improvements-Heather DePriest
Garbage Cans-Larry Surber
Chamber Trailer Insurance-Tomi Simenson
Business after hours-Jennifer Hellman
Chamber memberships-Heather DePriest and Jennifer Hellman
Insurance (Chamber Building)-Jennifer Hellman
Talk about clipboards-Jennifer and Heather
Insurance Policy-Mike Inman
Money from Corey
Need to spend-Larry Surber
Pressure Washer-Larry Surber and Jennifer Hellman
Snowflakes for Street Lights-Jennifer Hellman and Nancy Demiert
Treasurers Report-Jennifer Hellman

Attending:
Larry Surber
Tomi Simenson
Nancy Demiert
Jennifer Hellman
Heather Depriest

Guests:
Craig Loham

Minutes were read and approved

OLD BUSINESS:

Bear Paw Battlefield - No new information at this time.

Fairgrounds - No new information at this time.

Garbage Cans
- Ben Parsons is working on building the remaining two.

NEW BUSINESS

Chamber Insurance- There is still no new information at this time.

Parade of Lights and Christmas Stroll-The Parade of lights is taken care of, we are still in need of some judges for the parade. Peggy Perry is in charge of the vendors this year. Jennifer discussed the budget and what we need to spend money on for the end of the year, discussion was held about buying a skyline and what the budget would be. Heather made the motion to keep it under $5,000 and Jennifer 2nd it. Nancy will be checking into it.

Festival of Trees- The Festival of Trees is set to take place at First Bank, we will need to be there on November 20th to help set up, and will need to set up our donated tree as well. It was decided that we would do a “Beeter Tree” and it would be black and orange, along with Beeter gear to go on and under the tree, we will also have ornaments on the tree that have the names of all the Chamber Members on it. Nancy moved to spend $350 or less between the tree and decorations, Jennifer 2nd it. Heather and Jennifer will be purchasing the items.

Welcoming Committee- We discussed that we need to contact the welcoming committee to get together and show the new Dr. at the Sweet Medical Center around town. Tomi will be contacting the welcoming committee.

CTEP- Heather talked to Crystal on the Sidewalk project and everything is approved and ready, the project should be getting started in the spring.

All Class Reunion- Heather asked if the All Class Reunion could use the Chamber’s insurance policy for the event. Nancy made a motion that the Chamber would sponsor the event by covering the reunion under our insurance, Jennifer 2nd it.

Business after hours- Discussion was held about trying to get the “After Hours” started in Chinook. Discussed doing it once a month at a different business for two hours, and possibly the 3rd Thursday of every month, we will discuss more at next meeting. Jennifer and Nancy will be looking into it more.

Chamber Building-
We are still in need of a security system for the building, along with benches. Heather will be in charge of making a DVD that will play on the TV.

Insurance on building- Heather mentioned that we need to take pictures of items in the building for insurance purposes and possibly a video.

History of Chinook signs-
Barb Ranstrom wants to place three signs on the cement slabs against the Napa wall about the History of Chinook. Scott Makenzie will be helping her with this.

2014 Raffle- Discussion was held about what to do for a raffle in 2014, ideas included a car, a gator, and packaged trips. We will decide at a later date.

Treasurers Report:
BPCU CTEP checking $14663.50
BPCU Savings $25.05
SBF First Bank of MT $6,125.56
Wells Fargo Operating $8,578.94
Chamber Bucks -$2,135.00 (these are still out, have not been redeemed)
WF Christmas Lights $117.00
Wells Fargo Tables and Chairs $548.60

Bills were approved and checks were signed.
The tables and chairs were purchased for the trailer that needed to be replaced.
A few sponsors have not paid for the Sugarbeet Festival.
The FFA needs to be paid $500.
The Chamber will also need to file a tax return for 2013.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM

Next meeting is scheduled for December 11th, at 6:00 PM at the Eagles.

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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