2010 April

The Minutes from the last meeting read as follow:
Wednesday, April 13th, 2010 at the Pastime Lounge Meeting Room - 7:00 p.m.

Members Present:

Larry Surber
Heather DePriest
Nancy Diemert
Jennifer Hellman
LuAnn Burkhartsmeyer
Jay Eslick
Max Hofedlt
Richard Cronk
Colleen Mulonet
Lynne Mahan
Bonnie Weber
Rita Langford
Chuck Hewitt


Stand as Approved


Banner for chamber- Is in at Clothing Company - Need to pickup.

Annual Banquet - Smashing success as always!  Speaker was outstanding and the meal was excellent.  About 57 people attended.  Music was also excellent - Jay moved and Max 2nd to pay the band $300 for their services.  Heather will write a thank you card to Tim, Kelsey and Bryan Ressell.

Memberships - Plaques are delivered to the members.

Raffle - Ticket sales have begun - ticket sales are going great - get your tickets before they are gone!  LuAnn will send Bob a check for the 4-wheeler.

Vista Volunteers - The Vista program is no longer operating as they are out of funding.


Larry Nissen was unable to attend the meeting and report on the turnouts, but overall, I think the reaction went well.

Christmas Trees in Planters - Discussion was held on the Christmas trees in the planters and the chambers position was to keep the christmas trees in the planters and plant the grass around the pipe in the center.   It was moved by Larry to accept the proposal and 2nd by Colleen.  Motion passed.  As far as the planters go, the Chamber paid $9.00 each at Paulsen's Hardware way back when and Garden Club purchased 10 of them at Polsons in Great Falls.  It was discussed to put the Garland around the poles instead of the trees and accept the Pampas Grass for 2010.  Heather moved and Frank 2nd.  Voted on unanimous.

It was discussed to possibly use the L & L Pizza Building for our visitors center, Heather would talk to Barry Murnion about it.  It was also discussed to talk to Loma Miller and see what she would want for her property to the North of L & L as well as the county for the location along the highway.   We will discuss this at the next meeting once we do some research on the properties.

Heather suggested that the Chamber donate $500 to the community center project.  It was apparent from the last article in the Journal that they need funds to finish the insulating.  Heather moved and Jay 2nd to donate the $500 to the project.

Community Clean Up Day is scheduled for April 23rd, 24th and 25th at Bikini Coffee on Highway 2.  Rita Langford spearheaded the project.

SUGARBEET SEEDS - Chuck will get them and Bonnie will bag them at Shores and distribute.

NORTHWESTERN ENERGY - It has been discussed that Dale Wass is retiring from Northwestern Energy.  However, he believes the company will not be re-hiring someone from our area.  The Chamber would like to take a standpoint here and enourage the company to hire another individual from Chinook.  We will be speaking with Greg Jergeson - PSC and Northwestern Energy to keep an employee in Chinook for the Blaine County Area.   Richard moved and Colleen 2nd that we write a letter.

HELMBRECHT PHOTOS - Steve Helmbrecht has taken photos of the officers of the Chamber and would like to know if he could get his membership donated for his services for 2011.  LuAnn moved and Nancy 2nd - motion passed.

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.

EAGLES VENTURE - The chamber agreed to send a letter of support to the Eagles for their move to the Bar X Location.  Frank Pehrson moved and Colleen 2nd.  Approved, Heather will write letter.

WEED SPRAYING - Pete Pula will again be doing our weed spraying - Kelcey and Bonnie to take care of the preliminary stuff.  Heather moved and LuAnn 2nd - approved.

SUGARBEET FESTIVAL - Max would like to see if Bruce Butcher would be willing to spearhead the festival this year with the "tribute to past and present businesses" theme.  Max will ask.

PARADE OF LIGHTS - Rita would like to see 25 floats at the 25th anniversary of the Parade of Lights.  Rita agreed to write letters to try and get people involved, etc.  Tabled.

1)  The Chamber agreed to build a laminated sheet as a quick reference guide for the employees of establishments that would house tourists - a list of things to do.

2)  The Chamber also decided to have a day to go through the Museums for the employees and see the attractions - make it a 1 hour event and invite all employees of every business - free to go through the museums, etc.  Would need to build a flyer and send to the newspapers.

3)  Jay suggested building fans for the Business People to give out with the information of what to do on the fan... He will be building a spec for us for the next meeting.


Xmas Lights Account - $663.03
Sugarbeet Festival - $1736.92
Tables and Chairs - $576.37
Water Tower - $.87
Operating - $9085.00

Meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.


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.

Sugarbeet Festival 2010 - The Sugarbeet Festival Theme is honoring area Businessmen and Women.  Max Hofeldt brought a list of his ideas to the meeting for possible dedication:

William C. Harbolt
Frank Sharples
Frank Pehrson
Andy Anderson
Robert Inman
Beverly Rusch
Jack Johnson
Ronnie Swenson
Larry Wisch
Don Harshman
EL Luckett
Frank DePriest
Gale Jellum
Bob Sizemore
Jerry Pyette
Bob Tilleman

We will be looking at this list and fine tuning later on down the road.

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