2010 February

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at the Pastime Lounge Meeting Room - 7:00 p.m.

Members Present:

Larry Surber
Heather DePriest
Nancy Diemert
LuAnn Burkhartsmeyer
Jay & Barb Eslick
Jennifer Hellman
Max Hofedlt
Bruce Butcher
Frank Pehrson
Lynne Mahan
Chuck Hewitt
Lori Swanson
Mike Schuldt
Richard Cronk

Shawna Broadhead
Mike & Paulette Keller
Larry Nissen

Stand as Approved


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

Parliamentarian- Jay Eslick Volunteered after the meeting to be Parliamentarian.
Reporter - Jennifer Hellman volunteered to be reporter.

Annual Banquet - Is set for March 20th, 2010 at the Chinook Eagles Club  - 6:00 p.m. - Everyone is welcome to attend.  Dinner is Prime Rib and Shrimp and we will have a guest speaker, Art Taft from Russell Country speaking.  It should be a fun time for everyone!  Market as "replacing Farmer Rancher night."

Memberships - Membership letters have been mailed and are coming in as we speak.  Plaques will be here before the banquet.

Raffle - 4-Wheeler is here and at Wells Fargo Bank - Tickets are available to purchase at any Chamber Business in Chinook.

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.


Larry Nissen, Lori Swanson, Mike and Paulette Keller were at the meeting to represent the Blaine County Lambing and Calving Tour that the Chamber will be sponsoring.  The tour will be held from February through April.  It was moved by Mike Schuldt to approve the idea as a Chamber Function and 2nd by Chuck Hewitt and Voted On - Motion Carried and approved.   Heather agreed to help promote through advertising and radio spots, etc.  

CTEP FUNDS - Anne Boothe and the Chamber will be working to secure some CTEP funds along with Bear Paw Development in Havre.  After our "Community Organization" meeting we will determine what we will be securing funding for.

Survey - A small committee of officers will meet on Monday to determine the results of the survey.  The ideas will be taken to the Community Meeting on Tuesday, February 16th.

Visitors Center/Chamber Office- This project is on hold until after the Community Meeting.   One note, the Chester Visitors Center is near a railroad crossing for our Chamber Office idea.

City Water Rates - A letter was written and mailed to the City Council.

4-For-2 Meeting - A meeting was held in Havre in February regarding the 4 for 2 project.  The Chamber took a vote of the members and sent in a letter with the results of the vote to Steve Prinzing of the MTDOT.  Richard Cronk reported the results of the meeting and the Chamber will issue another letter stating our members opinions.  A motion was made to write a letter in favor of a 2-lane; with 6 votes for and 7 against, the motion failed.  The letter will be written unbiased.

Christmas Trees in Planters - Lynne Mahan proposed that the Christmas Trees in the planters be removed permamently so that Garden Club can plant and perennial grass in the centers of the pots for year around.
Heather made a motion to accept the request and Frank 2nd.  It was voted on and the motion passed.
What will be done with the Christmas Trees is to be discussed at a later time.

Next Meeting date is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at the Pastime Lounge - 7 p.m.


Xmas Lights Account - $663.00
Sugarbeet Festival - $1739.81
Tables and Chairs - $651.38
Water Tower - $.87
Operating - $4739.00

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.


Chinook PTO - Tabled at this time - current leader resigned, will be working on this in the future.

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

Rest Area
Tabled at this time.

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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