2011 April

Minutes April 7th, 2011 - Pastime Lounge - Chinook, Montana

Current Agenda
Report on Signs Outside of Town - Committee (Chuck Hewitt, Kelcey Diemert, Max Hofeldt)
Visitors Center - Heather DePriest/Larry Surber
CTEP - Heather DePriest
Annual Banquet Report - Jay Eslick
SBA Nominations - Heather/Nancy
Tables and Chairs - Painting
Cell Phone Towers - Christy Keto (Triangle Communications) Reporting
4x8 Sign for Chamber Office - See Bid from Floren’s

Members Attending:
Heather DePriest
Larry Surber
Nancy Diemert
Jennifer Hellman
Jay Eslick
Cheryl Schuldt
Keri Hanson

Jay moved to accept the minutes as stand and Nancy 2nd.  Minutes approved.


Blaine County DUI Task Force - Cheryl Schuldt spoke about the new legislation that is in place and just wanted to inform the Chamber of the governments new regulations on cracking down on underage drinking.    Cheryl reported.

Blaine County Cruise - Jay reported on the events that are set in place and said that things are shaping up nicely.

ATV Raffle - Heather ordered a 4-wheeler through American Garage’s new dealer license and it will be ready to pickup sometime the end of the month.  Heather has ordered tickets from the Journal and Jennifer will be distributing them shortly.

Sugarbeet Festival Manager - It was discussed that Heather will not be available to manage the festival this year with her hectic schedule and she opened up discussion on hiring a person to do it.  It was agreed upon to pay this person $1,000 to manage all aspects of the festival and a job description and application will be put in the newspaper.   Rita Surber has shown interest in the position and she will be given an application as well.  It was moved by Heather to hire Rita if there are no other applicants, otherwise we will review it at the next meeting.  Nancy 2nd.

Sign for Chamber Office - Heather would like to see a VISITORS CENTER sign put above the Chamber Office and has received a quote from Floren’s regarding the sign.  It was moved and 2nd to approve the purchase of the sign, Heather will handle.

Family Business Awards - The Chamber voted to nominate the Blaine County Journal for the Family Business Award 2011.

Location of the Chamber Meetings - Heather brought to the boards attention that the Eagles Club would like to see the Chamber hold some meetings down there - it was voted on to rotate the meetings between the Eagles and the Pastime.

Bear Paw Roundup Concessions
- It was discussed that the officers of the Chamber do not have time to put together concessions for the Roundup this year.  With all of the events happening and busy schedules, we felt it would be a job better suited to another organization.  Heather has suggested 2 groups that are interested in doing the concessions to Becca Skoyen and has informed her of the decision.  The Big Flat Community Group and the Chinook Girl Scouts are both interested in the fundraiser.

Treasurers Report:
Christmas Lights $24.97
General Fund $1060.68
Table and Chairs - $381.30
Sugarbeet - $1978.39


Visitors Center - The Door Locks have been installed and the codes have been distributed to the Officers and Keri at the Blaine County Journal for entry if needed in an emergency.

- No information as of the date of the meeting.

Tables and Chairs - Painting has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 5th at 4:30 p.m. at the Old Armory.  Inclement weather has been posing a problem.


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.

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.

Festival of Trees
Heather spoke about the possibility of adding a Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Chamber in December and thought it would be a nice addition to the holidays.  She would like to see businesses donate a tree and put gifts underneath of it and auction them at a dinner type setting.  Tabled until next year.

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 a 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.

Lambing and Calving Tour
Is in progress - Heather will contact Christie to see if she needs any help with anything.

Restaurant Issue
There has not been any report on the issue at this time.  Max will report on at the next meeting.

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