2011 February

Meeting, February 9th, 2011 - Chinook, Montana - Pastime Lounge

Members Present:
Heather DePriest
Nancy Diemert
Max Hofeldt
LuAnn Burkhartsmeyer
Colleen Mulonet
Frank Pehrson
Richard Cronk

Current Agenda:
Report on Signs Outside of Town - Committee (Chuck Hewitt, Kelcey Diemert, Max Hofeldt)
Visitors Center - Heather DePriest/Larry Surber
Adopt-A-Highway - Milepost 402 to 404 - Heather
Cell Phone Tower - Heather DePriest
CTEP - Heather DePriest
Annual Banquet - Jay Eslick
SBA Nominations - Heather/Nancy
Adopt-A-Highway - Heather DePriest
Tables and Chairs - Painting
Cell Phone Towers - Heather DePriest
SAMC - Workers Comp Program

Minutes were read and approved as stand.
Colleen moved - Max 2nd.

Treasurer Report
Operating - $1118.24
Sugarbeet Festival Accounts - $1978.39
Table and Chairs Accounts - $381.30
Christmas Lights - $24.97


Heather is waiting for warmer weather to take photographs as requested by the engineer of the sidewalks from 6th to Hwy 2.  At the time of the meeting, it was tabled until nicer weather when valid photos could be taken.

Annual Banquet
Jay and Nancy have been working on the banquet plans and it has been set for Saturday, March 19th, 2011 at the Chinook Golf and Country Club in Chinook.  There will be a Prime Rib and Shrimp Dinner that will be $30 per person and tickets may be purchased at the Blaine County Journal, Larry Surber, Chinook Pharmacy, Wells Fargo, American Garage and the Chinook Motor Inn.  There will be a no-host cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.  Door Prizes and Entertainment by Tim Whitney and Group.

Signs on the Outskirts of Town
Max would like to see some quotes from Florens and Montana Sign Company for a 12 x 20 sign as well as a bid from Mid State Signs.  Heather will get those bids again and report at the next meeting.
Bid from Bryan Haney - 2 (10’x24’) Single Face Billboard Structures with Vinyl Wrap Faces - Labor and Materials included with locations determined by the Chinook Area Chamber of Commerce is $4,850.00 Each.

Visitors Center
Casey Jones from Northwest Security has ordered our door unlock kit and will be installing it in March or April when the weather clears.  Heather also mentioned her idea of building in benches and a wall unit with a television that plays a slide show of the different events and things happening in Chinook year-around.  That will be for a later date.

SBA Award Nominations
Diemerts did not send in their SBA Nomination forms because of the personal financial questions that were asked.  Heather is waiting to see if Bonnie Weber had sent in her information as well.

Adopt a Highway
Heather sent in the paperwork for the Adopt a Highway Program - waiting to hear from the state on approval.  Heather sent an email to Lynn Dolphay asking the status of the Program.

Tables and Chairs
Heather has scheduled stenciling to occur February 22nd at 5:00 p.m.  Heather contacted Chuck about possibly making another set of stencils.

Cell Phone Towers
Heather spoke with Fred Langford about the property he agreed to lease to Verizon several years ago, and he said he would be on board for anything that could possibly help get a tower put up in town.  Unfortunately, the towers were never put up and Fred said they just stopped contacting him about it.  So, we agreed to table the project until after the transition from Alltel to AT&T and see what the service does.  Once it is complete and if we have service that is worse than before, we will be seeking to put up a tower like Chester did and go around with a petition.

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
We agreed to continue on with the Lambing and Calving tour and will be dedicating in memory of Larry Nissen.  It will be officially called the Larry Nissen Lambing and Calving Tour.  We will be starting to put together some information about it and Max suggested we contact Mike Schuldt and see if the Extension Office would be willing to facilitate the project.  Christie Nissen contacted Heather and said that she would be willing to take on some of the project paperwork as well, Max also suggested Rita Langford.

Car Show
Jay Eslick brought it to Heather’s attention that there are a group of car enthusiasts in town wanting to start a Car Show for Chinook.  There are no plans set in stone yet, but he did mention that they would like to do a rod run and have a drive-in type theatre on the backside of the grandstands.  They would like to know if the Chamber would sponsor the event both monetarily or with prizes, etc.  It was tabled and we will talk more about it at a later date.

Restaurant Issue
It was also brought to Heather’s attention by Barb Schuhmacher that there may be an issue with a contract between the owners of the Chinook Motor Inn and restaurant owners Layne and Kelly Morris.  Richard agreed to speak with Bob Sharples about it and see if there is anything that the Chamber can do to help alleviate losing another business in town.  It was unanimous that anything the Chamber could do to help keep the restaurant would be beneficial.  A committee of 3, Max Hofeldt, Richard Cronk and Kelcey Diemert will be talking with both parties later on down the road, once Richard reports back to us about Bob Sharples take.

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>.

Russell Country Magazine
Is out and on racks.  A copy of it is available at the Chamber Office for people to view if interested.

Governors Conference on Tourism
The Governors Conference on Tourism is March 27th - 29th, 2011 in Helena.  If anyone is interested in attending, contact Heather DePriest.

Meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.


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.

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