2011 June

Minutes June 8th, 2011 at the Pastime Lounge - 7:00 p.m.

Current Agenda
Blaine County Cruise - Reports
Report on Signs Outside of Town - Committee - Chuck Hewitt/Kelcey Diemert/Max Hofeldt
Visitors Center - Heather DePriest/Larry Surber
CTEP - Heather DePriest
SBA Nominations - Heather DePriest/Nancy Diemert
Tables and Chairs - Painting Day - Heather DePriest
Cell Phone Towers - Christy Keto/Tim Nixdorf (Triangle Communications) Reporting
Chamber Office Sign - Heather
Community Clean Up Day - Rita Langford
Superhost Day Reports - Deb Davies/Heather DePriest/LuAnn Burkhartsmeyer
Bear Paw Roundup - Larry Surber
Sugarbeet Festival Reports - Rita Surber/Heather DePriest/Jennifer Hellman
Report on Restaurant Meeting - Kelcey Diemert/Max Hofeldt/Bob Sharples/Richard Cronk
Treasurers Report - LuAnn Burkhartsmeyer

Members Attending:
Larry Surber
Heather DePriest
Nancy Diemert
LuAnn Burkhartsmeyer
Frank Pehrson Jr.

Tim Nixdorf - Triangle Communications

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


Bear Paw Roundup Concessions
An alternate group has been found to run the concessions for the roundup this year.

Sugarbeet Festival
Jennifer was approached by Eric Edwards asking that the Garbage Cans be cleaned out before the festival and someone to empty them during.  It was discussed and agreed upon to find someone to do that.  Rita was informed.   The activities include the Gusher Game, Relay Race and more.  There will be a special Sugarbeet Festival meeting scheduled for June 17th at the Pastime.

Winter in the Blood Film
Paul Tuss emailed Heather and informed her that there will be a film being made in Montana this summer based out of Chinook/Havre/Harlem.  Chinook is intended to be the “town” in the film and there is a meeting scheduled for June 9th at Bear Paw Development in Havre with the producers.  Paul suggested some Chinook folks attend and provide assistance if possible.

Calendar of Events Emails
Heather noted that the Havre Chamber sends out an email every 1st of the month with the events scheduled for that particular month.  Heather thought that was a good idea and asked if anyone would be interested in implementing that.

Blaine County Cruise
Reports were made that the cruise is coming together nicely and that everything is being handled.

SBA Nominations
It was discussed that our businesses in Chinook do not want to provide their financial information to apply for the awards, therefore no-one has been applying.  It was voted on to write a letter stating our frustration with that to the SBA.  Heather will handle.

Clean-Up Day
Clean-up day is starting tonight and we will be attending to help after the meeting.

Cell Phone Towers
Tim Nixdorf of Triangle Communications reported on the plans Triangle has in place with Nemont Wireless and described the process that Nemont uses for its service, etc.  It was good information provided to us and we appreciated his attendance.

Superhost Day
Superhost day went well and we served around 60 hot dogs, very nice turnout.  It was good to get the service individuals involved and let them know what the museums have to offer.


Visitors Center
There has been no activity at the visitors center at this time.  We are waiting for funds to stock the building and create better usability.

No report on the progress at this time.  We are waiting until our 4-wheeler raffle is over and the Sugarbeet Festival money is in.

Heather sent the photographs to Krystal Steinmetz at Bear Paw Development for review by the engineer.  No word from them yet.

Tables and Chair Painting
Dylan Surber and Jake Diemert and a friend/cousin painted the Tables and Chairs for us - they are now all setup and ready to distribute.

ATV Raffle - Tickets are distributed sales have begun.

Treasurers Report
Operating - $471.26
Tables & Chairs - $452.35
Xmas - $24.97
Beet Fest - $378.39
Blaine County Cruise - $1480.74

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 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.

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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