2011 May

Minutes May 4th, 2011 at the Chinook Eagles Club - 7:00 p.m.

Current Agenda
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/Nancy
Tables and Chairs - Painting
Cell Phone Towers - Christy Keto (Triangle Communications) Reporting
Chamber Office Sign

Members Attending:
Larry Surber
Heather DePriest
Nancy Diemert
LuAnn Burkhartsmeyer
Jennifer Hellman
Jay Eslick
Rita Surber
Frank Pehrson
Keith Hanson

Ben Parsons

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

New Business
Weed Spraying - Rita suggested we contact Pete Pula about the business district weed spraying.  It was agreed upon to do that again this year.  He has been contacted.

Sugarbeet Festival
A Classified was placed in the Blaine County Journal last week and no applications were received except for Rita Surber.  Rita has been officially hired on as Sugarbeet Festival Manager and she attended the meeting with some information about the festival.
Jennifer Hellman brought up an idea that she was approached about - making a discounted vendor rate for Members and non-members would have to pay more.  It was agreed upon that the idea would be welcomed by the community, and it would be a good way to suggest new membership to the Chamber.

Montana Dinosaur Trail Meeting
Heather attended the Dinosaur Trail Meeting in Chinook at the Wildlife Museum and noted that she learned a lot about the group and what it entails.  She was unable to attend the entire meeting, but she reported that the Dinosaur Trail does have passports available for sale and they had inquired about the Chamber keeping some in our visitors center.  It was discussed that since we do not have a full-time person manning the center, that it would not be of benefit to have any.  Both museums have them.

Eagles Donation
The Eagles are seeking donations towards their big move uptown and the Chamber decided to donate $100 to the project.  Jay Moved and Nancy 2nd.

MSU Family Business Awards
The Chamber nominated the Blaine County Journal as family-business of the year award and Pehrson’s Service are still in the running from the 2010 nomination.  They have not received their nomination paperwork so Heather will contact them to remind them of the deadline of July 15th.

Clean-Up Day
The Chamber Clean-Up Day will be happening again before the Bear Paw Roundup and Rita has enlisted the help of Roxanne Townsend and the Presbyterian Church.  Rita will be getting the approval from the Adopt-A-Highway program and will be getting gloves, bags, etc. from them.   It was also discussed to do a gift certificate to all volunteers to the creamery for $1.50 for an ice cream cone and we will donate a bottled water.  Nancy moved and Frank 2nd.

Superhost Day
The Wildlife Museum, Blaine County Museum and the Battlefield in conjunction with the Chamber would like to do another superhost day.  The Chamber is sponsoring the hot dogs and buns and a pop.  It is scheduled for the 20th of May from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wildlife Museum.  Service individuals from around town are invited to attend so they can learn what there is to do in Chinook instead of the infamous answer “nothing.”   Keith moved and Jennifer 2nd to approve the purchasing of items for Superhost Day.

Old Business

Visitors Center
The locks have been installed and the officers have been given their code to enter the building.  Casey Jones has worked out the bugs with the locks and as soon as we are ready to have it open for the summer, he will change it to read the correct times to open and close.  It is locked at this point.   Heather has contacted Floren’s about the Chamber Sign and is working to get the bracketry sitation modified before approving a size.

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

ATV Raffle - Tickets are distributed sales have begun.

Treasurers Report
Operating - $1474.24
Tables & Chairs - $381.30
Xmas - $24.97
Beet Fest - $378.39

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 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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